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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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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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”: 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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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.

Program registration is required. Register online here.

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