The Brookfield Library Newsletter November 2012

Schools and Libraries

November 5, 2012

From: Brookfield Library
Gina Barreca at The Brookfield Library:

Author, educator, and humorist Regina Barreca will speak at The Brookfield Library on Tuesday, November 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Gina's topic is There's Still Life After Sixty.

Gina's books include: It's Not That I'm Bitter ... or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered The World; They Used to Call Me Snow White ... But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor; and Perfect Husbands (& Other Fairy Tales): Demystifying Marriage, Men & Romance.

Please register for this free, fun (and funny) program online or by phone (203-775-6241), or in-person at the library.

This program is the final session of Health, Wealth, Happiness and Humor.

Sponsored by Brookfield Education Foundation, The Brookfield Library/The Friends of The Brookfield Library, Fairfield County Bank, Home Instead Senior Care, The Law Firm of Rosemary Jones and Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut.

Insurance Claims for Storm Damage:

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi has reminded consumers that there are a number of important steps to follow when filing damage claims from Storm Sandy.

"Contact your agent or company as soon as possible and document your damage with photos or video," Commissioner Leonardi said. "Keep a diary of all conversations, e-mails and other correspondence you have with your company. Get the name of the representative you spoke to, note the date and time and what was communicated to you. Should any problems arise between you and your carrier, contact the Insurance Department. We are here to help you work through the process and will ensure that carriers comply with all state insurance laws." Go to and click on Sandy Updates for more information.

Tellabration: A Celebration of Storytelling:

Tellabration! A Free Evening of Storytelling with Storytellers Marcia Hupp and Steve Long
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. / Ages Nine to Adult

Tellabration is a mammoth storytelling event - and that's no Tall Tale! It's a storytelling phenomenon made up of dozens of storytelling happenings all over the world during November. Its purpose is to introduce adults, as well as children, to the pleasures of the oral art of storytelling.

Here at The Brookfield Library, we will be hosting two storytellers on the evening of November 10 -- Marcia Hupp and Steve Long. Marcia has told tales for audiences of all ages and Steve, who has lived in Japan for over ten years, will show that language defines the world and different languages define the world differently.

Make a Cigar Box Purse:

Cigar Box Purses for Adults
Tuesday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m.

$5.00 Materials Fee / Limited Enrollment / Registration Required

Vanessa Fasanella, a New Haven resident and uber-crafter, will teach a workshop on making purses out of cigar boxes. Vanessa will provide all the supplies--a variety of cigar boxes, fabric for lining, beads, buttons, and other materials for creating handles, closures and embellishing.

There is a maximum size class of twelve, and registration is required. Please pay the $5.00 materials fee by Friday, November 23, online with PayPal, or at the library (cash, check, Mastercard, or Visa).

E-Books at the Library:

Since August, Brookfield has added 65 new ebook titles that are available only to Brookfield Library patrons.

Log in to your account using your library card number. When you search, titles marked with the symbol to the left are exclusive to Brookfield patrons! If you own an audio or eBook device and haven't used our collection, call or stop in for more information.

Book Discussions:

Brookfield Reads
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Monday, November 19, 1:00 p.m

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone - but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

Book 'Em! Mystery Discussion:

Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read (October's book) and The Body in the Snowdrift by Katherine Hall Page
Monday, November 26 at 12:30 p.m.

October's hurricane led us to postpone the mystery discussion, so we will discuss both books in November. Plan to join us if you've read one or both--everyone is welcome. In A Field of Darkness, Madeline Dare would be the first to tell you her money is so old there's none left. A former socialite from an aristocratic family in decline, Maddie is a tough-talking, would-be journalist exiled to the rust belt of upstate New York. Her prospects for changing her dreary lifestyle seem dim--until a set of dog tags found at a decades-old murder site is linked to her family.

The Body in the Snowdrift is part of the "Faith Fairchild" series and winner of the 2005 Agatha Award for Best Novel. Caterer Faith Fairchild has a bad feeling about her father-in-law's decision to celebrate his seventieth birthday with a family reunion ski week at the Pine Slopes resort in Vermont - the Fairchilds' favorite getaway since Faith's husband, the Reverend Thomas Fairchild, was a toddler. At first her unease seems unfounded - until Faith comes across a corpse on one of the cross-country trails, the apparent victim of a heart attack. Then one catastrophe follows another and Faith realizes she'll have to work fast to solve a murderous puzzle.

Coming in December:

"A Christmas Carol"
Saturday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m.
Solo performance by Greg Oliver Bodine of North Shore Theatre Productions

"World of Dollhouses and Miniatures"
Tuesday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Fairfield Area Miniature Enthusiasts

Nonfiction Book Group:

They Used to Call Me Snow White . . . But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor by Gina Barreca
Tuesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m.

 This erudite and witty book examines women's humor--the jokes and stories that came out of the kitchen and onto the nightclub stage. But They Used to Call Me Snow White is also a guide for any woman who wants to respond forcefully yet appropriately to a boor's come-on or a boss's put-down. Drawing on a lineage of female humorists, Gina Barreca shows how the proper punchline can work wonders on the street, in the bedroom, and even in the corporate boardroom.

Gina will be our featured speaker the following week (November 13). Her topic that evening will be There's Still Life After Sixty. This will be an informative and entertaining talk for women of all ages. Please register for this program

Foodie Book Club--A Memoir and Some Soup:

Cooking the Books: A Foodie Book Club
Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m.

A combination book discussion of The Soup Peddler's Slow and Difficult Soups: Recipes and Reveries by David Ansel--and a recipe tasting.

Make a soup from the book (or one made from another recipe) and bring it to the meeting. If you're bringing a soup not from the book, please bring the recipe to share with others. We will provide fresh bread and beverages. And maybe even dessert. Please register for this program so we know how much bread to make!

Free Online Classes:

Do you want to learn accounting? How about Microsoft software or gardening or algebra or building your own business or medical coding? Fiction writing or New Age studies or HTML? The library subscribes to Universal Class, an online service that offers more than 500 different classes. All you need is a computer and a current Brookfield Library card. To begin, go to the library's web site, click on Online Learning, then on Free Online Classes.

November Movie: Dark Shadows:
Friday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eva Green. Imprisoned vampire Barnabas Collins is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better and are in need of his protection. Rated PG-13, 113 minutes. Popcorn and soda will be provided.

Teen Movie Night: Amazing Spider-Man:
Friday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a showing of the newest film in the Spider-Man franchise: The Amazing Spider-Man.

Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance--leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Free, grades 6-12. Rated PG-13, 136 minutes. Free popcorn! Feel free to bring a beverage or other snacks.

Registration required by Thursday, November 15. Register online or by calling the library at 203-775-6241.

Teen Program: Chocolate Bling
Tuesday, November 20, 6 p.m.

Make chocolate candy that sparkles and shines - these aren't your everyday chocolates!

Grades 6-12. Space is limited! There is a $3 materials fee for this program, payable in the library or online via PayPal. Registration required by Sunday, November 18. Register online or by calling the library at 203-775-6241.

Teen Program: Cigar Box Purses
Tuesday, November 27, 4:30-6 p.m.

Vanessa Fasanella, a New Haven resident and super-crafter, will teach a workshop on making purses out of cigar boxes. Vanessa will provide all the supplies--a variety of cigar boxes, fabric for lining, beads, buttons and other materials for creating handles, closures and embellishing.

This program is limited to 12 attendees and registration by November 23 is required.

For those in grades 6-12. There is a $5.00 materials fee for this class, which is payable in the library or online via PayPal. Please register for this program online, by calling 203-775-6241, or in the library.

Kids Afternoons @ The Movies:
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Rated PG for kids in Kindergarten and up
Friday, November 2, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to the Big Apple and their beloved Central Park zoo, but first they need to find the penguins. When they travel to Monte Carlo, they attract the attention of Animal Control after gatecrashing a party, and are joined by the penguins, King Julian and Co., and the monkeys. How do a lion, zebra, hippo, giraffe, four penguins, two monkeys, and three lemurs travel through Europe without attracting attention and get back to New York? They join a traveling circus, of course. Their attempts to get back to New York are consistently hampered by the Captain of Animal Control who wants to make Alex part of her collection. Once they make it back to New York Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman realize that they want to be part of the traveling circus. This movie is rated PG for some mild action and rude humor.

Disney Pixar's Brave
Rated PG for kids in Grades 2-5
Friday, November 30, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin, surly Lord Macintosh and cantankerous Lord Dingwall. Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late. This movie is rated PG for scary action and rude humor.

FREE POPCORN! Please feel free to bring drinks, dinner and a blanket.

Fall Story Times:

Our Fall story time session will end on November 19. Ongoing story times will be on break from Monday, November 19 through Wednesday, November 21. This includes Little Adventurers and Fun & Friends. We will commence again on Tuesday, November 27 with Little Adventurers at 11:00 a.m. Ongoing story times will be on hiatus from Monday, December 10 through Tuesday, January 1. We will start up again on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Fun & Friends.

Craft for Grades 2 - 5:

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids in Grades 2-5
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Thanksgiving Turkeys

Serve up some extra smiles along with this year's family feast!

We will be creating two different crafts this year: Tissue Paper Turkeys and Gobble Gobble Gumdrop turkeys. Both are a fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving. There is a materials fee of $5, payable by November 5.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You may register online, by phone at 203-775-6241 or in person at the Checkout Desk by November 5.

Craft for Ages 4 - First Grade:

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ages 4 through First Grade
Wednesday, November 7, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
Thanksgiving Turkeys

Let's talk Turkey! The entire family will gobble up this cute and clever turkey craft. Not only can this festive bird really dress up a Thanksgiving table, it's a great surprise treat after dinner. Our Gobble Gobble Gumdrop turkey will make your mouth water throughout dinner.

There is a materials fee of $5, payable by November 5. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You may register online, by phone at 203-775-6241 or in person at the Checkout Desk by November 5.

November Holiday Closings

The library will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans' Day. We will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22-23, to celebrate Thanksgiving. All Town offices are closed on those three days. The library will be open our regular hours on Saturday and Sunday, November 24-25.