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Breaking Through the Fear of Writing a Poem: A Writing Workshop

Tuesday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

What is writer’s block? Is it that we don’t have a poem in our heads or that we do, but can’t translate it into words? Or is it bigger than that? Are we actually afraid of writing a poem? If so, why?

In this workshop we will explore many of the reasons why we stop short from writing that great poem locked inside us. We will break through those barriers allowing us to write without fear. Then we will start from the beginning, from how to come up with an idea, or how to work with an existing idea to create that inspirational poem you will be proud to have others read. We will explore how to convert those abstract emotions into palpable images and how to use poetic devices such as metaphor and alliteration to enhance the poetic experience.

Don’t let the fear of writing keep you from creating that masterpiece inside you. Join award-winning author and former NPR journalist Eileen Albrizio for this free workshop.

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

Friday Night Flicks Presents: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Friday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger's are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is based on the trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson and has sold over 7 million copies worldwide. Rated: R

Cinema Club Presents: A Single Man

Tuesday, July 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

A Single Man movie posterColin Firth gives the performance of a lifetime in A Single Man, a drama based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood. Firth may be best known as a dashing romantic-comedy hero (Pride and Prejudice, the Bridget Jones films), but in A Single Man he demonstrates nuance and depth that will stay with the viewer long after the film is over. Firth plays George, a gay British professor, living a life of true, if closeted, bliss with his partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), in the straitlaced early '60s. When Jim dies suddenly at the beginning of the film, George wrestles with how to go on without his true love--and with never being able ever to express his grief openly. Whilst the whole production is marvelous, it is Firth who triumphs in the film, and who drives the complex emotions--all true, all rewarding--that hold A Single Man aloft and give it its impact. A Single Man can hold its own against Brokeback Mountain as a story of love and loss that transcends any single genre. Rated: R

Discussion to follow movie. Refreshments will be served.

Book Seller Open This Friday, July 2nd

The Book Seller will be open for business this Friday, July 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please stop by to browse for some great reads for the upcoming long weekend.

Also, thanks to the generosity of so many, the Book Seller is has an abundance of materials. For the month of July, no donations of materials will be accepted in order for our volunteers to catch up with the existing stock.

Notes on a Napkin Film Premiere

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

The Library will host the film premier of Notes On A Napkin, a series of comedic shorts looking at life and love. A Knuckle Sandwich production, the film was written and directed by former Wallingford resident and Sheehan High School graduate, Matt Saccullo, founder of Knuckle Sandwich Productions. The shorts originated as comical thoughts that Saccullo encountered while working as a waiter in a New York City diner. In addition to writing, producing, and directing, Saccullo is also an actor and appears in Notes On A Napkin. His acting credits have been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival and in the Channel 101 festival. A trailer of the film can be viewed online at YouTube.

All are welcome to the film screening. However, this film is not rated and is intended for an adult audience. Admission is free.

Summer Reading Programs Begin Today

Be sure to participate in our great programs for kids, teens, and adults. There's something for everyone! Stop at the Information Desks for all the details.

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