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

September Adult Programs

Thursday, September 4, 2-4:00 pm and again at 6:30-8:30 pm
Film:  Draft Day (R  102 mins.  2014) On the day of the NFL Draft, the general manager has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Stars Kevin Costner.

Thursday, September 11, 7-8:30 pm
The Last Green Valley:  connecting the drops of water.  Chief Ranger Bill Reid of the Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor will discuss the watershed of northeastern CT and south central Mass. Including paddle down rivers, streams, lakes and ponds all the way to Long Island Sound. He’ll also explore the water resources of the region and how to ensure good water quality for future generations. A question and answer period will follow the formal discussion. The program is co-sponsored by American Association of University Women - New London Chapter, and the Waterford Public Library.

Monday, September 15, 6:30-8:30 pm
Film:  Gasland Part II( 2014 not rated 125 mins.) is a provocative follow-up tothe award-winning documentaryGasland. The new film continues to explore the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, arguing how dangerous the process is, and how pervasive the gas industry’s influence on public policy has become. Tempered by dark humor, the film shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most divisive environmental issues facing our nation today. It pierces prevailing myths by arguing how and why fracked wells leak over time, contaminating our water and air, hurting families and endangering the Earth s climate with methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. It also sheds light on the global consequences of fracking, as more and more countries are following the U.S. lead in drilling for gas.  Co-sponsored by the Waterford Public Library and the League of Women Voters.

Wednesday, September 17, 2-4:00 pm
Film:  Words and Pictures (PG-13  111 mins.  2014) Prep school teacher Jack Marcus meets his match in Dina Delsanto, an abstract painter, and new teacher on campus. He challenges her to a war between words and pictures, and in the process, sparks an unlikely romance. Stars Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.

Wednesday, September 17, 6-7:30 pm
Identity Theft!  Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It’s a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation — and can take time, money, and patience to resolve. Learn how to recognize the signs you’re a victim of and how to protect yourself from identity theft. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. Pamela Days-Luketich, a Community Education Officer at Chelsea Groton Bank will be the guest speaker. This FDIC Money Smart program is co-sponsored by the Waterford Public Library, Waterford Senior Services and Waterford Youth Services.

Wednesday, September 17, 7:00-9:00 pm 
Sci-Fi Book Discussion :  Timescape
by Gregory Benford (1980)
Dr. Phil Ray, Associate Professor of English at Connecticut College, will lead this popular book discussion series.  Detecting strange patterns of interference in a lab experiment, Gordon Bernstein, an assistant researcher at a California university, investigates and begins to uncover something that will change his life forever.

Saturday, September 20, 11-2:00 pm
Shred It Event:  Shredding is a way to protect individuals from identity theft, a growing concern. You may bring paper-only financial records, credit card statements, insurance forms, canceled checks, bank statements and tax preparation worksheets to be shredded. You can actually watch your items being shredded on-site and the process is quick, safe and secure. This opportunity is co-sponsored by the Waterford Public Library, Waterford Senior Services, Waterford Youth Services and the Chelsea Groton Bank. The event is in the rear parking lot of the Library.

Saturday, September 20, 2-4:00 pm
Film:  Words and Pictures (PG-13  111 mins.  2014) Prep school teacher Jack Marcus meets his match in Dina Delsanto, an abstract painter, and new teacher on campus. He challenges her to a war between words and pictures, and in the process, sparks an unlikely romance. Stars Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.

Thursday, September 25, 6:30 pm
The Underground Railroad in Southeastern Connecticut:  Norwich City Historian Dale Plummer will take the audience on a journey of local involvement in the Underground Railroad. He will also explain how the railroad worked, as best as we understand, and some of the myths which have grown around it. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation.

Friday, September 26, 1-2:30 pm
Daytime Book Discussion:  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (2010). Facilitator Marsha Bansavage will discuss the book about an Army Air Forces bomber that crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 1943 and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor. Multiple copies of the book are available prior to the discussion date.

Tuesday, September 30, 7-8:30 pm
Science Book Discussion:  The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee (2011). 
Dr. Richard Hellman, an oncologist and the medical director of the new L&M Cancer Center in Waterford will lead a discussion of this "biography" of cancer - from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the 20th century to cure, control, and conquer it, to a radical new understanding of its essence. This fascinating and compelling book is written with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years. Multiple copies of the book are available prior to the discussion date.

ART WALL:  Waterford Senior Quilters