Adult Events

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    Newington, CT 06111

    Phone: 860-665-8700

career assessment

Career Assessment Workshop
Tuesday, March 26, 10:15 a.m. 

An overview of what perspective employers now implement in assessments on their applications. Learn about common examples encountered on job applications and receive: explanations on how to approach and answer different assessment questions and the reasoning behind each type of question. Registration required.
Sponsored by Goodwill Career Center 

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Brown Bag it With a Documentary
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Wednesday, March 27, 12:00 noon.
The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr. Running time 90 minutes.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Use It or Lose It: Movement for a Vital Life
Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. 

Susan Valente of Core Barre Studio will discuss safe ways to keep moving as we age. You will discover ways to find movement that you love, and how to stay active regardless of your fitness level.  Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Perennial Garden Secrets
Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. 

Join gardening expert Karla Dalley for an insider’s guide to plant selection, hardiness and more! Karla is the garden columnist for West Hartford Magazine and maintains an organic gardening blog.  Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Cover Letter & Reference Page – Job Seekers Special
Tuesday, April 2, 10:15 a.m.

Want to know how to set yourself apart from other candidates? Here you can learn how to sell your skills and qualifications to the employer! Create a list of references, which employers can contact to learn more about your experience. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Goodwill Career Center 

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Crafts and Conversation
Wednesday, April 3, 10 a.m. - Noon

Bring the craft of your choice, and be part of the conversation! Light refreshments provided.  Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.                                                                                                                  

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Tech 4 U
Thursday, April 4, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a social media account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today!  Registration required.

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Tech Troubleshooting with Teens
Thursday, April 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Alerting all adults! Stop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let our teen techies help you. Topics can include tablets, smartphones, social media, and email. Registration required.

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Thursday Page Turners Book Discussion
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The discussion will be facilitated by a library staff member and light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested is invited to attend any or all. We hope to see you there!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Grayson Hugh in Concert
Sunday, April 7, 3:00 p.m.
80 Years and Counting

We continue to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library with the 3rd cultural event of the 80th Anniversary Celebration Series featuring the R & B Soul music of Grayson Hugh.
Funded by the Lucy Robbins Welles Library Legacy Society and the George G. Hanel Fine Arts Series. 

 Presenting the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, pianist and blue-eyed soul legend, Grayson Hugh, along with his wife, singer Polly Messer.  Hugh’s piano playing has been called “a veritable cyclone of soul” and his voice has been compared to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.  Don’t miss the chance to see this talented duo up close and personal, performing songs from his albums, Blind to Reason, Road to Freedom, An American Record and his 2015 Grammy-nominated Back to Soul as well as his hits from radio and Oscar-winning films Thelma and Louise and Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Movies & More: Instant Family
Tuesday, April 9, 1:00 p.m.

A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner. Running time is117 minutes. Snacks provided. FREE tickets at the Adult Information Desk.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Mary Poppins Delightful Double Feature Movie Matinee
Saturday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Spend a Jolly Saturday Holiday with us!  We will be showing Disney’s original Mary Poppins at 11 a.m. and Mary Poppins Returns at 2 p.m.  Bring a brown bag lunch from 1 to 2 p.m. and a camera for a special treat!  Attend one movie or both.  Popcorn, beverages, treats, and surprises will be served.  Adults and children welcome, singing along is optional.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please pick up your free tickets at the Adult Information Desk.

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LinkedIn
Tuesday, April 16, 10:15 a.m.

Looking to create a professional social networking profile designed to connect with like-minded business professionals? Create a professional profile, connect with business and other professionals, search for jobs and career interests, and gather referrals and endorsements from coworkers and supervisors.  
Sponsored by the Goodwill Career Center

My Beloved World

Brown Bag It with a Book Discussion
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Thursday, April 18, 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of the book My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Beverages and desserts will be provided.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tech 4 U
Thursday, April 18, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a social media account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today!  Registration required.

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Crafts and Conversation
Tuesday April 23, 10 a.m. – Noon

Bring the craft of your choice, and be part of the conversation! Light refreshments provided.  Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.    

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Local Author Event: Julia Tannenbaum 
Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

For teens & adults! (Rescheduled from February) Debut author Julia Tannenbaum will discuss her contemporary YA book Changing Ways, how writing changed her life, and the struggles of having a mental illness. Light refreshments will be available.  Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Made in Connecticut:  October Kitchen of Manchester
Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.

Chef Paul Finney will talk about his chef delivery and pickup service that started in 2000.  October Kitchen supplies healthy and delicious meals using local and seasonal foods.  Special emphasis is given to reduced salt and reduced fat home style dishes that are healthy and ready to eat.  Samples will be provided. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Spring Into Our Digital Services:  OverDrive & Hoopla
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.

Get to know some of our popular digital services!  Learn about OverDrive and Hoopla to download countless forms of free entertainment, from ebooks and audiobooks to shows and music albums.
Registration required.

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Friends Annual Book Sale 
Friday, April 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


The Friends of the Library will hold their spring book sale on Friday, April 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Senior and Disabled Center. Admission on Friday evening is $5 and free on Saturday. Buy a Friends book sale GREEN bag for $7 and fill it with books for free. Refills are $6. Stock up and save!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Spring into Our Digital Services:  RBDigital & Acorn TV
Thursday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.

Get to know some of our popular digital services! Learn about RBDigital and AcornTV, where you can download countless forms of free entertainment, from ebooks and audiobooks to shows and magazines! Our digital resources are available for Newington residents.
Registration required

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Thursday Page Turners Book Discussion
Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.

Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.  The discussion will be facilitated by a library staff member and light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested is invited to attend any or all. We hope to see you there!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Crafts and Conversation
Tuesday May 7 10 a.m. – Noon

Bring the craft of your choice, and be part of the conversation! Light refreshments provided.  Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.    

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Connecticut’s Own Paul Newman
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.
Join Professor Gil Gigliotti as we look at four iconic Paul Newman films, all of them nominated for Academy Awards and other film industry recognitions.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) starring Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Burl Ives. Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife. 

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Tech Troubleshooting with Teens
Thursday, May 9,  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Alerting all adults! Stop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let our teen techies help you. Topics can include tablets, smartphones, social media, and email. Registration required.

His Garden

Saturday Book Talk 
His Garden: Conversations with a Serial Killer
Saturday, May 11, 1:00 p.m.

In her recent book, His Garden: Conversations with a Serial Killer, the PenCraft Literary Award Winner for Best Non-fiction of 2018, Connecticut author Anne K. Howard examines the murders of seven Connecticut women and their killer, William Howell.  Over the course of three years, she met with Howell in person, spoke with him by phone, corresponded through letters, and researched court documents.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Registration required.

On the basis of sex

Movies & More: On the Basis of Sex
Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 p.m. 

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that led to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. Starring Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux.  Running time is 120 minutes. Snacks provided. FREE tickets at the Adult Information Desk.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Hud

Connecticut’s Own Paul Newman
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
Join Professor Gil Gigliotti as we look at four iconic Paul Newman films, all of them nominated for Academy Awards and other film industry recognitions.

Hud (1963) starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, and Patricia Neal.
Winner of 3 Academy Awards, including a best actress Oscar for Patricia Neal.  An honest, hard-working Texas rancher has a conflict with his troubled son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.

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Newington Library 5K Challenge Road Race
Sunday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. at Mill Pond Park

The 23rd running of this event will be held at Mill Pond Park on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Runners will compete by age category with awards for the winning male and female runners within each division. Walkers are also welcome. Registration forms are available at the library, on the library’s website or you can register online at raceentry.com. Preregistration is $10 for children (12 & under) and $25 per adult. Same day registration is $10 for children (12 & under) and $30 per adult.

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Made in Connecticut: Connecticut Icons by Charles Monagan
Monday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.

Charles Monagan, author and former editor of Connecticut Magazine will give a talk on his latest book Connecticut Icons.  This book is a collection of photos, anecdotes and little-known fact about Connecticut – from the hot lobster roll to the Yale Bowl, the USS Nautilus to the Merritt Parkway, and many others.  Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Connecticut’s Own Paul Newman
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.
Join Professor Gil Gigliotti as we look at four iconic Paul Newman films, all of them nominated for Academy Awards and other film industry recognitions.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Katherine Ross. Winner of 4 Academy Awards. Butch and Sundance are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch is all ideas, Sundance is all action and skill, but they rob one train too many.

adult coloring and crafts

Crafts and Conversation
Thursday May 23, 10 a.m. - Noon   

Bring the craft of your choice, and be part of the conversation! Light refreshments provided.  Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.                                                                                                                  

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Tech 4 U
Thursday, May 23, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a social media account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today!  Registration required.

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3 Graves to Memorial Day
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.

Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the men and women who went off to fight for their country and never came home. Author, historian, and Town Crier editor Aaron Elson will talk about three of the more than 400,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice, and his small role in keeping their memories alive. Aaron is the creator of Oral History Audiobooks, a series of CDs excerpted from more than three decades of interviews with veterans. Registration required.

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Connecticut’s Own Paul Newman
Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 p.m.
Join Professor Gil Gigliotti as we look at four iconic Paul Newman films, all of them nominated for Academy Awards and other film industry recognitions.

Absence of Malice (1981) starring Paul Newman, Sally Field, and Bob Balaban, and directed by Sydney Pollack. An ambitious newspaper reporter writes a scathing article based on information from an FBI investigator that implicates a reclusive business-owner in the recent disappearance of a labor leader.

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Computer Health Tips
Thursday, May 30, 10:30 a.m.

Don't let your computer get a cold!  Join us as we cover some basic proactive techniques that you can do to keep your computer healthy and running smoothly. Registration required.

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Tech 4 U
Thursday, May 30, 1;30 – 4:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a social media account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today!  Registration required. 

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Bus Trip To Newport, Rhode Island
Saturday, June 1, 7:00 a.m. 

A day on your own for $33 or tour The Breakers and Marble House for an additional $21. Please call for details.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Friends Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.

Save the date for the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. Entertainment provided by Dually Noted more details to follow.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.