Riverside String Quartet
Oct
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Riverside String Quartet

The RiversideString Quartet is back! The work of Shostakovich will be featured, plus some shorter and very different 20th-century composers, including Phillip Glass, George Gershwin, and Frank Bridge will be performed by Lisa Gray and Marianne Vogel, violins; Irene Rissi, viola; and Carly Fleming, cello. Register early! This performance is sure to fill up quickly.

Program registration is required. 

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Creative Community
Oct
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

Creative Community

Are you looking to work on crafts and meet other people? Bring your project and materials and meet someone new.

1st Wednesday and Thursday of the month (unless noted on calendar): Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm and Thursdays from 10 to 12pm.

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Creative Community
Oct
5
10:00am10:00am

Creative Community

Are you looking to work on crafts and meet other people? Bring your project and materials and meet someone new.

1st Wednesday and Thursday of the month (unless noted on calendar): Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm and Thursdays from 10 to 12pm.

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Head for the Oswegatchie Hills! Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve Fall Open House
Oct
14
9:00pm 9:00pm

Head for the Oswegatchie Hills! Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve Fall Open House

The celebration is at 9 am and the hikes start at 10 am.

The Library is partnering with the Friends of the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve to hit the trails! Come experience our 457-acre nature preserve. Guided tours led by Friends of Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve (FOHNP) stewards start at 10 a.m. There will be an information fair organized by Save Oswegatchie Hills Coalition, FOHNP, Save the River-Save the Hills and Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Hikes start at OHNP main entrance kiosk, ample parking at Veterans Memorial Park, East Lyme.  See directions, trail map and guided hikes schedule at www.oswhills.org and updates on FOHNP Facebook. Wear sturdy shoes!

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Introduction to Reiki
Oct
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Introduction to Reiki

Kathleen Bottaro, Reiki Master Practitioner, will present this introduction class. Reiki (ray-kee) is a holistic technique for stress reduction. Offered in spas, hospitals, and other settings, it promotes relaxation and well-being. Learn more about why it works, what it feels like, and how you might benefit from it.

Program registration is required.

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Trivia Night
Oct
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Trivia Night

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

Program registration is required. 

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Creative Community
Nov
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

Creative Community

Are you looking to work on crafts and meet other people? Bring your project and materials and meet someone new.

1st Wednesday and Thursday of the month (unless noted on calendar): Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm and Thursdays from 10 to 12pm. Creative Community will only meet on Wednesday this month.

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From Italy to the North End: Author talk with Anthony Riccio
Nov
18
2:00pm 2:00pm

From Italy to the North End: Author talk with Anthony Riccio

From Italy to the North End traces the story of Italian immigration from the small villages of Italy to everyday life in one of America's last intact Italian American neighborhood, Boston's North End.  Through the photographs of Anthony Riccio from 1972-1982 we see the places Italians left behind for a better life in America and the new life they created there.

Program registration is required.

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Wisdom of the Peanuts
Dec
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Wisdom of the Peanuts

Retired educator and Peanuts aficionado, John Proctor, will talk about the Peanuts characters and how each of the characters differed in his or her needs and strengths. John has been a fan of the Peanuts comic strip since the 1960s, belongs to the International Peanuts Collectors Group and the East Coast Peanuts Collectors.

Program registration is required. 

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Creative Community
Dec
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Creative Community

Are you looking to work on crafts and meet other people? Bring your project and materials and meet someone new.

1st Wednesday and Thursday of the month (unless noted on calendar): Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm and Thursdays from 10 to 12pm.

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Creative Community
Dec
7
10:00am10:00am

Creative Community

Are you looking to work on crafts and meet other people? Bring your project and materials and meet someone new.

1st Wednesday and Thursday of the month (unless noted on calendar): Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm and Thursdays from 10 to 12pm.

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Henna How-To
Sep
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Henna How-To

Join Maureen Ahrens, a professional, local henna artist and owner of Hennavana, as she shares the lovely ancient art, including a brief history of henna, it's cultural significance and application techniques.  Participants will be shown how to create a safe and all natural henna paste from 3 ingredients. International styles, including Indian, Arabic Gulf, Moroccan, and Contemporary will be demonstrated using hands on techniques.
Class size is limited to 15 participants, and must be 13 or older. Materials will be provided.
Program registration is required.

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Peter Biedermann
Sep
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Peter Biedermann

Peter Biedermann is an instrumental guitarist who has been composing and performing for over 35 years. While his music covers a number of genres in various disciplines, the sounds you will hear will be entirely original and performed on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings combined with subtle ambient electronics. The architecture of the music is melodic and rhythmic; combining compositional structure and improvisation that embraces the influences of the last 50+ years of finger style acoustic guitar playing.

Program registration is required.

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Open House
Aug
12
10:00am10:00am

Open House

Join us for an exclusive guided tour of the library.

Come and check out all we have to offer:

  • Get a Behind-the-Scenes look at the library's operations 
  • Learn about all of the programs and services for adults, tweens, teens, and kids
  • Take a virtual tour of our online resources.
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The CT Authors’ Trail presents Revolution in the Lymes
Aug
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

The CT Authors’ Trail presents Revolution in the Lymes

The Revolutionary War in the Lymes started as a rebellion of ideas. From its origins in the Cromwellian Saybrook Colony, Lyme (today's Lyme, Old Lyme, East Lyme and Salem) prospered under the free hand of self-governance and spurned King George III's efforts to rein in the wayward colonies. In 1765, Reverend Stephen Johnson wrote incendiary missives against the Stamp Act. A few years later, the town hosted its own Tea Party, burning one hundred pounds of British tea near the town green. When the alarm came from Lexington in 1775, Lyme's citizens were among the first to answer. Join historians Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson as they explore how local Patriots shaped an epic revolt.

Program registration is required.

 

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Lincoln Center Performance Screening: Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances
Jul
31
2:00pm 2:00pm

Lincoln Center Performance Screening: Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances

Cancelled

Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances
The curtain rises on a new generation of ballet stars, at the School of American Ballet's 50th Annual Workshop Performances. The great George Balanchine saw the School as a springboard for his dazzling innovations.

Program registration is required.

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Book of Noticing: Collections & Connections on the Trail
Jul
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book of Noticing: Collections & Connections on the Trail

Join Katherine Hauswirth, author of The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail and blogger at First Person Naturalist, for a reading and book signing. Her book, a collection of essays, is based on walks in Connecticut and reflects on the deep connections between what we experience outdoors and our day-to-day existence as humans. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Program registration is required.

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More Connecticut Lore: Guidebook to 82 Strange Locations
Jul
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

More Connecticut Lore: Guidebook to 82 Strange Locations

Zachary Lamothe’s newest published work, More Connecticut Lore, takes you on a journey to far-reaching corners of the state, from the Beckley Furnace in East Canaan to the Thimble Islands. There are spine-tingling accounts of a Norwich area medium, along with folkloric stories of strongman Elmer Bitgood and dead/revived Jemima Wilkinson. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Program registration is required.

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Mozart & Mendelssohn: Stupendous Child Prodigies
May
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mozart & Mendelssohn: Stupendous Child Prodigies

The name Mozart is synonymous with the word prodigy. He certainly displayed incredible talent as a composer, pianist and violinist at a ridiculously young age. Mendelssohn is usually ignored in the conversation about prodigies, but he was no less extraordinary and topped Mozart in at least one way. He was composing masterpieces as a teenager, several years before Mozart wrote anything comparable.

Jeffrey Engel will compare the two youngsters and let you decide who was the more remarkable. As a cellist, Engel played with numerous orchestras in France including that of the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories. He has given entertaining and informative music history lectures in various venues for 15 years. 

Program registration is required. 

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Rightsizing Your Life
May
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rightsizing Your Life

During life’s transitions, it is important to consider your possessions and whether they still fit with your life. Learn ten key steps to making that happen.

Sandra Wheeler – Professional Organizer and owner of For Peace of Mind will share key organizing tips to help you with any space in your home or office.

Program registration is required. 

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Trivia Night
Apr
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

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!

Please call (860) 739-6926 to reserve your seat.

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Black Bears in Connecticut
Apr
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Black Bears in Connecticut

Learn about the natural history of black bears in Connecticut with an overview of
the black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, current research efforts, and recommendations for optimum coexistence with our growing black bear population. Paul Colburn is a graduate of Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP) and is a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC) with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). 

Program registration is required. Call (860)739-6926 to register.

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West African Kora Performance
Apr
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

West African Kora 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. Call (860)739-6926 to register.

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From Seneca Falls To the 19th Amendment: The History And Songs Of American Woman Suffrage
Mar
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

From Seneca Falls To the 19th Amendment: The History And Songs Of American Woman Suffrage

The struggle for women’s suffrage was one of the most important and hard-fought in the long history of a movement that has seen much important advancement toward gender equality.  Music was one of the significant tools used in the crusade for a woman’s right to vote.  Songs were composed to advance (and to oppose) the agenda which resulted in the passing of the 19th amendment to the Constitution.  In commemoration of the centennial of this historic event Dawn Indermuehle and Rick Spencer present a program of Songs of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. 

Program registration is required. Call (860)739-6926 to register.

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Trivia Night
Mar
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

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!

Please call (860) 739-6926 to reserve your seat.

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How to Trace Your Irish Ancestors &  Heritage Using Modern and Medieval  Resources on the Internet
Mar
25
2:00pm 2:00pm

How to Trace Your Irish Ancestors & Heritage Using Modern and Medieval Resources on the Internet

Peggie Cosgrove will show you how to trace your Irish Heritage. She has in interest in genealogy and has traced her ancestors back to the 1100s.

The program is co-sponsored by the Library and the John P. Holland Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Program registration is required. To register please call (860)-739-6926.

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Kerry Boys Irish Music
Mar
4
2:00pm 2:00pm

Kerry Boys Irish Music

The Kerry Boys are Connecticut’s favorite Irish balladeers. Their high-energy show will have you clapping and singing along in no time, engaging you from start to finish with their wide collection of traditional and original Irish/Celtic songs. This program will take place in the Senior Center and is sure to fill up quickly! 

Program registration is required. Call (860)739-6926 to register.

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Trivia Night
Feb
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

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!

Please call (860) 739-6926 to reserve your seat.

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Faking News
Feb
11
2:00pm 2:00pm

Faking News

We live in a 24/7 news cycle. News can be accessed across many different platforms reported by professional journalists, citizen journalists, satirists, hoaxers, and unfortunately, people intentionally writing fake news. How do you tell the fake from the real? Learn how to recognize the fake news sites and critically discern sources of news information.

Program registration is required. Call (860)739-6926 to register.

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