Simsbury Public Library

Featured Programs

Wednesday Night is Business Night!

Strategic Planning
Wednesday, April 26
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Program Room


Have you ever wondered why some businesses go from good to great? It’s not by accident. The most successful businesses have this mindset; ‘if we fail to plan, we plan to fail.” The Strategic Planning process will provide you with the knowledge, a suggested format and a proven structure to help you develop, crystallize and communicate your vision and strategic business plan. Too many business people view weak market conditions or a poor economy as the reason for their lack of success. Yet leaders in every field emerge victorious during down times and good. They understand that you predetermine your success by planning and setting goals, and then making them happen.

Michael LynchGuest speaker Michael J. Lynch helps business owners and executives create high performance organizations. His clients face a variety of challenges including declining sales, employee turnover, under-performing departments, and poor internal communication. As an affiliate of Resource Associates Corporation, Michael has tools to solve his client’s issues. Michael has more than 25 years’ experience in sales and leverages those skills to uncover his clients’ wants and needs.

Upcoming Teen Activities

Hand Sewing

Wednesday April 26
4:00-5:00 pm
Innovators’ Workshop
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Learn how to hand sew by choosing a silhouette image on the Cricut diecut machine, popular fandom options will be included!

Baking Class: Brownies

Thursday April 27
4:00-5:30 pm
Program Room
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Teens will learn, hands-on, the basics of cooking during our ‘Sneaky Vegetables’ baking series, this is our final session. Join us as we learn from Shana Griffin, RDN, Shoprite Canton on how to bake our favorites in a healthier way. This week’s item: Black Bean Brownies

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Friends’ Spring Bus Trip

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Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New England Aquarium

On Thursday, June 1, the Friends of the Simsbury Public Library’s spring trip will bring us to the spacious galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the beautifully illuminated water world of the New England Aquarium.

When we arrive, we’ll enjoy a docent-led tour of highlights of the MFA including their spectacular Matisse in the Studio show and other selections from their classic and  contemporary collection.

The Matisse show is the first major international exhibition to examine the importance of Matisse’s personal collection of objects, offering unprecedented insight into the great artist’s creativity. After your tour, you can lunch in one of the diverse dining venues nestled among the grand masters. Dining options are designed for all tastes and budgets: Bravo $$$ (accepts reservations at OpenTable or by calling 617-369-3474), New American Café $$, Taste $, and The Garden Cafeteria $.

After exploring the MFA, we’ll board the bus to travel a short distance for a visit to the New England Aquarium which boasts one of one of the largest circular ocean tanks in the world.  And yes, that’s actually a replica of a coral reef you see in its mysterious waters! Neighboring underwater and overland exhibits include the “Amazing Jellies”, the floating Mammal pavilion, and the shark and ray tank. You may want to leave time for the nearby gift shop for another fun adventure.

The bus will depart at 7:45 a.m from the Stop and Shop parking lot adjacent to Bushy Hill Rd. and will return by approximately 6:15 p.m. The price for the trip is $85 per person (includes bus, snacks and beverages en route, museum admissions & tour).

JOIN US ON JUNE 1! Please get your reservation in early, as some of our trips sell out. The reservation deadline is MAY 1 . Click Boston Trip Form 2017 to download a reservation form or pick one up at the reference desk at the library.  Once you send in 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.

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Bus Trip Reservation Form

Bus Trip Reservation Form