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Monday October 26, 2020
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Wallingford Public Library Association 140th Annual Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Join us to celebrate our 140th year! Virtual festivities will include a brief business meeting, the induction of Wallingford’s new Poet Laureate Debora Kuan, and the A to Zs of the Wallingford Public Library.

This event is open to the public. Instructions on how to participate are below. The event will also be streamed live to Facebook. If you would like to receive documents pertaining to the business meeting, please register.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE VIA ZOOM

  • To join on your computer or mobile device, click:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85677979970
  • To join via phone, dial (929)-205-6099. When prompted, enter the following Meeting ID: 856 7797 9970.
CONTACT:  Jane Fisher  203-265-6754  
LOCATION: Community Room
Tuesday October 27, 2020
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Are You Smarter than a Librarian? Virtual Trivia Night
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Our super-popular Trivia Night is BACK for a special spooky Halloween edition. 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
Thursday October 29, 2020
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Autumn Poetry Celebration: Presented by Saturday Mornings with Poetry
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Nothing Gold Can Stay
by Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
 

Fully immerse yourself into the joys of fall--crunching leaves, crisp air, and cozy sweaters--by joining Wallingford's own Saturday Mornings with Poetry group to celebrate the season! This event will feature poems by well-known authors as well as original work. So grab a blanket and a cup of hot cider and cozy up to your computer screen for this lovely celebration of all things autumn.

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

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-284-6425  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
Wednesday November 4, 2020
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Mystery Book Group: Crime Beneath the Midnight Sun
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Fall 2020: Crime Beneath the Midnight Sun

Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo were the first Scandinavian mystery authors to be popular in the United States; we read their book The Laughing Policeman (1970) as part of our mystery “Grand Tour” in 2014. Peter Hoeg’s Smila’s Sense of Snow was widely acclaimed in 1992, and some of us got to know Henning Mankell through the TV series, “Wallander.” But it was the amazing success of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008) that led to the great demand for Scandinavian mysteries.

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

The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum

When perpetual bachelor Gunder Jomann goes to India for two weeks and comes home married, the town of Elvestad is stunned. On the day the Indian bride is supposed to arrive, the battered body of a woman is found in a meadow on the outskirts of town. None of the "good people of Elvestad" can believe that anyone among them would be capable of such a brutal murder. But in his quiet, formal way, Inspector Konrad Sejer understands that good people can commit atrocious deeds, and that no one is altogether innocent—including the café owner who knows too much, the girl who wants to be a chief witness, and the bodybuilder with no outlet for his terrible strength.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
Thursday November 5, 2020
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Car Buying 101: Everything You Need to Know
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Maybe you have a car and it’s on its last leg, or maybe you took a break from driving and now you want to buy a car? Or you are a first-time car buyer all together! You’re searching the web and are overwhelmed with the options, price tags, and just the whole process. Join Chaya of Mechanic Shop Femme to learn about the process from budgeting to negotiating so you end up with the car you want for a fair price and avoid buying a lemon

Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, writer, and speaker, and founder of Mechanic Shop Femme. She has written for or been featured in publications ranging from the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, to Shondaland and the Huffington Post. With seven years in the auto industry under her belt and three years of virtual courses, you're sure to find her class engaging and her information easy to understand. You can find her on Instagram,  Facebook, and Twitter

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

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-284-6425  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
Tuesday November 10, 2020
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Suffragettes in Corselettes: The Evolution of Underwear and Our 19th Amendment
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

For centuries, women have allowed themselves to be squeezed, twisted, and squished to conform to desired shapes. The history of underwear reveals a lot about women’s changing roles in society – how we perceive ourselves, and how we’re viewed by others. The 1910s saw an end to the hourglass figure with a tiny waist. Women were finally able to breathe and move more freely. Did the demise of tightlacing help women gain the right to vote in 1920? Underwear matters.

Herstory Unsanitized presentations explore the engrossing “taboo” subjects omitted from history. When a zany teacher and grounded green witch join forces, they create Grounded Goodwife. Velya Jancz-Urban’s gregarious personality and Ehris Urban’s serene energy enable this mother/daughter duo to connect with audiences. Their delivery is funny and frank. Laugh, grimace, and honor our foremothers’ journeys.

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

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-284-6425  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
Wednesday November 11, 2020
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Thursday November 12, 2020
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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 November, we will watch and discuss Megan Phelps-Roper's “I Grew Up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's Why I Left.”

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

There are 9 spaces available.
Monday November 16, 2020
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Election 2020: What Happened and Why?
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

2020’s general election will be one for the history books, no matter the outcome. Join Professor Marc Lendler for a demystifying post-election analysis on what happened and why.

Marc Lendler teaches American Government at Smith College and is a long time Wallingford resident.

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

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-284-6425  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
Tuesday November 17, 2020
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Folktales & Other Stories with Liz Gruber, Storyteller
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join storyteller Liz Gruber for an evening of folktales and stories. Cozy up with some hot cocoa for this (virtual) fireside storytelling session. All ages are welcome, but this event will be geared toward an adult audience (because big kids like stories, too!).

Liz has been telling stories for 20 years. Whether folktale, myth, personal story or contemporary literary tale, Liz is a passionate conduit for story. Her storytelling makes connections across time, experiential, ethnic and national boundaries drawing her audience into a shared experience and dissolving the differences that often separate people.

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

This event is part of Tellabration! A Celebration of the Oral Tradition, which is a mammoth storytelling event - and that is no Tall Tale! It is a storytelling phenomenon, made up of dozens of storytelling happenings all over the world. Its purpose is to introduce adults, as well as children, to the pleasures of the oral art of storytelling. It is one of the programs offered by The Connecticut Storytelling Center, based at Connecticut College in New London.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-284-6425  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
Thursday November 19, 2020
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Thursday Night Book Club
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

In 1851, the mysterious Commodore orders his hired guns, Charlie and Eli Sisters, to track down and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm. The brothers travel from Oregon to the Sierra foothills in search of Warm, along the way running into a witch, a dead Indian, a group of drunken floozies and a gang of fur trappers. Charlie is addicted to brandy and to women, but Eli is starting to wonder whether they should abandon the murder-for-hire business and settle down. Patrick DeWitt's homage to the classic western was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
CONTACT:  Cindy Haiken  203-265-6754  chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org
Saturday November 21, 2020
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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 November 23, 2020
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Ask Attorney Allinson
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This popular program is back, virtually! Please bring your questions for this hour-long program. Attorney Steven Allinson, an attorney in Wallingford will speak and answer your legal 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.

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

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-284-6425  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
Tuesday November 24, 2020
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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
Wednesday November 25, 2020
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Thanksgiving - Library Closing at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday November 26, 2020
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Friday November 27, 2020
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Monday December 7, 2020
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Where Do We Go from Here? A Conversation about Race
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The death of George Floyd on May 25 of this year 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. We will be joined by members of the Wallingford Town Council as well as other local leaders, educators, and citizens. This and future conversations will begin by focusing on a book, movie, or other piece of media that addresses race and inequality.

Recommended Reading TBA

All are welcome.

Sharon Rabera of the Women and Families Center will facilitate this conversation.

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

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-284-6425  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
Thursday December 17, 2020
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Thursday Night Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

CONTACT:  Cindy Haiken  203-265-6754  chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Saturday December 19, 2020
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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.

Thursday December 24, 2020
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Christmas Eve - Library Closed
Friday December 25, 2020
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Thursday December 31, 2020
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New Year's Eve - Library Closing at 4:00 p.m.
Friday January 1, 2021
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New Year's Day - Library Closed
Monday January 18, 2021
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Martin Luther King Day - Library Closed
Monday February 15, 2021
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Presidents' Day - Library Closed
Saturday May 29, 2021
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Monday May 31, 2021
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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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