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Improvements To Our Web Site

We want our Online Resources page to be your first stop for research on the Internet. We've compiled reputable, reliable databases and web sites on a wide variety of topics and descriptions of what you'll find at each link. Additionally, in the right column of every page under the "I Need..." heading, you'll find shortcuts to all of the topics. Please note that some databases do require a library card, so stop by the library soon if you need one. We hope the new Online Resources page improves your experience on our web site and the Internet as a whole. Comments about this change and suggestions for others are always welcome.

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.

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