The Brookfield Library Newsletter May 2013

Schools and Libraries

May 3, 2013

From: Brookfield Library

Join the Parade --  or come watch!

The Annual Memorial Day Parade will celebrate Brookfield's 225th Anniversary -- and you're invited to participate!  Join the parade on Sunday, May 26, beginning at 2:00 p.m. from Brookfield High School.

Decorate your bike, walk with your friends, wear a costume, or create a float.  The Lions Club, which sponsors the parade, will award prizes for best float, decorated bike, and costume.

For registration information, call Bob Rascona at 203-775-1225 or send an email to Candice Smith at

The parade leaves the high school at 2:00 p.m. and moves down Long Meadow Hill Road to Route 25 (Whisconier Road), then turns left onto Route 133 to end at Center School.  The library lawn is the perfect place to watch -- lots of room and a little elevation, so you get a great view.  Wait until you see how special the library float is!

An Evening with First Lady Dolley Madison

Friday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.
Community Room of The Brookfield Library

"Mrs. Madison" will speak about the founding of our nation, the role of her husband, President James Madison, as the Father of the American Constitution, and the people and events of the early Republic.

Carolyn Ivanoff, Housemaster at Shelton Intermediate School, will present the program in period dress.  Please register for this free program online, in the library, or by calling 203-775-6241.  This event is part of the Brookfield 225th Anniversary  celebration.

Website for Brookfield's 225th Anniversary Celebration

What events are planned as part of the celebration of the 225th anniversary of Brookfield's founding?  Find out at the celebration's web site at  
Check back often, as more details are added about upcoming events.

New Books and Movies

Did you know that you can receive weekly emails that list everything we've added to the collection in the past week?  It's a services called Wowbrary, and it's free.  Just go to the library's web site and click on New This Week.  You can place a hold on a title right from the email you receive.  You'll find titles you didn't even know you wanted to read or watch!

Book Discussions

Our meetings take place in our Community Room unless otherwise indicated.  Copies of the books for discussion are available at our Checkout Desk for readers registering for the discussion. Our groups welcome new members!
Book 'Em Mystery Discussion
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Monday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m.

It's the summer of 1950 -- and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: a dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. "I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life."
Winner of Best First Novel:  Agatha, CWA Debut Dagger, Macavity, Arthur Ellis and Barry Awards, Winner of Best Novel: DILYS
June discussion:   Monday, June 3, 12:30 p.m.:  Boobytrap by Bill Pronzini, winner of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel in 1999.

Brookfield Reads
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Monday, May 20 at 1:00 p.m.

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Starting off with a quick reply, Harold heads to the corner mailbox, but decides that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage, six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories come rushing back to him, allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years. And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy.
Join us for a discussion of this novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts.
June 17 discussion:  The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.
Nonfiction Book Group
Destiny of the Republic:  A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard 
Tuesday, May 7, at 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 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.
June 11 Discussion:  Discussion of Double Cross:  The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben MacIntyre.

Cooking the Books:  A Foodie Book Discussion:
I Lost, I Loved, I Ate Spaghetti:  A Memoir of Good Food and Bad Boyfriends by Giulia Melucci   
Wednesday, May 15, at 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 one of the recipes in the featured title. 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
Check out our Brookfield Reads Book Blog. 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. We're still running our 52 Weeks 52 Books challenge and putting up interesting book-related tidbits.

Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 21, 5 p.m.
Get your kids involved!  Teens in Grades 6 - 12 are invited to join us for a meeting of our new Teen Advisory Board.  We'll talk about possible library events our teens will enjoy, 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.

Oscar Winner Series Continues with Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook
Saturday, May 4, at 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 Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in the film. It was nominated for 7 more Academy Awards: Best Picture, Directing, Editing, Actor (Bradley Cooper), Supporting Actor (Robert DeNiro), Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver), and Adapted Screenplay. This is part of the library's Oscar Winners Film Series. Rated R, 122 minutes. Popcorn and soda provided

Hand-Crafted Cards Workshop

Hand Crafted Card Workshop for Adults and Teens
With Debbie Brooks and Dawn Cioffi
Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Just in time for Mother's Day, join Debbie and Dawn for a fun-filled card-making class. Bring tradition back to this special day and give something handmade. You will have an opportunity to make two or more cards. Make a card for Mother's Day, or pick your own theme -- Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, or whatever you choose. Materials will be supplied -- just bring your creative spirit! There is a $5 materials fee. Please register and pay by Friday, May 3.

The Nonstop Garden program

The Nonstop Garden with Jennifer Brenner
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m.

Gardeners -- take a break and come meet Jennifer Brenner (Connecticut Forest and Park Association staff member, horticulturist, author, and a former editor of Fine Gardening magazine).  Jennifer will  explore strategies for creating a four-season garden, including garden design and different types of gardens, from the subject of her book, The Nonstop Garden.
A hands-on gardener, Ms. Benner enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. In addition to being a horticulturist and writer, she is a photographer, lecturer and consultant.  There will be a Q & A following her presentation; copies of The Nonstop Garden will be available for purchase and signing. Registration (online, in person, or by phone) is appreciated.

Paranormal and Medium to Speak at Library

"You Are Not Alone" 
with Sydney Sherman, Connecticut Paranormal Author / Medium 
Saturday, June 1, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
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.
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).

Worldwide Knit (and Crochet) in Public Day

World Wide Knit (and Crochet) in Public Day
Saturday, June 8, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
It's that time of year again: World Wide Knit (and Crochet) in Public Day is upon us! This worldwide event encourages crafters to come together and celebrate their amazing (or not!) 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.  

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America is now live at
The site serves as a portal to a huge wealth of content from a variety of libraries, archives, and museums. There are gorgeous exhibitions on the site and the timeline feature is a must-see. The apps are also worth checking out. Library Observatory is a visual search and Search DPLA and Europeana bridge the gap between the two collections.
DPLA is a portal to a fraction of what's already out there on the web: an array of digitized special collections from all over the United States, from public to academic to special libraries and national collections, like the Smithsonian and the National Archives.  DPLA plans to unite these materials at a single virtual place where people can access them.   DPLA allows users to search and discover materials they previously didn't have access to or didn't even know existed.
The portal will include an interface with access to the collections that are already part of DPLA, as well as an app store with applications designed to access and highlight parts of the collection.
Several initial apps arose from that event, including one called "Follow That Cab!" which allows users to design a query and then get regular updates automatically. Another called "What Is Where?" geocodes DPLA sources and maps them, allowing users to see on a map what DPLA content is relevant to a geographic area.

AARP Safe Driver Class

Saturday, June 1
10:30 a.m.  - 2:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety course is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. It has given millions of drivers the skills and tools they need to drive today's roads safely, so they can stay independent for many years to come. In fact, 97% of those who take it change at least one driving behavior. And the best part? There are no tests -- just useful information to stay safe on the road. The course is designed to help you:

Update driving skills and your knowledge of the rules - and hazards - of the road.
Learn about normal age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to compensate.
Reduce your chances for traffic violations, accidents and chances for injuries.
Get an insurance discount. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multi-year discount to AARP graduates! (Some states may have restrictions on accepting online driver improvement courses for insurance discounts; please consult your insurance agent for specifics in your state.)

Cost of this four-hour course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.  Please register and prepay by Wednesday, May 29.  You may register online, by phone, or in person, but your payment (by check made out to AARP or cash) must be made by May 29.  Please do not pay for this class through PayPal on the library's events calendar.  

May Holiday Hours

The library will be closed on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

Don't miss the library's float in the Memorial Day Parade!  It leaves the High School at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.  It will travel down Long Meadow Hill Road to Route 25 (Whisconier Road), right in front of the library, then turn left to end at Center School on Route 133.  The library lawn is a great place to sit and cheer!

Early Literacy Storytimes

"Bee" Ready to Read!
Early Literacy Classes for Ages 3 - 4
Mondays, May 13 to June 10, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Storytimes get kids excited about books and reading, and encourage the development of essential pre-reading skills.  These classes will explain how parents and caregivers can get children ready to read.
This is a series of four half-hour free classes.  Using picture books, songs, poetry, fingerplays, flannel boards, and crafts, storytimes will make literacy fun.  Each week, we will highlight one of the six early literacy skills:  narrative skills, letter knowledge, print awareness, print motivation, phonological awareness, and vocabulary.
Registration is required for this series.  Please register online, in person, or by phone (203-775-6241).  

Farmer Minor and Daisy the Pig

Pig out on reading!
Join Farmer Minor and Daisy, the famous Pot-bellied Pig at The Brookfield Library on Saturday, May 4 @ 10:30 a.m.
You'll learn about Daisy's days as a pig on the farm, share Daisy noises, give Daisy a treat, and hear stories about how Daisy became so famous.
At the end of the program, following the Daisy Pledge, everyone will get to pet Daisy.  But be careful, you never know when Daisy may want a smooch!!  Photo opportunities are plentiful!  This program is for families with children ages 4 through fifth grade.

Mother's Day Crafts for Kids

Thursday, May 9
Kids ages 4 through first grade: 5:30 - 6:15
Kids in grades 2-5: 6:30 - 7:15
Moms love plants.  So what better gift to give than unique planters created by kids!  Kids ages 4 through first grade will be creating a one-of-a-kind boot planter, while kids in grades 2-5 will decorate fun tea cup-shaped planters.
Materials fee:  There is a materials fee of $5, payable by Tuesday, May 7.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED! You may register online, by phone at 203-775-6241 or in person at our Checkout Desk by Tuesday, May 7.  Each class is limited to the first twelve children who register.  Click here to register for the class for ages 4 - first grade.  Click here to register for the class for grades 2-5.  

Spring Storytime Session

Our spring storytime session will end Friday, May 10.  This includes Time for 2s, Terrific 3s, Fabulous 4s & 5s, and Start with Art.  Our ongoing programs, which includes Little Adventurers and Fun & Friends, will take a break as we prepare for our fantastic summer reading program.  Our ongoing programs will end Friday, May 31, and will return with Little Adventurers on Tuesday, June 25.

Lego Club

Monthly Lego Meeting
Saturday, May 25 
10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  
Our theme will be carnivals.  What kind of scene can you create?
This club is limited to children ages 5 through fifth grade.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!   You may register for one club time.  Register online, by phone or at our Checkout Desk.

Kill-A-Watt Meter

How much does your giant TV cost to run each month?  Or your PC, your phone charger ...  Find out by borrowing a Kill-A-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor.  It connects to appliances and assesses their efficiency. A large LCD display counts consumption by the kilowatt-hour, and calculates electricity expenses by the day, week, month, or year.  We have two meters at the Checkout Desk -- just ask.