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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, May 21 from 3-4pm in the Kingsley Room
 

Join us for a relaxing afternoon of therapeutic coloring. No registration required. We supply all materials–just bring yourself!

Online Safety with Mike Ingber

Tuesday, May 22 from 3-5pm in the Kingsley Room
This talk is designed to help you avoid many of the risks that are lurking online.  These risks can infect your computer, can steal your personal information, and can scam you in many ways.  Among the assorted topics that we will discuss: firewalls and security software, passwords, attachments and downloading, social engineering, phishing, popular scams, popups, malware, ransomware, and the importance of backups.  Join us to learn more about staying safe online.

Mike Ingber is the owner of Upward Business Systems, which has been in business since 1989 and provides expert, reliable, affordable computer consulting services to a large base of clients.  Clients include town halls, schools, non-profit agencies, small and medium businesses of all sorts, home users, and senior citizens. Mike received an M.S. Degree in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a B.S. Degree in Computer Science and Applied Math from Stony Brook University. 

Evening at the Movies: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Thursday, May 24th at 6:30pm in the Kingsley Room

Not rated. 1 hours, 28 minutes.

This movie is part of our new Evening at the Movies program series. Two Thursdays a month at 6:30pm, the library will screen special evening movies in the Kingsley Room. Similar to the library’s Wednesday movies, these films are open to the public, free to attend, and require no registration.

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon who was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII. Inspiring and tragic, this documentary is a bittersweet celebration and reclamation of her journey from Hollywood legend to technology genius.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

New Date: Thursday, May 31 from 2-4pm in the Kingsley B Room
 

This class picks up where the Basic Excel class leaves off, so some knowledge of Excel is helpful.  Topics will include: working with numeric data, using formulas to do simple calculations, using Excel’s versatile built-in functions, and more.  Join us, and continue to explore the power and versatility of Microsoft Excel!

Space limited to 10 participants

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

Summer Series Kickoff: Unlaunch’d Voices: An Evening with Walt Whitman

Thursday, May 31 at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
On the 199th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth (May 31, 1819), Stephen Collins brings Walt Whitman to life with Unlaunch’d Voices: An Evening with Walt Whitman. This striking one man play opens with the elderly Whitman on the evening of his seventieth birthday. The audience is a visitor in his room as he prepares for his birthday celebration. Whitman begins to reminisce and to question his success as a man and a poet. He tells us his work has proved to be “less than a failure….” He remembers a mystical experience he had in his thirty-seventh year that inspired him to write poetry.

During the telling, Whitman transforms into his young vibrant self and we begin to trace back along with him the experiences that led to the creation of Leaves Of Grass, his lifetime work. The first part of the performance explores Whitman’s preoccupation with the self and his resolve to write with “free and brave thought…” We revel with him as he celebrates his body and himself and are confidants as he shares his struggle with his sexual self. In the second part of the performance, Whitman’s life is changed forever by the occurrence of the Civil War. It is here that he finds “… the most important work of my life…” nursing the wounded soldiers in the hospitals. Through poetry and readings of actual letters, we experience Whitman’s movement from selfishness to selflessness and his growth into a mature artist who is at peace about “himself, God and death.”

Unlaunch’d Voices is based as much as possible on Whitman’s actual poetry, words, and dialogue. This play was conceived and is performed by Stephen Collins and written and directed by Michael Keamy. Stephen Collins grew up in Cambridge, and received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. After twenty plus years in a sales career, he is back doing what he truly loves–performing and teaching. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost, and Contemporary Poetry at various locations throughout the country.

Sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund.

Little Women: A Special Screening of the PBS Masterpiece Adaptation

Monday, June 4, June 18, and July 2 from 3-4pm in the Kingsley Room
As a part of our Adult Summer Series “Revisiting Our History at the Southbury Public Library,” join us for this special screening of the PBS Masterpiece adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. 

On Monday, June 4, at 3pm in the Kingsley Room we’ll show Part 1. In this episode, it’s Christmas 1861. The March sisters–Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy–prepare for a Christmas without presents or their father.

On Monday, June 18 at 3pm in the Kingsley Room we’ll show Part 2. In this episode, as Marmee waits by her husband’s sickbed, the March sisters must fend for themselves at home.

On Monday, July 2 at 3pm in the Kingsley Room, we’ll show Part III. In this episode, a year has passed and there are new additions to the March family–but there is worry all around as Beth’s health and spirits flag.

This program is free and open to the public. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Cookbook Challenge Potluck: National Salad Month

Tuesday, June 12 from 3-4pm in the Kingsley Room
Interested participants can checkout a cookbook from the library before June 12th, choose a salad recipe, make it, and bring it with them to share during the Cookbook Challenge Potluck. Patrons are invited to browse the library’s extensive cookbook collection to find a cookbook with salad recipes; the reference staff is also happy to offer assistance in finding cookbooks. There is a selection of cookbooks featuring salad recipes available on display in the Reference Department. All attendees must bring a dish from a library cookbook to share and discuss in order to attend.

Inspired Art Show

Friday, June 1st – Thursday, June 28th in the Gloria Cachion Gallery and Brown Room
 Inspired Art ShowBetween now and June 1st, artists 18 years and older are invited to explore the extensive art instructional DVD collection of the Southbury Public Library, select a video and create their own artwork inspired by the instructor for inclusion in an art show during the month of June 2018 at the Gloria Cachion Gallery.  The show is open to artists in Southbury and neighboring towns.  There is no cost to participate.The library collection contains 110 art videos with demonstrations by nationally known artists in plein air landscape, pastel, colored pencil, watercolor, graphite, and oils of many different subjects available for check out.  The checkout period for instructional videos is two weeks – plenty of time to watch and get creative.On June 1st, artists may bring one or two completed framed paintings or drawings to the library.  Artwork must be created as a result of viewing a Southbury Public Library art video within the last two years.  For each piece, the submitting artist will need to specify which video inspired the resulting artwork (The artwork need not be an exact copy of the instructor’s demonstration). Artwork must be “family friendly” and the Southbury Library Art Committee reserves the right to decline any artwork that does not meet these guidelines. Registration forms will be available for pickup at the Reference and Circulation Desks or by clicking here.