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Taste Testers Cookbook Club
Oct
17
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 Delish: Eat Like Everyday is the Weekend

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

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Friday Film
Oct
18
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

The Public

An unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati. In an act of civil disobedience, a librarian (Emilio Estevez) helps a group of homeless people take refuge at the free public library. It becomes a standoff with police (Alec Baldwin) and a rush-to-judgment media (Gabrielle Union) constantly speculating about what's really happening. 2 hours, 2 minutes

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Job Search Workshop - Resume and Transferable Skills
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Job Search Workshop - Resume and Transferable Skills

The Goodwill Career Center is coming to the Enfield Public Library to present a workshop series. Career Coach Cherie Sachiel will provide her expertise on job searching.  

October 21st:  Resume and Transferable Skills - highlight your skills to an employer; create a resume that features your skills and experiences; convert your resume into ATS format to increase application visibility; and identify the different sections of a resume. 

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 Page Turners
Oct
21
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

Nora is the responsible sister; she’s shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn’t sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan—a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand.  335 pages

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Before Salem: Witch Hunting in the Connecticut River Valley 1647-1663
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Before Salem: Witch Hunting in the Connecticut River Valley 1647-1663

From 1647-1663 eleven people were hanged as witches on the New England frontier, the Connecticut River Valley. The outbreak of witch hunting in New England was directly influenced by the English Civil War and the witchcraft trials begun in 1644 led by the witch hunter Matthew Hopkins in East Anglia, England. The authorities in New England were armed with a legal manual influenced by recent English demonological writings for identifying a witch and new techniques pioneered by Hopkins for examining witches. For a variety of reasons examined in this book the witch hysteria spread rapidly throughout New England and first erupted in the Connecticut River Valley. Earlier reports of these activities and trials were collected primarily by ministers and included information on demonic possession, bewitchment, counter magic, witch accusations, legal issues, and the clerical role in these trials.

Dr. Richard S. Ross, is Professor Emeritus and former College Librarian at Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut. He holds an MA from Northeastern University, an MLS from Simmons College and a PhD from Boston College. He has taught at Boston College, Northeastern University, the University of New Hampshire, and Trinity College. He has held administrative Librarian positions at Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the University of New Hampshire and Georgetown University. 

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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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Friends of the Enfield Library and Author Event
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Friends of the Enfield Library and Author Event

Join the Friends of the Enfield Library as they welcome author Deborah Vadas Levison author of the Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice.

After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust – in ghettos, on death marches, and in concentration camps – a young couple seeks refuge in Canada. They settle into a new life, certain that the terrors of their past are behind them. They build themselves a cozy little cottage on a lake in Muskoka, a cottage that becomes emblematic of their victory over the Nazis. The charming retreat is a safe haven, a refuge from haunted memories.

That is, until a single act of unspeakable violence defiles their sanctuary. Poking around the dark crawl space beneath their cottage, they discover a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and almost hidden from view. Nothing could have prepared them for the horror of the crate’s contents – or how the peace and tranquility of their lives would be shattered.

Now, their daughter, Deborah Vadas Levison, an award-winning journalist, tells the extraordinary account of her parents' ordeals, both in one of the darkest times in world history and their present-day lives.

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Oct
30
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Madama Butterfly traces a young geisha’s life from her marriage to an American naval lieutenant at 15 years old, through determined motherhood, to an ultimate reclamation of self through her culture’s lethal code of honor.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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The Missing Link in Retirement Planning - Why and When to Consider Long-Term Care Insurance
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

The Missing Link in Retirement Planning - Why and When to Consider Long-Term Care Insurance

You have your 401(k)…

Your diversified portfolio…

Your retirement nest egg...

You’ve thought of everything – except for how to protect these assets should you need long-term care. It’s a fact: Just one year in a Connecticut nursing home can cost more than $157,700. And Medicare and health insurance may only cover a fraction of these costs. Aldo Pantano, from the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care, with the State Office of Policy and Management. Come learn about how the State’s Partnership for Long-Term Care can help you plan ahead for your future long term care needs.

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Friday Film
Nov
1
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Poms

A woman (Diane Keaton) sets up a cheerleading team shortly after moving into a retirement community with her fellow residents (Jackie Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston and Rhea Perlman) being more than willing to join. Proving that you're never too old to 'bring it!' 1 hour, 31 minutes

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Meet the Author: Dan Hayden
Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Dan Hayden

Author Dan Hayden will share the latest book The Game Warden’s Bullet. Former game warden and convicted animal poacher, Jake Farmer, has returned from prison having had ample time to consider the people responsible for his confinement.
A hospital stay that required several months of recovery followed by over a year in prison allowed him to focus on the harshness of his punishment and to place blame on everyone but himself.
Game Warden Sam Moody has heard rumors that he may be the target for Farmer's revenge and takes steps to protect his family and friends.

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Meet the Author: Penny Goetjen
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Penny Goetjen

Penny will share her newest book, Murder Returns to the Precipice.

Returning to her roots on the rocky, tumultuous coast of Maine Elizabeth Pennington reopens her family's historic inn, which she lovingly restored to its New England charm after a powerful hurricane nearly destroyed it. Unseen forces, however, seem hell-bent on derailing her efforts, or worse--taking her out of the picture. The untimely death of a young female guest in the inn's fitness center appears to be a tragic accident until authorities investigate and find there is more than meets the eye.

National award-winning author Penny Goetjen writes murder mysteries where the milieus play as prominent a role as the engaging characters. A self-proclaimed eccentric known for writing late into the night, transfixed by the allure of flickering candlelight, Ms. Goetjen embraces the writing process, unaware what will confront her at the next turn. She rides the journey with her characters, often as surprised as her readers to see how the story unfolds. Fascinated with the paranormal, she usually weaves a subtle, unexpected twist into her stories. When her husband is asked how he feels about his wife writing murder mysteries, he answers with a wink, “I sleep with one eye open.”

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Afternoon Book Chat at the Senior Center
Nov
13
2:30 PM14:30

Afternoon Book Chat at the Senior Center

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth in the Wellness Room of the Enfield Senior Center for a discussion of Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier.

A classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the story of the house's first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted.

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Epilepsy Seminar
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Epilepsy Seminar

In this educational seminar, join board-certified neurologist and neurophysiologist, Dr. Gabriel Martz, and board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Mohamad Khaled, to learn more about understanding what is a seizure and what is epilepsy, understanding how medications work to prevent seizures, and learning about treatment options when medications do not control seizures. Q&A with the doctors will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Hartford Healthcare.

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Friday Film
Nov
15
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Yesterday      

After a freak accident during a mysterious worldwide blackout, struggling musician (Himesh Patel) wakes to discover that he is the only person in the world to remember The Beatles. Using this newfound benefit to his advantage, he begins performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them. He becomes on overnight sensation, launching his career to superstardom. 1 hour, 57 minutes

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Job Search Workshop - Cover Letter and References
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Job Search Workshop - Cover Letter and References

The Goodwill Career Center is coming to the Enfield Public Library to present a workshop series. Career Coach Cherie Sachiel will provide her expertise on job searching.  

November 18th:  Cover Letter and References - set yourself apart from other candidates; write a cover letter that tells the employer why you are a perfect candidate for the position; sell your skills and qualifications to the employer; and create a list of references, which employers can contact to learn more about your experience. 

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Page Turners
Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

Months after her husband is transferred to Hong Kong in 1951, Claire Pendleton accepts a position as a piano teacher to the daughter of a wealthy couple, the Chens. Claire begins to see the appeal of the sweltering city and is soon taken in by the Chen's driver, Will Truesdale. A handsome charmer with a mysterious limp, Will appears to be the perfect companion for Claire, but a further examination leaves her with more questions than answers. 328 pages

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Nov
21
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Glass’s Akhnaten.

Philip Glass’s opera follows the rise, reign, and fall of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhnaten. Akhnaten was one of the most influential Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt whose brief 17 year reign introduced the world to his ideas about religion, culture and society.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Friday Film
Dec
6
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Little         

A take-no-prisoners tech mogul (Regina Hall) torments her long-suffering assistant (Issa Rae) and the rest of her employees. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself (Marsai Martin) right before a do-or-die presentation. 1 hour, 49 minutes.

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Page Turners
Dec
16
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle 

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together. 276 pages

 

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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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Job Search Workshop - Interview Skills
Dec
23
2:00 PM14:00

Job Search Workshop - Interview Skills

The Goodwill Career Center is coming to the Enfield Public Library to present a workshop series. Career Coach Cherie Sachiel will provide her expertise on job searching.  

December 23rd:  Interview Skills - prepare yourself before the interview; what to expect during the interview process; how to answer difficult questions you may be asked; and how to follow up after the interview is over. 

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Friday Film
Jan
3
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Tolkien

A young student (Nicolas Hoult) finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. Their brotherhood soon strengthens as they weather the storm of a tumultuous courtships and the outbreak of World War I. These early life experiences later inspire the budding author to write classic fantasy novels. 1 hour, 52 minutes.

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Friday Film
Jan
17
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

The Favorite  

In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail queen (Oliva Colman) occupies the throne, and her close friend (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead, while tending to the queen’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to the court. 2 hours, 1 minute.

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Page Turners
Jan
27
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

A saga of a family in exile and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

489 pages

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

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike will lecture on Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

The libretto of Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black street-beggar living in the slums of Charleston. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, her drug dealer.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library

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Other Worldly Words
Jan
30
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse.

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

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AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT AT THE SENIOR CENTER
Feb
12
2:30 PM14:30

AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT AT THE SENIOR CENTER

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth in the Wellness Room of the Enfield Senior Center for a discussion of The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.

Addie Baum was born to immigrant parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their children. Dreaming of going to college, Addie wants a career and to find true love. Now eighty-five, Addie tells the story of her life to her granddaughter.

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Page Turners
Feb
24
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Set in Nigeria, both husband and wife tell the story of their marriage--and the forces that threaten to tear it apart—polygamy, infertility and sacrifice.

260 pages

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Friends of the Enfield Library and Author Event
Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

Friends of the Enfield Library and Author Event

Join the Friends of the Library as they welcome Dan Szczesny author of The White Mountain.

Over the course of one calendar year, journalist Dan Szczesny explored the history and mystique of New England s tallest mountain. But Mount Washington is more than just a 6,288-foot rock pile; the mountain is the cultural soul of climbers, hikers, and tourists from around the world.

Szczesny's research took him outside of the archives; he was on the team of a ninety-seven-year-old ultra-runner, he dressed as Walt Whitman and read poetry while hiking up the mountain, and he spent a week in winter cooking for the scientists at the observatory. In The White Mountain, Szczesny turns a veteran journalist's eye toward exploring Mount Washington's place in the collective consciousness of the country and how this rugged landscape has reflected back a timeless history of our obsession and passion for exploration and discovery.

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Other Worldly Words
Feb
27
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Witchmark by C.L. Polk.

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

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Page Turners
Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. Annie is still mourning the terrible loss, and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.

384 pages

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Other Worldly Words
Mar
26
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of All Systems Red by Martha Wells.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.”

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AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT AT THE SENIOR CENTER
Apr
8
2:30 PM14:30

AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT AT THE SENIOR CENTER

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth in the Wellness Room of the Enfield Senior Center for a discussion of The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin.

A novel about New York’s “Swans” (socialites) of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.

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Page Turners
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart Nigeria for the West. Beautiful Ifemelu heads for America. Quiet, Obinze plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria.

477 pages

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 AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT AT THE SENIOR CENTER
May
13
2:30 PM14:30

AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT AT THE SENIOR CENTER

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth in the Wellness Room of the Enfield Senior Center for a discussion of The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs.

Linda Davis, the owner of a shop where women gather with their quilts commemorating important events of their lives, and her daughter Molly share one last adventure together as Molly goes off to college, making special memories along the way.

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Page Turners
May
18
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

A historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers. Exploring colonialism and independence, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and first love; braided through with Chinese folklore.

384 pages

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Other Worldly Words
May
28
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Westside by W.M. Akers .

A young detective who specializes in “tiny mysteries” finds herself at the center of a massive conspiracy in this beguiling historical fantasy set on Manhattan’s Westside—a peculiar and dangerous neighborhood home to strange magic and stranger residents.

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AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT AT THE SENIOR CENTER
Jun
10
2:30 PM14:30

AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT AT THE SENIOR CENTER

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth in the Wellness Room of the Enfield Senior Center for a discussion of Island of Sea Women by Lisa See.

The ostracized daughter of a Japanese collaborator and the daughter of their Korean village’s head female diver share nearly a century of friendship that is tested by their island’s torn position between two warring empires.

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Page Turners
Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion ofThe Honey Bus by Meredith May 

Part memoir, part beekeeping odyssey a story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature's most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee.

336 pages

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Friday Film
Oct
11
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

RocketMan     **date changed **         

An epic musical fantasy focuses on Elton John's (Taron Egerton) early years and his meteoric rise to fame in the 1970s. It dwells on his relationships with his parents, his enduring partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), and his romantic relationships. The universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. 2 hours, 1 minute

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Passport Services @ the Enfield Public Library
Oct
10
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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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Oct
10
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Puccini’s Turandot.

Beautiful Princess Turandot has sworn never to be possessed by a man. Calaf, an unknown suitor becomes lovestruck with the icy Princess. All he has to do to unlock her heart is to answer three riddles, any wrong answer results in his death.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Mindfulness with Deb Burdick
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Mindfulness with Deb Burdick

Join award winning, best-selling author and mindfulness expert, Deb Burdick, LCSW, BCN to learn about mindfulness and how we all can benefit from it. You will learn and practice six evidence-based mindfulness skills you can use to improve mood, worry less, concentrate better, stress less and experience contentment.

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Afternoon Book Chat at the Senior Center
Oct
9
2:30 PM14:30

Afternoon Book Chat at the Senior Center

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth in the Wellness Room of the Enfield Senior Center for a discussion of Jeeves and the Wedding Bells: An Homage to P.G. Wodehouse by Sebastian Faulks.

With the approval of the Wodehouse estate, acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks brings Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant) back to life in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps.

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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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Friends of the Enfield Library and Author Event
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Friends of the Enfield Library and Author Event

Join the Friends as they welcome author Marty Podscotch. He will share his book the Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut

From the quaint splendor of the town of Kent in the northwest hills of Connecticut to the great restaurants that dot the shoreline of Westbrook to New Britain’s industrial roots, travel and history author Martin “Marty” Podskoch is hoping to give Connecticut residents a chance to explore every municipality in the State of Conn. with his new book, Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.

Martin Podskoch, a retired reading teacher from Delhi, NY and now lives in East Hampton, Conn. has compiled interesting information for his new Connecticut Travel Guide Book on the 169 towns, cities and villages in the State of Connecticut in the hopes of encouraging people to visit them all.

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Job Search Workshop - Applications
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

Job Search Workshop - Applications

The Goodwill Career Center is coming to the Enfield Public Library to present a workshop series. Career Coach Cherie Sachiel will provide her expertise on job searching.  

September 23rd:  Applications - what to do before, during, and after the application process; how to upload and download application-related documents such as resumes; what is and isn’t necessary to include in the application. 

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Friday Film
Sep
20
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Welcome to Marwen

A devastating attack shatters a man (Steve Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, he meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one. 2 hours.

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Taste Testers Cookbook Club
Sep
19
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 Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking

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	You Are Not Alone with Sydney Sherman
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

You Are Not Alone with Sydney Sherman

You Are Not Alone approaches the paranormal with a healthy dose of common sense and encourages rational skepticism. The author looks at why and what we believe about the paranormal and the afterlife. Her book draws distinctions between myths and the paranormal and recounts numerous experiences with spirits. She offers hints to avoid falling prey to the frauds in the paranormal field. The author educates readers on how they too can continue their relationship with their loved ones. With step by step advice, Sydney Sherman encourages people to think about the potential the paranormal holds for all of us. Sydney hopes readers will come to the same understanding ---they are not gone; they are still very much here with us....we just need to start listening.

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Page Turners
Sep
16
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Circe by Madeline Miller 

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft , which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. 393 pages

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Meet the Author: Maggie Downie
Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Maggie Downie

Everyone has pain at some point in life. Some of us deal with chronic pain for years. Pain can be complicated, but there are some simple tools that can help relieve pain. Research shows that understanding how pain works can help us begin to get out of pain. Come learn small steps you can take to reduce and manage pain without drugs or surgery with Maggie Downie, author of Keep Moving: Take Steps to Relieve Pain & Improve Your Life and the founder of Personal Euphoria, a fitness and wellness company, where she has been helping her clients reduce pain since 2005.

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Afternoon Book Chat at the Senior Center
Sep
11
2:30 PM14:30

Afternoon Book Chat at the Senior Center

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth in the Wellness Room of the Enfield Senior Center for a discussion of Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.

In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness, but soon they are exchanging the confidences and memories.

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Friday Film
Sep
6
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Isn’t It Romantic

A New York architect (Rebel Wilson) gets knocked unconscious during a subway mugging and magically wakes up to find herself in an alternate universe. Always cynical about love, her worst nightmare soon comes true when she suddenly discovers that she's playing the leading lady in a real-life romantic comedy (Liam Hemsworth). 1 hour, 28 minutes.

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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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OPERA ADVENTURES SUMMER SERIES WITH MIKE CASCIA
Aug
29
1:30 PM13:30

OPERA ADVENTURES SUMMER SERIES WITH MIKE CASCIA

Join Mike Cascia for a lecture and a screening of the opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann is an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann. The opera was first-performed at the Opera Comique on February 10, 1881.

Plot: The opera begins with a Prologue at a tavern in Nuremberg. The Muse appears and reveals to the audience her purpose is to make Hoffmann forsake all other loves, so he can be devoted to her: The Muse of Poetry. She takes the appearance of Hoffmann's closest male friend, Nicklausse. Hoffmann enters and Nicklausse persuades Hoffmann to tell the students at the tavern about his great loves.

Hoffmann then begins his three tales of love. In Paris (Act 1) at Spalanzani’s house, Hoffmann recounts how he was tricked into falling in love with Olympia, a life-sized mechanical doll who fell apart as they danced at a party. In Venice (Act 2) at a palazzo, Hoffmann attends a party given by Giulietta, a courtesan, to whom he is very attracted. Dappertutto, a collector of human spirits, bribes Giulietta with diamonds to steal Hoffmann’s spirit, which she does, leaving Hoffmann without a reflection. Finally, in Munich (Act 3) at Crespel’s house, Hoffmann has fallen in love with Crespel’s daughter, Antonia, a singer. Hoffmann learns that singing is physically destroying Antonia’s life and he makes her promise to give up singing. The sinister Dr. Miracle conjures of the image of Antonia’s dead opera singer mother. Under her influence, Antonia sings herself to death. Hoffmann is again devastated.

In the Epilogue scene back at Luther’s Tavern, Hoffmann’s Muse pleads with him to dedicate himself to his art, which he does and the opera ends.

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The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities
Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities

Author and photographer Mathew M. Duman presents an illustrated lecture showcasing his latest book: The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities. Using his original photographs, Mathew explains the use of grotesques and gargoyles on academic buildings from a select group of American institutions of higher learning as well as other interesting features of the Collegiate Gothic architectural style.

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Page Turners
Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore

Gbessa is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them. 294 pages

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Job Search Workshop - Job Search
Aug
19
2:00 PM14:00

Job Search Workshop - Job Search

The Goodwill Career Center is coming to the Enfield Public Library to present a workshop series. Career Coach Cherie Sachiel will provide her expertise on job searching.  

August 19th:  Job Search - determine what type of job you’re searching for; identify the different ways to look for jobs; use various job websites; and avoid job scams. 

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Afternoon Book Chat at the Senior Center
Aug
14
2:30 PM14:30

Afternoon Book Chat at the Senior Center

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth in the Wellness Room of the Enfield Senior Center for a discussion of Sweetgrass by Mary Alice Monroe.

The Blakely family, despite the tragedy that separated them, must band together to save their historical plantation, which has been in the family for generations and is the only thing that holds them all together, from being sold to developers.

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Bullet Journal Basics
Aug
12
6:30 PM18:30

Bullet Journal Basics

Do you wish you were more organized, but haven’t found a system for you? Have you seen all the Pinterest-worthy bullet journals and been amazed? Or intimidated? Join Sam for a beginner’s basic guide to bullet journal-ing. Bring a notebook and pen and you can get started.

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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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OPERA ADVENTURES SUMMER SERIES WITH MIKE CASCIA
Jul
24
1:30 PM13:30

OPERA ADVENTURES SUMMER SERIES WITH MIKE CASCIA

Join Mike Cascia for a lecture and a screening of the opera Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber.

Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber premiered in Berlin on June 18, 1821. Der Freischütz is based on a tale from the Gespensterbuch ("Book of Wraiths") of Apel and Laun concerning a marksman who makes a pact with the Devil.

Plot: Set on a mountain of Bohemia in the 17th century, Der Freischütz tells the tale of Max, a young gamekeeper. Max is in love with Agathe, daughter of the head ranger to Prince Ottokar. To win her hand, an ancient custom requires Max to prove his skill as a marksman on the morning of the wedding by shooting at any object the Prince may choose on the spur of the moment.

On the day before the wedding, Max loses a match he should have won. Kaspar, a man of dark character, approaches Max and asks him to meet in the Wolf’s Glen at midnight where they will mold seven magic bullets to ensure that Max wins the hand of Agathe. Max is unaware that Kaspar has sold his soul to the devil and is trying to ensnare Max’s soul as well.

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Page Turners
Jul
15
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson

Georgia, 1930: in a house full of secrets, two babies—one light skinned, and the other dark—are born to Elma Jesup, a white-sharecropper’s daughter. Accused of her rape, field hand Genus Jackson is lynched and dragged behind a truck down the Twelve-Mile Straight, the road to the nearby town. In the aftermath, the inhabitants are forced to contend with their complicity. 543 pages

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Afternoon Book Chat at the Senior Center
Jul
10
2:30 PM14:30

Afternoon Book Chat at the Senior Center

Join Deputy Director Katie Werth in the Wellness Room of the Enfield Senior Center for a discussion of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

The story follows Hetty 'Handful' Grimké, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimké family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives.

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 Opera Adventures Summer Series with Mike Cascia
Jun
27
1:30 PM13:30

Opera Adventures Summer Series with Mike Cascia

Join Mike Cascia for a lecture and a screening of the opera Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti.

Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti was first performed on December 26, 1833 at La Scala, Milan, Italy. The opera was written in the Italian Bel Canto style (beautiful singing), which was a type of Italian opera very popular in the early 1800’s. Another factor for this type of opera was the audience interest in historical figures, such as Lucrezia Borgia.

Plot: The opera, is pure fiction, based on a French play Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo, set in the early 16th Century. In Venice, Gennaro and his companions are celebrating at a party, where he meets a masked woman with whom he falls in love. His friends reveal that the woman is indeed Lucrezia Borgia who poisons all her political enemies. Gennaro is horrified.

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