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.

Lincoln Center Local: Act One

POSTPONED to Friday, May 26th at 1pm in the Kingsley Room
ActOne0308r cap_LC213130Few have captured the magic of the theater better than Moss Hart, a poor kid from the Bronx who became a lion of Broadway. In Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony-nominated Best Play, three-time Tony winner James Lapine reimagines Moss Hart’s captivating memoir for the stage with a cast led by Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin, and Santino Fontana.
Running time is 2 hour and 20 minutes.
Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings, a program created by Lincoln Center Education and hosted by libraries and community centers, brings the best of Lincoln Center—world-renowned performances coupled with unparalleled educational resources—off its Manhattan-based campus and into communities anywhere. This Lincoln Center program provides high-definition screenings from the growing digital catalog of the world’s leading performing arts center.

Community Access TV Presentation

Saturday, May 20th from 1-2:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Picture1With smart phones and GoPro cameras we all have the ability to be TV producers. What we don’t have are the tips and techniques necessary to understand the basics of preparation, story-telling, composition, and post-production – things everyone should know before sharing.
In a 90-minute presentation a staff-member from the studios of CTV-192, the public access channel, will show participants how they can learn to use their equipment or CTV’s equipment to create something they can proudly share with an audience.
CTV Channel 192 is your public access network on Charter’s cable TV lineup. FREE use of Community Television studio and portable video production equipment are available for local residents to create and air their own public access television shows. 

Victorian Fashions: Real or Not?

Saturday, May 27th at 1pm in the Kingsley Room
queen victoriaQueen Victoria. The Victorian Age. These names give rise to images of women swathed in yards and yard of fabric, proper bonnets on the head and gloves on the hands. Tightly-corseted waists. Children dressed like little adults. Men in dark frock coats, stiff white shirts, with little color to relieve the black and white of the outfit. But is this a true understanding of the fashions worn during the Victorian era?
Queen Victoria, by inheriting the throne at an early age and living into her 80’s, endowed much of the nineteenth century with her name. She reigned during a time of great advancements in science and social beliefs. Social, technological, and political changes are reflected in the notable evolution of women’s, children’s, and men’s clothing.This PowerPoint presentation explores the many changes that occurred throughout the Victorian era and how these influenced fashion. We will look at what was stylish – real or otherwise – during this most fashionable time.
Susan J. Jerome is the Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection. She earned her MS degree from the University of Rhode Island, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Summer Series Kickoff: Alyce Cognetta Bertz and Meg Cognetta Heaton

Wednesday, May 31st at 7pm in the Brinker Reading and Fireplace Room
Cognetta SistersSponsored by the Leroy Anderson Foundation. Join us for a phenomenal violin and piano recital with sisters Alyce Cognetta Bertz and Meg Cognetta Heaton in the Brinker Fireplace Room. Meg and Alyce have been playing together since they were children and it shows in their vibrant and versatile playing. 

About Alyce Cognetta Bertz: Alyce Cognetta Bertz has performed previously at the Southbury Public Library. She performs on an exceptional Italian violin made by Postiglione in 1869. She has performed as a violin soloist on WQXR radio in New York City, and appeared as soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Hartt Symphony Orchestra, and more. Currently, Alyce Cognetta Bertz teaches violin at Brass City Charter School in Waterbury and teaches private lessons in Southbury. She is also the Concertmaster of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of The Burning Man Playa Pops Orchestra in  Black Rock City, Nevada. 

About Meg Cognetta Heaton: Meg Cognetta Heaton began piano lessons at the Whale Church in Stamford Connecticut. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, she teaches at Hobart and William Smith colleges in Geneva, New York. She has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Finger Lakes Symphony, and most recently at Hobart and William Smith Colleges playing the piano solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Ms. Heaton teaches at Hobart and William Smith College and is on the board of St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy, which offers free piano and violin lessons for Geneva’s children.

Shakesperience Productions, Inc. Presents: Waterbury Interactive, Part II

Tuesday, June 6th at 3pm in the Kingsley Room
wtby 1Join us for Part II of Waterbury Interactive! This year’s production was developed this spring by a multi-generational collaboration. If you saw Part I, there will be new material in Part II, and if you haven’t seen Part I, feel free to join us for Part II (you don’t have to see one to see the other). This hour long interactive presentation will tell the rich history of the Waterbury area through songs, scenes, and stories! Try out your acting skills in one of the interactive scenes, or just sit and enjoy! This multi-generational project is funded through grants from the Connecticut Community Foundation and sponsored by Ion Bank and Saint Mary’s Hospital.wtby shakesperience logo

Author Talk with Kevin Jennings

Tuesday, June 6th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
Kevin JenningsMama's Boy Preacher's SonJoin us Southbury author Kevin Jennings discusses his memoir, Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son, which serves as both a riveting personal story and an inside account of a critical chapter in the LGBT movement. Kevin has worked extensively in LGBT activism and founded GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network), helped students create the first GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), and served as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe & Drug-Free Schools under the Obama administration.In tracing Kevin’s life from his childhood in the conservative South to his career as a teacher and activist, Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son addresses themes of religion, family, sexuality, and more. Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son earned an A- in Entertainment Weekly, was featured in Salon and The Advocate, and was called “a great read” by People. Hickory Stick Bookshop will sell copies of Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son and there will be a signing after the talk. Light refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Genealogy & DNA with Nora Galvin, Part I

Thursday, June 8th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
genealogy and dnaAutosomal DNA – Part I Nora Galvin, CG, will give a two-part presentation about autosomal DNA, the test that is so popular through Ancestry.com, 23 & Me, and Family Tree DNA (where it’s called Family Finder). The first part will be a lecture teaching what autosomal DNA is, how we inherit it and pass it on, what you need to do with the results of  your test and how to download raw data from the testing website.
Sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Fund and the Heritage Village Genealogy Club. 

Author Talk with Jacqueline Sheehan

Tuesday, June 13th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
jacqueline sheehanTiger in the houseNew York Times Best Selling Author and Southbury native Jacqueline Sheehan will read from her new book, The Tiger in the House. A book signing will follow with books available for purchase provided by the Hickory Stick Bookshop. Jacqueline Sheehan is the bestselling author of four other novels: The Comet’s Tale, Now & Then, Picture This, and The Center of the WorldAbout The Tiger in the House: Burned out by the frustrations of her much-loved child services job, Delia Lamont is about to leave when a five-year-old girl has been found abandoned in traumatic circumstances. Love, resentment, fear, and hope intersect as Delia’s desire to help this abandoned child forces her to face her own difficult past to decide her future. Tough but timely topics are handled with frank and sensitive gravity in this compelling, heartfelt page turner.

The Chamber Singers of the CT Choral Society

Wednesday, June 14th at 6pm in the Kingsley Room
2016-Chamber-Singers-groupThe Chamber Singers of the Connecticut Choral Society Present: “An Evening of Song”The Chamber Singers’ exciting and varied repertoire ranges from the classic to the contemporary, from ancient madrigals to spirituals and folk songs to pop hits from the great American Songbook. The Chamber Singers of the Connecticut Choral Society is the 20 voice “ambassador” group of the larger Connecticut Choral Society.    We love to sing—let us sing for you!!
This program is generously sponsored by the Leroy Anderson Foundation. For more information about the foundation please visit www.leroyandersonfoundation.org

Lincoln Center Local: The Nance

Friday, June 16th at 1pm in the Kingsley Room
the nanceJoin us for a pre-recorded screening of The Nance which was performed at the Lyceum Theater on August 11, 2013. Nathan Lane gives the performance of a lifetime as Chauncey Miles, a comedian of the 1930s who plays gay men for laughs – at least on stage. With a touching love story at its core, Douglas Carter Beane’s Tony Award-nominated play is also a fond and funny tribute to the golden age of burlesque.  Running time is 2 hour and 15 minutes. Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings, a program created by Lincoln Center Education and hosted by libraries and community centers, brings the best of Lincoln Center—world-renowned performances coupled with unparalleled educational resources—off its Manhattan-based campus and into communities anywhere. This Lincoln Center program provides high-definition screenings from the growing digital catalog of the world’s leading performing arts center.

Genealogy & DNA with Nora Galvin, Part II

Thursday, July 13th from 2-3pm in the Kingsley Room
genealogy and dnaAutosomal DNA – Part II Nora Galvin, CG, will give a two-part presentation about autosomal DNA, the test that is so popular through Ancestry.com, 23 & Me, and Family Tree DNA (where it’s called Family Finder).
The 
second part is a demonstration/workshop in which Nora will visit the three main testing websites as well as GEDmatch.com and demonstrate the features of each, and again demonstrate what you need to do with the results of your test. You will be able to follow along and practice on your own laptop or tablet.
Sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Fund and the Heritage Village Genealogy Club.