Thoughtful Thursdays - Linda Christensen - "Getting Started on Ancestry"
Aug
15
5:15 PM17:15

Thoughtful Thursdays - Linda Christensen - "Getting Started on Ancestry"

New to family history? Join Linda Christensen at the Library on Thursday, August 15 at 5:15 pm for a look at simple steps for starting your family tree. She'll also highlight what to enter, how to enter it, and what to do next.


Linda LaFrancois Christensen grew up in Griswold and has lived in Preston for over 35 years. She has a BS in Elementary Education, an MS in Reading, and a Sixth Year degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently finishing up work for a genealogy certificate through the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She taught for 25 years in the Voluntown School System, retired and began working for the Holocaust Research Center in New London. She served as president of the Preston Historical Society for 12 years and is currently the Preston Historian. At this time, she is currently engaged in digitally preserving the archived collection of the Preston Historical Society through the Connecticut League of History Organizations and their CT Collections.

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Sunday Night Lecture - Harry Martin on “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”
May
5
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Night Lecture - Harry Martin on “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”

The Stonington Free Library presents Brush Up Your Shakespeare, an entertaining rather than scholarly lecture. Harry Martin will take us through Shakespeare’s most memorable lines we all recall from school, to demonstrate why he is the world’s greatest author.

Audience participation will make this a lively evening.

Open to the public and free of charge.

For further information, please contact the Stonington Free Library.

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Take Your Child To the Library Day and SFL Film Festival – Charlotte’s Web
Feb
2
10:30 AM10:30

Take Your Child To the Library Day and SFL Film Festival – Charlotte’s Web

Join us for Take Your Child to the Library Day! We have NEW Youth library cards that will NOT incur fines; come in and get one if you are under age 16. In addition, we are celebrating this special day showing the movie, Charlotte’s Web at 10:30 and giving away FREE books.
FREE to all – bring a snack and a friend and celebrate what your home town library has to offer!

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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.

This event is free and open to the public.

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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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