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The Brookfield Library

September 2017

New Library Information
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September Hours
The library will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. We will be open on Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. beginning September 10.

New! Compassion Book Club
Facilitators: Dr. Chris Kukk and Emily Cole Prescott
Thursday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m.

Brookfield residents Dr. Chris Kukk and Emily Cole Prescott will lead the discussion. Dr. Chris Kukk is Professor of Political Science/Social Science at Western Connecticut State University and author of The Compassionate Achiever: How Helping Others Fuels Success. Emily Cole Prescott has worked for the Town of Brookfield for over ten years. She has a BA in English from Western Connecticut State University and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration at John Jay College (CUNY). She was a research assistant for The Compassionate Achiever.
The first book for discussion is The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams: An instant New York Times bestseller. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?

They explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.

Copies of The Book of Joy are available at the Information/Reference desk. Books chosen for subsequent discussions will be decided on by the group and all genres of books will be considered as long as compassion is a main theme.

AARP Safe Driver Course
Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. This single session, four hour course covers the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time associated with aging and provides practical techniques on how to adjust to these changes, along with learning to operate vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. No written or driving tests; classroom only. CT residents only. Program cost: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Bring check only, and pay the instructor the morning of the class. Registration is required.

Socrates Café
Monday, September 18, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
The Socrates Cafe meets in the evening on the third Monday of each month, and it is an opportunity for people from different backgrounds to get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central theme of “Socratizing,” the idea that we learn more when we question with others. Our group is led by experienced facilitator Loretta Donovan. Loretta has twenty-eight years of experience as a facilitator, has taught inquiry based facilitation at Columbia University, and also certifies others in strength-based facilitation.

At a Socrates discussion, participants explore, interrogate, and investigate, in friendly conversation. They have an opportunity to explore the world through listening to others who might look at the world quite differently. It is not a place to argue, debate, or persuade. Each month the conversation varies and one will never know in advance where it may lead. No preparation is necessary; there is not a designated book-of-the-month to read or philosophic topic to study. The only request is that you come with an open mind and a friendly attitude and be willing to let your mind expand. Meeting topics are suggested by those present, and one subject is selected by group consensus. Most people find they have lots to think about and say, more than they imagined, throughout the course of the discussion. Others may prefer to simply listen. 

Group size is limited and registration is required.

Color Your World Adult Coloring Program
Thursday, September 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Our adult coloring continues at the library.  Plan to join us — coloring reduces stress and anxiety, trains your brain to focus, and helps with fine motor skills. Even better, it’s fun and a great social activity. We will provide many coloring books to choose from, colored pens and pencils, music and refreshments. Registration is appreciated so that we can plan supplies and seating; register online, by phone, or at the Checkout Desk. For adults 18+.
Parlons Francais! Let’s Speak French!
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
This year’s Parlons Francais program, led by Colin Harrison, is back to basics with the textbook Ultimate French – Beginner-Intermediate.  The group is currently well into the textbook, supplemented by current articles from French newspapers such as Le Figaro or Le Monde. New members who have some proficiency with French may well be able to join in. Click on the dates above to register. Generally, the afternoon class meets in the community room, and the evening class meets at one of the tables between adult fiction and nonfiction. Please register on the links above for the class you would like to attend.
Book Discussions
If you haven’t attended our book clubs, please think about coming.  We provide the books for our readers, and our very active groups love to have new members.
Book ‘Em Mystery/Thriller Discussion
The Dry by Jane Harper

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret... A secret Falk thought long-buried... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface...
Brookfield Reads
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.
With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult. 
Our 7:00 p.m. discussion is led by Pam Perlman. 

Nonfiction Book Group
These discussions are held upstairs in the library.
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession, by Susan Orlean 
Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Determined to clone an endangered flower—the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii—a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America’s strange flower-selling subculture, through Florida’s swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orlean—and the reader—will have more respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family, by Luke Dittrich
Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.

In 1953, a twenty-seven-year-old factory worker named Henry Molaison—who suffered from severe epilepsy—received a radical new version of the then-common lobotomy, targeting the most mysterious structures in the brain. The operation failed to eliminate Henry’s seizures, but it did have an unintended effect: Henry was left profoundly amnesic, unable to create long-term memories. Over the next sixty years, Patient H.M., as Henry was known, became the most studied individual in the history of neuroscience, a human guinea pig who would teach us much of what we know about memory today.
Movie Matinees
Free showings, popcorn & soda. 

My Cousin Rachel 
Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Based on the 1951 novel by Daphne Du Maurier; directed by Roger Michell; and starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glenn, and Holliday Grainger. A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin’s mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Rated PG-13, 106 minutes. 
Meagan Leavey 
Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and starring Kate Mara. Based on the true life story of a young Marine Corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy. Rated PG-13, 117 minutes.

Computer Classes

Intro to Excel Series
Begins September 11
3:00 OR 6:30 p.m.

This 6-session course teaches Microsoft Excel basics. Excel is a spreadsheet program that helps you manage mathematical information. It is frequently used in today’s workplace. Once you begin to understand the basics, you will find it is an easy and fun application to use. For example, you can use Excel to budget your personal finances and keep track of your investments. Prior experience with the computer and an understanding of the Windows operating system is recommended.
Limit of 7 attendees per class.  Register online, by phone, or at the Checkout Desk. Register once for all sessions.
3:00 p.m. registration
6:30 p.m. registration 
Sewing Classes

Machine Embroidery Class
Tuesday, September 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m. OR 6:00-8:00 p.m.

This month, we will be embroidering a project of your choice on the library's embroidery machines! This could be a t-shirt, towel, napkins, placemats, etc. You can choose from one of our many embroidery patterns. This program is free, you just need to bring what you would like to embroider. Limit of 4 attendees.
2:00 p.m. registration 
6:00 p.m. registration
Open Sewing
Thursday, September 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Open time to use the library’s sewing and/or embroidery machines. Bring your own project or use some of our supplies to make your own.
There will be no formal instruction, but assistance will be provided for the machines if necessary. Limit of 7 attendees. Please register online, by phone, or at the Checkout Desk.  
Teen Programs for Grades 6 - 12

BOLT: Board of Library Teens
Tuesday, September 12
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Grades 6-12

Registration Required
Help plan teen programs at the library for the fall!

Random Fandom: Disney
Tuesday, September 19
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Grades 6-12

Registration required
This month we celebrate all things Disney with crafts, games, and plenty of sing-a-longs! There will be snacks! 

Teen Movie: Everything, Everything
Friday, September 22
5:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Rated PG 13

Registration Required
Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative eighteen-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won't let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Free Popcorn!

Tuesday, September 26
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Grades 6-12

Registration Required
Calling all teen writers! Come and work on a project, do writing exercises, and hear from other teen writers.
Programs for Kids
Storytime Registration is open! We offer a variety of programs for children aged 6 months to 5 years. View the storytime calendar and find registration details here.

Brookfield Builders
Saturday, September 9
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Grades K-5

Registration Required
Show off your incredible imagination and building skills by tackling our monthly theme with the library’s Legos. Registration is required and limited to the first 24 registrants.

Science Explorers
Monday, September 11
5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Age 4 – Grade 2

Registration Required
A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) themed storytime. We’ll read a book and then do a project based on the story.

Write On! Journaling Session
Thursday, September 14
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Grades 2-5

Registration Required
Try a new writing exercise each month! Returning children are asked to bring the journals they received at our last session with them. Our “newbies” will be given a journal to take and make their own.

Kids Afternoon @ The Movies
Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Friday, September 15
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Rated PG

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg's newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. This family's cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget. Free Popcorn!

Paper Circuits
September 18, 4:00-5:00 p.m. OR September 19, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Grades 3-6
Registration Required:

9/18 registration
9/19 registration

Make simple or complex electrical circuits on a flat piece of paper! Using copper tape and surface-mount LEDs and buttons, you will make fully functional circuits. 

Kid’s Improv Club
Monday, September 18
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Grades 2-5

Registration Required
Improvisation is the art of acting without a script. We will do a variety of theater games and exercise to get kids thinking on their feet and using their imaginations. Improv is often used for comedy, so come ready to be silly!

Exploring Tools
Thursday, September 21
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Grades 3-5

Registration Required
Learn about simple tools, then design and build tools to solve a problem.

Mo Willems Party!
Monday, September 25
5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Ages 3-6

Registration Required
Party with the Pigeon! We’ll read some books by one of our favorite authors, Mo Willems, and then do activities based on his characters.

Brookfield Rocks Painting
Thursday, September 28
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Ages 4 and up

Registration Required
Join us at the library on International Day of Peace to paint rocks for the Brookfield Rocks program! Spread some color and joy in our town by decorating colorful rocks and hiding them for people to find.