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In the Stairwell: Terri Tibbatts "Borrowed Scenery" Photographs

September 26 - November 7, 2015

We are delighted to announce the opening of a new show of photography by local award-winning artist Terri Tibbatts featuring Connecticut and Vermont scenery. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 3 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from September 26 to November 7 and may be viewed during normal library hours.

Besides being an accomplished photographer, Terri Tibbatts is a book artist, photographer, printmaker and calligrapher. She is a student of Japanese brushwork and book arts and has exhibited her work exclusively and in private and university collections across the U.S. Her commercial work includes Shoji Shades, a specialty design business producing custom window shades made from Japanese papers.

Her calligraphy and artist's books are featured in the book collections of a number of American colleges and universities, including Yale, Dartmouth, University of Indiana, University of Iowa, Smith College, and Ringling School of Art and Design.

She received her MFA from Wesleyan University where she was awarded the Rulewater Prize for outstanding interdisciplinary work. An undergraduate art history and psychology major at Smith College, Terri's post-graduate work included teaching and studying in Japan where she focused on Japanese calligraphy and brushwork. She continues to develop and explore these disciplines in a wide range of alternative media, including scanner photography, calligraphy, encaustic, printmaking, bookbinding and jewelry.

Terri lives in Washington Depot, CT and teaches a variety of book arts classes for ASAP (After School Arts Program) in Litchfield County. She is married to Franklin Nichols, a professional cabinet maker and woodworker; they have two sons.


Understanding Medicare Presentation

On Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. Licensed Health Insurance Professional Margaret Foran Ackley will deliver an informative presentation on Medicare Health Plan options.

This program is designed to help you learn the basics of Medicare, and aid in making 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. Appropriate for those applying for the first time or for members considering their current coverage. Each attendee will receive a copy of "Medicare - Answer 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 & Fairfield County. She is a community speaker on Medicare Made Easy and specializes in the personal approach of taking the mystery out of Medicare options.

AARP Fraud Watch Network

AARP volunteer Tia Murphy will lead a discussion and visual presentation titled Con Artist Playbook on Monday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT.

Every day, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft, investment fraud and other types of scams. This program will provide an interactive look at the AARP Fraud Watch Network's Con Artist Playbook taking participants deep inside the mind of the scammers by focusing on the psychology behind the crimes.

The audience will learn the techniques con-artists use to steal hard earned cash; tips to protect from becoming victims; and receive up-to-date information on scams happening right in their own communities.

For more information about this program, please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

An Afternoon with Mozart

Yale String Quartet and Clarinetist Vincent de Luise, M.D., will perform an all-Mozart chamber concert on Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Wykeham Room.

Wolfgang A. Mozart lived only 35 years, revolutionized music and was a consummate genius. A concert displaying that genius will begin with the exquisite String Quartet in G Major, KV. 387 played by the acclaimed ensemble, Shualii Du, First Violinist; Ye-Hyung Chung, Second Violinist; HeeSun Yang, Violist and Cellist, Yoonha Yi. For the second piece Vincent, on clarinet, will join the quartet to perform one of the most admired of the composer's work, the sublime Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in A Major, KV 581.

Dr. de Luise is a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine and adjunct clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he serves on the Music and Medicine Initiative and the Humanities and Medicine Committee. As a clarinetist, Dr. de Luise performs and writes frequently about music and the arts. He is President of the Woodbury-based non-profit arts organization, the Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation. He co-founded the annual classical music recital at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and organized and performed at the Connecticut Mozart Festival. Since being a Harvard Fellow in 2013, he has been engaged in developing and curating a humanities curriculum for medical school pedagogy. For more information about Vincent visit amusicalvision.blogspot.com.

Born in Jerusalem, Israel, in a Korean family, Ye-Hyung Chung started to play violin at the age of six. Mr. Chung made his debut with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in 2006. He has won first place awards at various competitions such as the Keren Sharet Competition (American-Israel Foundation), Kukmin Daily News Competition, Youngsan Young Artist Competition in Seoul, and New York International Competition. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Jerusalem Theatre, Henry Crown Symphony Hall, Alice Tully Hall and more.

Violist Wei Peng was born in Jingzhou, China, and began study of violin at age 7. He is a graduate of the Middle School at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2009. Peng serves as the principal violist at the Bard Conservatory of Music Orchestra and has performed at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, as well as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In addition to his viola performance degree at Bard College, Peng graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Studies. He is currently in famed violist Ettore Causa's studio at Yale School of Music. Julia Ghica has been playing violin since the age of two. She was originally taught by her father, and moved on to study at the Merit School of Music. She has soloed with the Merit Symphony Orchestra, the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with Gustavo Dudamel and Midori, and has studied extensively with the Avalon Quartet, Ilya Kaler, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Guillaume Combet, and Aurelien Pederzoli. Julia currently studies with Hyo Kang at Yale School of Music.

Cellist Yoonha Yi was born in Seoul and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues across the USA and South Korea. She gave her debut recital in Kumho Arts Hall, Seoul, where she was selected as a Kumho Young Artist in 2010 and has since won numerous competitions. Yoonha also performs regularly as an orchestral player and has played at numerous international festivals. Yoonha began learning the cello at the age six and received a Bachelor of Music from Korea National University. She graduated from Yale University with a Master of Music and is currently pursuing a Master of Musical Arts at Yale.

This event is generously sponsored by Vincent de Luise, MD and in part by the Leroy Anderson Foundation. For more information about this program, please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Book Basement

Back to School $5 Bag Sale Continues!
Adult & Children Fiction & Non-Fiction

Open weekdays 10:00 to 4:00, Saturday 10:00 to 2:00, Sunday 12:00 to 3:00

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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