The Brookfield Library Newsletter April 2013

Schools and Libraries

April 1, 2013

From: Brookfield Library

Jazz Concert with Ali Ryerson and Nicki Parrott

Please join us on Sunday, April 7, at 3:00 p.m. for an exciting jazz concert with two of Brookfield's best -- Ali Ryerson on flutes and Nicki Parrott, vocals and bass.  They will be joined by John DiMartino on keyboard.  All three are internationally-recognized jazz

The concert is free (donations are gratefully accepted).  Refreshments purchased by The Friends of The Brookfield Library will follow the concert.  Seating is limited -- and so is parking!

Selectmen Forum at the Library
The Library Board of Trustees will sponsor a Selectmen Forum on Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room. At this informal and informative event, all three Selectmen will offer opening remarks, followed by an audience question-and-answer segment. We expect that the focus of the evening will be on the upcoming budget referendum, but other topics of general interest are likely to be discussed.  No registration is necessary, and refreshments will be served.

Wireless Printing Now Available

We have found a solution for those who want to print from their laptops and other wi-fi enabled devices in the library.  Instructions are available by clicking here or at the Checkout Desk.

"Color Your World: Attracting Hummingbirds, Bluebirds and Orioles"

Color Your World: Attracting Hummingbirds, Bluebirds & Orioles
Presented by Margaret Robbins of Wild Birds Unlimited
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.
Learn what you can do to create habitats and design a bird- friendly landscape for hummingbirds, orioles and bluebirds. Margaret Robbins of Wild Birds Unlimited will discuss how to "birdscape" to attract these colorful birds and add sound to your yard with their favorite flowers, preferred food, and welcoming nesting sites.  To register for this program, click here, call the library at 203-775-6241, or stop at the Checkout Desk.

Margaret has spent most of her life in the pursuit of bird watching and feeding.  For eight years, Ms. Robbins worked for the National Audubon Society Nature Center in Greenwich, and led trips for the Society to many places in North and South America. She has taken ornithology classes at Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology and has taught incubation, embryology, bird identification, landscaping for wildlife, and many other programs for schools, garden clubs, teacher organizations, and Scout groups. Ms. Robbins is the owner of the popular Wild Birds Unlimited store in Brookfield.

Scrapbooker?  Borrow a Cricut Cartridge

Through the years, we've bought ten Cricut cartridges for our own use for craft programs, name tags, and bulletin boards.  We decided to make them available for the crafters and scrapbookers in the community, since they're expensive and we don't use them on a regular basis. 

You may check out the Cricut cartridges for two weeks, and may renew the loan if no one is waiting.  There is a $2/day late fee.  If you have Cricut cartridges you no longer use, please consider donating them to the library so others in the community can borrow them.  Just search for Cricut Machine Cartridge in the library's online catalog or click here to check availability.

These are the cartridges we have:
Doodlecharms (pictured)
Speaking of Fall
My World
Plantin Schoolbook 
Accent Essentials
Walk in My Garden
Learning Curves
Speaking of Winter
Animal Kingdom
Life is a Beach 

Trail Maps and Cookbooks

The library has copies of the Brookfield Trail Maps book for sale for $10.  Did you know that Brookfield has trails and open space for hiking, walking, birding, and appreciating nature?  Go take a walk!

We also have some copies still available of Brookfield Cooks!, a 300-recipe compilation of recipes from your friends and neighbors.  The cookbook sells for $10/copy, and all proceeds go to The Brookfield Library Foundation Building Fund.

Book Discussions

Brookfield Reads
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Monday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m.
The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, emigrates to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again -- sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate, and ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever.
A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history, The Shoemaker's Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write.
Our May 20th discussion will be The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
Book 'Em Mystery Discussion  
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Monday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m.
"I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me. But you can call me Mike."
Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight-hundred pound safe ... he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. It's a talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever closer to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble, risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.
The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
Our April discussion will be The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie on Monday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m.
Cooking the Books:  A Foodie Book Discussion 
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir of Good Food and Bad Boyfriends by Giulia Melucci 
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.  
The library's foodie book discussion is back!  This program will be a combination book discussion and recipe tasting. Bring a dish to share from I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir of Good Food and Bad Boyfriends by Giulia Melucci. The book tells of the author's fizzled romances and the mouth-watering recipes she used to seduce her men, smooth over the lumps, and console herself when the relationships flamed out. She suffers each disappointment with resolute cheer (after a few tears) and a bowl of pastina (recipe included) and has lived to tell the tale so that other women may go out, hopefully with greater success, and if that's not possible, at least have something good to eat. Peppered throughout Giulia's remembrances are fond recollections of her mother's cooking, the recipes she learned from her, and many she invented on her own inspired by the men in her life.
Brookfield Reads Book Blog
Our Brookfield Reads Book Blog is still running our "52 Books 52 Weeks" challenge, and we're 25% through the year! Thank you to everyone who has been sending us books and reviews. Check in and see what we're reading. Add your own book comments or respond to posts and get some great suggestions for books and book trends.

Nonfiction Book Group
The Tender Bar:  A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer 
Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m. 
"Long before it legally served me, the bar saved me," asserts J.R. Moehringer, and his memoir The Tender Bar is the story of how and why.  A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the Los Angeles Times, Moehringer grew up fatherless in pub-heavy Manhasset, New York, in a ramshackle house crammed with cousins and ruled by an eccentric, unkind grandfather. Desperate for a paternal figure, he turns first to his father, a DJ whom he can only access via the radio (Moehringer calls him The Voice and pictures him as "talking smoke"). When The Voice suddenly disappears from the airwaves, Moehringer turns to his hairless Uncle Charlie, and subsequently, Uncle Charlie's place of employment -- a bar called Dickens that soon takes center stage. "While I fear that we're drawn to what abandons us, and to what seems most likely to abandon us, in the end I believe we're defined by what embraces us," Moehringer says.
Destiny of the Republic:  A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.
The New York Times bestselling account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from the bestselling author of The River of Doubt.  James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation's corrupt political establishment. But four months after Garfield's inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but become the object of bitter, behind-the-scenes struggles for power -- over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic brings alive a forgotten chapter of U.S. history.

Money Smart Week @ Your Library
April 21 - April 27
The Brookfield Library will participate in Money Smart Week, part of a national initiative supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association. Money Smart Week is designed to help consumers better manage personal finances through free programs and activities.  These programs are free and open to all. We do request that you register at or call the library to sign up. This helps us to provide handouts to all and sufficient seating.
The Key to Affordable Housing
Presented by Rose Holbrook of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
Monday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m.
CHFA offers mortgage programs and assistance for first-time home buyers, for those struggling to pay their mortgage, for seniors who need to tap into their equity for their needs, and more. For more than four decades, CHFA has been a leader in creating affordable housing opportunities for families and individuals in Connecticut, and is committed to assisting Connecticut individuals and families achieve and sustain their dream of home ownership for a lifetime. Rose Holbrook, Marketing and Customer Service Coordinator, will be at The Brookfield Library to share information about CHFA's valuable programs.  To register for this program, click here, call the library at 203-775-6241, or stop at the Checkout Desk. 
Entrepreneurial Moms Share Their Secrets for Success: A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Panel discussion with Connecticut entrepreneurial moms moderated by Holly Hurd, founder of, a website devoted to moms who have their own businesses.  Hear from some of them about how to turn a hobby into a business or take a current venture to the next level.  Suzen Pettit is founder of OMAGinarium, an acronym for Online Marketing and Growth (  She has helped hundreds of small companies get their businesses on the map.  Ruth Frantz is founder of Henri's Reserve (, an e-boutique of artisanal champagnes and creative gifts.  Ruth combines her passion for entertaining, gift giving, and great champagne.  Scarlett DeBease is a professional image consultant, wardrobe stylist, and personal shopper.  Scarlett's clients have newly discovered confidence in their appearance and can now walk into a room feeling successful, powerful, and attractive because Scarlett doesn't give up until she finds what will make her clients feel great about their appearance.  Registration is required for this fun, informative, and free program: online, by phone at 203-75-6241, or at the Checkout Desk.
How to Spot a Con: Frauds, Scams and Identity Theft
Presented by Michael Buchas, CT Dept. of Banking and Robert Nakano, Dept. of Consumer Protection
Thursday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m.
The risks for identity theft are everywhere you turn. Your mail, your computer, your credit cards, even your trash -- all present opportunities for criminals to gain access to your personal information. Have you ever had a phone call offering you something that sounded too good to be true, or an email from a "long-lost relative" needing money? Scams of all sorts have reached epidemic proportions, and the Federal Trade Commission reports that more than 30 million Americans fall victim to fraud each year. We are 40 times more likely to be defrauded than to have our cars stolen or our homes burglarized.
Michael Buchas, Associate Examiner with the Connecticut Department of Banking, and Robert Nakano, Supervising Special Investigator with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, Frauds Division, will discuss how to recognize scams and frauds, and how to prevent identity theft, and if you are an identity theft victim, how to limit the harm. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A.  Registration is required for this valuable and free program--sign up online, by phone at 203-775-6241, or at the Checkout Desk.

Bottles of Hope Workshop for Adults
Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Bottles of Hope are small glass bottles covered with polymer clay and given to cancer patients. They symbolize a wish and a hope for health, and were started in 1999 by a Rhode Island cancer survivor. The project has spread internationally. Bottles are made by artists, students, survivors, seniors and those who volunteer their time and love.
The Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild will lead a workshop for this project.  We will cover small glass bottles with polymer clay to donate to cancer patients as symbols of a wish for the future and a hope for health.  Attendees will make at least two bottles, one for themselves and one for distribution at a local cancer treatment center. The guild will provide all materials. There is a $10.00 materials fee for this workshop. Please bring a small box or two to carry bottles home.  Please register and pay by April 24, online, by calling, or stopping by the library.

Oscar Winners Film Series

Saturday, April 6, 3:30 p.m.  
Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones. A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and the fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. The film received Academy Awards for Production Design and Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis). Rated PG-13, 150 minutes.
Django Unchained
Saturday, April 20, 2:00 p.m.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and Walton Goggins. Django, a former slave turned hired gun, heads back to the plantation to free his wife, Broomhilda, from the tyrannical plantation owner Calvin Candie, with the help of a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Shultz. "By turns dazzling, daring, gruesome, and astonishingly funny." --USA Today. The film received Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino) and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz). Rated R, 165 minutes.
Les Miserables
Sunday, April 28, 1:00 p.m.
The musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel as directed by Tom Hooper. The movie stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Samantha Barks, and Aaron Tveit. In early 19th-century France, the paroled prisoner Jean Valjean seeks redemption, regains his social standing, and rises to the rank of mayor. He encounters a beautiful but desperately ill woman named Fantine and cares for her daughter, Cosette, after her death. All the while he is obsessively pursued by the policeman Javert, who vows to make him pay for the crimes of his past. The film received three Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Makeup and Hairstyling, and Achievement in Sound Mixing. Rated PG-13, 158 minutes.
Silver Linings Playbook
Saturday, May 4, 2:00 p.m.
Directed by David O. Russell and starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, and Jacki Weaver. Based on the bestselling book by Matthew Quick, the riotous and poignant story of how a man who has lost everything -- his house, his job, his wife -- reconnects with himself and creates his own silver linings from the bonds he forms with his family and friends. Jennifer Lawrence received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film.  Rated R, 122 minutes.

Dolley Madison and The Victorian Lady to Visit Brookfield

As part of the celebration of Brookfield's 225th anniversary of its founding, the library will co-sponsor two events.

On Friday, May 10, the library and the Brookfield Education Foundation will present Carolyn Ivanoff as Dolley Madison.  The program will be held in the library's Community Room beginning at 7:30.  The program is co-sponsored by the Brookfield Education Foundation.
Kandie Carle, The Victorian Lady, will present "Dressing From Corset to Gloves" on Saturday, June 8, at The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts.  Registration information will be available in the May newsletter.

Free! At the Library

We have too many free resources to list here!  Here are just a couple. -- The Friends of The Brookfield Library pay for an annual subscription to for anyone interested in genealogy. This database is for use in the library only.

UniversalClass --This service offers more than 500 free online classes, from Budgeting and Saving 101 to Digital Photography 101 to ABCs of Algebra to History of the Universe.  Use this resource from home, from work, or in the library.

Mango Languages and Muzzy Languages -- Mango offers more than 40 languages as well as English as a Second Language.  Muzzy is a resource to help kids learn any of 8 different languages.  Use from home, work, school, or in the library.

JobNow -- free online resume review service, interview coaching, and job search resources.  Use from home, work, school, or in the library.

You'll find all of these and more on the library's web site.  All you need is a current card from The Brookfield Library.  Need a library card? Apply online.

Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 24, 5 p.m.

Join us for a meeting of our new Teen Advisory Board.  We'll talk about possible library events for teens and choose new items for the library's collection.
Snacks will be provided!  Grades 6-12.  Sign up online, by phone, or at the Checkout Desk.

The ABCs of Writing a Great College Application Essay

The ABC's of Writing a Great College Application Essay
Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m.
What do colleges want in an application essay? 
How should students begin the writing process?  
What's a good topic?  A bad topic?  
How can students make their essays unique and memorable? 
During this presentation, high school students and their families will find out the answers to these questions and more.
2013 marks a change in the essay portion of the Common Application. The prompts will all be new, the essay length will be firmly capped at 500 words, and there will be no more "Topic of Your Choice." We will be discussing how to approach the new prompts, and how to handle these changes.
This program is presented by:
Sharon Epstein, award-winning writer and owner of First Impressions College Consulting in Redding, CT. Her background includes 20 years in communications, two Emmy nominations, and a Writers Guild Award. She blogs about essay writing and interview skills at
Matthew Dempsey, Assistant Director of Admission at Fairfield University.  Matthew will share a first-hand account of the role of the admission counselor, read examples of essays that have and haven't worked, and talk about how essays are viewed in the context of the entire application.
Sign up online, by phone, or at the Checkout Desk.

Shorts and To The Point:  Brookfield Film Festival

Shorts & To The Point
5th Annual Brookfield Film Festival
April 5-6-7
Edmond Town Hall, Newtown

This year's film festival, "Shorts and to the Point," includes an assortment of short films that have been nominated for or received awards from other industry competitions and festivals. 

This exciting program of award-winning short films from some of the most prestigious competitions will feature live music, wine, and hors d'oeuvres.  Suggested donation is $15, which includes a complimentary glass of wine.  To make reservations, send an email to Ann Amorossi.

Organized by the Brookfield Cultural Arts Commission, the Brookfield Film Festival is created to cultivate appreciation for quality filmmaking and to provide screening opportunities for local audiences to view unique and entertaining films from around the world. 

This is an adult program.  Anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Brookfield's 225th Anniversary Celebration

Did you know that we're celebrating the 225th anniversary of Brookfield's founding this year?  The town-wide celebration started earlier this year, and there are quite a few more events planned.  Here's an overview:
April 6-7:  Brookfield Historical Society Open House and Exhibits
May 10:  Dolley Madison at The Brookfield Library
May 26:  Memorial Day Parade (don't miss the library's float!) and Strawberry Festival
June 8:  The Victorian Lady performance at The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts
June 23:  Garden Club of Brookfield Garden Tour
July 5:  Band Concert at Town Hall followed by fireworks display
Date to be announced:  Historical Site Tour of Candlewood Lake and Lake Lillinonah
September 14:  Historic District Walking Tour sponsored by Historic District Commission
September 22:  Historical Farm Day at Gurski Farm
October 5:  Brookfield Days at Ironworks District
October 6:  Brookfield Days at Town Hall and opening of time capsule
October 13:  Historical House Tour sponsored by The Women's Club of Brookfield
November 2:  Festival of Crafts at Whisconier Middle School
December (date to be announced):  Brookfield High School Band Concert

Programs and Classes for Kids

Please watch your email for information on storytimes, craft classes, books groups, and movies for children coming up in April.

Storage Space Needed

The Friends of The Brookfield Library are looking for space (preferably free) to store folding tables (at least two dozen), plastic milk crates, and some book shelves.  These are used for the annual book sale in October. The Friends would pick them up near the end of September, and bring them back on October 7 or 8.  If you can help, please contact Anita Barney by email or at 203-775-6241. 

Parenting Collection

From parenting the gifted child to potty training your toddler to dealing with problem teenagers, we have books that can help.  Our Parenting Collection of over 150 titles covers a wide range of topics and ages.  You'll find this collection along the wall to the left as you enter the children's area.

Be Kind:  Ben's Bells Newtown

Ben's Bells Newtown is coming to The Brookfield Library on April 29 from noon to 2:00 p.m.  Join us to make bells and help spread kindness!

What are Ben's Bells?  Their mission is "to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities."  You can find more information, including a history of the project, at

This program is appropriate for all ages, and you don't need to be a Brookfield resident to participate.  Reservations for this session are REQUIRED.  Please register online here