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.

Lincoln Center Local: Romeo & Juliet

Tuesday, February 14th at 6pm in the Kingsley Room
_ETP6218Join us for a pre-recorded screening of the San Francisco Ballet: Romeo and Juliet recorded at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on May 7, 2015.
With its passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, this colorful and emotional retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has packed houses around the world. Helgi Tomasson’s bravura interpretation of the Bard’s greatest tragedy “lifts Shakespeare’s complex and familiar language off the gilded pages and translates it into lucid classical choreography that is visceral, fresh, and ultimately sublime.” (Huffintgon Post). Running time is 2 hours.
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.

Lincoln Center Local: The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

Friday, February 1th at 1pm in the Kingsley Room
Lincoln Center presents Midsummer Night Swing 2013Join us for a pre-recorded screening of the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra which was performed at the Damrosch Park Bandshell on July 14, 2012.
For over 25 years, the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra has continued to feed the fire of the Big Band Era. Keeping alive the tradition of their mentor, the late, great tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, they closed out the 2012 Midsummer Night Swing season with their crowd-pleasing night of hard-swinging Big Band Classics. Running time is 1 hour.
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.

Waterbury Interactive: Our City, Our Neighborhoods

Thursday, February 23rd from 3-4pm in the Kingsley Room
wtby 1Join us for an hour long presentation telling the rich history of the Waterbury area through songs, scenes, and stories! Developed last year as a multigenerational collaboration, this program will be presented by Shakesperience Productions, Inc. Songs, acting scenes, and stories will be used by a team of Shakesperience teaching artists and volunteers to portray the dynamic history of Waterbury. If you are interested in sharing your stories of growing up in the Waterbury area or your talents, you can work with Shakesperience and the Palace Theater this coming spring to develop Part II, which we will show here later in the year. For those interested in contributing to Part II, more information will be available during the presentation. This project is funded through grants from the Connecticut Community Foundation and sponsored by Ion Bank and Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Coloring Club for Adults

Monday, February 27th from 2-3pm in the Kingsley B Room
coloring-clubCome join us for a relaxing afternoon of therapeutic coloring. The Southbury Public Library Coloring Club for Adults meets every fourth Monday from 2-3PM in the Kingsley B Room. All materials are provided. Registration is not required.

Fashion in Fiction: Clothing in Jane Austen’s Writing 

Thursday, March 2nd from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
kandie carle-regency3Clothing speaks volumes in Jane Austen’s Regency Novels. This presentation by dynamic performance artist Kandie Carle is a delightful show-and-tell on the clothing of Regency England as reflected in Jane Austen’s fiction. While dressed in authentic Regency attire, Ms. Carle gives a detailed overview of the clothing of the Regency Era, (early 1800s) for both gentlemen and ladies. Ms. Carle will share excerpts from Austen’s personal letters as well as passages from some of the novels, highlighting Miss Austen’s use of clothing and fashion to define character & class, enhance story line, and develop plot points.Ms. Carle has been presenting historical programs since 1992, from Regency to Edwardian (1800-1915), and draws on her extensive background in theatre, dance and historical fashion to engage and enthrall the audience.Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

History Lecture Series with Mark Albertson

Tuesday, March 7th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Mark AlbertsonSunni-Shia Split: This session will explore the prophet Muhammad and the rise of Islam. Muhammad charted the course for the expansion of a vast empire, one that would see to the massive conversion of peoples until finally, today, Islam boasts over 1 billion followers.  With his death, though, in 632, the seeds were planted for a discord among the Faithful which afflicts their beloved religion to the present day, the Sunni-Shia Split. 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.

History Lecture Series with Mark Albertson

Tuesday, March 14th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Mark AlbertsonThe Radicals: This session will spotlight practitioners of radicalism, such as Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah, Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Haj Amin al-Husseini (the infamous Grand Mufti of Jerusalem); Sayyid Qutb, theoretician of consequence and Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood who set the stage for the likes of Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin-Laden, Abu Musab al Zarqawi and others.  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 Life of Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, March 18th from 1-3pm in the Kingsley Room
Eleanor Roosevelt Smiling with Book in her LapMark Albertson will cover Eleanor Roosevelt’s life from October 1884 to her death in November 1962. President Truman once remarked that Eleanor was not merely America’s First Lady but the first lady of the world. During her 12 years in the White House, she gave 348 press conferences and wrote 60 feature articles in some of the nation’s leading magazines. She was one of the co-authors of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and had a myriad of accomplishments in the face of adversity.

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. 

History Lecture Series with Mark Albertson

Tuesday, March 28th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Mark AlbertsonJihad: This session will discuss the evolving Pan-Islamic movement which has taken its fight to Western interests in the Near East, spurred on by the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, Western actions against Libya and civil war in Syria.  Sunni opposition to Iran (Persia) and growing Shia political power.    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.