July 2014 Newsletter

Holiday Weekend Closing

We will be closed on  July 4 – 5 – 6.

We will be closed on Friday, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day.  On Saturday, July 5, we’ll be closed for a server upgrade.  And we’re not open on Sundays in the summer.  Have a safe and happy Fourth!

A Very Special Jazz Concert!

Sunday, July 27 on the North Lawn 
4:00 to 5:15 p.m.
Ali Ryerson, flutes
Joe Carter, guitar
Hendrik Meurkens, harmonica
Leco Reis, bass
Adriano Santos, drums 

Free ice cream will be available from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Bring your chairs or blankets, and a picnic if you’d like.  If the weather is bad, the concert will be held in the Community Room, where seating is very limited.

This concert is co-sponsored by Matson Financial Advisors and The Dental Team.

Author Visit:  Archer Mayor

Mystery Writer Archer Mayor
Friday, August 1, 7:00 p.m.

The Brookfield Library welcomes bestselling author Archer Mayor. He writes the highly acclaimed Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.”

Mr. Mayor has won the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction — the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored.  In 2011, Mayor’s 22nd Joe Gunther novel, Tag Man, earned a place on The New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction.

Please register for this special program, which is funded by The Friends of The Brookfield Library.  Register online, by phone at 203-775-6241, or at the Checkout Desk.

Adult Summer Reading Program

The Science of Criminal Investigation  
Adult Summer Reading Program at The Brookfield Library For Ages 18+  
Programs! Book Discussions! Films! Contests! Prizes!

Read an adult or teen book (print, ebook, or audiobook), write a review, and be entered to win one of our great prizes. Our grand prize drawing on August 8 will be for a Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB, and second prize will be a pair of tickets to a show at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts. Everyone who participates in summer reading by writing a review, or by playing Bingo or Clue at the library, will be entered in the final drawings.

You may fill out a review in the library, or click here to register and submit book reviews online.  Once you’re logged in, click on the ‘View Log’ button to enter book reviews.

Participate in one of our contests for more prizes:
Reading Bingo – Enter through August 4 (Pick up a bingo flyer in the library)
Clue Tournament -  July 21

First drawings for book reviews will be July 11 (enter by July 10). Prizes:

  • $30 Gift Certificate for Shakespeare’s Garden
  • $20 Gift Certificate for Layla’s Bakery
  • $20 Gift Card for Froyo World

Thank you to The Friends of The Brookfield Library for providing the funding for our summer prizes, and to Brookfield Theatre for the Arts for the tickets. Be sure to join in this summer’s fun!

Clue Tournament

Monday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.

As part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, The Science of Criminal Investigation, the library is sponsoring a Clue Tournament.

Clue is the classic board game of deduction.  There’s been a murder!  The object of the game is to be the first player to determine the murderer, weapon used, and room in which the crime occurred.  We’ll review the rules, play a preliminary round, and winners will compete in a final round.  Prizes will be awarded, and light refreshments will be served.

This program is for adults 18+. Registration required:  sign up online or by calling the library.

Real-Life CSI

Real-Life CSI:  Crime Scene Investigation
Monday, July 28, 7:00 p.m.

Detectives from the State Police Western District Major Crime Squad will present a program on crime scene investigation.

You’ll learn about the organization of the State’s Major Crime Units, the response to a crime scene, methods of crime scene documentation, crime scene reconstruction, evidence collection, preservation and analysis, and case reviews.  There will be time for questions, and light refreshments will be served.

Please register for this program online, by phone (203-775-6241), or in the library.

Lunchtime Movies for Adults

Lunchtime Movies!  Feel free to bring your lunch.  Beverages will be provided.  Free –  registration not required. 

Lone Survivor 
Wednesday, July 9, 12:30 p.m.
The story of four Navy SEALs sent on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative.  They are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.  Based on the New York Times-bestselling book by Marcus Luttrell.  Directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana.
“Berg has made a powerful film.” –Entertainment Weekly
“The story is nothing short of miraculous.” –USA Today
Rated R, 121 minutes.

Le Weekend 
Tuesday, July 22, 12:30 p.m.
Long-married British couple Nick and Meg are revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon, in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. Diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness, and even deeper regret. An invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan, an amusingly eccentric American academic, soon leads them to a hopeful vision of what their marriage might still become.  Directed by Roger Michell, starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, and Jeff Goldblum.
“Smart, wickedly funny, and surprisingly touching.” –Entertainment Weekly
Rated R, 93 minutes.

Free Access to State and National Parks for Seniors

The Charter Oak Pass provides Connecticut residents age 65 or older free access to Connecticut State Parks and Forests. Only one pass per vehicle is generally required for parking; the pass holder does not have to be the driver. Each person must present a pass for entrance. The Charter Oak Pass is a life-use pass for which no fee is charged.

Eligibility Requirements: You must be age 65 or older, must be a Connecticut resident, and must provide proof of age and residency. To apply by mail, submit a legible photocopy of your current driver’s license or legal proof of age and residency (do not send originals) to:  DEEP Charter Oak Pass, State Parks Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.

There’s a list of locations where you can get a pass in person posted on the Brookfield Senior Center bulletin board (bring your proof of age and residency when you apply).

The Golden Age Passport is a lifetime entrance pass that allows persons 62 and older to visit national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas and national wildlife refuge access without paying the customary entrance fee.

  • A 50% discount on use fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, etc. Only the pass holder is given the 50% discount.
  • This Passport admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle when a park has a per-vehicle entrance fee. Where a per-person entrance fee is charged, the Passport admits the pass holder, spouse, and children.

Eligibility Requirements: The passport is only available to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are at least 62 years of age. This lifetime pass is available for a one-time fee of $10 and may be obtained at the entrance of most federally-operated recreation areas which charge an entrance fee. To apply in person, you must show proof of age and residency (a state driver’s license, birth certificate or similar document is acceptable). The passport is nontransferable and does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires. For additional information, contact the National Park Service, Office of Public Inquiries at 203-208-4747 or visit their website.

July Teen Events

Teen Programs on Tumblr
Follow us on tumblr for more info about teen programs this summer:  brookfieldlibrary.tumblr.com

Teen Late Night Movie Mondays
Mondays, June 23 – August 4, 9:00 p.m.
Go to tumblr to vote for the movies you want to see, then check back for the schedule. There will be marshmallows and other snacks.

Free and open to those entering Grades 6-12. No registration required.

Teen freespace
Thursdays, June 26 – August 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
This weekly block of time is just for you. Come craft, play games, read, write, draw, or just sit around. Too vague? Check our tumblr for more. Marshmallow fights are encouraged.

Free and open to those entering Grades 6-12. No registration required.

Teen Zentangle Workshop
Wednesday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.

Create the beautiful art of Zentangle! Learn how to draw intricate patterns and designs ‘one stroke at a time’ in this hour and a half program.

Limited to the first 12 registrants. Open to grades 6-12, $5 materials fee.  Sign up online, by phone, or at the Checkout Desk by July 8. Payment must be received by July 8.

Teen Cooking Classes
Local chef Jessalee will teach you to whip up some delicious and easy dishes.
Tuesday, July 8, 7-8:30 p.m.:  Tour de France
Thursday, July 17, 7-8:30 p.m.:  Tapas from Spain
Wednesday, July 23, 7-8:30 p.m.:  Meals from the Mediterranean

$7 materials fee. Space is limited. Registration and payment must be received no later than one day prior to each class.  Click here to register.


Adult book discussionsBook Discussions

The Library’s book discussion groups are an opportunity for adults to get together once a month to discuss a book — fiction or non-fiction or mystery. Copies of the books to be discussed are available at the Checkout Desk three to four weeks before each scheduled meeting. The programs are open to all, refreshments are served, and all of our groups welcome new members!


Nonfiction Book Group
The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder & the Birth of Moving Pictures by Edward Ball
Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 p.m.  
Nearly 140 years ago in frontier California, photographer and inventor Eadweard Muybridge captured time with his camera and played it back on a flickering screen — and invented the breakthrough technology of moving pictures. Yet Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial became a national sensation. Despite Muybridge’s crime, his patron, railroad tycoon Leland Stanford (founder of Stanford University) hired the photographer to answer the question of whether the four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground all at once, and together these two unlikely men launched the age of visual media. This riveting true-crime tale of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads puts on display the virtues and vices of the great American West.
This discussion will be held upstairs in the library.

Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French 
Tuesday, August 5,  6:30 p.m.
Chronicling an incredible unsolved murder, Midnight in Peking captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a British schoolgirl in January 1937. The mutilated body of Pamela Werner was found at the base of the Fox Tower, which, according to local superstition, is home to maliciously seductive fox spirits. As British detective Dennis and Chinese detective Han investigate, the mystery only deepens and, in a city on the verge of invasion, rumor and superstition run rampant. Based on seven years of research by historian and China expert Paul French, this true-crime thriller presents readers with a rare and unique portrait of the last days of colonial Peking.  Winner of both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Non-Fiction Dagger.
This discussion will take place upstairs in the library.

Brookfield Reads Fiction
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Monday, July 14, 1:00 p.m.
In his phenomenal debut novel — a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small North Carolina town — author Wiley Cash displays a remarkable talent for lyrical, powerfully emotional storytelling, one that is likely to be held in the same enduring esteem as such American classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and A Separate Peace. A brilliant evocation of a place, a heart-rending family story, a gripping and suspenseful mystery … with A Land More Kind than Home, a major American novelist enthusiastically announces his arrival.

Book ‘em Mystery Discussion Group 
Three Can Keep a Secret by Archer Mayor (don’t miss the author’s visit August 1)  
Monday, July 28, 12:30 p.m.
Joe Gunther and his team, the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI), are usually called in on major cases by local Vermont enforcement whenever they need expertise and back-up. But after the state is devastated by Hurricane Irene, the police from one end of the state to the other are taxed to their limits, leaving Joe Gunther involved in an odd, seemingly unrelated series of cases. In the wake of the hurricane, a seventeen-year-old grave site is exposed, revealing a coffin that had been filled with rocks instead of the expected remains. At the same time, an old, retired state politician turns up dead at his high-end nursing home, and a patient disappears from a state mental facility during the post-hurricane flood. It’s up to Joe Gunther and his team to learn what really happened with the two corpses — one missing – -and what secret the missing patient might have still locked in her brain that links them all.

Fizz!  Boom!  Read!  Summer Reading Program for Kids

Exciting Summer Events for kids entering Kindergarten – Grade 5!

We have too many exciting kids’ events to list.  See our activities calendar.

Children’s Summer Reading Program — Special Event

Alexander, King of Jesters
Tuesday, July 22 @ 7:00 p.m.
For kids entering Kindergarten – Grade 5

It’s easy to imagine a court jester – the colorful trickster with bells jingling from his floppy hat.  But have you ever seen one perform in real time? A rare treat, indeed! Enter the world of the Wise Fool, and take an inspiring journey to Medieval times.

Alex the Jester prefers action to words, from mind-bending sight gags to amazing stunts. When he finally clears his throat to speak, his audience is captivated. Rolling off his tongue is a nonsense language called Grammelot.

No registration required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Alexander will be performing in the Community Room.  Doors will open 15 minutes before the performance. Please enter through the outside Community Room doors only.

Storytimes are back!

Our storytimes will continue until Friday, August 8.

Curious Kids: Ages 2 & 3 (approx. 30 minutes)
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. 
The kids may think it’s just fun, but this program promotes social skills and early reading development, and encourages creative expression, listening comprehension, and vocabulary building through stories, songs, flannel boards, rhymes, and movement activities.

Little Adventurers: Ages 6-23 months (approx. 30 minutes)
Choose Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. or Friday at 10:15 a.m. 
This program promotes social skills and early language development and lays the foundation for reading through letter, color, and number recognition.  It will include stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets, and movement activities.

Fun and Friends Hour: Ages 6 months – Five Years (older siblings are always welcome) (approx. 60 minutes)
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. 
A drop-in program for parents/caregivers and their children features a play and story group for the children, and talk for the adults.  Meet new friends or chat with people you know and enjoy.  Includes a simple craft.  Snacks will be offered.

Preview Club: Ages 3 and up (Approx. 30 minutes)
Every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m., beginning July 3 
Be the first to see and hear books new to our picture book collection. For children ages 3 and up, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

Book Club for Ages 4 to Grade 2

Brookfield Bookworms: Ages 4 – Grade 2  (approx. 45 minutes)

Every other Monday at 3:00 p.m. beginning on June 30   

This storytime/book club provides children with experiences that enrich literacy, such as learning new vocabulary words, being exposed to new ideas and concepts, and analyzing the book that is read to them.  Children will hear stories, sing songs, and do a craft related to the book.  Please click here to register for the July 14 session.  Click here to register for the July 28 session.

Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math Comes to The Brookfield Library!
This program begins Monday, June 23
Shoot for the Stars This Summer!

You can make math a fun part of everyday life.

The program is simple.  Bedtime Math posts zany daily math riddles on their website, free app, and Facebook page.  Every time kids do a math problem, they can track their progress using a connect-the-dots constellation chart and shiny star stickers available at the library.  Kids can bring in their sparkling constellation chart and earn a Bedtime Math flashlight.  Math riddles are posted every day for kids from pre-K through about 5th grade, with an occasional tougher question thrown in to challenge Mom or Dad.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Brookfield Library 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten 
This program will be available again beginning June 23.   

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is designed to help parents/caregivers prepare their children for one of life’s biggest milestones: kindergarten!  A number of research projects have proven over and over again that children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education.  The most effective way to get children ready to learn is to read to them.  A child can participate until he or she enters kindergarten, beginning at any age.  The program is self-paced and can take a few months to a few years, depending on how often you read together.

How does it work?
Come to the library to register and receive a free Early Literacy Kit. Keep track of books on a log as you read them, and receive prizes when you reach milestones along the way.

How long does it take to reach 1,000 books?
If you read one story at bedtime every night for three years, you’ll have shared 1,095 books.  If you read ten books a week for two years, you’ll have shared 1,040 books!  If you read three books per day for one year, you’ll have read 1,095 books!

Monday:   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday:   10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday:   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday:   10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday:   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday:   10 a.m. - 5 p.m
Sunday:   Closed for summer

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