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Saturday March 2, 2019 - Saturday April 13, 2019
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Gunn Memorial Stairwell Gallery

Ron Crowcroft Brings Reverse Glass Painting into the 21st Century at Gunn Memorial Stairwell Gallery

Experimenting with a centuries-old technique once used by fine artists and goldsmiths, Connecticut painter, Ron Crowcroft, has created a bold new collection of colorful abstracts, on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from March 2 through April 13. There will be an opening reception at the library’s Wykeham Room on Saturday, March 2 from 12 to 2 PM.

“Simply stated, paint is applied to one side of the glass, but viewed from the other,” explains Crowcroft who came to Connecticut from his native England nearly forty years ago. “There is a reverse glass portrait of George Washington on view at The New Britain Museum of American Art. I first came across this process through my interest in the work of Wassily Kandinsky who made many paintings using this method. It immediately appealed to me as I enjoy using non-traditional surfaces to paint on.”

Besides painting, Crowcroft works in a wide variety of media including drawing, sculpture and photography as well as performance art, video, electronic music, poetry and humor. His work can be viewed at roncrowcroft.com.

CONTACT:  Sharon Morrissey  860-868-1804  gunnstaff@biblio.org
Monday March 18, 2019
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Monday Matinee - The Favourite
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Favourite  Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.  R / 1h 39min

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Tuesday March 19, 2019
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K/1st Grade Story Craft
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Fun-filled stories, games & crafts designed around seasonal themes, new books, and classic children's literature.  Snack provided.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Thursday March 21, 2019
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2nd/3rd Grade Story Craft
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

No Story Craft today.  Region #12 half day!

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Friday March 22, 2019
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Two's Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Simple stories, finger play, music, flannel board activities and crafts.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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3/4 Yr Book Buddies
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

No 3/4 Book Buddies today!  Region #12 half day!

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Saturday March 23, 2019
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Playwright & Author Sarah Ruhl
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Playwright, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee, and author, Sarah Ruhl will deliver a talk and signing of her recently released book, Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship. 

In 2012, Sarah Ruhl met Max Ritvo, a student in her playwriting class at Yale University, was an exuberant, opinionated, and highly gifted poet. He was also in remission from pediatric cancer.  Over the next four years?in which Ritvo’s illness returned and his health declined, even as his productivity bloomed?the two exchanged letters that spark with urgency, humor, and the desire for connection. Reincarnation, books, the afterlife as an Amtrak quiet car, good soup: in Ruhl and Ritvo’s exchanges, all ideas are fair, nourishing game, shared and debated in a spirit of generosity and love. Studded with poems and songs, Letters from Max is a deeply moving portrait of a friendship, and a shimmering exploration of love, art, mortality, and the afterlife. 

“Deeply moving, often heartbreaking . . . a captivating celebration of life and love.”?Kirkus (starred review)

Sarah Ruhl is a playwright, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee, and author of the book 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a midcareer playwright, and the Steinberg Award. She is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family. 

 (Tentative snow date is Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 11:00am).

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
 
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Teddy Bear Picnic
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Children are invited to bring their favorite snuggly teddy bear for a delightful afternoon of stories, iced tea, cookies, and fun activities for bears and humans alike.  Yes, we will even have activities involving the bears!

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Monday March 25, 2019
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Monday Matinee - Green Book
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Green Book -  When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. PG-13 / 2hr 10min

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Tuesday March 26, 2019
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K/1st Grade Story Craft
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Fun-filled stories, games & crafts designed around seasonal themes, new books, and classic children's literature.  Snack provided.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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Seed Starting Interactive Presentation
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Spring is finally on the horizon! That means it’s time to start thinking about your gardens. The lingering chilly days are the perfect time to start seeds indoors. But where do you begin? Enya Cunningham from Back 40 Farm Group will give a presentation on how to start seeds. She will cover everything from which seeds to start, when to plant them, how to plant them, what materials and techniques work best, and more! A demonstration will coincide with the presentation and the first twenty-five patrons to register will take home their potted seeds.

This presentation is the kick-off to the second season of the Gunn Memorial Seed Library- a partnership with Steep Rock Association’s Judea Garden. Stop into the library throughout the season and “check out” a package of seeds to plant at home. At the end of the season, harvest the seeds from one of your plants and bring them back to the Seed Library for next season.

Enya came to Back 40 Farm in 2015 after graduating from Vassar College. She was drawn to farm work through a passion for working with her hands and a desire to do meaningful work for the food system. She has become a capable farmer and continues to hone her skills daily. Enya is passionate about self-sufficiency, interdependence, and finding a free minute off the farm to go birding.

Back 40 Farm is a family-owned business nestled in 85 acres of some of the best farmland in historic Washington, Connecticut. This is the farm that began the Back 40 Farm Group, an ecologically and socially responsible restaurant and retail group based in Greenwich CT. Back 40 Farm seeks to inspire dialogue about land stewardship and our responsibility to the future of the food system. The regenerative farm, rooted in the principles of agro-ecology, produces organically-grown food and flowers to feed our communities: body and soul.

CONTACT:  Jessica Zaccagnini  860-868-7586  jzaccagniniya@biblio.org
Thursday March 28, 2019
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2nd/3rd Grade Story Craft
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

A variety of topics and activities will be presented by guest storytellers!  They are parents, former teachers, and gifted facilitatiors.  Snack provided.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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4th and 5th Grade Gaming Group
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Interactive stations of digital games on platforms like the Wii, iPads, and computers! Snacks provided.

CONTACT:  jessica  860-868-7586  jzaccagniniya@biblio.org
 
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Letters from the Battlefield by Historian & Author John F. Dwyer
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Author and Southbury’s Municipal Historian, John Dwyer, will lead visual presentation and signing on his recently released book Giving Johnny Cold Iron: A Connecticut Yankee-Irishman’s Wartime Letters Home.  

When the Civil War began, Frederick Gunn sought to prepare his students at the Gunnery in Washington for service in the Union Army and is credited for successfully inspiring a number of them to enlist. Mr. Dwyer’s book tells the story of one of these soldiers, John O’Brien, as deduced from a study of the numerous extant letters which he sent from the battle-lines.

The letters written over four years’ time, as he is witness to the defense of the Nation’s Capitol, the Peninsula Campaign against Richmond, the tightening noose about Petersburg and the Rebel’s last ditch attack against “Fort Hell.” Dwyer supplements these letters with historical findings of the man, the letters’ recipient and their close family relationships that are frequently mentioned. The intent is to unfold for the reader some of the unstated understandings between the corresponding partners. The collection is rounded out with historic photographs of many of the subjects—the families, the people, the places and events—hoping to heighten intimacy with the story. This book is both military history plus family and genealogical research.

The author will provide books for sale and signing at the event.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Friday March 29, 2019
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Two's Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Simple stories, finger play, music, flannel board activities and crafts.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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3/4 Yr Book Buddies
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Lively stories, games, songs and more.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Saturday March 30, 2019
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Paint & Sip Saturday
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Does your young artist love to paint?  Bring them in for an afternoon of art, friends, and hot chocoolate!  Children can get creative with a blank canvas, paint, and traceable while they sip on hot chocolate.  All materials provided.  Best for ages 7+.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Monday April 1, 2019
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Dante's Inferno Literature Course
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a six week course The Grand Descent: A Walk Across Dante’s Inferno. The classes will be Mondays at 10:00am on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 2019.  

 What happens when a man decides to trek across the known universe? If he’s a Tuscan poet in the Middle Ages, he starts the great descent—which takes him into everything that’s known and in turn almost single-handedly creates the Western literary tradition. After 700 years, there’s still no other walk like this, no cadence like it. . Join us as we walk with Dante (and Cimabue, Giotto, popes, generals, and other poets) across the infernal regions, the first third of the poet’s journey through the cosmos and into the foundations of  all the imaginative literature we read today. 

The required book is The Inferno – Signet Classics – Dante Alighieri (Translated by John Ciardi) Copies are available for purchase at the Hickory Stick Bookstore.

The reading schedule: April 1 – Introduction; April 8 - Inferno, Cantos 1-4; April 15 - Inferno, Cantos 5-10; April 22 - Inferno, Cantos 11-17; April 29 - Inferno, Cantos 18-27;  May 6 - Inferno, Cantos 28-34

For more information on Mark visit markscarbrough.com

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
 
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Monday Matinee - If Beale Street Could Talk
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

If Beale Street Could Talk  – A young couple is happy to begin their life together as husband and wife. They unexpectedly find themselves pregnant before the nuptials, and are happy to begin two new journeys together. Unfortunately, when the fiance is accused of a heinous crime, it's up to his partner to prove his innocence. The only problem is whether this can be accomplished before they were planning to tie the knot, or welcome their child into the world.  R / 1hr 57min

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Tuesday April 2, 2019
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K/1st Grade Story Craft
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Fun-filled stories, games & crafts designed around seasonal themes, new books, and classic children's literature.  Snack provided.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Thursday April 4, 2019
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2nd/3rd Grade Story Craft
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

A variety of topics and activities will be presented by guest storytellers!  They are parents, former teachers, and gifted facilitatiors.  Snack provided.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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4th and 5th Grade Gaming Group
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Interactive stations of digital games on platforms like the Wii, iPads, and computers! Snacks provided.

CONTACT:  jessica  860-868-7586  jzaccagniniya@biblio.org
 
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Professor Led Book Discussion on National Bestseller - Warlight
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

English Professor Christopher Rempfer, MFA will lead a book discussion on the National Best Seller, Warlight.  From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

“A haunting, brilliant novel from Ondaatje…Mesmerizing from the first sentence, rife with poignant insights and satisfying subplots, this novel about secrets and loss may be Ondaatje’s best work yet.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 “A lyrical mystery that plays out in the shadow of World War II…Ondaatje’s shrewd character study plays out in a smart, sophisticated drama, one worth the long wait for fans of wartime intrigue.” —Kirkus Review (starred review)

Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk three weeks prior to the discussion.

Christopher Rempfer is a Professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury where he also runs the college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Program. Prior to joining the full-time faculty at NVCC, Chris taught English and Speech and Public Speaking at the City College of New York, where he earned is MFA in Creative Writing in 2010. He has also taught at Quinnipiac University and in the summer international program at Yale University.  Prior to returning to Connecticut, where he grew up, he was an actor and writer based in New York City.  

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Friday April 5, 2019
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Two's Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Simple stories, finger play, music, flannel board activities and crafts.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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3/4 Yr Book Buddies
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Lively stories, games, songs and more.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Saturday April 6, 2019
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Earth Day Banner Making Event
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Washington Environmental Council is looking for kids to create a festive Earth Day banner to be prominently displayed in the Depot for Earth Week.  There will also be a matinee showing of The Lorax -a classic Dr, Seuss story that directly speaks to the importance of protecting our home planet.  Best for ages 8-12.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Sunday April 7, 2019
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The Opioid Epidemic in NW CT
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Greenwoods Counseling Referrals Executive Director, John Simoncelli and Executive Director of McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Maria Coutant Skinner will deliver a talk & visual presentation entitled The Opioid Epidemic In Northwest, CT.  This event is sponsored by the Washington Democratic Town Committee and part of the John Millington Lecture Series. 

In January 2019, the National Safety Council reported that for the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident. How did we get here? What factors contributed to this addiction crisis? How is it impacting our local communities and what is being done to address the problem?

Mr. Simoncelli and Ms. Skinner and will discuss the current state of the opioid crisis with a focus on the Northwest corner of CT. The speakers will share statistics detailing the impact of the epidemic on Litchfield County and describe how the region has responded. Most importantly, the discussion will educate the audience on what is driving this public health emergency and how members of the community can help.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Monday April 8, 2019
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Dante's Inferno Literature Course
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a six week course The Grand Descent: A Walk Across Dante’s Inferno. The classes will be Mondays at 10:00am on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 2019.  

 What happens when a man decides to trek across the known universe? If he’s a Tuscan poet in the Middle Ages, he starts the great descent—which takes him into everything that’s known and in turn almost single-handedly creates the Western literary tradition. After 700 years, there’s still no other walk like this, no cadence like it. . Join us as we walk with Dante (and Cimabue, Giotto, popes, generals, and other poets) across the infernal regions, the first third of the poet’s journey through the cosmos and into the foundations of  all the imaginative literature we read today. 

The required book is The Inferno – Signet Classics – Dante Alighieri (Translated by John Ciardi) Copies are available for purchase at the Hickory Stick Bookstore.

The reading schedule: April 1 – Introduction; April 8 - Inferno, Cantos 1-4; April 15 - Inferno, Cantos 5-10; April 22 - Inferno, Cantos 11-17; April 29 - Inferno, Cantos 18-27;  May 6 - Inferno, Cantos 28-34

For more information on Mark visit markscarbrough.com

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
 
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Monday Matinee - Stan & Ollie
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Stan & Ollie - In the 1930s and 1940s, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were one of the most popular comedy acts in movies, helplessly bumbling their way through one "fine mess" after another. But by the 1950s, they were has-beens, struggling with health problems and trying to find a way back into the movie business. They embarked on a tour of small theaters in Britain to perform their own material, and possibly re-ignite their old friendship. PG / 1hr 37min

 

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Tuesday April 9, 2019
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K/1st Grade Story Craft
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Fun-filled stories, games & crafts designed around seasonal themes, new books, and classic children's literature.  Snack provided.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Thursday April 11, 2019
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2nd/3rd Grade Story Craft
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

A variety of topics and activities will be presented by guest storytellers!  They are parents, former teachers, and gifted facilitatiors.  Snack provided.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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4th and 5th Grade Gaming Group
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Interactive stations of digital games on platforms like the Wii, iPads, and computers! Snacks provided.

CONTACT:  jessica  860-868-7586  jzaccagniniya@biblio.org
Friday April 12, 2019
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Two's Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Simple stories, finger play, music, flannel board activities and crafts.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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3/4 Yr Book Buddies
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Lively stories, games, songs and more.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Saturday April 13, 2019
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Yummy Healthy Snacks
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Jazz up your child's lunchbox by bringing them in to learn how to turn an ordinary smack into an enjoyable, wholesome treat.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Monday April 15, 2019
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Dante's Inferno Literature Course
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a six week course The Grand Descent: A Walk Across Dante’s Inferno. The classes will be Mondays at 10:00am on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 2019.  

 What happens when a man decides to trek across the known universe? If he’s a Tuscan poet in the Middle Ages, he starts the great descent—which takes him into everything that’s known and in turn almost single-handedly creates the Western literary tradition. After 700 years, there’s still no other walk like this, no cadence like it. . Join us as we walk with Dante (and Cimabue, Giotto, popes, generals, and other poets) across the infernal regions, the first third of the poet’s journey through the cosmos and into the foundations of  all the imaginative literature we read today. 

The required book is The Inferno – Signet Classics – Dante Alighieri (Translated by John Ciardi) Copies are available for purchase at the Hickory Stick Bookstore.

The reading schedule: April 1 – Introduction; April 8 - Inferno, Cantos 1-4; April 15 - Inferno, Cantos 5-10; April 22 - Inferno, Cantos 11-17; April 29 - Inferno, Cantos 18-27;  May 6 - Inferno, Cantos 28-34

For more information on Mark visit markscarbrough.com

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
 
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Monday Matinee - VICE
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Vice  VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. R / 2hr 12min

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Tuesday April 16, 2019
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Movie Matinee- The Incredibles
11:00 AM - 12:50 PM

Bob Parr and his wife Helen used to be among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis.  Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they live "normal" lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack.  Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summmons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment.  He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction.  Rated PG.  115 minutes

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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Movie Matinee- Incredibles 2
1:00 PM - 2:55 PM

Everyone's favorite Super family is back in Disney-Pixar's Incredibles 2.  Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, and Bob must juggle the day-to-day heroics of home life.  But when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot, the Parrs meet the challenge together - with Frozone by their side.   Rated PG.  118 minutes

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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Local Author, George Goens, PhD Talk & Signing on Civility Lost
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Local Author George Goens, PhD will lead a talk and signing on his recently released book Civility Lost. The United States is undergoing serious splintering that threatens, not only relationships, but also politics and society as a whole. Divisions are emphasized. Disagreements turn into name-calling and castigating. Issues are sharply painted in right or wrong, ethical and unethical, intelligent or unenlightened colors.  The country’s motto is E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one. Philosophy and principle, not force or fear, unite the country through ideals that celebrate the sovereignty and authority of all citizens.

George A. Goens, PhD is a prominent author, dynamic leader, recognized educator, and featured speaker. George has worked with public and private sector organizations on leadership selection, development, and assessment. Because of his experience and perspective, he has presented seminars and workshops on leadership and educational reform for regional, state, and national organizations and for school districts across the country. George has authored nine books and has written over 60 articles in journals and magazines on leadership and education. He has also presented seminars and workshops on leadership, school reform, and leading in a crisis at regional and state conferences and for organizations and school districts across the country.  George lives in Litchfield CT. www.georgegoens.com

The author will provide books for sale and signing at the event.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Thursday April 18, 2019
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Movie Matinee- How to Train Your Dragon
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM

Hiccup is a young Viking who defies tradition when he befriends one of his deadliest foes - a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless.  Together, the unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both their worlds in this "wonderful good-time hit!"   Rated PG.  102  minutes

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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Movie Matinee- How to Train Your Dragon 2
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

When Hiccup and Toothless discover a secret ice cave with wild dragons and a mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves in an epic battle to save the future of man and dragons. 

Rated PG.  104 minutes

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Saturday April 20, 2019
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Easter Egg Dyeing
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bring your HARD BOILED WHITE EGGS in to dye and decorate in time for the holiday.  Nothing says spring like festive, colored eggs.  Dress for a mess!

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Monday April 22, 2019
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Dante's Inferno Literature Course
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a six week course The Grand Descent: A Walk Across Dante’s Inferno. The classes will be Mondays at 10:00am on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 2019.  

 What happens when a man decides to trek across the known universe? If he’s a Tuscan poet in the Middle Ages, he starts the great descent—which takes him into everything that’s known and in turn almost single-handedly creates the Western literary tradition. After 700 years, there’s still no other walk like this, no cadence like it. . Join us as we walk with Dante (and Cimabue, Giotto, popes, generals, and other poets) across the infernal regions, the first third of the poet’s journey through the cosmos and into the foundations of  all the imaginative literature we read today. 

The required book is The Inferno – Signet Classics – Dante Alighieri (Translated by John Ciardi) Copies are available for purchase at the Hickory Stick Bookstore.

The reading schedule: April 1 – Introduction; April 8 - Inferno, Cantos 1-4; April 15 - Inferno, Cantos 5-10; April 22 - Inferno, Cantos 11-17; April 29 - Inferno, Cantos 18-27;  May 6 - Inferno, Cantos 28-34

For more information on Mark visit markscarbrough.com

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
 
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Monday Matinee - The Mule
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Mule -  For Michigan resident Earl Stone, life has never been easy. Sent off to World War II as a young man, he has had to endure a great deal. Never a great husband or father, he has often retreated into his own world. But now in his eighties, he suddenly has an opportunity to make his life matter-and to get some cash. Facing foreclosure, he knows that something has to give. And this is how the most unlikely drug mule ends up transporting $3 million in cocaine across the state. R / 1hr 56min

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Thursday April 25, 2019
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Professor Led Book Discussion on The Witch Elm
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

English Professor Christopher Rempfer, MFA will lead a book discussion on The Witch Elm, one of the New York Times Notable Book of 2018.

From the writer who "inspires cultic devotion in readers" (The New Yorker) and has been called "incandescent" by Stephen King, "absolutely mesmerizing" by Gillian Flynn, and "unputdownable" (People), comes a gripping novel that turns a crime story inside out. A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

“French’s best book. . . Her most intricately nuanced novel yet.” The New York Times

A brilliant new work of suspense from "the most important crime novelist  to emerge in the past 10 years"  (Washington Post)

Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk three weeks prior to the discussion.

Christopher Rempfer is a Professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury where he also runs the college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Program. Prior to joining the full-time faculty at NVCC, Chris taught English and Speech and Public Speaking at the City College of New York, where he earned is MFA in Creative Writing in 2010. He has also taught at Quinnipiac University and in the summer international program at Yale University.  Prior to returning to Connecticut, where he grew up, he was an actor and writer based in New York City.  

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Saturday April 27, 2019
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Origami Workshop
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Children can pick from different patterns and colored paper to make simple animals and objects that teach the basics of origami.  Best for ages 5 and up.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Monday April 29, 2019
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Dante's Inferno Literature Course
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a six week course The Grand Descent: A Walk Across Dante’s Inferno. The classes will be Mondays at 10:00am on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 2019.  

 What happens when a man decides to trek across the known universe? If he’s a Tuscan poet in the Middle Ages, he starts the great descent—which takes him into everything that’s known and in turn almost single-handedly creates the Western literary tradition. After 700 years, there’s still no other walk like this, no cadence like it. . Join us as we walk with Dante (and Cimabue, Giotto, popes, generals, and other poets) across the infernal regions, the first third of the poet’s journey through the cosmos and into the foundations of  all the imaginative literature we read today. 

The required book is The Inferno – Signet Classics – Dante Alighieri (Translated by John Ciardi) Copies are available for purchase at the Hickory Stick Bookstore.

The reading schedule: April 1 – Introduction; April 8 - Inferno, Cantos 1-4; April 15 - Inferno, Cantos 5-10; April 22 - Inferno, Cantos 11-17; April 29 - Inferno, Cantos 18-27;  May 6 - Inferno, Cantos 28-34

For more information on Mark visit markscarbrough.com

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
 
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Monday Matinee - On the Basis of Sex
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

On the Basis of Sex -  The film tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. The feature will premiere in 2018 in line with Justice Ginsburg's 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court. PG-13 / 2hr

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Thursday May 2, 2019
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Degas: Passion for Perfection EXHIBITION ON SCREEN Documentary
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

An EXHIBITION ON SCREEN documentary, Degas: Passion for Perfection will be shown.  This screening is co-sponsored with Washington Art Association.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters.

Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eye sight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind. Directed by Phil Grabsky. 1h 30 min.  Visit exhibitiononscreen.com

“Art is not a matter of what you see, but what you make other people see.” Edgar Degas

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Monday May 6, 2019
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Dante's Inferno Literature Course
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a six week course The Grand Descent: A Walk Across Dante’s Inferno. The classes will be Mondays at 10:00am on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 2019.  

 What happens when a man decides to trek across the known universe? If he’s a Tuscan poet in the Middle Ages, he starts the great descent—which takes him into everything that’s known and in turn almost single-handedly creates the Western literary tradition. After 700 years, there’s still no other walk like this, no cadence like it. . Join us as we walk with Dante (and Cimabue, Giotto, popes, generals, and other poets) across the infernal regions, the first third of the poet’s journey through the cosmos and into the foundations of  all the imaginative literature we read today. 

The required book is The Inferno – Signet Classics – Dante Alighieri (Translated by John Ciardi) Copies are available for purchase at the Hickory Stick Bookstore.

The reading schedule: April 1 – Introduction; April 8 - Inferno, Cantos 1-4; April 15 - Inferno, Cantos 5-10; April 22 - Inferno, Cantos 11-17; April 29 - Inferno, Cantos 18-27;  May 6 - Inferno, Cantos 28-34

For more information on Mark visit markscarbrough.com

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Saturday June 8, 2019
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LIBRARY LUMINARIES
5:30 PM

Held annually each spring, Library Luminaries features dinner parties in private homes with guest of note.  The dinners follow a cocktail party at the library.  Always festive, always fun, pictures of this year’s event are shown here.  Thank you to our Luminaries and our gracious hosts.

CONTACT:  Vanessa Hammond   860-868-7586  gunndevelopment@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room

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