Genealogy Road Show with Diane LeMay
January 23rd, February 13th and 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you are researching your family tree, but don't know where else to look to find missing ancestors, bring in your tree. Genealogy librarian Diane LeMay can help with deciphering handwriting, online research, Massachusetts and French-Canadian research, and much more. RSVPs recommended.
Free to members, $5 for non-members.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 11:15 a.m.
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instantNew York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).
New members in search of great book discussions and even better company are always welcome at the SFL’s Drop In Book Club. Readers are welcome any time they are interested in the SFL’s monthly book. Past book discussions have included The boys in the Boat, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, and One Thousand White Women. Free. For more info, call (860) 408-1338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heublein Tower En Plein Air Art Reception
Thursday, February 25th, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.
Artwork painted at Heublein Tower’s second annual En Plein Air event in September 2015 will be on display at the SFL. Come check out the beautiful paintings of Heublein Tower and the vistas beyond by artists Catherine Elliott, Deborah Leonard, Janet Iffland, Mandy Adendorff, Brian Colbath, Kate Tortland and Victor Legere. All the paintings will be for sale and all proceeds go the Friends of Heublein Tower for the ongoing restoration of the Heublein Tower. Refreshments will be served. Free.