The Day – Waterford Library Notes: A Complete February Calendar

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We all missed seeing you in January and hope everyone is doing well! Unfortunately, due to COVID, many of our January events have been postponed. We have a full February schedule for you:

On February 1 at 6:30 p.m., we welcome back Ken Elkins, virtually, from the Bend of the River Audubon Center who will discuss the Snow Birds.

On February 8 at 6:30 p.m., genetic counselor and “DNA Today” podcaster Kira Dineen will virtually share her expertise on the power and reach of podcasting and offer advice on how to host/guest on podcast episodes .

On February 10 at 6:30 p.m., virtually taste and learn four new seasonal beers with Outer Light Brewing Company’s Tom Drejer and Mariah Billian from the comfort of your own home. Tasting kits can be purchased for $15 at the Groton Brewery, but are not required to participate. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

Also on February 10 at 7 p.m., in person, Lonnie Braxton II and Tom Schuch, two of the Black Heritage Trail researchers in New London, will share with you the story of how the trail was developed. We are pleased to co-sponsor this event with the American Association of University Women.

On February 17 at 6 p.m., we virtually learn when and why to perform specific car maintenance tasks, including changing oil and filters, tire pressure, coolant, and more. Our speaker is Chaya Milchtein, automotive educator, writer and founder of Mechanic Shop Femme. This program is a collaboration with Mystic & Noank, Groton Public, Otis, and Ledyard Public Libraries.

Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m., in person, author Robert D’Agostino, presents The Forever Weight-Los Plan and how it will help you lose excess weight permanently.

The next program, Saturday, February 26 at 2 p.m., in person, “Brexit: Everything has changed and changed completely: the impact of Brexit on Ireland”, will be presented by Paul Nugent, Executive Director of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council . The library partners with SECWAC for a weekly series of big decision talks and four conferences starting in March.

Great Decisions, a program of the Foreign Policy Association (fpa.org), invites citizens to explore and discuss current global issues. Topics this year include changing demographics, outer space and the Biden agenda.

Thanks to generous funding from CT Humanities, the library will be able to provide a supply of free informational books and our SECWAC speakers. Watch our website for more details soon.

With support from a grant from Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small, Rural Libraries, the library is launching Talk About Town: Waterford, a bi-monthly series of community conversations. Our first discussion is scheduled for February 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This will be an in-person panel discussion on Dominion Energy’s Millstone Nuclear Generating Station.

Scheduled panelists are Claude Flory, director of nuclear education at Three Rivers Community College; Abby Piersall, director of economic development and planning for Waterford; Dean Rowe, Manager of Nuclear Emergency Preparedness, Dominion Energy; and Steve Sinagra, director of emergency management for Waterford. Attend live or via Zoom.

The library is very happy to offer the reception library to the youth department! It is a positive pop-up conversation about immigration and the acclaimed collection of picture books featuring the newcomer and new American families that reflect these themes. Readers and listeners of all ages will have the chance to “meet” these families on the page while exploring the commonalities shared by all cultures.

Further exploration is available using the I Am Your Neighbor discussion questions, making this collection ideal for classroom use or individual reading. These items are available for sale and will be on display until mid-March.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 5 for the 11th annual Take Your Child to the Library Day, an international initiative that encourages families around the world to take their children to their local library. Launched in 2011 in Connecticut by librarians Nadine Lipman (Waterford Public Library, retired) and Caitlin Augusta (Stratford Library) with artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, TYCLD educates the community about the importance of the library in the life of a child and promotes library services and programs for children and families. Join the party!

This year, we are welcoming families to our library to enjoy an inside story with a walk that will allow for a safe, masked and socially distanced library visit for all ages. Walk through our history with a walk featuring “Thank you, Omu!” by Oge Mora, contribute to our “soup of kindness” and bring home a craft to take away.

Later this month, beginning Feb. 28, SIGNING Basics will return to offer teens the opportunity to learn American Sign Language through a series of five engaging online sessions. Registration is required for ages 12-18 via our online event calendar and space is limited.

Registrants are strongly encouraged to attend all five sessions – February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28. This series is presented by an experienced SIGNING Basics ASL instructor. Thanks to CT Humanities for helping fund this series.

Don’t forget our Friday movie mornings!

Visit the library’s website (waterfordpubliclibrary.org) to register or call us for assistance.

Jill Adams is Head of Adult Services at Waterford Public Library.

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