Writers' Group Open House with guest speaker Amy Bloom
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

Writers' Group Open House with guest speaker Amy Bloom

Writers’ Group Open House with guest speaker Amy Bloom.

Are you working on a short story, a screenplay, a memoir, essays or a novel? Whether you are new to writing, in the middle of several projects, or have published work join us to meet other local writers.  The library will schedule monthly writers’ groups to meet during the day and evenings. 

 

Registration required.    Call to register:  203-488-8702

Refreshments provided.  Meet and mingle with other local writers.

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Mark Schenker's book group:  Visions of America
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Schenker's book group: Visions of America

Visions of America: A program in honor of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday

May 31 2019 marks the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman (1819-1892), who was not only one of America’s greatest poets, but a writer whose subject was often the country itself. In a series beginning with a selection of Whitman’s poems, Mark Schenker will lead discussions on great works of American literature—works that give varied views of what is meant by an American life.

May: Our Town by Thornton Wilder

 

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Board Game Day
Apr
18
1:00 PM13:00

Board Game Day

Board Game Day —don’t be bored !

School vacation week fun. Bring a friend. We will have a variety of games to play.

Chess, Checkers, Scrabble, Battleship, Dragonwood and more.

An instructor will be here to teach beginning chess.

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Mark Schenker's book group:  Visions of America
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Schenker's book group: Visions of America

Visions of America: A program in honor of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday

May 31 2019 marks the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman (1819-1892), who was not only one of America’s greatest poets, but a writer whose subject was often the country itself. In a series beginning with a selection of Whitman’s poems, Mark Schenker will lead discussions on great works of American literature—works that give varied views of what is meant by an American life.

April: My Antonia by Willa Cather

 

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List Poems:  A Writing Workshop with Dolores Hayden
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

List Poems: A Writing Workshop with Dolores Hayden

Join us at the library for an evening of serious fun. We will read and write list poems, poems based on lists of anything you can think of—gossip, groceries, fishing tackle, paint colors, hurricanes, even personal disasters. (Think of Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Art of Losing.”)

How does a list become a poem? Let’s find out.

Everyone welcome. Refreshments served.

Registration recommended: call 203-488-8702

Dolores Hayden, urban historian and poet, is professor emerita of architecture, urbanism, and American studies at Yale University. Her books on the American landscape include  The Power of Place and Building Suburbia.  She is the author of three collections of poetry, and the newest, f orthcoming in May 2019, is Exuberance, a lyric sequence set in the earliest years of American aviation when daredevil pilots—women and men—thrilled spectators who had never seen an airplane.

Dolores Hayden, urban historian and poet, is professor emerita of architecture, urbanism, and American studies at Yale University. Her books on the American landscape include The Power of Place and Building Suburbia. She is the author of three collections of poetry, and the newest, forthcoming in May 2019, is Exuberance, a lyric sequence set in the earliest years of American aviation when daredevil pilots—women and men—thrilled spectators who had never seen an airplane.

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Travel Program:  Italy Across the Seasons: Unique Experiences Throughout the Year
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Travel Program: Italy Across the Seasons: Unique Experiences Throughout the Year

Italy Across the Seasons: Unique Experiences Throughout the Year: a program presented by Lisa Phillips of Bella Europa Travel, for today's travelers, who are looking for an experiential vacation where they learn and do unique things. The program will introduce you to rich and meaningful seasonal experiences that are full of depth and discovery across the country, north to south including the Italian islands. This talk will be relaxed, informational and interactive.

Registration recommended. Please call 203-488-8702.

 

 Lisa (Cisero) Phillips

Owner & Travel Designer

Bella Europa Travel

bellaeuropatravel.com

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3D Ocean Farming: Growing Kelp in Long Island Sound
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

3D Ocean Farming: Growing Kelp in Long Island Sound

The Friends of Outer Island present:

3D Ocean Farming: Growing Kelp in Long Island Sound with guest speakers from Greenwave.org, a Connecticut non-profit with the mission to “support a new generation of ocean farmers feeding the planet and building a blue-green economy in the era of climate change.”

Guest speakers:

Jill Pegnataro    Farm Manager and Hatchery Technician    Jill attended The Sound School in New Haven, CT and focused on ecology of Long Island Sound and ocean engineering. She graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI with a B.S. degree in Biology. After graduation she worked with endangered sea turtles in Texas and Costa Rica. Her skills gained from marine research and conservation is now being used to manage and oversee the daily operations of the farm.

Jill Pegnataro

Farm Manager and Hatchery Technician

Jill attended The Sound School in New Haven, CT and focused on ecology of Long Island Sound and ocean engineering. She graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI with a B.S. degree in Biology. After graduation she worked with endangered sea turtles in Texas and Costa Rica. Her skills gained from marine research and conservation is now being used to manage and oversee the daily operations of the farm.

Michelle Stephens    Programs Assistant & Hatchery Manager    Michelle is a graduate of the University of New Haven with a B.S. in Marine Biology. While attending the university, she focused her studies on aquaculture by researching both oyster rearing and giant clam spawning. After graduating, she worked as fish technician and researcher for an inland finfish nursery/grow-out facility. Her past experiences with aquaculture and passion for sustainability are now being used to manage the kelp hatchery.

Michelle Stephens

Programs Assistant & Hatchery Manager

Michelle is a graduate of the University of New Haven with a B.S. in Marine Biology. While attending the university, she focused her studies on aquaculture by researching both oyster rearing and giant clam spawning. After graduating, she worked as fish technician and researcher for an inland finfish nursery/grow-out facility. Her past experiences with aquaculture and passion for sustainability are now being used to manage the kelp hatchery.

https://www.friendsofouterisland.org/

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Branford Forum:  Practical Solutions for Climate Change
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Branford Forum: Practical Solutions for Climate Change

Following Graham, Yale climatologist Eric Fine, on March 31, will offer practical solutions for climate change —among them, being smart about your air conditioner and encouraging electric vehicles. His background, leading people on Outward Bound expeditions throughout the Americas and Europe for 15 years, gives him a unique perspective on the impact of climate change and the crucial nature of viable strategies to combat it.

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Mark Schenker's book group:  Visions of America
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Schenker's book group: Visions of America

Visions of America: A program in honor of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday

May 31 2019 marks the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman (1819-1892), who was not only one of America’s greatest poets, but a writer whose subject was often the country itself. In a series beginning with a selection of Whitman’s poems, Mark Schenker will lead discussions on great works of American literature—works that give varied views of what is meant by an American life.

 March: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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The Village:  a screening of a documentary about the Italian-American experience in New Haven's Wooster Square
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Village: a screening of a documentary about the Italian-American experience in New Haven's Wooster Square

The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy

The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy, tells the story of the city’s Wooster

Square neighborhood, which for many years was a tight-knit Italian-American

enclave. Using oral history interviews, photos from family albums, and historic

films and photographs, the documentary explores the power of ethnic identity

and reaffirms the importance of immigration to American society. Today, few

descendants of the immigrants still live in Wooster Square, but vestiges of their

community remain—in the church, the ethnic societies and their festas, and

the pizza joints and pastry shops. Most vividly, the village lives on in the fond

memories of the people who grew up there.

DIRECTOR: STEVE HAMM

EDITOR: SCOTT N. AMORE

a 60-minute documentary about the Italian-American experience in New Haven's Wooster Square neighborhood. The film premiered in June at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival, has been screened a number of times in New Haven since then, and is now being shown at libraries in towns around New Haven, where many Wooster Square people moved over the past several decades.

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Witness Stones Project
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Witness Stones Project

Dennis Culliton of WitnessStones.org will speak about the history of the project, the research with local school children and the placement of remembrance stones in Guilford. The Witness Stones Project’s mission is to restore the history and honor the humanity and contributions of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities.

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Branford Forum:  Debunking Myths about Russia in US Policy-Making
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Branford Forum: Debunking Myths about Russia in US Policy-Making

Dr. Thomas Graham
Yale Jackson Institute

Debunking Myths About Russia in US Policy-Making 

Although it's been almost 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, many of our notions about Russia were formed during the Cold War.  What do we understand and what do we miss about Putin’s Russia? To develop an effective Russia policy, the United States must see Russia clearly.

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Mark Schenker's book group:  Visions of America
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Schenker's book group: Visions of America

Visions of America: A program in honor of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday

May 31 2019 marks the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman (1819-1892), who was not only one of America’s greatest poets, but a writer whose subject was often the country itself. In a series beginning with a selection of Whitman’s poems, Mark Schenker will lead discussions on great works of American literature—works that give varied views of what is meant by an American life.  

February: Walt Whitman: selected poems (handout provided at the library)

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