Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society.
Join Professional Organizer Rick Woods The FUNctional Organizer as he shows us how to make the most of our time management skills and to get organized in 2018. He will have copies of his book Make Room for Clarity: Getting Rid of the Clutter that Gets in Your Way available for sale and signing.
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated. (2 hours)
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Rossini’s Semiramide.
Against the backdrop of the Hanging Gardens, Semiramide, Queen of Babylon, defies bad omens and supernatural threats in her quest to find a worthy successor to her late husband. But she harbours more than one dark secret, and whoever gains the throne may find that he has lost more than he has won. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Heft by Liz Moore.
Arthur weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Kel navigates life as a poor kid in a rich school, and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career. An unexpected connection transforms both their lives asthey find sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places.
Victoria and Abdul
Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. (1 hour, 52 minutes)
In Lessons from the Road: USA, share the travel adventures of a funny, single, empty nester, traveling across the U.S. in a pickup truck by herself. Margaret Webster is navigationally challenged and strangely addicted to camping sites and critters. She visits monuments of historical or personal significance, and meets some very interesting people along the way. She will have books available for sale and signing.
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Goaded by their cynical friend Don Alfonso, soldiers Ferrando and Guglielmo decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity. Pretending to leave with their regiment, they return in disguise and pay court to each other’s lover. Will the young women succumb to the charms of these two handsome ‘foreigners’? Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Mort by Terry Pratchett.
When inept, but well-intentioned Mort gets only one offer for an apprenticeship—with Death— he can’t exactly turn it down. But Mort finds that being Death’s right-hand man isn’t as bad as it seems—until he falls back to his old, bumbling ways.
Set against the backdrop of the 17th-century Tulip Wars, a married noblewoman (Alicia Vikander) has an affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) and switches identities with her maid to escape the wealthy merchant she married. She and her lover try to raise money together by investing what little they have in the high-stakes tulip market. (1 hour, 47 minutes)
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Shine, Shine, Shine by Lydia Netzer.
When fabricated aspects of their picture-perfect world are embarrassingly exposed by a car accident, Sunny Mann, a woman longing for an ideal life, and Maxon, her savant astronaut husband, struggle through blame and fear before confronting realities about their deep bond.
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Verdi’s Luisa Miller.
The young maiden Luisa loves Rodolfo, unaware that he is actually the son of the local lord. An unscrupulous rival for her affections tells her father of Rodolfo’s true identity, turning the old man against him. Jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal tear the lovers apart, but Luisa remains loyal to her father to the last. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Lie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil painting, hand-painted by 125 professional oil painters. The film was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is the interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent's famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint. (1 hour, 35 minutes)
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Massenet’s Cendrillon.
A fairy godmother, a glass slipper, an opulent ball, an enchanted forest, and a Prince Charming who loves her – did all that really happen, or was it just a dream? Long-suffering Cendrillon lives a life of drudgery with her good-natured father and his imperious wife, until fate, romance, and a touch of fairy magic intervene. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Battle of the Sexes
The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. (2 hours, 1 minute)
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear.
When Maisie Dobbs is hired to find the missing daughter of a wealthy grocery magnate, she discovers that three of the heiress's friends have died violently, leading her to investigate the connection between the disappearance and the murders.
During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Churchill withstands his darkest hour to rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history. (2 hours, 5 minutes)
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.
"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey.
A dark and humorous story involving a doomsday gizmo, a horde of baddies determined to possess its power, and a clever thief who must steal it back . . . again and again.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien.
Disgraced when her village's mysterious healer, who she loved and begged to help her have a child, is arrested as a war criminal, Fidelma flees to England to take migrant work, only to confront.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experi-ence. During her shift, she begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America— and that he is standing squarely in its path.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
Katsa, lives in the Seven Kingdoms where selected people are born with a Grace, a special talent that can be anything at all. Katsa’s Grace is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his brutal enforcer.
Mike will lecture on Puccini’s La Bohème.
Poverty-stricken poet Rodolfo and his artist friends eke out a precarious existence in bohemian Paris, alternately practising their art, laughing, quarrelling, dodging the landlord, and living it up in their local cafe. When Rodolfo meets the delicate Mimì, the pair instantly fall in love. But Mimì is ill, Rodolfo is jealous, and their romance is doomed from the start. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join local author Mark L. Dressler as he shares his book Dead and Gone: A Dan Shields Mystery. He will have books available for sale and signing.
How does ten million dollars disappear after a narcotics deal ends in a deadly shootout? Hartford detective Dan Shields searches for the money.
Young Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson) accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown) of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty. (1 hour, 58 minutes)
This program was rescheduled from Thursday, February 8.
Mike Cascia will lecture on Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.
The poor country boy Nemorino is in love with Adina, a confident landowner, but she is way out of his league – financially and otherwise. But when he buys a “love potion” from a travelling quack, the results are rather more than he bargained for. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland.
Hoping to honor his father and the family business with innovative glass designs, Louis Comfort Tiffany launches the iconic Tiffany lamp as designed by women's division head Clara Driscoll, who struggles with the mass production of her creations.
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9:00 am -Noon Celebrate! Book drawings, decorate a square for our "I Love My Library" quilt and make your own bookmarks. All ages Drop-in
10:00 am Meet the Animals with Animal Shows on the Go. See a mix of species including arthropods, amphibians, reptiles and mammals up close and learn all about them. Free tickets for this program are available beginning January 22nd. Ages 4 and up.
The Glass Castle
Based on a memoir, four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire and inhibit them. When sober, the children's brilliant and charismatic father (Woody Harrelson) captured their imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Meanwhile, their mother (Naomi Watts) abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want to take on the work of raising a family. Starring Brie Larson. (2 hours, 7 minutes)
Connecticut Made: A Unique Guidebook to Local Resources and Cottage
Author Cynthia Parzych will share her unique guidebook and local resource full of hundreds of things to find and buy, crafts to discover, factories to explore, and history to uncover--all made in Connecticut.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Join Lisa for a discussion.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself iso-lated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
The Big Sick Pakistani-American man (Kumal Nanjiani) falls for white grad student (Zoe Kazan), and hides their romance from his family. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. However, their relationship gets more serious when she develops a mysterious illness, which in turn forces him to bond with her parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). (1 hour, 59 minutes)