Events

Connecticut Suffragists Including the Valley

Connecticut Suffragists Including the Valley

Monday, March 5
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Featuring a PowerPoint presentation and discussion with reference librarian Patricia Sweeney, this event will cover the Suffrage Movement in the state of Connecticut including the Valley. This is a free program and no registration is required. All are welcome who have a love of the Valley or an interest in local history. Join us!

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ID Fraud and Scam Workshop

ID Fraud and Scam Workshop

Wednesday, March 21
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Mike Savenelli will be presenting a workshop on Identity Fraud and Scams Grandparent scams etc.  Mike has done dozens of workshops throughout the New England sharing some valuable insight. He will cover 10 major points that will help you prevent becoming a victim and what to do if you’ve been a victim.  numbers were a staggering; 32 million People are victims every year. If you are concerned in ways to protect yourself, take the time to attend. He will also discuss the Equifax breach. Mike will have valuable handouts for attendees.

Mike has been in the credit industry for 48 years and has a vast background and continues to work and follow issues on this subject matter. He has served on the number of Credit Fraud organizations and has work with law enforcement professionals.

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St. Patrick's Day Celebration with the Kerry Boys

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with the Kerry Boys

Saturday, March 24
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Connecticut’s premier Irish balladeers, the Kerry Boys, will return to the Derby Neck Library on Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 pm for a performance in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day. An annual tradition here at the library, the Kerry Boys will perform a free one hour set of Irish favorites as well as some originals for Derby Neck patrons of all ages.

The Kerry Boys are Mark James, originally from the county Kerry Ireland now a Cheshire, CT resident, and Pierce Campbell, (CT’s official State Troubadour 2007/08) from Prospect, CT. These two dynamic and popular Connecticut Irish Balladeers combined their talents to form an exciting Irish music duo over 25 years ago, and have been dazzling audiences from Maine to Pennsylvania ever since.

There is no registration required for this event, but it is a very popular program and seating will fill up quick. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Derby Neck Library.

 

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Connecticut Gypsies

Connecticut Gypsies

Monday, April 9
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In 1896, Mrs. Victoria Williams was found dead on the railroad tracks in East Hartford. Her husband, the King of the Gypsies, had died recently. Who were these horse dealers and what was their story? These questions intrigued Connecticut author Beth Lapin, as she searched for answers. Hear her story of sleuthing and connections that led to the publication of her newest novel, CARAVAN OF DREAMS.

Beth Lapin has been writing and publishing since elementary school. She has two previously published novels, To Say Goodbye (a Wings ePress best seller) and its sequel, The Light Gets In.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Beth has lived in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, Maryland, and all the states that begin with “C.” She enjoys kayaking, hiking, contradancing, and family genealogy. She currently lives in her home state.

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“Deep Travel: How to Journey like Henry David Thoreau” with David Leff

Tuesday, April 24
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Join David K. Leff for “Deep Travel: How to Journey Like Henry David Thoreau,” a slide illustrated talk that opens a window into the Concord naturalist’s way of approaching a trip, or what he would call an “excursion.”  Learn how Thoreau prepared, why he chose particular means of travel, his technique for close observation of people and nature, and the impact of travel for life on return.  Although Thoreau never used the term deep travel, it well describes his expansive and enriching way of experiencing places near and far.  You too can travel like Thoreau.  Learn how.  Leff has written two books with a Thoreau travel nexus:  Deep Travel: In Thoreau’s Wake on the Concord and Merrimack (2009) and more recently Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance and Survival of the Wild (2016).  Books will be available for sale and signing.  View his work at www.davidkleff.com

David K. Leff is an essayist, Pushcart Prize nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is the author of five nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry and a novel in verse.  In 2016-2017 the National Park Service appointed him poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET).  David’s journals, correspondence, and other papers are archived at the University of Massachusetts Libraries in Amherst.

He is the town meeting moderator and town historian in his hometown of Canton, Connecticut where he also served 26 years as a volunteer firefighter.

 

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Barnum Event

Monday, May 21
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Details to come!

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Edible Flowers Event

Thursday, June 14
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Details to come!

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Repeating Events

Computer Class

Computer Class

Mondays

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

If you know little to nothing about computers, are afraid or confused about them, or interested but don’t know where to start, this is the place for you.  We cover the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel, email, and how to search the Internet for whatever interests you. There is no fee, you can start any day, but you can only attend once a week. Classes last an hour and are held on Mondays at 6pm and Tuesdays/Wednesdays at 10:30am.

Computer Class

Computer Class

Tuesdays

10:30 am - 11:30 am

If you know little to nothing about computers, are afraid or confused about them, or interested but don’t know where to start, this is the place for you.  We cover the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel, email, and how to search the Internet for whatever interests you. There is no fee, you can start any day, but you can only attend once a week. Classes last an hour and are held on Mondays at 6pm and Tuesdays/Wednesdays at 10:30am.

Computer Class

Computer Class

Wednesdays

10:30 am - 11:30 am

If you know little to nothing about computers, are afraid or confused about them, or interested but don’t know where to start, this is the place for you.  We cover the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel, email, and how to search the Internet for whatever interests you. There is no fee, you can start any day, but you can only attend once a week. Classes last an hour and are held on Mondays at 6pm and Tuesdays/Wednesdays at 10:30am.

Tech Talks

Tech Talks

Third Wednesday AND Monday Prior

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

“Tech Talks”, the adult program series focusing on topics related to modern technology that you may be interested in learning more about, is a recurring program on the third Wednesday of every month. Each month will introduce a different topic.

Dinner and a Movie

First Thursday

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Adult patrons are invited to enjoy Dinner and a Movie at the Derby Neck Library. We will be showing classic and modern movies in stunning HD on the 1st Thursday of every month at 5:30pm. Dinner will be served at the half-way point with refreshments being served throughout. Viewers must be 18 or older as movies may contain adult themes and content. No registration is required.

D&D Sundays

D&D Sundays

First Sunday of every month

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roll a character, then play a thrilling campaign alongside fellow enthusiasts as you work together to vanquish common foes and achieve victory! Beginners are welcome. Refreshments are served throughout. All supplies provided.

Contact club moderator, Ian Parsells at headlibrarian@biblio.org if you are interested in joining the group.

D&D Sundays

D&D Sundays

Third Sunday of every month

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roll a character, then play a thrilling campaign alongside fellow enthusiasts as you work together to vanquish common foes and achieve victory! Beginners are welcome. Refreshments are served throughout. All supplies provided.

Contact club moderator, Ian Parsells at headlibrarian@biblio.org if you are interested in joining the group.

Women’s Forum

Third Monday of every month

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Women’s Forum is dedicated to stimulating discussions focused on short stories, historical presentations, and more. The group meets on the third Monday of the month at 12:30pm. Copies of the reading selections are available at the library. You may wish to bring a light lunch. We serve free coffee and tea at each meeting. For more details, speak to Pat Sweeney, club moderator.

Evening Book Club

Last Monday every month

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Meeting on the last Monday of the month at 6:30pm, the Evening Book Club is a monthly program where we primarily read shorter novels by award-winning authors and occasionally a memoir.  Reading selections are available in the lobby near the new books. Bring a friend or family member and enjoy an informative and entertaining evening.  This club is also moderated by Pat Sweeney.

Afternoon Tea V

Afternoon Tea V

Tuesdays

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Starting on Tuesday, February 27 and then on every Tuesday thereafter from 1:00–3:00pm, the Derby Neck Library will begin the next installment in our adult program series Afternoon Tea V with Hulu exclusive: The Handmaid’s Tale! This program series features an hour’s worth of episodes of a streaming-only show on services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video followed by an hour of discussion. Throughout, there will be tea, coffee, and biscuits for refreshments. There is no fee for this program and no registration is required. Join us!

Court Reporting Seminar - Registration Required

Court Reporting Seminar – Registration Required

Wednesdays

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This is a Court Reporting seminar meant to prepare people interested in becoming a court reporter. This course is taught by Andrea Kingsley. If you are interested, please email her at andi1960@optonline.net or call 203-856-9831 for more information.