Southbury Public Library will be closed Friday, April 7, and Sunday, April 9, 2023.

Southbury Public Library will be closed Friday, April 7, 2023 in observance of Good Friday. We will also be closed Sunday, April 9, 2023 for Easter Sunday.

ZOOM- When You Wish Upon a Star: The History & Films of Walt Disney Studios

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Registration for this event will close on April 11, 2023 @ 2:00pm.

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This program will also be streamed to our Kingsley Room. Register here if you want to watch it at the library.

Walt Disney famously said, “I hope we never forget that it all started with a mouse,” but did it? In this lecture, we will discuss the history of Walt Disney Studios & talk about many of the films they have produced over the years. Some were instant classics, and less so. Which are your favorites?

Valerie Gugala is a historian and lecturer with over 25 years of experience. She has spoken at libraries, schools, churches, senior groups, and park districts throughout the United States. She has a background in theatre, as she was the co-producer for the Bartlett Park District Theatre Program for over 10 years, and has worked with a traveling mystery theatre company, since 2001.

Valerie is an avid Disney fan, and she and her family have traveled to Disney World more than 30 times since 2007. They subscribe to Disney+ and own Disney Vacation Club & D23 Club Memberships. Her favorite Disney park is EPCOT Center, and her favorite Disney attraction is The Enchanted Tiki Room. Valerie resides in Bartlett, Illinois, with her husband and son plus 2 Siamese cats named Rajah & Jasmine.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this event is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. For more information about this program, please email Rebecca at or call the reference desk at 203-262-0626 ext 130.




The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.


This program will be taking place on Zoom. The invitation links will be sent via email on the day of the program. To ensure that the invitation link reaches you, check your inbox for the registration confirmation email after signing up.


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