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Upper-Class Connecticut in the 1910s

Monday, July 6 from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Meeting Room
RogersAdjunct professor of History at Central Connecticut State University Donald Rogers will give a lecture about class relations in Connecticut during the 1910s, how the state’s elite reacted to the forces of change at the time, and whether Connecticut society paralleled the experiences among the English aristocrats and servants portrayed in the BBC series Downton Abbey. A PowerPoint presentation will illustrate the talk; question and answer session to follow. Donald Rogers taught history at CCSU as a part-time lecturer from 1992 to the present, with a short stint as a temporary full-time assistant professor from 2011 to 2013. During his years at Central, he has simultaneously taught history part-time at various other Connecticut institutions, including Wesleyan University, St. Joseph’s College, University of Connecticut, Housatonic Community College, Capital Community College, and Naugatuck Valley Community College.  Previously, he was assistant professor of history and legal studies at the University of Hartford.

Author Visit: Carol Wallace

Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Carol WallaceAuthor, Carol Wallace, will be at the library to talk about her book To Marry An English Lord, which she co-authored with Gail MacColl. The book helped inspire the popular Downton Abbey TV series. To Marry an English Lord, which was first published in 1989 and has been reissued for Downton Abbey fans, explores both the glamour and the misfortune that greeted some 100+ newly-minted American heiresses who, having been snubbed by the Social Register, invaded Great Britain to swap dollars for titles.Born in Connecticut to a reporter father and a bookseller mother and having grown up next door to a library, Carol Wallace was destined to become a writer. After graduating from Princeton, she worked briefly in book publishing, then coauthored the bestselling The Official Preppy Handbook. Since then she has written twenty more books and dozens of magazine articles in the areas of humor, social history, parenting, and fiction. In 2006, she received an M.A. in art history from Columbia. Research for her master’s thesis was the basis for her 2011 historical novel Leaving Van Gogh, and she has just completed another novel, Madame Manet. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will have copies of the book available for sale.This special event is sponsored by the Library Gift Fund. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Downton Abbey Jewelry Craft Workshop

Thursday, July 9th at 4pm in the Kingsley Room
Downton Abbey braceletIf you were a Downton Abbey woman in today’s world, what kind of bracelet would you wear? Imagine it, design it and make it! Using a variety of glass beads, baubles, pearls, gemstones and memory wire you will be able to create your own beautiful bracelet. All materials will be provided. Space is limited to 15 participants.Sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund.

20th Century Military Records

Friday, July 17th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
Toni McKeenIn this lecture, genealogist Toni McKeen will cover what documents are available, the information they contain, how to find them, and how to use them for genealogical research.  She will also include an informative handout which lists helpful military sites, and will begin the presentation with slides of historical WWI and WWII posters – she also presents the lecture in an authentic WWII military jacket. Sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Fund; refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

The Art of Dining: The Table At Downton Abbey

Friday, July 24th at  2pm in the Kingsley Room
Francine Segan (183x240)Join author and food historian, Francine Segan, for a presentation on  the elaborate etiquette, enchanting entertainments and dishes Mrs. Patmore would have been proud to send to the table.Vivid descriptions of Lord Grantham-esque dinner parties, cotillions and elegant picnics will transport you back in time, while you learn all the popular toasts of the era and when it’s proper to remove your gloves or tip your hat. The event includes a trivia contest on the uses for now-obsolete objects that Mr. Carson would be shocked to find you couldn’t use properly and recipe handouts. Francine Segan, one of America’s foremost experts on Italian cuisine, is an engaging public speaker, author, TV personality and consultant. A noted food historian and James Beard-nominated author of six books including her most recent two on Italy are Dolci: Italy’s Sweets and Pasta Modern: New & Inspired Recipes from Italy. She is the host on NYC’s popular i-italy TV series Americans who Love Italy, which airs Saturdays and Sundays on channel 25 and 22. She also appears on many other programs, including Today Show and Early Show. She has been featured on numerous specials for PBS, the Food Network and the History, Sundance and Discovery channels.Sponsored by The Charles and Ellen Emery Rutledge Fund. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

An Evening of Music with Violinist Rachel Lee Priday

Friday, July 31st at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
Rachel Lee Priday 2 (400x277)Violinist Rachel Lee Priday, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage    presence, and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle, and National Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Critics have praised her “dazzling, forceful technique,” “rich,     mellifluous sound,” and “silvery fluidity.” Combining a fierce intelligence with an imaginative curiosity, her wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming      reflects a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives, as an artist who seeks contemporary resonances with the masterworks of the past.A graduate of Harvard University in English literature, Rachel’s teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman, and Miriam Fried. She performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin (Naples, 1760), double-purfled with fleurs-de-lis, named Alejandro.Sponsored by the Library Gift Fund, The Leroy Andersen Foundation and the Friends of the Southbury Library. Light refreshments will be served.

Virtual Small Business Development Center Informational Session and Demonstration

Thursday, August 20th from 3-4:30pm in the Kingsley Room
sbdcLearn what the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) can do for you at this informational session and demonstration explaining how the library’s Virtual Small Business Advisor program works. Whether you already own your own small business and need help with financing options, or if you are just now writing your first business plan and need help seeing the bigger picture, the Small Business Development Center can offer guidance. Through the Virtual Small Business Advisor program, you don’t even have to schedule time to travel to a Business Advisor’s office - instead, you can video chat with regional SBDC Business Advisor Michelle Koehler to get free business advice and market research. Come to learn more on Thursday, August 20th, and see a demonstration of how online meetings can be scheduled.