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Monday January 25, 2021
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Take Home Kit: 3D 2021 Desk Calendar

2021 is a new year and hopefully a fresh start for all of us after 2020. Keep track of the days with this one of a kind 3D calendar! The calendar can be decorated with paint or other decorations (not included in the kit), but be sure not to glue it together, as you will need to change the numbers daily to update it.

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, January 11th through February 15th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Data Analytics 101 teaches a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies and opportunities. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are SQL, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday January 26, 2021
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Virtual Beer Tasting with Front Porch Brewing Co.
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Wallingford's own Front Porch Brewing Company is back with new brews for you to try! Owners Ryan and Tiffany will (virtually) guide you through a tasting of 4 of their delicious beers, all from the comfort of your own home! 

Registration required. The first 15 registrants will get a FREE tasting kit! When those spots are taken, kits can still be purchase directly from Front Porch Brewing for $18 each. Once you register, you will be contacted with pickup instructions and Zoom information. Must be 21 or older to participate.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, January 12th through February 16th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. SQL teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Wednesday January 27, 2021
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Virtual Program: Introduction to the Laser Cutter
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Collaboratory is now accepting limited laser cutter requests again! In this program we will learn how the laser cutter works, what you can make in it, how you can design your projects, and how the process now works with our Coronavirus precautions.

Once registered, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting on the morning of the program.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Virtual Program: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, January 13th through February 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Cybersecurity I teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. 

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, SQL, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

Thursday January 28, 2021
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Virtual Program: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, January 14th through February 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Python teaches the basics, all the way to using machine learning packages. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and SQL.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Monday February 1, 2021
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Take Home Kit: Valentine's Day Card

Make your own Valentine’s Day card using decorations precut on our Cricut Maker machine! Decorate your card with hearts, letters, and other fun shapes! Feel free to add on with any supplies you have at home to customize your card and make it personal.

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Classics Book Club @ Home
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

During World War II, novelist Maurice Bendrix has an an adulterous affair with Sarah Miles. When Bendrix is almost killed by a bomb, Sarah suddenly ends their relationship. Looking back a year after Sarah's death, Bendrix attempts to understand what happened by retracing the course of their romance. Published in 1951, Graham Greene's novel was reviewed as "singularly moving and beautiful."

To participate, contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org.

 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, January 11th through February 15th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Data Analytics 101 teaches a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies and opportunities. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are SQL, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday February 2, 2021
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Ways to Stay Calm and Centered
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Daily life can be busy, hectic and at times overwhelming. Juggling many priorities and having your attention being pulled in all directions can leave you feeling stretched thin. The good news is that small, smart changes over time can make a big difference. Join Zorayda Cocchi, OTR/L, RYT for this practical workshop to learn some simple techniques that will help you feel more centered and find more peace and calmness in everyday life.  

Registration required. Prior to the program you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, January 12th through February 16th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. SQL teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Wednesday February 3, 2021
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Mystery Book Group
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes

Ulysses Galen, a white man "slumming" in Harlem, is attacked in a bar by a black man with a knife; fleeing outside, he attracts the attention of a man named Pickens, who is high on marijuana. Pickens proceeds to run after Galen while shooting. Detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson arrive to find Galen shot to death in the street, and they arrest Pickens. However, a Harlem street gang calling themselves the Real Cool Moslems (really teenagers in fake beards) cause a distraction and spirit Pickens away. The detectives realize that the gun they confiscated from Pickens is a movie prop that only shoots blanks; they must now recover Pickens and also find out who really shot Galen, and why.

PLEASE NOTE: Books will be available starting in January.

Moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com.


Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
 
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Virtual Program: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, January 13th through February 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Cybersecurity I teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. 

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, SQL, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

Thursday February 4, 2021
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Virtual Program: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, January 14th through February 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Python teaches the basics, all the way to using machine learning packages. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and SQL.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Monday February 8, 2021
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Take Home Kit: Beginner's Origami

Origami is the art of paper folding and this kit will get you started on some origami projects. Kits include origami paper and written instructions for a few projects. 

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, January 11th through February 15th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Data Analytics 101 teaches a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies and opportunities. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are SQL, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday February 9, 2021
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Are You Smarter than a Librarian? Virtual Trivia Night
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Team up with family and friends or play alone!

Registration required. We will be accepting 15 teams, but individuals are welcome to play as their own team! Only one registration per team. Prior to the program you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting along with instructions on how to play.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-284-6425  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, January 12th through February 16th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. SQL teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Wednesday February 10, 2021
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Virtual Program: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, January 13th through February 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Cybersecurity I teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. 

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, SQL, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

Thursday February 11, 2021
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Talking TED @ Home
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join librarian Cindy Haiken on Zoom to watch and discuss a popular TED talk. Once registered, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting via email on the day of the event. In February, we will watch and discuss Matt Walker's "Sleep is Your Superpower."

Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep -- and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep's impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code -- as well as some helpful tips for getting some shut-eye.

 

There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Virtual Program: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, January 14th through February 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Python teaches the basics, all the way to using machine learning packages. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and SQL.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Monday February 15, 2021
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Presidents' Day - Library Closed
 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, January 11th through February 15th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Data Analytics 101 teaches a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies and opportunities. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are SQL, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday February 16, 2021
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Take Home Kit: Mini Tensegrity Table

What is Tensegrity? Per Wikipedia: “Tensegrity, tensional integrity or floating compression is a structural principle based on a system of isolated components under compression inside a network of continuous tension, and arranged in such a way that the compressed members (usually bars or struts) do not touch each other while the prestressed tensioned members (usually cables or tendons) delineate the system spatially.” You may be asking, what does this mean? Essentially, Tensegrity is a style of construction that can make things look like they are magically floating in the air. Learn all about Tensegrity, build your own Mini Tensegrity Table, and see it in action with this STEM kit!

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, January 12th through February 16th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. SQL teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
 
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Where Do We Go from Here? Conversations about Race
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 reignited protests and discussion around police brutality, white supremacy, and systemic racism. Join us for an open and empathetic conversation about race, community, and opportunities for change and healing. All are welcome.

This month, we will be discussing race in schools. We encourage participants to share their experiences. Recommended reading COMING SOON.

Facilitators: Duane Samuel, Wallingford Public Schools, Sharon Rabera, and Leah Farrell of the Wallingford Public Library

Registration required. Prior to the program you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
Wednesday February 17, 2021
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Virtual Program: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, January 13th through February 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Cybersecurity I teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. 

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, SQL, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

Thursday February 18, 2021
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Thursday Night Book Club @ Home
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

In the fall of 1979, 23-year-old Anton Winter returns to New York City from a stint with the Peace Corps in Africa. Over the course of a year, he works for Ted Kennedy’s presidential campaign, goes sailing with his neighbor, John Lennon, and helps his father, who walked off the set of his highly-rated talk show two years ago, attempt a comeback. Tom Barbash's nostalgic and bittersweet novel captures the power of family bonds at a time when New York City was on the cusp of change.

To participate, contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, January 14th through February 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Python teaches the basics, all the way to using machine learning packages. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and SQL.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Saturday February 20, 2021
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Wallingford Writers Community
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join the Wallingford Writers Community and discover how the fellowship of other writers can help you pursue your writing goals! All meetings include dedicated writing time, craft techniques for fiction and literary nonfiction, and the opportunity to share work in a supportive, creative forum.

Meets virtually via Zoom. Interested in participating? Contact Leah Farrell, lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org.

Monday February 22, 2021
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Take Home Kit: No-Sew Fleece Pillow

Learn a new technique for creating decorative, braided edge throw pillow covers without a sewing machine. Participants will need to provide their own scissors and ruler. 

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Tuesday February 23, 2021
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Ocean Farming in Connecticut: Meet Stonington Kelp Company
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Stonington Kelp Co. is owned and operated by Suzie and Jay, and is one of the largest commercial seaweed farms in the state of Connecticut selling food grade sugar kelp to local restaurants and shops. Join Suzie to learn more about the fascinating business of sustainable ocean farming taking place right here in Connecticut.

Suzie Flores is a former market development executive turned kelp farmer. When not farming, Suzie engages in outreach education around the sustainability of seaweed farming and works to support the development of an emerging blue economy in the Northeast. She has been featured on WNPR’s Seasoned.

Registration required. Prior to the program you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.

Wednesday February 24, 2021
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Virtual Program: Introduction to Ancestry: Library Edition
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

For a limited time Ancestry: Library Edition is available for home access with your Wallingford Public Library card! Join this class to learn some tips and tricks on how to best search Ancestry.com so you can utilize this valuable genealogy tool from the comfort of your own home. Learn how to search Census, military, birth and death records, and more.

Once registered, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting on the morning of the program.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday February 25, 2021
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SCOW Presenta: Club de Lectura en Español! (Spanish Book Club)

Únase a Daisy Lopez de la Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford para una discusión de lectura, totalmente en español!

La Casa de los Espiritus (The House of the Spirits) by Isabel Allende

Esteban Trueba es un humilde ciudadano que parte rumbo a las minas para ganar suficiente dinero como para poder casarse con su amada, Rosa del Valle, una hermosa mujer con pelo verde. Durante su ausencia, Rosa muere envenenada por equivocación: los del partido político rivales a Severo del Valle, su padre, lo querían asesinar a él para que no fuese elegido. Esteban es de carácter fuerte, y constantemente padece ataques de ira, ansiedad y violencia. Sufre mucho cuando Rosa muere, y decide ir a reconstruir completamente Las Tres Marías, una vieja hacienda abandonada por su padre para olvidarse de su amada y hacerse rico. Diez años más tarde, ha conseguido reconstruir toda la finca y, a pesar de que ha mejorado enormemente las condiciones de vida de los empleados, su trato despótico y sus constantes abusos despiertan el silencioso resentimiento de más de un trabajador.

Para participar, contacta a Daisy Lopez a dlopez@scowinc.org o llame a la Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford (203-265-5866).

CONTACT:  Daisy Lopez    dlopez@scowinc.org
Wednesday March 3, 2021
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Mystery Book Group
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

A Certain Justice by John Lescroart

When the angry white mob poured out of the bar on San Francisco's Geary Street and surrounded an innocent black man, Kevin Shea was the only one who tried to stop them. He failed, and now, thanks to a deceptive news photo taken during the melee, he is wanted for the murder himself-and the real culprits have threatened his life if he says a word.

As riots rage and politicians posture, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky finds himself under pressure to bring Shea in at all costs. And as respect for the law crumbles-even among those sworn to uphold it-true justice is the only thing that can prevent the death of another innocent man.

Moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com.


Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
Saturday March 20, 2021
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Wallingford Writers Community
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join the Wallingford Writers Community and discover how the fellowship of other writers can help you pursue your writing goals! All meetings include dedicated writing time, craft techniques for fiction and literary nonfiction, and the opportunity to share work in a supportive, creative forum.

Meets virtually via Zoom. Interested in participating? Contact Leah Farrell, lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org.

Wednesday April 7, 2021
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Mystery Book Group
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

White Butterfly by Walter Mosley

The police don't show up on Easy Rawlins's doorstep until the third girl dies. It's Los Angeles, 1956, and it takes more than one murdered black girl before the cops get interested. Now they need Easy. As he says: "I was worth a precinct full of detectives when the cops needed the word in the ghetto." But Easy turns them down. He's married now, a father -- and his detective days are over. Then a white college coed dies the same brutal death, and the cops put the heat on Easy: If he doesn't help, his best friend is headed for jail. So Easy's back, walking the midnight streets of Watts and the darker, twisted avenues of a cunning killer's mind.

Moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com.


Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
Wednesday May 5, 2021
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Mystery Book Group
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely

Blanche White is a plump, feisty, middle-aged African-American housekeeper working for the genteel rich in North Carolina. But when an employer stiffs her, and her checks bounce, she goes on the lam, hiding out as a maid for a wealthy family at their summer home. That plan goes awry when there’s a murder and Blanche becomes the prime suspect. So she’s forced to use her savvy, her sharp wit, and her old-girl network of domestic workers to discover the truth and save her own skin. Along the way, she lays bare the quirks of southern society with humor, irony, and a biting commentary that makes her one of the most memorable and original characters ever to appear in mystery fiction.

Moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com.


Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
Saturday May 29, 2021
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Monday May 31, 2021
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Wednesday June 2, 2021
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Mystery Book Group
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

The Hot Pink Farmhouse by David Handler

So much for the peace and quiet New York film critic Mitch Berger expected to find in his antique carriage house overlooking Long Island Sound. Nothing can shelter him from the goings-on in nearby Dorset. A violent death in a speeding Porsche...an attempted suicide by the school superintendent...and dirty politics are about to propel Mitch out of the shadows into a starring role. And then there's his new love, resident state trooper Desiree Mitry.

Des has transferred out of her position as the highest-ranking black woman in the state police homicide department to give more time to the art for which she has a sure talent. But as she soon learns, Dorset's bucolic exterior hides some ugly secrets. The femme fatale daughter of a famous local sculptor is killed in a car explosion that makes tabloid headlines. Now Des is on the case, saddled with a pushy former colleague, and reaching out to Mitch for an extra pair of eyes-and arms-in a case that threatens to tear the town apart.

Moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com.


Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
Saturday July 3, 2021
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Independence Day - Library Closed
Monday July 5, 2021
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Independence Day - Library Closed
Saturday September 4, 2021
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Monday September 6, 2021
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Monday October 25, 2021
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Wallingford Public Library Association 141st Annual Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
LOCATION: Community Room
Thursday November 11, 2021
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Wednesday November 24, 2021
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Thanksgiving - Library Closing at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday November 25, 2021
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Friday November 26, 2021
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Friday December 24, 2021
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Christmas Eve - Library Closed
Saturday December 25, 2021
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Friday December 31, 2021
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New Year's Eve - Library Closing at 4:00 p.m.

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