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Thoughtful Thursdays – Markham Starr – “Swab Summer: Transformation at the United States Coast Guard Academy”
Sep
13
5:15 PM17:15

Thoughtful Thursdays – Markham Starr – “Swab Summer: Transformation at the United States Coast Guard Academy”

Please join us on Thursday afternoon, September 13th, at 5:15 in the Library when Markham Starr will talk about Swab Summer: Transformation at The United States Coast Guard Academy. A slide show of photographs from his book will accompany his presentation, a fascinating account of the Coast Guard Academy’s version of boot camp. In seven-weeks from reporting (R-Day) in June, the incoming class of civilian teenagers, some of whom can’t yet swim, are transformed into military ready cadets on their way to becoming leaders and officers. Not everyone, though, survives this grueling summer.

This event is free and open to the public.

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CT Authors Trail – Gail B. MacDonald on Morton F. Plant and the CT Shoreline
Aug
30
6:30 AM06:30

CT Authors Trail – Gail B. MacDonald on Morton F. Plant and the CT Shoreline

Join us on the CT Authors Trail. Gail B. MacDonald will discuss her book Morton F. Plant and the Connecticut Shoreline: Philanthropy in the Gilded Age.

About the Author: Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald is an associate professor in residence in the journalism department at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She is a former reporter for the Day of New London, Connecticut, and a veteran journalist whose work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, the Providence Journal, the Los Angeles TimesRhode Island MonthlyAmerican Artist and Vermont Life.

About the Book: Gilded Age financier Morton F. Plant inherited his father’s transportation empire determined to improve his community.  A dreamer eager to invest in innovative technology and grass-
roots community causes alike, Plant’s influence ran deep on the Connecticut shoreline prior to World War I, and his legacy remains prominent. Plant’s summer mansion, Branford House, is one of southeastern Connecticut’s iconic landmarks. He was instrumental in founding the prestigious Connecticut College. And the Shennecossett Golf Club he developed as part of his summer resort is a popular public course. Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald brings to life this important figure in Connecticut history and demonstrates his long-reaching impact.

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Stonington Free Library Presents: Patrick Lynch on Long Island Sound
Aug
19
5:00 PM17:00

Stonington Free Library Presents: Patrick Lynch on Long Island Sound

Yale University Press author Patrick Lynch, using his widely researched and lavishly illustrated book A Guide to Long Island Sound as reference, will describe the evolution of Long Island Sound, one of the most densely populated regions in the US: the formation, geology, and ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial of the Sound, and the gradual effects of rising sea levels and warmer waters upon them.

Supported by many years of environmental research, Patrick will disclose, and discuss, his predictions for sea-level rise throughout the region.

A GUIDE TO LONG ISLAND SOUND, Yale University Press, will be available at the talk: 

"Informative yet accessible and visually stunning" - AUDUBON CT.

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Norb Vonnegut will speak on "Bitcoin and the Wave of Cryptocurrencies"
Jul
19
5:15 PM17:15

Norb Vonnegut will speak on "Bitcoin and the Wave of Cryptocurrencies"

Mr. Vonnegut will focus on the evolution of this social movement – what began as a bunch of libertarians opting out of our financial system of “trusted third parties” has turned into a technological wave that embraces an Internet ledger system known as “Blockchain.” There are over 1,600 cryptocurrencies, and Bitcoin is the biggest by a factor of two. He will speak from
personal experience that cryptocurrencies are not yet ready for primetime; however, it’s a matter of time before they go mainstream.

Mr. Vonnegut is uniquely qualified to speak about this evolution. Before becoming a published author of both fiction and non-fiction, he spent most of his career in private wealth management with several brokerage firms, primarily Morgan Stanley, and with a registered investment adviser in New York City.

Mr. Vonnegut is a graduate of Phillips Exeter and Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his family split their time between New York City and Narragansett.

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Pet Behavior Event - FREE!
Jun
21
5:15 PM17:15

Pet Behavior Event - FREE!

Animal lovers and pet owners, please join us for a lively “Thoughtful Thursday” presentation in the Stonington Free Library at 5:15, on June 21. Gleanna Doyle, the owner of Rhodes Collar that provides “services for pets and their families,” will talk about common pet behaviors. A “how-to” training demonstration will follow, focused on teaching a pre-selected dog/puppy not jump on friends, guests, and neighbors and instead teaching in an alternate positive behavior.

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Stonington Free Library: Ten Restaurants That Changed America-Paul Freedman
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

Stonington Free Library: Ten Restaurants That Changed America-Paul Freedman

Paul Freedman will speak about his latest book, Ten Restaurants that Changed America. From Delmonico’s to Sylvia’s to Chez Panisse, the book is a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants. Combining a historian’s rigor with a foodie’s palate, Ten Restaurants that Changed America reveals how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself. 

Paul Freedman is a history professor at Yale University where he has taught since 1997. Prior to Yale, he spent 18 years at Vanderbilt University. He has written on Catalan ecclesiastical and social history, comparative studies of the peasantry, and the history of cuisine. Professor Freedman also is the editor of the ICP Award-winning Food: The History of Taste and the author of Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination.

For more information, please contact the Stonington Free Library.

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Stonington Free Library Presents: Connecticut Early Music
May
20
5:00 PM17:00

Stonington Free Library Presents: Connecticut Early Music

As the CT Early Music Festival prepares for its 36th Season this spring, multi-talented Ian Watson, described by the Times of London as a “world-class soloist," will share the sounds and stories of the period instruments that make the Connecticut Early Music Festival a treasure here in Southeastern Connecticut.

Watson, who began his career as an organist at St. Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey, is currently in his 11th season as Director of Arcadia Players Period- Instrument Orchestra (Northampton, MA) and was appointed Resident Conductor of Boston’s Handel and Hayden Society in September, 2014.

For questions about this event, please contact the Stonington Free Library at 535-0658.

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Sunday Evening Lecture – Ellen Litman – Becoming American
Apr
15
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Evening Lecture – Ellen Litman – Becoming American

Author Ellen Litman will speak at the Library.

Ellen Litman grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she lived until 1992. After her family immigrated to the United States, she studied Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and after graduation spent the next six years working as a software developer in Baltimore and Boston. She took her first writing class in the fall of in 1998. Three years later, she left Information Technology and went off to Syracuse to study writing. Since then, she’s been writing and teaching.

Ellen’s fiction won first prize in the Atlantic Monthly 2003 Fiction Contest, and she’s been awarded 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, as well as fiction fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Her stories have appeared in Best New American Voices 2007, Best of Tin House, American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans, Dossier, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Connecticut.

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Sunday Evening Lecture – Merrill House Poet, Suzanne Rivecca
Apr
8
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Evening Lecture – Merrill House Poet, Suzanne Rivecca

Suzanne Rivecca's first collection of stories, Death Is Not an Option (W.W. Norton 2010), won the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her short fiction has received two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2013. She has been a National Endowment for the Arts fellow as well as a Stegner fellow at Stanford University and Creative Arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her current writing draws on her experience working in San Francisco's homeless-services sector. 

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Sunday Speaker Series
Mar
11
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Speaker Series

Please join us on Sunday, March 11, at 5 p.m., in the Stonington Free Library for the season opener of the Sunday Speaker Series.  Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, David Leeming is the author of over 20 books on world mythology and three biographies, including the internationally recognized James Baldwin.  He will speak on "Medusa: A Biography."

Writing a biography presents challenges whether the subject is living or deceased.  Writing a biography about one of the most enduring and terrifying mythical figures of history is downright foolhardy.  Nevertheless, Leeming defies Medusa's gaze.  He traces her origins in global cultures more disparate and ancient than the classical Greek.  He follows her path from a dangerous female monster to the noble victim of a patriarchal society to a contemporary power player in the fashion house of Versace.

Finally, he confronts the questions of who Medusa is and what the Medusa myth as a cultural dream says about us.

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Neighborhood Meeting at the Library
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Neighborhood Meeting at the Library

Neighborhood Meeting

Wednesday, December 13th at 5:30pm

Stonington Free Library

In an effort to inform and hear from our neighbors, patrons and the community at large we invite you to learn about our plans to increase accessibility at the Library.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts. Will you join us?

RSVP to development@stoningtonfreelibrary.org by 12/8/2017

Providing access to every member of our community is a major priority for SFL. For too long we have been unable to serve library visitors who need full access to the library. The staff and board of the library initiated a thorough analysis of how to best meet ADA and accessibility needs, including replacement lift /elevator options, compliant bathrooms, doorways, and place of refuge for emergency exits. Following a rigorous selection process, we engaged the services of a qualified architect, knowledgeable about ADA requirements and historic adaptive design. The board unanimously agreed on what we collectively believe is the most feasible and fiscally responsible option at a cost of $420,000. This approach solves both the accessibility concerns and dramatically improves the use of space on both the main and lower levels of the library.

 

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Sunday Evening Lecture — Sally Wood on Agatha Christie
Oct
15
4:00 PM16:00

Sunday Evening Lecture — Sally Wood on Agatha Christie

Local Agatha Christie expert, Sally Wood, gives a talk on the prolific author and the film adaptation of The Crooked House.

The event will take place at the La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington. Parking for the La Grua Center is in the main lot of Stonington Commons. This event is free and open to the public.

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Sunday Evening Lecture — Alex Prud’homme
Oct
8
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Evening Lecture — Alex Prud’homme

Join us Sunday, October 8th at 5 pm. Alex Prud’homme, great nephew of Julia Child, discusses his new book “The French Chef in America.”

Mr. Prud’homme recounts the myriad ways in which Child profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America’s first lady of French food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, The French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

The event will take place at the La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington. Parking for the La Grua Center is in the main lot of Stonington Commons. This event is free and open to the public.

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Stonington Free Library: John Fullerton on the Environment
Aug
13
5:00 PM17:00

Stonington Free Library: John Fullerton on the Environment

John Fullerton’s successful investment career includes 18 years as a senior officer in JP Morgan’s Global Capital Markets Division. Since 2011, John has become a world recognized leader in ‘Impact Investing’. This uses capital productively to create a regenerative environment ensuring a better future for our planet and its people. He founded ‘The Capital Institute’ in Greenwich CT, and is a co-founder of Grasslands LLC, a holistic ranch management company. His articles and media appearances include: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Wall St Journal, NY times, Frontline, and the Free Forum.

John will describe the next evolution of sustainable capitalism and how his vision will inspire the use of the Stonington property, adjacent to Juan O’Callahan’s ‘Salt Acres’, which he and his wife Susan recently purchased.

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Thoughtful Thursday- "Custom House Tour: 1830's Artifacts"
May
18
5:00 PM17:00

Thoughtful Thursday- "Custom House Tour: 1830's Artifacts"

Connecticut historian, Nick Bellantoni will discuss the history of Stonington including discussion of the town as a major trading center. In the 19th century, Stonington supported a small fishing, whaling, and sealing fleet, with some direct trade with the West Indies - enough in volume for it to be made a port of entry in 1842. The small granite Custom House faces Main Street just north of Cannon Square.  Nick will lead a tour of the Custom House following his talk.

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Stonington Free Library: The Rift Valley Children's Village, with India Howell
May
14
5:00 PM17:00

Stonington Free Library: The Rift Valley Children's Village, with India Howell

India Howell founded the Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV) in 2004.  Today it provides a permanent and loving home for about 100 marginalized and orphaned children. 

Nestled among coffee plantations in the Karatu region of Northern Tanzania, The RVCV is an oasis of laughter and joy. From the moment they step through the gates of the Village, they become permanent members of the RVCV family. In addition to being the legal guardian for these children, India and the RVCV supplies leadership training, teachers and resources to the local primary and secondary schools.

 This is a model non-profit organization that is successfully uplifting and transforming the local community.

Open to the public and free of charge.  For more information contact the Stonington Free Library via the link below.

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Mark Wunderlich Reads from His Work
Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Mark Wunderlich Reads from His Work

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three collections of poems, the most recent of
which is The Earth Avails (Graywolf Press, 2014), which received the Rilke Prize
and which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award.  His other books include
Voluntary Servitude, also by Graywolf, and The Anchorage, which received the Lambda
Literary Award.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts
Cultural Council, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program, Civitella Ranieri Foundation
among others.  His work has appeared in the New York Times MagazineSlatePoetry,
Paris ReviewThe New RepublicThe Stranger and elsewhere.  He teaches writing
and literature at Bennington College in Vermont, and lives in New York’s Hudson
Valley.

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