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Monday November 19, 2018 Go To Top
symbols_amnesty.png 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM 12th Annual Kristallnacht Lecture: Agnes Vertes, Holocaust Survivor     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791

Agnes Vertes was born Agnes Katz in Budapest, Hungary, in 1940. Germany occupied Hungary in March 1944; deportations of the nation's Jews began in May. Hungarian Jews represented about one half of all Jews murdered at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. First Agnes, her younger sister, and her mother lived with relatives in the countryside to escape the bombing. Then her father came for them. "Not one of those in the villages survived. If I stayed there I definitely would've been smoke," she says, referring to the crematoriums at Auschwitz. Soon after she and her sister returned to Budapest. A woman came and promised their parents she would keep the girls safe. Her presentation discusses how they were ultimately saved.


Kristallnacht, also referred to as the Night of Broken Glass, was a series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9-10, 1938. German authorities looked on as SA paramilitary and civilians carried out these attacks and covered the streets with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues. This annual event at the Farmington Libraries commemorates the human spirit’s ability to overcome such persecution.

    Location: Community Room
        There are many spaces available.
Wednesday November 21, 2018 Go To Top
med_heart_health.png 9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Blood Pressure Clinic     Tell a Friend
    Contact:    860-651-3539   

Farmington Valley Nursing Association FREE blood pressure clinic. No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe
Monday November 26, 2018 Go To Top
lib_book_open.png 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Farmington Reads Book Group     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Caroline Ford   860-673-6791

Hidden gems from our collection, chosen just for you by our staff! Join us to discuss, share, and laugh. Titles will include a mix of fiction and non-fiction. A limited number of copies of each book on the list will be available for loan at the library, or bring your own! All are welcome.

NOVEMBER'S BOOK: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

The story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, the two friends find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.

    Location: Board Room 1
Tuesday November 27, 2018 Go To Top
flags_italy.png 6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Italian-American Culture: From Ellis Island to Today (Part 2)     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791

Celebrate Italian-American culture through history, music, food, and more!

Italian Americans are the 7th-largest ethnic group in the United States, and 19% of Connecticut residents claim Italian ancestry. This two-part series will celebrate the history, sights, sounds, and flavors of this vital segment of the population.

Part 1 (October 30):  The history and literature of Italian-American immigration from Ellis Island through the Italian-American communities of today. Special emphasis will be given to the Italian American communities in Connecticut.

Part 2 (November 27): Italian-American food, film and music from the Italian-American neighborhoods of the 1940s and 1950s to the Italian American neighborhoods of today.


6:00 - 6:30  Socializing (includes light Italian dinner)

6:30 - 8:00  Presentation

8:00 - 8:30  Questions/Wrap Up


Dr. Carl Antonucci is Director of Library Services, Elihu Burritt Library, Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. He has a doctorate in history from Providence College and has a master’s in library science from Simmons College. His dissertation is on machine politics and urban renewal in Providence, Rhode Island, during the era of Mayor Joseph Doorley. His other areas of interests include Italian American studies. Dr. Antonucci and Professor Kenneth DiMaggio are currently working on a critical biography of the pick-and shovel poet Pascal D’Angelo.

Professor Kenneth DiMaggio is a Professor of Humanities at Capital Community College in Hartford. He has written and presented several papers in the field of Italian American studies, among them, "Leave the Gun, Take the Cannolis: How Machiavelli's The Prince Influences the Role of the Gangster in Modern Literature and Film" which was published in the journal, Italian Americana. He and Dr. Carl Antonucci have also written "When Russo Street was Mussolini Street: Revisiting an Apocryphal Chapter in the Italian American Cultural Narrative," that looks at the Italian American community's wide support for Mussolini prior to World War Two.


    Location: Community Room
        There are many spaces available.
Thursday November 29, 2018 Go To Top
ent_note.png 6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Garmany Music Series: Jazz Standards of the American Songbook with Too Human     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791

When you listen to Too Human it's hard not to get drawn in! Soon you are tapping your feet and swaying to the great jazz standards, performed with vocals, guitar, percussion and upright bass. With innovation and humor, the songs and arrangements are fresh and touch the spirit of audiences, whatever your age.


Too Human are accomplished songwriters and performers. Their songs covered by a broad spectrum of recording artists including Cher, Pat Benatar, Teddy Pendergrass, Martha Davis (of the Motels), Angela Bofill, Agnetha Foltskog (of ABBA), Anne Murray, Nancy Wilson, and Ramsey Lewis. They have opened for or shared the stage with 10,000 Maniacs, Janis Ian, Martin Sexton, Livingston Taylor, Kenny Rankin, Kim & Reggie Harris, Susan Werner, Jack Williams, Les Sampou, David Amram, Dave's True Story, Dean Friedman, and Sloan Wainwright. And some past performance highlights include the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, The Bottom Line in NYC, Bushnell Theater in Hartford, CT and Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY. They have also appeared live as featured artists on WFUV with Meg Griffin and John Platt, WXPN with Gene Shay, WRPI with Sonny Ochs, WCUW with Richard Fox, WFDU with Ron Olesko, WVIA with George Graham, WKZE with Frank Matheis, WWUH with Ed McKeon, WHUS with Susan Forbes Hanson and John Sloan, and many others.

This event is made possible by Richard P. Garmany through a grant awarded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The Farmington Libraries will be hosting a variety of performances throughout the year as part of the Richard P. Garmany Music Series.

    Location: Community Room
        There are many spaces available.
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