Waterford Public Library
49 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford, Connecticut 06385
Tel. 860-444-5805
Adult Programs
 

April Adult Programs

Tuesday, April 1, 2-4 pm 
Film: 12 Years A Slave
(R  2013 134 mins.) Solomon Northup is a free man living in New York until he's kidnapped and sold in Louisiana as a slave. He's owned by masters relatively kind and harrowingly brutal, but even under the best conditions, the movie never loses sight of Northup's condition as property, that his well-being and very life are at the whim of his owners. Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbinder.

Thursday, April 3, 7-8:30 pm 
Astronomy  For Everyone!  Part 1 of 2:  
Want to get a closer look into the night sky, but put off by choosing the right scope, figuring out how to use it, or not knowing what to look at? The Thames Amateur Astronomical Society, a collection of local backyard/open-field star gazers, will discuss reflectors, refractors, binocs, and more- everything you'll need to get started and how to use it. Weather permitting, some scopes will be set up under the stars for public sky viewing after the talk. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation.

Saturday, April 5, 2-4 pm
Film: 12 Years A Slave
(R  2013 134 mins.)  

Tuesday, April 8, 2-3:30 pm
Computer Class:  Basic Microsoft Excel – Learn basic spreadsheet functions.  Basic knowledge of computers is recommended.  Space is limited – registration required.  Check with the Information Desk for details. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2-4 pm  
Film:  Saving Mr. Banks
( PG-13  2013 125 mins.) The untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney tries for 20 years to obtain the rights to author P. L. Travers’  Mary Poppins. Armed with his iconic creative vision, he pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does he discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set “Mary Poppins” free. Stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.


Thursday, April 10,  7-8:30 pm 
Author Tish Rabe on her career: From Sesame Street to Dr. Seuss
Author Rabe started her career in the 1970s at the venerable "Sesame Street," where she wrote a book about Bert, sang backup for Oscar the Grouch, and took Big Bird to China. Then before his death in 1991 Dr. Seuss wanted a line of Cat in the Hat rhyming books that taught kids about science. Rabe nabbed the job. What was originally a two-book contract  turned into 16 publications, with the most recent being "What Cat Is That," to add to her more than  125 books! Co-sponsored by the AAUW, New London chapter.

Saturday, April 12,  2-4 pm
Film:  Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13  2013 125 mins.)

Tuesday, April 15,  2-4 pm
Film: American Hustle
(R 2013 138 mins.) A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive female British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. Stars Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper.

Wednesday, April 16, 6:30-8:30 pm
Film: American Hustle (R 2013 138 mins.)

Thursday, April 17,  7-8:30 pm 
Astronomy For Everyone! Part 2 of 2:  
Want to get a closer look into the night sky, but don’t know what to look at or where? The Thames Amateur Astronomical Society, a collection of local backyard/open-field star gazers, will explore the awesome delights of the spring night sky.  Get ready for the Lyrid meteor shower next week and find the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra or just find the Big Dipper. Weather permitting, some scopes will be set up under the stars for public sky viewing after the talk. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation.

Tuesday, April 22, 2-4 pm 
Film:   Austenland
  (PG-13  2014 97 mins.) Obsessed with Pride and Prejudice , a contemporary woman  in  2012 travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman and finds that fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly have  become more real than she ever could have imagined. This romantic comedy stars Kerri Russell and Jane Seymour.

Wednesday, April 23, 7-8:30 pm 
Reverse Mortgages, Is It For You? 
Pam Days-Luketich, a Community Education Officer at Chelsea Groton Bank will discuss what a reverse mortgage is, how it works, the benefits, if you meet the qualifications, and all the factors necessary for eligibility. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. The FDIC MONEYSMART program is co-sponsored by Waterford Senior Services and Youth Services.

Thursday, April 24, 2-4:00 pm
FILM:  Philomena
(PG13 2013 98 mins.) A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.  Stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Thursday, April 24,   7-9 pm
Sci Fi Book Discussion:  Year Of The Flood
by Margaret Atwood (2010) The long-feared waterless flood has occurred, altering Earth as we know it and obliterating most human life. Among the survivors are two women, Ren and Toby, one trapped in a night club and the other in a spa.  Amid shadowy, corrupt ruling powers and new, gene-spliced life forms, they will have to decide on their next move, but they can't stay locked away.

Thursday, April 24, 6:30-7:30 pm  

Underground Railroad:   Norwich City Historian Dale Plummer will take the audienceon a journey of local involvement in the Underground Railroad. He will also explain how the railroad worked, as best as we understand, and some of the myths which have grown around it. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation.

Friday, April 25,  1-2:30pm 
Daytime Book Discussion: 
The Way to Paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Way to Paradise is told in alternating chapters, eleven each devoted to the stories of Flora Tristán (1803-1844) and the grandson she never knew, French painter Paul Gauguin.

Saturday, April 26, 2-4:00 pm
FILM:  Philomena
(PG13 2013 98 mins.) A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.  Stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

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