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April is Poetry Month
Come Celebrate with Us! 

Poetry for All Ages

Posting Every Friday on 
OWL YouTube Channel *

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Meet up with Children's Librarian Mrs. Tricia as she shares some of her favorite websites for poetry. Plus, she is planning to read some of her favorite poems (short-promise!) and prompt you to write some of your own. Let's celebrate Poetry Month together!

* Not a Live Event

  


   ~Adult Events ~ 

These events will be live so follow the link at the specified time to Zoom over to our LIVE Adult Programs. You will be prompted to open Zoom, the virtual meeting program we are using. All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. 

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Adult Interactive Book Chat
with OWL Staff

Starting March 30
Mondays 2:00 PM

A Live Virtual Event

 

 

 

Join OWL Staff Patricia Moore, Audra MacLaren, and Karen Pasternak as we all talk together about what we are reading! Grab a cup of tea, pull up a chair, and let's talk books! This will be interactive so we encourage everyone to share so we can start growing our reading lists.

All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. No passwords or confirmation codes, just click the link above to join and follow the prompts. 

 

 


 

 

 

LIVE Zoom Event

Sinatra and The Civil Rights Movement:
a Lecture with Gil  Gigliotti

April 9
Thursday  2:00 PM

A Live Virtual Event

 

This talk examines Frank's life-long fight for civil rights, through song, film, and political activism. Learn how Sinatra, from a boy-singer to the Chairman of the Board, tried to make a difference.

Gilbert L. Gigliotti is a professor of English and Latin at Central Connecticut State University and the host for more than two decades of "Frank, Gil, and Friends" on WFCS 107.7 FM. He earned his PhD in comparative literature at The Catholic University of America. His books and courses on Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner belie his more traditional academic interests in American Puritans like Ann Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, and Cotton Mather; the late 18th-century writers The Connecticut Wits; and the literature of ancient Greece and Rome.

All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. No passwords or confirmation codes, just click the link above to join and follow the prompts.

 

 


 

LIVE Zoom Event

Activity on Long Island Sound  During the Revolutionary War: a Lecture with Historian Ed Hynes

April 15
Wednesday  1:00 PM

A Live Virtual Event

 

Join history enthusiast Edward Hynes in this action-filled Revolutionary War lecture that reveals the action, intrigue and terror of the people living around Long Island Sound during America’s War for Independence. With the Connecticut and Long Island coasts less than 10 miles apart in many sections of the Sound, raiders crossedevery fair night either to smuggle and/or steal goods; and kidnap or kill enemies. Spies, on both sides,rounded out this dangerous cast of characters.

Edward Hynes, CFA is a native of Wilton, CT. He and his wife have traveled extensively to various battlefields around the country and overseas. In addition to his interest in history, Ed works as a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor in Westport.

All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. No passwords or confirmation codes, just click the link above to join and follow the prompts.

 


 

 

LIVE Zoom Event

Plot Against America and Perpetual Fear:
a Discusion with Professor Aimee Pozorski
 

April 22
Wednesday  2:00 PM

A Live Virtual Event

 

 

Philip Roth’s 2004 novel, The Plot Against America begins with the sentence: “Fear presides over these memories, a perpetual fear.” Some scholars and artists, including David Simon who recently adapted the novel for HBO, have noticed how this novel seems to foreshadow our current political environment. But with its language of fear and contagion, Plot Against America also seems to have anticipated our current reality in the face of COVID-19. Join us as Aimee discusses these questions and more as we explore together this exceptional novel by Philip Roth.

Aimee Pozorski is Professor and Director of English Graduate Studies at Central Connecticut State University. With Maren Scheurer, she is also co executive editor of Philip Roth Studies, a peer reviewed journal published by Purdue University Press. Additionally, she is the past President of the Philip Roth Society.

All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. No passwords or confirmation codes, just click the link above to join and follow the prompts.

 


 

 

LIVE Zoom Event

Three Chords & The Truth: Folk Songs that Last
with The Western Land Trio

April 23
Thursday 7 - 8 PM

A Live Virtual Event

 

 

Join musicians John Fulkerson, Mike Delay and Jerry Geci of the Western Lands Trio as they discuss and present classic folk songs that never wear out and ought to be sung more often. They are the songs that we want and expect future generations to be singing. They are the songs with truth about the human spirit, about the values held dear, and about simple down-home ways. Some of the songs are light and easy, and others are heavy and deep. Some political, some personal. In a phrase Harlan Howard used to describe country music these songs are mostly “three chords and the truth.”

Influenced by Pete Seeger, Mike Delay became interested in the 5 string banjo in the ‘60s. He frequented coffee houses around central Florida in ‘70s and ‘80s and joined in with musician friends playing folk, Irish and mountain songs. After moving to Connecticut in 1996 his music went somewhat dormant until John Fulkerson introduced him to Jerry Geci and they formed a musical bond.

Although singing and harmonizing started early with aunts and uncles for Jerry Geci, it wasn’t until he became a part of a folk singing trio in college that he began playing the guitar. He has kept adding to his repertoire with songs that fit his evolving family life. Jerry says, “As with life, the trio is all about harmony.”

John Fulkerson started playing the acoustic guitar and singing folk music with friends in the 1960s, later playing in a small folk group with Tim Cromwell, Roger Parker and Buzzy Mann. He was fortunate to know Frank Warner, a noted folk music collector and play with his sons Jeff and Garrett Warner as well as New England folk musician Jeff Davis.

All you need is an internet connection and a device or computer with a webcam and audio. No passwords or confirmation codes, just click the link above to join and follow the prompts.

 


 

 

LIVE Zoom Event

We Are All Good People Here
with Author Susan Rebecca White

April 28
Tuesday 7 - 8 PM

A Live Virtual Event

 

 

Susan Rebecca White returns to talk about her fourth novel, We Are All Good People Here. Spanning three decades, from 1962 to 1993, it follows college roommates and best friends, Eve Whalen and Daniella Gold, as they undergo a series of political and moral awakenings that change the trajectory of their lives.

In her talk, Susan will explore some of the questions this novel raises, including: How do we look back at our actions during a fiery political time once the fire dies down and the political climate is cooler? How do we integrate who we once were with who we are now, and in particular, how do women hold onto their core selves once they become mothers? How do we process past actions that we might now be ashamed of? And, perhaps most importantly, how do we hold onto the people we love when there is a growing ideological divide between us? 

Susan Rebecca White is the author of four novels: Bound South, A Soft Place to Land, A Place at the Table, and We Are All Good People Here. A graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at Hollins University, Susan has taught creative writing at Hollins, Emory, SCAD, and Mercer University, where she was the Ferrol A. Sams, Jr. Distinguished Chair of English Writer-in-Residence. An Atlanta native, Susan lives in Atlanta with her husband and son. Visit her website at susanrebeccawhite.com.

 

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