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Stairwell Gallery: "Hagakure/Behind the Leaves — Photographic Sketches of My Backyard" by Mio Akashi

October 4 to November 15 with an opening reception October 4th from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Shepaug River - Foggy Afternoon; 21" x 84"; 2013

To refer to the work of Mio Akashi as nature photography seems an understatement. It is far too mystical. The smoky, misty layers of atmosphere in her color photography compel you to look further as if there is more to be revealed. Shepaug River - Foggy Afternoon (2013) is roughly two feet by seven feet. It was taken at a "Y" in the river and it evokes thoughtful contemplation. Many of her color photographs are so subtle and her black and white photos of trees devoid of their leaves such as Night Ash I (2012) are riveting in their simplicity.

Born and raised in Japan, Mio graduated from Kwansei Gakuin Univery in Hyogo, Japan with a BA in English Literature. She lived in Tokyo where she worked in publishing as an editor and translator before moving to New York City in 1986, where she studied interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating with a BFA in Interior Design and Fine Arts in 1991.

After a career as an Interior Designer, she developed an interest in photography. She studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in 2000. In 2003, when Mio began spending weekends in Litchfield County, her interest in landscape design and photography merged. She shares of one of her backyard revelations, "One afternoon during the long stay at my country cottage I saw nature’s form obscured behind the veil of summer leaves. The weather battered old trees with twisted trunks, thick rambling brush and tangled branches of abundant apple orchards – I could see them as natural art forms.... I had traveled over a half around the world exploring several mediums and careers. My search ended on that afternoon. I found art hiding behind the leaves in my backyard.

This exhibit may be viewed during library hours. For further information please call (860) 868-7586 or email chartman@biblio.org.


Basics of Medicare Presentation

We welcome Licensed Health Insurance Professional Margaret Foran Ackley for a presentation entitled "Understanding the Basics of Medicare" on Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Ackley will deliver a brief PowerPoint program and discuss details of enrolling in Medicare. Appropriate for those applying for the first time or for members considering their current coverage.

This program is designed to help learn the basics of Medicare and help make informed health care decisions. It will detail different parts of the program, eligibility requirements and enrollment windows. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about coverage options and finding coverage that best meets their health and financial needs. Each attendee will receive "Medicare Guide", an easy-to-use reference for understanding Medicare options and Medicare frequently used language. Margaret Foran Ackley MBA, LHLP, CLTC is the principal of Ackley Insurance Agency servicing Litchfield County. She is a community speaker on Medicare Made Easy and specializes in the personal approach of taking the mystery out of Medicare options. Ms. Ackley can be contacted at mackley@ackleyinsurancesolutions.com.

Between the Lines - Poetry of World War I Discussion Series

We are offering a World War I poetry program entitled "Between the Lines." The discussions will be conducted on Tuesdays, September 9 through October 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the library's historic Wykeham Room.

2014 marks the centennial of WWI, a conflict that killed or wounded over 20 million people, changed history, and profoundly affected the art and culture of the Western world. This Great War inspired a huge outpouring of reactions in prose and verse in all generations and classes. Poets seem to have responded with particular energy to these events. These weekly discussions, led by Bowdoin Professor Emeritus John Turner, will explore a broad variety of poetry inspired by the war and its aftermath.

While developing this program Professor Turner has observed, "What a pity we never seem to learn the fundamental lesson taught by all wars and insist on going back into the breach knowing it won't make the world a better place. Such an irony that war can produce such amazing art. Why does suffering bring out some of the best in us?"

John Turner began teaching at Bowdoin in 1971. He received his undergraduate degree at St. Andrews University in Scotland, his M.A. from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from Harvard. His major field of research was Golden Age Spanish poetry and his thesis dealt with the figure of Icarus as an emblem of the courtly lover in Golden Age poetry. During his early years at Bowdoin, he taught and published primarily in the area of modern Latin American literature, prose and poetry. Professor Turner retired from full-time teaching in 2011 and is a resident of Washington, CT.

Participants are welcome to join one or more of the discussions. Please register in advance to ensure adequate reading materials. Contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org. Copies of the readings will be available at the circulation desk one week prior to each discussion.

The exhibit "Over There: Washington and The Great War" will be open for viewing in the Gunn Museum before each discussion.

Book Basement

After cleaning out old merchandise and restocking the shelves with "new" used books, the Book Basement resumes regular hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 2.

Come in and browse the newly added fiction, non-fiction, biography, history and children’s books. The history has been organized into major wars as well as American and European categories and more. There is an entire wall of new fiction. The new stock includes "specials" — frequently collectible and highly sought after titles priced far less than what can be found on internet book sites. A large collection of books about antiques will be featured, among which the series, American Furniture by Luke Beckerdite, is covering 1993 to 2010. A selection of Irish literature includes many signed books of poetry. There is a section of local authors and many are autographed.

If you haven’t been to the Book Basement before, now is the time! There are over 8,000 books on varied topics and for every age. Since the Book Basement is constantly restocking, if you don't find something one day, come in another to find additional titles that have been added. It is a bibliophile’s cornucopia!

Call the library for further information at 860-868-7586 or email chartman@biblio.org.

e-Readers at the Gunn!

Six Nook e-book reading devices have been added to our junior library collection, featuring titles for children and independent readers. Three are black and white models, with illuminated screens yet no glare in sunlight, and three are full-color tablets, perfect for younger picture book readers as well as movie-watchers with a Netflix account.

Four Amazon Kindle e-book reading devices continue to circulate from our adult circulation desk. Residents 18 years or older with a current library card may borrow an e-reader, and a Borrower's Term of Agreement must be signed. The e-reader program is made possible by a generous donation from the Shea family.

Museum Passes

Looking for a fun day trip? Museum passes are free to check out for for a three-day loan to Gunn patrons.

New Britain Museum of American Art — Free admssion for four people. (One adult must accompany children under 16). Pass is valid for general admission only. Additional fees may apply to special exhibitions, events and programs. Library pass cannot be used for Docent-led tours.

Wadsworth Atheneum — the ARTpass offers free general admission for up to two adults and two children (ages 6-17).

The Junior Library has more passes.

Explore the Connecticut Room

Looking for your ancestors? Want to learn more about your house? Is there something here in Washington that you've always wondered about? To explore the resources available in both the Connecticut Room and the Museum, please call 868-7756 for an appointment.

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