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Cinema Club Presents: Malcolm X

Wallingford Cinema Club screens a great classic movie on the first Tuesday of each month. Following the screening, there’s always a discussion of the movie and its context. Refreshments are served. It’s like a book club, but without the book! There’s no sign-up. Just pop along on the night.

Tuesday February 3rd at the earlier time of 6:00 p.m. Cinema Club presents Malcolm X.
Malcolm X marked the milestone in director Spike Lee’s artistic maturity. It seemed everything Lee had done up to that point was to prepare him for this epic biography of America's fiery civil-rights leader, who is superbly played by Oscar-nominated Denzel Washington, from his early days as a zoot-suited hustler known as "Detroit Red" to his spiritual maturity after his pilgrimage to Mecca, as a Black Muslim by the name of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. Lee careens from the hedonistic ebullience of Malcolm's early days to the stark despair of prison, from his life-changing conversion to Islam to his emergence as a dynamic political leader--all with an epic sweep and vitality that illuminates personal details as well as political ideology. Rated PG-13. A few quotes to get you ready for the post-film discussion:

This is an extraordinary life, and Spike Lee has told it in an extraordinary film. Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

A spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change -- and surely Spike Lee's most universally appealing film. Washington Post

The point of Lee's engrossing, scathing epic ... is that as long as racism lives, the spirit of Malcolm will -- must -- live.

Watch the 2009 Presidential Inauguration at the Library

Tuesday, January 20th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room

View this historic event on our giant video screen. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring your lunch. All are welcome.

Wallingford Early Child Education Information Fair

Saturday, January 31st, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Families of young children are invited to learn about Wallingford’s Preschools, Licensed Childcare Centers, Family Childcare and Town Services available for our preschool population.

Choosing the right setting that offers quality programming, age appropriate instruction and a caring environment is every parent’s goal. Come to the Fair and meet the people who provide them! This is your chance to come to one location and ask all the questions you have about different child care and child education offerings. With the information you gather you will be positioned to make the best choices for your child.

As an added bonus you will be able to learn about the opportunities provided for young children by a variety of Wallingford agencies. No registration required.

New Year/New President/Be Informed/Know Your Rights

Come to the Civic Education Program Thursday, January 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

All citizens should be aware of how the government affects their daily lives. This program by the Connecticut Bar Association is led by a volunteer attorney and is designed in a straight forward discussion format based on current events that relate to every citizen. Real-life scenarios will engage participants. Topics for discussion include eminent domain, government wiretapping, the death penalty, and the right-to-die debate. Sign up online, in person, or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Anime Club Art Extravaganza

All teens are welcome to Anime Night at the library. Our next gathering will be on Monday, January 12th at 6:00 p.m. Bring your artwork to share! Have you written any manga? Bring that, too! Or just come to hang out and watch Death Note in high-definition surround-sound. Please register in person, online, or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Holiday Closing

The Library will be closed on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday, January 20th.

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