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.

Adult Coloring Club

Monday, September 25th from 2-3pm in the Kingsley Room
coloring-clubCome join us for a relaxing afternoon of therapeutic coloring. All materials supplied and no registration required!

Chaucer: A Mirror of His Times

Tuesday, September 26th at 6pm in the Kingsley Room
chaucerProfessor Judy Sullivan will explore Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales in this first part of the Stanford Warshasky English Literature Lecture Series. The Canterbury Tales—thanks to the author’s realism, humor, irony, drama—presents a vivid description of all levels of English society excepting the royalty and the peasants in the late fourteenth century. Focusing on four parts of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, (“The General Prologue,” “The Miller’s Tale,” “The Clerk’s Tale,” and “The Pardoner’s Tale”), Professor  Sullivan will explore how these particular tales convey a variety of situations germane to then and now, showcase literary genres of Chaucer’s day, and introduce the first short story in English Literature. Professor Judy Sullivan began her career as an English teacher on the secondary level in public schools; she moved to Western Connecticut State University where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses.  Judy also taught and developed courses for Marist College as an Adjunct Professor. In 1995, Marist recognized Judy for her Outstanding Service to Individuals with Disabilities and also honored her as Teacher of the Year in 1994-1995.  In the year 2001, Judy was awarded a fellowship to teach Shakespeare at the University of Beijing to undergraduates and to present a lecture to the Literature faculty.  For over two decades, Judy worked with CT Humanities Council not only developing programs for children but also presenting programs for adults and children in Connecticut Libraries. This lecture is a part of the Stanford Warshasky English Literature Lecture Series and was made possible through a gift from Stanford Warshasky, a retired Library Director of the Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury.

The Fine Art of Decluttering

Thursday, September 28th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
dierdredolanneneslineLearn more about how doable the fine art of decluttering, organizing, and right-sizing your home really is. Deirdre Dolan Nesline of DeClutter by Deirdre will speak about getting rid of stuff and keeping it moving out of your home. This presentation will put a positive focus on what can be an overwhelming and emotional task and address why we hold onto items, how to recognize clutter blindness spots, how to sort, and ideas on how to get rid of items you no longer need. This presentation will serve as a great “how-to” for you or a family member in the process of decluttering or wanting to start the process.Deirdre Dolan Nesline sorts through and declutters homes so people can age in place or project manages the whole relocation process to a new home. She grew up in Bethel, CT where she worked in her family’s 125 year old business before starting DeClutter by Deirdre. She is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers, Coalition of Agencies Relating to Elderly Services, Connecticut Geriatric Society, and Senior Care Resources of Western Connecticut.This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Sensibility and Sense: How the 18th Century Meets the 19th in Jane Austen’s Novels

Tuesday, October 3rd at 6pm in the Kingsley Room
austenAll of Jane Austen’s novels were set in the closing years of the one century and in the opening years of the next. Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale University will examine how her fiction’s witty presentation and incisive critique of the British landed gentry at the turn of the century may be seen as providing a bridge between the 18th-century novel of sensibility, which Austen satirized as excessively sentimental, and the literary realism that was to form the hallmark of the 19th-century novel.Mark J. Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990. He is currently a senior associate dean of the College and dean of academic affairs. A former lecturer in the English Department at Yale, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University with a concentration in 19th- century and early 20th-century English literature. For over 30 years, Dean Schenker has lectured on literature and film and has led book discussion series in more than 100 venues in Connecticut, including public libraries, museums, and cultural centers. For a decade he presented programming at public libraries in association with the annual summer productions by the Shakespeare on the Sound theater company located in Fairfield County, and since 2007 he has conducted Literature and Medicine Programs to health care providers at Connecticut hospitals. His affiliation with the Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme) has resulted in more than three dozen sessions there on literature, film and the visual arts.This lecture is a part of the Stanford Warshasky English Literature Lecture Series and was made possible through a gift from Stanford Warshasky, a retired Library Director of the Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury.

Pop Art Workshop

Wednesday, October 4th from 1-3pm in the Kingsley Room
pop artMake your own vibrant collage Pop Art in this workshop with New York based Pop Artist Michael Albert! Using the same materials he uses in his own work, you will create your own colorful pop art pieces (similar to the artwork shown on the left by Michael Albert). Whether you want to create a scene or make art of your favorite quote, your options are unlimited.Mr. Albert has been bringing his unique art enrichment programs to libraries, schools, museums, and festivals for over a decade all over the USA and in Europe. All participants will also receive a free signed poster, postcards, and bookmarks as a special thank you gift at the end of the session. This is an adult program and space is limited to 20 participants; call to register. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Lord Byron: A Portrait

Tuesday, October 10th at 6pm in the Kingsley Room
byronLecturer Patricia Carr will explore the Romantic poet Lord Byron’s many sides—including and beyond his poetry and decadent rakishness—and examine his life in this lecture with slides through his letters, illuminate more of his wit, support of revolutionary causes, loyal friendships with both men and women, and considerable athleticism. Patricia Carr was educated in England before coming to the States in 1967. She has lived in the States ever since, except during 1987-1999 when she joined her husband in Mexico City, where he represented Marine Midland Bank of Buffalo, NY. Ms. Carr gives talks here in the U.S. and in Mexico, at various libraries, colleges, garden clubs, hospitals, and chapters of the English-Speaking Union. She works as a guide at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT and is currently training to be a docent at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven.This lecture is a part of the Stanford Warshasky English Literature Lecture Series and was made possible through a gift from Stanford Warshasky, a retired Library Director of the Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury.

Lu Burke Literary Series: Diane Meier

Thursday, October 12th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
Diane Meier ThumbnailDiane Meier Season Second ChancesAuthor Diane Meier will be discussing and signing her latest book, The Season of Second Chances. In this book, a world of possibilities opens up for 48-year-old Joy Harkness when she sets out on a journey that’s going to show her the importance of friendship, love, and what makes a house a home.Diane Meier is a marketing guru, author of The Season of Second Chances, and president of MEIER, a NYC based marketing firm whose clients have helped define luxury marketing (from Neiman Marcus and DeBeers to Maximilan Furs, Kohler, Elizabeth Arden and Pierre Balmain). Her career has honed skills from strategy, writing, and design to public speaking. Diane was married to best selling author and BBC broadcaster Frank Delaney until his 2017 death.  From their partnership, she had much to observe about writing and speaking – from a front row seat.Books for sale from the Hickory Stick Bookshop. Light refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. 

Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time: Author Talk with Melinda Elliott

Friday, October 13th from 2-3pm in the Kingsley Room
melinda elliott thumbnail melinda elliott ct schoolhouses through timeMelinda K. Elliott, director and docent of the Bullet Hill School in Southbury, will discuss her recent book, Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time. Her book features a glimpse of Connecticut’s rich heritage of one-and two-room schoolhouses from 1740-1898 and how they look now.  Now in the 21st century, old Connecticut schoolhouses can still be seen and viewers can imagine what they would have been like in their heyday. Thanks to the hard work of communities and numerous historical societies, Connecticut is fortunate enough to have over a hundred renovated and restored schoolhouses open to the public.Melinda K. Elliott is involved in several historical endeavors, including being director and docent of the Bullet Hill School in Southbury. She enjoys historical research and sharing her latest finds through the Southbury Historical Society newsletter, brochures, panel displays, blogs, and a children’s book on local history. Copies of Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time will be available for signing and purchase.This program is co-sponsored by the Southbury Historical Society. Light refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Ancestors Road Show

Saturday, October 14th between 10-2pm in the Kingsley Room
GenealogyThe Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council will bring their Ancestors Road Show where professional genealogists will offer the  public their services for 25 minute free consultations.
Five of the genealogists consulting are: Nora Galvin, Certified Genealogist, of New  Haven, an expert in Irish research and DNA; Dr. Robert L. Rafford, 2013 researcher for Jason Sudeikis on the TV show “Who Do You Think You Are” and the Municipal Historian of Middlebury; Harlan Jessup of Newtown; Edwin W. Strickland II of New Britain and Penny Hartzell of Woodbury.Take this opportunity to bring a puzzling genealogical question to a professional for advice.
Sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Gift Fund, the Ancestors Road Show fee goes into the Donna Holt Siemiatkoski Acquisition Fund which supports Connecticut’s libraries and societies holding genealogical collections.

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with The Haven String Quartet

Wednesday, October 18th at 7pm in the Brinker Fireplace Room
Music Haven-071The Southbury Library will be celebrating the changing of the seasons with a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by The Haven String Quartet.
Featured in the New York Times and NPR, and sought after for both their command on the concert stage and their mastery as teachers, Haven String Quartet has been hailed as “the nation’s premiere community-based string quartet.” Its four members represent the world’s top conservatories and bring outstanding chamber music performances to New Haven neighborhoods and throughout the region with a full season of concerts, recitals, educational workshops, and performances for diverse audiences in public spaces.
Founded in 2007, the Quartet serves as the permanent quartet-in-residence and teaching faculty for Music Haven.  They spearhead the organization’s tuition-free strings program for youth, which has been recognized as a top 50 after-school arts program in the country by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for six years.  Each member ofHSQ teaches a full studio of 15-20 Music Haven students in private lessons, group classes, studio classes, chamber groups, and an advanced chamber orchestra.   “Few classical ensembles are more attuned to the specific environment and the circumstances of each concert. Few are more accessible, or more responsive to the needs of the communities they serve.”  – The Daily Nutmeg
Sponsored by The Friends of the Southbury Public Library.