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Saturday June 20, 2015 -  Saturday August 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gunn Staff   860-868-7586   gunnstaff@biblio.org
   

Katie Ré Scheidt

"Glimpsing Summer, Near and Far"

The Stairwell Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT is delighted to announce the opening of a new show of oil paintings by local artist, Katie Ré Scheidt. The exhibit will be up from June 20th through August 2st and may be viewed during normal library hours.  Reception scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 12pm – 2pm.

The paintings of Katie Ré Scheidt, be they nudes, landscapes, still lifes, or portraits exude a serene confidence that is expressed by an unabashed use of color and a deliberateness of gesture.  Katie surrenders herself to the fluidity of motion in the act of painting and employs brushes and palette knives loaded with paint to “play and push color,” as she describes it.

The experience of getting lost in her art is something Katie vividly remembers from her childhood.  In fact it is how she adopted her “nom de brush,” so to speak, Kiki L’Heureux.  Even as a young child Katie was aware of her inner artist, her creative alter ego that she named Kiki L’Heureux and has become the way she signed her work ever since. 

As a mature artist Katie attributes her uninhibited style to the classical training she received in Florence, Italy at the Studio Cecil Graves.  This foundation, she believes, gave her the confidence to “lose her orderly self” as she says.  

After college, she took a more practical approach and was an equity trader working in the World Trade Center for more than a dozen years, keeping Kiki alive nights and weekends at the School of Visual Arts.  After 9/11, marriage and two children, Katie decided to leave Wall Street behind and let Kiki L’Heureux fully flourish.  

Tuesday July 7, 2015 Go To Top
anim_dog1 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Reading with Rover     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Read to one of  our local therapy dogs right here in the library.  Sign up for a 15 minute time slot.  Bring a book from home or borrow one from the library.  Donett and Sunny host today's Reading with Rover.

YOU MUST SIGN UP AHEAD OF TIME TO PARTICIPATE

 
misc_kapow.GIF 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mad Science presents The Science of Heroes     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

 This high energy, interactive program presented by Mad Science of Western New England, will take a look at super powers and which ones have basis in actual science.  Explore the science of flight, how science can make things invisible and how Spiderman might walk up walls.  Using experiments and demonstrations children will explore superhero physics - real or science fiction?

Thursday July 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_rocks2 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Stone Structures & Walls of England & New England: An Evolution     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

Andrew Pighills will deliver a presentation entitled Stone Structures and Walls of England and New England: An Evolution.  This informative visual presentation will draw comparisons both similar and dissimilar in geology, building styles and techniques, and follow the development and evolution of stone walls and structures from colonial times to the present day.  Mr. Pighills will explain how these structures and stonewalls fit into the garden and wider landscape past and present.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Mr. Pighills received his formal horticulture training with the Royal Horticultural Society. He has completed stone building apprenticeships with master stone artisans in the Yorkshire Dales and is a certified member of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.  When building walls he follows the ancient methods of Great Britain’s dry stone wallers. His commitment to preserving this traditional building art has earned him private and public clients both here and abroad, including the English National Trust, the Duke of Devonshire and the Earl of Hartington. Mr. Pighill’s work has been featured on BBC television and in The New York Times. In addition, he is one of only ten stone masons to be profiled in the "Stone Primer" by Charles McCraven. 

For more information please visit, www.englishgardensandlandscaping.com

    Location: Wykeham Room
Friday July 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_earth 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM 4-H Hosts The Lorax Challenge     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

 Litchfield County 4-H will present this program related to the hero theme.  “The Lorax Challenge” is based on the book by Dr. Seuss, The Lorax shares the idea that just one person can make a difference.  The program will focus on conservation and what everyone can do to be a hero to our planet. Children ages 6 and up will get the most out of this interesting and hands on event and also learn a little about the 4-H program.

Monday July 13, 2015 Go To Top
elect_camera 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Celebrating Women Photographers Film Series     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

In support of Gunn Memorial Museum’s current exhibit “Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr”, a film series entitled Celebrating Women Photographers will be shown.  One hour before and after each screening in the Library’s Wykeham Room, the Nell Dorr Photography exhibit will be open for viewing in the Gunn Memorial Museum where refreshments will be served. 

Nell Dorr was one of the most spiritual and empathetic photographic artists of the twentieth century.  Each of the four films vividly highlighting the spirit and creativity of other female photographers. 

Everlasting Moments – Swedish film director Jan Troell (The Emigrants, The New Land) has made an extraordinary film about a brave and creative working-class housewife who keeps her soul alive through learning the art of photography. The drama charts her resiliency in the face of staggering odds and setbacks as her creativity shines and gives her a keen sense of personal satisfaction and fulfillment. Color, Unrated, 131 minutes.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Tuesday July 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_kapow.GIF 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Superhero Comic Book Workshop     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Vince Giarrano, local comic book author and artist, will teach the basics of drawing comic book super heroes.  His simple instructions will get children started on characters, poses, expressions and settings.  Once they learn the basics, they can go on to create their very own comic book characters and story line.

Thursday July 16, 2015 Go To Top
ent_filmproj 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM The Paper Trail     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

Washington, CT filmmaker Jonathan Bee will host a screening of his recently released documentary, The Paper Trail.

Mr. Bee, with the help of producer Kelly Carty, interviewed a series of authors, booksellers and editors who live or spend time in the Litchfield Hills literary belt.  Such notable writers as Susan Orlean, Simon Winchester, Courtney Maum, Mary Randolph Carter, Spencer Reiss and Peter Richmond have all participated and are highlighted in the film. Each reveals their beginnings as authors, their writing process and concerns about and hopes for the future of books for both writers and readers.  Running time, 49 minutes.

Following the screening, Jonathan will discuss the film and answer audience questions.

Jonathan Bee has done multi-media fiber art installations across the US and in London. He edited and published DV-8--a music art and fashion magazine distributed nationally. He created the first printed yoga mat which sold all over the world and was Oprah's favorite! He and his husband Kent own Hunter Bee Antiques in Millerton. Jonathan has done social work HIV/AIDS social work for over twenty years.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Tuesday July 21, 2015 Go To Top
food_carrot.GIF 12:00 PM Healthyville Exhibit arrives!     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Stepping Stones Museum for Children from Norwalk is loaning the Gunn Junior Library an interactive, hands on exhibit featuring healthy choices.  Shop at the Good Foods Market, use a pulse meter, balance food choices with physical activity, practice brushing and flossing a gigantic mouth and more....The Healthyville exhibit will be up until August 11th.

 

 
anim_dog1 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Animal Heroes     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

The K-9 unit from the Connecticut State Troopers will demonstrate their important skills for jobs such as search and rescue, crowd control and sniffing out dangerous and illegal ssubstances.  This will be followed by a meet and greet of one of our favorite therapy dogs.  These dogs visit hospitals, nursing homes, libraries and schools and offer love and comfort as well as soft fur and a wet nose.  These dogs are truly animals heroes!

Thursday July 23, 2015 Go To Top
anim_dog1 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Reading with Rover     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Read to one of our local therapy dogs right here in the library.  Sugn up for a 15 minute time slot.  Bring a book from home or borrow one from the library.  Joan and Tovtwo host todays Reading with Rover.

YOU MUST SIGN UP AHEAD OF TIME TO PARTICIPATE!

Friday July 24, 2015 Go To Top
anim_bee.GIF 3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM 4-H Hosts Honey Bees and Me     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Litchfield County 4-H will present this second program related to the hero theme called Honey Bees and Me.  While many people do not like bees, very few realize the impact bees have on our food system.  This program will inspire kids to protect and preserve the honey bee.  Children ages 6 and up will get the most out of these interesting, hands on programs and learn a little about 4-H too.  

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Monday July 27, 2015 Go To Top
elect_camera 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Celebrating Women Photographers Film Series     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

In support of Gunn Memorial Museum’s current exhibit “Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr”, a film series entitled Celebrating Women Photographers will be shown.  One hour before and after each screening in the Library’s Wykeham Room, the Nell Dorr Photography exhibit will be open for viewing in the Gunn Memorial Museum where refreshments will be served. 

Nell Dorr was one of the most spiritual and empathetic photographic artists of the twentieth century.  Each of the four films vividly highlighting the spirit and creativity of other female photographers. 

Finding Vivian Maier - Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers; Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime.  Vivian's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Color, Not Rated, 83 minutes.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Tuesday July 28, 2015 Go To Top
ent_filmproj 5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Super Hero Movie, PJ and Pizza Party Night     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Enjoy a delicious slice of pizza while lounging in pajamas (don't all children have super hero pj's?) and watching an exciting super hero movie - Big Hero 6.  This action-packed comedy-adventure is about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada.  Rated PG, 102 minutes long.  PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL START TIME!

Friday July 31, 2015 Go To Top
anim_dog1 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Reading with Rover     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Read to one of our local therapy dogs right here in the library.  Sign up for a 15 minute time slot.  Bring a book from home or borrow one from the library.  Joan and Tovtwo host todays Reading with Rover.

YOU MUST SIGN UP AHEAD OF TIME TO PARTICIPATE!

Tuesday August 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_usflag 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Military Heroes and Soldier Boxes     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Meet some hometown military heroes as they share some of their experiences with us.  Participate in a bit of patriotism by making a craft or greeting card for a soldier and putting together a box of goodies to send to an active unit overseas. 

Bring a small donation to include in the soldier box.  See list posted in Library for suggestions.

Monday August 10, 2015 Go To Top
elect_camera 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Celebrating Women Photographers Film Series     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

In support of Gunn Memorial Museum’s current exhibit “Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr”, a film series entitled Celebrating Women Photographers will be shown.  One hour before and after each screening in the Library’s Wykeham Room, the Nell Dorr Photography exhibit will be open for viewing in the Gunn Memorial Museum where refreshments will be served. 

Nell Dorr was one of the most spiritual and empathetic photographic artists of the twentieth century.  Each of the four films vividly highlighting the spirit and creativity of other female photographers. 

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus - Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in with Lionel Sweeney. He is an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century. Diane's strange, new world unlocks her deepest secrets, awakens her remarkable artistic genius, and launches her path to becoming the artist she is meant to be. Color, Rated R, 122 minutes.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Tuesday August 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_kapow.GIF 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Super Hero Training Academy     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Invent your own Super Hero or be transformed into one of the classics.  Costumes welcome but we will create our own masks, cape and accessories.  Prepare your super powers to be tested in our obstacle course and see how well you score on our Super Hero trivia game.

Saturday August 15, 2015 Go To Top
lib_dia 3:00 PM Summer Reading program ends     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

This is the last day to bring in your reading log and get raffle tickets towards prizes.  Remember... the more children read, the more tickets they earn, the better their chances of winning!

 

Tuesday August 18, 2015 Go To Top
food_ice cream cone 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Ice Cream Social     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Enjoy a delicious ice cream sundae to celebrate your summer reading success.  Share this festive celebration with the many Summer Reading program participants who have also improved their reading skills over the summer.

Stick around for BINGO after enjoying your ice cream.

Monday August 24, 2015 Go To Top
elect_camera 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Celebrating Women Photographers Film Series     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

In support of Gunn Memorial Museum’s current exhibit “Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr”, a film series entitled Celebrating Women Photographers will be shown.  One hour before and after each screening in the Library’s Wykeham Room, the Nell Dorr Photography exhibit will be open for viewing in the Gunn Memorial Museum where refreshments will be served. 

Nell Dorr was one of the most spiritual and empathetic photographic artists of the twentieth century.  Each of the four films vividly highlighting the spirit and creativity of other female photographers. 

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens - Traces the artistic self-realization of Annie Leibovitz, from childhood (born and raised in Waterbury, CT) through the death of her beloved friend, Susan Sontag, and includes snippets of Leibovitz's last visual memories of Sontag. The film traces the arc of her photographic life, her aspirations to artistry, and the trajectory of her career through phases that included the tumultuous sixties in Berkeley, CA., touring with the Rolling Stones, a mentorship by Hunter S. Thompson, and, later, capturing the last candid moments of John Lennon's life with Yoko Ono. It closes with her reflections on life, children, and the wake of her relationship with Sontag. The archival material presented is invaluable for framing an understanding of this immeasurably influential visual artist. Color, Not rated, 83 minutes.

    Location: Wykeham Room
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