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Thursday Night Book Club: American Lightning by Howard Blum

Thursday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

American Lightning book coverOn October 1, 1910, in the midst of a massive labor dispute, the Los Angeles Times building was destroyed in an explosion that left 20 people dead and many more injured. The ensuing investigation and trial brought in master detective William Burns on one side and famed attorney Clarence Darrow on the other. In luminous detail, two-time Pulitzer prize-winner, Howard Blum interweaves the stories of Burns and Darrow and the gives a riveting account of 20th-century homegrown political terrorism.

The Thursday Night Book Club is open to all adults interested in reader fellowship and discussion. Pick up a copy of this month's title at the Information Desk.

Just Dance!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Community Room

All teens in grades 6-12 are invited to come and play Just Dance 2 on the Wii. Come bust a move! Please register online or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Escuela Guadalupana de Musica

Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room

Join us for a celebration of Mexican folk music performed by the Mariachi Academy. This program is presented as part of the 2011 Big Read celebrating the arts and culture of Mexico.

Please register online or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Celebrate the Irish With Tom Callinan

Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room

Our favorite Irishman is back! Join us for an evening of Irish music, song, and stories with Connecticut troubadour Tom Callinan. All ages enjoy his traditional and original songs; and everyone gets a chance to chuckle at his corny jokes. No tickets or registration required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Friday Night Flicks Presents: Get Low

Friday, March 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Get Low movie posterComedies about death aren't exactly a novel proposition, but Get Low, which draws from a real 1930s incident, leaves the gallows humor behind for a lighter touch. After losing the love of his life 40 year before, Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) has lived like a hermit ever since. With death on the horizon and guilt weighing him down, the "crazy ol' nutter" decides to go out with a party. As he tells funeral director Frank Quinn (Bill Murray in top form), "Time for me to get low." Before he leaves this mortal coil, Felix longs to hear the tall tales the town folk have been spreading about him. While preparing for the big day, he reconnects with Charlie (Bill Cobbs), a preacher, and Mattie (Sissy Spacek), an old flame who returned to the county after her husband's death. Their encounters, which have a gentle sweetness, encourage Felix to share the truth he's kept bottled up inside for decades. Rated PG-13.

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