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Monday September 27, 2021
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Free College Admissions and Financial Planning Workshop
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us for a Free College Admissions and Financial Planning Workshop that will focus on:

High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover strategies on how to pay for college on the most efficient basis.

In this workshop we will discuss:
 Critical information not covered during high school financial aid nights.
 Choosing colleges that might give you the best opportunity to receive the most financial aid.
 The impact your assets may have on your eligibility for financial aid.
  What you may be able to do to lower your out of pocket cost.
 Opportunities available for your student to attend an expensive private university for less than a state school.
 Selecting colleges that will give you the best financial aid packages – more FREE money and less loans.
 Locating and applying for every “need-based” scholarship, grant, and low-interest loan that your student may be eligible for!
 Paying for college without relying on 529 plans, expensive private student loans or raiding your retirement accounts
 Simplify the process and make sure you do all the right things at the right time.
 Which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
 The Biggest Mistakes parents can make that cause them to overpay for college...and how to avoid them
 The FAFSA form/other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive!
 Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies on how to pay for college in the most cost efficient basis without it putting a strain on the rest of your finances.

 

This workshop will be conducted by ACFS.  This program is for informational purposes and no sales pitch will take place.

Masks are required at all library events.

Speaker bio: Lynn Verrilli. Her knowledge and work experience in the finance industry, coupled with firsthand familiarity of the seemingly daunting task of college planning, are what led her to launching Advanced College Funding Solutions (ACFS) years ago. She is an experienced College Planning Specialist and a member of the National Association of College Funding Advisors. 

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Tuesday September 28, 2021
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Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a knit and crochet get together.  Work on your own project or help us make items for local charities.  If you know how to knit and/or crochet but are stuck on a project or technique, or if you are just looking for someone to craft with, this is the group for you.

Registration is required for this in-person meeting. We will observe social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Seelye House
There are many spaces available.
 
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National Voter Registration Day
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday September 28.  Are you #VOTEREADY? 

Bethel Library will be hosting the League of Women Voters for a voter registration event from 12pm-5pm.  Please come by and register to vote.  Election Day is Tuesday, Novemeber 2, 2021.  

 

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
 
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Mindfulness Meditation for Adults *LIVE on ZOOM*
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you are struggling with stress, an over-active mind and want to find a new perspective on how mindfulness and meditation can help in navigating the challenges of your everyday life, then join Prabha Makayee as she guides you through the steps of meditation.  See what you can accomplish by taking responsibility over what kinds of thoughts you think.  With just one second, one breath and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.   

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out 15 minutes prior to the event.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Thursday September 30, 2021
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Author Talk with Mark Rubinstein
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Storytellers: Straight Talk from the World’s Most Acclaimed Suspense and Thriller Authors 

In this book, writers spill their secrets, to Mark Rubinstein, author of Mad Dog Vengeance. Collected here are interviews with 47 accomplished authors, including Michael Connelly, Ken Follett, Meg Gardiner, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Partrica Cornwell, and Don Winslow. These are their personal stories in their own words, much of the material never before published. How do these writers' life experiences color their art? Find out their thoughts, their inspirations, their candid opinions.

Mark will share insights about your favorite authors, how they work, and who they truly are.  Q&A will follow Mark's presentation.

Books will be available for sale at Byrd's Books in Bethel (178 Greenwood Ave, 203-730-2973) 

This is an in-person event and registration is required. Masks and social distancing required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Tuesday October 5, 2021
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Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a knit and crochet get together.  Work on your own project or help us make items for local charities.  If you know how to knit and/or crochet but are stuck on a project or technique, or if you are just looking for someone to craft with, this is the group for you.

Registration is required for this in-person meeting. We will observe social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Mindfulness Meditation for Adults *LIVE on ZOOM*
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you are struggling with stress, an over-active mind and want to find a new perspective on how mindfulness and meditation can help in navigating the challenges of your everyday life, then join Prabha Makayee as she guides you through the steps of meditation.  See what you can accomplish by taking responsibility over what kinds of thoughts you think.  With just one second, one breath and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.   

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out 15 minutes prior to the program.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Saturday October 9, 2021
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CT Poetry Society
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Bethel Chapter of the CT Poetry Society offers its monthly poetry workshops to members and visitors on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Join us as we resume our in-person workshops from 2:00-4:00pm.

Each person brings an original poem to read aloud and receive feedback on. Poets at every level are invited to participate; you can be from any town in the area. Poems can be on any subject in any form.

Please register in advance and bring 6 copies of your poem. Our group is welcoming and congenial, emphasizing appreciation of each other's work combined with constructive suggestions  

For further information, contact Liz Massey, president, Bethel Chapter of CPS at finchwhistlehaven@gmail.com.  Note that the Library requires masks and social distancing.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Monday October 11, 2021
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Travel Series: Part 1: Italy: Amalfi Coast
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 Haven't been able to travel this last year?  Join us as we start our 3-part travel series and you don't even have to have your passport up to date or stand in the airport check-in line!

Tonight we start by visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy. 

Any Italian will tell you that the Amalfi Coast is the most beautiful part of their country with its small towns nestled along the coast. We will visit the most picturesque towns and explore their hidden charms.  From Sorrento, Positano, along the curving Amalfi Drive to Amalfi and Ravello, each town is unique.  

Join Toni McKeen and let her show you the charms of this scenic area. 

Then join us on Monday November 1 for a trip to India and expereience a four day wedding celebration.  And our series concludes on Monday December 6 with an exotic visit to Easter Island. 

So if you can't physically travel to these locales join us and indulge your travel bug without incurring plane fares or long waiting lines. 

Speaker bio: Toni McKeen draws on her experiences and passions to teach a variety of classes. An avid traveler, she has explored Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and her special love, Italy. 

Please note: This is a hybrid event.  The speaker will be in person at the library. Please indicate on the registration form if you prefer in-person or ZOOM.  A valid email is required to receive the ZOOM link the day of the event. 
CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Tuesday October 12, 2021
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Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a knit and crochet get together.  Work on your own project or help us make items for local charities.  If you know how to knit and/or crochet but are stuck on a project or technique, or if you are just looking for someone to craft with, this is the group for you.

Registration is required for this in-person meeting. We will observe social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS Support Group
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Come and learn about the Guaifenesin Protocol for Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS--a safe, theoretical treatment that is gaining worldwide participation.  

Due to long-awaited medical advancements, Fibromyalgia is now generally considered a component of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME/CFS.  

The group will focus on education and emotional support for those currently using, or who are curious about beginning, this treatment. Guaifenesin Protocol participation is not required, but will be the primary topic of discussion. 

The facilitator is Kim Adams, a fellow Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS sufferer who has found great relief using this protocol.

This is a ZOOM only event.  Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. The Zoom like will be sent out 30 minutes prior to the event.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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Mindfulness Meditation for Adults *LIVE on ZOOM*
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you are struggling with stress, an over-active mind and want to find a new perspective on how mindfulness and meditation can help in navigating the challenges of your everyday life, then join Prabha Makayee as she guides you through the steps of meditation.  See what you can accomplish by taking responsibility over what kinds of thoughts you think.  With just one second, one breath and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.   

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out 15 minutes prior to the program.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Wednesday October 13, 2021
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Alzheimer's Conversations: Protecting Your Health and Wealth Joint Seminar.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Alzheimer's is one of the costliest diseases; a lifetime cost of care can be over $350,000. This disease robs families of their relationships and their wealth - two things we work so hard to preserve. At this special presentation, we'll discuss:

Alzheimer's disease risk factors, warning signs, resources and how you can join the fight.

Protecting your finances and family with designated beneficiaries, legacy and estate strategies, preparing for the unexpected and knowing the red flags of financial scams. 

Maria Xavier, Financial Advisor from Edward Jones and Maria Tomasetti, local regional Coordinator at Alzheimer's Association will jointly present the material. This program is for informational purposes only. No products or services will be promoted.

Please note: This is a hybrid event.  The speakers will be in person at the library. Please indicate on the registration form if you prefer in-person or ZOOM.  A valid email is required to receive the ZOOM link the morning of the event.
CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Friday October 15, 2021
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Medicare Basics
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Whether you are just turning 65 or new to Medicare, now is a good time to learn about Medicare and how to choose a plan that may meet your needs. Join Nicholas Toscano from United Health Care for this important discussion. This program is for informational purposes only. No products or services will be promoted.

We’ll cover common questions such as:
  • What’s the difference between Medicare Parts A, B, C and D?
  • When can you enroll in a plan?
  • How does your current plan compare with a Medicare plan?
  • Can you save money with a Medicare plan?
  • Could you be eligible for vision, dental, hearing and other benefits?

Consider Medicare if:

  • You’re turning 65 soon, or you celebrated your 65th birthday within the last 3 months
  • You’ve recently moved to Connecticut
  • You’re already covered by Medicaid but are Medicare eligible
  • You’re over 65, still working and want an alternative to your employer’s plan
  • You’re over 65 and planning to retire soon

Registration is required for this in person event.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Saturday October 16, 2021
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Word by Word Writing Workshop
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Each month, participants will follow a writing prompt or challenge and discuss a different aspect of writing. There will be an opportunity to read prompt responses or other original work to the group. All levels and genres are welcome! Discussion topics are geared towards beginner writers, but all experience levels are welcome.

This workshop will meet  one(1) Saturday a month. 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  2037948756  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Monday October 18, 2021
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HelpNow: Free Live Tutoring
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Did you know that your child can get free homework help with their Bethel library card? Join us to learn more about HelpNow.

HelpNow offers free live, online tutoring and test prep assistance for everyone. Live tutoring available in English and Spanish in core subjects like math, science, language arts. Help for college entrance exams, nursing exams, GED, US Citizenship, and FAFSA also.

This is a ZOOM event.  A valid email is required for registration in order to receive the ZOOM link the afternoon of the event.

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Tuesday October 19, 2021
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Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a knit and crochet get together.  Work on your own project or help us make items for local charities.  If you know how to knit and/or crochet but are stuck on a project or technique, or if you are just looking for someone to craft with, this is the group for you.

Registration is required for this in-person meeting. We will observe social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Mindfulness Meditation for Adults *LIVE on ZOOM*
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you are struggling with stress, an over-active mind and want to find a new perspective on how mindfulness and meditation can help in navigating the challenges of your everyday life, then join Prabha Makayee as she guides you through the steps of meditation.  See what you can accomplish by taking responsibility over what kinds of thoughts you think.  With just one second, one breath and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.   

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out 15 minutes prior to the program.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Thursday October 21, 2021
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Author Talk with Neil DeFillippo
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

A true story about an immigrant woman who arrived from Italy in 1904 at the age of sixteen who created a financial empire. 

Cristina Covino was able to accumulate her wealth by grit, hard work, and, yes, by dealings with the underworld, starting during Prohibition in 1927 and taking illegal numbers in 1931, all the while running her own grocery store.

The story follows a cast of characters who had direct connections to the Covino Family and tells of a close-knit family, friends, and oh-so-loyal customers who admired and loved her.  

Join Neil DeFillippo, a Bethel resident, writer, and grandson of this fascinating and brave woman, making it in a "man's world".  

Books will be available for sale and signing.

This is an in-person event and registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Monday October 25, 2021
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Monday Night Classics Book Group
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Read the first best-selling Victorian "sensation novel."  One of the earliest titles in the mystery genre, Collins's story was based on a real crime. Smart and scary, it's sure to stay with the reader for a long time.

HOW TO GET A COPY: Please click here to make an online request; or call the Bethel Public Library at 203-794-8756 to reserve a book club copy with your library card.

Registrants will receive the discussion guide, which includes background information and questions to start the conversation.

Registration is required for this in-person meeting. We will observe social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Seelye House
There are 4 spaces available.
Tuesday October 26, 2021
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Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a knit and crochet get together.  Work on your own project or help us make items for local charities.  If you know how to knit and/or crochet but are stuck on a project or technique, or if you are just looking for someone to craft with, this is the group for you.

Registration is required for this in-person meeting. We will observe social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Mindfulness Meditation for Adults *LIVE on ZOOM*
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you are struggling with stress, an over-active mind and want to find a new perspective on how mindfulness and meditation can help in navigating the challenges of your everyday life, then join Prabha Makayee as she guides you through the steps of meditation.  See what you can accomplish by taking responsibility over what kinds of thoughts you think.  With just one second, one breath and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.   

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out 15 minutes prior to the program.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Wednesday October 27, 2021
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Songs and Stories for Grown-Ups
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

An audience favorite is back!

Local storytelling musician Lenny Levine returns for another evening of live music and lively stories strictly for grown-ups! He'll perform an all-new show, including a scary story that will give you that Halloween feeling!

Lenny's songs have been recorded and performed by Diana Ross, The Pointer Sisters, and Barry Manilow, and he is the creator of many well-known commercial jingles. Lenny's stories have been published in literary magazines and journals, he was awarded a Pushcart Prize nomination for short fiction, and he will be talking about his recently published book Diehard Fan here at the Library on November 15.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is strictly for adults age 21+; teens and children will not be admitted. 

Registration is required for this in-person event. We will observe social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 27 spaces available.
Monday November 1, 2021
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Travel Series: Part 2: Four Day Wedding Celebration in India
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Haven't been able to travel this last year?  Join us as we continue our 3-part travel series and you don't even have to have your passport up to date or stand in the airport check-in line!

Come experience all that is involved in a 4-day wedding celebration held in India.  Learn about its colorful traditions, the application of henna designs, and the special jewelry and clothing worn, culminating in the elaborate wedding ceremony, and a reception with a cast of hundreds.  

Toni McKeen continues her travels around the world with us. She draws on her experiences and passions to teach a variety of classes. An avid traveler, she has explored Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

And don't forget to join Toni again on Monday December 6 as she explores exotic Easter Island.

Please note: This is a hybrid event.  The speaker will be in person at the library. Please indicate on the registration form if you prefer in-person or ZOOM.  A valid email is required to receive the ZOOM link the day of the event.
CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Monday November 8, 2021
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Off the Rails with Jim Cameron
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Long-time commuter advocate and newspaper commentator JIM CAMERON offers a lively presentation and Q&A on Connecticut’s transportation crisis:

Will riders ever return to commuter rail even after a vaccine?

Who will pay to keep the trains running?

Where will money be found for our highways?

How will new residential / workplace trends affect CT’s economy?

Cameron explores the options in an engaging, thought-provoking workshop with plenty of time to hear your ideas and answer your questions.  Cameron has been called “the transportation guru” having spent over 25 years working and reporting on the issue.

A former NBC News anchor, JIM CAMERON is recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award.  A Connecticut resident for over 25 years, he served on the Metro-North Commuter Council and authors a weekly newspaper column, “Getting There” which runs in the Hearst daily and weekly newspapers including the Greenwich Time.

This is a ZOOM event.  Registration with a valid email is required to receive the ZOOM link the afternoo of the event.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Tuesday November 9, 2021
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Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS Support Group
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Come and learn about the Guaifenesin Protocol for Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS--a safe, theoretical treatment that is gaining worldwide participation.  

Due to long-awaited medical advancements, Fibromyalgia is now generally considered a component of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME/CFS.  

The group will focus on education and emotional support for those currently using, or who are curious about beginning, this treatment. Guaifenesin Protocol participation is not required, but will be the primary topic of discussion. 

The facilitator is Kim Adams, a fellow Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS sufferer who has found great relief using this protocol.

This is a ZOOM only event.  Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. The Zoom like will be sent out 30 minutes prior to the event.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Thursday November 11, 2021
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History Series: Battle of the Bulge
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Battle of the Bulge was the final coordinated offensive by the Germans during WWII. Fought during the coldest, snowiest winter in memory, this famous battle marked a decisive point where America’s civilian army, outgunned and surrounded, came of age.

This is part one of our Veterans History Series.  Also join us on Dec 16 for a discussion of the Christmas Truce of WWI.

About the Speaker:  Art Gottlieb, local historian, develops and provide programming on military, political and archetectutal history throughout lower Fairfield county and Westchester County. To learn more about Art Gottlieb, please visit his website https://www.artgottlieb.com/.

This is a ZOOM event.  Registration with a valid email is required to receive the ZOOM link the afternoon of the event.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Saturday November 13, 2021
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CT Poetry Society
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Bethel Chapter of the CT Poetry Society offers its monthly poetry workshops to members and visitors on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Join us as we resume our in-person workshops from 2:00-4:00pm.

Each person brings an original poem to read aloud and receive feedback on. Poets at every level are invited to participate; you can be from any town in the area. Poems can be on any subject in any form.

Please register in advance and bring 6 copies of your poem. Our group is welcoming and congenial, emphasizing appreciation of each other's work combined with constructive suggestions  

For further information, contact Liz Massey, president, Bethel Chapter of CPS at finchwhistlehaven@gmail.com.  Note that the Library requires masks and social distancing.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Word by Word Writing Workshop
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Each month, participants will follow a writing prompt or challenge and discuss a different aspect of writing. There will be an opportunity to read prompt responses or other original work to the group. All levels and genres are welcome! Discussion topics are geared towards beginner writers, but all experience levels are welcome.

This workshop will meet  one(1) Saturday a month. 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  2037948756  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are many spaces available.
Monday November 15, 2021
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Author Talk with Lenny Levine
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Local storytelling musician Lenny Levine is also a published author. His stories have appeared in literary magazines and journals, he was awarded a Pushcart Prize nomination for short fiction, and he has a new full-length novel that he will talk about at the Bethel Public Library!

Here's what Lenny has told us so far: 

"Eddie Fein is a twelve-year-old boy living in Brooklyn. It’s the last week of the 1951 baseball season, and his beloved Dodgers are enduring the epic collapse to the hated Giants that will be punctuated by Bobby Thomson’s "shot heard ’round the world." Eddie’s love for the Dodgers springs from his love for his father Barry Fein, a passionate Dodger fan, but an alcoholic who’s prone to bouts of depression and anger. When two Giants fans are murdered, Nick DiFazio, lead detective on the case and Barry’s best friend..."

There's a lot more to this mystery, so please join us to hear all about it from the author!

Registration is required for this in-person event. Masks are required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 30 spaces available.
Tuesday November 16, 2021
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Morning Book Chat
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The Jane Austen Society

This month's selection is The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner.  Just after World War II, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable; to preserve both Jane Austen's legacy and her home.  One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen and the place where she wrote her six novels.  As each person in the group endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war and others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.  

We are also offering a book guide for all registrants which highlights the author's background, offers interviews and book insights, as well as topics and questions to stimulate the conversation. 

We have pre-ordered copies of the book for you.  Just call the Library at 203-794-8756 to reserve your copy and schedule a curbside pickup, or stop by the Library to pick up your copy.

Registration is required.  Please note that this will be an in-person event; social distancing guidelines will be observed, and masks will be required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
There are 7 spaces available.
Monday December 6, 2021
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Travel Series: Part 3: Easter Island
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 Join us as we end our 3-part travel series and you don't even have to pack your suitcase.

Let’s fly off to Easter Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and explore its iconic tall statues, the Moai, and learn about the culture and history of this fascinating island. 

Join Toni McKeen and let her show you the wonders of one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world

Speaker bio: Toni McKeen draws on her experiences and passions to teach a variety of classes. An avid traveler, she has explored Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Please note: This is a hybrid event.  The speaker will be in person at the library. Please indicate on the registration form if you prefer in-person or ZOOM.  A valid email is required to receive the ZOOM link the day of the event. 
CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Thursday December 9, 2021
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History of Christmas Carols: Secrets Your Parents Never Told You
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Secrets your parents never told you about the history of Christmas carols & songs

Discover some of the fascinating legends and realities that surround the traditional songs of the Christmas season. Carols used to be sung all during the year, but only the tradition of singing Christmas Carols has survived. The songs began when early Christians took over the pagan solstice galas for Christmas. They substituted Christian words with familiar melodies. Over the centuries the words and meanings of the songs have changed. Victorian industrialization made thinking about home during the holidays a ritual. Some melodies and verses were never intended to be Christmas songs but they worked. There is much more to these stories, join us for a 50-minute talk about the secrets you never knew about the history of Christmas carols & songs.

About the Speaker: John has been telling the stories of history for over a decade. He is a skilled historian having published seven historical books ranging from women working in WWII and their impact on today's business world to vintage helicopters. Nickolai Sikorsky wrote the foreword to his Helicopter Evolution book and Prince William was kind enough to write a letter about his copy of the book. He is an honorary member of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost Squadron Veterans organization. John hails from a career in IBM corporate marketing and has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60 countries around the world. He lives in Sherman, Connecticut.

This is a ZOOM event.  Registration with a valid email is required to receive the ZOOM link the afternoon of the event.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Saturday December 11, 2021
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CT Poetry Society
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Bethel Chapter of the CT Poetry Society offers its monthly poetry workshops to members and visitors on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Join us as we resume our in-person workshops from 2:00-4:00pm.

Each person brings an original poem to read aloud and receive feedback on. Poets at every level are invited to participate; you can be from any town in the area. Poems can be on any subject in any form.

Please register in advance and bring 6 copies of your poem. Our group is welcoming and congenial, emphasizing appreciation of each other's work combined with constructive suggestions  

For further information, contact Liz Massey, president, Bethel Chapter of CPS at finchwhistlehaven@gmail.com.  Note that the Library requires masks and social distancing.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Word by Word Writing Workshop
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Each month, participants will follow a writing prompt or challenge and discuss a different aspect of writing. There will be an opportunity to read prompt responses or other original work to the group. All levels and genres are welcome! Discussion topics are geared towards beginner writers, but all experience levels are welcome.

This workshop will meet  one(1) Saturday a month. 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  2037948756  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are many spaces available.
Monday December 13, 2021
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Monday Night Classics Book Group
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Read the 1919 Pulitzer Prize-winning book whose 1942 film adaptation by Orson Welles is considered by film critics to be "one of the greatest tragedies in cinematic history" because it was edited without the visionary director. But you, dear reader, will know the real ending to the story!

HOW TO GET A COPY: Please click here to make an online request or call the Bethel Public Library at 203-794-8756 to reserve a book club copy. A valid Library card is required.

Registrants will receive the discussion guide, which includes background information and questions to start the conversation.

Registration is required for this in-person meeting. Masks are required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Seelye House
There are 10 spaces available.
Tuesday December 14, 2021
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Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS Support Group
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Come and learn about the Guaifenesin Protocol for Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS--a safe, theoretical treatment that is gaining worldwide participation.  

Due to long-awaited medical advancements, Fibromyalgia is now generally considered a component of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME/CFS.  

The group will focus on education and emotional support for those currently using, or who are curious about beginning, this treatment. Guaifenesin Protocol participation is not required, but will be the primary topic of discussion. 

The facilitator is Kim Adams, a fellow Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS sufferer who has found great relief using this protocol.

This is a ZOOM only event.  Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. The Zoom like will be sent out 30 minutes prior to the event.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Thursday December 16, 2021
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History Series: Christmas Truce of 1914
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for part two of our Veterans History Series.

In the early months of the “Great War” at Christmastime of 1914, British and German soldiers ventured from their trenches into “No-Man’s Land” to mingle with each other, exchange food and souvenirs, and play football. This temporary cease-fire was unofficial and occurred along isolated pockets of the Western Front while fighting continued unabated elsewhere.

About the Speaker:  Art Gottlieb, local historian, develops and provide programming on military, political and archetectutal history throughout lower Fairfield county and Westchester County. To learn more about Art Gottlieb, please visit his website https://www.artgottlieb.com/. 

This is a ZOOM event.  Registration with a valid email is required to receive the ZOOM link the afternoon of the event.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756  adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.

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