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Alicia Mordenti's "Locally Grown"

Artist Alicia Mordenti starts Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery's new year with a collection of her work. The show will be on display from January 7 through February 18. This exhibit may be viewed during library hours.

Alicia Mordenti lives and works in Washington Depot, CT. She was trained as a ceramic artist. Her early work focused on functional pottery embellished with figurative drawing.

Currently, Alicia's passion for art making has led her to oil and acrylic painting. Her paintings feature the natural world; flowers, birds, and the animals in her life. She is fascinated with the transient nature of light, the subtleties of shadow, and the effect of atmosphere on color.

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

Aging in Place — Home Care Presentation

Join us Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. when Sara Guillemette of FirstLight Home Care of Western CT presents "Aging in Place." (Snow date: Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m.)

As baby boomers age, more than 90 percent of them say they prefer to age in place, according to an AARP study. This presentation is designed to help residents better understand how they or their loved ones can stay in their home after retirement. Sarah will help participants understand what they need to do to make that a reality. She will highlight what to consider when making the choice to live at home, suggestions for maintaining quality of life and community, and preparing for changes in life, health and environment that occur with aging.

FirstLight Home Care, provider of quality, affordable, non-medical in-home care for adults, offers complete companion and personal care services for seniors, new mothers, those recovering from surgery and others in need of assistance. FirstLight is established in Woodbury, Ridgefield and Norwalk, where all staff interviews and training are conducted. Client meetingstake place where the client resides.

Sara Guillemette joined FirstLight Home Care of Western CT in 2016 to help meet the growing need for non-medical Home Care in Northwest Connecticut. Before joining FirstLight, Sara had a successful career in the hospitality and food service industries, and more recently in health care. For the past five years, she was the lead Client Services at the Washington Health Center and Pharmacy in Washington Depot. There she became increasingly concerned that her clients needed more than medication. "High quality home care offers solutions to many of the problems my clients face. This prompted my decision to join the FirstLight team." In the greater Washington Community, she was an active participant in all events sponsored by the Washington Business Association as well as Annual Community Day and Holiday in the Depot.

Contact Sara by phone 203-577-8979 or by email sguillemette@firstlighthomecare.com


Device Advice

Former Apple Store specialist and technology tutor, Michael Jay, a resident of Kent, will deliver a presentation, "Tips and Tricks for iPads and iPhones." The program is Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wykeham Room. (Snow date Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m.)

iPads and iPhones are amazing and powerful devices. Mr. Jay will offer a collection of tips and tricks to help broaden use and maximize the potential in them.

Whether new to these products, or already comfortable with an iPhone and iPad, this user friendly, non-technical lecture will reveal many features and shortcuts that may be unknown, provide the best tips and show solutions to the most common mistakes made.

Participants should bring their iPhones and iPads to follow along or to make the occasional change to their own devices. A question and answer session will follow the talk.

The instructor, Michael Jay, has partnered with Apple on several projects, and worked with their products for over 30 years. He has taught at NYU graduate school, lectured at Bennington College and SUNY, and is currently an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Registration is requested. Please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or by 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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