Author Talk - Jane Herr Desrosiers
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Author Talk - Jane Herr Desrosiers

Jane will talk about her Gone Fishing Trilogy and the writing process. Growing up in Connecticut, Jane has blended the people who have touched her life into the mosaic of the souls of her down-home characters. Her sense of humor and her ability to turn the plot make this book series truly comfort food for your brain.

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Author Talk: Valery Grozak
Oct
19
2:00 PM14:00

Author Talk: Valery Grozak

Valery Grozak will talk about his book Lights, Camera, Life. It is his story about his life growing up in a blue-collar Russian family, who went through a long, complicated, and difficult journey before becoming a cinematographer and director of photography for feature films.

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Chapters of Our Lives: The Importance of Capturing Our Stories
Oct
21
1:30 PM13:30

Chapters of Our Lives: The Importance of Capturing Our Stories

This program meets Mondays at 1:30 pm.
An opportunity to explore and write our own stories, and those of our families, in an informal setting using simple prompts to help us capture moments from our past. Come prepared to share and learn together with Rachel Baer. Please bring your preferred tool – laptop, paper and pen, iPad etc.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Aquatic Weed Control in CT Lakes
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Aquatic Weed Control in CT Lakes

Don Danila, a retired fisheries biologist, will discuss various methods of controlling nuisance aquatic weeds in lakes, including physical, mechanical, chemical, and biological means.  A focus will be on the potential use of a sterile fish species, the grass carp in East Lyme’s Pattagansett Lake.  Facts about this fish, which has been successfully used elsewhere in CT, will be presented.  The challenges and costs of aquatic weed control also will be outlined.

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New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book Discussion
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book Discussion

Join us for a six-week discussion of New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and Cornel West.

The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face as it challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

Anne Wernau will facilitate this 6-week discussion. Anne is a retired educator at Safe Futures, anti-violence educator in the local public schools, and has volunteered for the past 40 years teaching the decision-making program at Janet S. York Correctional Institution in Niantic.

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The Poe You Don't Know
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Poe You Don't Know

Born in the same year as Abraham Lincoln (1809), Poe only lived 40 years but in that short time his influence both on literature and on popular culture has been enormous. This presentation will focus on Poe’s lasting contributions to literature and to popular culture as well as on his cosmology—a seldom discussed but important aspect of his view of the world. Poe’s theory of unity as embodied in his tales, poems, and in his essay entitled “Eureka,” contains, according to British philosopher and writer Colin Wilson, “some staggering, almost incredible insights” into the operation of the universe. Come and learn more about this influential but often misunderstood man with retired educator, Phil Devlin.

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Trivia Night
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Trivia Night

Come by yourself or bring your friends. Test your knowledge from general categories, including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course, literature.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book Discussion
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book Discussion

Join us for a six-week discussion of New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and Cornel West.

The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face as it challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

Anne Wernau will facilitate this 6-week discussion. Anne is a retired educator at Safe Futures, anti-violence educator in the local public schools, and has volunteered for the past 40 years teaching the decision-making program at Janet S. York Correctional Institution in Niantic.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book Discussion
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book Discussion

Join us for a six-week discussion of New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and Cornel West.

The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face as it challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

Anne Wernau will facilitate this 6-week discussion. Anne is a retired educator at Safe Futures, anti-violence educator in the local public schools, and has volunteered for the past 40 years teaching the decision-making program at Janet S. York Correctional Institution in Niantic.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book Discussion
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book Discussion

Join us for a six-week discussion of New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and Cornel West.

The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face as it challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

Anne Wernau will facilitate this 6-week discussion. Anne is a retired educator at Safe Futures, anti-violence educator in the local public schools, and has volunteered for the past 40 years teaching the decision-making program at Janet S. York Correctional Institution in Niantic.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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3 Seconds Behind the Wheel
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

3 Seconds Behind the Wheel

Lee Edwards, writer of the featured column Smarter Driving in The Day, will facilitate a screening of the documentary, 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel, followed by a discussion. 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel follows the lives of eight drivers over six months. In-car cameras and tracking technology show the true behavior of distracted drivers, and its consequences. Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Trivia Night
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

Trivia Night

Come by yourself or bring your friends. Test your knowledge from general categories, including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course, literature.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book Discussion
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book Discussion

Join us for a six-week discussion of New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and Cornel West.

The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face as it challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

Anne Wernau will facilitate this 6-week discussion. Anne is a retired educator at Safe Futures, anti-violence educator in the local public schools, and has volunteered for the past 40 years teaching the decision-making program at Janet S. York Correctional Institution in Niantic.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Chapters of Our Lives: The Importance of Capturing Our Stories
Oct
7
1:30 PM13:30

Chapters of Our Lives: The Importance of Capturing Our Stories

This program meets Mondays at 1:30 pm.
An opportunity to explore and write our own stories, and those of our families, in an informal setting using simple prompts to help us capture moments from our past. Come prepared to share and learn together with Rachel Baer. Please bring your preferred tool – laptop, paper and pen, iPad etc.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Peter Biederman
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Peter Biederman

Peter Biedermann is a solo instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, AZ who has been composing and performing for over 40 years and will be appearing for the tenth time at the East Lyme Public Library. The common thread throughout his musical background is crossing the boundaries of music genres. This hybrid, contemporary style melds elements of American and European folk with jazz and blues shadings; underpinned by subtle ambient electronics. He will be focusing on pieces from his latest recording Tales from The Desert on a variety of guitars in unique tunings.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Chapters of Our Lives: The Importance of Capturing Our Stories
Sep
30
1:30 PM13:30

Chapters of Our Lives: The Importance of Capturing Our Stories

This program meets Mondays at 1:30 pm.
An opportunity to explore and write our own stories, and those of our families, in an informal setting using simple prompts to help us capture moments from our past. Come prepared to share and learn together with Rachel Baer. Please bring your preferred tool – laptop, paper and pen, iPad etc.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Trivia Night
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Trivia Night

Come by yourself or bring your friends. Test your knowledge from general categories, including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course, literature.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities
Sep
21
2:00 PM14:00

The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities

Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari”, traveling to ten universities around the country to photograph the grotesques and gargoyles roosting on academic buildings. He has collected his findings in his new book and presents a selection of them in this illustrated lecture, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Alice's Ordinary People
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Alice's Ordinary People

Join filmmaker, Craig Dudnick, as he presents a screening and discussion of his documentary, Alice’s Ordinary People. It is the story of Alice Tregay and the ordinary people effecting extraordinary change for human rights covering five decades of fearless activism and the continuing relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King to the ongoing fight for justice.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Chapters of Our Lives: The Importance of Capturing Our Stories
Sep
16
1:30 PM13:30

Chapters of Our Lives: The Importance of Capturing Our Stories

This program meets Mondays at 1:30 pm.
An opportunity to explore and write our own stories, and those of our families, in an informal setting using simple prompts to help us capture moments from our past. Come prepared to share and learn together with Rachel Baer. Please bring your preferred tool – laptop, paper and pen, iPad etc.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Chapters of Our Lives: The Importance of Capturing Our Stories
Sep
9
1:30 PM13:30

Chapters of Our Lives: The Importance of Capturing Our Stories

Mondays, Beginning September 9 – 1:30 p.m.
An opportunity to explore and write our own stories, and those of our families, in an informal setting using simple prompts to help us capture moments from our past. Come prepared to share and learn together with Rachel Baer. Please bring your preferred tool – laptop, paper and pen, iPad etc.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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The Human Element: Film Discussion
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Human Element: Film Discussion

In an arresting new documentary from the producers of Racing Extinction, The Cove and Chasing Ice, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element’s coast-to-coast series of captivating stories inspires us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world. Local university faculty will lead the discussion after the film viewing.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Woodstock 50th Anniversary
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

Woodstock 50th Anniversary

Music journalist, percussionist, and photographer, Craig Harris leads this exciting multimedia and participatory 50th anniversary celebration of the Woodstock Music and Art Exposition, combining archival audio/film, well-researched storytelling, and collective music-making.  

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Connecticut Authors Trail Presents: Jerry Roberts
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Connecticut Authors Trail Presents: Jerry Roberts

Join us on the CT Authors Trail as author and historian, Jerry Roberts, discusses his book Connecticut River From the Air. It chronicles the 410 mile course of New England’s Great River as it flows from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound.  Hundreds of stunning aerial photographs with dynamic captions and narrative present the history and natural splendor of this extraordinary waterway.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Jan & Willie Sing Radio Songs of the 1950s & 1960s / Car Show
Jul
16
5:00 PM17:00

Jan & Willie Sing Radio Songs of the 1950s & 1960s / Car Show

Popular singer and songwriter Willie Nininger and his musical partner, Jan Scruggs, are back to perform the hits of the 1950’s and 1960’s heard on the radio while out cruising on the road.  Bring your classic car and park in the lot—there will be time to view the cars before the concert—arrive by 5:00 p.m. for the prime spots!

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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IronWoman
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

IronWoman

Cara Joseph started running with her dad at the age of 8 and has been running ever since.  She has completed 7 Ironman Triathlons and is looking forward to #8! Come hear about Cara’s experiences participating in Ironman Triathlons and learn the secret to performing better with fewer injuries! Cara Joseph is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in exercise physiology from Arizona State University.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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D-Day: A 75-Year Retrospective
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

D-Day: A 75-Year Retrospective

2019 marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord—the amphibious invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Philip Devlin’s presentation focuses on the invasion of both Utah Beach and Omaha Beach as well the cliffs of Pointe-du-Hoc; furthermore, the talk will focus on the American cemetery at Colleville sur Mer and the role played by Connecticut servicemen. Mr. Devlin is a retired educator who has visited the beaches twice and includes original photos and source material in his presentation.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Health Wellness and Longevity – How to make your life longer and better
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Health Wellness and Longevity – How to make your life longer and better

Join us on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in the East Lyme Community Center, Activity Room, at 7:00 p.m. for a special evening featuring Leo Cooney, Jr., MD and Geoffrey Tremont, PhD.

Geoffrey Temont, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Brown University; Director of Neuropsychology, Rhode Island Hospital, will share his expertise on cognitive function; normal patterns of aging, including psychological aging; memory loss; and prevention of cognitive and memory loss.

Leo Cooney, Jr., MD, Humana Foundation, member; Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, will speak in-depth on the adaptation process to personal changes in cognitive function and memory loss.

The availability and accessibility of support services for older individuals in southeastern Connecticut will also be discussed.

We look forward to sharing an evening with friends and family featuring these outstanding speakers from leading educational and medical institutions in the Northeast. Bring your sense of curiosity and questions!

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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White House Memories
May
29
6:00 PM18:00

White House Memories

Do you want to know the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a White House butler? Do you want to know about the real Eugene Allen the man the movie The Butler is based on? Former White House butler, Alan DeValerio, will tell you about his personal experience. He will give you the inside details about all the preparations involved in White House Entertaining. Not only will he relate his first-hand experiences with history, he will pass on stories he heard from those who have been taking care of our First Families ever since the Franklin Roosevelt administration.

Copies of his book A History of Entertainment in the Modern White House will be available for purchase. This program is brought to you by the East Lyme Public Library and the East Lyme Senior Center.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring Connecticut
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring Connecticut

The CT 169 Club navigates readers out from behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut back roads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State. Marty Podskoch’s new book is a collective effort. Podskoch recruited the best and the brightest Connecticut writers, historians and officials, ­each contributing a passage about their town’s histories, haunts, food fixes and historic landmarks.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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Cookbook Club:  Red White and Blue
May
15
1:00 PM13:00

Cookbook Club: Red White and Blue

Choose your own recipe (we have cookbooks to check out) ; make a recipe; 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.

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Andy Sherwood Jazz Duo
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Andy Sherwood Jazz Duo

Enjoy an evening of New Orleans jazz performed by clarinetist Andy Sherwood and guitarist Bill Mills. The program will include favorites like Bill Bailey and When the Saints go Marching In. Andy Sherwood is a retiree and former jazz clarinetist of the U.S. Coast Guard Band.

Program registration is required. Register online here.


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Cut the Cord: Going Cable-Free
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Cut the Cord: Going Cable-Free

Would you like to break free from cable, but not sure how to go about it? Are you afraid you’ll miss out on your favorite shows if you do give up cable? Library staff will discuss free or low cost alternatives. Devices such as Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick, and services including Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube TV, that will allow you to stream TV shows and movies while breaking free from cable will be discussed and explained.

Due to popular demand this is the second session of the program that was held on Tuesday, March 5.
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West African Kora Music Performance
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

West African Kora Music Performance

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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The Gut and Brain Health Connection
Apr
6
12:00 PM12:00

The Gut and Brain Health Connection

Would you like to learn how interactions in your gut, body, and mind impact mood and behavior?
Katie Ziskind, LMFT, will share mind-body modalities, various types of integrative therapies and help you understand how you can change your mood through nutrition. You will learn about inflammation and your nervous system, as well as how nutrition and hydration impact wellness. You will learn tips and remedies for regulating mood, creating balanced, long-term energy and a routine for creating healthy sleeping patterns. Learn how your gut is truly your second brain!

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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