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Thursday March 21, 2019
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Thursday Night Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

In a famous cover story in The Atlantic, Nicholas Carr asked whether Google was making us stupid. In The Shallows, he expands his analysis to explore the intellectual and cultural consequences of the use of the internet. Interweaving recent discoveries in neuroscience demonstrating the ways our brains change in response to our experiences, Carr's 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist is part intellectual history, part science and part cultural criticism.

CONTACT:  Cindy Haiken  203-265-6754  chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Friday March 22, 2019
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Green Book. Rated PG-13. No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday March 23, 2019
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VITA Tax Assistance
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday March 26, 2019
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Truth Be Told: Tuesday Night Non-Fiction Book Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Legendary artist Patti Smith offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late 60s and 70s.  An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work—from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.

Moderated by Journalist and Literary Critic Parul Kapur Hinzen. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Wednesday March 27, 2019
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The Care and Training of Homing Pigeons
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ONE BOOK, ONE WALLINGFORD SERIES.

Second generation pigeon fancier Bob McKenna will talk about the breeding, training, and history of homing pigeons, including their use in wartime. 

Bob is the chairman of the New England Open Pigeon Races and is on the board of directors of the national organization, The American Racing Pigeon Union.

LOCATION: Community Room
Thursday March 28, 2019
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Understanding IRAs
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Not sure which IRA is right for you? This presentation will help you understand your options, the benefits of each one and the advantages of tax deferral. Workshop participants will receive a complimentary Morningstar retirement snapshot and tax benefit analysis.

Presented by Louis Czerwinski, Vice President of Northeast Wealth Solutions LLC, located in Wallingford. Lou has been serving clients for more than 16 years and is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday March 30, 2019
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VITA Tax Assistance
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Seed Library Unveiling
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us to celebrate the launch of our seed library.

Tuesday April 2, 2019
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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WPL Play Readers Perform Selected Scenes from The Good Doctor by Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In a tribute to the late playwright Neil Simon (1927-2018) and in celebration of their 5th anniversary, the WPL Play Readers will perform a script-in-hand reading of five short comic scenes from The Good Doctor. This comedy consists of a series of short plays based on works written by Anton Chekhov, the 19th century Russian playwright.

This performance stars David Andrews, Joe Bertini, Carol Buongirno, Charmaine Craggs, Renee Geiger, Helen Miller, Eddie Morales, Neel Pizinger, and Terry Remeika.

The Good Doctor is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Wednesday April 3, 2019
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Mystery Book Group: Partners in Crime - Detecting Duos
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Is crime-solving an aphrodisiac? Are love and marriage compatible with murder and mayhem? We'll look at five couples -- spouses, lovers, friends -- who sleuth together. They give new meaning to "til death do us part."

This month:
The Beekeeper's Apprentice [1994] by Laurie King
A chance meeting with an elderly beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when fifteen-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher. This is not a "Sherlock Holmes" story. It is the story of a modern young woman who comes to know and work with Holmes, the story of young woman coming to terms with herself and with this older man who embodies the age that is past. 

Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk. This Book Group is moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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It's Not What You Say, It's How You Write It
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ONE BOOK, ONE WALLINGFORD SERIES.

Graphoanalysis -- the scientific study of individual strokes of handwriting to determine the personality and character traits of the writer -- has been used in courtrooms, personal goal-setting, counseling, personnel work, and the classroom. Patricia Senich, a certified graphoanalyst and member of the International Graphoanalysis Society for more than 50 years, will discuss the nature and uses of graphoanalysis.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Thursday April 4, 2019
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Faces of Homelessness - Stories of Hope
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Two speakers from the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau will share their first-hand experiences with homelessness. Learn about homelessness in Connecticut and the ways you can get involved.

The Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau is a public education program that works to promote advocacy, understanding, and service. The Bureau travels to diverse audiences across Connecticut where Speakers share their firsthand experiences with homelessness, emphasizing what it’s like to be homeless and the causes of homelessness. The Bureau strives to break the stigma surrounding these issues and encourage others to get involved. Speakers are driven to expose the truths of homelessness in an effort to educate, empower, involve, and make change.

Faces of Homelessness is a program of Hands On Hartford, a social service nonprofit organization that serves Hartford’s neediest residents in the areas of food, housing, and health.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Saturday April 6, 2019
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VITA Tax Assistance
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Monday April 8, 2019
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Introduction to hoopla
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Hoopla is the Library’s service for borrowing digital movies, music, and audiobooks. Hoopla can be used on a computer, as well as most Android and iOS devices. In this class you will set up your hoopla account and learn how to search their catalog and borrow materials. Please bring your library card, your fully charged device, and any associated passwords to class. Note: hoopla is only available to Wallingford cardholders.

LOCATION: Board Room
There are 4 spaces available.
Tuesday April 9, 2019
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Brave Beauties of Spring: Connecticut's Early Wildflowers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE GRAY-WULFF ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
 
It may still feel like winter, 
but our native Spring Wildflowers are ready to bloom!
 
Join Master Naturalist, Sonya Wulff, in an exploration 
of wonder and appreciation for these deceptively dainty 
harbingers of spring. 
 
We will look at several species closely, 
to discover how our native flower friends fit perfectly 
into the eco-system; who do they help and who helps them? 
Are they more than just a pretty face?
Do they have anything to teach us?
What powers do they possess for blooming 
at a time of year when others would not dare!?
 
Bring your curiosity, your experiences, your poems and your passion, 
for an evening dedicated to these Brave Beauties of Spring
 
No registration required.
LOCATION: Community Room
Wednesday April 10, 2019
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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The New Woman in Early 20th Century America
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ONE BOOK, ONE WALLINGFORD SERIES

Dr. Heather Munro Prescott, professor of history at CCSU, will explore the image of the “new woman” that emerged in response to women’s changing roles in early twentieth-century America. Her lecture will look at how women challenged gender norms through a new public presence in work, education, leisure, and politics.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Thursday April 11, 2019
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Cutting the Cord: Options for TV Without Cable
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Thinking getting rid of cable? This lecture-style class will explore Internet-based streaming services and various devices that allow you to watch TV without a cable subscription.

LOCATION: Board Room
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Talking TED
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join librarian Cindy Haiken to watch and discuss a popular TED talk. New discussions are held on the second Thursday of each month. In April, we will watch and discuss Christian Picciolini’s “My Descent Into America’s Neo-Nazi Movement – and How I Got Out.”

Registration is required, as seating is limited.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Friday April 12, 2019
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Black Art History from the Dawn of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the Contemporary Era
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

LECTURE II of IV: Colonialism, Power and Identity

This lecture will consider how images of slavery, ethnic diversity, and exoticism were used to reinforce European concepts of self, superiority, and control. 

Presented by Olivia Scarpa, an Assistant Professor of Art History at Manchester Community College. Olivia holds a M.A. in the History of Art from Yale University and a B.A in History and Art History from Tufts University. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday April 13, 2019
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VITA Tax Assistance
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

LOCATION: Board Room
Monday April 15, 2019
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Lunch & Learn: National Health Care Decisions Week
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

National Healthcare Decisions Week is an annual 50-state initiative created to inspire, educate, and empower people and providers about the importance of advance care planning; when people are asked to consider what comes next, and to do it before it’s too late. This panel aims to equip everyone with concise and useful information on healthcare decision-making. It will also take some of the trepidation out of advance healthcare decision-making and how to make the process one of comfort, preparedness, and communication.

The Panel will include: Rev. Carl Anderson, Vice President of Mission Effectiveness for Masonicare; Beverly Bryda, MSW, ACSW, Director of Social Services for Masonicare; and George Guertin, Eldercare Attorney.

This program is co-sponsored by Masonicare.

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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One Book, One Wallingford Book Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Readers Advisory Librarian Cindy Haiken for a lively and informative discussion of Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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The Double-Edged Sword of Being a Musician
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Extensive musical practice is associated with a host of sensory and cognitive advantages, including heightened hearing abilities in noisy environments. Yet, musicians, especially those who play amplified music or play with large groups, are regularly exposed to sound levels that place them at risk for hearing loss. This talk will summarize our current understanding of the “noise lives” of musicians and provide an overview of the perceptual benefits and hazards of being a musician.

Presented by Dr. Erika Skoe, Assistant Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and the founder and director of the Auditory Brain Research Lab at UConn.

Co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and UConn.  

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Tuesday April 16, 2019
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Ask Attorney Allinson: Wills, Trusts, and Probate
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Please bring your questions for this hour-long program. Attorney Steven Allinsonan attorney in Wallingford with vast knowledge and experience in Wills, Trusts, and Probate, will speak and answer questions. At this forum, the Attorney cannot give specific legal advice; all his responses will be procedural in nature and contain a general overview of the law. Anyone is welcome to attend and the forum is free. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Thursday April 18, 2019
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Thursday Night Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry's life is not going the way he expected. He lives alone, his bookstore is failing and someone has stolen his prized possession, a rare book of poems by Edgar Allan Poe. But when a mysterious package arrives at the bookstore, Fikry gets the chance to make his life over and see everything anew.

CONTACT:  Cindy Haiken  203-265-6754  chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Saturday April 20, 2019
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(CANCELLED) Yoga with Ramesh Patel
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this class has been cancelled.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Wallingford Writers Community
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrating Writers, One Story at a Time

Join the Wallingford Writers Community and discover how the fellowship of other writers can help you pursue your writing goals!

Monthly meetings are facilitated by award-winning author, Cheryl Bardoe, and creative writing teacher, Kristin Liu. All meetings include dedicated writing time, craft techniques for fiction or literary nonfiction, and the opportunity to share work in a supportive, creative forum.

LOCATION: Board Room
Monday April 22, 2019
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Introduction to Google Apps
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Google is more than just a search engine and Gmail, Google now has apps for almost every aspect of digital life. Come learn about their most common apps and how to make the most out of your Google account. Please bring your Google account (Gmail) login information to class.

LOCATION: Board Room
There are 3 spaces available.
Tuesday April 23, 2019
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Wallingford 350th Jubilee Virtual Historic Tour Talks
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A Four-Part Presentation Series Sharing Wallingford's Points of Interest.

Part 1: Highlights historic homes and architectural highlights of South Main Street, narrated by local historians and experts.

Mark Your Calendar:
Part 2 - May 28th: North Main Street
Part 3 - September 24th: Downtown/Choate
Part 4 - October 22nd: Center Street Cemetery

LOCATION: Community Room
Wednesday April 24, 2019
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Get to Know Your Camera Equipment
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Wallingford Camera Club.

Get answers to your questions about your photo equipment -- 35 mm camera, digital camera, phone, or tablet. Please bring the equipment manual with you, if you have it.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room
Thursday April 25, 2019
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Using Your Library Card Online
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn about the library resources available to you at all times, from the comfort of your own home. We will look at the Library’s catalog, resources for ebooks and digital audiobooks, as well as the databases available through the WPL website.

LOCATION: Board Room
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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One Book, One Wallingford Book Discussion
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please Note: This discussion takes place at the Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington Street.

Join Readers Advisory Librarian Cindy Haiken for a lively and informative discussion of Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

 
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What the Health - Documentary Screening & Discussion
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

What the Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it. Join Zorayda Cocchi for a post-screening discussion of the information presented in the film.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Friday April 26, 2019
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Introduction to the Laser Cutter
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

In this class we will be learning how the laser cutter works, what you can make in it, and how you can design your projects. This is an instructional course and not a craft program, so we will not actually be making anything in the class, but you will learn the skills you need to make your own awesome laser cut creations!

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Content, Concepts & Quilts: Approaching Quilting as a Graphic Designer
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Our own life experiences can play a big role in our work as quilters. In this presentation and trunk show, Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill will share how she applies her graphic design training and practices to design quilts while showing a selection of her award-winning quilts. Come hear, see and be inspired as Sheri describes her creative journey and process.

Sheri’s quilts have gained national recognition including awards from QuiltCon, Quilt Week/Paducah and the Quilt Alliance. Additionally, they have been featured at art centers and galleries around the country. Her work has been included in books and publications such as Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, Modern Patchwork and International Quilt Festival Scene. She self-publishes and distributes her patterns. She also teaches quilting techniques at quilt guilds and conferences across the country.

Registration appreciated. 

 

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday April 27, 2019
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

LOCATION: Board Room
Monday April 29, 2019
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Faith and Spirituality in Girl Waits With Gun
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ONE BOOK, ONE WALLINGFORD SERIES.

Please Note: This discussion will take place at the Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington Street.

Mike Brunjes will lead a discussion on the intersection of faith and spirituality and the themes in Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart. Can faith show us a way forward? Is it a cause or a remedy to the issues presented in the book? Mike earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Knox Theological Seminary and lives in Wallingford where he pastors a brand new church, Christ Presbyterian Church, Wallingford.

 
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Faith and Spirituality in Girl Waits With Gun
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ONE BOOK, ONE WALLINGFORD SERIES.

Please Note: This discussion will take place at The Eatery, 65 South Colony Road, Wallingford.

Mike Brunjes will lead a discussion on the intersection of faith and spirituality and the themes in Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart. Can faith show us a way forward? Is it a cause or a remedy to the issues presented in the book? Mike earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Knox Theological Seminary and lives in Wallingford where he pastors a brand new church, Christ Presbyterian Church, Wallingford.

Tuesday April 30, 2019
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry: Ten Years... Flourishing Together
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday Mornings with Poetry Reading

After 10 years, SMwP is stronger than ever. We are celebrating a decade of their poetry and invite the community to attend this National Poetry Month Program featuring readings from SMwP members. Refreshments will be provided. Copies of the SMwP chapbook, Perennial Awakenings, will be available for purchase.

No registration required

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Truth Be Told: Tuesday Night Non-Fiction Book Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

In 2004, at a beach resort on the coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala and her family—parents, husband, sons—were swept away by a tsunami. Only Sonali survived to tell their tale. This is her account of the nearly incomprehensible event and its aftermath.

Moderated by Journalist and Literary Critic Parul Kapur Hinzen. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Wednesday May 1, 2019
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Mystery Book Group: Partners in Crime - Detecting Duos
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Is crime-solving an aphrodisiac? Are love and marriage compatible with murder and mayhem? We'll look at five couples -- spouses, lovers, friends -- who sleuth together. They give new meaning to "til death do us part."

This month:
Reflecting the Sky [2001] by S.J. Rozan
Chinese-American detective Lydia Chin and her partner Bill Smith are caught up in a kidnapping plot when they are hired to deliver a precious heirloom to the grandson of a deceased colleague right before he is abducted.

Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk. This Book Group is moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Taking a Good Picture is a Snap
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Can't seem to take a good picture? Members of the Wallingford Camera Club will teach you the basics of good exposure and how to use your equipment controls and programs.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room
Friday May 3, 2019
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Rated PG.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday May 4, 2019
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The Art of Designing Book Covers
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ONE BOOK, ONE WALLINGFORD SERIES.

Think about the cover of your favorite book: Did the cheerful colors catch your eye first, or was it the hand-drawn title that made you pick it up? How many early versions do you think the publisher rejected, and whose last-minute idea was it to put a dog on the jacket? From manuscript to marketing, professional book cover designer Jim Tierney will guide you through the twists, turns, and turmoil of making books look beautiful.

No registration required

LOCATION: Community Room
Monday May 6, 2019
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How to Improve Your Photographic Image, Part 1
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Wallingford Camera Club.

Learn how to improve your photographic images using photo editing software available in the Collaboratory.

No registration required

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Dementia Friends Information Session
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Dementia Friends USA is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in the USA. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.

A Dementia Friend is someone who, through viewing a series of online videos, learns about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend – we all have a part to play in creating dementia-friendly communities!

This Information Session is run by a Dementia Friends Champion. It covers the five key messages everyone should know about dementia through activities and discussion, but the session is not a formal training. Those who attend are asked to commit to a dementia-friendly action and can become a Dementia Friend.

No registration required

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Tuesday May 7, 2019
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WECARE workshop: Dealing with difficult behaviors
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Working with young children requires a great deal of patience and an understanding of their developmental stages.  We will discuss various strategies and share what “works” for you.  Managing, correcting, punishing, rewarding, ignoring behaviors of the each of the preschool ages.  Information with be shared as well as a discussion amongst the participants will be facilitated by the presenter.                                                                                                                           

Presenter: Teresia O’Hala; Special Education Teacher, Mentor, Transition Coordinator                                                                                                         

Program begins at 6:00 p.m. preceded by a light meal at 5:30 for those who register ahead of time through the Parks & Recreation Dept.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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WPL Play Readers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Wallingford Public Library Play Readers perform dramatic readings of comedies and dramas, monologues, scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays, and short plays of Thornton Wilder and Eugene O’Neill. Members of the group select plays and cast roles for members.
 
You may join the WPL Play Readers as a spectator or participant.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Thursday May 9, 2019
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Talking TED
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join librarian Cindy Haiken to watch and discuss a popular TED talk. New discussions are held on the second Thursday of each month. In May, we will watch and discuss Jill Bolte Taylor's "My Stroke of Insight."

Registration is required, as seating is limited.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Friday May 10, 2019
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Black Art History from the Dawn of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the Contemporary Era
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

LECTURE III OF IV: Abolition and the Beginnings of Self-Representation

This lecture will begin to look at the shift from representations of blacks by others to black artists beginning to create self-representations and art that resisted prevailing stereotypes by outside groups.

Presented by Olivia Scarpa, an Assistant Professor of Art History at Manchester Community College. Olivia holds a M.A. in the History of Art from Yale University and a B.A in History and Art History from Tufts University. 

No registration required

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday May 11, 2019
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Spring Bike Tune-Up
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Get your bike in shape for summer! Hopefully all you’ll need is a little air in your tires, but Wallingford resident and bike commuter, Jared Liu, will be on hand to demonstrate simple repairs to empower you to work on your own bike. The workshop will focus on anything needed to get your bike going, and will likely include repairs for: wheels, drivetrain, fit, and cables. 

Drop in on a first-come, first-served basis. Weather permitting, we will meet outside on the sidewalk by the rear entrance. Child and adult bikes welcome.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

No registration required

LOCATION: Board Room
Monday May 13, 2019
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How to Improve Your Photographic Image, Part 2
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Wallingford Camera Club.

Continuation of using photo editing software, plus learning how to print your images in the Collaboratory.

No registration required

LOCATION: Board Room
Wednesday May 15, 2019
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One Book, One Wallingford
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please Note: This program will be held at Mark T. Sheehan High School, 142 Hope Hill Road, Wallingford.

Meet Amy Stewart as she discusses Girl Waits With Gun, the first book in the Kopp Sisters series.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Stop by the library to get your free ticket!

Saturday May 18, 2019
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Wallingford Writers Community
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrating Writers, One Story at a Time

Join the Wallingford Writers Community and discover how the fellowship of other writers can help you pursue your writing goals!

Monthly meetings are facilitated by award-winning author, Cheryl Bardoe, and creative writing teacher, Kristin Liu. All meetings include dedicated writing time, craft techniques for fiction or literary nonfiction, and the opportunity to share work in a supportive, creative forum.

LOCATION: Board Room
Monday May 20, 2019
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Just One Drop: Documentary Screening & Discussion
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Just One Drop tells the little known story of homeopathy: the most controversial system of medicine ever invented. Homeopathy is a specific form of medicine that uses minute doses of a highly diluted substance that stimulates the body to cure itself. To many, homeopathy seems implausible. They fear it is purely a placebo effect or worse, a form of deception or quackery. Yet, homeopathy has been around for more than 200 years and is used by millions worldwide. The film explores the controversy, dispels myths and misconceptions, and asks whether or not homeopathy has been given a fair shake. The film's ultimate message is about freedom of choice in healthcare.

Discussion moderated by Abby Beale, a nationally certified classical homeopath and the current board president for The National Center for Homeopathy, who enjoys educating others about the healing power of homeopathy. As a Wallingford resident, she has also served on the Wallingford Library Board of Managers. 

?No registration required

LOCATION: Community Room
Tuesday May 21, 2019
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Battlefield Recollections of a Combat Medic & Operating Room Technician
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Commemorate Memorial Day with two Vietnam Veterans.

Robert Lombardo was a Combat Medic in Vietnam in 1968, Americal Division 11th Brigade in Duc Pho, then assigned to a hospital in Chu Lai. He was awarded 5 Purple Hearts. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac University, teaching Radiography classes in the Diagnostic Imaging Program. He is also a volunteer consultant with the Connecticut Medical Examiner's Office.

Charles McNair was an Operating Room Technician in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, tasked with receiving wounded directly from the battlefield. He is the author of "Soldiers of a Foreign War," which tells readers exactly what happened after a wounded soldier was brought in by the Combat Medics. Dr. McNair recently retired after 35 years in local practice in internal medicine. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

You won't want to miss their presentation and the opportunity for Q&A. Refreshments will be served.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Friday May 24, 2019
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mary Poppins Returns. Rated PG.

LOCATION: Community Room
Tuesday May 28, 2019
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Truth Be Told: Tuesday Night Non-Fiction Book Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Plagued by a growing awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the full extent of the violence it wreaks, on both sides of the line.

Discussion moderated by Journalist and Literary Critic Parul Kapur Hinzen. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Tuesday June 4, 2019
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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WPL Play Readers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Wallingford Public Library Play Readers perform dramatic readings of comedies and dramas, monologues, scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays, and short plays of Thornton Wilder and Eugene O’Neill. Members of the group select plays and cast roles for members.
 
You may join the WPL Play Readers as a spectator or participant.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Wednesday June 5, 2019
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Mystery Book Group: Partners in Crime - Detecting Duos
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Is crime-solving an aphrodisiac? Are love and marriage compatible with murder and mayhem? We'll look at five couples -- spouses, lovers, friends -- who sleuth together. They give new meaning to "til death do us part."

This month:
The Body Snatchers Affair [2015] by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini
Conducting a dual investigation in the opium dens of Chinatown, Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon search for missing millionaires against a backdrop of a brewing Tong war.

Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk. This Book Group is moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday June 8, 2019
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

LOCATION: Board Room
Thursday June 13, 2019
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Talking TED
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join librarian Cindy Haiken to watch and discuss a popular TED talk. New discussions are held on the second Thursday of each month. In June, we will watch and discuss Benjamin Zander's "The Transformative Power of Classical Music."

Registration is required, as seating is limited.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday June 18, 2019
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
Saturday June 22, 2019
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday July 2, 2019
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WPL Play Readers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Wallingford Public Library Play Readers perform dramatic readings of comedies and dramas, monologues, scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays, and short plays of Thornton Wilder and Eugene O’Neill. Members of the group select plays and cast roles for members.
 
You may join the WPL Play Readers as a spectator or participant.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Tuesday August 6, 2019
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WPL Play Readers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Wallingford Public Library Play Readers perform dramatic readings of comedies and dramas, monologues, scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays, and short plays of Thornton Wilder and Eugene O’Neill. Members of the group select plays and cast roles for members.
 
You may join the WPL Play Readers as a spectator or participant.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Tuesday September 3, 2019
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WPL Play Readers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Wallingford Public Library Play Readers perform dramatic readings of comedies and dramas, monologues, scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays, and short plays of Thornton Wilder and Eugene O’Neill. Members of the group select plays and cast roles for members.
 
You may join the WPL Play Readers as a spectator or participant.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Tuesday October 1, 2019
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WPL Play Readers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Wallingford Public Library Play Readers perform dramatic readings of comedies and dramas, monologues, scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays, and short plays of Thornton Wilder and Eugene O’Neill. Members of the group select plays and cast roles for members.
 
You may join the WPL Play Readers as a spectator or participant.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Tuesday November 5, 2019
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WPL Play Readers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Wallingford Public Library Play Readers perform dramatic readings of comedies and dramas, monologues, scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays, and short plays of Thornton Wilder and Eugene O’Neill. Members of the group select plays and cast roles for members.
 
You may join the WPL Play Readers as a spectator or participant.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Tuesday December 3, 2019
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WPL Play Readers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Wallingford Public Library Play Readers perform dramatic readings of comedies and dramas, monologues, scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays, and short plays of Thornton Wilder and Eugene O’Neill. Members of the group select plays and cast roles for members.
 
You may join the WPL Play Readers as a spectator or participant.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room

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