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Wednesday, February 8th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dessert Swap
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Join librarians Audra MacLaren and Patricia Moore at the Cookbook Club! Beginning a month before the program, come to OWL to choose from one of our selected cookbooks. Spend the next few weeks experimenting and come to the program ready to chat about your culinary adventures. However, if you find yourself short on time or aren’t in the cooking/baking frame of mind, then feel free to just bring yourself and your appetite.

At the January meeting, we’ll talk about tailgating food - just in time for you to find fun, new ideas for this year’s Super Bowl! Finger foods, dips, and crockpot-friendly appetizers are just a few of the options for planning your Super Bowl Party. Whether it’s a new recipe or a family favorite, we look forward to eating and talking about it!

At our February meeting, it’s all about dessert! Bring a sweet treat divided into single servings and get ready to swap and to take some home! From brownies and cookies to tarts and cakes, nothing is sweeter than a delicious dessert to end the day.

OWL librarians Audra MacLaren and Patricia Moore facilitate the Cookbook Club. Both Audra and Patricia enjoy home cooking and sharing food with friends and neighbors. Right now, they are looking forward to trying new dips and bar cookies - and eating them!



Sunday, January 22nd
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 26th
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Agatha Christie: Book Discussion
with Stuart Barnett
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According to the Guinness World Book of Records, only Shakespeare and the Bible have outsold Agatha Christie in terms of overall book sales in the English language. UNESCO has identified Agatha Christie as the most-translated author of all time.

In this discussion series, we will explore two of her most celebrated books: And Then There Were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

January 22: And Then There Were None

Of her many books, And Then There Were None is her most successful.  Since its initial publication in 1939, it has gone on to sell over 100,000,000 copies. In the US alone, 100,000 copies a year are sold. What accounts for this staggering success

It would be natural to expect the most popular Agatha Christie to be, in a way, the most quintessential Agatha Christie. Yet And Then There Were None is actually quite atypical. It features none of her famous serial detectives, in fact, it cannot be said to feature a detective at all. And Then There Were None is a rich, multi-faceted work that has been re-told in different adaptations, which, in turn, have enabled varied interpretations. There have been multiple film versions in a variety of languages.

February 26: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Published in 1926, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd established Agatha Christie’s reputation. It is still considered to be a landmark in detective fiction. It also inspired the critic Edmund Wilson to publish his essay “Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?” in the New Yorker. 

Despite Wilson, the novel remains in high regard - in 2013, it was voted the best crime novel ever written by the Crime Writer’s Association of Britain. The novel also triggered widespread debate over its fairness, with many critics and readers accusing it of cheating the reader. No less an authority on the topic than Dorothy Sayers felt compelled to come to Christie’s defense.

That this charge was considered seriously and that it continued to hang over the book since its publication is indicated by the fact that Christie felt it necessary to refute the charge in her Autobiography - which was written decades after the publication of the novel.

Stuart Barnett is Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He has published on German and French philosophy and literature. More recently, he has been lecturing and publishing on Agatha Christie. He has researched at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s house, which is now managed by the National Trust and worked with the Agatha Christie Archive, which is managed by her grandson.

Currently, he is writing a book on the cultural impact of And Then There Were None. He is also working with the US Coast Guard Museum to put on exhibit on Agatha Christie and the Coast Guard. (During WWII, her home became the headquarters for a flotilla of the US Coast Guard, which was in England to train for the invasion of D-Day.




Tuesday, January 24th 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Mental Health First Aid: A Discussion
with Valerie English Cooper
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Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour certificate training that provides community members with tools to respond to someone who is in crisis and helps participants recognize the signs and symptoms of a developing mental health problem. Those who receive this training do not diagnose or provide therapy; instead, the program offers tools and answers key questions about what to do and where someone may find help.

Available in the U.S. for ten years and managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health, 750,000 First Aiders have been trained to date. Evidence shows that Mental Health First Aid training increases mental health literacy, increases participants’ confidence in reaching out to community members in need, and increases awareness of local resources to support individuals with mental health disorders.

Join us for a discussion of mental health statistics in Connecticut, learn more about the importance of Mental Health First Aid training in communities, and participate in an activity from the training. A full schedule of certificate trainings can be found at mhconn.org/education/mental-health-first-aid.

Valerie English Cooper is Community Educator and Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor for Mental Health Connecticut (MHC), and is responsible for executing SAMHSA’s (the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) “Now is the Time” Project AWARE Community Grant in Litchfield County. She also has an ADHD coaching practice in Washington, CT.




Wednesday, January 25th 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 An Evening with Belle of the Fall
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Belle of the Fall is fast becoming known for their vocal harmonies, and the interplay between Tracy Walton’s upright bass and the haunting voice of Julia Autumn Ford. Their album, Earthbound, features arrangements that are sparse in nature, leaving room for their voices to take center stage. Their sound has been described as a modern Simon and Garfunkel, if Art Garfunkel were female. In their performance, expect plenty of stories and interaction with the audience.

In 2014, Tracy Walton produced Julia Autumn Ford’s debut album at his studio. In essence, the record is somewhat the birth of Belle of the Fall, as Tracy plays all the instruments on the record and Julia sings. Later that year they would tour the East Coast together sharing bills but playing separate solo sets, with Tracy sitting in on some of Julia’s songs. Then, in the summer of 2015, they realized that they should officially form Belle of the Fall and begin performing together. Earthbound is their first album.

Julia Autumn Ford is a Connecticut Music Award Nominee for Best New Artist (2014) and Song of the Year (2015). Her debut solo album has gained her well-deserved attention as a singer of rare talent.

Tracy Walton is a New England Music Award Nominee for Best Male Performer (2014 and 2015). He has written for Alfred Books and taught at the National Guitar Workshop. He is a multi-instrumentalist that produces albums out of his studio, On Deck Sound Studio. For more on Belle of the Fall, visit belleofthefall.com.



Wednesday,February 1 
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Cozy Reads for Cold Nights
with Cameron Bove and Patricia Moore
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As every reader knows, any time you finish a great book, you find yourself asking, “What do I read next?” With so many choices on the new shelves and in our stacks, it can be difficult to find just the right book! Let us be your personal guide by hearing about what we’ve been reading.

Eighteen books will be shared. For each book, we’ll give a brief story line and then share our thoughts on why this book made it on our list. A list of each book selected, along with who recommended it, will be provided at the talk as well as available for download from our website at its conclusion. From recently published books to favorites you might have missed, you will hear about why we loved them and why they are on our recommended reading list. Join Librarian Patricia Moore, and Library Book Club Liaison Cameron Bove as they share their reading recommendations for great winter reads!




Wednesday,February 1 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Where Do I Go From Here?
Career & Lifestyle Planning
with Jeff Crothers
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Ease your way into a new and more rewarding career and lifestyle through the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, an effective instrument administered by an experienced career professional. Jeff Crothers has 34 years of experience at the college level providing career and personal counseling to students and adults in our community.

Come participate in this insightful workshop where you will: identify your strengths and personal style as they relate to career and lifestyle choice; understand your preferred leadership style; and learn how best to work with others as a team utilizing your natural gifts.

Jeff Crothers, Licensed Professional Counselor, has worked in the career development and counseling field for over thirty years helping students and adults develop and implement career and personal choices. He has taught courses and workshops at Northwestern Connecticut Community College for twenty-seven years on topics including career decision making, wellness enhancement and stress management, job search techniques and college success.

He has worked with the Connecticut Department of Labor and other agencies providing Myers-BriggsType Indicator trainings. Jeff is currently a Board Member of the Connecticut Career Counseling and Development Association, a branch of the Connecticut Counseling Association, and volunteers his career services throughout northwest Connecticut.



Tuesday, February 7 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Bombs Have No Eyes:
Stories from Japan in Support of Peace Education
with Marina Outwater
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Japanese school children visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima’s peace parks and museums in order to fully understand the complexities of war and the damaging effects of nuclear weapons. Japanese schools teach peace curriculums, even at the university level. And yet, in many American classrooms, children do not receive a similar education. Our students often have a limited understanding of the events of World War II in general and typically know even less about Japan’s involvement.

Marina Outwater’s recent trip to Nagasaki and Hiroshima revealed first-hand accounts from survivors who told their stories with nothing more than an intense desire for world peace. Marina will share these moving tales of several hibakusha who were young children at the time of the atomic bombings. After sharing stories and photographs, Marina will discuss the need for peace education and some strategies for implementation in the classroom.

Marina Outwater is a Litchfield resident and a veteran teacher with over twenty years of experience in middle schools. She has a master’s degree in Early Adolescent Education from Bank Street College of Education and is working towards another master’s degree in American History. This past summer, Marina spent two weeks in Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and Kyoto as part of a small study tour of twelve teachers from across the nation investigating peace through the Five College Center for East Asian Studies.




Thursday, February 16 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Ancient America:
Fifty Archaeological Sites to See for Yourself

with Author Kenneth Feder
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Ancient America invites readers to explore the stunning technological, architectural, engineering and artistic achievements of America’s first peoples. Part travel guide, part friendly reference, Ancient America showcases sites across the United States including monumental pyramids of earth, “castles” ensconced in cliff niches, and vast rock art galleries. In addition to practical visitor information, Feder tells the fascinating stories of each site as revealed by archaeological research. Whether you want to visit or be an armchair traveler, you will be inspired by these remarkable places where the past continues to resonate in the present.

Kenneth Feder is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University. He obtained his B.A. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Stonybrook and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Connecticut. His primary research interests include the archaeology of the native peoples of New England and the analysis of public perceptions about the human past.

He is the founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project, a long-term investigation of the prehistory of the Farmington River Valley and has authored and co-authored several books including: The Past In Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory, and Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology. He has been interviewd on the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel.

A Book Signing & Wine & Cheese Reception will Follow



Wednesday, February 22 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 Look of Love: An  Evening with The Pierce Campbell Trio
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Look of Love features the jazz music from artists like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Duke Ellington. It will have toes tapping and heads bobbing to familiar favorites. With excellent vocals, improvisation and a stellar song selection, Look of Love has the energy and sound that will engage you right from the start.

The Pierce Campbell Jazz Trio features Pierce Campbell on guitar and vocals, Tony Pasqualoni on acoustic bass and Loren Evarts on keyboards. 

Pierce was appointed the Connecticut State Troubadour for 2007/2008 by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and has been a full time musician for 20 years.

Tony Pasqualoni has been playing electric and acoustic bass for over forty years in various bands. Recently Tony has also been working as a stringed instrument builder and repairer, both independently and with a major musical instrument retailer.

Loren Evarts received his Master’s degree in music education, and is now an instructor for five colleges. He is currently finishing up his DMA at Boston University. Visit their website at piercecampbell.com.

















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