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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Mar
28
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Wagner’s Die Walküre
When love-struck twins Siegmund and Sieglinde find each other at last, Siegmund promises to release Sieglinde from her forced marriage by killing her husband, Hunding. The god Wotan instructs Valkyrie warrior Brünnhilde to defend Hunding but, moved by the twins’ devotion, Brünnhilde disobeys, instead forging an alliance with Sieglinde that will have far-reaching consequences for them both. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Other Worldly Words
Mar
28
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty.

On the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, Nahri is a con woman of unsurpassed skill. She makes her living swindling Ottoman nobles, hoping to one day earn enough to change her fortunes.

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Friday Film
Mar
29
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Goodbye Christopher Robin *Bonus*

A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. 1 hour, 47 minutes.

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Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA

Guest speaker, TJ Pridell, with ReferenceUSA will be hosting an interactive lead generation marketing seminar catering to the Enfield business community.  To accommodate the needs of business owners, sales & marketing representatives and job seekers, Enfield Public Library is offering a service called ReferenceUSA, an online provider of business and consumer research.

 ReferenceUSA helps library users create effective marketing plans, conduct essential competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people in order to expand & grow their book of business. The online database provides real-time access to more than 44 million businesses and 280 million consumers.

Enfield Public Library cardholders may access this resource from within the library or at home or work with Internet access. The database features seven detailed modules of information: “US Business”, “US New Business”, “US Consumers/Lifestyles”, “US Standard White Pages”, “US Healthcare”, “US New Movers/Homeowners”, & “US Jobs & Internships”.

Users can select a location and radius to search through a database of millions of businesses and locate direct business contact names. Many entries also include links to job postings.

Students can utilize ReferenceUSA to find articles for research on businesses and find data summaries to profile neighborhoods, cities and states, as well as researching demographics by business type, sizes and median income.

Users can access ReferenceUSA at https://www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org under “Research < Databases < Business & Law < ReferenceUSA” Members may log in by typing in their active library card number.  For more information, please contact the Reference Department at 860-763-7511.

Please join us to learn more about how you can assist your business in establishing and growing your book of business with ReferenceUSA!

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Friday Film
Apr
5
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

First Man

A look at the life of the astronaut, (Ryan Gosling), and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Exploring the sacrifices and costs during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel. 2 hours, 21 minutes

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Screen-Free Week: Digital Data Detox - Part I
Apr
8
6:30 PM18:30

Screen-Free Week: Digital Data Detox - Part I

Get yourself ready for Screen-Free Week (April 29th - May 5th) with a Digital Data Detox. Screen-Free Week is about taking a break from digital entertainment. If screens of any kind interfere with family time (including meals), you may want to rethink how and when you’re using them.

Reference Librarian Sam Lee will guide you through a 2-part series on digital data detox to regain control over your digital life. Have you installed too many apps and clicked “I Agree” without really knowing what you’re agreeing to? Have ads on your social media gone from annoying to creepy? Then it’s time for a digital data detox.

Part 1 is on Monday, April 8th and Part 2 will take place April 10th.

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Book Chat
Apr
10
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle.

Clare Cosi’s new friend has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. Clare packs up her family for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer…Her plans quickly change when there’s a murder in the house!

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Screen-Free Week: Digital Data Detox - Part II
Apr
10
6:30 PM18:30

Screen-Free Week: Digital Data Detox - Part II

Get yourself ready for Screen-Free Week (April 29th - May 5th) with a Digital Data Detox. Screen-Free Week is about taking a break from digital entertainment. If screens of any kind interfere with family time (including meals), you may want to rethink how and when you’re using them.

Reference Librarian Sam Lee will guide you through a 2-part series on digital data detox to regain control over your digital life. Have you installed too many apps and clicked “I Agree” without really knowing what you’re agreeing to? Have ads on your social media gone from annoying to creepy? Then it’s time for a digital data detox.

Part 1 is on Monday, April 8th and Part 2 will take place April 10th.

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Friday Film
Apr
12
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

The Wife                     **date change due to holiday closing**

A devoted wife (Glenn Close) questions her life choices – years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions – as she travels to Stockholm with her husband (Johnathan Price), where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. She’s reached her breaking point and now she’s planning her coup de grace. 1 hour, 39 minutes

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Page Turners
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Leavers by Lisa Ko

With his mother gone, 11-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is adopted by two white professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind. 352 pages

 

 

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Marc Black’s History of the 1950s and 60s through Popular Song
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Marc Black’s History of the 1950s and 60s through Popular Song

Marc Black, recent inductee into the NY Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame, has created an engaging and humorous program… and an opportunity for the audience to relive this colorful time in our history.  Well received all across the Country in libraries, art centers and small theaters, folks cheerfully sing along beginning to end!

In the presentation, Marc uses a wide range of popular songs including surprising favorites like Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, great rock tunes like Blue Suede Shoes and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind.  The show also features a performance of his own group’s hit from 1967… Happy by the Blades of Grass.

And beside being fun, boston.com listed it as one of the top ten area events that’ll “make you smarter!”

And now, the program is being offered with a slide show that’ll slide you right back in time!  This thought provoking, multi-media show is bound to get everyone singing and feeling good about where we are…and where we’ve been.

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Taste Testers Cookbook Club
Apr
18
1:00 PM13:00

Taste Testers Cookbook Club

Choose a recipe from the selected cookbook, prepare it, and bring your dish for sharing and discussion. Cookbook is on display at the Reference Desk. This month’s cookbook is Valerie’s Home Cooking by Valerie Bertinelli.

NOTE: to minimize waste, please bring your own plates and flatware.  

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Other Worldly Words
Apr
25
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Jade City by Fonda Lee.

Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for -- and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

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Friday Film
May
3
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Mary, Queen of Scots

Scottish Queen (Saoirse Ronan) is determined to rule as much more than a figurehead and asserts her claim to the English throne. She becomes a political and romantic rival to her cousin, English Queen (Margot Robbie), ultimately challenging her claim to the throne. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history. 2 hours, 4 minutes

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Book Chat
May
8
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman.

Forced to take her life in a new direction when an injury ends her ballet career, Emma returns to her home in Australia and learns that she has inherited an isolated sheep station from a late grandmother who would impart key lessons about love and motherhood.

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
May
9
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.
At the start of the French Revolution shy Blanche becomes a novice nun in an convent run by an elderly prioress. Blanche’s aristocratic family flees the Terror but she remains behind, caught between her fear of the guillotine and her duty to the convent. When the nuns are expelled and threatened with death, Blanche must make an agonizing decision. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Friday Film
May
10
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Green Book                 **bonus film**

A world-class African-American pianist (Mahershala Ali) is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, he recruits a tough-talking bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) from the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation. 2 hours, 10 minutes

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Friday Film
May
17
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

A Star is Born

A seasoned musician (Bradley Cooper) discovers -- and falls in love with -- a struggling artist (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until he coaxes her into the spotlight. 2 hours, 14 minutes

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Page Turners
May
20
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. 346 pages

 

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Book Chat
Jun
12
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Himself by Jess Kidd.

Twenty-six years after he was abandoned at an orphanage, Mahony returns to the rural Irish village he was born in, determined to discover the truth, after receiving a mysterious note suggesting his mother met foul play.

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Page Turners
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 

In the 1920s, after oil was discovered beneath their land, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. 338 pages

 

 

 

 

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Other Worldly Words
Jun
27
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance.

As a swollen red sun grows ever closer to annihilating the Earth, decadent magicians compete for the technology of an ancient age — a science now known as magic.

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Other Worldly Words
Jul
25
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

 A huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space.

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Other Worldly Words
Aug
29
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty.

Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

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Other Worldly Words
Sep
26
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler by Ryan North.

The only book you need if you're going back in time. What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past. . . and then broke?

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Other Worldly Words
Oct
24
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant.

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy.

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Other Worldly Words
Dec
19
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

oin Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein.

Raised by Martians on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith is a human who has never seen another member of his species. Sent to Earth, he is a stranger who must learn what it is to be a man. 

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The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens in the Northeast with Jana Milbocker
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens in the Northeast with Jana Milbocker

Do you enjoy visiting beautiful gardens? Then join us for a virtual tour of the best public gardens and specialty nurseries in the Northeast with author Jana Milbocker as she introduces her new book, The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast.  Jana Milbocker is an avid gardener, garden designer, lecturer and writer.  She is the owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in Holliston, MA. 

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Passport Services @ the Enfield Public Library
Mar
20
3:00 PM15:00

Passport Services @ the Enfield Public Library

Can't get to the post office?  You can come here to get your passport instead. This program is in conjunction with the Hartford Public Library's Passport Services.  $110 fee for the Passport application and $35 for the execution fee. If you need a photo taken it is an additional $15.  

Passport cards are available and valid for travel by land and by sea only.
Adult card fee: $30; Under Age 16: $15

 

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Spring Organizing with "The Clutter Doctor" Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman
Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

Spring Organizing with "The Clutter Doctor" Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman

Spring is Coming! Time to Clear Out the Clutter!

Do you have clutter in your home or office that you wish you could change? Concerned with your child’s messy room? Getting ready to downsize and not sure what’s in all the piles? Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and don’t know where to begin?

Let organizational expert Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman (aka “The Clutter Doctor”) come to the rescue and guide you towards stress-free living.

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Page Turners
Mar
18
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Moonglow by Michael Chabon 

Unfolding as a deathbed confession from grandfather to his grandson - a gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched and wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart of the twentieth century. 430 pages

 

 

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Friday Film
Mar
15
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Breathe

After contracting polio at the age of 28, a man (Andrew Garfield) is confined to bed and given only months to live. With help, he emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled. 1 hour, 57 minutes.

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Book Chat
Mar
13
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.

Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals more than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

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Friday Film
Mar
1
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Bohemian Rhapsody

Based on the true story of Queen’s journey from the start of a rock band to their now legendary 1985 performance at the Live Aid concert. Chronicling the lead singer’s (Rami Malek) journey from outcast immigrant to becoming a beloved and world-famous artist. 2 hours, 14 minutes.

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Other Worldly Words
Feb
28
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi.

An empire of star systems, connected by an extradimensional conduit called the Flow, is threatened by eventual extinction as it appears to be breaking down. 

 

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Feb
28
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment.
Orphaned as a small child and raised by an entire army regiment, the spirited Marie has grown up as the regiment’s ‘daughter’, raising morale and spreading joy. Local man Tonio falls in love with her and even joins the army for her sake, but a chance encounter with a noblewoman sparks a sudden revelation, and a tale of secret identities, long-lost family and murky pasts unfolds.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

 

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“ADVENTURES IN LIKING MY LOOKS: ‘NORMAL’ MUST BE SO BORING!”
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

“ADVENTURES IN LIKING MY LOOKS: ‘NORMAL’ MUST BE SO BORING!”

Susan Cummings’ will present her one-woman show, “Adventures in Liking My Looks: ‘Normal Must Be So Boring!” The show, already performed in numerous venues in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, is a fun, spirited, sometimes poignant journey to discovering that her non-“normal” body is beautiful, and that someone else might find her beautiful too. Cummings’ journey takes her to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to art therapy and ballroom dance lessons, to London. A certain green vine turns out to be pivotal. Cummings tells her story with the help of over 12 characters and a bit of music.

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Page Turners
Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

It’s the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America—a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown. A portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America. 287 pages

 

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So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During WWII
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During WWII

Co-author Alison O’Leary will share the true story of men and women pitted against the sea during World War II—and an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit.

On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles from New Orleans. Captained by twenty nine-year-old Iron Cross and King's Crossrecipient Erich Wurdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with sixty-two souls on board.

Most aboard were merchant seamen, but there were also a handful of civilians, including the Downs family: Ray and Ina, and their two children, eight-year-old Sonny and eleven-year-old Lucille. Fast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no idea that two torpedoes were heading their way. When the ship exploded, chaos ensued—and each family member had to find their own path to survival.

An inspiring historical narrative, So Close to Home tells the story of the Downs family as they struggle against sharks, hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration in their effort to survive the aftermath of this deadly attack off the American coast.

Alison O'Leary is a former reporter for the Boston Globe, a magazine editor, and a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in publications across the country.

Michael J. Tougias is the author of more than ten books, including Overboard!, The Finest Hours (with Casey Sherman), Fatal Forecast, and Ten Hours until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy aboard the Can Do.

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Book Chat
Feb
13
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

A Swedish woman who arrives in Iowa to learn that her pen pal has just died opens a bookstore in the woman's honor and makes choices that threaten to bring secrets to light as she attempts to share her love of reading with the locals.

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Techno Topic: Digital Data Detox - Part II
Feb
11
6:30 PM18:30

Techno Topic: Digital Data Detox - Part II

Have you installed too many apps and clicked “I Agree” without really knowing what you’re agreeing to? Feeling out of control with your digital life? Have ads on your social media gone from annoying to creepy? Then it’s time for a digital data detox. In this 2-part series over two months, Reference Librarian Sam Lee will guide you through the steps to begin your digital data detox. Start 2019 in control of your digital life.

Part 1 is on Monday, January 14th and Part 2 will take place February 11th.

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Friday Film
Feb
1
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Crazy Rich Asians

Based on the best-selling book. A woman (Constance Wu) accompanies her longtime boyfriend (Henry Golding) to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s surprised to learn that he’s considered the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, she fights off jealous socialites and a disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh). 2 hours.

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Other Worldly Words
Jan
31
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Lisa for a discussion of What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they -- like you -- would be better off not knowing.

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Jan
31
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Bizet’s Carmen.
Love is a wild bird… Steadfast Don José breaks the law, goes to prison, deserts the army and loses everything to be with Carmen but the capricious gypsy soon tires of him and takes up instead with the bullfighter Escamillo. Although she has ruined his life Don José adores her still, with a fierceness that can only lead to catastrophe. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Page Turners
Jan
28
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller

Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding, but silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter’s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has his mother’s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe fire. So when the Book at the root of the bakery’s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it—along the way encountering an unforgettable cast. 438 pages

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The Great American Songbook &amp; Singers with Russ Salk
Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

The Great American Songbook & Singers with Russ Salk

Spend the afternoon listening to some great music. Russ will play musical recordings and lecture on their place in our musical culture. You'll hear some rare but outstanding performances of standards, known as the Great American Songbook. You probably know the names George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. Russ will introduce you to a whole world of composers and lyricists beyond that. Among the singers you will hear are Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Peggy Lee, with some Big Band and breezy jazz thrown into the mix.

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Friday Film
Jan
18
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Tag

One month every year, five highly competitive friends (Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress) hit the ground running for a no-holds-barred game of tag -- risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take one another down. This time, the game coincides with the wedding of the only undefeated player (Jeremy Renner). What should be an easy target soon becomes an all-out war as he knows they're coming to get him. 1 hour, 40 minutes

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