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Friday, July 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Fans of the grit of HBO's The Wire, as well as of the mean-streets story intersection plot of Crash, will find a lot to like in the intense crime drama Brooklyn's Finest. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) with a sure hand, Brooklyn's Finest follows three NYPD cops who come from very different places (geographically and personally) as their lives, and the compromises they have made daily to coexist with the mean streets of Brooklyn, dovetail to a climax that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. Fuqua has assembled a stellar cast here, including Richard Gere, a veteran cop just a week from retirement; the always amazing Don Cheadle, an undercover officer whose loyalties to the force may be compromised by his growing loyalties to the groups he's infiltrating; and the film's true revelation, Ethan Hawke, a young corrupt cop whose morals make the stomach turn, though Hawke's performance is nuanced and riveting. Supporting cast members include Wesley Snipes as a gangster whom even the police have second thoughts about messing with. Rated: R
Thursday, July 29th at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room
A company of 10 Ashlarians (Ashlar Village Residents) will give a special library matinee performance of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milkwood. The story takes place in the fictional Welsh seacoast town of Llareggub (buggerall, backwards!). Two narrators describe the time and place with Thomas’ colorful poetry, while the other eight performers enact the various characters. Participating will be Lois Read, director and first voice, Cecilia Malin, second voice, and Lois Gillespie, Beth Mitchell, Barbara Pratt, Melanie Anastasio, Ernie Hoffman, Vinny Varone, Ken Donadio, and Charlie Shaffert reading all the citizens of the town. This play was originally written as a play for voices for the radio and later adapted for the stage and film. Admission is free and open to all.
Friday, July 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Roger Greenberg, single, fortyish and at a crossroads in his life, finds himself in Los Angeles, house-sitting for six weeks for his more successful/married-with-children brother. In search of a place to restart his life, Greenberg tries to reconnect with old friends including his former bandmate Ivan. But old friends aren't necessarily still best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself spending more and more time with his brother's personal assistant Florence, an aspiring singer and also something of a lost soul. Despite his best attempts not to be drawn in, Greenberg and Florence manage to forge a connection, and Greenberg realizes he may at last have found a reason to be happy. Rated R.
Monday, July 12th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Community Room
This family-friendly event will feature information on nutrition, heart health, skin cancer awareness, Lyme disease, lead poisoning prevention, dental care, vision screening, and more! Interactive displays include a unique "glow light" that shows kids and parents how important it is to wash your hands properly.
Please join us for this educational summer event, where you'll have the opportunity to meet and discuss health issues with a variety of experts and professionals.
We now offer Byki, a rapid online language learning system employing spaced interval repetition. The Byki learning method takes users through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time.
Available for learning over 70 languages, Wallingford Library patrons are able to access Byki from inside or outside of the library, via the web browser on Windows and Mac computers.
First-time users must create an account using the Sign Up Now button in the Byki interface. You will find a permanent link to Byki in the Language Instruction section of our Online Resources page.
Thursday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room
In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan—surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. Read his account of his experiences and join us for a discussion. Copies of the book are available from the Information Desk on a first-come-first-served basis. All are welcome for conversation and refreshments. Our informal book discussion group meets on the third Thursday of each month with the exception of August when there is no meeting. No registration is necessary.