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Meet the Author: Stephan J. W. Platzer
Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Stephan J. W. Platzer

Stephan Platzer is the author of two books,  Everybody has a Sunfish Story, and Bringing E Home Transatlantic Voyage of Schooner Ernestina 1982.  Stephan has been a sailboat enthusiast for his entire adult life. He received a green Sunfish as a high school graduation gift, and it became the source of fifty years of adventures, connections and friendships. His first book draws from the many experiences that family and friends have shared of their own stories surrounding the Sunfish. His second book recounts his personal experience on a larger boat and a longer voyage. The Ernestina is the second oldest vessel in the United States. In 1982, Stephan was one of six Americans who sailed on board the Ernestina from Cape Verde to Newport, Rhode Island.

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Taste Testers Cookbook Club
Jun
20
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 At Home with Natalie by Natalie Morales

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

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Friday Film
Jun
21
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

On The Basis of Sex

A struggling attorney and new mother (Felicity Jones) faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When she takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband and fellow attorney, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination. 2 hours.

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Learn Ukulele with Julie
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Learn Ukulele with Julie

Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You'll learn how to tune, strum and read chords. 

This event will include a beginner’s lesson followed by a strum-along of easy songs. Ukuleles will be available on loan for the first 24 registrants. Participants are welcome to bring their own ukulele.

 Julie Stepanek, who also preforms under the name Calamine, and is best known for the theme song of Sealab2021, the Adult Swim series featuring an insane submarine crew. She divides her time between music and family, Massachusetts and New York, teaching and performing, but in every place she goes she always finds the public library.

 

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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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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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Friday Film
Jul
5
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

A frustrated, hard-drinking author (Melissa McCarthy) can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New York. Desperate for money, she soon hatches a scheme to forge letters by famous writers and sell them to bookstores and collectors. When the dealers start to catch on, she recruits a dubious friend (Richard E. Grant) to help her continue her self-destructive cycle of trickery and deceit. 1 hour, 46 minutes.

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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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Taste Testers Cookbook Club
Jul
11
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 Mary Berry Everyday: Make Every Meal Special ***NOTE DATE CHANGE!***

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

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Friday Film
Jul
12
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

The Mule        ** date change due to summer programming**

Broke, alone and facing foreclosure on his business, 90-year-old horticulturist (Clint Eastwood) takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. His immediate success leads to easy money and a larger shipment that soon draws the attention of a hard-charging DEA agent. When Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on his conscience, he must decide whether to right those wrongs before law enforcement and cartel thugs catch up to him. 1 hour, 55 minutes.

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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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Mosquitos, Ticks and Lyme Disease
Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

Mosquitos, Ticks and Lyme Disease

Mosquito, Tick and Lyme Disease – how to reduce your risk of exposure, what to do when you find a tick, alternative therapies, and information on current research.

Presented by Tricia Sedelow, Public Health Nurse and Joanna Keyes, Health Educator from North Central District Health Department

The North Central District Health Department is a full-time Public Health Department with a full-time staff funded by its member towns and an annual per capita grant from the Connecticut State Department of Public Health.

Their Mission is to prevent disease, injury, and disability by promoting and protecting the health and well-being of the public and our environment.

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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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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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Friday Film
Aug
2
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Best of Enemies

The true story of the unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist (Taraji P. Henson), and a local Ku Klux Klan leader (Sam Rockwell). During the racially charged summer of 1971, the two come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever. 2 hours, 12 minutes.

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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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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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Taste Testers Cookbook Club
Aug
15
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 My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl.

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

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Friday Film
Aug
16
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

King of Thieves

A team of septuagenarians (Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent and Tom Courtenay) rob a safe deposit facility of over £200 million in money and jewels in this British crime dramedy based on the infamous 2015 Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary. Greed and internal distrust slowly jeopardize the endeavor. 1 hour, 48 minutes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Friday Film
Jun
14
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Widows          ** date change due to book sale**

A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows (Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo) have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses' criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, they join forces to pull off a heist that their husbands were planning. 2 hours, 8 minutes.

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Meet the Author: Andrew Lam
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Andrew Lam

One group of WWII soldiers is recognized as, per capita, the most decorated in U.S. military history: the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit of Japanese Americans who fought valiantly in Europe to prove their loyalty despite the racism they’d endured at home. Now Repentance (Tiny Fox Press, May 1, 2019) , a dramatic new novel by award-winning, surgeon-author Andrew Lam, approaches their storied history from a new and controversial angle. Daniel Tokunaga, a world-famous cardiac surgeon, is perplexed when the U.S. government comes calling, wanting to know about his father’s service with the 442nd during World War II. Something terrible happened while his father was fighting the Germans in France, and the Department of Defense won’t stop its investigation until it’s determined exactly who did what. Wanting answers of his own, Daniel upends his life to find out what his father did on a small, obscure hilltop half a world away. As this quest for the truth unravels his family’s catastrophic past, the only thing for certain is that nothing—his life, career, and family—can ever be the same again.

Andrew Lam, M.D., is the author of Saving Sight, an Amazon bestseller about his career as an eye surgeon, and Two Sons of China, a novel of WWII that won a Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Award in 2014. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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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
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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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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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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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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Historic Water-Powered Mills of the Scantic River Watershed with Bill Friday
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Historic Water-Powered Mills of the Scantic River Watershed with Bill Friday

Compared to the Connecticut River, the Scantic River seems tiny and insignificant.  Yet, in the past nearly 150 mills were powered by the Scantic and its tributaries!  How could this be?  Enfield Historical Society president Bill Friday will answer this question and more.

The Scantic River passes through or drains parts of ten towns in two states before emptying into the Connecticut River.  Bill will briefly explain the geologic history that created the river, then talk about the Industrial Revolution and local history that led to the founding of settlements and construction of mills in the Scantic River watershed.  Information about dozens of different mill types, scores of mill sites, and over 140 mills will be presented: familiar Enfield mills like the Gordon Brothers mill and Hazard Powder Company mills in Scitico and Hazardville; mills in other towns like the Somersville Mill; and others that have faded from memory.  Your questions are welcome, as are your memories of any of the mills.

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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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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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Soup to Nutz with Cartoonist Rick Stromoski​
May
1
6:30 PM18:30

Soup to Nutz with Cartoonist Rick Stromoski​

Rick Stromoski will talk about his career in cartooning and show samples of his hilarious cartoons and illustration work. He will be bringing books for sale and signing.  
Rick's illustrations and cartoons since 1983 have appeared in national magazines, advertising, book publishing, children's publications, licensing, newspaper syndication and network television. He has won a bunch of awards. Member of the Society of Illustrators, The National Cartoonists Society (of which he is a past President) and the local Costco.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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
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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