Upcoming Events

28
Jan
Winter Film Series: “Smiles of a Summer Night”
7:30 pm
01-28-17

The inspiration for Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” Smiles of a Summer Night is an early and surprisingly light-hearted work by the Swedish master Ingmar Bergman. The plot centers mainly on the efforts of a celebrated actress to win back a lover from the past, but there are several other couples featured as well, all of whom manage to switch partners on a lovely midsummer night. The film was the winner—believe it or not—of an award for best poetic humor at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, and is both beautiful and funny and certainly deserved it.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

4
Feb
Winter Film Series: “Notorius”
7:30 pm
02-04-17

A Hitchcock film from the great director’s Hollywood years that has been somewhat overlooked but is one of his best and stars a divine Ingrid Bergman and an equally divine Cary Grant as her love interest. After the conviction of her German father for treason against the United States, Bergman’s character is recruited by Grant as a government agent to spy on a group of her father’s pro-Nazi friends in Brazil. It’s a dangerous assignment but Bergman’s character does her best which takes a toll on her romance with Grant’s character. Claude Rains co-stars marvelously as one of the bad guys.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

11
Feb
Bella Luna – Annual Jazz Dinner
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
02-11-17

Join us for a night of dinner and dancing as we celebrate Bella Luna, the year’s theme for this popular middle-of-winter event. We promise a full moon! Music is by the hard-swinging, ever popular, Bob Parker and the Jive by Five Band. Food will be provided by the gourmet cooks among the staff, board and Friends of the Library, who are sure to regale you in style.
$30/per person. Cash bar. Call the Library at 860-672-6874 to reserve your seat.

18
Feb
Winter Film Series: “Au Hasard Balthazar”
7:30 pm
02-18-17

You don’t have to be an animal lover to appreciate Au Hasard Balthazar but it certainly helps if you are. Directed by French film maker Robert Bresson—one of the saints of cinema—according to critic Roger Ebert, the film recounts the life and death of, yes, a donkey. Focusing heavily on the cruelties this beast of burden endures and the people who enact them, the film also makes clear his simple and somehow noble acceptance of his fate. Does Balthazar stand for us? Perhaps, but his story manages not only to break our hearts but lift our spirits as well.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

4
Mar
Winter Film Series: “Amarcord”
7:30 pm
03-04-17

The title means “I remember” in the dialect of Rimini, Italy, the childhood home of the film’s director, the great Federico Fellini. Unmistakably autobiographical, it is in fact about remembering, taking us through various stages and events in the director’s youth. The film serves up scenes of family life, of adolescent schooldays, of town vamps and youthful sexual fantasies, as well as the rise of Mussolini. This truly wonderful movie ranges from deeply comic to deeply felt.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.