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.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Screening

Tuesday, July 25th from 6:30pm in the Kingsley Room
poster-montypythonandtheholygrailJoin us for this screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table adventure and bumble in their quest for the Holy Grail as retold in the inimitable Python fashion. This program is free to attend and open to all, but registration is required. This program is a part of the 2017 Adult Summer Series, “Going Medieval at the Southbury Public Library” and is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Hilarity, History, and the Human Condition in Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Thursday, July 27th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
Holy-Grail-re-release-080415Explore the history and hilarity of the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Professor Brendan Kane of UConn’s History Department. Sheer silliness aside, the question of why we find humor where we do illuminates a great deal about us and how we think about history and humor. By using historical analysis to think about why this movie still resonates with us 42 years after its initial release and more than 1000 years after its 932a.d. setting, Brendan will explore how this movie is instructive in our understanding of this period, history, and the human condition.This program is a part of the 2017 Adult Summer Series, “Going Medieval at the Southbury Public Library” and is sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund.Brendan Kane, PhD is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and serves as the Assistant Director of the UConn Humanities Institute. His areas of specialty are Early Modern Britain and Ireland, the Reformation, and the Early Atlantic World. Currently he serves as UConn’s representative to the Folger Shakespeare Library and as Vice-President of the Northeast Conference on British Studies.  

Alex the Jester

Friday, July 28th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
alex the jesterLaugh ‘til you cry with Alex, King of Jesters, a medieval-style buffoon who uses crazy and incongruous language to amuse his audience.Alex has dazzled audiences on Showtime, America’s Got Talent and Off-Broadway in NY.
This medieval fool’s wild sight gags, amazing stunts and playful spirit will take you to another world.
This program is sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund.

FamilySearch.org Workshop Series: Part III- Microfilm Basics

Tuesday, August 8th from 6-8pm in the Kingsley Room
family searchGenealogist Penny Hartzell will give a three-part workshop series on how to use FamilySearch.org, a free genealogy website. In Part III, Penny Hartzell will show participants how to order microfilms from FamilySearch.org and how to use the microfilm machine. FamilySearch records, resources, and services are used by millions to learn more about their family history. These workshops will use laptop computers. Familiarity and comfort with basic computer use (mouse, keyboard, web browsing) is required for all workshop participants. Space is limited to 10 participants. Sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Fund. 

Mosaic Flower Pot

Thursday, August 10th at 4:30pm in the Kingsley Room
mosaic flower potPlease join local artist Katie Stevenson for an introductory workshop on mosaics.
Inspiring people of all ages to be creative is one of Katie’s most rewarding pursuits. For over 25 years, she has created and led a variety of programs and workshops in many venues including many libraries across Connecticut. At Newtown’s Booth library she and the Young Adult Council completed a mural depicting the council’s mission to mentor children andKatie Stevenson encourage reading and thinking. At Danbury Pubic Library she directed several long-term art projects with the teen council. Katie also led after school art programs in Westport school system and was the resident artist for two years at Artworks, an independent organization reaching at-risk middle school children in Norwalk. She also volunteers in the Equine program at Green Chimneys School in Brewster, NY and has engaged students in art-related activities.Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

The Great American Solar Eclipse

Friday, August 11th at 2pm in the Kingsley Room
solar eclipseOn Monday, August 21st, the moon will eclipse the sun as its shadow races across North America at more than 1,000 miles an hour. With the darkest part of the moon’s shadow crossing the continent in approximately 90 minutes, spectators within a narrow track in 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a Total Solar Eclipse, with the entire sun briefly covered by the moon. Outside the 70-mile wide track, only a portion of the sun will be obscured.This presentation will cover the basic celestial mechanics of a solar eclipse, describe the track of Totality for the August 21st eclipse and what you can expect to see from Connecticut (where viewers will see a Partial Eclipse with a maximum of almost 70% of the sun obscured at mid-eclipse).Recommendations on where to travel to see Bill CloutierTotality, the long-range weather prospects for the 21st and safe viewing of the eclipsed sun will also be discussed.

Bill Cloutier is an engineer by day and a life-long amateur astronomer by night. He was involved in the planning and construction of the world-class McCarthy Observatory in New Milford, which opened in 2000, and is one of many volunteers that currently operate and maintain the public facility. His interests include lunar photography, solar system exploration and the history of spaceflight.

Author Talk with Dr. Kevin Gutzman

Thursday, August 24th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
Kevin GutzmanBestselling author Kevin Gutzman, will speak on his new book Thomas Jefferson–Revolutionary: a Radical’s Struggle to Remake America.   Dr. Gutzman will discuss some of the overlooked ways Jefferson shaped America, and how his radical views are often underplayed by many academics today. Jefferson’s views on self-governance freedom of conscious, and rejection of centralized control made him perhaps the most libertarian Founding Father — one whose ideas are still relevant todaythomas jefferson.
Kevin Gutzman is the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including  The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution and James Madison and the Making of America. Dr. Gutzman is Professor and Chairman in the Department of History at Western Connecticut State University, and he holds a bachelor’s degree, a master of public affairs degree, and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an MA and a PhD in American history from the University of Virginia.