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Saturday December 21, 2019 - Saturday January 25, 2020
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Gunn Memorial Stairwell Gallery
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Christine Vitarello’s "Mira’s Reflections"

     Opens December 21, 2019

Reception: Saturday, January 18, 2020 12 noon-2pm

Christine Vitarello (Mira), a contemporary fine artist and educator, lives in New Milford, with her husband and two children. Mira began her work as an artist and educator after earning degrees in Fine art and Art education at the Pratt Institute and the College of New Rochelle. Through the use of oil paint and soft pastels, her current style is a blend of impressionism and modern contemporary representational art. Her exhibit will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from December 21 through January 25, 2020.

Vitarello tells us “As a young girl, drawing and painting were my constant, offering me peace and an avenue to express my loves. Presently, I paint to connect with my surroundings, the people in my life, and to archive special moments I have experienced.”

Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington, CT. Library hours may be found at gunnlibrary.org. For more information call (860)868-7586 or email the library circulation desk, gunncirc@biblio.org.

CONTACT:  Sharon Morrissey  860-868-7586  gunnstaff@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Thursday January 23, 2020
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Better Angels Debate - The Future of US Immigration Policy
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

The Gunnery’s History Chair, Bart McMann, will facilitate a Better Angels Debate (a new way of talking politics) on The Future of U.S. Immigration Policy.  Participating in the discussion will be some of Mr. McMann’s class scholars.   

Join Bart and his students, for this Better Angels forum, to explore and share views on the political realities surrounding one of the country’s most pressing and divisive issues.

America’s immigration policies continue to change over time.  Issues that frame such policy include the immigrant’s role in the labor force, rates of immigration to the US, and most recently, concerns about terrorism.  The main question to consider is the fairness of these policies in terms of their consideration of immigrants and benefits to the United States.  www.better-angels.org

(Snow date Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 6:00pm)

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Saturday January 25, 2020
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Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

It's the Year of the Rat, a sign of wealth and surplus!  Come celebrate with a variety of activities, games and crafts.  Make a paper lantern, learn about Asian letters and numbers, make your own dumplings to-go, explore our Chinese Suitcase Adventure, and more.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Monday January 27, 2020
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Monday Movie Matinee - Judy
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Judy  Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of "the world's greatest entertainer."  PG-13 / 1hr 58min

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Saturday February 1, 2020 - Saturday March 14, 2020
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Gunn Memorial Stairwell Gallery

Jen Abbott-Tillou’s “Moving Parts”

     Opening Reception February 1, 2020 12noon-2pm

Jen Abbott-Tillou has been creating multimedia sculpture and mobiles for three decades.  Following a career in physical therapy, fitness and yoga as a primary focus for a stretch, she now dedicates her time in her art studio/Gallery in Torrington.  Using industrial material, copper, driftwood, ostrich eggs, colorful Lucite and various found objects, she creates simple work with complex meaning.  Her exhibit will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from February 1 through March 14, 2020.

 Abbot-Tillou shares “Much of the work that I create is somewhat autobiographical.  Each piece, even the very first sculpture I made in 1990 - a simple copper fish sunk into a cedar trunk - reflects an experience, both painful and beautiful, from my life. Conflict and the juxtaposition of beauty and pain is prominent in my work. Combining something clean and modern with something corroded and rusty; something functional with something fanciful, is a statement on what it means to live this life.”

Jen shows her work by appointment in her gallery, Gallery7Studio across from the Warner Theater at 79 Main Street, Torrington.  Her work can also be found at The Hen’s Nest in Washington Depot, as well as private collections across New England.

Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington, CT. Library hours may be found at gunnlibrary.org. For more information call (860)868-7586 or email the library circulation desk, gunncirc@biblio.org.

CONTACT:  Sharon Morrissey  860-868-7586  gunnstaff@biblio.org
Saturday February 1, 2020
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Library Love
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

February is Love Your Library Month! Join us as we celebrate our love for libraries with Valentines crafts, games, and activities. 

CONTACT:  Linda Morse  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Monday February 3, 2020
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Monday Movie Matinee - Motherless Brooklyn
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Motherless Brooklyn  Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, "Motherless Brooklyn" follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York's power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation. R / 2hr 24min

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Tuesday February 4, 2020
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The General's Cook - Talk & Signing on George Washington's Enslaved Chef
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Author & Journalist Ramin Ganeshram will deliver a talk & signing on her recently published book. The General’s Cook, is the historical fiction novel about George Washington’s enslaved chef, Hercules, known in his own time for his culinary skills. Told with vivid and savory detail, Ganeshram brings Hercules, America’s first celebrity chef, to life with all his flamboyancies. It also casts new valuable insight on the complicated legacy of our founding father and the institution of slavery, while highlighting multiple intrigues and the heart wrenching choices Hercules is forced to make including the most important one - laying the ground for a covert bid for freedom.

Books will be available for sale & signing at the event, courtesy of Hickory Stick Bookstore. 

(Snow date Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 6:00pm)

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Saturday February 8, 2020
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Steep Rock Birdhouses
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome back Steep Rock Association to teach us how to make bird houses! Learn about how and why bird houses are important to the local land preserve. Bring a Philips-head screwdriver to build and decorate a bird house that will be displayed on Maricostas Preserve. Limit 18 kids. Please register for this event.

 

CONTACT:  Linda Morse  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Monday February 10, 2020
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Monday Movie Matinee - The Good Liar
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Good Liar -  Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. Legendary actors Mirren and McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live retirement to help run this sinking ship before it's too late. R / 1hr 49min

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Thursday February 13, 2020
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Music, Life & Legacy of Mozart
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Vincent P. de Luise, M.D., Cultural Ambassador for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, presents Amadeus in Retrospect in this musically enhanced lecture.  

The music, life and legacy of Wolfgang Mozart continue to fascinate and enthrall. Who was Mozart? Of course, we all know his music, that rich and deep trove of ineffable melodies from his symphonies, operas, chamber and sacred works that is an essential part of western civilization. The wonderful play and movie, "Amadeus," have introduced Mozart's music to millions. Yet, much of Mozart's life remains dotted with questions, falsehood and hyperbole.

What did Mozart look like?  What was his relationship with his father Leopold and his sister Nannerl? How did his years of touring Europe as a prodigy affect his health? How did his perfect pitch and eidetic memory inform his compositions? Why was he not as famous during his adult life as he was as a child? What was musical life like in the Vienna of the 1780s? Did he really compose without making mistakes?  How did Mozart make a living without a patron? Why did he die so young? What is the Mozart "effect"?  Can his music really make you smarter? 

Join Dr Vincent de Luise for a fascinating look at Mozart: the man, his life, and his wondrous musical legacy. 

(Snow date Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 6:30pm)

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Saturday February 15, 2020
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Frozen Party
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Love Frozen and Frozen 2? You won’t want to miss this movie themed party! Come dressed as your favorite character and participate in a variety of activities and games while munching on themed snacks and making frosty crafts.

CONTACT:  Linda Morse  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Thursday February 20, 2020
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Genealogy One-on-One Sessions
 

Hello Genealogy enthusiasts! Trying to get started on your family tree or looking for some tools to help with research?  Are you stuck trying to find an ancestor? Well, we have two genealogy buffs, Sam Morrissey and John Dwyer, who can sit with you one-on-one for a ½ hour session. Call now to ensure a spot.

THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH
January 16, 2020, February 20, 2020, March 19, 2020, April 16, 2020, May 21, 2020, June 18, 2020
HALF HOUR SESSIONS
10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30, 11:30-12:00, 2:00-2:30, 2:30-3:00, 3:00-3:30, 3:30-4:00

Just bring your ancestry information and your laptop/digital device.  If you do not have a laptop/digital device that’s ok too. We will have one available.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Saturday February 22, 2020
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Bird Feeder Craft
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Make simple bird feeders using fruit scraps, popcorn, cereal, raisins, and pretzels and watch the pretty winter birds flock to your back yard!

CONTACT:  Linda Morse  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Monday February 24, 2020
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Monday Movie Matinee - Ford v Ferrari
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Ford v. Ferrari -  Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. PG-13 / 2hr 32min

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Thursday February 27, 2020
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Historian & Author Tom Shachtman on The Founding Fortunes
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Historian & Author Tom Shachtman’s will offer a visual presentation & signing on his most recent publication, The Founding Fortunes:  How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America’s Revolution. The Founding Fortunes reveals the ways in which a dozen notable Revolutionaries deeply affected the finances and birth of the new country while making and losing their fortunes and provides a riveting history of economic patriotism that still resonates today.

The Founders dealt with tariffs, taxes on the wealthy, the national debt, regional disparities, the census as it affected finances, and how much of what America needs should be manufactured at home in ways that remain startlingly relevant and insightful.  

TOM SHACHTMAN has written or co-authored more than 35 books, as well as documentaries for ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and BBC, and has taught at New York University and lectured at Harvard, Stanford, Georgia Tech, the Smithsonian, and the Library of Congress. He is a former chairman of The Writers Room in Manhattan, a trustee of the Connecticut Humanities Council, and an occasional columnist for the Lakeville Journal. 

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event, courtesy of Hickory Stick Bookstore.  

(Snow date Tuesday, March 3, 2020 @ 6:30pm)

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Saturday February 29, 2020
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Cookie Bonanza
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Leap Day only comes once every four years- Make it a sweet day at our cookie bonanza! Start at home by baking a tray of your favorite cookies to bring in and share, sample the others, and vote on your favorite. Grab a cup of hot cocoa from our hot chocolate bar, make cookie dough cake pops, and test your taste buds in an Oreo blind taste test! Prizes will be awarded for “favorite cookie” and for winning the taste test. Please keep food allergies in mind.

CONTACT:  Jessica Zaccagnini  860-868-7586  jzaccagniniya@biblio.org
Thursday March 5, 2020
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DNA & Your Family Tree
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Professional Genealogist, Jennifer Zinck, President of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, will deliver a presentation entitled DNA & Your Family Tree.   

Have you heard about DNA testing for genealogy but you’re not sure what it can do for you? DNA is a powerful tool to confirm lineage for those who know their family history. For those who don’t it can be life changing. Join us to learn about the different types of DNA tests and how they might help you to knock down tough brick walls and connect branches of your family tree. Hear about the most popular tools and techniques used in genealogy and explore challenges and successes in the modern world of genealogy.  Jennifer will even share a case history as it relates to Washington, CT.

Jennifer Zinck is a Professional Genealogist who specializes in Connecticut research and DNA evidence for genealogy. Jennifer is currently serving her third term as the President of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council. She is an instructor in the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate Program.  Jennifer enjoys sharing her passion for family history with all ages.

(Snow date Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 6:30pm)

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Tuesday March 10, 2020
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Book Discussion - The Uninhabitable Earth
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Washington Environmental Council board members, Karen Silk, Terri Tibbatts and Monique Gil Rogers, will lead a book discussion on the New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells. 

It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible—food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation.  

Join Karen, Terri & Monique as they delve into The Uninhabitable Earth an “epoch-defining book” (The Guardian) and “this generation’s Silent Spring” (The Washington Post).  It is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation—today’s.

Copies of the book available at the circulation desk four weeks prior to the program.

(Snow date Thursday, March 17, 2020 @ 6:30pm)

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Thursday March 19, 2020
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Genealogy One-on-One Sessions

Hello Genealogy enthusiasts! Trying to get started on your family tree or looking for some tools to help with research?  Are you stuck trying to find an ancestor? Well, we have two genealogy buffs, Sam Morrissey and John Dwyer, who can sit with you one-on-one for a ½ hour session. Call now to ensure a spot.

THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH
January 16, 2020, February 20, 2020, March 19, 2020, April 16, 2020, May 21, 2020, June 18, 2020
HALF HOUR SESSIONS
10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30, 11:30-12:00, 2:00-2:30, 2:30-3:00, 3:00-3:30, 3:30-4:00

Just bring your ancestry information and your laptop/digital device.  If you do not have a laptop/digital device that’s ok too. We will have one available.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Thursday April 16, 2020
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Genealogy One-on-One Sessions
 

Hello Genealogy enthusiasts! Trying to get started on your family tree or looking for some tools to help with research?  Are you stuck trying to find an ancestor? Well, we have two genealogy buffs, Sam Morrissey and John Dwyer, who can sit with you one-on-one for a ½ hour session. Call now to ensure a spot.

THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH
January 16, 2020, February 20, 2020, March 19, 2020, April 16, 2020, May 21, 2020, June 18, 2020
HALF HOUR SESSIONS
10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30, 11:30-12:00, 2:00-2:30, 2:30-3:00, 3:00-3:30, 3:30-4:00

Just bring your ancestry information and your laptop/digital device.  If you do not have a laptop/digital device that’s ok too. We will have one available.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Thursday May 21, 2020
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Genealogy One-on-One Sessions

Hello Genealogy enthusiasts! Trying to get started on your family tree or looking for some tools to help with research?  Are you stuck trying to find an ancestor? Well, we have two genealogy buffs, Sam Morrissey and John Dwyer, who can sit with you one-on-one for a ½ hour session. Call now to ensure a spot.

THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH
January 16, 2020, February 20, 2020, March 19, 2020, April 16, 2020, May 21, 2020, June 18, 2020
HALF HOUR SESSIONS
10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30, 11:30-12:00, 2:00-2:30, 2:30-3:00, 3:00-3:30, 3:30-4:00

Just bring your ancestry information and your laptop/digital device.  If you do not have a laptop/digital device that’s ok too. We will have one available.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Saturday June 6, 2020
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Library Luminaries

Held annually each spring, Library Luminaries features dinner parties in private homes with guest of note. Dinners follow a cocktail party at the library.

CONTACT:  Vanessa Hammond  8606867586  gunndevelopment@biblio.org
Thursday June 18, 2020
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Genealogy One-on-One Sessions

Hello Genealogy enthusiasts! Trying to get started on your family tree or looking for some tools to help with research?  Are you stuck trying to find an ancestor? Well, we have two genealogy buffs, Sam Morrissey and John Dwyer, who can sit with you one-on-one for a ½ hour session. Call now to ensure a spot.

THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH
January 16, 2020, February 20, 2020, March 19, 2020, April 16, 2020, May 21, 2020, June 18, 2020
HALF HOUR SESSIONS
10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30, 11:30-12:00, 2:00-2:30, 2:30-3:00, 3:00-3:30, 3:30-4:00

Just bring your ancestry information and your laptop/digital device.  If you do not have a laptop/digital device that’s ok too. We will have one available.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room

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