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December 3 through 17
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Monday Scholars:
An Introduction to Italian Opera

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Monday Scholars is a weekly series that combines the best of online learning with classroom discussion. Each week a new lecture topic is watched and discussed. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate in the discussion. Join Adult Service Librarian Patricia Moore as she facilitates this course.

Do you have an interest in opera but aren’t quite sure where to start? During the month of December the OWL Monday Scholars will learn about the Bel Canto era of Italian Opera with a specific focus on the operas of Guiseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. It is the perfect introduction for the nascent opera fan. 

This will be our first Monday Scholars course to use the edX platform, an online learning tool used by Harvard University, MIT, Berkeley, and other prestigious universities. An Introduction to Italian Opera is a course created by Dartmouth. On video, Steve Swayne will teach this course. Professor Swayne is the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music at Dartmouth College. He received his AB from Occidental College and his MA and PhD from University of California at Berkeley. 

During this three week course we will learn about the bel canto style of operatic singing, enjoy an introduction to the beloved opera composers Verdi and Puccini, and then watch and discuss excerpts from their operas. We will close the course with a fun finale that shows many of the ways that Italian opera has permeated modern popular culture. Please, join us!

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Wednesday, December 12
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

 The Cookbook Club
Holiday Cookie Swap

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The OWL Cookbook Club wants to simplify your holiday baking! Join Librarians Patricia Moore and Jordan McCorison as they host the Cookbook Club’s Holiday Cookie Swap Party. Be inspired by one of our recommended holiday cookbooks or bring a batch of your holiday favorite cookies or brownies. Come prepared to tell us what inspired you or share why your cookie is a family favorite.

We will sample our delicious treats, then swap and package some to take home. Patricia and Jordan will provide festive take-home boxes to package our treats. Everyone leaves with a wonderful assortment of holiday cookies -- and plenty of new recipes for the holidays!

Each baker, please bring the recipe you used and we will make copies to share. Check out our display of recommended holiday cookbooks beginning a month before the event.

Join us and make your holiday season sweet!

Registration is Required



Thursday, December 13
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 Have a Jazzy Holiday
with The Pierce Campbell Duo

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The Pierce Campbell Jazz Duo will perform classic holiday songs for the Christmas season from artists like Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Jose Feliciano, Tony Bennett and the Peanuts Gang. Guaranteed to have you smiling and singing along!

The Pierce Campbell Jazz Duo features Pierce Campbell, a former Connecticut State Troubadour, on guitar and vocals, and Loren Evarts on keyboards. They perform vocal jazz classics, modern pop jazz and originals. They have an energy and sound that engages all audiences with excellent vocals and strong improvisation. You get the best jazz has to offer with this dynamic duo.

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