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.

Egg Decorating Workshop

Thursday, April 6th from 6-8pm in the Kingsley B Room
pysanky eggCome and learn the art of Pysanky egg decorating from the Egg Lady, Sharon Leonard. This form of Ukrainian egg decorating uses special wax and color to make beautiful eggs. Each participant will be able to go home with one decorated egg. All materials will be provided. Limited to 20 participants.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Author Talk with Thomas F. Army, Jr.

Thursday, April 13th at 2pm in the Kingsley Room
tom armyJoin us for an author talk with historian Thomas F. Army, Jr., author of Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War. Dr. Army’s book brings a fresh approach to the question of why the North prevailed in the Civil War by exploring how a strength in engineering was a critical factor in determining the Civil War’s outcome. Books will be available for sale and signing. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Dr.  Army is an  is an adjunct assistant professor of history at Quinebaug Valley Community College. About the book: Union soldiers were able to apply scientific ingenuity and innovation to complex problems in a way that Confederate soldiers simply could not match. Skilled Free State engineers who were trained during the antebellum period benefited from basic educational reforms, the spread of informal educational practices, and a culture that encouraged learning and innovation. During the war, their rapid construction and repair of roads, railways, and bridges allowed Northern troops to pass quickly through the forbidding terrain of the South. 

Lincoln Center Local: Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Friday, April 21st at 1pm in the Kingsley Room
Esfahani-03_copyright Bernhard Musil_Deutsche Grammophon_LC2103673Join us for a pre-recorded screening of Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord which was performed at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse as a part of the Mostly Mozart Festival on August 5, 2016. Named BBC Music Magazine’s 2015 Newcomer of the Year, Iranian-born Mahan Esfahani has traveled the globe, from Boston to Prague to London, on a singular quest to prove the harpsichord is not only still relevant, but revolutionary. The “exhaustingly brilliant” artist (New York Times) presents a late-night ode to the ultimate keyboard composer, from beloved excerpts of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier through a 1978 chaconne by the avant-garde composer György Ligeti.
Running time is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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.

Lu Burke Literary Series: Marilyn Nelson

Monday, April 24th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
marilyn nelsonMarilyn Nelson, a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, is one of America’s most celebrated poets. She is the author or translator of seventeen poetry books for adults and children and five chapbooks. Her books for adults, teenagers, and children include Coretta Scott King Honor Books, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Winners, and a Newbery Honor Book. Carver: A Life in Poems, A Wreath for Emmett Till, The Homeplace, Faster Than Light, and The Fields of Praise are just a few of her works. Her honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, the Department of the Army’s Commander’s Award for Public Service, and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship.Marilyn Nelson held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001 to 2006. She was awarded the 2012 Frost Medal, the Poetry Society of America’s most prestigious award, for a “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.” Copies of her books will be available for sale by Hickory Stick Bookshop. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. This program is sponsored by the Library Gift Fund.