Programs

Registration is required for all events
unless otherwise noted.

Please call us at 203-262-0626 ext. 130
or stop by the Reference Desk.

 

To End All Wars: Songs of the First World War

Wednesday, October 15th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room

Rick-Spencer-150x150On June 28, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife Sophie were assassinated.  Scholars agree that this was the catalyst of the terrible conflict that claimed over 10 million lives and came to be called “The War to End All Wars.”
The folk and popular songs of the period were patriotic and inspiring. Some were filled with pathos, describing tragedy, loss, and the fears and hopes of those who were affected. This program presents both well-known and obscure songs of the period along with a discussion of the issues, events and personalities of First World War.

Rick Spencer has worked in the history industry for nearly 30 years. He spent 20 years at Mystic Seaport, then worked as site administrator of the Hempstead Houses in New London and as executive director and curator of the Dr. Ashbel Woodward House Museum in Franklin, CT. He is best known for his series of theme-based historic music program lectures.


WWI Lecture Series

Thursday, October 16th from 3-4:30pm in the Kingsley Room
 

Tsar Nicholas II:  “Road to Revolution”

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Not having been prepared to be a tsar, Nicholas II fails to learn with disastrous consequences for his family and the Romanov dynasty.

Dr. Mona Garcia, taught European history at the college level. She has presented conference papers in the US and Great Britain, has publications in her field of English History, one of which has been included in the Bibliography of British and Irish History (formerly the Royal Historical Society Bibliography).

SAT Practice Exam

Saturday, October 18th from 11-3:30pm in the Kingsley Room
SATFree practice exams offered by Kaplan.Participants are asked to bring a calculator and pencil. Snacks and drinks are allowed.Kaplan will notify each participant within a month with their results via phone or email provided the day of the exam.

Incapacity, Conservatorships, and the Probate Court

Wednesday, October 22nd from 3:30-5pm in the Kingsley Room
dom-calabrese-150x150While many people plan for the transfer of assets at death by creating wills, few are aware of the options and importance of planning for legal incapacity.Legal incapacity can occur suddenly and unexpectedly, and wills have no utility during the will creator’s lifetime, including when they become incapacitated. As a result, the ability to manage the incapacitated person’s financial and personal affairs may require court intervention. Planning for incapacity can minimize the stress and uncertainty families face when a loved one becomes incapacitated.  Connecticut probate courts deal with issues of incapacity regularly with guardianships, conservatorships, and commitments. Judge Calabrese will discuss legal incapacity, the role of the probate court, conservatorships, and legal tools to plan for incapacity. A question and answer session will be held at the end of the discussion.

WWI Lecture Series

Thursday, October 23rd from 3-4:30pm in the Kingsley Room

King George V: Determined to Survive”

King George V (212x300)George V is determined to survive as king even if it means changing the name of his dynasty and abandoning his Romanov cousins.

Dr. Mona Garcia, taught European history at the college level. She has presented conference papers in the US and Great Britain, has publications in her field of English History, one of which has been included in the Bibliography of British and Irish History (formerly the Royal Historical Society Bibliography).

Poe, Times Two Twin Tales of Mystery, Murder and . . . . Mortar

Saturday, October 25th at 2pm
Greg-OliverA double-bill of short, one-man plays adapted from two classic stories of mystery and horror, “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat”, by Edgar Allan Poe. One actor. Two classic horror stories!Written and performed by Greg Oliver Bodine.  Directed by DeLisa M. White.Greg Oliver Bodine is an actor and writer dividing his time between Oyster Bay and New York City. He has performed in numerous regional and stock productions, including the premiere of his one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol in 2003. Greg is a graduate of Hobart College and the M.F.A. Drama Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Grants For the Arts Recipient, (A Christmas Carol) and currently works as a Theatre Teaching Artist in the Long Island School Partnership Program with Tilles Center For the Performing Arts in Brookville, NY.

Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care Discussion

Thursday, October 30th from 6-7:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Long Term Care Discussion at Southbury Library (200x89)Hear a presentation from Aldo Pantano, a representative from the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care and the State Office of Policy and Management, about how you can plan for your future healthcare needs. If you’re 40 or older, long-term care insurance approved by the state of Connecticut’s Partnership for Long-Term Care can provide asset protection, protect against inflation, and give you peace of mind through your retirement years. No company specific products will be discussed, and there will be no sales or solicitations allowed.

Understanding Medicare

Saturday, November 1st from 12-3pm in the Kingsley Room
Margaret-Ackley-150x1201Attend this informational lecture to learn about your Medicare options and find out how you can prepare for retirement.Margaret Foran Ackley is the Principal at Ackley Insurance Agency servicing the New Haven and Litchfield counties. She is a community speaker on understanding Medicare and specializes in the personal approach of taking the mystery out of your Medicare options.

Kanzashi Flowers

Thursday, November 6th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley B Room
kanzashiLocal quilters Sharon Ann Morrisey and Jennifer O’Brien will teach the Japanese art of Kanzashi flowers. Kanzashi are beautiful folded fabric-petal flowers you can wear in your hair or as a pin. Class participants will learn basic fabric folding techniques and make flowers to take home.
All materials will be supplied. Space is limited to 15 participants.

Home Beer Brewing

Thursday, November 13th from 6-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Tess and Mark SzamatulskiLearn how to brew and appreciate your own beer during this refreshing workshop that will cover beer ingredients such as hops, grain, water and yeast, sanitizing, fermentation, beer styles, history and more. Samples of different styles of homebrew will be served.Tess and Mark Szamatulski, owners of Maltose Express in Monroe will be leading this workshop. They are the authors of two of the best-selling beer recipe books, Clone Brews and Beer Captured.  Mark and Tess have been filmed for the Discovery Channel’s series “How Things Work” and have been featured on Channel 8 CT Style and Time.com.

Participants must be 21 and over to attend.

Lu Burke Literary Series Presents
Roxana Robinson

Monday, November 17th at 6:30pm in the Kingsley Room

Roxana RobinsonThe Lu Burke Series is proud to present author, Roxana Robinson, who will talk about her new book Sparta. This novel chronicles a U.S. Marine’s struggle to survive as a civilian after returning from Iraq.
Roxana Robinson is the author of five novels: Sparta, Cost, Sweetwater, This is My Daughter, and Summer Light. She is also the author of three collections of short stories: A Perfect Stranger and Other Stories, Asking for Love, A Glimpse of Scarlet and Other Stories, as well as an award-winning biography, Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Her work has been widely anthologized, broadcasted on NPR, and appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Vogue, One Story, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The MacDowell Colony

ACT/SAT Combo Practice Exam

Saturday, November 22nd from 11-3:30pm in the Kingsley Room
act-satFree practice exams offered by Kaplan.Participants are asked to bring a calculator and pencil. Snacks and drinks are allowed.Kaplan will notify each participant within a month with their results via phone or email provided the day of the exam.

Emily Dickinson: Her Life and Work

Wednesday, December 3rd from 1-2:30pm in the Kingsley Room
ginger-graceThis inspiring biographical portrait uses the letters and poems of Emily Dickinson to form a narrative about the famed 19th century poet’s life. Ginger Grace combines her own performance with audience members’ participation in order to act out a brief play about the poet while new poems are created using the audience’s ideas, words, and phrases. The spirit of Emily Dickinson is celebrated not only with her story, but with the immediate creativity taking place in the room! A perfect way to Celebrate Emily Dickinson’s birthday this December.

ACT Practice Exam

Saturday, December 13th from 11am-3:30pm in the Kingsley Room
act_logoFree practice exams offered by Kaplan.Participants are asked to bring a calculator and pencil. Snacks and drinks are allowed.Kaplan will notify each participant within a month with their results via phone or email provided the day of the exam.