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This Week @ the Library

April Exhibits

Program Room - Art Quilts by Diane Francini, Judy Prohaska, 
Robin Schofield & Phyllis Small
East Gallery - Photographs by members of the Simsbury 
Camera Club
West Gallery - Ethel Walker Student Artists, grade 9-12
Display Case - Wood Turnings by Alan C. Bugbee

Join us for a week of money smart programs for all ages.

  • "Making Cents": a puppet show, Saturday, April 25, 3-4 pm, Library Program Room

Saturday, April 25th from 10-4 pm. 
Click here for a complete listing of Librarywide events.

Valuable Library Services are threatened with elimination
             if the proposed state budget passes

·        Only your hometown library will honor your card - 
You’ll no longer be able to use your library card to borrow materials at any other CT public library  

·        Libraries will lose thousands of dollars in cooperative savings - fewer materials for borrowing  

Speak out! For more information and to email your 
state representative go to:  

Restore funding to Connecticard, Connecticut Library Consortium Cooperating Library Service Units & Grants to Public Libraries

View a video about how funding effects you here

Great Decisions
Monday, April 27
6:30-8:00 pm, Program Room

Join us for an evening of lively discussion on Foreign Policy held on Monday evenings. If you are interested contact Charles Dahlberg or call 860-658-2577 to register.

The Five Minute Relaxation Response
Tuesday, April 28
7:00-8:30 pm, Program Room

You are invited to an informative seminar by Dr. Eric Secor, Jr. Relax your mind/body connection and change your life! The five minute relaxation response is designed to help a person reduce stress and have significant mind/body changes wherever one may be when stress presents itself. Join us to learn this technique and begin living stress free!

Sponsored by the Simsbury Public Library and Arden Courts of Avon, in partnership with Hartford Hospital Integrative Medicine.

Leveraging LinkedIn: Beyond the Basics
Thursday, April 30
10:00 am -NOON, Technology Learning Center

Do you have a LinkedIn account and connections but feel you aren't getting the most out of this powerful networking tool? During this hands-on session, Carol Mon will teach you advanced LinkedIn tools and techniques. Come prepared to take your profile and LinkedIn knowledge to a higher level. You must already have a LinkedIn profile and be comfortable using the basic LinkedIn features. Space is limited; please preregister for this class.

Living Healthy with Diabetes
Thursday, April 30
6:30-8:00 pm, Program Room

Presenter, Helen Psarakis, APRN will discuss healthy lifestyle choices and preventing diabetes complications and provide updates on some of the major diabetes research trials. The presentation will focus on Type 2 Diabetes, the most common, but will also cover information on gestational diabetes and Type 1 Diabetes. There will be time for Q&A at the end.

Friday Flicks: Orchestra Wives 
Friday, May 1
1:00-3:00 pm , Program Room 

In this classic musical, Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. Starring George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Glenn Miller. 97 min., Not Rated, b & w.

Upcoming Movies:
May brings classical movie musicals.
May 8 - The Pajama Game
May 15 - The Producers
May 22 - Mame
May 29 - The Music Man

Start Your Career in Art: Portfolio Preparation
Saturday, May 2
10:30 am-12:00 pm, Program Room

Come to this instruction session taught by Connecticut certified art teacher, Deborah Sacks, who has helped dozens of students get into top tier art colleges.

  • Learn about schools, scholarships, and careers
  • Be guided through all aspects of the application process
  • Bring your artwork for review after the presentation

For middle & high school art students and parents.

Classical Music in the Afternoon: Mother's Day Concert
Saturday, May 2
3:00-4:30 pm, Program Room

The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble (Barbara Hopkins, flute; Judy Handler, guitar) entertains audiences with their programs based on the music and people of the early United States.

Mia Kang, on piano, will perform Mozart's Sonata in C Major K. 545 and 3 Chopin Waltzes. Ms. Kang is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and South Korea. She is the organizer of the concert series "Classical Music in the Afternoon" at the Library.

Bicycle Trails in the Farmington Valley:
Past , Present, and Future (Lecture & Ride)
Sunday, May 3
1:00-4:00 pm, Program Room

Bicycle enthusiast Larry Linonis, will share his passion for the trails of the Farmington Valley in celebration of National Bike Month. He will begin with a brief history of the former canal and railroad lines and update the status of the various bike committees in town. Following the presentation, Rob Dexter from the CT DAS/Division of Construction Services & East Coast Greenway will provide an update of the bike trail system.

The thirty minute lecture will be followed by a bicycle ride (rain or shine) that is intended to visit all three of the trails that pass through Simsbury. The ride will be at a casual pace for approximately 15 miles with a shorter 5 mile option. Bikes can be provided to adults (age 18 and up) through Simsbury Free Bike or riders may bring their own. Waivers and helmets are required. Children with their own bikes may participate with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian.

The entire program will last approximately 3 hours.
Participants should preregister through the Library at 860-658-7663 x2200 or Please let us know if you will need to borrow a bike. Find out more about biking in the Farmington Valley at or

Booked for Lunch with Richard Russo
Wednesday, May 6th
Noon-2:00 pm
Hop Meadow Country Club

This year's popular event features Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo, a delicious lunch, in the gorgeous spring setting of Hop Meadow Country Club.

Russo's many novels include best-sellers Empire Falls (a Pulitzer Prize Fictionwinner in 2002), Nobody's Fool, Straight Man and  Bridge of Sighs . His memoir, Elsewhere, was an NPR Best Book pf 2012.  In addition, he has written screenplays for Twilight,  Empire Falls , Nobody’s Fool, Ice Harvest andKeeping Mum.

The cost is $32 per person. Please PRINT the reservation form & return it with your lunch choice and check by April 27, 2015 . Questions? Call the Library at 860-658-7663.

Friends Spring Bus Trip to the Berkshires
Thursday May 14, 2015
8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Stop and Shop Parking Lot  

The Friends of the Simsbury Public Library will host a spring bus trip to the beautiful Berkshire countryside in the northwest corner of Massachusetts . Our day will include tours of two outstanding art museums with a luncheon in between.  

We begin our day with a visit and docent-led tour of The Clark Art Institute. The Institute itself is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Renoir, Monet and Degas. The collection is also rich in American paintings by Homer, Sargent and others. While we are at the Institute, we will also visit its Clark Center, designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando.  

After our Clark tour, we will have lunch at the nearby Gala Steakhouse & Bistro in Williamstown. There will be a choice of entrees, dessert and beverages. A cash bar will be available.  

Next we take a quick ride to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. MASS MoCA is the largest and one of the liveliest centers for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country.   

 The bus departs at 8:30 a.m from the Stop and Shop parking lot adjacent to Bushy Hill Rd. and returns by approximately 6:30 p.m. The price for the trip is $85 per person (includes bus, snacks and beverages en route, museum admissions & tours, and lunch).

PLEASE JOIN US ON MAY 14TH! Get your reservation in early, as most of our trips sell out! The reservation deadline is May 2, 2015 . Please make your reservation. Once you send your check, assume that you’re included on the trip unless you hear from us otherwise. Checks are not cashed until the event takes place.

May 26 through August 29

You can organize, downsize and help the Friends at the same time! Books, DVDs, games and other materials in good shape will be collected all summer for the Friends’ Annual Used Book Sale.  Watch this web site for details…  

SAVE THE DATES for our Giant Used Book Sale :
Saturday, September 12 and
Sunday September 13, 2014


Language Classes

French Conversation  
Monday, April 27 
6:00-7:30 pm , Fireside - Upper Level  

Chinese for Travelers   
Thursday, April 30
7:00-8:30 pm  

Spanish Conversation Class  
Wednesday, April 29  
10:30-11:30 am , Wagner Room    

English Conversation Group  
Tuesday, April 28
10:30 - 11:30 am , Barnes Room  

English Conversation Club  
Friday, May 1  
10:30-1:00 pm ,  Program Room 2  







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