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, August 22nd at 1pm in the Kingsley B Room
coloring 2Looking for a new way to have fun and relieve stress? Then join us for an afternoon of adult coloring. This latest trend for adults has become the latest craze for creativity and relaxation.  Come and rediscover the joy of coloring!
The library will provide adult coloring pages and colored pencils.
The coloring club meets every fourth Monday of the month from2-3pm in the Kingsley B Room.

Jim Thorpe: Olympic Hero

Tuesday, August 30th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
jim thorpeJim Thorpe was one of the most versatile athletes in modern history. He won Olympic gold in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played professional baseball for the New York Giants, and played professional football and basketball. Representatives from the Institute of American Indian Studies will give a presentation about his life and athletic career, and discuss the Olympic Committee’s  decision to take his gold medals – then return them more than 30 years after his death. The presentation will also give an overview of his tribe, The Sac and Fox, and show how that tribe and its history relates to the Pootatuck tribe, whose homeland once included what is now the town of Southbury. It will introduce the audience to Jim’s personal history, events in American Indian history with which it was entwined, and present day information on local Native American tribes and how they relate to our community. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Genealogy Clinic

Wednesday, September 7th at 1pm in the Kingsley B Room
genealogy clinicAre you stuck searching your family tree? Not sure how to proceed or which source to look into? Then come and meet with volunteers from the Heritage Village Genealogy Club who will be available to help you with your questions.Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, or bring a USB drive to save their work to.
The Genealogy  Clinic meets every first Wednesday of the month.

Art of the College Essay

Thursday, September 15th from 7:30-8:45pm in the Kingsley Room
college essayMyths and Truths About College Application Essays
Teenagers reach many milestones as they grow. Writing a college application essay is one. Essay coach Kate Callahan will talk candidly about what really matters in the essay process. Teen and parents welcome! For grades 9-12

Peter Biederman: Instrumental Guitarist

Saturday, September 17th from 1-2:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Peter BiedermanThis contemporary style melds elements of American and European folk with jazz and blues shadings, underpinned by subtle ambient electronics. Focusing on pieces from his latest recording, ‘’Tales From The Desert’, Peter will use a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings. The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 50+ years. Fans of fellow guitarists such as Leo Kottke, the British school (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Davy Graham), Ralph Towner, Michael Hedges and Pierre Bensusan are sure to enjoy this concert. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Refreshments will be provided.Peter Biedermann is a solo instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, AZ who has composed and performed across the country for over 40 years. The common thread throughout his musical background is crossing the boundaries of music without limits. 

Author Talk with Dr. Ronald Epp

Thursday, September 22nd at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
Ronald EppDr. Ronald Epp will talk about his recently published biography, Creating Acadia National Park: the Biography of George Bucknam Dorr. A book signing will follow the program.
Ronald’s biography is the first one ever written about George Bucknam Dorr and is based on extensive research in the United States and abroad, including federal, state and private archives. His book will appeal to anyone who is interested in knowing more about the philanthropic roots of the land conservation movement in the early decades of the 20th Century and anyone who knows and love Acadia National Park.DORR_EPP_CoverZ_Dorr-Down.indd
Ronald is a historian, professor of philosophy, librarian and editor with a background in scholarly publishing and academic library leadership. His research into the Massachusetts families that influenced the development conservation philanthropy has resulted in many talks and publications for Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island Historical Society and many other organizations. He served as a consultant for Ken Burns’ documentary America’s Best Ideas; the National Parks and uncovered and inventoried hidden collections of documents relating to the history of Acadia National Park.

Lincoln Center Local: New York Philharmonic with Yo-Yo Ma

Friday, September 23rd at 1pm in the Kingsley Room
New York PhilharmonicThis is a pre-recorded screening of the New York Philharmonic with Yo-Yo Ma which was performed at Avery Fisher Hall on September 25, 2013.
The New York Philharmonic’s opening gala concert features music director Alan Gilbert and special guest cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma. The concert features dance-inspired orchestral works, including Azul by Osvaldo Golijov, a cello concerto written for Ma; the world premiere of an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s La serie del Ángel by Octavio Brunetti, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic; and a classic by Maurice Ravel, Alborada del gracioso.
Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings, a program created by Lincoln Center Education and hosted by libraries and community Lincoln Center Localcenters, 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.

Connecticut Author Ice Cream Social

Saturday, September 24th from 12-2pm on the Quiet Reading Terrace
ice cream social logoEnjoy an ice cream cone, discover unique works of literature, support local authors and learn more about their writing and publishing experiences at the Southbury Public Library’s Connecticut Author Ice Cream Social. Copies of books will be available for sale and ice cream is free, provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.Drop in any time between 12-2pm to get a free ice cream cone and speak with the following memoirists, poets, children’s book authors, self help authors and novelist scheduled to attend:Marty Herman (The Jefferson Files – mystery), Lisa Wright (Why Go On? – self help), Meryl Hartstein (You Were Born to Shine – self help), Jack Sheedy (Sting of the Heat Bug – memoir), Janina B. Nawarskas (A Child Lost – memoir), John Altson (Loise Altson- biography), Jonathan Gillman (My Father, Humming – poetry), Jean Sands (Gandy Dancing – poetry), Janet Barrett (They Called Her Reckless – history), Nancy Tobin (Great Sea Jamboree! – children’s), and Barbara Bosill (Harvey the RV - children’s)Registration is not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Rain Date: October 8th

ACT Practice Exam

Saturday, September 24th from 10-2pm in the Kingsley Room
act_logoThere is a difference between the SAT and the ACT, and some students do better on one over the other! Here  is your opportunity to try your hand at the ACT without having to worry about the score going anywhere. 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!
For grades 9 and up.

Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care Insurance Presentation

Thursday, September 29th from 6-7:30pm in the Kingsley Room
long term careJoin us for an informational discussion about long-term care insurance. Hear a presentation from Aldo Pantano, a representative of the Connecticut  Partnership for Long-Term Care (and the State Office of Policy and Management), about how you can plan for your future long-term care needs. A question and answer session will follow. No sales or solicitations will be allowed at this presentation. The Connecticut Partnership for Long Term Care is a program of the State of Connecticut that works in alliance with the private insurance industry. 

New SAT Practice Exam

Thursday, October 8th from 10-2pm in the Kingsley Room
New SATTaking a full-length practice test gives students an opportunity to see how they’ll do on the actual test without putting a permanent score on their record. After the test, participants will receive an extensive score-report allowing them to see where their strengths and weaknesses are, PLUS a personalized consultation to go over your scores and answer your questions!
For grades 9 and up.

Art of the College Essay

Saturday, October 8th from 6pm 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.

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!