March 2023 Newsletter

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Hello, Friends!

Happy March!

The Southbury Public Library is planning our future, and we would like your input! Click here to fill out our Library Survey and shape the future of YOUR library! Fill out our 5-10 minute, anonymous survey to let us know your thoughts about the library right now as well as things you'd like to see more of in the future. Your survey responses will guide us in shaping our Strategic Plan: a guiding document that outlines our goals and priorities over the next 3 to 5 years.

Children and Teens: join us for hands-on cooking classes this month with Food Explorers! On Thursday, March 9 from 4-5pm, Grades 6-12 can learn how to make Carrot Cake Energy Bites. For Ages 2-5, we have Tiny Food Explorers on Thursday, March 14 from 11-11:45am where children and their caregivers will make a healthy snack together. Find out more, including how to register, 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 at the 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, Book Donation Day, and 2023 Friends Scholarship
  • Brinker Fireplace Room Display: Agatha Christie: A Collection
  • Artist of the Month: Region 15 Students

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.

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Celtic Music with The Jolly Beggars
Saturday, March 4, 1-2:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required (WAITLIST ONLY)

The Jolly Beggars are back again! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an afternoon of traditional Celtic music. To register, click here.

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Cassatt & Company: The Women Impressionists
Friday, March 10, 2-3:30pm, Online and in the Kingsley Room, Registration Required

The visual arts revolution that was Impressionism is, too often, only understood only through the lens of the leading male practitioners - Monet, Renoir and Degas. Join us as we explore the paintings of Marie Bracquemond, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and others and consider the unique challenges they faced as women artists in a male-dominated profession. For Zoom Program, register here. For Kingsley Room, register here.

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How to Use Your Mind to Enhance Your Mood
Thursday, March 16, 2-3pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Did you know that the thoughts we think may influence our mood? Did you know that our thoughts and emotions may sometimes be just a habit? Come and learn how our mind can affect our mood and how we can address it. Join us to learn information, tools, and techniques to use your mind to enhance your mood. To register click register here.

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So You Want to be in Print
Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-8:30pm, Online and in the Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Have you published a poem or short story or news article and you want more of that experience of seeing your creative efforts in print? Are you looking to get our first piece published? Are you considering putting together a small collection of your writings? Bring your questions about where to submit, how to submit, self-publishing, cover letters, formatting submissions, contests or never a contest, staying organized, how to have your work critiqued. For Zoom Program, register here. For Kingsley Room, register here.

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Jewels in The Crown: The History Behind the Netflix Series
Thursday, March 23, 2-3:30pm, Online and in the Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Since its premiere in 2016, “The Crown” has shown us the private lives of Queen Elizabeth II and her royal family, becoming the most popular, most critically acclaimed, and costliest TV historical drama series of all time. Join us as entertainment historian John Kenrick returns to pull back the curtain on the making of this much-loved (and sometimes controversial) series. For Zoom Program, register here. For Kingsley Room, register here.

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The Irish in Southbury
Saturday, March 25, 1-2:30pm, Online and in the Kingsley Room, Registration Required

In March of 1940 a newspaper columnist from South Britain wrote, “Everywhere we turn, the Irish have left their mark on this township and that mark is a four-leaf clover for luck, square-shooting, and upright honesty.” Join us as we explore the shifting demographics and of those that left their imprint on our town. For Zoom Program, register here. For Kingsley Room, register here.

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Coloring Club
Monday, March 27, 2-3:30pm, Brown Room, Registration Requested

Welcome to the Adult Coloring Club! Join us for a relaxing hour of therapeutic coloring in the Brown Room. Materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own supplies as well. Registration is requested. Register here.

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Marc Berger Live in Concert
Saturday, April 1, 1-2:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Join us for Marc Berger and his unique musical interpretation of the American West. Listen and watch as Marc weaves memorable stories into his musical sets of his adventures as an "easterner" in the mountain and desert West, along with experiences that influenced the writing of his songs. There will be country folk songs, a touch of bluegrass, and Americana in his performance. To register click register here.

 

Wednesday at the Movies

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Fisherman's Friends (2019) PG-13
Wednesday, March 8, 1-3pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Requested

Based on a true story, a group of 10 fisherman from Cornwall are signed to a music contract. The band and their manager struggle to understand each other. Register here.

Ticket to Paradise (2022) PG-13
Wednesday, March 15, 1-3pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Requested

A divorced couple teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago. Register here.

Till (2022) PG-13
Wednesday, March 22, 1-3pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Requested

In 1955, after Emmett Till is murdered in a brutal lynching, his mother vows to expose the racism behind the attack while working to have those involved brought to justice. Register here.

The Fablemans (2022) PG-13
Wednesday, March 29, 1-3:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Requested

Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth. Register here.

Evening at the Movies

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The Banshees of Insherin (2022) R
Thursday, March 9, 6-8pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Requested

Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them. Register here.

She Said (2022) R
Thursday, March 23, 6-8pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Requested

New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor break one of the most important stories in a generation - a story that helped ignite a movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood. Register here.

Adult Book Clubs

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Nonfiction Book Club
Wednesday, March 8, 10-11am, Brown Room, No Registration Required

This month we'll be discussing The Unfit Heiress: The Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt by Audrey Clare Farley. Print copies are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, click here.

Mystery Book Club
Monday, March 13, 3-4pm, Kingsley Room, No Registration Required

This month we'll be discussing Uncommon Clay by Margaret Maron. Print copies are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, click here.

Tuesday Night Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, March 28, 6:30-7:30pm, Brown Room, No Registration Required

This month we'll be discussing Violeta: A Novel by Isabel Allende. Print copies are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, click here.

Technology Help

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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.

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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 12-1pm.


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:

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Drop-In Storytime (All Ages)
Monday, March 6, 13, 20, & 27, 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 out more on our website here.

Registration for Spring Storytimes Begins
Monday, March 6, All Day, Online and at the Second Floor Circulation Desk

Registration for our April and May age-specific storytimes begins on Monday, March 6! If you're interested in joining us for these spring storytimes, please register as soon as possible. Find out more and register beginning Monday, March 6 on our website here.

PJ Storytime (All Ages)
Thursday, March 23, 6-6:30pm, Storytime Room, No Registration Required

Join Miss Jennifer for snuggly stories and a craft. Feel free to wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal. All ages welcome. Find out more on our website here.

Special Events for Children:

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Open House Make or Take Craft (All Ages)
Saturday, March 4, 11, 18, & 25, All Day, Upstairs, No Registration Required

Stop by the Youth Services department Saturdays to make a thematic craft. Make it here or bring it home. Crayons and glue available in the library. Available while supplies last. Find out more on our website here.

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ARTuesday (Ages 7 & Up)
Tuesday, March 7, 5-6pm, Storytime Room, No Registration Required

Do you love art? Join Miss Renee for a playful, messy, and expressive art experience where there is no right or wrong. Come 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.

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Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn Craft (Grades 2-5)
Thursday, March 9, 4:30-6pm, Storytime Room, Registration Required - Space Limited (WAITLIST ONLY)

Make your own Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn based on the book by Shannon Hale in this month's craft with Miss Katie! Find out more and register on our website here.

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Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance (All Ages)
Saturday, March 11, 12-12:45 pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us! The Southbury Public Library is thrilled to welcome back the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance - live and in-person! Watch the talented professionals demonstrate their moves and learn a few steps during this interactive program. This program is intended for children but all are welcome. Find out more and register on our website here.

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Tiny Food Explorers (Ages 2-5 & Caregivers)
Tuesday, March 14, 11-11:45am, 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.

Special Events for Teens:

 

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Food Explorers: Carrot Cake Energy Bites (Grades 6-12)
Thursday, March 9, 4-5pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Join Food Explorers to make Carrot Cake Energy Bites with a cream cheese glaze! This delicious take on an energy bite is sure to become your new favorite after-school snack. Recipe is nut free (sun butter will be used as the base) but may contain dairy. Find out more and register on our website here.

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Teen Trivia Tuesday (Grades 6-12)
Tuesday, March 14, 6-7pm, Brown Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Join us for a fun trivia contest! Test your knowledge of different topics, including history, music, and science fiction! With some questions being multiple choice, we'll have a range of difficulties. Find out more and register on our website here.

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Volunteer at the Friends of the Southbury Public Library Book Donation Day (Grades 6-12 and Age 12 & Up)
Saturday, March 18. 9:30am-12:30pm & 12:30pm-3:30pm, Sign Up Required by 8pm on Tuesday, March 14

Interested volunteers would be helping to unload book, DVD, and similar donations from people's cars and bringing them into the Lower Level Friends Book Sale Area. They might also help sort book and other material donations. Teen volunteers will be working mostly in groups with other teen volunteers and Friends of the Southbury Public Library members. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this Google Form by 8pm on Tuesday, March 14.

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Hot Chocolate Book Chat (Grades 6-12)
Wednesday, March 22, 4-5pm, Brown Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Join us for a mug of hot chocolate (with all the fixings) and to chat about books. What have you read lately that's good? Are you looking for your next great read? In addition to homemade dairy hot chocolate, we will also have dairy-free vegan hot chocolate. Find out more and register on our website here.

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Teen DIY: Pom-Pom Bunnies (Grades 6-12)
Thursday, March 23, 6-7pm, Brown Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Hop into spring with us and make pom-pom bunnies! Find out more and register on our website here.

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Applications Due for Friends of the Southbury Public Library Scholarship
Monday, March 27 by 5:30pm to the Reference Desk

The Friends of the Southbury Public Library are awarding scholarship(s) up to $1,000! These scholarship(s) will be awarded to Southbury resident(s) who are graduating high school seniors planning to continue their education in the 2023/24 academic school year. With a heavy emphasis on your involvement with library activities and library volunteering, there are three other points of consideration: academics, extracurricular activities, and a written essay. To find out more, including how to apply, please visit our website here.

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Teen Advisory Board (Grades 6-12)
Tuesday, March 28, 6-7pm, Tutor Corner

Teen Advisory Board meets the last Tuesday of the month. Currently, applications for Teen Advisory Board are closed.

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Crackers & Cheez-Whiz Construction (Grades 6-12)
Thursday, March 30, 6-7pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required - Space Limited

Crackers and Cheez-Whiz: two of humanity's greatest building materials. That's right - put your engineering skills to the test by building different structures out of just crackers and canned cheese. We'll start easy and then get progressively harder with our challenges, including everything from dog houses to bridges to recreations of famous structures. This program will contain gluten and dairy. Find out more and register on our website here.


The Friends of the Southbury Public Library: Lobby Book Sale, Book Donation Day, and 2023 Friends Scholarship

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.

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Lobby Book Sale
Year-Round, Open During Library Hours, Lobby

The Friends of the Southbury Public Library's Lobby Book Sale continues year-round! Located in the lobby of the Southbury Public Library, this sale features a wide selection of books for all ages, including Children’s, Cooking, Boutique, History, Biography, Fiction, Nonfiction, Special Interest and so much more. Open during library hours and refreshed regularly with new books, there's something for everyone at the Lobby Book Sale!

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Book Donation Day
Saturday, March 18, 10am-3pm, Below Ground Rear Entrance

Donate gently-used or new books (hardcover & paperback) for adults, teens and kids, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD, puzzles, vinyl records, and collectibles. Unloading assistance will be provided! Please bring donations to the library's below ground rear entrance, as indicated in red in the picture above. Find out more on our website here. If you're a teenager interested in volunteering on Donation Day to earn service hours, sign up with this Google Form by 8pm on Tuesday, March 14.

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2023 Friends Scholarship
Applications are due Monday, March 27

Applications for the Friends of the Southbury Public Library Inc. 2023 Scholarship are now available! Scholarship(s) up to $1000 will be awarded.

With a heavy emphasis on your involvement with library activities and library volunteering, there are three other points of consideration: academics, extra curriculars, and a written essay. Residents of the town of Southbury who are a graduating High School Senior with plans to continue their education in the 2023-24 academic year are eligible.

Completed application and essay reflection must be delivered to the Reference Desk at the Southbury Public Library by 5:30pm on Monday, March 27. Find out more (including how to get a copy of the application) on our website here.


Brinker Fireplace Room Display: Agatha Christie: A Collection

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We're featuring one of our Head Librarian Heather Aronson's most loved authors: Agatha Christie! This month's display in the Brinker Fireplace Room features Heather's personal collection of Agatha Christie books and highlights the iconic cover art of Tom Adams, William Teason, and other illustrators.

If you're inspired to check out a library copy of one of the books featured, it's no mystery where we keep them shelved: on the Mystery Shelf under Christie! Some of Agatha Christie's books are also featured on Libby and Hoopla as ebooks and audiobooks if virtual lending is more your style. If you're curious to know more about Agatha Christie, Kanopy also features several documentaries about her: Icons of our Time: Agatha ChristieThe Mystery of Agatha Christie with David SuchetAgatha Christie's England, and Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie.


Artist of the Month: Region 15 Students

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Region 15 schools are observing Youth Art Month again this year with a display of local student artwork in the Gloria Cachion Art Gallery of the Southbury Public Library, 100 Poverty Road, Southbury. The exhibit can be viewed at the library from Thursday, March 2, 2023 through Thursday, March 30, 2023.

“Our student artists demonstrate extraordinary talent. Quality art programming is an integral part of our educational curriculum and we appreciate the opportunity to share their pieces with the public. The value of art education and the skills developed through visual arts experiences are invaluable,” said Jeromy Nelson, Director of Fine, Applied and Technical Arts in Region 15.

A selection of two-dimensional mixed media, paintings, photography and drawings created by Region 15 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade will be on display, including work from students in Advanced Placement Fine Art and Photography classes.

The displays coincide with Youth Art Month; a program administered nationally by the Council for Art Education (CFAE) and is celebrated by the Southbury Public Library and the Region 15 community. The event emphasizes the value of art education for all students, encourages support for quality school art programs and provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences.

“Learning and experimenting with new forms of expression is exhilarating and builds a sense of mastery and confidence. It is a wonderful experience for our students to be able to display their work in a public space. Their passion, creativity, and commitment to their art education is inspirational,” said Florin Firimita, Art Teacher at Pomperaug High School.

This year’s collection includes pieces from students in Firimita’s art classes. Their work through various mediums and innovative approaches symbolize the students’ self expression and is clearly displayed through meaningful art.

The exhibit will be open during regular library hours which are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am to 9:00pm, Saturdays 9:30am to 4:00pm and Sundays 12:00pm to 5:00pm. The exhibit will also be online as a virtual gallery here. Please visit our website to learn more.


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Published by on March 01, 2023
Last Modified February 24, 2024

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