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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.

 

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Friday, September 21 from 2-4pm in the Kingsley B Room

This class picks up where the Basic Excel class leaves off, so some knowledge of Excel is helpful.  Topics will include: working with numeric data, using formulas to do simple calculations, using Excel’s versatile built-in functions, and more.  Join us, and continue to explore the power and versatility of Microsoft Excel!

Limited to 10 participants

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

Do the “Write” Thing for Genealogy: Start Writing Your Family History Now!

Tuesday, October 9 from 6:30-8pm in the Kingsley Room
 

Whether you’ve just begun your genealogy journey or you know a lot about your family tree, you can begin to write your family’s story right now. Genealogist Marian Wood and author Wally Wood will give you practical, creative ideas for planning, organizing, and writing a personalized family history that focuses on one ancestor or family, one heirloom or photo, or one special occasion. Learn how to look for the dramatic moments and descriptive details that reveal turning points and key influences in your ancestors’ lives. You’ll be inspired and encouraged to tell your family’s story with a clear, engaging narrative and finishing touches like old photos, timelines, and maps.

Sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Gift Fund

Advanced Microsoft Word

Thursday, October 11 from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
This class picks up where the prior two classes left off, so some experience with Microsoft Word is expected.  An assortment of Word features that will make your documents much more eye-catching will be presented.  Topics will include: using graphics, bullet lists, multiple columns, headers and footers, printing options, and printing envelopes and labels.  Join us, and continue expanding your knowledge of Word.

Limited to 10 participants

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

From Native Times to Now: A Tour through the History of LGBT People in the United States

Thursday, October 11 from 7-8pm in the Kingsley Room

LGBT history did not start with Will & Grace, or even the fabled Stonewall Riots. LGBT people have always been a part of the American story and, in this lecture, Kevin Jennings (a co-founder of LGBT History Month and author of the first textbook on LGBT history, Becoming Visible) will give an overview of the LGBT experience in America, beginning with the “two-spirit” people of the pre-Columbian era and ending with today’s vibrant LGBT movement. This talk coincides with LGBT History Month every October and National Coming Out Day every October 11.

About Kevin Jennings: A longtime leader in the LGBT movement, Kevin Jennings created the first high school based Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club and founded and led the Gay Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for 18 years. His long interest in LGBT history has manifested in his work on the 1994 founding committee for LGBT History Month, his 1994 history book Becoming Visible, 1997 documentary Out of the Past, and 2017 documentary The Lavender Scare. Kevin has also worked as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe & Drug-Free Schools under President Obama, executive directory of the Arcus Foundation, and President of the Tenement Museum. A Southbury resident, Kevin is also the author/editor of seven books, and has given two other talks at the Southbury Public Library before, one on the history of immigration and another about his memoir Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son.

Advanced Microsoft Excel

Friday, October 12 from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room

This class continues where the prior Excel classes left off, so some knowledge of Excel is certainly helpful.  We will cover a variety of very useful topics, including: working with dates, sorting your data, filling in cells efficiently, features that enhance viewing and printing your spreadsheets, a great feature called conditional formatting, and more.  Join us and really begin appreciating Excel’s capabilities.

Limited to 10 participants

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

Family History
Writing Workshop: Part 1

Saturday, October 20 from 1-2:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Join Marian and Wally Wood for a two-part workshop offering hands-on practice and assistance. This is a great opportunity to start writing about your family’s past right now! You’ll go home with the beginnings of a written family history and practical ideas for keeping up the momentum.

For the first part we will begin with a briefing about revealing the “character and context” of people in your family tree. With that background, you’ll write notes for a first draft, think about drama and themes, discuss potential stumbling blocks, and decide how to organize your family history.
MATERIALS: Please come prepared with information to write about one ancestor, one couple, one photo, or one heirloom, including details like names, dates, places.

Space is limited to 24 participants

Sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Gift Fund

Basic PowerPoint

Thursday, October 25 from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
PowerPoint (part of Microsoft Office) is the most commonly used presentation program available, both in school and for business.  It is used for giving dynamic presentations, and is great for creating handouts as well.  Join us for this class, and get a solid introduction to this intuitive, creative, and fun program to use.

Limited to 10 participants

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

Family History
Writing Workshop: Part 2

Saturday, October 27 from 1-2:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Join Marian and Wally Wood for a two-part workshop offering hands-on practice and assistance. This is a great opportunity to start writing about your family’s past right now! You’ll go home with the beginnings of a written family history and practical ideas for keeping up the momentum.

For the second part we will begin with a briefing about editing your first draft and adding extras like timelines. Next, you’ll take a few minutes to expand on your first draft. Finally, you’ll team up with other attendees to discuss what you’ve written, consider reader questions, and make a plan to continue.
MATERIALS: Return with a first-draft paragraph or a page you’ve written about one ancestor, one couple, one photo, or one heirloom. Bring your laptop or pen and paper for hands-on editing of your first draft and making notes about organizing and adding extras.

Space is limited to 24 participants

Sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Gift Fund

A Passeggiata (Stroll) Through Italy: Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, October 23 at 3pm in the Kingsley Room
 

Join Mariann Millard for a presentation on the richness and diversity of Italy by exploring its historical and modern events.  Mariann will share personal anecdotes to illustrate Italy’s geography,language, cuisine, culture, politics and economics. This lively presentation will foster participants’ appreciation of Italy’s complexity about its past and present culture, but also its future.
Mariann Millard is a certified tour director and a dual US/Italian citizen.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

Mark Naftalin in Concert

Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:30pm in the Kingsley Room

Join us for a special solo performance when Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Mark Naftalin, pianist and keyboardist of the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues Band, plays a mixed program of improvisations,
standards, and his own original compositions.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.