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Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut

Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room

cover of Farms, Factories, and FamiliesFarms, Factories, and Families tells the stories of immigrant women who arrived in Connecticut with more than dowries in their steam trunks: they came with the ability to face adversity with quiet inner strength, the stamina to work tirelessly from dawn to dusk, the skill to manage the family economy, and adherence to moral principles rooted in the southern Italian code of behavior. Second- and third-generation Italian American women who attended college and achieved professional careers on the wings of their Italian-born mothers and grandmothers have not forgotten their legacy, and though Italian American immigrant women lived by a script they did not write, this book gives them the opportunity to tell their own stories, in their own words.

Join us for the book presentation and meet the author. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the conclusion of the program. Please register online or by phone at (203)265-6754.

It’s Not the Wine Trail, It’s the Library Trail!

passportCelebrating National Library Card Month, September 2nd-30th

Pick up your Passport to Connecticut Libraries and hit the Trail! You could win $150.00!

Fun for the entire family! Stop by the Library and pick up your Passport to Connecticut Libraries. Show your Library card and we’ll stamp your passport, give you a gift, and send you on your way to visit other participating libraries. Visit at least five of the participating libraries and you are eligible to enter the drawing for a $150.00 Visa gift card. Don’t have a Library card? Sign up today and hit the trail! Look for the Passport Display in the Library for more information or visit the Passport to CT Libraries Facebook page.

Power Foods

Wednesday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

fruits and vegetablesKailee Conrad, RD and Health & Wellness Coordinator for ShopRite, is back with another dynamic presentation on healthy eating for an active lifestyle. Learn what makes a power food and how they can fit into your daily diet. Please register online or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Reel Conversation: The Queen

Saturday, September 6th at 1:00 p.m. in the Community Room

The Queen movie posterIn her Oscar-winning performance, Helen Mirren gives an intimate, moving portrait of Queen Elizabeth following the untimely death of Princess Diana. The Queen's restrained reaction causes a public relations debacle that Prime Minister Blair must defuse. The two struggle to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public's demand for an open display of mourning. Bring your friends and enjoy this terrific film. Brooks Appelbaum and Dennis Bell will lead a moderated discussion immediately following. Rated PG-13.

Holiday Closing

Labor DayThe Library will be closed Saturday, August 30th through Monday, September 1st in honor of Labor Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday, September 2nd.

The Book Seller also will be closed during this time.

Monday Matinee: The Searchers

Searchers movie posterMonday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room

Now showing favorite the cool comfort of our air-conditioned Community Room. All are welcome, no registration required!

If John Ford is the greatest Western director, The Searchers is arguably his greatest film, at once a grand outdoor spectacle and a film about one man's troubling moral codes, a big-screen adventure of the 1950s that anticipated the complex themes and characters that would dominate the 1970s. Not rated.

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