100 years at “The Farm”: Book Discussion
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

100 years at “The Farm”: Book Discussion

July 10, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of The Connecticut State Farm for Women, now known as the York Correctional Institution for Women. Over the past century this institution has had a fascinating and often changing mission and history. The prison has played various roles in the life of East Lyme, from active town partner to essentially invisible entity. This summer the library will examine this institution from many points of view. This project is sponsored in part by a grant from Connecticut Humanities.

The book is Couldn't Keep it to Myself: Testimonies from our Imprisoned Sisters by Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution.

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Jan & Willie Sing the 60’s! & Classic Car Show
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Jan & Willie Sing the 60’s! & Classic Car Show

Popular musical duo Willie and Jan Nininger, are back to perform the hits of the 1960’s, including Sonny & Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, the Turtles, the Beatles, the Everly Brothers, and more. Bring your classic car and park in the lot—there will be time to view the cars before the concert—arrive by 5:30 p.m. for the prime spots!

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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100 years at “The Farm”: Prison History Lecture
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

100 years at “The Farm”: Prison History Lecture

July 10, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of The Connecticut State Farm for Women, now known as the York Correctional Institution for Women. Over the past century this institution has had a fascinating and often changing mission and history. The prison has played various roles in the life of East Lyme, from active town partner to essentially invisible entity.  This summer the library will examine this institution from many points of view. This project is sponsored in part by a grant from Connecticut Humanities.

Prison History Lecture Program with Paul Harrison, former Correctional Officer, town resident, and unofficial prison historian, will give an illustrated talk on the founding and history of the prison. 

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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100 years at “The Farm”: Book Discussion
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

100 years at “The Farm”: Book Discussion

July 10, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of The Connecticut State Farm for Women, now known as the York Correctional Institution for Women. Over the past century this institution has had a fascinating and often changing mission and history. The prison has played various roles in the life of East Lyme, from active town partner to essentially invisible entity.  This summer the library will examine this institution from many points of view. This project is sponsored in part by a grant from Connecticut Humanities.

The book is The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. 

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Cookbook Club: Salads!
Jul
18
1:00 PM13:00

Cookbook Club: Salads!

Choose your own recipe (we have cookbooks to check out) ; make a recipe (i.e. green salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, fruit salad); bring along the recipe and we'll make copies; bring in samples for all to taste, and discuss! Can't cook, but still want to join the fun? Stop by for the fellowship- all are welcome. This program will be held in the East Lyme Senior Center.

Program registration is required. Register online here..

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Abigail Adams
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Abigail Adams

Sheryl Faye is a historical performer presenting productions of historical women. She will bring Abigail Adams to life at the East Lyme Public Library.
Abigail Adams is sometimes considered to have been a founder of the United States and is now designated as the first Second Lady and second First Lady of The United States. Adams’s life is one of the most documented of the first ladies: she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses. John frequently sought the advice of Abigail on many matters, and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics. In one of her more famous letters she implores her husband and his colleagues, all of whom were male, to, “…remember the ladies…If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.” Her letters also serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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100 years at “The Farm”: Book Discussion
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

100 years at “The Farm”: Book Discussion

July 10, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of The Connecticut State Farm for Women, now known as the York Correctional Institution for Women. Over the past century this institution has had a fascinating and often changing mission and history. The prison has played various roles in the life of East Lyme, from active town partner to essentially invisible entity. This summer the library will examine this institution from many points of view:

The book is The Farm : Life Inside a Women's Prison by Andi Rierden.

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Novel History: The Great War – A World War I Book Discussion
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Novel History: The Great War – A World War I Book Discussion

Join the Smith-Harris House and the East Lyme Public Library as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s participation in the Great War. We’ll take a detailed, chronological look at how the Great War has been portrayed in American literature, and how these books both represented current historical scholarship and impacted the literary landscape. Copies will be available at the Check Out Desk.

The book is A Star for Mrs. Blake (2014) by April Smith
This is the story of five courageous World War I Gold Star mothers’ journey to France to visit the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery to gain closure. The author will join the discussion via Skype.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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"So a Bunch of Us Sat Down to Write..." by the Haddam Writers Group
May
12
1:30 PM13:30

"So a Bunch of Us Sat Down to Write..." by the Haddam Writers Group

Members of the Haddam Writers Group will be reading excerpts from their new book, So a Bunch of Us Sat Down to Write... Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. The book is their first joint project. It an anthology of 42 short works by the members. 

The Haddam Writers Group was formed five years ago. Members are from all over Southeastern Connecticut and all share a passion for writing. They meet weekly at the Brainerd Memorial Library in Haddam, Connecticut.

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Writing and Editing Workshop with Susan Strecker
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Writing and Editing Workshop with Susan Strecker

Susan Strecker is an award-winning novelist, editor and writing coach. Her debut novel, Night Blindness, was sold at auction to Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of Macmillan Books, and was an IndieNext Pick. Susan lectures and teaches all over the country at conferences, universities, high schools and middle schools. If you have a first draft, a polished work or even just an idea for a book, she wants to hear from you!

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Novel History: The Great War – A World War I Book Discussion
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Novel History: The Great War – A World War I Book Discussion

Join the Smith-Harris House and the East Lyme Public Library as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s participation in the Great War. We’ll take a detailed, chronological look at how the Great War has been portrayed in American literature, and how these books both represented current historical scholarship and impacted the literary landscape. Copies will be available at the Check Out Desk.

The book is A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.  A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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“Me and My Shadow”
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

“Me and My Shadow”

Join Harvey Snitkin for his twenty-first century one-man band and orchestra as he uniquely blends live performance and technology. Harvey performs live on soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, English horn and vocals accompanied by his laptop computer, programmed to provide a wide variety of musical styles.

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Imperial Faberge Eggs
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Imperial Faberge Eggs

Marina Forbes will present on the life and remarkable work of Russian master jeweler and artist, Peter Carl Fabergé. The program will feature a spectacular photo-tour of Fabergé collections at the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin Armory Museum in Moscow and other world famous museums and private collections around the world. Emphasis is on the important role of egg painting in Russian culture and on the unique development of this major Russian art form from a traditional craft to the level of exquisite fine art under the patronage of the tsars. The fascinating history of these eggs and their role in the dramatic events of the last decades of Romanov rule in Russia and in the years following the Bolshevik Revolution will also be discussed.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Novel History: The Great War – A World War I Book Discussion
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Novel History: The Great War – A World War I Book Discussion

Join the Smith-Harris House and the East Lyme Public Library as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s participation in the Great War.  We’ll take a detailed, chronological look at how the Great War has been portrayed in American literature, and how these books both represented current historical scholarship and impacted the literary landscape.  Copies will be available at the Check Out Desk. The book is Harlem Hell Fighters by Max Brooks.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Misinformation, Trust, and Local News
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Misinformation, Trust, and Local News

Journalists from The Day will share tips on how to navigate the deluge of news and information on social media; how to fact check and verify sources. Also, learn what local newsrooms are doing to build trust with the communities they serve. We’ll introduce a project that hopes to make The Day’s newsroom more accessible and transparent.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Kerry Boys Irish Music
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Kerry Boys Irish Music

The Kerry Boys are Connecticut’s favorite Irish balladeers. Their high-energy show will have you clapping and singing along, engaging you from start to finish with their wide collection of traditional and original Irish/Celtic songs.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Introduction to Natural Medicine:  How to Manage Cold & Flu
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Natural Medicine: How to Manage Cold & Flu

The flu epidemic is upon us!   What can we do to protect ourselves?

Dr. Kaitlyn Staal ND, warmly known as Dr. Kat, will teach about common foods, herbs, teas, tinctures and other tricks to boost the immune  system to  ward off disease causing viruses and  bacteria.  Learn how to prevent and treat colds and flu and the essentials to stock your pantry and  "medicine cabinet" to keep you and your family healthy during flu season and all year long.

Dr. Kat , a CT licensed Naturopathic physician, received her undergraduate degree from NYU,  as well as a Master's in Acupuncture and a Doctorate degree in Naturopathy from the University of Bridgeport.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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