The Friends of the Weston Library brings us unique programs every month. Thank you!
Last night’s program with Dr. Kevin Manning was interesting, and it was a full house with participants of all ages, including 3 year-olds! Too bad it got cloudy, but we did get to see the moon before the program started. Thanks to the Westport Astronomical Society. April’s events are just as exciting! See below.
Happy Spring! Here are programs we are presenting at the library in April. All are free and open to the public.
Reservations are not required, but for planning purposes, the Friends would appreciate your letting them know if you are coming to their events by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch and Learn – Artscapades – French Impressionism: From Studio to Plein Air
Tuesday, April 10 from 12 Noon to 1:30 PM
This is the first part of a two-part lecture series which will focus on the important artists and movements of the period including background information on each artist’s life and work, characteristics of style to help you visit any museum, anywhere, and recognize the artist’s work, and the relationship of the artistic movements to historical and intellectual currents of the time.
In French Impressionism, ArtScapades gives the history of factors that brought the movement to Paris including the redesign of the city, the growth of the cafe culture, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, and advances in materials and technology. You will be taken through the historical climate that gave rise to Impressionism. Artscapades chronicles the life of four artists and their works, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas.
Post-Impressionism, the second part, which takes place on Wednesday, May 23, details how art moved past Impressionism, the influence of a single art critic, and how stylistic disagreements and personal animosities eventually brought down Impressionism. ArtScapades presents Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh.
For those who are interested, there will be a museum tour of the 19th and 20th century European Painting Galleries at the Met on Tuesday, June12 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Details and sign-up at the Lunch and Learn – $20 per person plus discounted group admission fee to the Met.
Thursday Morning Book Club – “Room” by Emma Donoghue
Thursday, April 12 at 10:30 AM
To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating–a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child
Family Film Week for Spring Break
April 16 – 20
Back by popular demand! Here are the films being shown:
April 16 – Hugo
April 17 – Adventures of Tin Tin
April 18 – War Horse
April 19 – Muppets
April 20 – We Bought A Zoo
Movie Night – My Week With Marilyn
Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 PM
This month’s film is My Week with Marilyn starring Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams. It is showing on Wed., April 18th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room. Come and enjoy the movie!
Wednesday Evening Book Club – The Pint Man by Steve Rushin
Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 PM
At thirty-four, Rodney Poole is the type of man who still manages to make it to after-work drinks even though he’s currently unemployed. Boyle’s Irish bar is a haven of good cheer, pleasantly pointless conversation, elaborate jokes, heated trivia contests, well-poured pints of Guinness, and familiar faces. The pressures and demands of the outside world hold no sway there – the crowd at Boyle’s is his family, and with family all sins are forgiven.
Now, his best friend and partner in inertia, Keith, is getting married and moving to Chicago. Since Rodney has, for the most part enjoyed his bachelorhood vicariously through Keith, the prospect of being single, middle-aged, unemployed, and without his pal to while away the nights is causing Rodney to rethink – or rather, create – his priorities. When Keith introduces him to the lovely Mairead a cheerful career woman who seems to enjoy his bad puns, ambitionless nature, and love of literature, Rodney can spy an honorable path to grownup-hood at last. But being a grownup requires growing up – which is why Rodney has put the matter off for so long. A series of comic mishaps jeopardize his budding relationship with Mairead, his friendship with Keith, and most serious of all, his place on a barstool in the idyllic world of Boyle’s. – From the book jacket
Animal Embassy Program – Talk to the Animals
Saturday, April 28 at 4:00 PM
Join Animal Embassy at the Weston Public Library for this educational and entertaining program which will take library patrons around the world with a unique group of rescued animals, representing diverse habitats. Animals have many ways to communicate; Animal Embassy will help children to interpret and even mimic some of them. Participants will learn to grunt like a hippo, roar like a lion, or trumpet like an elephant. We can learn a lot from our animal friends if we listen carefully and observe behavioral cues. Join Animal Embassy as we unravel some of the mysteries of animal communication. Meet live Animal Ambassadors such as frogs, a duck, Chinchillas, a Milk snake, a large Green iguana and more!
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