By Joanne Greco Rochman
Connecticut Yankees know only too well that January is a tough month to plan any kind of activity. However, neither snow, ice, rain or storm will keep book lovers and members of the literati from enjoying mind-enhancing experiences. One only has to go to the local library or join a local book club to know that book lovers are alive and well. The Newtown Woman’s Club, GFWC Inc. like many other branches of Woman’s Clubs have a monthly book discussion. There are also many college and private book clubs like the Newtown Ladies’ Literary League, where women from the greater Newtown area meet at each other’s homes and discuss a paperback book each month. And don’t think that the literati are limited to books in print or the latest digital reading equipment. More and more frequently, the use of image is tied in closely with the narrative. Therefore film presents a perfect venue for the literati, especially when the film focuses on libraries! Here are only a couple of the many literary activities going on at CT libraries.
The Mark Twain Library
The Public Library of Redding
439 Redding Road
Redding, CT 06896
Telephone: (203) 938-2545
Ready for a literary road trip? Then check out Brian Meehl’s latest young adult book, “You Don’t Know About Me.” Then put the trip in first gear and head to the Mark Twain Library on January 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. where author Meehl will discuss and read from his book about a 1i6 year old who travels far in search of his “risen-from-the-grave dad” and his inheritance. In addition to this 2011 publication, Meehl has also written “Suck It Up” and “Out of Patience.” The Mark Twain Library in Redding, CT is thrilled to have author Brian Meehl residing in Redding and eager to share his works.
Stratford Library Association
2203 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
Take a car, a bus, or a sled and head over to Stratford Library, where January is filled with literary activities. For starters, you’ll want to pack your brown bag lunch and join other book lovers for Stratford Library’s series – “Books Over Coffee.” For one hour on January 25, you will engage in lively discussions facilitated by educator and author Kathleen Fagella. This is a popular afternoon event including men and women. Check ahead with the library for the January book selection.
In addition to the monthly book club, there’s a monthly program called “Script Talk.” This is a literary event that includes a lively discussion of popular and classic plays. It is led by theater director Tom Holehan. Check ahead with the library for the January book selection.
Last but not least, Stratford Library in collaboration with the Connecticut Library Consortium and in conjunction with the exhibition “Library Science,” presents a festival of films in which the library plays a central role. What fun!
January 23: “Desk Set” – Noon
January 24: “Time Enough At Last” – Noon
January 25: “Soylent Green” – 7 p.m.
January 26: “The Music Man” – Noon
January 27: “Fahrenheit 452” – Noon