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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 This novel is inspired by a fascinating but little known historical document called the Book of Negroes, copies of which can be found at the New York Public Library, the Rockefeller Library at Colonial Williamsburg, and the U.S.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!

Too Human Concert: Good Music With Lots of Heart

Popular husband and wife duo, Roger Bruno and Ellen Schwartz of "Too Human" will bring their on-stage chemistry and high quality musicianship to the Community Room on Wednesday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. for a performance of popular love songs and jazz standards. Totally in sync with each other, they create a strong and intimate atmosphere during their performance that will draw listeners in and bring new life to classic songs. All are welcome to share in the humor and passion as Too Human performs standards from the American Songbook as well as some of their own songs inspired by the music of Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Buck Owens, Duke Ellington, Thom Bell, Carole King, Cole Porter and the Gershwins. All are welcome to this free program; however seating is limited. Please register in person, online, or by phone at (203)265-6754. Snow date February 17th.

American Poets: Rita Dove

Tuesday, February 3rd at 2:00 p.m. in the Collins Meeting Room

Our poetry series: American Poets Part Two, concludes February 3rd with the poetry of Rita Dove, United States Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995. Her book, "Thomas and Buelah: poems" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1987. This informal discussion includes biographical information, readings of selected poems, and interpretation of themes, style, and criticism. Poetry from her book "Selected Poems," (Vintage Books 1993) will be featured. This program is part of the Literature for a Lifetime Series and is sponsored in part by the Connecticut Humanities Council. The discussion will be led by freelance writer, Mr. David Garnes. Stop by the library's Information Desk to pick up a copy of Rita Dove's book and a list of poems selected for discussion.

Elevator Closing

The Main Library's elevator is scheduled for upgrade and will not be available from January 26 - 30. We will be open regular hours and the main stairs from the parking lot will be available, but wheelchair and stroller access will be only through the North Main Street entrance.

Chocolate 101: An Education in Chocolate

Monday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room

Learn and taste the difference in various types of chocolate at this informative program presented by Mario and Rachel Ceste, owners of Wallingford's unique gift shop of gourmet chocolate specialties, Sweet Cioccolata. Please register online, in person, or by phone at (203)265-6754.

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.

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