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

January Adult Programs

  

Thursday, January 29, 6:30 -7:30 pm  
Guest author Marc Zimmer on his book,  Illuminating Disease
 
Connecticut College Professor Zimmer’s book details the history of genetically modified fluorescent parasites and viruses, which provide scientists with lifesaving information about the spread of diseases. Green fluorescent proteins allow scientists and doctors to understand diseases better by quite literally illuminating various microscopic interactions occurring in living cells that otherwise would have gone unseen. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.

Friday, January 30, 1-2:30 pm
Daytime Book Discussion:  Pym by Mat Johnson (2010)
A satirical fantasy inspired by The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Edgar Allan Poe's only novel, the book explores racial politics and identity in America, and Antarctica. The novel was written over a period of nine years and has been well received by critics, who have praised its lighthearted and humorous style of social criticism.  Facilitator Pamela Bedore.

ART WALL:  Anne Portelance – Alpacas Among Us (photographs)  

 

February Adult Programs

Tuesday, February 3, 2-4:00 pm 
Film:  The Judge 
(R  141 mins. 2014) Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.  Stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall.

Thursday, February 5, 2-4:00 pm
Film:  Calvary
(R  102 mins.  2014) After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.Stars Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd.

Friday, February 6, 9:30-1:30 pm
Healthcare Enrollment Fair:
  The Waterford Public Library will co-sponsor access health CT enrollment fairs with Morin Associates, LLC, a certified access health CT broker.  Space is limited.  Call 860-444-5805 for an appointment and a list of documents you will need to bring to your appointment. 

Thursday, February 12, 1-5:00 pm
Healthcare Enrollment Fair:
  The Waterford Public Library will co-sponsor access health CT enrollment fairs with Morin Associates, LLC, a certified access health CT broker.  Space is limited.  Call 860-444-5805 for an appointment and a list of documents you will need to bring to your appointment. 

Thursday, February 12, 2-4:00 pm 
Film: The Good Lie
 (PG 13  110 mins.  2014 ) Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas, where their encounter with employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives. Stars Reese Witherspoon.

Thursday,  February 12, 7-8:30 pm  
Illustrated lecture:  The Yale Gargoyles 
Conn. author Mathew Duman will discuss his artistic, historical, architectural and even humorous exploration of the gargoyles and other decorative sculptures on the campus of Yale University. Additionally he’ll explore their role in communicating the identity of Yale as a place of learning and enlightenment.  A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. This program is co-sponsored by the Waterford Library and AAUW.

Saturday, February 14, 2-4:00 pm 
Film:  The Good Lie 
(PG 13  110 mins.  2014 ) Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas, where their encounter with employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives. Stars Reese Witherspoon.

Tuesday, February 17, 2-4:00 pm 
Film:  Get On Up
 (PG 13 139 mins. 2014) On route to the stage, singer James Brown recalls a life with a turbulent childhood where music was his only constructive release for his passions. . With his fire and creative daring, he became a star who defiantly created new possibilities in show business both on and behind the stage in face of racism and conventional thinking. However, those same domineering passions would lead him to alienate everyone around him as his appetites became ever more self-destructive. Only after he hit rock bottom did he realize what he needed to do make his life as the Godfather of Soul truly worthwhile. Stars Chadwick Boseman, Octavia Spencer and Olivia Davis.

Saturday, February 21,  11:30-1:00 pm
Coyotes In Connecticut:
Chris Vann, a wildlife biologist at the Connecticut State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will offer a  90-minute presentation on coyotes. There is no firm number for coyotes inhabiting Connecticut, but reports of sightings and attacks on dogs and cats have increased across the state. These attacks are not predatory but territorially driven as coyotes defend their den/home territories against other coyotes, foxes, and, unfortunately, domestic dogs. Vann will also discuss mating and breeding behaviors, attacks on humans,  and ways to protect your pets "Fifteen years ago, when we heard about coyotes attacking a dog or having a confrontation with the public, that was news, now they're in our backyards"  says Vann. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation.

Saturday, February 21, 2-3:30 pm
Illustrated lecture:  Impressionism in Connecticut
Jeffrey Anderson, Director of the Florence Griswold Museum will discuss and illustrate the development of impressionism of the art colonies such as in Old Lyme and Cos Cob in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Inspired by fellow painters both here and abroad, their work produced a sustaining influence on our nation’s art.  A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation.

Wednesday, February 25, 2-4:30 pm
Film:  Gone Girl
(R 149 min. 2014)  With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent. Stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris.

Thursday, February 26, 2-4:00 pm  
Film:  This Is Where I Leave You
(R  103 mins.  2014) When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda.

Friday, February 27,  1-2:30 pm 
Daytime Book Discussion: The Golem and the Jinni
(2013) by Helene Wecker  ?In this book, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. It weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale. Facilitator Faye Ringel.

Saturday, February 28, 2-4:30 pm
Film:  Gone Girl
(R 149 min. 2014)  With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent. Stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris.

ART WALL:  John Sargent Save the Sound (photographs and paintings)