Short Stories with Carroll Stenson

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, August 26th at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected by Carroll to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation.

Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Art On View: Kari Cholnoky

"Head," 2014: faux fur, acrylic, spray paint, synthetic hair, foam, collage.

September 3rd through October 20th

The work of Kari Cholnoki will be on display in the Library's Lower Level Art Gallery.

Cholnoky's work examines contemporary psychology as it is affected by and interacts with physical material. She transforms the mass produced into the highly specific and handled, creating works that stare back at their viewer. Currently New York based, Cholnoky is a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art MFA program, located outside of Detroit, MI. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit and Singapore, and she has been awarded residencies in Singapore and Berlin, Germany. In May of 2014, Cholnoky was awarded the Merdeces-Benz Financial Services 2014 Emerging Artist Award, which provided her with a studio loft at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien during the following summer months.

Family Military History

Amanda Goodman
Amanda Goodman

Wednesday, August 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
In the Tech Center on the Lower Level

Your ancestors fought for freedom, family, and home. On June 28, 1914, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand led to the beginning of the Great War, what we now call World War I. Millions of soldiers joined the war on all sides and left behind for us records of their military enlistment and activity. 

In this workshop, you will learn how to find your ancestor's military enlistment, draft papers, and more through, Heritage Quest, and FamilySearch. The first part of the program will be an overview of resources and in the second portion, you will work on your own family .

Audition Notice

All the world's a stage!
All the world's a stage!

Auditions for Weekend One Acts

Auditions for "Wanda's Visit" by Christopher Durang, "Long Ago and Far Away" by David Ives, and "Mere Mortals" by David Ives will take place on Wednesday, August 27th, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, August 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. Callbacks, if necessary, will be on 9/4.

Actors should bring a head-shot if available, resume and current contact information, including mobile phone number. Participants will be given audition sides to perform for the audition and some are available to borrow at our Welcome Desk to prepare in advance.

Performances are Actors’ Equity Association approved. Seeking various male and female actors, ages 20-50, and others 50+.

For best scheduling, contact Erin Shea at to confirm audition appearance and approximate time of arrival. Auditions will take place in the Library’s Conference Room, located on the Mezzanine level. Flexible evening and weekend rehearsal schedule will begin in September and run through the middle of November.

Summary of Plays:

"Wanda's Visit" by Christopher Durang is the story of Jim and Marsha who have been married for thirteen years and are feeling a little bored and unhappy. Wanda, Jim's old girlfriend, shows up for a visit and becomes the guest from hell. Out one night for dinner, all hell breaks loose in the restaurant as a waiter tries to cope on his first day with the confused threesome.

In "Long Ago and Far Away" by David Ives, a married yuppie couple, about to move out of their apartment, argue about the nature of reality and become caught up in a bizarre scenario.

"Mere Mortals" by David Ives features construction workers building a skyscraper up on the 50th floor having lunch on a beam. They reveal strange, long held, secrets over lunch.

The performances of Weekend One-Acts will take place in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room on Friday, November 21st at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, November 23rd at 2 p.m.

Tech Drop-in Discussion: Net Neutrality

John, Assistant Director for Innovation and UX
John, Assistant Director for Innovation and UX

Thursday, August 28th at 2 p.m.
Technology Center on Lower Level

Every few weeks, your online friends start to chatter about net neutrality and to please sign this or that petition. Are you wondering what the big deal is? John will explain what net neutrality is, what you can do, and how you can make informed decisions about your Internet life. 

Following the presentation, Alex, our User Experience Ninja, will be on hand to answer your other technology related questions. 

Tech Drop-In Discussions are informal weekly chats about a chosen topic. These sessions are usually around 15 minutes long. 

Friday Night Feature - 'Tim's Vermeer'

We will screen TIM'S VERMEER Friday, August 29th in our Community Room
We will screen TIM'S VERMEER Friday, August 29th in our Community Room

Friday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Tim's Vermeer (2014) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 80 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

"Unexpectedly dazzling." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

"Tim's Vermeer is film as forensics, bringing math and science to bear to solve an art-world mystery." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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

Meet Us On Main Street

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street

"You Are What You Read" goes LIVE!

Wednesday, September 3rd at 11 a.m.

After a summer vacation, we are back to tell you about the latest and greatest books, movies, apps, and articles that we are currently digging. Please join us for this weekly, informal discussion.

There will be "oooohs." There will be "ahhhhs." There will be laughs. We hope to see you there. 


Constant Contact - Newsletters and Announcements and LinkedIn for Business

Constant Contact is an email marketing tool
Constant Contact is an email marketing tool

Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Please register for this workshop.

Newsletters and Announcements have become a core component of campaign choices. Email is more important than ever – to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective.

LinkedIn is a must-use tool for both job seekers and business owners alike. Susan Catalano of HireWorthy reviews the layout of LinkedIn, explains the importance of LinkedIn, and how to use it effectively.

About the Presenters

Robert Clark is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Solution Provider Partner with over 30 years of experience advising small and medium-sized businesses, Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing, sales, operations, strategy, international trade, and information technology.

Susan LaCorte Catalano is co-founder of HireWorthy, a career coaching firm. With more than a decade in corporate Human Resources in the finance and health care industries, she is an expert on employee relations, performance management and manager training.

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

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Maximize your benefits.
Maximize your benefits.

Thursday, September 4th at 7 p.m.

When to collect Social Security may be the single most important decision you make when it comes to your retirement. 

Topics covered include:

• How Social Security benefits are calculated and the advanced planning required to increase them.

• Why married couples can miss out on significant lifetime sums.

• Special strategies for married couples, divorced individuals and minor children.

• Case studies that will show you the advantages of some of these strategies.

About the Presenters

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC). A 30 year industry veteran, for the past 15 years financial service advisor Alimo has served jclientele around CT & New England at his USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC. Committed to giving back to the community via educational workshops, Mr. Alimo has hosted many seminars for groups at libraries, churches, and social organization about a variety of financial and planning topics.

David Weyner (H≪ LTC Partnership certification,CT, NY & NJ) Following 20 years as a senior corporate executive, since 2007 Weyner has served insurance and benefits clients around the NY tri-state area.. In collaboration with Michael Alimo, Mr.Weyner has also spoken at many seminars with the objective of helping community members better understand their planning options and various programs available to seniors.

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

Small Business Tuesday - Strategies for Buying or Selling a Business

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, September 9th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

Register here.

This workshop covers how someone can prepare to buy and sell a business and what goes into valuing the business.

Participants will learn:

- The players in buying or selling a business: brokers, bankers, attorneys, etc.
- The process of putting a business up for sale
- How to value a business: what buyers and sellers should be looking for
- How to prepare your business for sale; what you should do and not do

Presented by Mac Leask, a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVS). Because he has 30 years of experience in auditing, advising and valuing businesses, as well as 25 years managing and growing a successful accounting firm, he can blend his practical knowledge of business operation with the theory of valuation. 

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

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