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Simsbury Free Library
749 Hopmeadow Street
P.O.Box 484
Simsbury, CT 06070
Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:00 to 5:00
2nd and 4th Saturdays
10:00 to 2:00
860/408-1336

Email: simsburyfreelibrary@gmail.com
Chick Austin House Tour
 

 


William Phelps Talk



 
 
Farmington Canal Tour
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS   


 
New for Summer:  "Rainy Day Thursdays"

If it rains on any Thursday in July or August, the SFL will show a movie at 3:00 p.m.  Call 860-408-1336 or visit simsburyfreelibrary.org to find out what is playing.  Free.

  
Upcoming Genealogy Programs

July 12th and August 9th:  Genealogy Road Show

July 26th at 11 a.m.:  Online Research
SFL genealogy librarian Diane LeMay will share tips and tricks for success with genealogy related online searches.  Diane will teach tactics to be more productive when using google.com, ancestry.com and findagrave.com, as well as explain many of Google's tools and elements that will help in conducting research.  Free to members; $5 for non-members.

August 23 at 11 a.m.:  Breaking Down that Brick Wall with a Book (Print Research) 
This special presentation by SFL genealogy librarian Diane LeMay will explore some of the many books - from a city directory to a gazeteer - common to most libraries and the surprising genealogy-related information they contain.  Free to members; $5 for non-members.

Upcoming Movies

July 24th at 1 p.m.:  The Book Thief  
The story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany.  When her mother can no longer care for her, Liesel is adopted by a German couple.  Though illiterate when adopted, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read.  Ultimately, the power of words and imagination helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family’s home, escape from the events unfolding around them in this extraordinary, acclaimed film.  PG-13.  Free.

August 28th at 1 p.m.: Nebraska  
When a father (Bruce Dern) and his adult son (Will Forte) embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize, what begins as a fool's errand becomes a search for the road to redemption.  Received 6 Academy Award nominations.  Rated R.  Free.

 
Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming fall programs:  A talk on the lost village of Pilfershire on September 13th, a talk on Hartford history on September 23rd, a Farmingtonc Canal talk TBD, and much more!
 
 
 
                         
 
 

 

 

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Tuesday, May 20th, 1 p.m.
Connecticut History Talk with Tom Ratliff:  "Hartford from 1820-1920"
  
In this fifth and final lecture in his series exploring Connecticut's rich historical past, Tom Ratliff will talk about the period of rapid industrial growth and large-scale i
Tuesday, May 20th, 1 p.m.
Connecticut History Talk with Tom Ratliff:  "Hartford from 1820-1920"
  
In this fifth and final lecture in his series exploring Connecticut's rich historical past, Tom Ratliff will talk about the period of rapid industrial growth and large-scale i
 
PAST PROGRAMS

        
 
CONGRATULATIONS HISTORY DAY COMPETITORS!
 
 
History Day Competitors:  Kevin Gyurco, Sammi Dowd, Montana McMahon, Emilee Buytkins,  adviser Grantland Rogers, and Rachel Baumann (Igor Banaszuk not pictured).
 
The Simsbury Free Library was happy to support the 6 hardworking high school students who participated in this year's History Day in Connecticut competition.  
 
Congratulations to the two projects that placed in the District Competition at TorringtonHigh School on March 15th:  Seniors Emilee Buytkins, Sammi Dowd and Igor Banaszuk won first place in the Group Documentary division and Freshman Montana McMahon won second place in the Individual Exhibit division!  These students will advance to the March 26th State Competition at Central Connecticut State University. 
 
Click Hartford Courant Article to read more about it!! 
 
Many thanks to history teacher Grantland Rogers, Simsbury Historical Society and the Simsbury Public Schools for their help in furthering an interest in history in Simsbury.