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Freedom Road Essay Contest

The Wallingford Public Library and the Wallingford Coalition for Unity invite you to participate in an essay contest combining United States History and English literature.

The purpose of the contest is twofold: to help raise awareness of the delicate balance of race relations in this country following the Civil War; and to examine what relevance this might have in our country today as we struggle to integrate many ethnicities into our society without confusing our neighbors with the terrorists we see on the nightly news.

Who May Enter: Any high school sophomore who lives in Wallingford.

Essay Topic: Students are asked to read the novel Freedom Road by Howard Fast; and then write an essay discussing the ways in which groups of people deal with one another, both post-Civil War and present-day, and how we might better move toward understanding in a global society.

Length: Essays should be approximately two typewritten pages (8 ½” X 11”) double-spaced.

Judging: The essays will be judged by a panel of community members who will look for clarity of expression and good writing skills, and, more importantly, a depth of insight into relations between human beings and a genuine desire to foster understanding.

Awards: The first-place winner will receive $500, the second-place winner will receive $300, and the third-place winner will receive $200. All winning essays will be published in the local newspaper.

Copies of Freedom Road are available at the library to students interested in entering this contest.

Please submit your essay and application by January 30, 2009 to:
Wallingford Public Library Information Desk
200 North Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492

Call (203)265-6754 with any questions.

Garden Club Tea

Join us in the Community Room on Tuesday, December 16th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to celebrate the spirit of the season at a Holiday Tea presented by the Wallingford Garden Club. Enjoy delicious homemade treats as you marvel at the splendid display of holiday decorations designed and created by Garden Club members. All are welcome.

What's Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

Vote for your favorite holiday movie between December 1st and December 12th. We will show the most popular selection on our big screen on Saturday, December 20th at 2:00 p.m.

Poetry 811.54 Workshop

Saturday, December 6th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Meriden Poetry Society and the Meriden and Wallingford public libraries, this bi-weekly workshop for youth through seniors provides opportunities for reading favorite poems and writing one's own. Prompts for the latter are provided a week in advance of meetings so that there isn't sudden pressure to write. Thirty minutes are devoted to free flowing, unedited writing, followed by reading and constructive appreciation of each participant's poems.

Life Coach Program

Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m., the Wallingford Public Library will present a program by certified life coach, Karen Caplan, MSW, CEC, on what a life coach does and what a life coach might do for you. With over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, Karen currently specializes in coaching individuals who are in transition, either by choice or circumstance. Please join us in the Community Room for this free program. Register in person, online, or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Book Discussion : The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Wallingford Public Library with cooperation from the Connecticut Humanities Council is pleased to announce a book discussion of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road on Thursday, December 11th in the library’s Charlotte Collins Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m.

Published in 2006, The Road is the story of a father and son who journey across a desolate landscape in post apocalyptic America. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. Through the bleakest of circumstances and with no guarantee of salvation, the father's enduring concern for the welfare of his son is constant. The Road is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that humans are capable of from ultimate destructiveness to desperate tenacity and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

Books are available from the library’s Information Desk. All are welcome. Please register in person, online, or by phone at (203)265-6754.

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