What's Happening at the Simsbury Free Library?
November 25-26, 3-5 p.m. and November 30, 4:00 p.m. till parade
Simsbury Celebrates Gingerbread Competition
Come view these incredible works of culinary art. They smell as good as they look!
December 12, 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
1940s Holiday Film Classics
Join us and take a break from the holiday chaos as we show two classic holiday films from the 1940s. Come for one or both. Popcorn and some retro 1940s candy will be served. Free.
At 1:00 p.m., we will show It Happened on Fifth Avenue, a humorous film about a homeless man who winters at a 5th Avenue penthouse when its owner heads South. This is a true feel good holiday movie!
At 3:00 p.m., we will show Holiday Affair, a delightful romantic comedy with Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh and Wendell Corey.
Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Drop In Genealogy
If you are researching your family tree, but don’t know where else to look to find your missing ancestors, bring in your tree and Diane can help with deciphering handwriting, French documents, online research, Massachusetts and French-Canadian research and much more. Free to members. $5 for non-members.
Tuesday, January 14, 11:15 p.m.
Book Club: The Laguna by Barbara Kingsolver
In this powerfully imagined, provocative novel, Barbara Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is the poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as well as an unforgettable portrait of the artist --- and of art itself. (from readinggroupguides.com).
Thursday, January 23, 1:00 p.m.
Foreign Film, The Royal Affair
This Danish film was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It tells the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and the young but strong Queen Caroline (from Magnolia). An epic historical drama.
Tuesday, February 11, 11:15 p.m.
Book Club: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch.
The book chronicles Nina’s quest to read a book a day for a whole year in an effort to heal from her sister’s death three years earlier. She has rules for the books she reads: 1” spine, no repeat reads or authors, etc. and blogs about her reviews of the books. There is no need to join this Book Club. Just drop in whenever you are in town and/or the book interests you.
Connecticut History in Four Episodes
Lastly, save the dates for the third and fourth lectures in professor Tom Ratliff’s fascinating series.
March 11, 1:00 p.m.
“Yankee Ingenuity: Our Industrial Heritage (1767-1980)”
April 1, 1:00 p.m.
“Not So Steady Habits: Changing Demographics (1820-1950)”
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THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR FOR SFL!!
We have offered a number of interesting programs this past year.
Our new series, Simsbury Free Library on Simsbury, has covered topics of local historical interest including Tariffville, Heublein Tower, Spoonville Dam and the Simsbury Cemetery.
We have toured the Chick Austin House in Hartford and enjoyed a fascinating day-long bus tour of the Farmington Canal with historian Carl Walters. We went on a lovely walking tour of the Cedar Hill Cemetery on a blue bird day in Hartford, followed by a gourmet lunch at the Lincoln Culinary Institute. It was the perfect mix of art, nature, history and food!
Our monthly documentary/foreign film series has been a hit with people near and far. Post Roads and Iron Horses author Richard Lucas discussed his book about transportation history in Connecticut.
Professor Tom Ratliff began a series of lectures titled Connecticut History in Four Episodes which explores Connecticut's rich historical past from 200 million years ago to modern times, with a focus on the process of change: how we evolved from Native American landscape to Puritan colonies, from Puritan to Yankee, from Yankee to American, from farm community to mill village, and from textiles, clocks, and guns to the "arsenal of democracy".
Our genealogist/librarian, Diane LeMay, has offered Drop In Genealogy Help, Genealogy 101 and In Depth Vital Records programs.
And if that’s not enough, we also have a Drop In Book Club during the school year that allows members to participate based on their interests and schedules.