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Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room
A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person – a mensch – a serious man? Rated R.
Discussion to follow movie. Refreshments will be served.
Friday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Children's Library
Tom Lee’s extensive collection of stories passed down through the ages has been gathered through years of research. Some are quick and some take time to tell, but all of them delight and engage. Tom’s enthusiasm for his stories keeps the audience enchanted.
This special storytelling series, for families with children ages 5 and up, has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from Barbara Kennedy Shortell, a longtime Library supporter and former English teacher in Wallingford.
Thursday, February 25th at 2:00 p.m. in the Collins Room
Aging is a process. Staff from Franciscan Home and Hospice Care will present an interesting and refreshing synopsis of aging as an attitude and a journey of life. Additionally, they will share information on healthy aging and the benefits of proper nutrition.
Please register in person, online, or by phone (203)265-6754.
Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room
James H. Smith, executive editor of the New Britain Herald and the Bristol Press and former executive editor of the Meriden Record Journal, will discuss his book Way-say-lan: A Tale of the Iroquois in the American Revolution. The novel is a retelling of the War of Independence through the experience and perspective of those on the fringes of colonial society: slaves and Native Americans. Book signing will follow the program.
Please register in person, online, or by phone at (203)265-6754.
Friday, February 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room
What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent. Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn't been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre's ever-changing account frustrates the agents and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre's active imagination. Rated R.