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.

FamilySearch.org Workshop Series: Part I- Introduction to FamilySearch

Tuesday, June 20th 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 I, Penny Hartzell will show participants how to create a free account onFamilySearch.org and the basics of using this powerful site. 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. 

A Virtual Stroll Through the Cloisters Museum

Thursday, June 22nd at 2pm in the Kingsley Room
CloistersJoin us for an evening with former Art Historian from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Michael Norris, as he takes us on a virtual stroll through the medieval masterpieces of the Metropolitan’s Cloisters. 
Mike Norris got his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and his MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent twenty years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has lectured on trips all over the world. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund.
This event is part of the adult summer series “Going Medieval @ The Southbury Library.”

MuUyas Chamber Trio

Friday, June 30th at 2pm in the Kingsley Room
muuyasJoin us as the MuUyas Chamber Trio plays a vivacious range of music from early Baroque style to early Beethoven. The MuUyas Chamber Trio was formed because of their passion, enthusiasm and love for the chamber music repertoire. “MuUyas” means “making music” in the dialect from Seediq, one of fourteen Taiwanese aboriginal tribes. Together, the members of MuUyas hope to share their love for the chamber music repertoire and to continue the great traditions of playing chamber music that have been passed down for centuries. The members of the MuUyas Chamber trio are Yu-Hao (Howard) Chang on Violin, Po-Chun (Gene) Chen on Viola, and Wen-Hsuan (Vivian) Su on Cello. They are all currently working towards their Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at University of Hartford – The Hartt School. This event is sponsored by Carol and Gary Lazarus and the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. This program is part of the Adult Summer Series, “Going Medieval at the Southbury Public Library.”

Knight Life

Thursday, July 6th at 2pm in the Kingsley Room
knightsJoin Mike Norris for a presentation on how medieval knights practiced for war and enjoyed the pleasures of peace through masterpieces of the Morgan Library and Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters. 
Mike Norris got his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and his MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent twenty years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has lectured on trips all over the world. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund.
This event is part of the adult summer series “Going Medieval @ The Southbury Library.”

Senior Technology Workshop Series Part I: Computer Basics

Thursday, July 6th from 6-6:45pm in the Brown Room
computer helpNo computer experience or knowledge is required for this series of workshops designed to teach seniors the basics of computer use, email, and the useful Google Apps group. This workshop, Part I: Computer Basics will teach participants how to use a computer. Basics like the keyboard, mouse, and other features will be covered. Each participant will have a laptop computer with a mouse to use. Space is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. Because the skills taught in each workshop are sequential, all workshops in the series must be attended. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. These workshops will be led by Boy Scout Nate Gibson. After each workshop, there will be a question and answer portion to cover any questions.About Nate Gibson: Nate Gibson is a rising junior at Pomperaug Regional High School. He is involved with Pomperaug’s Swim Team, Track Team, and Boy Scout Troop 1607 and enjoys debate club and playing with his personal band. He wants to help the seniors of our community to learn how to use technology more effectively, benefiting them in communicating with family members and organizing ideas and events. These classes will be the project for his Eagle Scout award.

FamilySearch.org Workshop Series: Part II: Setting Up a Family Tree in FamilySearch.org

Tuesday, July 11th 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 II, Penny Hartzell will show participants how to create a family tree on FamilySearch.org that they can later access from home with their free account. 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. 

Historical Arms and Armor Presentation

Wednesday, July 12th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
knight 1Please join members of the East Coast Combative Arts for a presentation on medieval armor and weaponry. East Coast Combative Arts is a group of Connecticut based fight choreographers, actor-combatants, martial artists and educators dedicated to providing entertaining and realistic fight choreography for stage and screen.
They have worked and performed for ten years in New England and beyond at multiple Renaissance Festivals, Playhouses, as well has having provided  the choreography for several independent films and having performed with Hapfor Bjornson, otherwise known as “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones.
Sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund. 

Senior Technology Workshop Series Part II: Email Basics

Thursday, June 13th from 6-6:45pm in the Brown Room
computer helpNo computer experience or knowledge is required for this series of workshops designed to teach seniors the basics of computer use, email, and the useful Google Apps group. In this workshop, Part II: Email Basics, participants will be set up with a Gmail email account and shown how to use it. Topics covered will include how to compose and send an email, how to attach a document, and how to open and email and attachments. Space is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. Because the skills taught in each workshop are sequential, all workshops in the series must be attended. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. These workshops will be led by Boy Scout Nate Gibson. After each workshop, there will be a question and answer portion to cover any questions.About Nate Gibson: Nate Gibson is a rising junior at Pomperaug Regional High School. He is involved with Pomperaug’s Swim Team, Track Team, and Boy Scout Troop 1607 and enjoys debate club and playing with his personal band. He wants to help the seniors of our community to learn how to use technology more effectively, benefiting them in communicating with family members and organizing ideas and events. These classes will be the project for his Eagle Scout award.

Medieval and Renaissance Clothing and Costumes

Thursday, July 13th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
medieval clothingCostume Designer Julie Leavitt and Teaching Artist Claudia Gage of Shakesperience Productions, Inc. will present this program. With multiple vibrant costumes worn and on display, they will discuss the world of Medieval, Renaissance, and Elizabethan clothing and costuming. Learn more about what people actually wore and how that translates to the stage. Find out how things like nobility and class affected fashion in these eras and what the similarities and differences are between Medieval, Renaissance, and Elizabethan clothing actually are. This program is sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund.

Senior Technology Workshop Series Part III: Google Searching and Google Apps

Thursday, July 13th at 6-6:45pm in the Brown Room
computer helpNo computer experience or knowledge is required for this series of workshops designed to teach seniors the basics of computer use, email, and the useful Google Apps group. In this workshop, Part III: Google Searching and Google Apps, participants will learn the best tips and tips for Google searching a variety of information. This workshop will also cover the very useful Google Apps, including Calendar, Drive, Docs, and more. Each participant will have a laptop computer with a mouse to use. Space is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. Because the skills taught in each workshop are sequential, all workshops in the series must be attended. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. These workshops will be led by Boy Scout Nate Gibson. After each workshop, there will be a question and answer portion to cover any questions.About Nate Gibson: Nate Gibson is a rising junior at Pomperaug Regional High School. He is involved with Pomperaug’s Swim Team, Track Team, and Boy Scout Troop 1607 and enjoys debate club and playing with his personal band. He wants to help the seniors of our community to learn how to use technology more effectively, benefiting them in communicating with family members and organizing ideas and events. These classes will be the project for his Eagle Scout award.

Enchanted Occasions String Trio

Thursday, July 20th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
enchanted occasions string trioPlease join Elizabeth Ramos (violin), Jake Dziubek (viola) and Cara Cheung (cello) for an evening of Telemann, Back and Vivaldi. Members of Enchanted Occasions Trio are conservatory-trained musicians and are alumni of such prestigious institutions as the Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and Yale University School of Music.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

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.