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Upcoming Events
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Date
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time
1:00 PM
Description
Jeffrey EngelThe Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach received it premiere in 1851.  At the Met, Vittorio Grigolo takes on the role of tortured poet and unwitting adventurer, Hoffmann in a wild kaleidoscopic production.  Soprano Hibla Gersmava sings the role of all three heroines, each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann's desire.  Pre-performance opera talk for the Metropolitan Opera live broadcast on Saturday January 31.
Join Jeffrey Engel, music historian and teacher at Northwestern Connecticut Community College for the 2014 - 2015 Metropolitan Opera pre-performance lectures.
Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time
6:45 PM
Description
Put on those jammies and come relax with some stories and a BookFlix book on the big screen. We'll also learn about online resources the library has to offer families. Stories for ages 6 and under.
Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time
6:00 PM
Description

teaJanuary is National Hot Tea Month.

Join Philip Parda "The Savvy Tea Gourmet" for this Tea Lecture and Tasting. Parda imports teas from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. He will share his considerable knowledge of specialty teas with samples for tasting. Registration is required, online at www.prosserlibrary.info or by calling 860-243-9721. Seating is limited.

Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time
11:00 AM
Description
Apple logo
Join facilitator Marc Edrich for the Mac Users Group, an informal gathering of Apple product users. Bring your iPad, iPhone, or other Apple devices. Ask questions, learn tips and tricks, and share your knowledge. Beginners welcome! Registration is appreciated.
Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Movie begins at 2pm
Rated PG
92 minutes
Location
Children's Room
Library
McMahon Wintonbury Library

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Date
Monday, February 02, 2015
Time
6:30 PM
Description
Teen Book Board 2014
Location
Children's Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Time
6:30 PM
Description
Sweet Dreams PictureFor this evening story time, children ages 3 - 6 are
invited to wear their pajamas and bring a favorite sleep toy
or pillow to enjoy bedtime stories, a craft and a movie.
Location
Children's Room
Library
McMahon Wintonbury Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Children and their caregivers are welcome to drop in for playtime, conversation, and a child-centered program.
Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Time
1:30 PM
Description
Caregiver Support Group
Held at the Bloomfield Senior Center. Are you sometimes overwhelmed by your responsibilities as a caregiver? Do you have questions but are not sure who to ask? This group may be just what you need! Meetings are held at 1:30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Facilitators for the group are Lucille Morisse, Social Worker and Mara Whitman, Reference Librarian. This program is co-sponsored by the Marilyn Michaelson Senior Center of Bloomfield and the Prosser Library.

Healing Hearts
Held at the Bloomfield Senior Center. Do you have a loved one in hospice? Are you grieving after a loss? Feeling alone? Don't know where to turn? Please consider coming to our Healing Hearts support group. Meetings are held at 1:30 on the first Wednesday of each month. Facilitators for the group are Lucille Morisse, Social Worker and Mara Whitman, Reference Librarian. This program is co-sponsored by the Marilyn Michaelson Senior Center of Bloomfield and the Prosser Library.
Location
Offsite
Library
Prosser Public Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Stephaie Jackson as LizzyThe true life story of Elizabeth Keckly; her rise from slavery to entrepreneurial freedom then scandal and decline.  Elizabeth Keckly was best known as dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln and as author of "Behind the Scenes, 30 years a slave and four years in the White House."

This is the moving tale of one woman's life during the 19th Century, spanning more than the entirety of the Victorian Era. Her name was Elizabeth (Hobbs) Keckly. Born into slavery in 1818, Lizzy eventually managed to purchase her freedom. She made her way to Washington D.C., where her dressmaking skills and entrepreneurial savvy brought her to the attention of many political families.

Once the Lincolns arrived in Washington, there was no turning back for Lizzy. Mary Lincoln hired Madame Keckly, launching a relationship unlike any Lizzy had ever envisioned for herself. She was often there, in the room, with President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln during some of their most private and difficult moments.

While she is best known for her talents as Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and 'stylist' if you will, the story before and beyond her connection to the White House is equally compelling.

Performed in retrospect, this dramatic recounting of Lizzy's experiences is much more than a slave narrative, it is a human story, at times tragic, at times triumphant, always fascinating.

In this 1 hour presentation join actress Stephanie Jackson as the story of Lizzy unfolds, full of twists and turns, bravery and remarkable resilience.

Living history at its best! Presented by the East Haddam Stage Company and co-sponsored by the Wintonbury Historical Society and the library.
Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Friday, February 06, 2015
Time
1:30 PM
Description
film coverGriGris,
directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and produced in Chad. Despite a bum leg, Grigris has hopes of becoming a professional dancer. He puts his killer moves to good use on the dance floor of his local club every week. His step-father becomes ill, and Grigris decide to make quick money by smuggling oil to pay the hospital bills. Grigris also befriends a prostitute, Mimi, and as the bad decisions mount, peril follows. The film is in French with English subtitles, and runs for 100 minutes. Enjoy the film with refreshments, followed by casual conversation. No registration required.
Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Time
12:00 AM
Description
Take an indoor snow-themed StoryWalk from 10:30-12:00 in the Children's Room, collecting craft supplies along the way, and finish in the Community Room where you can assemble your craft and enjoy hot chocolate and doughnuts. From 12:00-1:00, use snowflake patterns to not only make your own paper snowflakes, but also your own cheesy snowflake tortillas!!
Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Time
1:30 PM
Description
Meet our favorite friendly clown, Valentine, and enjoy clowning, balloon animals, face painting, and a story program. (No snow date.)
Location
Children's Room
Library
McMahon Wintonbury Library

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Date
Monday, February 09, 2015
Time
6:30 PM
Description
book coverTonight's NAMI book discussion includes the author, Dr. GaryDr. Gary Rhule, Author Rhule who will participate in the discussion. His book, Sailing on Broken Pieces is told from the triple perspective of a sibling, caregiver and emergency room doctor who treats people with mental illness in the emergency room and copes with the same concerns at home. It is told through vignettes from the emergency room intertwined with common symptoms of mental illness. The goal of Sailing on Broken Pieces is to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.

Oscar winning Best Actress, Jennifer Lawrence said: ""It's just so bizarre how in this world if you have asthma, you take asthma medication. If you have diabetes, you take diabetes medication. But as soon as you have to take medicine for your mind, it's such a stigma behind it.""

Sailing on Broken Pieces is unique from this triple perspective of ER doctor, sibling and caregiver of a person with mental illness. One in 3 Americans (65 Million) is a family caregiver for persons with mental illness. Sailing on Broken Pieces provides strategies and insights on how to cope while providing support for their family member.

Dr. Gary Rhule is a board certified Internal Medicine physician, and healthcare management consultant. He worked for many years as an emergency room doctor where many persons are affected by physical illness, as well as mental illness. He honed the vital life skills to cope with mental illness as a result of working in the emergency room. He is interested in improving the mental health system, removing the stigma of mental illness, and closing gaps in health disparity. He was born in Jamaica, and has lived in the U.S. since his teenage years. He now lives in Connecticut with his family.

Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Time
10:30 AM
Description
In this class, participants will learn how to navigate Microsoft Excel 2010 and get an overview of its basic tools. Prerequisite: Familiarity with a computer, keyboard, and mouse. Each participant will use a library laptop. Please register, as class space is limited.
Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Time
6:30 PM
Description

musical notesTonight’s featured composers are Thomas Ades, Jennifer Higdon and Hans Gefors.

Russell Salk will bring his collection of recordings by contemporary composers for your listening pleasure.  Enjoy musical excerpts and learn a bit about selected contemporary composers.  Registration is appreciated, online at www.prosserlibrary.info or by calling 860-243-9721. 

Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Time
6:30 PM
Description
Sweet Dreams PictureFor this evening story time, children ages 3 - 6 are
invited to wear their pajamas and bring a favorite sleep toy
or pillow to enjoy bedtime stories, a craft and a movie.
Location
Children's Room
Library
McMahon Wintonbury Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Time
1:00 PM
Description

Jeffrey Engel
The Metropolitan Opera live simulcast on February 14, features Anna Netrebko in Iolanta, as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in this enchanting fairy tale. Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard in the second opera. Join Jeffrey Engel for today’s pre-performance talk about the music, composers, and history of the operas. No registration required.

Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Time
6:00 PM
Description

Come to the library to make valentines for those you love. We'll provide all of the supplies, you bring your creativity! All ages.

Location
Children's Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

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Date
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Time
3:45 PM
Description
knitting basketKnitters are invited to bring their project in progress.   Help for new knitters is available.  Knitters at all levels are welcome.  No registration required.
Location
Community Room
Library
Prosser Public Library

Title
Date
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Time
6:30 PM
Description

All readers are welcome to attend. Copies of the book will be available at McMahon Wintonbury Library one month prior to the discussion date. Registration is appreciated, online or by calling 860-242-0041

If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar

The recent death of her beloved husband, Rustom, has taken its toll on Tehmina Sethna. Now, while visiting her son, Sorab, in his suburban Ohio home, she is being asked to choose between continuing her old life in India and starting a new one in this unfamiliar country with her son, his American wife, and their child. Her destiny is uncertain, and soon the plight of two troubled young children next door will force the most difficult decision she has ever faced.

Location
Adult Reading Room
Library
McMahon Wintonbury Library

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Important Messages
Read ANY book you want, as many as you want, and write brief comments online or on a review card, about each book beginning June 23. For each book that a comment entry is submitted, your name is entered in the drawings. One Prize per reader for the summer, with the exception of the grand prize drawing, for which all readers will be entered.

Drawings and Prizes

July 3:
One Household Summer Bloomfield Pool Membership

July 10:
Half dozen bagels @ Isaac's Bagel Cafe
or Gift card from TCBY, the country's best yogurt
or Chocolate cake from Peppers Jamaican Bakery

July 17:
Gift certificate for Geissler's Supermarket
or Gift certificate for Bloomfield Stop & Shop
or Gift certificate for Ginza Japanese Restaurant
or Gift certificate for Thai Palace

July 24:
Gift certificate from Pasticceria Italia
or Gift card from Papa John's Pizza
or Pizza from Bloomfield Village Pizza
or Pizza from Concetta's
or 2 movie passes at Digiplex Destinations

July 31:
One month membership at The Gym at Bloomfield Crossing
(plus, Gym bag, t-shirt, & water bottle)
or $50 voucher for a course/program from Bloomfield Leisure Services

August 7:
Classic manicure @ Milano Salon & Day Spa
or Swedish massage @ Contours Spa & Wellness
or Cutting board from Timeless Stone

August 14 :
Gift certificate for Republic
or Gift certificate for Fresh Farm's Market
or Gift certificate for Carbone's Kitchen

August 21:
Gift Certificate for ONE round of golf for 2+ cart @ Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
or Gift certificate for dance lessons @ Arthur Murray in Bloomfield

August 28:
$50 Visa Gift card donated by Friends of the Bloomfield Libraries
or Kindle Fire (donated by Friends of Bloomfield Libraries)



Reviews
Title
Coming Up from the Down Low
Author
J.L.King
Review
J.L.King is a bisexual Afro-American. In this book, Coming Up from the Down Low, he discusses his as well as other mens' relationships and experiences while living with their wives or significant other while having affairs with men. many gays as well as bisexuals feel that they would be ostracized, blacklisted or even harmed, should they make public their sexual orientation. King asserts that many leaders know that they have gay and bisexual members but find it hard to accept; a perfect example of "don't ask, don't tell."
Personally, while I also think this book is somewhat of a controversial nature.
Rating
Title
The Glass Castle
Author
Jeannette Walls
Review
Well done memoir, but TMI for me (too much info). Horribly dysfunctional family and events. Imagine my concern when I learned my 10 yr-old niece was reading another book by this author after a library search on "horses". Luckily that book is a safe one.
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Title
The Gift of Rain
Author
Tan Twan Eng
Review
Set in WWII Malaya. Wonderful historical fiction with complex cross-cultural themes. Beautifully written.
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Title
The Night Circus
Author
Erin Morgenstern
Review
A mysterious circus that shows up without warning & is open only at night. 2 magicians vie for the ultimate illusion without knowing the consequences.
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Title
Still Life
Author
Louise Penny
Review
First in Armand Gamache mystery series takes place in a small village of Three Pines, Quebec. Who murdered a sweet old lady? Excellent character development and plot twists. Can't wait to read more of the series.
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