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

March Adult Programs

Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8:00 pm 
Local Author Jerie Catillo on her new book With Broken Wings  is a riveting and engrossing memoir about one woman’s courage and perseverance in battling through childhood sexual abuse and horrific abuse as an adult . It is a story of heart wrenching losses, discovery and faith. A Q & A period will follow the formal presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

ART WALL:  Waterford Schools

 

April Adult Programs

Tuesday, April 7, 2-4:00 pm
Film: Wild
  (2015  115 mins  R) A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe Stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.

Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-7:30 pm 
Financial Education Workshop (Part 2 of 3) Preventing An Id Theft Crisis.
Learn about identity theft, how it occurs, what impact it could have on for credit and FICO score, and what steps you can take to protect yourself.  A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation.  Co-sponsored with Citizens Bank.

Wednesday, April 8, 2-4:00 pm
Film: Wild
 (2015  115 mins  R) A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe Stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.

Thursday, April 9, 7-9:00 pm
Discussion:  Tempest Tossed: the life & spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker
. Guest speaker Susan Campbell. Isabella Beecher Hooker was at the heart of 19th-century America as an abolitionist, suffragette and spiritualist. Isabella’s half brother (Henry Ward Beecher) and half-sister (Harriet Beecher Stowe) were two of the most influential figures of their time, and in a family that believed being a Beecher meant something, Isabella could hold her own as an intellectual and activist. If her siblings were key figures of their time, Isabella was a woman ahead of hers. Co-sponsored with the AAUW.

Saturday, April 11,  2-4:00 pm
Downton Abbey:  Fashion And Social Change
. Guest speaker Susan Jerome is the collections manager at URI’s historic textile and costume collection. She will illustrate and discuss the social, political and technological changes that influence the fashion choices within each season of this popular show. Tea will be served. A Q & A session will follow.

Thursday, April 16,  6:30-8:00 pm
Film: Whiplash
(2015 105 mins.  R) An ambitious young jazz drummer is single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, he hungers to become one of the greats. An instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. He discovers the young man and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band. Stars Academy Award winner for best supporting actor, J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.

Saturday, April 18,  2-3:30 pm 
Film:  Whiplash
(2015 105 mins.  R) An ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, he hungers to become one of the greats. An instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. He discovers the young man and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band.  Stars Academy Award winner for best supporting actor, J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.

Tuesday, April 21, 2-4:30 pm 
Film: Unbroken
  (2015  137 mins. PG-13) Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Tuesday, April 21, 7:15-8:45 pm 
Science Book Discussion:  Diet Cults:
 The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of US  by Matt  Fitzgerald (2014). Multiple copies available. The irrationality, half-truths, and downright impossibility of a “single right way” to eat reveals how to develop rational, healthy eating habits. The 1st clue that it is a fallacy is the sheer variety of diets advocated. Indeed, while all of these competing views claim to be backed by “science,” a good look at actual nutritional science itself suggests that it is impossible to identify a single best way to eat. Fitzgerald advocates an agnostic, rational approach to eating habits, based on one’s own habits, lifestyle, and genetics/body type. Dr. Daniel Bendor will facilitate the discussion.

Thursday, April 23, 2-4:30 pm
Film: Unbroken (2015  137 mins. PG-13) Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Thursday, April 23, 6:30-9:00 pm
Documentary Film and Discussion:  South: The Shackleton Experience 
 Capturing Shackleton's legendary journey to the South Pole on film speaks volumes about the brilliance of his entrepreneurial mindset, and an understanding of the marketing/financial effect such a film would have upon his return. The Endurance crew struggled and filmed their experience even as they starved, froze, lost hope and even went mad. Frank Hurley was a photography genius and a fearless soul,  keepingt the cameras rolling as long as possible. Here is actual film of Ernest Shackleton the man - for that reason alone the film is priceless. The footage of the Endurance being crushed in the ice while sled dogs look on...well, it is an eerie experience to watch that pivotal event on film. Henry Savin will lead a discussion following the film.

Friday, April 24, 1-2:30 pm 
Daytime Book Discussion: The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)
This is a classic tale  of burgeoning self-awareness, newfound friendship, and the healing effects of nature. Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked room. Facilitator Laurie Wofley.

Tuesday, April 28,  2-4 pm and again at 6:30-8:30 pm 
Film: Fury
 (2014 135 mins  R) April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant  commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, he and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Stars Brad Pitt.

Tuesday, April 28, 7-9 pm 
Fantasy/Sci Fi Book Discussion:  Ocean At The End Of The Lane
by Neil Gaiman.            Voted Great Britain’s 2013 Book of the Year in a national poll, this short novel explores the intersection of fantasy and reality.  Gaiman calls it “a story about memory and magic and the fear and danger of being a child," but it is not a children’s book.  Faye Ringel, Professor Emerita of Humanities at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, will lead this discussion series.  Multiple copies of the book will be available.

Thursday, April 30, 6:30-8:00 pm 
Financial Education Workshop (Part 3 of 3) Home Buying  Learn how to calculate how much you can realistically spend on a home,  what percentage of your income should be devoted to housing costs, what other costs are included in housing such as taxes and insurance. Also better understand how a lender looks at prospective borrowers and the amount of a loan they might lend, at what rate what types of loans are currently available in the marketplace. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation.

ART WALL:  Linda Bull Neiland - pastels