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.

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.

The First Ladies Coalition

Friday, March 24th from 2-3:30pm in the Kingsley Room
First Ladies Coalition Press PhotoIn this one woman play, Ginger Grace is a struggling Irish immigrant named Colleen McCracken, a seamstress who is inspired by America’s first ladies to work towards a brighter future in modern day New York City. The storied lives of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Mary Todd Lincoln serve as encouragement for Colleen as she overcomes her tumultuous past. The audience learns about her as a character, and the former first ladies as historical figures, in the process.  
The First Ladies Coalition, written and performed by Ms. Grace and directed by Austin Pendleton, is Ginger’s most recent work. She also has worked extensively in New York and Regional Theater, playing leading roles in plays such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Doubt, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She performed her original, interactive play, Inside Emily Dickinson, at the Southbury Public Library in 2014.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. 

Celtic Music with The Jolly Beggars

Saturday, March 25th from 1-3pm in the Kingsley Room
The Jolly Beggars are back with another rousing afternoon of Celtic music! Their five piece ensemble will treat your ears to the music of guitars, mandolin, tin whistles, mandola, tenor banjo, double bass, bodhran (Celtic drums), spoons, and more. Their traditional songs and musical arrangements incorporate Irish folklore into the lyrics, and their reels and jigs are sure to get your eyes smiling and toes tapping! Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

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.