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  • Exercising Your Heart to Health

    ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist

    The author is a certified clinical exercise physiologist and registered nurse. He divides his time between a hospital-based cardiac rehab facility and a surgical intensive care unit in a Southwestern Connecticut hospital. He is certified as a Clinical Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine and is a graduate of Sacred Heart University.

    With dozens of photographs illustrating the exercises that Petreycik walks readers through, his book is the result of six years of research and writing as well as his on-the-job expertise. Petreycik believes that people need to understand what cardiovascular disease is, what are their particular risk factors and how they can tackle these risks through healthy lifestyle modifications, including diet, stress reduction, exercise and weight maintenance.

    At the Library program Petreycik’s talk will be followed by a question/answer session and book signing.

    Sunday, October 26, 2014
    2:00 PM
    Lovell Room



    Mathew M. Duman To Speak about Yale Sculptures October 19

    The Library will host author Mathew M. Duman for a special Halloween “Meet-the-Author” program on Sunday, October 19 at 2 pm.  The author will discuss his book, “An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles of Yale University”. The program is free and open to the public.

    With photographs and text by Duman, “Gargoyles” sheds light on the stationary characters of masonry, wood and metal located around the Yale University campus that passively observe from the walls and rooftops of many of Yale’s buildings. These sculptures are commonly referred to as “gargoyles” or “grotesques”, but Duman feels these terms may be too narrow in scope to sufficiently describe them.  While some may seem dark and somber, many others are lighthearted and playful.  All are infused with a sense of humor and personality, which makes them more than mere decorations – they are an important part of the spirit of Yale University itself.

    Mathew M. Duman is a photographer and graphic designer who currently lives and works in New Haven.  He will present a fascinating slide presentation of many of Yale’s best gargoyles followed by a question/answer session. Autographed copies of his book will also be available for purchase.

    Meet-the-Author: Mathew M. Duman” will be held in the Lovell Room on Sunday, October 19 at 2 pm.  For further information, call 203.385.4162

  • “Name the Gala” Contest

    Idea-(1)The Library Board of Trustees has announced a “Name the Gala” contest in conjunction with its annual spring fundraiser. The library’s major benefit has been identified as “Broadway Comes to Stratford” for several years with professional Broadway performers as the central entertainment. In previous years the event has featured a Fifties and Sixties theme with the titles “All You Need Is Love” and “Good Vibrations. A new name is now being sought for this year’s event and the public is invited to take part.

    This year’s gala will be held at Oronoque Country Club and offer a catered buffet, silent auction and open wine and beer bar. Featured performers will be New York’s premier girl group, The Chiclettes. Performers Susanne, Sarah, and Molly offer an amazing mix of female vocal groups and artists from the early days of Rock & Roll and Motown to the top tunes of today. From Lesley Gore to Lady Gaga, The Chiclettes deliver high energy performances showcasing the female artists that dominated the music scene for the last five decades.

    The “Name the Gala” contest is open to all participants over the age of 21. The winner, selected by the Library Board of Trustees, will be awarded two tickets (value: $150) to the Library’s gala held on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Fill out the following form and give us your idea for a name. Deadline is October 31.

    Enter your Gala name suggestion here.

  • National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

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    No Plot?
    No Problem!

    Have a great idea for a novel, but not sure how to start?
    Want to write, but struggling to form a plot or characters?

    Find your motivation to write this November during National Novel Writing Month, an annual writing event that attracts hundreds of thousands of participants every year. In this information session, you’ll learn more about National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short), including how to meet other local writers, where to participate in scheduled writing events in your area, strategies for reaching your word count, and a mini-workshop to help you gather your ideas and outline a plot.

    Presented by NaNoWriMo veterans Charles Muir and Justin Isaacs.

    Tuesday, Oct 21
    6:30 – 8:00 pm
    Lovell Room