August 2022 Newsletter

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Hello, Friends!

Happy almost August! Beginning August 1, we will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day Weekend for our summer hours.

Join us on Tuesday, August 2 for a book talk and signing by Ann Leary, New York Times bestselling author of The Good House! Ann Leary will be discussing her most recent novel, The Foundling. Loosely based on a true story about the author’s grandmother, The Foundling is about two childhood friends who meet again years later at a controversial asylum – one as an employee; the other, an inmate. Hickory Stick Bookshop will be selling copies of The Foundling at the event. This Lu Burke Literary Series program, like all of our events for adults, is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required.

Teens in Grades 6-12 are invited to join us for a Comics and Mindfulness Drawing Workshop on Friday, August 5 from 3:30-4:30pm. Cartoonist Cara Bean will walk us through a series of creative exercises that can help lessen anxiety, build confidence, and grow creativity. No prior art experience is required! Registration is required as space is limited.

Local author Jenna Landmon is visiting our Youth Services Department on Tuesday, August 16 to read from her book Little Paisley Makes a Big Difference. Learn about the writing process and receive coloring pages from the book. Copies of Little Paisley Makes a Big Difference will be available for purchase at the event. All proceeds go to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This children’s program is available to all ages.

To find out more about these and all our other exciting events in August, see below!

If you know of friends or relatives who have trouble receiving this newsletter even though they signed up for it, information is available on our website here about how to make sure it goes through. Anyone with questions is also always welcome to contact us at 203-262-0626 ext. 130 for more information.

Best wishes,
The Staff of the Southbury Public Library


Table of Contents

  • Adult Events​
    • Wednesday and Evening Movies
    • Adult Book Clubs
    • Technology Help
  • Children and Teen Events​
    • Children's Events
    • Teen Events
  • The Friends of the Southbury Public Library: Lobby Book Sale
  • Brinker Fireplace Room Display: Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition
  • Artist of the Month: May Phillips

Adult Events

Information and Registration: Reference Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 130

All programs require registration unless otherwise noted. The majority of programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Library programs are not funded by the town fiscal budget. For all virtual adult programs requiring registration, registrants will receive an email with the Zoom links the morning of the program.

National Coloring Book Day Open House
Tuesday, August 2, 10am–3pm, Brown Room, Registration Required

Join us on National Coloring Book Day for an open house coloring book event! We will supply free coloring books and coloring pages. No registration is required. To find out more, click here.

Virtual Tour of The Egyptian Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tuesday, August 2, 1-2:30pm, Online and in the Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Join us as we virtually visit the over 4,000 years of Ancient Egyptian art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art! From a tiny ceramic hippopotamus to a colossal authentic Egyptian temple in the middle of Central Park, we'll unwrap everything from mummies to amulets and the pharaohs in between. For Zoom Program register here. For Kingsley Room register here.

Ann Leary Book Talk and Signing
Tuesday, August 2, 6:30-8pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Join us for a book talk and signing by Ann Leary, author of the The Foundling. Ann Leary is the New York Times bestselling author of a memoir and four novels including The Good House. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages, and she has written for the New York TimesPloughshares, National Public Radio, Redbook, and Real Simple, among other publications. To register click here.

Black Bears in Connecticut - Rescheduled
Thursday, August 4, 7-8pm, Online and in the Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Join us and learn more about black bears. We'll explore the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, as well as their habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. We will also hear practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear population. For Zoom Program register here. For Kingsley Room register here.

Marianne Bette Author Talk and Signing
Tuesday, August 16, 2-3:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Join us as returning local author Marianne Bette, MD discusses her new book Living with a Grieving Heart: Thoughts From a Grief Warrior. To register click here.

Secret Stories Behind the World's Most Iconic Paintings
Friday, August 19, 2-3:30pm, Online and in the Kingsley Room, Registration Required

From American Gothic to Whistler’s Mother to Nighthawks, there are some images that are so ubiquitous in our culture that we have stopped looking at them closely. Join us as we delve into these iconic works and learn the secret stories behind their creation and reception. For Zoom Program register here. For Kingsley Room register here.

Coloring Club
Monday, August 22, 2-3:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Welcome back to the Adult Coloring Club! Materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own supplies as well. Registration is required. No walk-ins will be allowed. Register here.

And a special September sneak peek!

Berkshire Jazz Orchestra Summer Concert
Friday, September 2, 7-8:30pm, Brinker Fireplace Room, Registration Required

Join us for the return of the Berkshire Jazz Orchestra. This end-of-summer concert features vocalist Jan Maki with selections from the American Song Book. To register click here.

 

    

Wednesday at the Movies

The King's Daughter (2022) PG
Wednesday, August 10, 1-2:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

King Louis XIV's quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid's life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter's discovery of the creature. Register here.

Heart of Champions (2021) PG-13
Wednesday, August 17, 1-3pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

During their last year at an Ivy League college in 1999, a group of friends and crew teammates' lives are changed forever when an army vet takes over as coach of their dysfunctional rowing team. Register here.

Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022) PG
Wednesday, August 24, 1-3pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

The Crawley family goes on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the dowager countess's newly inherited villa. Register here.

Dear Evan Hansen (2021) PG-13
Wednesday, August 31, 1-3:15pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate. Register here.

Evening at the Movies

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) PG
Thursday, August 11, 6-8pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape from Earth and return to his home planet. Register here.

Father Stu (2022) R
Thursday, August 25, 6-8pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Follows the life of Father Stuart Long, a boxer-turned-priest who inspired countless people during his journey from self-destruction to redemption. Register here.

   

Adult Book Clubs

Nonfiction Book Club
Wednesday, August 10, 10-11am, Brown Room, Registration Required

This month we'll be discussing The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power by Deirdre Mask. Print copies are available for pick up at the Circulation Desk. Register here.

Mystery Book Club
Monday, August 15, 3-4pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

This month we'll be discussing Queen Anne's Lace by Susan Wittig Albert. Print copies are available for pick up at the Circulation Desk. Register here.

Tuesday Night Book Club
Tuesday, August 23, 6:30-7:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

This month we'll be discussing The Four Winds: A Novel by Kristin Hannah. Print copies are available at the Circulation Desk. Register here.

Technology Help

Technology Help with James Chapin
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-1pm, Reference Area, No Registration Required

Do you have technology questions or are you having issues with a device? Come by for help with local tech expert James Chapin. Feel free to ask your questions to our Reference Staff as well. For more information, click here.

Reference Technology Assistance

Did you know that the Reference Department offers assistance with mobile devices, downloading our e-resources, and more? If you have a simple question, stop by the Reference Desk more than an hour before we close and we can assist you. Like other Reference Questions, you may have to wait for a Reference Librarian to be available. If your question is more in-depth or you're not sure how long it will take, call the Reference Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to inquire about making an appointment. Most of our assistance is related to answering questions about how to use a device, app, or website. We cannot touch your device directly, but instead we teach you how to do what you are looking for help with. If you have a hardware question or very technical question, we recommend visiting James Chapin during his Technology Help on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm.


Children and Teen Events

Information and Registration: Children/Teen Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 3

See below for information about our upcoming Children's and Teen Programming! All of our Children's and Teen Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Library programs are not funded by the town fiscal budget.

Children's Storytimes:

Drop-In Storytime (All Ages)
Monday, August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10:30-11am, Storytime Room, No Registration Required

Join Miss Jennifer for stories, rhymes, and a small craft every Monday. All ages are welcome. Find more and register on our website here.

Babies & Books Storytime (6-24 Months)
Tuesday, August 2 & 9, 10:30-11am, Storytime Room, Registration Required – Space Limited

Babies and Books is an interactive lapsit program for babies ages 6-24 months and their parents and caregivers. Find more and register on our website here.

Toddler Time Storytime (Ages 2 & 3)
Wednesday, August 3 & 10, 10:30-11am, Storytime Room, Registration Required – Space Limited

Parents and caregivers are invited to join their toddlers ages 2 and 3 for theme based stories, songs, and a craft. Find more and register on our website here.

Stories & More Storytime (Ages 4 & 5)
Thursday, August 4 & 11, 10:30-11am, Storytime Room, Registration Required – Space Limited

Children ages 4 and 5 able to sit and pay attention independently are invited to listen to longer stories and complete a craft or activity. Find more on our website here.

PJ Storytime (All Ages)
Thursday, August 11 & 25, 6-6:30pm, Storytime Room, No Registration Required

Grab your jammies and join us for stories, songs, and a small craft. All ages are welcome. Find more on our website here.

Special Events for Children:

Open House Make or Take Craft (All Ages)
Monday August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, All Day, Upstairs, No Registration Required

While we’re closed on Saturdays in August, stop by the Youth Services Department every Monday to make a themed craft (while supplies last!). Make it here, or bring it home! Crayons and glue sticks are now available in the library. Find out more on our website here.

ARTuesday (Ages 7 & Up)
Tuesday, August 2, 16, & 30, 5-6pm, Storytime Room, No Registration Required

Do you love art? Join Miss Renee and Miss Kim for a playful, messy, and expressive art experience where there is no right or wrong. Come to any or all sessions to play and experiment with a variety of art mediums and themes. Smocks recommended. Please wear something you don't mind getting messy. Find out more on our website here.

Music Together® at the Library with Soulshine Arts (Ages 0-5 & Caregivers)
Tuesday, August 2, 11-11:45am, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Come wiggle, sing, dance and jam with us in a morning of family music with Leslie Pratt of Soulshine Arts in Woodbury! Sing, dance, and play while bonding with your little one through music. Find out more and register on our website here.

Imagine Nation Chemistry Exploration: Slime (Ages 5-11)
Wednesday, August 3, 12-1pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Imagine Nation’s Museum Educators are back to explore chemical sciences with a fun and interesting learning experience all about slime. Find out more and register on our website here.

Tiny Food Explorers (Ages 2-5 & Caregivers)
Thursday, August 4, 11:30am-12:15pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Join Tiny Food Explorers for some fun with food! Come and explore new flavors and textures while playing games all about food and MyPlate! You’ll make a hands-on healthy snack that even the pickiest of eaters will be keen to try. All snack ingredients will be nut free but may contain dairy. Find out more and register on our website here.

Painted Koala Seashells Craft (Grades 1-5)
Friday, August 5, 11am-12pm, Storytime Room, Registration Required – Space Limited

Join Miss Katie to make cute and fun Painted Seashell Koalas! Find out more and register on our website here.

Food Explorers: Key Lime Pie Cups (Ages 7 & up)
Friday, August 5, 3-4pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Join Food Explorers to make Key Lime Pie Cups! You'll layer crushed graham crackers with a zesty lime cream cheese filling, topped with homemade whipped cream. This recipe is nut free and contains dairy. Find out more and register here.

Last Day of Summer Reading (Ages 0-19)
Friday, August 12, 5pm In-Person and 11:59pm Online

Friday, August 12 is the last day to get your reading time and scavenger hunts in! All in-person, paper raffle tickets are due by 5pm! Scavenger Hunt tickets are also due by 5pm. All online time and raffle submissions are due by 11:59pm.

Little Paisley Makes a Big Difference: An Author Visit with Jenna Landmon (All Ages)
Tuesday, August 16, 2-3pm, Storytime Room, Registration Recommended

Join Southbury’s own Jenna Landmon as she reads from her book Little Paisley Makes a Big Difference. Learn all about the writing process and enjoy some coloring pages from the book. Find out more and register on our website here.

Minecraft Inspired Axolotl Craft (Grades 2-5)
Thursday, August 18, 4:30-5:30pm, Storytime Room, Registration Required – Space Limited

Have an axo-LOT-l of fun with Miss Katie in this craft program to make Minecraft inspired axolotls! Find out more and register on our website here.

    

Special Events for Teens:

 

Giant Scrabble (Grades 6-12)
Monday, August 1, 3-5pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Join us in-person to play Giant Scrabble! This super-size board game is very similar to the original game, but is super giant and super fun! We'll be playing on a 12 by 12 foot board! Find out more and register on our website here.

Comics and Mindfulness Drawing Workshop (Grades 6-12)
Friday, August 5, 3:30-4:30pm, Brown Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Join cartoonist Cara Bean in this hands-on, visual thinking, mindfulness workshop. Cara walks participants through a series of creative exercises intended to lessen anxiety, build confidence, and grow creativity. Together, you’ll go over the basics of communicative drawing (stick figures allowed!) and develop the skills needed to doodle as a form of play and problem-solving. No prior art experience is required. Find out more and register on our website here.

Camp Crafternoon: Lanyards (Grades 6-12)
Wednesday, August 10, 4-5pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Join us to make summer camp style lanyards! Find out more and register on our website here.

Last Day of Summer Reading (Ages 0-19)
Friday, August 12, 5pm In-Person and 11:59pm Online

Friday, August 12 is the last day to get your reading time and scavenger hunts in! All in-person, paper raffle tickets are due by 5pm! Scavenger Hunt tickets are also due by 5pm. All online time and raffle submissions are due by 11:59pm.

Chocolate Olympics (Grades 6-12)
Wednesday, August 17, 4-5pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Competition can be sweet! Join us to compete in a variety of chocolate based tasks, including a donut hole relay, Oreo stacking challenge, and blind chocolate taste test. Please note: chocolate, nuts, dairy, and gluten will be present. Find out more and register on our website here.

Teen Advisory Board (Grades 6-12)
Tuesday, August 30, 6-7pm, Tutor Corner

This month's Teen Advisory Board meeting for current members is on Tuesday, August 30. Currently, applications for Teen Advisory Board are closed.


The Friends of the Southbury Public Library: Lobby Book Sale

The Friends of the Southbury Public Library are having a Lobby Book Sale during the month of August. Located in the lobby of the Southbury Public Library, this sale features books in many different categories, including Children’s, Cookbooks, Gardening, Fiction and more, and is available during library open hours.

The Friends of the Southbury Public Library sponsor almost all of our fun virtual and in-person programs found on the calendar page of our website. For more information about the Friends, click here.


Brinker Fireplace Room Display: Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition

This month’s Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition display showcases the rivers, ponds, and aquifer that make up the Pomperaug Watershed, and highlights the important role you have in protecting the rivers you love, the water you drink, and the water you use every day.

Each time you drink a glass of water, wash your hands, prepare a meal, walk past a tree, or watch the rain fall, recognize that that clean water is an essential ingredient for life. Whether it is supporting human consumption or ecological functions, Southbury is fortunate to have ready access to clean water. Only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater and only 0.007% of that is deemed clean enough and available to drink. This is why it is critically important to protect this vital resource.

The main stem of the Pomperaug River flows approximately 13 miles from the center of Woodbury through the town of Southbury, and ultimately discharges into the Housatonic River at Lake Zoar. The Pomperaug River is fed by a network of tributaries that flow downhill from Roxbury, Washington, Bethlehem, Morris, and Watertown. One of the most important geological features of the Pomperaug Watershed is the underlying stratified-drift aquifer, which is the predominant source of potable water in these towns as well as Middlebury and Oxford.

To learn more about the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, visit our display in the Brinker Fireplace Room anytime during library open hours. This display is ongoing through August 2022.


Artist of the Month: May Phillips

The Gloria Cachion Gallery at the Southbury Public Library is showcasing the art of May Phillips from Tuesday, August 2, 2022, through Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

May Phillips' love of painting is expressed in her work. The freshness of color is revealed in her watercolor and acrylic paintings. She is equally proficient in pen and ink drawings. Jack Flynn, Timothy Clark, Carlton Plummer, Al Stine and other well-known artists have influenced May’s style. She has taught watercolor painting for many years, and is currently teaching watercolor and pen and ink paintings at Arts Escape in Southbury, CT.

May’s artwork has been exhibited at the State of Connecticut Legislative Building, a variety of galleries, restaurants, business establishments, and various Juried Art Shows. In 1994 and 1998, May’s original design and painted Christmas Ornaments were selected to hang on the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room. Her latest artwork can be seen at Center Frame and Art Gallery in West Hartford, CT, Nino’s Restaurant Walls in Waterbury, CT, and the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The exhibit will be open during regular library hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm, and Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am to 9:00pm. In addition, the exhibit will also be available online as a virtual gallery here. Please visit our website to learn more.


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Published by on August 22, 2022
Last Modified September 29, 2022

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