Under the Arches March • April • May • 2019
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR Pequot Library Association was formed by a group of generous benefactors 130 years ago this spring. It was their belief that the Town of Fairfield deserved a public library in Southport Village for all to enjoy. We are proud to continue the traditions that support a lifelong appreciation for reading, learning, and enjoyment for all ages, as the founders intended in 1889. This spring we hope you can attend author talks with Jacqueline Woodson, Rhiannon Navin, and Martha Hall Kelly (page 3) and, as the weather warms and the plants revive, join us for the newly revamped Southport Historic Walking Tour (page 5) and the ever-popular Derby Day on May 4 (page 7). Lastly, please join us in welcoming Jamie Cumby, Ph.D., to Pequot Library as the fulltime Special Collections Librarian. Come meet Dr. Cumby at Fantastic Finds: Kelmscott Press on March 1 (page 7). Thanks to you, Pequot Library is teeming with activity more than a century after its founding, and we could not be more proud nor more excited to carry on for generations to come. We look forward to seeing you at the Library this spring.
Stephanie J. Coakley Executive Director Fairfield University students in the Dillon Reading Room
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS Pequot Library operates with support from the Town of Fairfield, individual donors, state government and foundation grants, and major business, corporate, and media partners. Thank you!
The Dillon Fund
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RenĂŠe B. Fisher Foundation
Meet the Author One Book One Town: Author Talk with Jacqueline Woodson Monday, March 18 7:00 p.m. at the Quick Center at Fairfield University
See page 8 for details.
Meet the Author: Rhiannon Navin Sunday, March 24 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Join critically acclaimed author Rhiannon Navin as she discusses her debut novel, Only Child, told from the perspective of a 6-year-old boy. Followed by Q&A, book sales, and signing. Meet the Author: Martha Hall Kelly Sunday, April 14 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Best-selling author Martha Hall Kelly returns to discuss her latest novel, Lost Roses. Inspired by true events, the novel follows three indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris during World War I. Afterward, enjoy Q&A, book sales, and signing. Registration
For Adults Theater Performances Shake-Scene: A Live Performance and Lecture Thursday, April 4 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Hear the words of William Shakespeare, as performed by actor Stephen Collins. No author has had more effect on the English language than Shakespeare. From the evil machinations of Richard III, to the philosophical bantering of Falstaff, to the brilliant oratory of Brutus and Antony, Collins brings the Bard’s words to life. Registration The Secret Garden: Live Theatrical Production Fridays: May 10, 17; Saturdays: May 11, 18; Sundays: May 12, 19 Rediscover the beloved family classic The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett with this live theatrical performance presented by Fairfield Center Stage. Experience the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.” Tickets
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Workshops, Classes, & Clubs Love Your Body, Feed Your Soul: From Starving & Stuffed to Fulfilled & Enough Mondays: February 25; March 4, 11 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Lisa Lampanelli and Thea Martin lead a transformational workshop to give you the tools you need to put you on a path to inner peace when it comes to food and body image, using storytelling, sharing, meditation, journaling, brainstorming, deep listening, and self-reflection. Registration Technology 101: Protecting Against Cyber Fraud Saturday, March 2 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn about online fraud and how to protect yourself from identity theft, phishing, and common fraud schemes. Led by Pranav Mahesh. Registration Pequot Purls Thursdays: March 7 – May 30 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join the weekly gathering of knitters. All experience levels welcome. Genealogy Roundtable Saturdays: March 9; April 13; May 11 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Experienced genealogists help you research your family history. Community Conversation: Immigration Today Tuesday, March 12 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Engage in thoughtful and meaningful conversation with other community members about the state of immigration in America today. Join this timely discussion led by Salons at Stowe staff from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, featuring a panel of experts from the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. Registration 4
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For Adults Off the Wall Book Club Wednesdays: March 13; April 10 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
See page 7 for details. Southport Historic Walking Tour Sundays: April 7; May 5 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Explore historic Southport with Pequot Library docents and step back in time to a bygone era. Learn about the harbor, onion fields, taverns, and the many families who once lived here. Meet on the front steps of the Library. Registration Wellness Wednesdays: Naturally Happy – Holistic Mental Health Remedies Wednesday, May 8 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Medication and therapy are only part of the equation in addressing mental health. Joy Herbst, a certified nurse practitioner, leads an empowering workshop about truly healing, functional mental health remedies that are natural, effective, and readily available. Registration 10 Things You Must Know About Getting into College Tuesday, May 14 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Consultant Beth Manners will detail the college admissions process, from putting your college list together to writing your essays. Learn what it takes to gain admission and be successful. Parents and students welcome. Registration
Films Pequot Presents: The Oscars Wednesdays: February 27 – May 1 3:00 p.m.
It’s awards season! Bring your own refreshments and enjoy the most recent Oscar Best Picture nominees on the “big screen” in the Auditorium. Please visit pequotlibrary.org for movie titles and dates.
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Music Free Young Persons’ Concert: Yves Dharamraj, Cellist Saturday, March 2 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy the technical feats and warm, lush tones of world-renowned cellist Yves Dharamraj during a special Free Young Persons’ Concert, presented in partnership with Music for Youth. Registration
Close Encounters with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Go on an epic musical adventure presented by Pequot Library, Music for Youth, and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. Learn more about the Symphony’s signature pieces with conductor Eric Jacobsen and the Symphony’s featured soloists. Registration
Saturday, March 16: Moon Struck 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Hear selections from Claude Debussy’s Blue Danube and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Saturday, April 13: Across the Universe
Close the season with selections from The Planets by Gustav Holst.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Library Suite: Afternoon Jazz Concert Sunday, April 28
The Fairfield libraries host the premiere of The Library Suite, an original jazz composition written by local musician Mark Edinberg. From the energy of the Circulation Desk to the stillness of the Reading Room to the bustling Children’s Library, experience the modern library through music and art. The Library Suite also introduces the Vindor, an electronic woodwind instrument invented by Edinberg’s son, Joel. Part of Jazzed Up! Celebrating Libraries Through Music, Art & New Technology. Supported by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Registration Emerging Artists Concert: Chae Lim Yoon, Violin Thursday, May 16 7:00 p.m.
Offered in partnership with Music for Youth, this concert features one of the three finalists of the Marianne Liberatore Scholarship Competition. Chae Lim Yoon is a senior at Fairfield Warde High School and studies at the Juilliard PreCollege Division with Dr. Ann Setzer. Registration 6
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Derby Day Saturday, May 4 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 145th Kentucky Derby on Pequot Library’s Great Lawn with big hats, cold drinks, hot food, and good friends for a great cause! Show off your style and help support the Library’s programs, services, and exhibitions. Tailgates and individual tickets include Derby party with Kentucky fare and open bar, plus after-party. Tickets
Exhibitions Illumination to Illustration: Art of the Book On view through Sunday, May 5 Featuring items from Pequot Library’s Special Collections including a medieval illuminated antiphonal (musical liturgy), The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer printed by the Kelmscott Press in 1896, and a 1946 pop-up edition of The Jolly Jump-Ups: A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, this exhibition invites the viewer to discover the artistry found in a selection of books from the 15th century to today.
Related Programming for Adults Fantastic Finds: Kelmscott Press Friday, March 1 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join Pequot staff in the Dillon Reading Room to discover the ingenuity of William Morris and the beauty of the Kelmscott Press. View Pequot Library’s copies of The Tale of Beowulf (1895) and The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1896). Registration
Off the Wall Book Club Wednesdays: March 13; April 10 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Bring your lunch and dive deeper into our current exhibition by reading and discussing related books; then take a guided tour of the exhibition. Enjoy The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón in March and A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes in April. Registration pequotlibrary . org
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Shake-Scene: A Live Performance and Lecture Thursday, April 4 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
See page 3 for details.
Related Programming for Children & Families The Art of Japanese Bookmaking Saturdays: March 23, 30 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join artist Cassie Walker from The Lion’s Studio to create your own Japanese prints and bound book during this two-session workshop. For ages 7-14. Registration
March 23: Print Making and Painting March 30: Book Binding Paint, Pen and Petal: Artists in the Garden Monday, April 1 – Sunday, April 28 (in the Auditorium) For centuries, botanical artists have observed and recorded the beauty and variety of the natural world. The Fairfield Garden Club, with contributions from Sasqua Garden Club, is excited to share the paintings, drawings, and artistic accomplishments of its members with Library patrons.
Children & Family Programs Community Events Lenihan Irish Dancers Saturday, March 16 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Join the Lenihan School of Irish Dance troupe for a spirited, costumed performance, and then learn basic kicks and steps, and dance along. Fun for all ages! One Book One Town: Author Talk with Jacqueline Woodson Monday, March 18 7:00 p.m. at the Quick Center
Fairfield’s One Book One Town culminates with a talk by Harbor Me author Jacqueline Woodson at the Quick Center at Fairfield University. Registration
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Children & Family Programs Easter Egg Roll Saturday, April 20 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Dance the bunny hop, make crafts, play games, meet the Easter Bunny, and visit with our rabbit, Blossom! Bring your own hard-boiled eggs for decorating and choose your favorite egg to enter in the age-category races on the Great Lawn! Please bring a long-handled wooden spoon for the roll. Rain or shine. For ages 2-12. The Secret Garden: Live Theatrical Production Fridays: May 10, 17; Saturdays: May 11, 18; Sundays: May 12, 19 See page 3 for details. Fairfield District-Wide AP Art Show Monday, May 13 – Thursday, June 6 During Library Hours
View two - and three-dimensional pieces of art created by the talented students of Fairfield Public Schools’ AP art classes. Plant Blossom’s Garden Saturday, May 18 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Come with a plant (herbs or lettuce), decorate its marker, and help prepare the soil as we renew the eating garden for Blossom, our resident Reading Ambassador rabbit. Cupcakes provided to celebrate. For ages 6+. Registration Fairfield District-Wide Art Show Friday, May 24 – Thursday, June 6 During Library Hours
Enjoy more than 800 two- and three-dimensional pieces of art created by talented students from the 16 Fairfield Public Schools! The exhibition highlights the progression of work from kindergarten through high school and demonstrates the building blocks of the Fairfield Public School Art Program. Fairfield District-Wide Art Show Opening Reception Wednesday, May 29 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
The art show reception is one of the gala events of the Fairfield school year, allowing the community to recognize these talented emerging artists. Take pictures, meet the artists, and mingle with teachers. Encouraged viewing times: Elementary 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., Secondary 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. pequotlibrary . org
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Workshops & After-School Activities Improv and Comedy Performance Wednesdays: now through March 27 (No class March 13) 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Aspiring comedians ages 12-15 learn the basics of improvisation as an ensemble and individuals to develop confidence. Led by Noah Slager. Registration Irish Dance Lesson Saturday, March 2 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Children ages 3+ learn the fundamentals of Irish step dancing with the Lenihan dancers. Try out your new dance moves on Saturday, March 16 after the Lenihan performance. Registration Kids Knit Wednesdays: March 6 – April 10 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Learn to knit, cast on, and bind off during this six-week session for beginning knitters. Ages 10+. All knitters must bring their own supplies. Registration Scrabble Club Thursdays: March 7 – May 30 (No class April 18) 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Children in grades 3-12 learn winning plays, key strategies, and new vocabulary in a fun and friendly environment. All levels of experience welcome. Registration Book Celebration: The Day You Begin Monday, March 11 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Celebrate Fairfield’s One Book One Town with another book by author Jacqueline Woodson, The Day You Begin. Create a poem about friendship and decorate popsicle stick picture frames. For children in grades 1 and 2. Registration
The Art of Japanese Bookmaking Saturdays: March 23, 30 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Children & Family Programs Friday Night Young Artists Café Fridays: March 29; April 26 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Bring your talents to the monthly café and perform on stage! Registration Drop-In Crafts Monday, April 15 – Thursday, April 18 During Library Hours
Drop in for a new spring-themed craft each day as you check out some books. The Library Suite: Vindor Workshop Sunday, April 28 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Discover a new digital instrument, the Vindor ES1, with inventor and musician Joel Edinberg. Children ages 5-15 can test the Vindor and enjoy the debut performance of the jazz composition The Library Suite, featuring Edinberg and the Vindor. Supported by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Registration Adventures in Art Mondays: April 29; May 6, 13, 20 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Children ages 3-5 explore the beauty of spring and are introduced to the world’s great artists through stories, discussions, and hands-on art activities. Registration
April 29: Eric Carle and Insects May 6: Georgia O’Keeffe and Flowers May 13: Andy Warhol and Vegetables May 20: Edward Hopper and Seascapes
Book Clubs Mother and Daughter Book Club Tuesdays: March 12; April 9; May 14 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
For mothers and their daughters ages 8-10: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly in March, Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate in April, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett in May. Registration Book Discussion: Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson Thursday, March 14 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Join us to discuss this year’s One Book One Town selection, Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming. For ages 10+. Registration
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Children & Family Programs Book Clubs Banned Books Book Club Tuesdays: March 19; April 23; May 21 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
For children ages 9-12: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George in March, My Brother Sam Is Dead by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier in April, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare in May. Registration Magic Tree House Book Club Tuesdays: March 26; April 30; May 28 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Explore history and fantasy with Jack and Annie Smith: Sunset of the Sabertooth in March, Dolphins at Daybreak in April, and Ghost Town at Sundown in May. For students in grades 1-3. Registration
Storytimes Read Across America Day Friday, March 1
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. at Candlewood Market, Fairfield
Celebrate Read Across America and the world of Dr. Seuss with Green Eggs and Ham! First hear the story, then enjoy the tasty dish. Registration Wee People: ages 2-3 Tuesdays: March 5 – May 14 (No class April 16) 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Music and Movement for Wigglers: ages 0-5 Wednesdays: March 6 – May 22 (No class April 17) 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
3 to 5 Beehive: ages 3-5 Thursdays: March 7 – May 16 (No class April 18) 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Registration
Babes on a Blanket: ages 0-12 months Thursdays: March 7 – May 30 (No class April 18) 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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calendar at a glance All programs are free and open to the public unless specified; Registration or Tickets in event descriptions indicates a program requiring registration. Visit pequotlibrary.org for more information. Pequot Library’s services and programs are supported in part by the Town of Fairfield and the Friends of Pequot Library.
MARCH 1 Read Across America Day (p. 12) 1 Fantastic Finds: Kelmscott Press (p. 7) 2 Technology 101: Cyber Fraud (p. 4) 2 Irish Dance Lesson (p. 10) 2 Concert: Yves Dharamraj, Cellist (p. 6) 4 Love Your Body, Feed Your Soul (p. 4) 9 Genealogy Roundtable (p. 4) 11 Book Celebration: The Day You Begin (p. 10) 11 Love Your Body, Feed Your Soul (p. 4) 12 Mother and Daughter Book Club (p. 11) 12 Community Conversation: Immigration (p. 4) 13 Off the Wall Book Club (p. 7) 14 Book Discussion: Harbor Me (p. 11) 16 Lenihan Irish Dancers (p. 8) 16 Greater Bridgeport Symphony: Moon Struck (p. 6) 18 One Book One Town: Author Talk (p. 8) 19 Banned Books Book Club (p. 12) 23 The Art of Japanese Bookmaking (p. 8) 24 Meet the Author: Rhiannon Navin (p. 3) 26 Magic Tree House Book Club (p. 12) 29 Friday Night Young Artists Café (p. 11) 30 The Art of Japanese Bookmaking (p. 8)
MAY 4 Derby Day (p. 7) 5 Southport Historic Walking Tour (p. 5) 6 Adventures in Art (p. 11) 8 Wellness Wednesdays: Naturally Happy (p. 5) 11 Genealogy Roundtable (p. 4) 13 Adventures in Art (p. 11) 14 Mother and Daughter Book Club (p. 11) 14 10 Things . . . About Getting into College (p. 5) 16 Concert: Chae Lim Yoon, Violin (p. 6) 18 Plant Blossom’s Garden (p. 9) 20 Adventures in Art (p. 11) 21 Banned Books Book Club (p. 12) 28 Magic Tree House Book Club (p. 12) 29 Fairfield District-Wide Art Show Reception (p. 9) WEEKLY & ONGOING PROGRAMS 3 to 5 Beehive (p. 12) Thursdays: March 7 — May 16 Babes on a Blanket (p. 12) Thursdays: March 7 — May 30 Fairfield District-Wide AP Art Show (p. 9) On view May 13 — June 6 Fairfield District-Wide Art Show (p. 9) On view May 24 — June 6
APRIL Illumination to Illustration Exhibition (p. 7) 4 Shake-Scene: A Live Performance and Lecture (p. 3) On view through May 5 7 Southport Historic Walking Tour (p. 5) Improv and Comedy Performance (p. 10) 9 Mother and Daughter Book Club (p. 11) Wednesdays: now through March 27 10 Off the Wall Book Club (p. 7) Kids Knit (p. 10) Wednesdays: March 6 — April 10 13 Genealogy Roundtable (p. 4) 13 Greater Bridgeport Symphony: Across the Universe (p. 6) Music and Movement for Wigglers (p. 12) Wednesdays: March 6 — May 22 14 Meet the Author: Martha Hall Kelly (p. 3) Paint, Pen and Petal Exhibition (p. 8) 15-18 Drop-In Crafts (p. 11) On view April 1 — 28 20 Easter Egg Roll (p. 9) Pequot Presents: The Oscars (p. 5) 23 Banned Books Book Club (p. 12) Wednesdays: February 27 — May 1 26 Friday Night Young Artists Café (p. 11) Pequot Purls (p. 4) 28 The Library Suite: Vindor Workshop (p. 11) Thursdays: March 7 — May 30 28 The Library Suite: Afternoon Jazz Concert (p. 6) Scrabble Club (p. 10) 29 Adventures in Art (p. 11) Thursdays: March 7 — May 30 30 Magic Tree House Book Club (p. 12) The Secret Garden: Live Theatrical . . . (p. 3) May 10-12, 17-19
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Wee People (p. 12) Tuesdays: March 5 — May 14
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