Adult Virtual Events
Information and Registration: Reference Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 130
All programs require registration unless otherwise noted. The majority of programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Library programs are not funded by the town fiscal budget. For all adult programs requiring registration, registrants will receive an email with the Zoom links the morning of the program.
George Washington’s Farewell Address
Wednesday, September 1, 2-3:30pm, Online and in the Kingsley Room, Registration Required
Join us for the 225th anniversary of the farewell address of President George Washington. This speech addressed many of Washington’s concerns, including the over-bloated militaries; the factionalism of political parties; the problems with taxation; foreign influence in government; military alliances as threats to the Constitution and the necessity of Union. For Zoom Program register here. For Kingsley Room register here.
Lu Burke Author Literary Series Featuring James R. Benn
Tuesday, September 14, 6:30-8pm, Online and in the Kingsley Room, Registration Required
Join us for the latest installment of the Lu Burke Author Lecture Series featuring Connecticut mystery author James R. Benn. James R. Benn is the Dilys, Barry, and Sue Federer Historical Mystery-award nominated author of the popular Billy Boyle WWII mystery series and two stand-alone works. His novel The Blind Goddess was long-listed for the 2015 Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. For Zoom Program register here. For Kingsley Room register here.
Retirement: Making Your Money Last
Tuesday, September 21, 2-3:30pm, Online and in the Kingsley Room, Registration Required
Join us for a program designed to help you prepare to live the retirement you’ve envisioned – whether you’re thinking about retirement or have recently retired. You will learn factors to consider and tools you can use to help build a strategy designed to last throughout your retirement years. For Zoom Program register here. For Kingsley Room register here.
Violin and Piano Classical Music Concert performed by Alyce Cognetta Bertz and Meg Cognetta Heaton
Friday, September 24, 7-8:30pm, Brinker Fireplace Room, Registration Required
Join us for an in-person musical performance by sisters Alyce Cognetta Bertz and Meg Cognetta Heaton. Alyce Cognetta Bertz is the concertmaster for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. Meg Cognetta Heaton is active in the Finger Lakes region, accompanying choral groups, Suzuki classes and soloists. Find out more and register here.
Monday, September 27, 2-3:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required- Space is Limited
Welcome back to the Adult Coloring Club! Materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own supplies as well. Registration is required. No walk-ins will be allowed. Register here.
The Current War (2019) PG-13
Wednesday, September 8, 1-2:45pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required
Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse engage in a battle of technology and ideas that will determine whose electrical system will power the new century. Register here.
The Secret Garden (2020) PG
Wednesday, September 15, 1-2:45pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required
Based on the childhood classic novel, when 10-year-old Mary Lennox's parents suddenly die, she is sent to live with her uncle. While exploring his remote country estate, she finds a hidden magical garden. Register here.
All My Life (2020) PG-13
Wednesday, September 22, 1-2:45pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required
Newly engaged couple Jennifer and Solomon are ready to start their lives together. When Solomon is diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, their family and friends devise a plan to give the couple their dream wedding. Based on a true story. Register here.
Land (2019) PG-13
Wednesday, September 29, 1-2:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required
A local hunter brings a grieving lawyer back from the brink of death after she retreats to the harsh wilderness of the Rockies. Register here.
Nonfiction Book Club
Wednesday, September 8, 10-11am, Kingsley Room, Registration Required
This month we'll be discussing The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough. There will be copies available in hard copy at the circulation desk. Register here.
Mystery Book Club
Monday, September 13, 3-4pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required
This month we'll be discussing A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George. There will be copies available in hard copy at the circulation desk. Register here.
Tuesday Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, September 28, 6:30-7:30pm, On Zoom, Registration Required
This month we'll be discussing Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue. There will be copies available in hard copy at the circulation desk. Register here.
Children and Teen Virtual Events
Information and Registration: Children/Teen Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 3
See below for information about our upcoming Children's and Teen Programming! All of our Children's and Teen Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Library programs are not funded by the town fiscal budget. Currently, youth services programs are a mix of virtual and in person; in person programs are dependent on the current COVID-19 situation and may move online if needed. Registration is required for all in person programs. For virtual programs requiring registration, registrants will receive an email reminder with the Zoom links approximately 24 hours before the start of the program.
Drop-In Storytime (All Ages)
Monday, September 13, 20, & 27, 10:30am, Online, No Registration Required
Join us Monday mornings on the Youth Services Southbury Library Facebook Page. This storytime will be live at 10:30am and viewable after, with no Facebook account required to watch. Our Friend Miss Heather is here to share stories, songs, and a simple craft all themed around a different fun topic each Monday except September 6. Craft supplies can be picked up in the library after storytime and are available while supplies last (they go quickly!). Find more on our website here.
Teddy Bear Day Storytime (All Ages)
Thursday, September 9, 12-12:30pm, Online, No Registration
Open House Take and Make Craft (All Ages)
Saturday, September 11, 18 & 25, All Day, Upstairs, No Registration Required
Stop by the Youth Services Department on Saturdays to take a home a fun seasonal craft (while supplies last)! Due to COVID-19, this program is Take & Make only. Find out more on our website here.
Tiny Food Explorers In-Person: (for PreK children and Their Families)
Tuesday, September 14, 10-11am, Kingsley room, Registration Required - Space Limited
Join Tiny Food Explorers for some fun with food! Come and explore new flavors and textures while playing games all about food and MyPlate! You’ll make a hands-on healthy snack that even the pickiest of eaters will be keen to try. All snack ingredients will be nut free but may contain dairy. Find out more and register here.
Clay Creatures Craft (for Grades 2-5)
Thursday, September 16, 4:30-6pm, Online, Registration Required - Space limited
Miss Katie will instruct you in making your own mythical creature using polymer clay. Pick up your craft packet anytime after Friday, September 10 during library open hours. Everything you’ll need will be provided in the craft packet, but you will need to bake your clay creature in an oven. Find out more or register on our website here.
We’re back in-person with a monthly movie screening. Families are invited to watch the brand new Disney Pixar film Luca. Bring your own blankets and pillows. No food or beverages allowed. Rated PG. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Find out more and register here.
Join the Registered Dietitians from Food Explorers and learn how to make mini apple pies from the comfort of your own home. This class will be conducted using Zoom. Find out the ingredients list and register on our website here.
Owl Lantern Craft (for Grades 2-5)
Thursday, September 23, 4:30-6pm, Online, Registration Required – Space Limited
Miss Katie will instruct you in making an autumn themed owl votive lantern. Pick up your craft packet anytime after Friday, September 17 during library open hours. Almost everything you’ll need will be provided in the craft packet, but you will also need the following materials from home: paintbrushes and water to rinse paint, colored pencils/crayons, and scotch or other clear tape. Find out more or register on our website here.
STEAMonday: Apple Challenge (for Ages 7 & Up)
Monday, September 27, 4-4:30pm, Online, No Registration Required
Join Miss Heather on the Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook Page for an afternoon of STEAM fun as we kick off autumn with a series of challenges using apples! This will be live at 4:00, but you can also view it afterwards with no account required to watch. Find more, including the ingredients list to follow along at home, on our website here!
Teen DIY-to-Go: Felt Poké Ball Keychains (Grades 6-12)
Starting Monday, September 13 while supplies last
Pick up complete kits to make a poké ball keychain from the Teen Department starting Monday, September 13. Each kit will have instructions and all supplies needed (except scissors). Find out more on our website here.
Join Food Explorers to make Stuffed Bagel Balls! This no yeast recipe is made from Greek Yogurt and stuffed with cream cheese. Space is limited for time to answer individual questions and walk everyone through this program. This class will be conducted using Zoom. Find out the ingredients list and register on our website here.
Teen Advisory Board (Grades 6-12)
Tuesday, September 28, 6-7pm, Tutor Corner, Application Required– Space Limited
We are looking for creative, energetic volunteers in Grades 6-12 who are interested in making a difference at the Southbury Public Library! Teen Advisory Board (TAB) members can directly influence our teen book & AV collections, teen programming and events, and other teen services. Each monthly meeting opens with a discussion about ideas for programs, materials, and more and closes out with some special volunteer projects. If you are interested in becoming a TAB member, fill out the application form on our website and we will contact you. Find out more and apply on our website here.
Teen Banned Books Week Trivia (Grades 6-12)
Thursday, September 30, 6-7pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required - Space Limited
The last week of September is Banned Books Week- an annual event to highlight the value of free and open access to information. Join us for this trivia contest on this anything-but-trivial topic where all questions relate to different books that have been censored, challenged, or banned. Find out more and register on our website here.
The Friends of the Southbury Public Library are partnering with Clearing House Auctioneers in an online auction of Collectibles and Art to be held September 22nd through September 29th. Members of the Friends are invited to submit their items for consideration for inclusion in the auction. Items will have no reserve price or minimum bid and once offered may sell for $1 and may not be withdrawn. Donors will receive 40% of the sale price with 10% going to the Friends and 50% going to the auction house.
Any town resident who wishes to donate items to the auction must bring them to the Kingsley Room to meet with Karen, a Clearing House Auctioneers’ representative, on Thursday, September 2 between 4:00 and 8:45pm. Karen will have sole discretion as to whether or not an item is to be included. The Friends are limited in the number of items they can submit. Payment will be made approximately one month after September 29th. Buyers will pick up their purchases behind the library near the lower level doors on Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information or to submit auction items and arrange an appraisal appointment on September 2, please call Glenn Heckendorf at 203-264-1460.
The Friends of the Southbury Public Library sponsor almost all of our fun virtual programs found on the calendar page of our website. The Friends book sale area in the lobby is open during library hours! Stock is replenished daily. Gift-quality books, puzzles, boutique items, art history books, coffee table books, holiday books, cookbooks, vinyl records, CDs, and DVDs are available. Exact change or checks are requested as the library staff cannot make change and the Friends cannot accept credit cards for this sale. Set up with COVID shields for shopping protection. For more information about the Friends, click here.
In honor of the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, we will have displayed in the Brinker Fireplace Display a display of posters from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, along with some items from September 11, 2001.
September 2–29, 2021
Cynthia is a Connecticut native and a locally recognized artist whose work has been sold along the East Coast to private and corporate clients. Predominantly a realist, she paints in watercolor and oil. Her new work in oil involves the study of water, rocks (a favorite), and clouds, a new passion. “I wanted to challenge myself with more complex subjects and give myself a broader scope of landscapes. I found as critics say that painting water is the most difficult, but so rewarding in the task, and that dramatic clouds against a blue sky just draw me in every time!”
A graduate of the University of Bridgeport in Graphic Design and Fine Art, Cynthia began her career in Stamford with a wonderful firm. After years there as a comp artist then art director she left to start a family. She now free-lances designing logos, instrumental music instructional covers, pamphlets, wedding signage, along with the drawing and painting of heirloom house portraits. Currently, she is working on commissioned portraits of people and pets.
Cynthia also draws preliminary art for engraved ornaments and collectibles for Woodbury Pewter and has worked in set design/painting/graphics for Main Street Ballet and Newbury Musical Theatre Company. Other clients include the Town of Middlebury, Town of Woodbury, The Leroy Anderson Foundation, Keiser Productions Inc., Ciné Med, J Peck Construction Service, Litchfield Veterinary Hospital, Stone Veterinary, Woodbury Farm, Feed & Power Equipment, The Farm – Woodbury, Prime Engineering and J. Salvatore & Sons, NY.
Past exhibits have been at The Westover Schumacher Gallery in Middlebury, here at the Gloria Cachion Gallery, the Woodbury Public Library Gallery, the Middlebury Public Library and just this August, the Howard Whittemore Memorial Library in Naugatuck. Cynthia is a member of Arts Alliance of Woodbury and The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists where she was elected to appear in the exhibit “Classic Portraiture in a Digital Age”.
The exhibit will be open during regular library hours September 2 through September 29, 2021. Please visit our website to learn more.