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Freedom Road Essay Contest Judging

The winners of the Freedom Road essay contest will be announced the week of February 23. Winners will be contacted by telephone.

Special Screening in Honor of Black History Month

Come to Wallingford Public Library at 6:30 pm on Wednesday February 25th for a special event, co-sponsored by Wallingford Library Cinema Club and the Coalition for Unity.

In honor of Black History Month, we will be screening 'Something the Lord Made,' the story of two men - an ambitious white surgeon and a gifted black carpenter turned lab technician - who defied the racial strictures of the Jim Crow South and together pioneered the field of heart surgery.

'Something the Lord Made' is a moving tale of men who defy the rules and start a medical revolution. Their patients are known as the "blue babies" - infants suffering from a congenital heart defect that turns them blue as they slowly suffocate. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) make a brilliant team. But even as they race against time to save one particular baby, the two occupy different places in society. Blalock is the white, wealthy head of surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Thomas is black and poor, a skilled carpenter whose dream of going to college and becoming a doctor was ruined by the Great Depression, although he was naturally gifted with the intuition and dexterity of a great surgeon. Even as they save lives and invent a whole new field of medicine, social pressures threaten to tear them apart. Ultimately, however, Thomas finds his dreams coming true in unexpected ways.

The screening will take place in Wallingford Public Library’s newly renovated surround-sound film projection community room. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. No tickets required. Contact Julian Aiken or Mary Heffernon for more details: (203)265-6754.

Holiday Closing

The library will be closed on Sunday, February 15th and Monday, February 16th in observance of Presidents Day. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, February 17th.

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program Postponed

The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment program scheduled for Wednesday, February 4th has been postponed to April. Stay tuned for a specific date and time.

Cinema Club and American Poets Postponed

The Cinema Club and American Poets programs scheduled for Tuesday, February 3rd have been postponed due to inclement weather. Cinema Club's showing of Malcolm X will be held on Tuesday, February 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. The Rita Dove poetry program will be held on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:15 p.m. in the Collins Room.

Thursday Night Book Club: Somebody Knows My Name

Join us on Thursday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room for a relaxing evening among fellow reading enthusiasts as we discuss Lawrence Hill's novel, "Someone Knows My Name." This novel is inspired by a fascinating but little known historical document called the Book of Negroes, copies of which can be found at the New York Public Library, the Rockefeller Library at Colonial Williamsburg, and the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C. It is the life story of Aminata Diallo from her abduction in Africa to enslavement on a South Carolina plantation to New York City and the chaos of the Revolutionary War, relocation to Nova Scotia and ultimately London. From the book jacket: "In this captivating novel, (Lawrence) Hill portrays one woman's remarkable spirit and strength in the face of adversity, and he brings to life crucial and little known chapters in world history."

Our Thursday Night Book Club is an informal gathering for fans of fiction and popular nonfiction. Each month a book is selected for group discussion and all are welcome to come and share their thoughts about authors, writing styles, plots, and themes.

It's all about the book; however light refreshments are offered!

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