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Sundays, January 21st & February 18th
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Exploring Identity in Two 19th Century Novels
with Mark Scarbrough
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Because of imperialism, slavery, the rise of modern psychology, the growth of the great cities, and a host of cultural factors, the question of who we are may be the quintessential nineteenth-century riddle, carried into the twentieth century and beyond by theorists, therapists, and writers galore. 

Let’s go back to two novels that explore this question near its beginnings and from either side of the Atlantic: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894). Is it enough to account for birth, rank, culture, race, and religion? Or is there more lurking below the surface of this most vexing question? Come join us for a lively lecture/discussion on these two classic novels.

January 21: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who through a strangely unorthodox experiment creates a grotesque yet sentient being.

February 18: The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

Switched at birth by a young slave woman attempting to protect her son from the horrors of slavery, a light-skinned infant changes places with the master’s white son.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View. His website is bruceandmark.com. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Books are available at the library to borrow four weeks in advance of the discussion.



OWL Monday Scholars
Creative Writing: The Craft of Character

Mondays, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
February 5, 12, 26 and March 5
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Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. Each week, a new lecture topic is watched and then discussed by all who attend. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate in discussion. Registration Required. 

Join librarian Patricia Moore as she facilitates this online course. Each week we will watch 30 minutes of Amy Bloom’s teaching, then do 30 minutes of writing using the tools we learned that day, and the final 30 minutes of each class will be spent sharing our work.

About the Course:
At the center of a good story are the characters in it. In this course aspiring writers will discover how to build and bring to life complex, vivid and unforgettable characters. We will study the choices a writer makes to bring all characters to life on the page. We will learn how to use our own life experiences, the people we know, develop inner thoughts and feelings and much more.

About the Professor:
Amy Bloom is the Distinguished University Writer in Residence and Director of the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing at Wesleyan. Previously, she was senior lecturer of Creative Writing in the department of English at Yale University. Bloom has been nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. 

TUESDAY, February 13th

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Cookbook Club
Cooking from South America
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This year the OWL Cookbook Club is going global!
At each of our four meetings this year we will focus on the cuisine of one continent. We are kicking things off with South America (and to expand the possibilities Central American cuisine can be included as well). We will order the books and then it’s up to you! Let your imagination and taste buds transport you. 

We invite you to come to the OWL beginning a month before the event to check out the South American cookbooks we have on display. When you register for the program we will assign you an appetizer, entrée, side dish, salad, or dessert. On the night of the event we will share in lively conversation around a potluck dinner made up of all the dishes we prepared.

Join librarians Audra MacLaren and Patricia Moore for this fun event. Come for the delectable dishes and the fun conversation. Don’t worry - we are all just amateur cooks who love books! If you’re running short on time, don’t worry; just bring yourself - there is always a surplus of delicious food to enjoy. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED


Tuesday, February 20th
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

American Airpower: Bombers of WWII
with John Cilio
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John Cilio returns to the OWL with a relevant, engaging and enlightening multi-media presentation on America’s World War II Army Air Force. His presentation focuses on the heavy and medium bomber aircraft used during the war and the people who flew them. The history of these important offensive weapons that saved millions of lives and helped end hostilities will be covered in vintage photographs and discussion. 

John Cilio has been privileged to meet many historically significant people or their children in his quest for experiencing the past. He is the author of six historical books, including American Airpower: Bombers 1935-1960 Vintage Aviation Photographs from WWII, Korea and the Cold War. As a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association), EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and an honorary member of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost Squadron Veterans organization, his stories are recognized for their excellence in accuracy and authenticity.

John Cilio is an historian who thrives on researching the ghosts of our past; uncovering the underlying forces and historical trends that one single event rarely impacts. He believes that often the consequences of a historical incident were hidden from those that experienced it yet on looking back one can sense the full impact of their moments in time. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Wednesday, February 28th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Abigail Adams: Live Multi-Media Performance
with Sheryl Faye
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Explore the life of Abigail Adams in this live, multi-media, theatrical performance and presentation. 

Abigail Adams is considered by many to have been a founder of the United States and is now designated as the first Second Lady and second First Lady of The United States.

Adams’s life is one of the most documented of the first ladies: she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia during the Continental Congresses. John sought the advice of Abigail on many matters, and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics. Her letters also serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front.

Sheryl started taking acting lessons when she was seven years old at the Harwich Jr. Theater on Cape Cod. She attended Emerson College, in Boston, where she received a BFA in Acting. She travels throughout the country performing her one-woman shows in schools, libraries and others venues.

She also writes and performs with StageCoach Improv. She has been the voice of several characters for Sony Play Station games and was recently in a national print ad for Vicks cold/flu. Visit her website at sherylfaye.com. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED







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