Library Programs For Grown-Ups

December 22, 2009

Battling the winter blahs? The Essex Library offers programs and classes that will entertain, educate, and enthrall you, on topics ranging from sailing the coast of Cuba, to navigating through today’s investment market, from beekeeping to the Bill of Rights, and science to sewing. Whatever your interests, we’ve got something for you. Come explore new ideas, delve into history, take up a hobby or an armchair tour. We’re making new fans for great music with our ongoing Opera at the Library series, teaching basic computer skills, even beginning yoga. There’s no end to what you can learn at your Library where great books are just the beginning. All of our programs are free and open to the public, and reservations or information can be had by calling the Essex Library at 860-767-1560.

To begin with, artist Rob DeBartolo will be exhibiting his beautiful paintings through January. Rob has lived and worked in Connecticut for over forty years. He creates beautiful landscapes and flower paintings, primarily in pastels, but also works with acrylics, collage, colored pencil and pourable inks. His experience in operating a small print shop led him to explore his deep connection to color and its limitless possibilities, and to experimentation with montoypes and the creation of a diluted inks technique.

Living On Less, With The Hartford Courant’s Korky Vann
Thursday, January 7th at 7 p.m.
Come meet the Queen of Saving Green! This popular columnist/blogger has the inside scoop on how to save $$$$ on everything you buy, from food to clothes to those big-ticket budget busters. Think you’re a smart shopper? This fun, information-packed program will help you hold on to more of what you work for with tips so simple you’ll wonder why everyone isn’t using them!

Opera At The Library: “Il Tabarro” &  “I Pagliacci”
Friday, January 8th, 2-4:30 p.m.
Two great short operas with all-star casts, recorded live at the Met in 1994. Puccini’s Il Tabarro stars Placido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, and Juan Pons. Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci features Luciano Pavarotti, Teresa Stratas, and Juan Pons. Fabulous music, world-class singers.

Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Continues With Art & Architecture Historian, Chuck Benson
Friday, January 8th at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall
“The Art and Architecture Of C.F.A. Voysey and Sir Edwin Lutyens” focuses on the works of two of the most beloved architects and designers from the turn of the 19th to the 20th centuries—the end of the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain. This era was also known as the British Art Nouveau, or Edwardian Period. The holistic approach to residential design of these two extraordinary artists has in part defined our enchantment with the English Country Cottage. Come explore their genius.

Sharpen Your Pencils For The Second Annual Justus Paul Memorial Crossword Puzzle Contest
Saturday, January 16th at Noon
Test your crossword puzzle prowess at this fun, free event that returns to the Library for its second year! Both individuals and teams of no more than two may participate. Prizes provided by The Griswold Inn will be given to the top three finishers.  The name of the overall winner will be added to a special plaque in our lobby and will take home a trophy, as well.  You must pre-register for this program.  To do so, call the Library at 860-767-1560, or click here to register online. Puzzles will be provided by Will Shortz, crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times!

Walking With African Wildlife, an armchair enviro-tour with Chris Myers
Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m.
Today’s active tourist is doing more than watching the scenery go by. Join Chris Myers as he shares his photos and experiences on an African tour in which he contributed hands-on for wildlife preservation.

Award Reception–And You’re Invited!
Friday, January 22nd at 4 p.m.
The Essex Library is proud to be the recipient of a 2010 Connecticut State Library and Connecticut Library Association Award for Excellence in Public Library Service, one of only two such prizes given per year, for the GirlZone program. Please come and help us celebrate this wonderful honor.

Backyard Beekeeping With Rob Boles
Tuesday, January 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Here’s a hobby with everything going for it; great for the environment, low-cost start-up – and free honey. Extension expert Rob Boles will tell you everything you need to get going.

And don’t forget our trip to see West Side Story on Broadway. Tickets are now on sale for our trip to see the Tony-winning revival of West Side Story, Saturday April 24th. Tickets include comfortable round-trip transportation on a Dattco Motor coach, and an orchestra seat to the matinee performance of this smash-hit musical, all for just $159. Seats are limited. This would make a great gift for the theater lover on your list. Tickets will only be on sale through January 15th.