The Brookfield Library Newsletter June 2013

Schools and Libraries

May 31, 2013

From: Brookfield Library

The Victorian Lady

Please join us on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. at The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts for a performance by Kandie Carle, The Victorian Lady.  

Kandie dresses in actual vintage and authentically reproduced undergarments, clothing and accessories, and adds humor, history and intriguing anecdotes about fashion, home life, and etiquette during the Civil War era.
Kandie will talk about the history of undergarments, fashions of the era, home life, society during that time, rules of etiquette, notable people of the time, leisure activities, and personal adornment.
This program is free, but registration is REQUIRED.  Please register online, at the library, or by calling 203-775-6241.  Many thanks to the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts for hosting, and to the Brookfield Historical Society for partial funding.  This program is part of the continuing celebration of Brookfield's 225th anniversary.
Wine will be available prior to the performance by donation to the Theatre.   

Carnaby Street Concert
The British are coming!  The British are coming!  The British bands of the 60s, that is.  Our summer Afternoons at the Arbor concert series kicks off on Sunday, June 30, at 4:00 p.m. on the library's North Lawn, with a free concert featuring Carnaby Street, a band that takes listeners on a musical experience through the 1960s. 
Featuring music from the British Invasion along with various American artists, Carnaby Street breathes new life into the songs that we fondly remember.  You'll hear music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Bee Gees, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, The Monkees, The Byrds and maybe a few others.
Many thanks to Matson Financial Advisors for sponsoring this concert!  Weather permitting, we'll be on the lawn near the arbor, so bring your chairs or blankets.  If it rains or is unbearably humid, we'll be inside in the Community Room.  We'll be serving free ice cream before the concert.

Medium/Paranormal Investigator at the Library

Author, Medium and Paranormal Investigator Sydney Sherman will discuss her book "You Are Not Alone: Our Loved Ones Are Here...You're Just Not Listening."
Saturday, June 1, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 Have you ever felt as if you were not alone? Or that you were being touched even when there was no one around? Have you ever had a thought just pop into your head with no understandable reason? Have you ever had a sense that someone is watching over you? Then you may be ready to consider that you are not alone.
Sydney Sherman's book outlines her passage from confusion to acceptance of her relationships with the many spirits who inhabit her everyday world. The book goes beyond a simple biographical story of a medium. Frustrated with media sensationalism and misinformation about the afterlife and contact with spiritual entities, Sydney decided to "come out" with her secret. You Are Not Alone is part of her goal to provide clarity and understanding of the paranormal. For decades, Ms. Sherman has been active in the "ghost hunting" community to promote a rational view of the unexplained through scientific means. Sherman is recognized by her ghost-hunting colleagues as a significant force in promoting professionalism and responsibility in the field. Copies of You Are Not Alone will be available for sale and signing following the presentation.
Please register for this free event (online, in person, or by phone at 203-775-6241).

Help Shape the Future of Brookfield

The Brookfield Planning Commission is beginning the process of reviewing and revising the Plan of Conservation and Development.  The document is meant to reflect the accomplishments and the future goals for our town.  Please help shape this vision by participating in the first of these surveys.  Click here to participate in this survey.

Go 'Beneath the Surface' With Our Teen Summer Reading Program!

Our summer program especially for teens will run from June 24-August 9, with online registration beginning June 17.  Track your reading and enter for a chance to win awesome prizes! And make sure you check out all of the exciting events planned throughout the summer.
Click here for detailed information.

World Wide Knit (And Crochet) in Public Day
Saturday, June 8, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
It's that time of year again: World Wide Knit in Public Day is upon us! This worldwide event encourages crafters to come together and celebrate their amazing skills. Join other stitchers at The Brookfield Library, and celebrate with other knitters and crocheters all over the globe to share yarn crafting skills in public. The Candlewood Valley Knitting Guild is co-hosting this program with the library. 
"Better living through stitching together," WWKIPD is a world-wide celebration of the joy of charitable crafting that was founded in 2005 in Denmark. Since 2005, WWKIPD has spread from Denmark across Europe to Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. This is the second year that this event has been held at the library.
Crafters of all ages and abilities are welcome. Bring your current project or come and learn from our experienced crafters. Bring a lawn chair and a bag lunch if you'd like. Let us know if you plan to attend (registration is suggested, not required), and feel free to stay the entire time, or just stop in for a short stay. 

Book Discussions

Brookfield Reads 
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Monday, June 17, 1:00 p.m.
"Australia, 1926. After four harrowing years fighting on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns home to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them." ~ From the publisher
Our July book will be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 
Book 'Em Mystery Discussion
Boobytrap:  A "Nameless Detective" Novel by Bill Pronzini
Monday, June 10, 12:30 p.m.

The twenty-fifth case for "Nameless" begins with an attractive offer from San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Patrick Dixon. In exchange for driving Dixon's wife and son to the remote High Sierra lake where the family has a summer cottage," Nameless" will be given a week's free use of a neighboring cabin. Emotionally exhausted from the events surrounding his partner's suicide, he readily accepts. Unknown to either man, one of the other visitors to Deep Mountain Lake is Donald Michael Latimer, a recently-paroled explosives expert with a warped plan for revenge against those who sent him to prison. His viciously ingenious boobytraps have already claimed the lives of two of his intended victims. His next targets are Pat Dixon, then Dixon's twelve-year-old son, and finally "Nameless" himself.
Our July read will be Suspect by Robert Crais.

Nonfiction Book Group:

Double Cross:  The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre   
Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 p.m. 

On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring that Hitler kept an entire army awaiting a fake invasion, saving thousands of lives, and securing an Allied victory at the most critical juncture in the war.
The story of D-Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it, and the generals who led it. But this epic event in world history has never before been told from the perspectives of the key individuals in the Double Cross System. These include its director (a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer), a colorful assortment of MI5 handlers (as well as their counterparts in Nazi intelligence), and the five spies who formed Double Cross's nucleus: a dashing Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter-pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming, and a volatile Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire plan. The D-Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled, and their success depended on the delicate, dubious relationship between spy and spymaster, both German and British. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time.
July Book Group:  Somewhere Inside:  One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling

Films for Adults

Film Showings for adults:  Free showings, popcorn, and soda.
Oz the Great and Powerful
Saturday, June 15, 2:00 p.m. 

Directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz.  This fantastical adventure follows Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics.  When Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot -- until he meets three witches, who aren't convinced he's the great wizard everyone's expecting.  Reluctantly drawn into epic problems facing Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it's too late.  Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity, and even some wizardry, Oscar transforms himself into the great wizard and a better man as well.  Rated PG, 130 minutes.
Side Effects
Saturday, June 29, 2:00 p.m.

A suspenseful psychological thriller from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) and starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  After her husband (Tatum) is released from prison, Emily (Mara) begins suffering from terrifying anxiety and turns to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Law) for help.  But when Banks prescribes an experimental drug for her, the side effects have chilling and deadly consequences.  Rated R, 106 minutes.

Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer
Keeping Your Pet Safe Through the Dog Days of Summer
Presented by Dr. Cassandra LaCava
Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
It's summer! This is a wonderful time of year for you and your pet to enjoy outside activities, but there are also unique dangers that present themselves during the summer. 
Dr. Cassandra LaCava, a local veterinarian, will provide an educational presentation on the dangers you and your pet may encounter this summer.  Your pet is much more prone to things like heat stroke, parasites, encountering environmental toxins, and even getting lost during the summer months.  Dr. LaCava's presentation will make you aware of the most common hazards, how to avoid them, and how to deal with it if your pet does fall victim to a troublesome situation.  
Dr. LaCava is a lifelong resident of Brookfield, where she has always had a menagerie of animals. She is now pursuing her lifelong dream of improving animal health in a personal and stress-free setting.  Registration is suggested for this free program -- online, at the library, or by phone (203-775-6241).  Attendees will be entered in a raffle which will take place after the presentation. The prize will be a gift for your pet (for either a dog or cat)! 

Adult Summer Reading Program

Groundbreaking Reads:  Adult Summer Reading Program
June 24 through August 9
Get ready for our annual summer reading program for adults, Groundbreaking Reads, this year's for-fun reading opportunity for adults. We will be exploring the wonderful world of reading, books, public library resources, and activities. More information on programs, craft workshops, contests and prize drawings will be coming later this month.

Summer Hours at the Library

June 9 is the last Sunday we will be open for the summer.  We'll resume Sunday hours on September 8.

Regular library hours:
Monday:  10 - 6
Tuesday:  10 - 8
Wednesday:  10 - 6
Thursday:  10 - 8
Friday:  10 - 5
Saturday: 10 - 5

Dig Into Reading:  Children's Summer Reading Program
Our summer reading fun begins Monday, June 24.  Get ready by registering online at beginning Monday, June 3.  Click on the Dig Into Reading! link and create an account for each child participating.  
Check back often and get set for activities, prizes, family picnics and more!

Kids Afternoons at The Movies
Escape From Plant Earth
Friday, June 7, at 5:30-7:00 p.m.
This family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab, where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary, head of mission control at BASA. When BASA's no-nonsense chief Lena informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary's warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker, it's up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira, and their adventurous, hungry son Kip.
Rated PG for action and some mild rude humor.  For kids ages 5 & up.  Free popcorn.

Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Events

Dig Into Reading! - Treasure Hunters -- For Grades 2-5 
Kick Off The Summer Fun with Casey Carle's Bubblemania 
Comedy with a Drip!
Friday, June 21, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Comedy with a Drip is a truly unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement. Bubblemania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music, and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids. Casey's creations grow from intricate and imaginative bubble art forms to "trapping" people inside bubbles! You may get to see a 4-6 foot giant floating sphere, bubbles that bounce, the amazing popcorn machine, the mesmerizing crystal ball, the bubble spacecraft that actually spins, and so much more!
Registration is NOT required.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Casey will be performing in the Community Room.  Doors will open 15 minutes before performance time.  Please enter through the outside Community Room doors only.
Dig Into Reading! - Explorers -- For kids ages 3 through Grade 1 
Kick Off the Summer Fun With Ed Popielarczyk's Magical Moments
Saturday, June 22, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Ed the Magician is a professional magician, balloon twister and entertainer.  He takes a lot of pride in bringing smiles to his audience's faces.  Audience participation is a must!  Why? Because it's the kids who make the magic happen. Ed's magic show includes comedy, balloon twisting, and tons of fun!  He has been performing for over 25 years.
Registration is NOT required.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis.  Ed will be performing in the Community Room.  Doors will open 15 minutes before performance time.  Please enter through the outside Community Room doors only.

Monthly Lego Club
The Brookfield Library Monthly Lego Club
Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 & 11:30 a.m.
Registration Required
Show off your incredible imagination and building skills by tackling our monthly theme with the library's Legos.  June's theme is Parades. 
Registration Is Required And Limited To The First 20 Kids.  Registration begins June 3.  You can sign up online at, by phone at 203-775-6241 or in person at the Checkout Desk.  Click here to register for the 10:00 a.m. session, and here to register for the 11:30 session.
Ongoing Children's Programs
Our Ongoing Children's Programs will be on break from Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 21.  This includes Little Adventurers, Fun & Friends and Lunchbox Tales.  Little Adventurers and Fun and Friends will return the week of June 24.  Lunchbox Tales will return in October.