Simsbury Public Library

Featured Programs

Promoting Your Organization

Develop a PR Strategy

alisa picernoTuesday, March 28, 6:30 PM
Program Room 2
Preregister (space is limited)

Public relations helps send the right message to right people. Whether you are organizing a fundraising campaign or an event, aiming to increase awareness of your cause, product or service, or working to establish credibility for your organization, a public relations plan can be vital to your success. Learn from guest speaker Alisa Picerno of Alliances by Alisa Media Relations about the importance of effective public relations and steps you can take to create your own PR strategy.

Digital Marketing & Your Website

vanessa lambertWednesday, April 12, 6:30 PM
Program Room

Digital marketing is critical for nearly every organization or business these days as more and more people consume content online. Learn from guest speaker Vanessa Lambert of Pixel and Code Studio about digital marketing and how to tie together a successful program that works in unison with your website to reach the greatest audience. Frequent questions will be addressed and please feel free to bring your own.

Teen Baking Series

Thursdays March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27
4:00-5:30 pm
Program Room

Teens will learn, hands-on, the basics of cooking during our ‘Sneaky Vegetables’ baking series March 16 through April 27. Sign up for one, some, or all sessions. Each week we will learn from Shana Griffin, RDN, Shoprite Canton on how to bake our favorites in a healthier way.

Please contact Teen Services Librarian, Sara Ray, with any food allergy concerns.
March 30: Muffins [Sign up]
April 13: Cookies [Sign up] Note: this is during school vacation week
April 27: Brownies [Sign up]

Pout-Pout Fish Author Event

Wednesday, April 5 at 2:00 pm
All ages with a caregiver, sign up

Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to meet the author of the Pout-Pout Fish book series, Deborah Diesen.  Join us as we celebrate the release of her newest book, The Pout-Pout Fish, Far, Far From Home.  In this story, Mr. Fish explores new places and meets new friends.  He might just learn that a few bumps along the way are all part of the journey and that love doesn’t have to be packed, it travels with you always.

The Pout-Pout Fish is a New York Times bestselling series.  This program is offered to children of all ages and their caregivers.  Advance registration is requested, please sign up at this link.  Thank you to the Friends of the Simsbury Public Library for making this event possible.

100th Anniversary of America’s Entry into World War I

The Central Blue: The Evolved Roles of Aviation in World War I
Thursday, April 13, 6:30-8:00 pm
New England Air Museum researcher Carl Stidsen reveals how the airplane moved from a curiosity to a game changer from 1914 to 1918.
For more information and to make a reservation click here.

World War I Poetry Reading
Monday, April 24, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Lawrence Court, English Department Head at Westminster School in Simsbury, will present poetry of the Great War, particularly focusing on the work of Wilfred Owen and how it heralded many Modernist tropes, styles and aesthetics.
For more information and to make a reservation click here.

Vintage World War I Ambulance Display & Photo Opportunity
Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Library Parking Lot, Lower Level
Take your photo with vintage World War I Ambulance 255, view a display of artifacts and documents and speak with George King III and Jeff Klinger who will be appearing in full historic medical attire.
Ambulance 255 is a 1916 Model T Ford ambulance that is representative of the 1,200 ambulances that were donated by Americans and driven by American volunteers for three years in France before the U.S. entered World War I in 1917. Please bring your camera or recording device.

Ragtime: Dancing in the World War I Years
Sunday, May 7th, 3:00-4:30 pm
Kandie Carle and Marc Casslar will delight you with their introduction to each of the dances of the World War I era, highlighting “the” dance couple of the early 1900s, Vernon and Irene Castle.
For more information and to make a reservation click here.

Women in Flight
Tuesday, May 9, 6:30-8:00 pm
Glenna Blackwell of The Ninety Nines, an organization of women pilots, will look at women in flight, including modern day and historical heroes.
For more information and to make a reservation click here.

All Quiet on the Western Front: Community Discussion
Monday, May 22, 6:30-8:00 pm
Carol Clark-Flanagan, History & English teacher at Ethel Walker School, will lead a public discussion of this important work, a timeless testimony to the brutality & senselessness of war.
For more information and to make a reservation click here.

The War at Home: World War I Era Stories from Connecticut Newspapers
Tuesday, May 23, 6:30-8:00 pm
Christine Gauvreau, project coordinator for the CT Digital Newspaper Project at the CT State Library uses newspaper articles, advertisements, editorials and reviews of the time to give insights into World War I, a conflicted era in state history.
For more information and to make a reservation click here.

What is so Memorable about Memorial Day? A History of Memorial Day & the Simsbury Veterans Memorial
Wednesday, May 24, 1:00-2:30 pm
Learn about the historical significance of this most sacred of secular holidays in a presentation by Simsbury veteran, Brian T. Maurer, and learn about the genesis of the beautiful Simsbury Veterans Memorial. Following the talks there will be a guided visit to the Memorial.
For more information and to make a reservation click here.

World War I Genealogy Tuesday, September 19, 6:30-8:00 pm
HFPG Technology Learning Center
Celia Roberts, SPL Reference Librarian and genealogist, will show you how to explore resources that are available for researching your World War I era ancestors, including recently digitized records such as Connecticut’s World War I Questionnaires and World War I draft cards.
For more information and to make a reservation click here.

World War I Digitization Day
Tuesday, September 26, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Bring your World War I photos, letters and other keepsakes to the Simsbury Public Library to have them photographed or scanned by staff from the CT State Library. Digital images of these objects will be made available online and preserved in the CT Digital Archive. The only prerequisite for inclusion in this project is that participants are Connecticut residents and that items are related to World War I.
The Remembering World War One Digitization Day has been made possible in part by the Connecticut State Library and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

All programs will take place in the FSPL Program Room unless otherwise noted.

Download a pdf of the program booklet.