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.

February Lobby Sale

Sale runs from February 1-29 during the library’s opening hours
booksale1Mass market paperbacks, puzzles, VHS tapes, large print books, and vinyl records will all be on sale for 50 cents each.

“Meet John Adams: A Lively and Revolutionary Conversation with America’s Second President”

Thursday, February 11th at 2pm in the Kingsley  Room
Meet John AdamsRenowned reenactor, interpreter and impersonator George Baker will portray President John Adams and talk about his life and his views of history and society in a humorous and inspiring performance. Since 2008, George Baker has portrayed the character of President John Adams in a one-man show throughout the country at national conventions including the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, and was featured as John Adams on National Public Radio’s weekend program, Studio 360.A graduate of Columbia College ’69 and Columbia Law School ’73, George practices law at Hawthorne Ackerly & Dorrance in New Canaan, Connecticut when not on the road as John Adams.

Bird Feeders in Winter

Friday, February 19th at 2pm in the Kingsley Room
bird feederAngela Dimmitt will help us identify birds that you might typically see at you bird feeders in winter and discuss which type of feeders and feed will attract particular birds.Angela Dimmitt has been birding most of her life, growing up in Southern England.  She now lives in New Milford, having retired there after many years in Manhattan. She is a member of Litchfield Hills Audubon Society, the Western Connecticut Bird Club and the Connecticut Ornithological Association, and is also a serious gardener. 

The H.V. Theater Guild Presents “Love and Other Misdemeanors”

Monday, February 22nd at 2pm in the Kingsley Room
angelWhat happens when we don’t live happily ever after? Or when love throws us a curve ball? Or when it’s just strange? Find out when the Heritage Village Theater Guild presents the next in its play readings series, “Love and Other Misdemeanors.” Consisting of six one-act plays by well known writers like David Ives, James Thurber, and Mike Nichols. After the usual romance and sentiment of St. Valentine’s Day, come join us for the comedic, surreal, and ironic side of love.

Lou Gehrig: The story of a great man

Tuesday, February 23rd from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
carolAcclaimed Storyteller Carol Birch will present the history of the famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig. The story of Lou Gehrig’s outstanding career and personal life will be told in riveting detail. National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award recipient Carol Birch has thirty years of experience in the revival of platform storytelling. Known for a compelling blend of energy, warmth, vulnerability, and directness, Carol restores orality and spontaneity to the fixed silence of stories found in print. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Refreshments will be available.

Birds of Prey: Live Animal Show

Saturday, February 27th at 2pm in the Kingsley Room
wingmasters - julie anne collierJoin Jim Parks of Wingmasters for a presentation on the different categories of birds of prey.  Jim will bring  five live birds including hawks, falcons and owls. The program is designed to also explain predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world.         Because many birds of prey are declining in number, this presentation   also features one or more of the endangered raptors that Wingmasters cares for, and explains why these species face an uncertain future. Open to all ages.

Downton Abbey Tea Workshop

Wednesday, March 2nd from 2-3pm in the Kingsley Room
francesRepresentatives from the Osborne Homestead Museum at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby will give a presentation comparing the Osbornes, the prominent Connecticut family who owned the 19th century farmhouse the museum now occupies, to the Crawleys (the fictional British family on the Downton Abbey television series). Go back in time to the late Victorian Era and Edwardian period when Frances Osborne Kellogg would host tea parties and run her family’s businesses. Victorian tea etiquette will also be discussed. After the presentation, sample loose-leaf teas (some of which are harvested from the Osborne Homestead Museum tea garden) and create a custom blend. This program accommodates up to 40 attendees. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Please bring your own teacup and saucer.

Irish Music with the Jolly Beggars

Saturday, March 19th from 1-3pm in the Kingsley Room
Jolly-Beggars (296x300)Enjoy the musical stylings of The Jolly Beggars, a five-piece acoustic Celtic music band playing bass, guitar, mandolin, penny whistle and bodhran (a type of Irish frame drum). Their traditional songs and musical arrangements incorporate Irish folklore into the lyrics, and their reels and jigs are sure to get your toe tapping. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library Music Fund. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Library.