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: Danish String Quartet, A Little Night Music

Friday, January 20th from 1-2pm in the Kingsley Room
danish-string-quartet-p3_lc212776Join us for  a pre-recorded performance of the Danish String Quartet: A Little Night Music which was performed at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on August 7, 2015. One of the most exciting young string quartets on the world stage arrives at the Kaplan Penthouse for their Mostly Mozart debut with a fascinating program that begins with Mozart’s arrangements of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Running time is 1 hour. 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.

Coloring Club for Adults

Monday, January 23rd from 2-3pm in the Kingsley B Room
coloring-clubCome join us for a relaxing afternoon of therapeutic coloring. The Southbury Public Library Coloring Club for Adults meets every fourth Monday from 2-3PM in the Kingsley B Room. All materials are provided. Registration is not required.

Hands-On Genealogy Workshop

Tuesday, January 24th from 3-4pm in the Kingsley Room
find-a-grave-1 Join Marian Wood for a hands-on workshop on how to use the free website FindAGrave.com. This helpful site can help you locate where ancestors are buried, search for other relatives buried nearby, request photos of a grave, make local contacts for additional genealogical research, and check relationships among ancestors listed on the site. Limited to 10 participants. Participants must have basic computer and internet skills.  Marian Wood is a professional author and 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. Her latest book is “Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past.” Sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Gift Fund. 

Book Talk: Dr. Marianne Bette

Friday, February 3rd from 2-3pm in the Kingsley Room
 Dr. BetteJoin us as Dr. Bette discusses her recent book, Living with a Dead Man. Copies of her book will be available for sale and she will do a signing after the program. Dr. Bette is a family physician in Southbury, where she was born and raised. She is also a clinical professor at the medical schools of the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, and the University of Vermont. While Dr. Bette never anticipated becoming an author, this is a story that would not let her go. Please note: the snow date for this program is Friday, February 10th at 2pm in the Kingsley room.About the book: It didn’t matter that she was a family practitioner, or that her husband, Thom, was a death and dying therapist. Cancer, and all that went with it, had found them. This story shares their journey as they faced the most difficult challenge of their lives together, and the beauty they discovered along the way in family, friends, and living. Dr. Bette’s hope is that in reading this book, you connect to the people and ideals that are most important to you in living a fulfilling life.

Lincoln Center Local: Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

Friday, February 17th at 1pm in the Kingsley Room
Lincoln Center presents Midsummer Night Swing 2013Join us for a pre-recorded screening of the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra which was performed at the Damrosch Park Bandshell on July 14, 2012.For over 25 years, the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra has continued to feed the fire of the Big Band Era. Keeping alive the tradition of their mentor, the late, great tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, they closed out the 2012 Midsummer Night Swing season with their crowd-pleasing night of hard-swinging Big Band classics. Dancers paid tribute to lindy innovator Frankie Manning with a dance contest as the audience crowned the fourth annual Ambassador Prize winners. Running time is 1hour.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.  

History Lecture Series with Mark Albertson

Tuesday, March 7th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Mark AlbertsonSunni-Shia Split: This session will explore the prophet Muhammad and the rise of Islam. Muhammad charted the course for the expansion of a vast empire, one that would see to the massive conversion of peoples until finally, today, Islam boasts over 1 billion followers.  With his death, though, in 632, the seeds were planted for a discord among the Faithful which afflicts their beloved religion to the present day, the Sunni-Shia Split.

Professor Albertson, in this series, will seek to peel away the confusion, misconceptions and propagandistic perversions which hamper a proper conception of not only what is construed as the Jihadi movement, but hopefully foster—at the same time–a better understanding of one of the globe’s most fascinating yet misunderstood religions. 

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at  Army Aviation Magazine, and has been a long time member of the United States Naval     Institute.Mark is both an author and professor of history at the   Norwalk Community College for the Lifetime Learners Institute. In May 2005, he was presented with a General  Assembly Citation by both houses of Congress in Hartford for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

History Lecture Series with Mark Albertson

Tuesday, March 14th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Mark AlbertsonThe Radicals: This session will spotlight practitioners of radicalism, such as Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah, Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Haj Amin al-Husseini (the infamous Grand Mufti of Jerusalem); Sayyid Qutb, theoretician of consequence and Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood who set the stage for the likes of Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin-Laden, Abu Musab al Zarqawi and others.  

Professor Albertson, in this series, will seek to peel away the confusion, misconceptions and propagandistic perversions which hamper a proper conception of not only what is construed as the Jihadi movement, but hopefully foster—at the same time–a better understanding of one of the globe’s most fascinating yet misunderstood religions.

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at  Army Aviation Magazine, and has been a long time member of the United States Naval     Institute.Mark is both an author and professor of history at the   Norwalk Community College for the Lifetime Learners Institute. In May 2005, he was presented with a General  Assembly Citation by both houses of Congress in Hartford for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

History Lecture Series with Mark Albertson

Tuesday, March 21st from 6:30-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Mark AlbertsonPan-Islam: This session will cover the decline of Pan-Arabism, the rise of Shia Fundamentalism with the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan – the galvanizing of the Sunni Jihadist movements.  Muslim fighters from all over the Islamic world flocked to Afghanistan to evict an infidel power from an Islamic nation; in so doing, they helped to bring down the Soviet state, spawning the likes of such groups as al-Queda, Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State.

Professor Albertson, in this series, will seek to peel away the confusion, misconceptions and propagandistic perversions which hamper a proper conception of not only what is construed as the Jihadi movement, but hopefully foster—at the same time–a better understanding of one of the globe’s most fascinating yet misunderstood religions.

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at  Army Aviation Magazine, and has been a long time member of the United States Naval Institute.Mark is both an author and professor of history at the   Norwalk Community College for the Lifetime Learners Institute. In May 2005, he was presented with a General  Assembly Citation by both houses of Congress in Hartford for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

History Lecture Series with Mark Albertson

Tuesday, March 28th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Mark AlbertsonJihad: This session will discuss the evolving Pan-Islamic movement which has taken its fight to Western interests in the Near East, spurred on by the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, Western actions against Libya and civil war in Syria.  Sunni opposition to Iran (Persia) and growing Shia political power.    

Professor Albertson, in this series, will seek to peel away the confusion, misconceptions and propagandistic perversions which hamper a proper conception of not only what is construed as the Jihadi movement, but hopefully foster—at the same time–a better understanding of one of the globe’s most fascinating yet misunderstood religions.

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at  Army Aviation Magazine, and has been a long time member of the United States Naval Institute.Mark is both an author and professor of history at the   Norwalk Community College for the Lifetime Learners Institute. In May 2005, he was presented with a General  Assembly Citation by both houses of Congress in Hartford for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.