2013 September — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

Events

Poetry in Motion—Where I Stand

Sunday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 20.
Poetry in Motion, in its eighth year, is Wilton Library’s annual poetry program for teens in grades 7 – 12.  This year’s theme is Where I Stand.  This can be interpreted figuratively or literally. Students are invited to submit original poems (serious or humorous; short or long).  Approximately 35 poems will be selected by a student board for a two-performance event in March 2014 at the library.  Poems will be paired with art, music and/or dance for the live performances.  Poems can be performed by the student poet or by someone else. Submit poems as a Word document to teenpoetry@wiltonlibrary.org by October 20, 2013.  Call Susan Lauricella at 203-762-3950, ext. 243 for information.

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Creation Station!

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 4 – 4:45 p.m.Children in grades K through 5 are invited to stop by the Library for this creation program. Using different materials each week, this is the perfect opportunity for children to innovate, communicate, and express themselves in a free-form environment. Materials include: Legos®, arts and crafts materials, model cars, Lego Technics®, science kits, and more. Grades K-5 with caregivers in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Stamford Hospital’s Mobile Facility for Mammography Screening

Friday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wilton Library is teaming up with Stamford Hospital’s Mobile Wellness Program to help bring wellness to where people live, work, play and learn! The coach will be in the front parking lot of the library.  Services offered: Screening Mammography (Women 35-39 years old – schedule a baseline mammogram; Women 40+ years old – schedule an annual mammogram).  The hospital’s mobile service is fully digital, fast, convenient, and private. Insurance is accepted.  To schedule an appointment call 203-276-5990 and choose option 1.

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, Sept. 6, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Children ages 2-6 and their caregivers are invited to a fun performance by Robert the Guitar Guy.  Robert uses music, props, movement, and dance to entertain children and their grown-ups.  Registration recommended. This program will take place on the following Fridays:  Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 13.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Tots to Teens Book Sale

Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8,
Friday, Sept. 6: noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 8: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Wilton Library’s Tots to Teens Book Sale Fundraiser features books for children of all ages – from board books and picture books to young adult novels, including fantasy and science fiction – all gently used or like-new. Also available are books on tape and CD, DVDs, and music CDs. All items are bargain priced; on Sunday items are half price.  Proceeds benefit the library.

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5 Photographers 5 Styles Exhibition Reception

Friday, Sept. 6, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Five local area photographers feature their diverse styles and perspectives using the same medium and similar equipment.  Paul Wear’s images go through a metamorphosis that evolves over time in the “digital darkroom”;  Rick Locke’s photographs feature vivid colors, striking patterns and textures and unique images resulting from reflections off water or glass or by simply aiming his lens up or down; Dennis Hyde likes to capture moments of humanity or glimpses of the natural world untouched by man; Zita Mercurio sees in nature the elegance and simplicity of repeated patterns capturing the beauty and artistry of the world around her. Vince Balzano’s images are cropped to achieve balance or provide a unique perspective. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.  Reception open to the public. Exhibition runs through September 27.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Tuesday, Nov. 12, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Join Wilton Library for 2 and 3-year old story time.  Children and their caregivers will sing songs, listen to stories, and enjoy playtime together while building literacy and social skills. This program runs for 10 weeks.

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11 – 11:30 a.m. 
For 3 and 4 years-olds with a caregiver. By interacting with stories, singing songs and acting out finger plays and rhymes, children in this program gain pre-reading skills and learn how to participate in a group setting. This program runs for 10 weeks.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
For independent listeners ages 4 – 5 years. This is a story time that provides children with experiences that enrich early literacy. Children will hear stories, watch short films, sing songs, and do a craft. This program runs for 10 weeks.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
A monthly support group for post-treatment cancer survivors is held at Wilton Library. The Breast Cancer Survival Center, a Fairfield county non-profit, has been holding support groups, retreats and candle lightings for the past 12 years. To learn more about the BCSC visit www.breastcancersurvival.org.    Co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and Wilton Library. Sandwiches, fruits and a beverages will be provided. Please call Nina Marino, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. Registration highly encouraged.

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Mindfulness Meditation:  Introduction and Recent Research Findings

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Mindfulness is being fully aware and at peace in the present moment, without judgment or strife.  It is a tool – one that is accessible at anytime and anyplace – to free oneself from the trap of reactive living and tendency of the mind to dwell on the past and worry about the future. In this workshop, Andy Lee will introduce you to simple and effective mindfulness practices, including meditation that will help you cultivate awareness in your daily life. Andy will also review some of the many recent research findings about the effects of mindfulness meditation on the focus, memory, emotions, and the brain itself. Andy has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for over 12 years and conducts Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs and meditation classes in Fairfield and Westchester counties.  Join us to reset yourself for fall.   Registration highly recommended.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, Sept. 11 through Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Bring your wonderful baby to this infant friendly program at the Wilton Library. We will sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old.  This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. This program runs for 10 weeks.  Caregivers must be present.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Sept. 11 through Wednesday, Nov. 13, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2 year-olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and toy time. This program runs for 10 weeks.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Sept. 11, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy. Group meets second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in December). Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Advance registration suggested. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, please visit our Wilton Library Readers page.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers will meet at Ambler Farm to enjoy theme-based stories as well as a nature walk.  Children may check books out at the farm, so make sure to bring your library card.  During the month of September the focus will be on “what’s growing in the garden.”  Registration required.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.  Program runs through November.

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Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Sept. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 14, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. **Please note—in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children’s Library desk and must be returned by August 23. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Sept. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 14, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. **Please note—in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children’s Library desk and must be returned by August 23. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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Create Your Own Dollhouse

Thursday, Sept. 12, 19 & 26, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Do you love dollhouses? Come and create your own miniature mansion! Bring a shoebox or a box of similar size and during this three-part workshop we will build, decorate and furnish a dollhouse just for you! Grades 2 and up, registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Reader Fund.

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Wilton Reads 2013: The Cutting Season with Joanna Ecke

Monday, Sept. 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Wilton Library’s  Fall 2013 selection for the community reads program, Wilton Reads, is Attica Locke’s latest work, The Cutting Season.  In this sweeping story of the south, Attica Locke provides an unblinking commentary on politics, race, the law, family and love.  Ms. Locke will be at the library to discuss her work on September 27, at 7:00 p.m.  Join Joanna Ecke, a graduate of Smith College with a doctorate in literature from Duke University, for an evening discussion of this work prior to Attica Locke’s appearance on September 27. Registration recommended.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 11 – noon.
Looking for something good to read next? Bring a friend and join the Book Buzz conversation moderated by Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker, two of Wilton Library’s knowledgeable librarians, on the third Tuesday of each month. Participants are encouraged to come and chat about their most recent favorite reads or just listen to what others recommend.  Pick up new pre-publication books when available. Hear about upcoming books being released and be the first to reserve them at the library. Get the inside scoop on upcoming author visits.   Registration suggested.

Additonal Dates: Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17.

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Sports Injury Prevention Lecture with Dr. Amy O’Donnell

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Sports injuries are at an all time high, and the athletes getting injured are younger than ever. What is the cause of this and how can it be prevented? Dr. Amy O’Donnell will discuss types of sports injuries and their causes and how to prevent them before they become chronic or sideline the athlete., Dr. O’Donnell is a board certified Chiropractic Physician with over 30 years of experience treating sports injuries.  See the registration link for speaker details. Registration recommended.

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WGG/WLA Speaker Series: Jon Bowermaster with Daryl Hawk

Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
For the past 25 years, writer/filmmaker and adventurer Jon Bowermaster has been traveling the world on behalf of the National Geographic Society studying up close the relationship between man and nature, specifically focused on water issues. His 10-year-long Oceans 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak, with stops on every continent to report on environmental issues. In the past four years his filming has taken him to Antarctica, the Galapagos, southern Louisiana and his own backyard in New York’s Hudson Valley, where he’s focused on the fight over fracking. Jon will be interviewed by international documentary photographer and Wilton resident Daryl Hawk. This Green Speaker talk is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library.  Registration recommended.

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The Victorian Novel: Approaching 200 Years Old But Still Relevant with Mark Schenker

Saturday, Sept. 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
In two unique lectures on the relevance of the great Victorian novels to today’s readers, Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs in Yale College, will examine the social and psychological issues that confronted the Victorians and that continue to engage us in the 21st century.  These include class and gender, social responsibility and personal freedom, and the religious sensibility in an increasingly secular age. Each session is a one hour talk, followed by a Q&A. Wine and cheese will be served until 5:30pm following the talks for those who wish to stay for refreshment and discussion with each other. This original lecture series has been generously sponsored by an anonymous donor. Registration highly recommended.

Please register separately for each program:

September 21:  novels of the early Victorian period (1837-1870), especially those by Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, and Emily Brontë

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October 5: late Victorian period (1870-1901) and novels by Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy.

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New Perspectives Film Series—The Imposter

Saturday, Sept. 21, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
 This absorbing tale about a US kidnapping in 1994 of a 13-year old boy takes twists and turns, including the boy being found alive in Spain three years later.  The family is overjoyed and yet doesn’t see the many inconsistencies in the story. Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration highly recommended.

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Wilton Reads 2013: The Cutting Season with Susan Boyar

Monday, Sept. 23, 10:30 – noon.

Wilton Library’s Fall 2013 selection for the community reads program, Wilton Reads, is Attica Locke’s latest work, The Cutting Season.  In this sweeping story of the south, Attica Locke provides an unblinking commentary on politics, race, the law, family and love.  Ms. Locke will be at the library to discuss her work on September 27, at 7:00 p.m.  Join Susan Boyar, professional book discussion leader, for a daytime discussion of this work prior to Attica Locke’s appearance on September 27.  Registration recommended.

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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, Sept. 23, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for September is A to Z Mysteries: The White Wolf by Ron Roy.  Snacks will be provided, and we will also have fun detective activities!   Parents and guardians must remain in the Library.  Sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. – noon.
Judson Scruton will lead a discussion of The Wild Braid:  A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden by Stanley Kunitz. Mr. Kunitz, twice named Poet Laureate of the United States, was not only a distinguished poet but also an ardent gardener.  This book is described in Booklist as “A graceful and moving glimpse into a rare and giving artist’s refined poetics, garden aesthetics, and spirituality.”   Group meets 4th Tuesday of each month through May (no meeting in December).

Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join a monthly Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting.  TAB is a group of teens who work with the library by helping select materials for the teen collection, planning teen events, and more. Input from the board helps to create a better library for all teens.  Newcomers always welcome! Newcomers can fill out an application and bring it to the meeting or fill them out there.  Registration is recommended. Additional meetings: Oct. 22 and Nov. 19 Call for details (203)762-3950 x224 or email Tracey Morgan, Teen Services Assistant, at tmorgan@wiltonlibrary.org.

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ESL (English as a Second Language) Registration & Testing

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Registration and placement testing for ESL classes will take place at Wilton Library on Wednesday, September 25 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Please note that the ESL class at Wilton Library is for the multi-level student. Class size is limited and will be determined by Placement Testing. Classes are open to Wilton, Westport and Weston residents. Class testing and registration will be conducted by Westport Continuing Education. Just walk in to take the test. Classes will be held twice-weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. starting on Monday, September 30 at Wilton Library.

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Author Talk: Susan Conley – Paris Was the Place

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
With her new novel, Paris Was the Place, Susan Conley offers a beautiful meditation on how much it matters to belong: to a family, to a country, to any one place, and how this belonging can mean the difference in one’s survival. This is a deeply moving portrait of some of the most complicated and glorious parts of the human existence: love and sex and parenthood and the extraordinary bonds of brothers and sisters. Susan Conley is a novelist, creative writing professor and memoirist. A native of Maine, she earned her B.A. from Middlebury College and her M.F.A. in creative writing from San Diego State University. After teaching poetry and literature at Emerson College in Boston, Susan returned to Portland, where she cofounded and served as executive director of The Telling Room, a nonprofit creative writing center for students ages six to eighteen. She currently teaches at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program and is the Jack Kerouac Visiting Writer at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. See library’s registration link for more information about the author.   Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration encouraged.

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Ben Van Vechten Seminar—Literary Jumble

Thursday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 27, 10:30 – noon.
Ben Van Vechten returns to Wilton Library for a special 2-day seminar entitled Literary Jumble on September 26 and 27, from 10:30am – 12:00pm.  Copies of the selections he will discuss will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins. This program is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Advance registration is required.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Tiffany Johnson & Brandon Cook

Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
September brings Tiffany Johnson and Brandon Cook to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. Ms. Johnson aims to broaden her range by observing her environments using oil painting to preserve the essence of a place in time – in this case, the grounds of Weir Farm.  Mr. Cook has always been drawn to and felt a deep connection with 19th century American landscape painters.  His passion is to understand and express that concept by creating paintings unique for our time.  See registration link for more details about the artist.  Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library.   Registration suggested.

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Wilton Reads! 2013: The Cutting Season – Attica Locke

Friday, Sept. 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The selection for Wilton Library’s community reads program, Wilton Reads, is Attica Locke’s The Cutting Season, a thrilling tale that not only exhumes a body but dredges up age-old issues of slavery, race, class and power, examining two crimes – one from today and one that was committed more than a century ago. Ms. Locke will visit the library on Sept. 27to discuss her work. The New York Times Book Review stated, “Locke draws on the past to remind her characters how much it has shaped their identities and how much it continues to shape the choices they make … the language of her storytelling is sturdy and absorbing.” Q&A, book sales and signing following the talk.  Ms. Locke will be awarded the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award.  Wilton Magazine is the media sponsor. Reservations strongly recommended.

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Wilton Library’s Shredding Day for the Community

Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 – noon.
Wilton Library is holding a shredding day fundraiser for the library in its parking lot.  Minimum fee is $10; $15 for ½ of 65 gal container; $30 to fill full 65 gal container.  Shredding services donated by City Confidential, a division of City Carting. Only cash or checks will be accepted.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 – noon.
ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program will be bringing therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them.  The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. Children must read independently to participate in this program.  Registration is required.

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Connecticut’s Own Concert: Storytelling Oboes by Oboe Duo Agosto

Sunday, Sept. 29, 4 – 5 p.m.
Oboe Duo Agosto was created in 2009 by oboists Ling-Fei Kang and Charles Huang with the goal of promoting the oboe’s popularity through original duos, arrangements and newly commissioned work.  Storytelling Oboes is a concert based on music inspired by poems, folktales, folk songs, myths and fables from all over the world. These stories deal with life, love, and allegory. Pieces by composers Vaughan Williams, Dorati, Pixiguinha, and others will be performed. See the library’s registration link for more information about the duo.   Registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.

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ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Sept. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 18 , 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language will begin on Monday, September 30 and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until December 18 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (Note: no class Oct. 14 or Nov. 27) Testing and registration required.

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Stock Market Game for Teens

Monday, Sept. 30 through Monday, Dec. 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Interested in how the stock market works? Join SMG (The Stock Market Game), a simulated marketplace played by teens all around the world. Working in teams of 2 or more, the teams will be given $100,000 in virtual cash and then build a portfolio, do research, evaluate stocks, trade common stocks and mutual funds, and more.  Tracey Morgan, a former Senior Trader of foreign exchange derivatives will be running this nine week program — Mondays, from 9/30-12/2.  Note: The first session will last 1½ hours. All others will be one hour.  For teens in grades 7-12.  Registration filled.

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Area Author Affair: Mark Rubinstein – Love Gone Mad

Monday, Sept. 30, 6 – 7 p.m.
A practicing psychiatrist turned author, Mark Rubinstein will address his new novel, Love Gone Mad, and the fine line between falling in love and madness.  Mark Rubinstein grew up in Brooklyn, New York, near Sheepshead Bay. As an attending psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell, he taught psychiatric residents, psychologists, and social workers while practicing psychiatry. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments are served at Area Author Affairs, held to celebrate our local authors. Registration encouraged.

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