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Save the Date! Brookfield's 4th Annual Spring into Summer Block Party on June 2

<p>Mark your calendars and plan accordingly! You won't want to miss Brookfield's 4th Annual Block Party on Sunday, June 2, 2024 from 11:30 am&nbsp;to 4:00 pm&nbsp;on Old Route 7.</p><p>The community event will feature many local vendors, live music, refreshments, tons of fun and games, performing artists, and more.</p><p>Parking is available throughout the Town Center District.</p><p>More info to come! Stay tuned <a href="https://www.brookfieldct.gov/home/news/brookfields-4th-annual-block-party-june-2-2024" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><br></p>

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WCSU designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution

<p><a href="https://www.wcsu.edu" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Western Connecticut State University</a> has received federal designation as a <a href="https://sites.ed.gov/hispanic-initiative/hispanic-serving-institutions-hsis/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Hispanic-Serving Institution</a>. According to the U.S. Department of Education, a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is defined as an institution of higher education that has an enrollment of at least 25 percent undergraduate Hispanic students. </p><p>As a result of the HSI designation, which also requires financial measurements, WCSU will be able to apply for federal Title III and Title V grants. Grant funds may be used for activities such as: scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching; construction or renovation of instructional facilities; faculty development; purchase of educational materials; academic tutoring or counseling programs; funds and administrative management; joint use of facilities; endowment funds; distance learning academic instruction; teacher education; and student support services.</p><p>In a letter announcing the HSI designation to the university community, WCSU Interim President Dr. Manohar Singh wrote, “I am pleased to announce a significant milestone in the history of Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) – we have achieved the designation of a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). This accomplishment marks a pivotal moment in our progress toward fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within our campus community.</p><p>“The HSI designation is not merely a label; it is a testament to our commitment and devotion to serving and supporting our Hispanic students, faculty, and staff. It represents our dedication to providing equitable opportunities for all members of our community to thrive academically, professionally, and personally. We look forward to additional accomplishments. HSI designation, which must be renewed every year, allows us to apply for federal grants available only to Hispanic-Serving Institutions.</p><p>“This achievement reflects the hard work of our entire WCSU community. It is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners who have worked tirelessly to create an environment that values diversity and promotes inclusivity.”</p><p>The Biden-Harris Administration announced in September 2023 that it would award more than $40 million to Hispanic Serving Institutions to support Hispanic and Latino students and the institutions preparing them for the future. A Department of Education <a href="https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/biden-harris-administration-awards-more-40-million-support-hispanic-serving-institutions" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">press release</a> outlined the intent of the grants:</p><p>“Through the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) program, 64 grants totaling more than $37 million were provided to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities and improve the attainment of Hispanic students. Through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), which assists predominantly minority institutions with funds to improve science and engineering programs and to increase enrollment of underrepresented minority students, particularly women of color, in scientific and technological careers, more than $3.8 million was awarded to 15 HSIs. These grants build on the historic Biden-Harris Administration investments in HSIs including nearly $15 billion in funding from the U.S. Department of Education.”</p><p>For more information, contact WCSU Communications and Marketing at <a href="mailto:pr@wcsu.edu" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">pr@wcsu.edu</a>.&nbsp;</p>

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Brookfield Chamber Gala on March 9 at the Candlewood Inn

<p>Welcome to the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce's Brookfield Gala 2024! Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebration and networking. This event will occur on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at The Candlewood Inn.</p><p>Get ready to indulge in delicious food, sip on refreshing drinks, and dance the night away. Our gala provides the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, local business owners, and community members in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.</p><p>Throughout the evening, you'll have the chance to meet influential individuals, exchange ideas, and foster valuable connections that can propel your career or business to new heights. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to expand your network and make lasting impressions.</p><p>Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, the Brookfield Gala 2024 is the place to be. So mark your calendars and prepare for an evening of excitement, laughter, and camaraderie. We can't wait to see you there!</p><p>Tickets and Sponsorship can be purchased by check or credit card. Call 203-743-5565.</p><p>Learn more and purchase tickets <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brookfield-gala-2024-hosted-by-the-greater-danbury-chamber-of-commerce-tickets-785402950367?aff=oddtdtcreator&amp;fbclid=IwAR1iq81_2hrb9edWAsRrkM7oxK65FSZzupXSo7irb3UZ5KXHBb-HplCjJiU" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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Mark your calendar for Brookfield Craft Center's upcoming events!

<p><strong>March 9 – April 7 –&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Student Art Show –&nbsp;“A<strong>rtists on the Rise”</strong><em>&nbsp;</em>the 9th annual show featuring work from area high school students.</p><p><strong>April 27 – June 2&nbsp;–&nbsp;Printmakers</strong>&nbsp;Exhibition – An invitational exhibition featuring printmakers from CT presenting a variety of printmaking styles.</p><p><strong>May 18</strong>&nbsp;–&nbsp;<strong>Spring Open House</strong>&nbsp;–&nbsp;Instructors will be in each of our studios to demonstrate their craft and share their passion.&nbsp;Noon – 5:00pm.</p><p><strong>June 15 – July 14&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;<strong>–&nbsp;“The Accessible Artist”</strong>&nbsp;Exhibition – aims to showcase and celebrate the artisitc talaents of individuals with disabilites. Guest curated by Danielle Nielsen.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>June – August –&nbsp;Summer Youth Program</strong>. Morning &amp; Afternoon classes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;June 24 – 28; July 8 – 12; July 22 – 26; August 5 – 9</p><p><strong>July 17 – Sept. 1&nbsp;Studio Art Quilt Associates</strong>&nbsp;Exhibition – A traveling show put on by SAQA every two years featuring quilt pieces made by regional artists.</p><p><strong>Sept. 14 – Oct. 13-&nbsp;A Tradition of Excellence</strong>&nbsp;– showcasing the works of Brookfield Craft Center’s talented Instructors.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>October 19&nbsp;–&nbsp;Fall Open House</strong>&nbsp;– Instructors will be in each of our studios to demonstrate their craft and share their passion.&nbsp;Noon – 5:00pm.</p><p><strong>November 8&nbsp;–&nbsp;Annual Holiday Shopping Tradition Opening Reception</strong>&nbsp;from 5:00 – 8:00pm.</p><p><strong>November 8 – December 31&nbsp;–</strong>&nbsp;<strong>49th Annual Holiday Shopping Tradition.</strong></p><p><strong>Learn more </strong><a href="https://www.brookfieldcraft.org/coming-events" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.brookfieldcraft.org/coming-events/</a></p><p><br></p>

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Let’s Talk About Brunch 50 Shades of Women in Pink on International Women's Day

<p><strong><em>Let’s Talk About Brunch</em></strong> will hold its second community event titled "50 Shades of Women in Pink" on International Women's Day, March 10 at the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury.</p><p>Early bird ticket prices are $75 and include a delicious brunch and an hour of mimosas. Purchase your tickets </p><p>by clicking&nbsp;<a href="https://letstalkaboutbrunch.com/shop/ols/all?sortOption=descend_by_created_at" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Let's Talk About Bruch was born when Danbury residents Leila Roxo and Bianca Leite wanted to create a supportive, inclusive space where women in the greater Danbury area could thrive personally and professionally. They also wanted to give back to the community. “We aim to empower you to reach your fullest potential and inspire you by the stories and experiences of remarkable women who have broken barriers, shattered stereotypes, and made a difference in their communities and beyond,” Roxo explains.</p><p>Learn more Let’s Talk About Brunch will hold its second community event titled "50 Shades of Women in Pink" on International Women's Day, March 10 at the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury.</p><p>Learn more =&gt; &nbsp;<a href="https://letstalkaboutbrunch.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://letstalkaboutbrunch.com/</a></p><p><br></p>

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The Brookfield Library in February: Brendan Slocumb, Valentine's Day, and More!

<h2>Brendan Slocumb comes to Brookfield!</h2><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=c11924911a&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Exploring Musical Expression with Brendan Slocumb</strong></a></p><p><strong>Thursday, February 15th at&nbsp;6 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Brendan Slocumb, the author of&nbsp;<em>The Violin Conspiracy</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Symphony of Secrets</em>,&nbsp;one of NPR’s best books of 2023, will&nbsp;explore how exercising creativity, particularly musically, has therapeutic and restorative benefits.&nbsp;He will share his own personal stories and musical talents while encouraging the audience to discover and engage with their own creative voices.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=8cb21c93c0&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Be True To Yourself with Brendan Slocumb</strong></a></p><p><strong>Friday, February 16th at 11 a.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Brendan Slocumb will be visiting staff and students at Brookfield High School the following day as part of the school's "Diversity Day." The assemblies at the high school will be live-streamed in the Community Room.&nbsp;</p><p>Both of these events are being funded by a generous grant from The Brookfield Education Foundation.</p><p>When you register for these programs, you will be entered to win a signed copy of Brendan Slocumb's newest book,&nbsp;<em>Symphony of Secrets</em>. You must register and attend the program to win! </p><h2>Upcoming Programs Programs for Adults</h2><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=7106774003&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Hedgehog Book Folding</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Friday, February 2nd at 2 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Capture the magic of Groundhog Day&nbsp;with this fun craft.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=19a4f17ea2&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Unravelled: Crocheting and Knitting Group</strong></a></p><p><strong>Sunday, February 4th at 1 p.m. and</strong></p><p><strong>Sunday, February 18th at 1 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong>in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Enjoy great company while working on needlecraft projects. Beginners welcome.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=d68acb574c&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Valentine's Day Felt Fortune Cookies</strong></a></p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 7th at 2 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Come make the cutest fortune cookies in festive Valentine’s colors.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=cd2c3cb2e4&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Needle Felting for Adults</strong></a></p><p><strong>Friday, February 9th at 3 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Join Angelica to make an adorable candy heart just in time for Valentine’s Day.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=7e0aefdc1d&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Sunday Afternoon Cinema</strong></a></p><p><strong>Sunday, February 11th at 1 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>This month’s feature is&nbsp;<em>Rear Window</em>, a suspenseful classic directed by the incomparable Alfred Hitchcock.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=548403a527&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Cardmaking</strong></a></p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 13th at 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Nancy will lead you in creating fanciful birthday cards.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=1bd6da9b3a&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Women and Money Roundtable</strong></a></p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 14th at 1 p.m. via Zoom</strong></p><p>Make sense of today’s financial markets by joining a discussion led by financial professionals Julia Strayer and Liz Maccarone.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=5c4eb34630&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Mindulness for All</strong></a></p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 14th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom</strong></p><p>Let Prabha Makayee help you to take time to reflect and develop inner calm by practicing mindfulness.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=31351de7b4&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Exploring Musical Expression with Brendan Slocumb</strong></a></p><p><strong>Thursday, February 15th at 6 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Discover&nbsp;how exercising creativity, particularly musically, has therapeutic and restorative elements.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=a45a443c9f&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Be True to Yourself with Brendan Slocumb (Livestream)</strong></a></p><p><strong>Friday, February 16th at 11 a.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Listen as Brendan Slocumb share&nbsp;his powerful and poignant experiences growing up as a young Black classical musician.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=b0995bcd13&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Ukulele Club</strong></a></p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 20th at 4 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Bring your uke for this special tuning session.&nbsp;We will provide ukuleles for anyone who needs one.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=64b1962ed5&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Writers Group -</strong></a></p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=64b1962ed5&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Introductory Meeting</strong></a></p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 20th at 6 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Writers at any level of experience are welcome to the first meeting of the Library’s new Writers Group.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=4a02cd853c&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Crafternoon</strong></a></p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 21st from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Join Nancy and Joy for super-sized arts &amp; craft projects.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=b3b5c0732c&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Library Listening Roundtable</strong></a></p><p><strong>Thursday, February 29th at 6 p.m.in the Community Room</strong></p><p>We want&nbsp;to hear from you! Discuss your thoughts on the present and future of The Brookfield Library with us.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Book Groups</strong></p><p>Physical copies of these books and limited Kindle copies are available. Please register for these programs in advance.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=b1b828a3b5&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Perfect Match</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;(Romance):&nbsp;</strong><em>Destiny's Embrace&nbsp;</em>by Beverly Jenkins on&nbsp;Saturday, February 3rd at 12 p.m.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=eed637b4ad&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Brookfield Reads</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;(Literary Fiction):&nbsp;</strong><em>Lucy by the Sea&nbsp;</em>by Elizabeth Strout on Wednesday, February 14th at 1&nbsp;p.m.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=b83bd508fc&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Historically Speaking</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;(Historical Fiction):</strong>&nbsp;<em>The&nbsp;Dutch House&nbsp;</em>by Ann Patchett on&nbsp;Monday, February 26th at 1 p.m.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=9159ce0772&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Fact Not Fiction</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;(Nonfiction):&nbsp;</strong><em>The New Jim Crow&nbsp;</em>by Michelle Alexander on Friday, March 1st</p><p>at 3:30 p.m.</p><p><strong>Physical copies of these books and limited Kindle copies are available. Please register for these programs in advance.</strong></p><h2>Programs for Children</h2><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=e784a247f3&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Storytime Adventures</strong></a></p><p><strong>Mondays &amp; Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p><em>Ages 2 to 5</em></p><p>Sing, move, and listen to a story.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=5dfd116298&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Fun &amp; Friends</strong></a></p><p><strong>Wednesdays at&nbsp;10&nbsp;a.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p><em>Ages 6 months to 5 years</em></p><p>A&nbsp;gathering for parents/caregivers and kids, featuring&nbsp;free-play, a storytime and craft.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=f5f40e8e6f&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Shake, Rattle &amp; Read</strong></a></p><p><strong>Fridays at 10 a.m. &amp; 11 a.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p><em>Ages 6 to 24 Months</em></p><p>Develop early literacy skills.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=76b883bdaf&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Therapy Dogs</strong></a></p><p><strong>MIA: Tuesdays starting&nbsp;at 5 p.m.</strong></p><p>RIO: Wednesdays starting&nbsp;</p><p>at 4:30 p.m.</p><p><strong>in the Children’s Area</strong></p><p><em>First Grade &amp; Up</em></p><p>Children can read to Mia or Rio for 15 minutes.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=5502240dd2&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Teddy Bear Sleepover</strong></a></p><p><strong>Friday, February 2nd&nbsp;at 6&nbsp;p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p><em>Ages 3-Grade 3</em></p><p>Join us for a magical evening storytime and craft program dedicated to TEDDY BEARS!&nbsp;Participants should bring a stuffy to spend the night at the Library.&nbsp;They will pick them up the next morning and see all the mischief they caused the night before.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=f39749296d&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Donut With Your Grown Up Storytime - Take Your Child To The Library Day</strong></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, February 3rd at 10 a.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p><em>Ages 3 &amp; Up</em></p><p>Children are invited to come to a special storytime with their favorite grownup and enjoy a sweet treat afterwards!</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=352a9ddeaa&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>“Caturday” at The Library - Take Your Child To The Library Day</strong></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, February 3rd at 1&nbsp;p.m. in the Community Room</strong>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Grades 2-5+ (ONLY)</em></p><p>Join the volunteers from Happily Furever After Rescue Organization in Bethel and some adoptable cats &amp; kittens for a special day dedicated to CATS! There will be 4 activity stations.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=d1ea64cde2&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Chess Club</strong></a></p><p><strong>Thursday,&nbsp;February 1st at 4 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong>Thursday, February&nbsp;8th at 4 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong>in the Community Room</strong></p><p><em>ALL AGES</em></p><p>All skill levels welcome for some fun multi-generational play!</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=071192f884&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>STEAM: Handwriting Analysis!</strong></a></p><p><strong>Thursday, February 8th at 5:45 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p><em>Grades 3-5+ (ONLY)</em></p><p>Join us as we learn how to analyze handwriting.&nbsp;There will be a mock crime and participants will need to examine 5 different styles of writing to determine "who dunnit".</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=86227b5ec1&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Namaste Me Down to Sleep Yoga &amp; Bedtime Stories:</strong></a></p><p><strong>Thursday, February 22nd&nbsp; at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p>Ages 4 to 8&nbsp;</p><p>Bring your yoga mat for slow yoga flows, two stories and mindfulness and breathing exercises.&nbsp;February theme: Spread Kindness!</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=f2ccfc272d&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Science Explorers: Snowflake Challenge</strong></a></p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 27th at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room</strong></p><p><em>&nbsp;Ages 4 to Grade 2</em></p><p>Use toothpicks and marshmallows to create a one-of-a-kind snowflake!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=7529d613d0&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Pajama Storytime</strong></a></p><p><strong>Thursday, February 29th at 6:30 p.m.&nbsp;in the Children’s Area</strong></p><p><em>Ages 4 to 8</em></p><p>Share three brand new stories with Miss Meg. Pajamas are encouraged! Programs for Teens</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=f987d69cf4&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Youth Open Mic Night</strong></a></p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 6th&nbsp;at 4:30&nbsp;p.m. In the Community Room</strong></p><p><em>Grades 6 - 12</em></p><p>Teens are invited to perform poetry, short stories, music, etc, at our second Youth Open Mic Night! All ages are welcome to come and watch.</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=f534d1cd9b&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Who Smells So Good? Create &amp; Wear Your Own Custom Fragrance</strong></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, February 10th at 1:30 p.m. In the Community Room</strong></p><p><em>Grades 6 - 12</em></p><p>Choose from 48 different essential oils to create your own custom fragrance, completely unique to you, which you can take home in a rollerball. You won’t find anything like this at Sephora!</p><p><a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=d21f8992af&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Sci Fi Fantasy Book Club</strong></a></p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 21st&nbsp; from 4:30 p.m. Upstairs</strong></p><p><em>Grades 6 - 12</em></p><p>For Sci Fi and Fantasy enthusiasts in grades 6 through 12! Grab a copy of our monthly pick at the Circulation Desk, read it, and come prepared to share your thoughts. This month's book is&nbsp;<em>A Wizard of Earthsea</em>&nbsp;by Ursula K. Le Guin.</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="https://brookfieldlibrary.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=eccedffc1428165c3d25c04b7&amp;id=9f56670b38&amp;e=16c589b0b7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Inklings - Teen Writers’ Club</strong></a></p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 27th at 4:30 p.m. Upstairs</strong></p><p><em>Grades 6 - 12</em></p><p>Teen writers! Work on your newest project, do writing exercises, and chat with fellow writers.</p><p><br></p>

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Pre-session Legislative Forum at Brookfield Town Hall on Saturday

<p>State Representative Martin Foncello is hosting a pre-session Legislative Forum at Brookfield Town Hall on&nbsp;<strong>Saturday, February 3rd from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.</strong>&nbsp;to discuss the issues that are important to you.</p><p>He’ll be joined by two neighboring legislators, Rep. Mitch Bolinsky of Newtown and Rep. Bill Buckbee of New Milford.</p><p><br></p>

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