Friday Night Feature - 'St. Vincent'

Friday, February 20th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.St. Vincent (2014) Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, and Chris O'Dowd; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Ted Melfi's comedy St. Vincent stars Bill Murray as a crusty old man who ends up caring for the son of his new neighbor (Melissa McCarthy). Although he's a cynic who gambles, drinks, and frequents strip clubs, Vincent turns out to be exactly the mentor the 12-year-old kid needs as the young one adjusts to his parents' divorce, and life at a new school.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - 'Fury'

Friday, February 27th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.Fury (2014) Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Michael Pena; Rated R; 135 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Brad Pitt leads a tank crew in the final days of World War II in this war drama from End of Watch's David Ayer. The year is 1945. Army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) is the grizzled commander of a Sherman tank. Determined to strike a decisive victory for the Allies in the European Theater, Wardaddy leads his five-man crew on a treacherous mission behind enemy lines. His mission complicated by the sudden appearance of a rookie soldier in his platoon, the sergeant knows that victory is within reach, and vows to achieve it by any means necessary.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Music of West Africa: The Kora

Image courtesy of Sean Gaskell
Image courtesy of Sean Gaskell

Saturday, February 14th at 5 p.m.

Enjoy a performance on the Kora, an ancient harp from West Africa. The Kora is a 21 string harp whose roots stretch back to the mid-1700’s. Song performed on the Kora are often traditional tunes that praise leaders of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.

About the performer

Sean Gaskell has mesmerized audiences across the US, Gambia, and Senegal with his heart rendering performances that spotlight the West African Kora.  Gaskell, having studied the Kora over multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, released his first solo album “Kora Music of West Africa” in 2012.  He has opened for headliner acts such as Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits. To hear Sean on the Kora, please click here.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Business Book Group: 'The Hard Thing About Hard Things'

Thursday, February 19 at 6 p.m.

Register here.

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Ben Horowitz'sThe Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

In The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover. His blog has garnered a devoted following of millions of readers who have come to rely on him to help them run their businesses. A lifelong rap fan, Horowitz amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs and tells it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, from cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Ozzy ROAR Therapy Dog to Visit Library During Exams

Ozzy
Ozzy

Monday, January 12th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Welcome Desk on the Main Level

Ozzy, a Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR) certified therapy dog will be visiting the Library during extended hours for midterm exams. Ozzy and his owner Anna will be located on the First Level of the Library. Ozzy will be availble to help ease the stress and calm the nerves of studying students. If you're in the Library during those times be sure to stop by and say hello to this sweet beast.

Mid-Winter Book Sale

Baby got books.
Baby got books.

Saturday, January 24th through Friday, January 30th at 12 noon

Snuggle up at home with a great selection of old and new fiction, detective mystery, non-fiction and large type books. We will also have DVDs and audiobooks for sale.

Information at Your Fingertips: Tax Time

Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013
Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013

Tuesday, February 3rd at 6 p.m.

Are you looking at a shoebox filled with receipts and monthly statements? Let the experts show you how to organize your materials and find the forms you need to file your individual 2014 State and Federal taxes.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behing Nielsen's).

Information at Your Fingertips: Learn a Language!

Learn a language with Mango Languages!
Learn a language with Mango Languages!

Tuesday, January 27th at 6 p.m.

Learning a language can be tough. Come experiment with a lively, interactive method to make the learning fun, engaging, and impactful. Brush up on a foreign language or experiment with a brand new one using resources available from the library. No foreign language experience necessary, just a willingness to try!

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behing Nielsen's).

An Evening with Emily Dickinson

James Sulzer
James Sulzer

Thursday, January 29th at 7 p.m.

Join author James Sulzer as he discusses his newest novel about the fictional account of famous poet Emily DickinsonThe Voice at the Door recreates the fateful meeting of Emily Dickinson with the famous Philadelphia pastor, Charles Wadsworth.  The fictional account weaves the letters and poems of this iconic American writer into a rich tapestry of intellectual and spiritual communion.  It encompasses the three great mysteries of Emily Dickinson’s life: her agonized love poetry of the early 1860’s, her partial blindness in1863 – 1865, and her subsequent withdrawal from the world.

James Sulzer is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Yale National Scholar. He is the author of Nantucket Daybreak (Walker and Co.) and the memoir Mom Comes Home. He has produced countless “sonic id’s” for National Public Radio, some of which aired on Ira Glass’s This American Life. He has spent the past 40 years of his life reading, living with, and cherishing the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Refreshments will be served.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Emily Gray Tedrowe in Conversation with Phil Klay

Phil Klay and Emily Gray Tedrowe
Phil Klay and Emily Gray Tedrowe

Saturday, February 28th at 5 p.m.

Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of Blue Stars, will be in conversation with Phil Klay, 2014 National Book Award Winner and author of Redeployment.

Blue Stars brings to life the realities of the modern day home front: how to get through the daily challenges of motherhood and holding down a job while bearing the stress and uncertainty of war, when everything can change in an instant. It tells the story of Ellen, a Midwestern literature professor, who is drawn into the Iraq war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine; and of Lacey, a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is also deployed. Ellen and Lacey cope with the fear and stress of a loved one at war while trying to get by in a society that often ignores or misunderstands what war means to women today.

Redeployment takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos

Emily Gray Tedrowe is the author of Commuters: A Novel, which was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly. Her short fiction has been published in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Fifty-Two Stories, and Other Voices. Originally from New York City, Emily now lives in Chicago with her husband and daughters. Visit her at www.emilygraytedrowe.com.

Phil Klay graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group from January 2007 to February 2008. He left the Corps in July, 2009, and received his MFA from Hunter College, where he studied with Colum McCann and Peter Carey, and worked as Richard Ford’s research assistant. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

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