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Lincoln Center Local: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Friday, October 21st at 1pm in the Kingsley Room
sweeney-toddJoin us for  a pre-recorded performance of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street which was performed at Avery Fisher Hall on March 5, 2014.
Murder, mayhem, and the ultimate revenge… Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece returns to life in a bold new performance by The New York Philharmonic, starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson.

This program contains language or scenes that some may find objectionable. Viewer discretion is advised.Lincoln Center Local partners with your local library to bring exclusive free screenings of Lincoln Center’s finest performances directly tLincoln Center Localo your neighborhood. Running time is 2hrs 30 min 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. Major support for Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings is provided by the Oak Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation and the Altman Foundation.

Art of the College Essay

Saturday, October 22nd from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
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Writing coach Kate Callahan’s workshop support students in discovering their authentic story. From brainstorming to outlining to writing their highly anticipated first line, studenets will be guided through steps to clarify and inspire their writing process. For students at any point in the process. All students will leave with at least an outline and intro paragraph. Laptops encouraged but not mandatory.
For grades 9 and up.

Tracing Your Jewish Genealogy

Friday, October 28th at 2pm in the Kingsley Room
marian_wood_headshot-1Learn how to trace Jewish ancestors worldwide by exploring the resources on five key websites. This step-by-step presentation will demonstrate how to plan Jewish genealogy search strategies, identify specialized sources and databases, and locate specific documents using,,,, and Facebook’s Tracing the Tribe Jewish genealogy page.Marian Wood is a marketing expert turned professional textbook author who has been tracing her family tree since 1998. She is a frequent speaker at genealogy clubs around Connecticut and New York, making presentations on topics such as Jewish genealogy, online genealogy research, and organizing family history materials. 

Exploring CT’s Natural Wonders

Saturday, October 29th from 2-3pm in the Kingsley Room

exploring-ct-natural-wonders3Learn about Connecticut’s intriguing past in this presentation about the region’s natural history by Brendan Hanrahan.

Connecticut might seem tame, but incredible discoveries have been made in our state about dinosaurs, rocks, and the wild places where the past comes to life. With intriguing slides, animations, and video, the presentation takes audiences on a tour that reveals how continents collided to build local bedrock, when our region was flooded with molten lava, and where dinosaurs prowled immense lakes.

Author Brendan Hanrahan received the Southwest Connecticut Conservation District’s 2005 Outstanding Conservation Partner of the Year Award for his achievements in natural resource education and public outreach efforts. He is also the publisher of the Road to Discovery series, four family-oriented guidebooks to Connecticut’s natural wonders. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Rock the Test!

Sunday, October 30th from 12:30-4:30pm in the Kingsley Room
act-satDeciding between the SAT and ACT? Try your  hand at both and see which you prefer. Find out how you’ll score before taking the real thing.
After the test, participants will receive an extensive score-report showing you exactly where your strengths and weaknesses are, PLUS a personalized consultation to go over your scores and answer your questions!

When Ghosts Appear, History Speaks

Tuesday, November 1st from 6:30-7:45 in the Kingsley Room
when-ghosts-appear-book-196x300-196x300Join us for a history lesson you won’t soon forget. NPIS will share evidence of paranormal activity from their nearly ten years of investigating historical locations throughout the northeast region of the United States. This unique program is sure to entertain both history and paranormal enthusiasts alike. There is much, much more history to uncover through fascinating paranormal evidence consisting of photos, audio and video. Q&A to follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. All ages are welcome.

Founding Fathers: History Lecture and Book Presentation

Thursday, November 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room
steven-spignesiBestselling author Stephen Spignesi will talk about his book, 499 facts about Hip-Hop Hamilton and the Rest of America’s Founding Fathers. He will share interesting facts about the men who led the American Revolution and helped establish the United States. Learn more about these monumental figures of American history from the author who uncovered some of their more unusual legacies. Stephen Spignesi is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about historical biography, popular culture, television, film, American and world history, and contemporary fiction. He is a university professor, novelist, poet, screenwriter, and musician. He wrote for the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and the New Haven Register. In addition to writing, Spignesi also lectures on a variety of popular culture and historical subjects and is a retired Practitioner in Residence from the University of New Haven. Spignesi lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his grey cat, Chloe.Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Connecticut Beer History and Tasting

Thursday, November 10th, 7-8pm in the Kingsley Room
will-sissLearn about the history and flavors of local brews in this presentation and tasting by Will Siss, the “Beer Snob”.  He will discuss his book , Connecticut Beer, and lead a guided beer tasting after. Three different types of Connecticut Beers will be sampled. This event is limited to participants 21 years old or older.Will Siss writes the Beer Snob column in the Waterbury Republican-American. He also leads beer tasting presentations, writes humor pieces, plays in a band, and teaches. Connecticut Beer (The History Press) was published in April 2015.  With a background in journalism, he worked as a reporter for two newspapers and wrote several freelance articles for magazines. Since starting his Beer Snob column, he appeared on the following television shows: Better Connecticut (WFSB, Channel 3) with host Scot Haney, and on radio: National Public Radio’s  The Faith Middleton Show, Where We Live with John Dankosky, The Colin McEnroe Show, and WATR 1320-AM’s Tom Chute and You.Only individuals 21 or older may register. This program can accommodate up to 36 people. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Author Photo by Paul DiPasquale