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.

Mindfulness Workshop

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 1-3pm in the Kingsley Room
Are you hoping to enjoy the new year more fully? Join us for an interactive workshop on mindfulness, a mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, depression, anxiety, and pain. Join instructor Stephen Cuddy as he explains what mindfulness is, the benefits, and how you can start achieving those today.Certified in several areas by the National Association of Mental Illness, Stephen Cuddy presents on mindfulness and other health topics and Pratt & Whitney and int he community. He also provides peer support for individuals with disabilities and has been trained in the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, an evidence based personal wellness and recovery system.

Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King

Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at 3pm in the Kingsley Room
Martin Luther KingStruggle for Freedom celebrates the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the context of the American Civil Rights Movement. Featuring songs from the era, this production offers the audience the opportunity to experience the heroic work of Rosa Parks as she refuses to give up her seat, the March on Washington and many more of the key moments that shaped both the Movement and our country.
Each year, Bright Star Touring Theatre serves nearly 1,000 audiences in schools, theaters, libraries, museums and more across the country. They offer a wide variety of curriculum-based programs ranging from The Lady of Bullyburg to Heroes of the Underground Railroad. The company performs regularly at the National Theatre in Washington DC and has gained international support, accepting an invitation from the U.S. Embassy to visit Moscow, Russia with their programs.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

The Hidden Wonders of Korea

Saturday, February 3rd at 12pm in the Kingsley Room
image (1)image003Join the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project to learn more about the rich history and culture of Korea. Come watch a documentary about King Sejong the great and another about modern Korea, see a reenactment of a traditional Korean wedding ceremony with vibrant traditional clothing, and enjoy some traditional Korean cuisine! Space is limited and registration is required. The Korean Spirit and Culture Project (KSCPP), based in New York, is a nonprofit organization that was formed in September 2005 to promote awareness of Korean history and culture to the wider world. KSCPP is designed to introduce Korea’s long and rich artistic history, the spirit of its people, and its cultural values. In appreciation for the United States’ support for Korea during the Korean War and in the years that followed, KSCPP has held 1800 complimentary presentations throughout the US so far.

The Rise and Fall (?) of the Opioid Epidemic

Tuesday, February 6th at 7pm in the Kingsley Room
Saxe_Michael_2015The opioid epidemic is claiming more American lives every year. In 2016, 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, more than the number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents and gun deaths combined. Dr. Michael Saxe, an Emergency Physician with 32 years of experience in Connecticut, will explain the history of opioid drugs, the causes and impact of today’s opioid epidemic, and what must be done—by healthcare providers and laypeople—to end this deadly crisis.As a result of Dr. Saxe’s exposure to thousands of patients affected by the opioid epidemic, he has developed a special interest in the epidemic’s causes and solutions, and has spoken and written widely to audiences of healthcare professionals and lay people. He has also been active in creating guidelines and regulations regarding the prescribing of opioids and opioid addiction medications in statewide physician organizations and the Connecticut state government.This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Stroke Awareness Program

Wednesday, February 7th at 1pm in the Kingsley Room
Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Do you know the factors that may increase your risk for a stroke? Join Anita Hoey, RN, BSN and Sandra Micalizzi, APRN, CDE to learn more about strokes and their common causes. Know what the symptoms of a stroke are and why to contact emergency medical services as soon as possible to preserve brain tissue and function. Ms. Hoey and Ms. Micalizzi will also talk about Primary Stroke Centers in Connecticut.
Anita Hoey has been an RN for over 30 years. In March 2018, she will be completing her MSN. She has worked for 20 years in Cardiology-inpatient and outpatient and for 10 years in Public Health. Currently, she is the Regional Coordinator for the Easy Breathing Asthma management program for Saint Mary’s Hospital.  

Sandra Micalizzi, APRN,CDE is a gerontology clinical nurse specialist—certified in Diabetes. She is also a community educator at Saint Mary’s Hospital and Waterbury Hospital. In the past, she had worked in community outreach for the Heart Center of Greater Waterbury and as a case manager for community education for chronic disease management patients in Greater Waterbury.

Cookbook Challenge Potluck: Just Desserts

Tuesday, February 13th at 3pm in the Kingsley Room
We challenge you to check out a library cookbook, choose a dessert recipe, and try it out. Try as many recipes as you want, but please bring your favorite (and a copy of the recipe) for the Cookbook Challenge Potluck on Tuesday, February 13 at 3pm. Space is limited and registration required.Now through February 13th, there is a display in the Reference Department of  a selection of dessert themed cookbooks available for checkout. Need more options? Browse the library’s extensive cookbook collection and use any other library cookbook that interests you. For the date of the program, participants are asked to bring a copy of the recipe they chose and a dish of that recipe to share and discuss.