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Melody Asbury's "Fur and Feathers"

Renown animal artist Melody Asbury helps kick off the holiday season with a new collection of work in the Stairwell Gallery. The show will be on display through December 20.

Growing up with an artist Mother, art was an important part of Melody's Life. She started studying painting at the Ridgewood Art Institute while still in her teens. A fascination with people and their character prompted her to specialize in portraits.

Of late her art has dealt with an agricultural theme prompted by her and her son's involvement with agricultural education at the Ellis Clark Regional Agri-Science and Technology program in Woodbury CT. Melody says "The opportunity to study the animals up close, in fields and pens has been invaluable towards understanding anatomy and characteristics." She has expanded to painting birds of prey and other wildlife. And, currently she has been accepted as a signature member of the prestigious international Society of Animal Artists.

Her paintings have won numerous awards through the years and are included in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Currently she paints from a studio in her home; she also gives workshops, demos, and teaches painting classes at her studio, and various other locations.

For more information, please contact Sharon Morrissey at 860-868-7586 or gunnstaff@biblio.org

Fitness Class

Local fitness instructor Jocelyn Leigh leads "Stretch, Strengthen & Tone" Monday, December 12 at 11:00 a.m. (Snow date: Thursday December 15 at 11:00 a.m.)

Join Jocelyn for an introductory strength and conditioning class. A total body workout will be offered for all ages and fitness levels. The class is designed to introduce the participants to concepts of a safe and effective workout as well as a total body stretch. Come and see what it's all about! Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel.

Jocelyn Leigh of Jocelyn Leigh Health and Fitness Solutions has been working in the fitness industry for the past 26 years and a yoga instructor for the past 5 years. She has a private personal training practice (locally and in Westchester County, NY) and teaches group exercise classes and yoga at the Mayflower Grace Inn and Spa and at ah Yoga in New Preston. She also works in corporate fitness and wellness programs in Connecticut and New York. Over the years Jocelyn's professional focus has developed into post rehabilitative-recovery through fitness and exercise. Jocelyn has worked with all age groups from teenagers to seniors; from the deconditioned to amateur athletes.

To attend this free program, please register by calling the library at 860-868-7586 or email gunnprograms@biblio.org

Yoga with Anne Hungerford

Yoga instructor Anne Hungerford, owner of ah Yoga and Wellness Center in New Preston and New Milford, leads a session of Yoga Basics on Monday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT. (Snow date: Thursday December 22 at 11:00 a.m.)

This is for you if you are brand new to yoga, returning after time away, or would like to review the fundamentals. Suitable for beginners but all levels are welcome. The class will include some discussion of yoga philosophy and history. Basic classical yoga poses will be taught with an emphasis on correct alignment. Beginning breathing and meditation techniques are incorporated and time will be allocated for questions and answers as well.

Anne has been teaching yoga in the greater Litchfield County area for the past 12 years. She began her teaching career under the tutelage of her teacher and mentor Marie Fourcaut. In addition to Anne's original apprenticeship teacher training, she has studied under many other notable teachers and has participated in numerous continuing education programs and intensives. She considers her own style of teaching to be multidisciplinary, drawing from different yoga techniques and traditions. She fosters a noncompetitive and supportive environment that welcomes all levels of yoga students. In addition to operating two of her own studios one in New Preston and one in New Milford CT, she also teaches classes throughout the week at both locations. She lives in New Preston with her family.

For more information visit ahyogacenter.com This program is free and open to the public but registration is requested. Please register by calling the library at 860-868-7586 or email gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Book Basement

Open weekdays 10:00 to 4:00, Saturdays 10:00 to 2:00
Consider Bringing Your Own Bag. Thanks!

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.There are thousands of 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.

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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