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Book Discussion: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Wednesday, February 10th at 3:30 p.m. in the Collins Room

In 1816 Mary Shelley decided to create a story that in her own words, “would speak to the mysterious fear of our nature and awaken thrilling horror – one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.” Judging from the multiple film adaptations, books in print, and permanent place in popular culture, she succeeded!

The discussion will be led by Marsha Bansavage, discussion facilitator for the Connecticut Humanities Council.

All are welcome and copies of the book are available from the library’s Information Desk. This discussion of the novel Frankenstein concludes our four-part discussion series on the “Range of Realism.”co-sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council and made possible by the Faustman Fund.

Dessert with a Doc: Take Your Health to Heart

Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

We continue our co-sponsorship with MidState Medical Center to present evening health programs. This month it’s all about your heart. Learn about the risk factors for heart disease, and lifestyle changes you can make to stay healthy. This informative presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. A light dessert will be served. Please register in person, online, or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Fireside Stories: Stories Around the World with Laconia Therrio

Friday, January 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Children's Library

Come under the spell of a wonderful storyteller! Fireside Stories are for families with kids ages 5 and up, as well as interested adults.

This program is offered thanks to a generous donation made by Barbara Kennedy Shortell.

King of the Ring

Calling all teens! Your vote counts. You will help determine the King of the Ring, the best book in the Teen Area. Look for the display of 12 titles in the Teen Area and on the Teen Blog. You may vote for your favorites in person or online. One book will be voted out each Friday until only one book remains. The King of the Ring will be announced on Friday, March 19th just in time for WrestleMania XXVI. May your favorite book win!

Movie Matinee: Frankenstein

Wednesday, January 27th at 2:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

Director James Whale's 1931 film adaptation of Mary Shelly's masterpiece novel remains a timeless classic. All are welcome. This film is not rated.

Frankenstein the novel will be the topic of our book discussion on February 10th at 3:30 p.m.

Friday Night Flicks Presents: District 9

Friday, January 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Over twenty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them. Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when a human field operative, Wikus van der Merwe, contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9. Rated R.

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