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Monday November 19, 2018
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM 12th Annual Kristallnacht Lecture: Agnes Vertes, Holocaust Survivor  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

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.

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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

Wednesday November 21, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

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

    Location: Main Library Cafe

Monday November 26, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Farmington Reads Book Group  
    Contact: Caroline Ford   860-673-6791   cford@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

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
   6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Italian-American Culture: From Ellis Island to Today (Part 2)  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

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.

Schedule

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

6:30 - 8:00  Presentation

8:00 - 8:30  Questions/Wrap Up

Presenters

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.

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    Location: Community Room

Thursday November 29, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Garmany Music Series: Jazz Standards of the American Songbook with Too Human  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

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.

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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

Wednesday December 5, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association FREE blood pressure clinic every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Art21 Screening: Experience the Art Scene of the San Francisco Bay Area  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary program, Art in the Twenty-First Century.

We will be watching the recently-premiered episode "San Francisco Bay Area." View a trailer here.

A longtime home for political progressives and technological pioneers, the San Francisco Bay Area is a magnet for artists who are drawn to its experimental atmosphere, countercultural spirit, and history of innovation. In addition to presenting three artists working across photography, installation, and new media, this episode features a nonprofitt art center, spotlighting multiple artists with physical and cognitive disabilities who work in a range of mediums. The artists in this hour are united by their steadfastness and persistence in creating; their art serves as an essential expression of their experience of the world.

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About Art21 

Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, Art21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists. Art21 provides unparalleled access to the artist’s voice to diverse audiences around the world, using the power of digital media to introduce millions of people to contemporary art and artists. For more than two decades, Art21 has changed the paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process. 

In addition to its Peabody Award–winning PBS-broadcast television series, Art in the Twenty-First Century, Art21 produces the digital film series New York Close Up and Extended Play; special artist projects, including the Peabody Award–winning feature William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible; educational resources and professional development; a digital publication featuring guest editors and contributors; and a comprehensive website, art21.org. Art21 also annually produces a number of public programs that connect audiences to artists and the artistic process. 

    Location: Community Room

Tuesday December 11, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM YA Lit Lovers Book Group  
    Contact: Laura Horn   860-673-6791   lhorn@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Are you a little less Y and a little more A, but can’t get enough of YA books?

It’s ok, no really, it’s okay. This book group is for you! Funny, heart-wrenching, time-traveling, world-bending, stereotype shattering YA books have been making a mark on society for decades and it’s time for us adults who love them to stop hiding in the shadows. Led by Laura Horn, Assistant Library Director.

This month's book is Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. View our entire reading list here!

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday December 12, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Coffee & Canvas: Paint What You Like!  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791 x212   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Drop in and paint what you like while enjoying friends, relaxing music, and coffee! 

While our teacher is on hiatus, Coffee & Canvas will continue as a drop-in, paint-what-you-like program. We will provide brushes, paints, easels, and more. We'll even clean up after you! Canvases and other paintable objects will be in short supply, so we strongly recommend you bring your own. 

 Please note: This program is for adults.

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    Location: Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Reception: Winter Gallery Show  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    Location: Community Room

Monday December 17, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Farmington Reads Book Group  
    Contact: Caroline Ford   860-673-6791   cford@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

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! Led by Caroline Ford, Director of Lending & Collection Management.

This month's book is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. View our entire reading list here!

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday December 19, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association FREE blood pressure clinic every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe

Wednesday January 2, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association FREE blood pressure clinic every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe

Tuesday January 8, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM YA Lit Lovers Book Group  
    Contact: Laura Horn   860-673-6791   lhorn@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Are you a little less Y and a little more A, but can’t get enough of YA books?

It’s ok, no really, it’s okay. This book group is for you! Funny, heart-wrenching, time-traveling, world-bending, stereotype shattering YA books have been making a mark on society for decades and it’s time for us adults who love them to stop hiding in the shadows. Led by Laura Horn, Assistant Library Director.

This month's book is Railsea by China Mieville. View our entire reading list here!

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday January 9, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Coffee & Canvas: Paint What You Like!  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791 x212   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Drop in and paint what you like while enjoying friends, relaxing music, and coffee! 

While our teacher is on hiatus, Coffee & Canvas will continue as a drop-in, paint-what-you-like program. We will provide brushes, paints, easels, and more. We'll even clean up after you! Canvases and other paintable objects will be in short supply, so we strongly recommend you bring your own. 

 Please note: This program is for adults.

PLEASE REGISTER

    Location: Community Room

Wednesday January 16, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association FREE blood pressure clinic every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe

Tuesday January 22, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Scents & Sensibility: Sniffing through Our Stinky Past and Making Herbal Reed Diffusers  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Join us for a whiff of the past, and create your own great-smelling herbal reed diffuser! 

Enjoy historical tidbits such as:

  • King Henry VIII had a festering leg wound that could be smelled from three rooms away
  • By the 1890s, there were approximately 300,000 horses and 1,000 tons of poop a day in London streets
  • During the eighteenth century, women shaved off their eyebrows and replaced them with false ones made from mouse fur
  • Baldness was “cured” by combining chicken droppings with potassium salts, and spreading it on balding areas

Next, learn about the medicinal benefits of various herbs and essential oils – including:

  • Cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar for diabetics
  • The Doctrine of Signatures tells us that eucalyptus cleanses “swampy” areas of the body, just as it cleanses malarial swamps
  • Rosemary has been recognized as a memory tonic since the ancient Egyptians, and is currently being studied for use in Alzheimer’s

Finally, create your own 8-ounce Herbal Reed Diffuser based on your preference/needs.

SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


When a zany teacher and sage herbalist join forces, they create Grounded Goodwife. Velya’s gregarious personality and Ehris’ grounded energy enable this mother/daughter team to connect with audiences. Funny and frank, the duo believe in taking inner responsibility for one’s wellness, and share their “recipe” for wholeness through workshops, presentations, and seminars.

    Location: Community Room

Thursday January 24, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Ghost and Legends with Jeff Bellanger  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Prepare to explore the unexplained with Jeff Belanger—one of New England’s foremost storytellers and researchers of folklore and legends. 

“Ghosts and Legends” presents highlights from his own adventures, his research from his books, podcast, and the television programs he’s worked on, plus great stories of the unusual and the haunted. Belanger’s program will delve into the reasons behind the legends

He’s the award-winning, Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series on PBS and Amazon Prime, and is the author of over a dozen books on the unexplained (published in six languages). He also hosts the popular New England Legends weekly podcast.

Belanger is a noted speaker and media personality who has lectured at libraries, universities, corporations, MENSA’s national conference, and has given a prestigious TEDx talk in New York City. Belanger has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and USA Today and is the series writer and researcher for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. He's been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs.

This will be a night you won’t forget!

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*snow date January 29th*

    Location: Community Room

Monday January 28, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Farmington Reads Book Group  
    Contact: Caroline Ford   860-673-6791   cford@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

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! Led by Caroline Ford, Director of Lending & Collection Management.

This month's book is Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong. View our entire reading list here!

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday January 30, 2019
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Teen Tech Mentors - Session One  
    Contact: Anna Boisvert   860-673-6791   aboisvert@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Need help troubleshooting your new phone, tablet or laptop? Would you like to learn more about basic computing (i.e. setting up an email account, or uploading photos to the cloud)?  Meet one-on-one with our Teen Tech Mentors at the Farmington Library to learn these skills and more! Please register.

    Location: Board Room 1
   3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Tech Mentors - Session Two  
    Contact: Anna Boisvert   860-673-6791   aboisvert@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Need help troubleshooting your new phone, tablet or laptop? Would you like to learn more about basic computing (i.e. setting up an email account, or uploading photos to the cloud)?  Meet one-on-one with our Teen Tech Mentors at the Farmington Library to learn these skills and more! Please register.

    Location: Board Room 1

Tuesday February 5, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Filling Our Hearts with Love Through Meditation (2-part series)  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Prepare for spring by opening your heart and mind!

Join longtime meditator Clare Vidich as she offers these engaging workshops on how to use the meditation practice to transform the heart. She will explore how to incorporate more love and peace in your life, which can have a profound transformation on your overall wellbeing. These session will be devoted to integrating these practices into your daily life. Participants will learn to let go of anger, fear and worry in order to create more harmonious relationships, better work and home environments and experience a deep sense of personal peace and love. No experience necessary.

PLEASE REGISTER: Register for one or both sessions! Session Two (2/12)


Clare Vidich is the Director of Kirpal Meditation Center and serves on the Integrative Health Committee at Windham Hospital. She is a Montessori teacher who offers meditation classes in adult education, college, high schools & preschools. Clare was a speaker at the Global Conference on Mysticism in 2007 and 2009 in Delhi, India.

    Location: Community Room

Wednesday February 6, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association FREE blood pressure clinic every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe

Tuesday February 12, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Filling Our Hearts with Love Through Meditation (2-part series)  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Prepare for spring by opening your heart and mind!

Join longtime meditator Clare Vidich as she offers these engaging workshops on how to use the meditation practice to transform the heart. She will explore how to incorporate more love and peace in your life, which can have a profound transformation on your overall wellbeing. These session will be devoted to integrating these practices into your daily life. Participants will learn to let go of anger, fear and worry in order to create more harmonious relationships, better work and home environments and experience a deep sense of personal peace and love. No experience necessary.

PLEASE REGISTER: Register for one or both sessions! Session One (2/5)


Clare Vidich is the Director of Kirpal Meditation Center and serves on the Integrative Health Committee at Windham Hospital. She is a Montessori teacher who offers meditation classes in adult education, college, high schools & preschools. Clare was a speaker at the Global Conference on Mysticism in 2007 and 2009 in Delhi, India.

    Location: Community Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM YA Lit Lovers Book Group  
    Contact: Laura Horn   860-673-6791   lhorn@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Are you a little less Y and a little more A, but can’t get enough of YA books?

It’s ok, no really, it’s okay. This book group is for you! Funny, heart-wrenching, time-traveling, world-bending, stereotype shattering YA books have been making a mark on society for decades and it’s time for us adults who love them to stop hiding in the shadows. Led by Laura Horn, Assistant Library Director.

This month's book is Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. View our entire reading list here!

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday February 13, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Coffee & Canvas: Paint What You Like!  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791 x212   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Drop in and paint what you like while enjoying friends, relaxing music, and coffee! 

While our teacher is on hiatus, Coffee & Canvas will continue as a drop-in, paint-what-you-like program. We will provide brushes, paints, easels, and more. We'll even clean up after you! Canvases and other paintable objects will be in short supply, so we strongly recommend you bring your own. 

 Please note: This program is for adults.

PLEASE REGISTER

    Location: Community Room

Wednesday February 20, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association FREE blood pressure clinic every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe

Saturday February 23, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mystic Aquarium Comes to Farmington: The Touch Tank Experience  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

The Mystic Aquarium return with their traveling touch tank, but this time it's for the adults!

Experience the same class presentations as those at Mystic Aquarium but closer to home! Don't miss this unique hands-on opportunity. Learn about and get up-close-and-personal with live marine invertebrates like include crabs, lobsters, snails and other shellfish.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is intended for teens and adults ages 16 & up.

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The mission of Mystic Aquarium, located in Mystic, CT, is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.

    Location: Community Room

Monday February 25, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Farmington Reads Book Group  
    Contact: Caroline Ford   860-673-6791   cford@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

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! Led by Caroline Ford, Director of Lending & Collection Management.

This month's book is Three Junes by Julia Glass. View our entire reading list here!

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday February 27, 2019
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Teen Tech Mentors - Session One  
    Contact: Anna Boisvert   860-673-6791   aboisvert@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Need help troubleshooting your new phone, tablet or laptop? Would you like to learn more about basic computing (i.e. setting up an email account, or uploading photos to the cloud)?  Meet one-on-one with our Teen Tech Mentors at the Farmington Library to learn these skills and more! Please register.

    Location: Board Room 1
   3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Tech Mentors - Session Two  
    Contact: Anna Boisvert   860-673-6791   aboisvert@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Need help troubleshooting your new phone, tablet or laptop? Would you like to learn more about basic computing (i.e. setting up an email account, or uploading photos to the cloud)?  Meet one-on-one with our Teen Tech Mentors at the Farmington Library to learn these skills and more! Please register.

    Location: Board Room 1

Sunday March 24, 2019
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Garmany Music Series: The Kerry Boys  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

The Kerry Boys make their triumphant return to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

The Kerry Boys are Connecticut’s favorite Irish balladeers and have been performing together for over 27 years, dazzling fans of all ages from Maine to New York. Their humorous, high-energy show will have you clapping and singing along in no time, engaging you from start to finish with their wide collection of traditional and original Irish/Celtic songs.

PLEASE REGISTER


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

Friday April 5, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Friends Book Sale  
    Contact: Linda Chapron   860-677-2332   
    Location: Community Room

Saturday April 6, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Friends Book Sale  
    Contact: Linda Chapron   860-677-2332   
    Location: Community Room

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