What's Happening at the Simsbury Free Library?
Thursday, February 27, 1:00 p.m.
Foreign Movie/Documentary Series: Monsieur Lazhar
An Academy Award nominee for best foreign film, the film tells the story of an Algerian immigrant who offers his services as a substitute teacher after the death of a favorite teacher. From the Miami Herald: “Leaves you hopeful and exhilarated.” Click on the box for the NYTimes Review. Spoiler alert: the link we give does not give away the movie, but if you click Full New York Times Review at the bottom of the review, it will.
Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Genealogy Road Show
If you are searching your family tree, but don’t know where else to look to find your missing ancestors, bring in your tree and Diane LeMay, our genealogy librarian, can help with deciphering handwriting, online research and Massachusetts and French-Canadian research and much more. Free to members. $5 for non-members.
Thursday, March 11 – 11:15 a.m.
Drop In Book Club: The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic, set in the fictional town of West Egg in the summer of 1922, revolves around mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his passion for beautiful Daisy Buchanan. 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. The four part series explores Connecticut's rich historical past, covering our history 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".
March 18, 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)"
If you missed the first two lectures,"The Face of Connecticut: From Proto-North America through the Colonial Era (2 million years ago - 1763)" and "The Provision State: From the Revolution to the New Constitution (1763-1818)", you can view them at www. simsburytv.org by searching for History of Connecticut. He is a great lecturer!
Thursday, March 27, 1:00 p.m.
Foreign Movie/Documentary Series: War Witch
Nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the War Witch tells the story of a 12 year old girl who is kidnapped from her village and forced into a life of guerilla warfare by rebel soldiers. She and her older albino friend escape their brutal captors and are able to live a peaceful life for the first time. Sadly their freedom is short-lived and she must confront the ghosts of her past. Click this box to see the NYTimes review.
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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.