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.

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 small business owners. Through this presentation and demonstration, Regional Business Advisor Michelle Koehler will explain how once entrepreneurs become CTSBDC clients, the Virtual Small Business Advisor program allows them to talk face-to-face with their Advisor without traveling to an office. She will also show how clients can schedule video chats with their advisor once one is assigned to them. Whether you already own a small business and need help with financing options, or if you are writing your business plan and need help seeing the bigger picture, the Small Business Development Center can offer guidance and free business advice. Refreshments will be provided compliments the Friends of the Southbury Library.

Tea Crafting Workshop

Tuesday, August 25th at 2pm in the Kingsley Room
tea-spices1Susan D. Robinson from the Osborne Homestead Museum and Kellogg Environmental Center will guide participants as they mix and sample their own custom herbal tea blends. During the workshop, participants can learn about Victorian tea etiquette and the difference between the types of tea services, such as low and high tea, and the social “do’s and don’ts” of a tea party. At the end of the program, everyone can take home their own handcrafted herbal tea blends. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Vietnam: The Long War

Tuesday, September 8th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
Vietnam People's War (200x185)People’s War: This presentation will explain what is meant by a People’s War.  Vietnam, China and Colonial America will be compared and contrasted.  Among such personalities discussed will be Ho Chi Minh, Vo Nguyen Giap, Mao Tse Tung and Emiliano Zapata.   Such works as Mao’s Yu Chi Chan (On Guerrilla Warfare), Giap’s People’s War, People’s Army, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War will be referenced.  The focus, though, will be on Vietnam and Revolutionary War, The Vietnamese Communist Party, Ho Chi Minh as a Revolutionary Nationalist as opposed to the popular view of his being a Communist and the Peasant as the soldier of Revolutionary War in Vietnam and China.The Vietnam Lecture Series will be led by professor Mark Albertson. Sponsored by the Library Gift Fund.

Vietnam: The Long War

Tuesday, September 15th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
Dien Bien Phu (200x150)Dien Bien Phu – French Defeat, American Albatross:  The post-World War II attempt by the French to salvage their Indochinese colonial empire will be the starting point.  From 1946 to 1954, French ground forces were fought and outlasted by the nationalist-minded Viet Minh.  And it was at Dien Bien Phu, March to May 1954, that not only saw the end of French colonialism in Indochina, but the deepening American involvement in Vietnam.  The American taxpayer was already digging deep to support the French effort.  In 1953 alone, the war between the French and Viet Minh cost America $1.063 billion dollars.  This talk will include such factors as, the possibility of American forces taking part at Dien Bien Phu, the Geneva Accords, Ngo Dinh Diem and American support, the Domino Theory, the affect of the Korean War and the rise of Red China.The Vietnam Lecture Series will be led by professor Mark Albertson.Sponsored by the Library Gift Fund.

Vietnam: The Long War

Tuesday, September 22nd from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
Sky Cavalry (200x131)Horseback to Helicopter:  The poster child expression of the American military effort in Vietnam was the UH-1 Huey helicopter.  This reality is a prerequisite to understanding the American approach to the ground war.  For the helicopter was that medium of mobility for what would eventually become known as Sky Cavalry.  And the starting point will be the ancient Assyrians.  Viewed by some military historians as the world’s first professional army, their use of cavalry will be explained.  Followed by the arguably world’s greatest horsemen – the Mongols.  This most successful army the world has ever seen projected an empire from Vladivostok to Poland, and, into the Middle East.  This was accomplished on horseback, with the Mongols being the epitome of mobility.  The Mongol superiority in mobility would provide the basis for the 20th century use of the tank.  Armored warfare and motorized transport transformed mobility in the 20th century.  After the Second World War, cavalry took a different form with the helicopter.  For with rotary wing aircraft, troops and supplies could now be moved over obstacles which impeded rival forms of ground transportation.  This became known as Airmobility.The Vietnam Lecture Series will be led by professor Mark Albertson.Sponsored by the Library Gift Fund.

Vietnam: The Long War

Tuesday, September 29th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
American Defeat (200x131)Defeat of a Superpower:  America’s defeat in Vietnam is the topic of this presentation, spanning the years 1961 to 1973.  The gradual buildup of American forces in the early part of the conflict till 1965, when the massing of forces accelerated.  The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution will be discussed.  Topics will include President Johnson’s micro-management of the war, rising domestic tensions in the United States, TET offensive in January 1968, the air bombing of North Vietnam, the Paris Peace talks and the eventual American defeat.The Vietnam Lecture Series will be led by professor Mark Albertson.Sponsored by the Library Gift Fund.