Join Jessica on Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30 as she presents a funny and educational history lesson. Did you every wonder how the craft of poetry began? Attend and you might learn a few things about Shakespeare, the Romantics, and the Moderns that you never learned in English class. Guaranteed to be a good time all around and to celebrate National Poetry Month in style! Register by clicking here!
The library will present two programs on Thursday night, March 12th. The first is the Bob Dylan Tribute at 6:30. Join Rick Laban as he performs a tribute to the legendary Bob Dylan! This is a must for all music lovers!
The second is a Fiction Writing-An Introductory Work Shop from6:30-7:45. Join us for a crash course in the art of fiction writing! If you've dreamed of being an author, but you're not sure how to start, this is the workshop for you. We'll provide you with plenty of inspiration and feedback to get started!
Registration for both programs begins March 2nd. You can register by calling the library at 860-489-6684 or online!
The library is pleased to announce that the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut awarded the library a grant to present a new and exciting series, History Alive!, during the 2015 year. During each History Alive! event, an actor/musician will bring to life a particular figure and time period. Each actor/musician has researched the figure thoroughly to bring the most accurate and interesting information to the audience. The following performances comprise the History Alive! presentations that the Community Foundation is sponsoring:
Exploring Alexander Hamilton
Presented by Trish Chambers Productions
Thursday, January 29th at 6:30
Bob Dylan: A Musical Tribute
Presented by Rick Laban
Thursday, March 12th at 6:30
Cat Stevens: A Life
Presented by Rick Laban
Thursday, May 12th at 6:30
John Barrymore: The Life of an Actor
Presented by Richard Clark
Thursday, June 4th at 6:30
The Life of Louisa May Alcott
Presented by Trish Chambers Productions
Thursday, July 9th at 6:30
For a description of each program, please click "read more" below. Thank you!
A three-part series on the world’s most famous literary couples.
Join us this August as we explore the chemistry behind three very popular and famous literary duos. Some sizzled and some fizzled. We’ll explore how these couples inspired one another; loved one another; and left us with lasting works that still radiate heat for a modern-day reader. We encourage everyone who attends to bring a brown-bagged lunch. We will provide light refreshments.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning
Friday, August 1st at 12:00pm
It started with a simple letter of admiration from Robert to Elizabeth-- he told her how much he adored her poetry. From there, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning would begin one of the most famous courtships in literary history.
Mary Shelly and Percy Shelley
Friday, August 8th at 12:00pm
This famous Romantic poet and this famous Gothic novelist created a lasting body of work throughout their time together. Percy tragically drowned only six short years into their marriage. Their relationship is one of remembrance and also controversy and tragedy.
Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
Friday, August 22nd at 12:00pm
Perhaps one the most famous modern literary couples, these two poet's tragic romance would be anything but smooth sailing. Having unparallelled passion and talent, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes were a power-house couple that took the literary world by storm. Unfortunately, their demise led to the suicide of Plath and the blaming of Hughes. Learn about this tragic, yet fascinating couple.
Register for all three (or just one event) beginning July 15th, To register, call the library at 860.489.6684 or email Jessica.
In the midst of the American Revolution, a small group of patriots secretly formed a spy ring under the direct orders of General George Washington. This group, known as the Culper Spy Ring, would ultimately change the course of the American Revolution.
The Culper’s carried intelligence and secret letters from Setauket, Long Island to Fairfield, Connecticut and the eventually to George Washington. For close to five years, the ring worked under the cover of darkness and danger so that America could be a free nation. Now it’s your turn! Based off Alexander Rose’s book, Washington’s Spies, and the new AMC smash hit, Turn, you can become a Revolutionary War Spy.
During this one-of-a-kind event, you and your secret spy ring will try to successfully inform General Washington of the Crown’s plan to ambush newly arrived French aide in Rhode Island. By using ciphers, coded letters, invisible ink and more, you must reach Washington in time!
During the event you will have an opportunity to view the Library's collection of Revolutionary War items, learn about the Revolutionary War through interesting and interactive displays, and experience old New England style refreshments and atmosphere.
This is a must-attend event for anyone who loves history and a classic New England Fall!
The program takes place on Friday, October 3rd at 7:00pm. Registration begins September 1st. You may register as a group (your own Spy Ring) or individually! This program is intended for ages 13 and older. To register, call 860.489.6684 or email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH AT 6:30PM
Join us as John Cilio talks about Women's Work in WWII, which he also wrote a book about!
The author adeptly transports the reader back to the era when men went off to war and the majority of women remained behind to care for families and fill the enormous gaps left vacant by the soldiers. From the talks very start you will hear the stories of amazing everyday working and service women of WWII that changed America forever. They started with the mission to help their country and their friends and relatives in the war. They ended up proving their competence in thousands of roles previously performed by men only. Women enlisted in every branch of service available to them and served around the globe bravely and proudly. The text and photos document the chain of circumstances that propelled the nation to realize that women can be an overtly sustaining force within our society.
To register, please contact the library at 860.489.6684 or email us at email@example.com
In partnership with CT Humanities and the Smithsonian Institute, we are pleased to be a part of this exciting year-long event. Connecticut is hosting the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling exhibit, The Way We Worked, at various locations throughout the state. January through March 2014 the exhibit will be at the Warner Theatre. The exhibit looks at the history of work in America.
In collaboration with our partners, the library is hosting events to enhance the exhibit. Our events include:
Women’s Work in WWII By John Cilio
Thurs., Feb. 13th at 6:30 / Registration begins February 1st
The Lewis Hine Project: Tracking down the Lives of Child Laborers with Joe Manning
Thurs., March 6th at 6:30 / Registration begins Feb. 15th
Sponsored by the Jeffrey and Susan Lalonde Community Betterment Fund
For additional information about our programs and the exhibit at the Warner Theatre, please click "read more"!
We're got a challenge for you this Winter! Read as many Torrington Library books as you can from January-March 2014!
Our goal is to have patrons read 5,000 books in three months! We know you can do it!
Here's how it works:
Remember, the books you read must be from the Torrington Library! This can include audio books, eBooks through OverDrive, and books from any of our regular collections (adult, YA, juvenile, fiction, and non fiction).
At the end of the read-a-thon, the person who reads the most Torrington Library Kids Books 1 (pre-K through Grade 3); Kid’s Books 2 (Grades 4-6); and Adults (Ages 13+) will win a cool prize!
On Thursday, November 7th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm discover the life and work of Eugene O'Neill.
American Playwright and Nobel laureate in literature, O’Neill brought a darker side to the theatre; a more introspective view of the human soul. Creating such works as A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Desire Under the Elms, Strange Interlude and more, O’Neill is highly recognizable and as interesting a man as the characters he created.
Call 860.489.6684 to register or email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance at juvenile programs is limited to children of the age group for which the program is intended and their caregivers.