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

February Adult Programs

 

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)  

March Adult Programs

Monday, March 2, 2-4:00 pm 
Film:   Birdman (2015  119 mins. R) A dark comedy story of an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play.  In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.  Stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

Tuesday, March 3, 2-3:30 pm 
Guest author Kara Sundlun on her book Finding Dad:  From “Love Child” To Daughter.  Kara Hewes had never seen her father, Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun, but  knew that in order to move forward with her father, she had to make the choice to forgive the past. It was her unconditional love that broke down the barriers separating father and daughter. Kara currently anchors and hosts 2 shows--the popular daytime talk show Better Connecticut with Scot Haney and Kara's Cures, a guide to health and spirituality. She and her husband, fellow news anchor Dennis House, live in Hartford, Connecticut, with their two children. A Q & A period will follow the formal program. Copies of Finding Dad will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, March 4, 2-4:00 pm 
Film:  Birdman  (2015  119 mins. R) A dark comedy story of an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

Thursday, March 5, 2-4:00 pm
Film: Foxcatcher  (2015  134 mins. R) The dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire, John Du Pont and two champion wrestlers. Stars Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.

Friday, March 6, 2-4:00 pm 
Film:  Foxcatcher (2015  134 mins. R) The dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire, John Du Pont and two champion wrestlers. Stars Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.

Saturday, March 7, 11:30-1:00 pm 
Black Bears In Connecticut: CT DEEP wildlife biologist Jeanine Dell’Orfano  will discuss  the increasing black bear population in Connecticut and the impact and potential threat on the human population. Bear habitat, hunting and mating behaviors will also be discussed. A Q & A period will follow the formal discussion.

Saturday, March 7, 2-3:30 pm 
The History Of Outhouses:  Is This Trip Necessary? Guest speaker Virginia Williams will illustrate and discuss the history of outhouses. Usually humble and utilitarian, they were often made of lumber or plywood. This is so they can easily be moved when the earthen pit fills up. Some have been surprisingly ornate, almost opulent considering the time, the place and the function. Whether a one two or three holer, they are a practical solution to nature’s call. This program will appeal to those with both a sense of humor and curiosity. A Q & A period will follow the formal presentation.

Monday, March 9, 7-8:30 pm
Genealogy Club with Michael Spellmon:  At an impasse with your family research?  Come to a genealogy club session with your research, questions and laptop and genealogist Michael Spellmon will help you get the answers.  No registration required.  Just Drop in!

Tuesday, March 11, 2-4:00 pm
Film:  Homesman  (2015 122 mins. R) When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to one pious, independent-minded woman. Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter to join her. Stars Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones.

Thursday, March 12, 7-9 pm  
The Modern First Ladies: Politics, Power And Policy.
   Speaker and Connecticut College Professor of Government MaryAnne  Borelli will discuss how first ladies have routinely been influential members of the presidents’ inner circle and been advisors and policy entrepreneurs. Their contributions to their husbands’ administrations and to the office and the consequences of their actions nationally and internationally will also be addressed. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. This program is co-sponsored by the Waterford Library and the N.L. chapter of the AAUW.

Monday, March 16, 7-8:30 pm
Genealogy Club with Michael Spellmon:  At an impasse with your family research?  Come to a genealogy club session with your research, questions and laptop and genealogist Michael Spellmon will help you get the answers.  No registration required.  Just Drop in!

Saturday, March 21, 2-3:30 pm 
Film:  Hawking (2014 90 mins.  NR)  This film features exclusive access to Hawking’s life story and includes dramatic accounts of his life from childhood to today with intimate footage, including home routines with candid insights from friends, family and colleagues.

Monday, March 23, 2-4:00 pm
Film:  The Theory Of Everything  (2015  123 mins. PG-13) Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, he received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, he embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of; time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science. Stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Tuesday, March 24, 2-4:00 pm
Film:  The Theory Of Everything  (2014 103 mins. PG-13) Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, he received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, he embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of; time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science. Stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Tuesday, March 24, 6:30-8:00pm 
Documentary Film: The Real McCoy  (2014  90 mins. G) This film tells the fascinating story of William “Bill” McCoy, one of the most famous and respected bootleggers of the prohibition era. McCoy began as a modest boat-builder, but became a national symbol for defying the most unpopular legislation in U.S. history. He was the most wanted man in America, despite the fact that he never actually broke the law. But this gentleman crook couldn’t run from the law forever. In November of 1923, the Coast Guard was ordered to arrest Bill McCoy, even if he was in international waters. McCoy tried to flee, but the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca pinned him in off of Seabright, New Jersey and McCoy surrendered.

Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8:00 pm 
Science Book Discussion: The Universe In A Nutshell by Stephen Hawking  Conn College  Associate Professor of Astronomy Leslie Brown will facilitate a discussion of Hawking’s simplified origin of the universe, the nature of space and time, and what holds it all together to an unprecedented degree, inviting nonscientists to share his obvious awe and love of the unseen forces that shape it all. Writing in a lighthearted, personal, often humorous style and with colorful and entertaining graphics on every page, Hawking succeeds in communicating his love and enthusiasm for science. Multiple copies of the book will be available weeks prior to the discussion.

Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8pm 
Smuggling At Sea During Prohibition: The Real McCoy   Robert McKenna the researcher and Executive Producer will discuss the making of the 2013 award winning documentary film about Bill McCoy the pioneer rum runner who helped to fuel  the roaring 20’s thirst for liquor.

Friday, March 27, 1-2:30 pm
Daytime Book Discussion:  The Blue Flower
by Penelope Fitzgerald (1997).  Fitzgerald uses fiction to examine an 18th-century German poet and his doomed love for a 12-year-old girl.  Facilitator Anne Flammang.

Saturday, March 28, 2-4:00 pm 
Amelia Earhart’s Connecticut Connection:  Local author/journalist Tom Verde will discuss his research into the relationship and eventual marriage of Amelia Earhart to wealthy businessman, George Putnam. As in his current article in Connecticut Magazine, Verde will discuss and display images of the famous couple who were married in Noank. Putnam became Earhart’s “agent/publicist” helping to form her career, image and aeronautical exploits. Their Conn connection will inform area residents with a fascinating history of a fascinating couple, even as Earhart’s mysterious legacy continues to this day. A Q & A period will follow the formal presentation.

Monday, March 30, 2-3:30 pm 
Financial Education Workshop: Part 1 of 3 = Get Out Of Debt.  Co-sponsored with Citizens Bank, this workshop will help attendees understand their total debt picture and how to develop an action plan to get out of debt.  Topics will include lowering interest rates, stopping collection calls, eliminating late fees, consolidating debt, etc.

Monday, March 30, 2-4 pm 
Film:  Love Is Strange  (2015 95 mins. R) Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job, the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. George moves in with two cops who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew, his wife, and their teenage son. While struggling with the pain of separation, they are challenged by the tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements. Stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.

Tuesday, March 31, 2-4 pm  
Film:  Love Is Strange  (2015 95 mins. R) Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job, the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. George moves in with two cops who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew, his wife, and their teenage son. While struggling with the pain of separation, they are challenged by the tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements. Stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8:00 pm 
Local Author Jerie Catillo on her new book With Broken Wings  is a riveting and engrossing memoir about one woman’s courage and perseverance in battling through childhood sexual abuse and horrific abuse as an adult . It is a story of heart wrenching losses, discovery and faith. A Q & A period will follow the formal presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

ART WALL:  Waterford Schools