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Try Byki, Our New Online Language Learning System

Byki logoWe 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 Night Book Club: The Places In Between by Rory Stewart

Thursday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

The Places In Between book coverIn 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.

Dessert With a Doc: A New Weigh of Life

Wednesday, July 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Presented by Aziz Benbrahim, MD

Join us for an interactive discussion on how obesity truly affects our health and learn successful strategies to keep the pounds off!

A healthy dessert will be provided. This program is co-sponsored by MidState Medical Center. Please register in person, online, or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Breaking Through the Fear of Writing a Poem: A Writing Workshop

Tuesday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

What is writer’s block? Is it that we don’t have a poem in our heads or that we do, but can’t translate it into words? Or is it bigger than that? Are we actually afraid of writing a poem? If so, why?

In this workshop we will explore many of the reasons why we stop short from writing that great poem locked inside us. We will break through those barriers allowing us to write without fear. Then we will start from the beginning, from how to come up with an idea, or how to work with an existing idea to create that inspirational poem you will be proud to have others read. We will explore how to convert those abstract emotions into palpable images and how to use poetic devices such as metaphor and alliteration to enhance the poetic experience.

Don’t let the fear of writing keep you from creating that masterpiece inside you. Join award-winning author and former NPR journalist Eileen Albrizio for this free workshop.

Please register in person, online, or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Friday Night Flicks Presents: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Friday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger's are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is based on the trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson and has sold over 7 million copies worldwide. Rated: R

Cinema Club Presents: A Single Man

Tuesday, July 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

A Single Man movie posterColin Firth gives the performance of a lifetime in A Single Man, a drama based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood. Firth may be best known as a dashing romantic-comedy hero (Pride and Prejudice, the Bridget Jones films), but in A Single Man he demonstrates nuance and depth that will stay with the viewer long after the film is over. Firth plays George, a gay British professor, living a life of true, if closeted, bliss with his partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), in the straitlaced early '60s. When Jim dies suddenly at the beginning of the film, George wrestles with how to go on without his true love--and with never being able ever to express his grief openly. Whilst the whole production is marvelous, it is Firth who triumphs in the film, and who drives the complex emotions--all true, all rewarding--that hold A Single Man aloft and give it its impact. A Single Man can hold its own against Brokeback Mountain as a story of love and loss that transcends any single genre. Rated: R

Discussion to follow movie. Refreshments will be served.

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