Virtual Program Events

October 2020

Programs for Adults

Saturday 10/17/20 at 5:00pm
Haunted Happenings: A Ghost Hunter’s Favorite Cases with Barry Pirro

Join our virtual program. You will be emailed the link to connect to our discussion once you register.

Paranormal investigator Barry Pirro has investigated hundreds of haunted houses, businesses, and historic sites. He has also been a consultant for paranormal TV shows Ghost Adventures, Ghost Nation, Kindred Spirits, and Paranormal Survivor. Join Barry as he discusses some of his most chilling cases of ghosts, demons, and haunted objects. In addition, hear real ghost voices recorded during ghost investigations, and watch an amazing video of a ghost captured on film. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions about ghost hunting, and to share their own true ghost stories.

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Wednesday 10/21/20 at 6:00pm
New Book Reviews Virtual Chat Club

Dawn will promote recent additions to the adult collection through booktalks, and then make further suggestions and chat with you about what you are reading or would like to read.

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Thursday 10/22/20 at 6:00pm
Fiction Book Club
Join our Fiction Book Club virtual session. You will be emailed the link to connect once you register.
Motherland by Paul Theroux
To those in her Cape Cod town, Mother is an exemplar of piety, frugality, and hard work. To her husband and seven children, she is a selfish, petty tyrant. She excels at playing her offspring against each other. Her favorite, Angela, died in childbirth; only Angela really understands her, she tells the others. The others include the officious lawyer, Fred; the uproarious professor, Floyd; a pair of inseparable sisters whose devotion to Mother has consumed their lives; and JP, the narrator, a successful writer whose work she disparages. As she lives well past the age of one hundred, her brood struggles with and among themselves to shed her viselike hold.

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Tuesday 10/27/20 at 6:00pm
Classics Book Club

Join our Classics Book Club virtual session. You will be emailed the link to connect once you register.

How To Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays by Umberto Eco.

Excerpts from reviews: “Impishly witty and ingeniously irreverent” essays on topics from cell phones to librarians, by the author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum (The Atlantic Monthly).  

A cosmopolitan curmudgeon the Los Angeles Times called “the Andy Rooney of academia”—known for both nonfiction and novels that have become blockbuster New York Times bestsellers—Umberto Eco takes readers on “a delightful romp through the absurdities of modern life” (Publishers Weekly) as he journeys around the world and into his own wildly adventurous mind.

From the mundane details of getting around on Amtrak or in the back of a cab, to reflections on computer jargon and soccer fans, to more important issues like the effects of mass media and consumer civilization—not to mention the challenges of trying to refrigerate an expensive piece of fish at an English hotel—this renowned writer, semiotician, and philosopher provides “an uncanny combination of the profound and the profane” (San Francisco Chronicle).”

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Programs for Kids and Teens

Every Wednesday at 10am: YouTube Story Time
Ms. Robyn will read a new story each Wednesday.  These story time videos will be on the library’s YouTube site and will be posted each Wednesday at 10am.
Story Time videos can be viewed HERE

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Every Thursday: Kids Take n’ Make Craft
Need some new crafts? Each week we will have 15 crafts ready to go in brown paper bags. Each bag will have everything you need to complete that craft! Most crafts are geared for Kindergarten and younger, though they’re cool enough that anyone would enjoy them!
10/15 – Bats
10/22 – Spiders
10/29 – Haunted House

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Every Friday at 10am: Virtual Baby Time
Virtual Baby Time continues in September! I completely understand that a virtual Baby Time will be much different for our babies, so please don’t fret about any of the obstacles that may come our way. If your little one has the wiggles or isn’t in the mood to play, it is A-OK. Caregivers can come and go from the meeting as needed 🙂

What you’ll need:
A phone, laptop, tablet, or any other device you can set up in front of you without having to hold.
A scarf, small towel, T-Shirt, or any other item we can use for our scarf songs.
A comfy spot (chair or floor) for lap-bounce activities.
The meeting link! Which will be emailed to you the Thursday before the program.

Friday 10/16
Friday 10/23

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Saturday 10/17/20 from 12pm – 12:45pm
Intermediate Nutmeg Book Club

You may choose to attend this program onsite at the library, or attend virtually! We will have a laptop at the live program so that our friends online can participate. Feel free to bring a lunch or snack!

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie
“It is bad enough Tessa Woodward had to say goodbye to the beach and her best friend and move to cold, chilly Chicago with her family, but then unexplained things start happening in her new house. Lights flicker on and off, doors slam and her little brother’s creepy ventriloquist doll starts crying real tears. With the help of her new friends, Tessa soon starts to unravel the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street.”

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Tuesday 10/20/20 from 4:30pm-5:00pm Outdoor Story Time On site at the library!
I am so excited to host a live story time again! Story Time will have all of your favorite things – books, songs, dancing, and even a take home craft!

For everyone’s comfort and safety, please observe the following information about how I will be running the program:
The program will be held outside to ensure proper social distancing, if it is raining, there will be no program.
Masks are required to have with you in case of any distancing issues. Parents/guardians are required to stay with their child.
There will be markers of some kind for each family, please do not adjust or move them.
Maximum of 8 participants.
Registration is 100% strictly required

November 2020

Programs for Adults

Monday 11/2/20 at 5:30pm
Alice’s Ordinary People Documentary Film Showing

The library presents Alice’s Ordinary People, a documentary about Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement. Her remarkable story spans the historic period from the

 marches of Dr. King to the election of Barack Obama. And her great contribution in the field of politics is the thread which connects the two. Under the leadership of Reverend Jackson, the months that Alice and her “ordinary people” spent picketing led to real change. But it was through her Political Education class, that Alice had her most significant impact. Over a four year period, thousands were trained to work in independent political campaigns. This new force was integral to the re-election of Ralph Metcalf to Congress (this time as an independent democrat), to the election of Harold Washington, mayor, and to making Barack Obama, our first African American President.
The films runs 56 minutes.

On Saturday, November 7th at 2-3pm the director, Craig Dudnick, will discuss the film and facilitate a discussion on the civil rights movement.

Register to get the link to join us on your phone or computer.

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Thursday 11/5/20 at 6:00pm
Historical Book Club

Join our Adult Historical Book Club virtual session. You will be emailed the link to connect after you register
The Darkness Rolling : a novel by Win and Meredith Blevins.
Upon his return from World War II, Seaman Yazzie Goldman realizes that not much has changed at his family’s trading post in Monument Valley–and yet everything is different. His grandfather, Moses Goldman, has suffered a debilitating stroke, and while Yazzie’s mother Nizhoni is doing her best, the post is slowly falling apart. Nizhoni is thrilled that Yazzie has returned to help bring the trading post back to prosperity. Excitement comes from the nearby filming of a John Ford movie starring Henry Fonda. Director Ford enlists the tall, strong, half-Navajo and half-Jewish Yazzie to serve as a translator, and as a bodyguard for the beautiful actress Linda Darnell. Someone is sending Linda threatening letters, and as Yazzie investigates, he finds himself falling for her. Yazzie isn’t the only one to have recently returned home. A man who calls himself Zopilote, the Buzzard, has spent the last twenty-five years in jail steeping himself in the ancient Navajo chant “Darkness Rolling” and consumed with rage at the people who put him there–Yazzie’s mother and grandfather. A thrilling, heart-pounding read of family, adventure, romance, and vengeance, The Darkness Rolling is the first in an evocative historical mystery series.

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Saturday 11/7/20 at 1:00pm
Alice’s Ordinary People Documentary Film Showing (1pm) and Director Talk (2pm)

The library presents Alice’s Ordinary People, a documentary about Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement. Her remarkable story spans the historic period from the

 marches of Dr. King to the election of Barack Obama. And her great contribution in the field of politics is the thread which connects the two. Under the leadership of Reverend Jackson, the months that Alice and her “ordinary people” spent picketing led to real change. But it was through her Political Education class, that Alice had her most significant impact. Over a four year period, thousands were trained to work in independent political campaigns. This new force was integral to the re-election of Ralph Metcalf to Congress (this time as an independent democrat), to the election of Harold Washington, mayor, and to making Barack Obama, our first African American President.
The films runs 56 minutes.

On Saturday, November 7th at 2-3pm the director, Craig Dudnick, will discuss the film and facilitate a discussion on the civil rights movement.

Register to get the link to join us on your phone or computer.

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Monday 11/9/20 at 6pm
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Register to join this discussion by the Alzheimer’s Association of CT coordinators Maria Tomasetti and Rick Abbot as they review the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and answer your questions. A virtual link to join from your phone or computer will be sent if you sign up!

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Saturday 11/14/20 at 2pm
True Crime/Mystery Book Club

Join our True Crime/Mystery Book Club virtual session. You will be emailed the link to connect to our discussion once you register.

American Predator : the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century by Maureen Callahan
“A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force: the Anchorage PD. Most of us have never heard of Israel Keyes. But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern time. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as “a force of pure evil,” he was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried “kill kits”–Cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools–in remote locations across the country and over the course of fourteen years, would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger’s house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter. When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years–uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist. A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake–many of which remain unsolved to this day. American Predator is the ambitious culmination of years of on-the-ground interviews with key figures in law enforcement and in Keyes’s life, and research uncovered from classified FBI files. Callahan takes us on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and the limitations of traditional law enforcement, in one of America’s most isolated environments–Alaska–when faced with a killer who defies all expectation and categorization”

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Tuesday 11/17/20 at 6:00pm
Adult Craft Night: No-Sew Binky Blankets

Make one to give away to charity (36″x36″) and one to keep for yourself (22″x22″) using our provided fleece material with your sharp scissors to make pretty fringe and tie in knots. We will collect your charity binkies and give to the local chapter in Monroe, CT. Then you can use what you learn to make some gifts for your family and friends with your own fabrics for December holidays if you wish!

Register to get the link for our program on your phone or computer. First 11 signed up only, as we will provide your fabric. Must have sharp scissors and able to tie a simple knot.

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Wednesday 11/18/20 at 6:00pm
New Book Reviews Virtual Chat Club

Join our monthly Adult New Book Reviews Chat Club virtual session. You will be emailed the link to connect once you register.
Dawn will promote recent additions to the adult collection through booktalks, and then make further suggestions and chat with you about what you are reading or would like to read.

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Thursday 11/19/20 at 6:00pm
Fiction Book Club

Join our monthly Fiction Book Club virtual session. You will be emailed the link to connect once you register.
The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey
1944: Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out. She’ll work in city hall, marry her fiancé when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs. But when her fiancé is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona’s long-held plans are shattered. Determined to learn her fiancé’s fate, Fiona leaves Boston to volunteer overseas as a Red Cross Clubmobile girl, recruiting her two best friends to come along. There’s the outspoken Viviana, who is more than happy to quit her secretarial job for a taste of adventure. Then there’s Dottie, a shy music teacher whose melodious talents are sure to bring heart and hope to the boys on the front lines. Chosen for their inner strength and outer charm, the trio isn’t prepared for the daunting challenges of war. But through it all come new friendships and romances, unforeseen dangers, and unexpected dreams. As the three friends begin to understand the real reasons they all came to the front, their courage and camaraderie will see them through some of the best and worst times of their lives.

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Tuesday 11/24/20 at 6:00pm
Classics Book Club

Join our monthly Classics Book Club virtual session. You will be emailed the link to connect once you register.
Ponzi’s Scheme by Mitchell Zuckoff
November 30, 1920: Charles Ponzi, known for defrauding investors in a practice which would thereafter bear his name as a “Ponzi scheme”, pleaded guilty to one of two federal indictments for using the U.S. mail for the purpose of fraud. Ponzi was sentenced to five years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed, at Plymouth, Massachusetts. A fine, also part of the maximum sentence, was waived because Ponzi had gone bankrupt and had no resources to repay the money lost by his investors. Under federal law, Ponzi would be eligible for parole after 20 months, one-third of his sentence.
Before Charles Ponzi (1882-1949) sailed from Italy to the shores of America in 1903, his father assured him that the streets were really paved with gold-and that Ponzi would be able to get a piece. As journalist Zuckoff observes in this engaging and fast-paced biography, Ponzi learned as soon as he disembarked that though the streets were often cobblestone, he could still make a fortune in a culture caught in the throes of the Gilded Age. Zuckoff deftly chronicles Ponzi’s mercurial rise and fall as he conjured up one get-rich-quick scheme after another. Charming, gregarious and popular, Ponzi devised and carried out the scheme that carries his name in 1920 in the open (and with a brief period of approval from Boston’s newspapers and financial sector). Many investors did indeed double their investments, as Ponzi would use money of new investors to pay old investors, and Ponzi himself became a millionaire. Eventually, Zuckoff shows, the Boston Post uncovered this “robbing Peter to pay Paul” system (as it was then known), and Ponzi’s life unraveled. Zuckoff provides not only a definitive portrait of Ponzi’s life but also insights into immigrant life and the social world of early 20th-century Boston.

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Monday 11/30/20 at 6:00pm
Adult Craft Night – Fabric Ornaments

Create your own no-sew Christmas or Hanukkah Ornament ball using fabric squares, folding and pinning, and finish with a beautiful ribbon. All materials provided except scissors and glue.
Register to receive the link to join by phone or computer. First 10 only, as we are providing all the materials. Waiting list candidates can attend and purchase their own supplies if they wish.

Programs for Kids and Teens

Every Wednesday at 10am: YouTube Story Time
Ms. Robyn will read a new story each Wednesday.  These story time videos will be on the library’s YouTube site and will be posted each Wednesday at 10am.
Story Time videos can be viewed HERE

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Every Thursday: Kids Take n’ Make Craft
Need some new crafts? Each week we will have 15 crafts ready to go in brown paper bags. Each bag will have everything you need to complete that craft! Most crafts are geared for Kindergarten and younger, though they’re cool enough that anyone would enjoy them!
11/5
11/12
11/19
Tuesday 11/24 (Because we’re closed Thursday)

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Every Friday at 10am: Virtual Baby Time
Virtual Baby Time continues in September! I completely understand that a virtual Baby Time will be much different for our babies, so please don’t fret about any of the obstacles that may come our way. If your little one has the wiggles or isn’t in the mood to play, it is A-OK. Caregivers can come and go from the meeting as needed 🙂

What you’ll need:
A phone, laptop, tablet, or any other device you can set up in front of you without having to hold.
A scarf, small towel, T-Shirt, or any other item we can use for our scarf songs.
A comfy spot (chair or floor) for lap-bounce activities.
The meeting link! Which will be emailed to you the Thursday before the program.
Sign up for 11/6
Sign up for 11/13
Sign up for 11/20

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Tuesday 11/10/20 from 4:30pm-5:00pm Outdoor Story Time On site at the library!
I am so excited to host a live story time again! Story Time will have all of your favorite things – books, songs, dancing, and even a take home craft!

For everyone’s comfort and safety, please observe the following information about how I will be running the program:
The program will be held outside to ensure proper social distancing, if it is raining, there will be no program.
Masks are required to have with you in case of any distancing issues. Parents/guardians are required to stay with their child.
There will be markers of some kind for each family, please do not adjust or move them.
Maximum of 8 participants.
Registration is 100% strictly required

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Saturday 11/14/20 from 12pm – 12:45pm
Elementary Nutmeg Book Club

You may choose to attend this program onsite at the library, or attend virtually! We will read the book below and chat about it!
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter
When young Zaha Hadid looked at the world around her, she didn’t see rigid squares and rectangles, but flowing curves. Overcoming the odds as a female Muslim architect, she took this vision and created architecture that swooped and flowed and changed the world.

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Saturday 11/21/20 from 12pm – 12:45pm
Intermediate Nutmeg Book Club

You may choose to attend this program onsite at the library, or attend virtually!
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Kaidu and Rat both live in the Nameless City, but they come from different cultures. Kaidu is the privileged son of the current conquerors and Rat is a street-wise native of the city. Their unlikely friendship might be just what the fragile peace of the Nameless City needs to survive.

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Saturday 11/21/20 from 2pm – 2:45pm
Teen Book Club

You may choose to attend this program onsite at the library, or attend virtually! We will have a laptop at the live program so that our friends online can participate. Feel free to bring a lunch or snack!

We will be discussing The Prince and the Dressmaker AND The Poet X.