Mark Twain Library Announces Upcoming Programs for Adults

Upcoming programs for adults at The Mark Twain Library

Register online at http://marktwainlibrary.org/ or call (203) 938-2545 for information.

World Affairs Forum: Great Decisions


7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join an international relations discussion group led by members of the Library’s popular Great Decisions group. This 8-session course focuses on the most pressing issues of our time. Read the material and engage in lively discussions. 

Dates and Topics
Feb. 25 — The Rise of Populism in Europe
March 11 — Decoding U.S.-China Trade
March 25 — Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
April 8 — The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
April 22 — State of the State Department and Diplomacy

Weekly Drop-In Knitting Circle


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Bring your own knitting, crochet or needlepoint project or learn basic techniques like casting on, and the knit and purl stitches. If you’re new to knitting and want to give it a try, we will have a selection of yarn and needles to test out. Registration is not required for this program.

January 2019 Library Book Clubs

Library sponsored book groups are open to all with an interest. All groups are led by volunteer coordinators and meet at the Library. Copies of the books are available at the library for borrowing.

Friday, February 22

11:00 am

Classics Book Club: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Tuesday, February 26

7:30 pm

Food Lit Book Club: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Wednesday, March 13

7:30 pm

History Book Club:

The Transformative Power of Writing Your Life: An Introduction to Memoir

Wednesday, February 20

7:30 pm

In this introductory class on memoir, Lee Bodkin will offer insights on the transformative power of writing as well as some basic craft concepts to get you writing. Come prepared to engage in the process as we dive into a New York Times Modern Love piece and examine elements of craft including detail and image, scene and dialogue, a sense of place and time, and character development. 

Whether you have a story that is itching to be told or are simply curious about this genre, come with your pencil sharpened and mind open.

Hermes Art Series:  How the Mind’s Eye Works with David Dunlop

Sunday, February 24

3:00 pm

Acclaimed artist and teacher David Dunlop will show how our greatest innovations have derived from visualizing; how Galileo, Newton, Edison, Einstein and others relied upon IMAGE-MAKING to discover fresh insights into how the world works. And, he will demonstrate how you too can use forms of visualization to expand your understanding of complex problems and solve them.

The Nuts and Bolts of starting the Conversation with Aging Loved Ones

Wednesday, February 27

7:30 pm

Join our panel of experts and discover how to begin difficult conversations with aging loved ones.  Together we will explore the world of senior care and learn how to start the conversation.  Specialists in Homecare, Elder Law and Aging Life Care will address homecare options, must-have legal documents, tips for navigating the conversation and when and why you may want to bring in an aging Life Care Specialist (formally known as Geriatric Care Manager). 

Self-Care for Parents with Meredith Hettler

Tuesday, March 5

7:30 pm

Meredith Hettler, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, will lead an interactive discussion on parental stress and how to integrate self-care into your everyday life.  Perfect for anyone with children from newborn to adolescence.  

The Farewell Tour:  Poetry Open Mic with Jack Powers

Sunday, March 3

3:00 pm

Bring your poems and join us for open mic poetry featuring Jack Powers, retiring special education, math and English teacher at Joel Barlow and award-winning poet.  Back by popular demand, this will be the fourth poetry event he has hosted at the Mark Twain Library.  Jack will read poems from his debut volume Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar.  Audience members are encouraged to bring their own poems to share.

Mammal Viewing in Redding with Robert Rockwell

Thursday, March 7

7:30 pm

Curious about the all the creatures wandering through your backyard?  Robert Rockwell will join us to share his thoughts on Mammal Viewing in Redding.  He will focus on the rich and diverse community of fur-bearing critters with whom we share our town and elaborate on identification tricks, natural history and safe viewing practices.  Robert will end his talk with thoughts on how we can more safely share the land with these animals and will be happy to entertain questions.

College Application Timeline Workshop (Teens and Adults)

Saturday, March 9

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

During this interactive session, college counselor and tutor Priyanka Shingala of Let’s Talk College, LLC will present a timeline of Grades 9-12 along with advice on how students can enhance their college candidacy at each step of the way. While knowing the components that create a strong college candidate is important, students and their parents also need to understand how to prioritize certain actions at different stages of a student’s high school career. Priyanka will discuss the various moving parts in the college process and how to organize them properly so that parents and students have a straightforward path to follow. 





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