19th Century American Literature in 5 Short Stories Led by Scholar Mark Scarbrough

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT is pleased to welcome Mark Scarbrough, a scholar on 19th Century American literature, as he leads a five week session exploring literature, politics and culture in the United States through the genre of short stories.

While the short story didn’t originate in the United States, it became the form the new nation re-invented and made its own.  From Nathaniel Hawthorne through Charlotte Perkins Gilman, participants will examine these changes through our cultural history before and after the Civil War.  Join us for a lively lecture/discussion format.  Copies of the short stories will be available at the circulation desk, when reserved in advance.  Please sign up today.  Supplies are limited.

The discussions scheduled Mondays at 10:00am    

September 11, 2017– Nathaniel Hawthorne, “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” (1832)
September 18, 2017 – Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener” (1853)
September 25, 2017 – Bret Harte, “The Outcasts Of Poker Flat” (1869)
October 2, 2017 – Charles Chesnutt, “The Wife Of His Youth” (1898)
October 16, 2017 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892)

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic and did his doctoral work in nineteenth century American literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison before accepting a job at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.  He has given papers on Chaucer at the International Medieval Conference and on American literature at the MLA and regional MLA conferences. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View and selected as The Most Influential People of Litchfield County.  Mark is enmeshed in literature and has been a popular book group and literary discussion leader across Southern New England.

For more information on Mark visit bruceandmark.com.

Power of Positive Discipline Workshop

Carol Dores, co-founder and President of Positive Discipline of Connecticut, presents Managing the Stress of Parenting Using Positive Discipline Tools. This workshop, sponsored by Washington Montessori School, will be Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Wykeham Room of Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT.

Many parents today feel like they have to push their children from a young age for them to be successful.  In this interactive session, participants will practice using Positive Discipline tools to help parent from an encouraging, strengths-based perspective.  We will explore how to manage feelings, and the importance of modeling self-care for our children. This program is appropriate for caregivers with children of all ages.

Ms. Dores is the Co-Founder and President of Positive Discipline of Connecticut.  She also served as Co-Chair of the International Board of Directors of the Positive Discipline Association. Carol is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She has worked with hundreds of parents of all aged children (prenatal to adult), as well as teachers, administrators and staff of preschoolers through high school. She has been a public speaker for over 30 years. Carol has written over 100 blogs for Positive Discipline of Connecticut, and has articles published in Compass, a Positive Discipline digital magazine. She has two adult sons and a husband of over 30 years. Their relationships continue to grow and benefit from Positive Discipline.

Washington Montessori School is pleased to be able to sponsor Carol’s talk on Positive Discipline.  WMS believes that Positive Discipline is an effective approach and can work for everyone.  Their teachers are practiced in this method and encourage all parents to learn about it as well.   Washington Montessori School, founded in 1965, is one of the oldest Montessori schools in this country. A member of the American Montessori Society, accredited by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, WMS enrolls 230 children ages 18 months to 14. It is a unique educational environment, a warm and welcoming community of learners, a school that has inspired students and families for over 50 years. They encourage all to have a look. To learn more visit their website washingtonmontessori.org and see for yourself.

Amadeus in Retrospect Presentation at Gunn Memorial Library

Dr. Vincent P. de Luise, master scholar and Cultural Ambassador for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, delivers a musically enhanced visual presentation Amadeus in Retrospect. This program will be Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:30pm.

The music, life and legacy of Wolfgang Mozart continue to fascinate and enthrall. Who was Mozart? Of course, we all know his music, that rich and deep trove of ineffable melodies from his symphonies, operas, chamber and sacred works that is an essential part of western civilization. The wonderful play and movie, “Amadeus,” have introduced Mozart’s music to millions. Yet, much of Mozart’s life remains dotted with questions, falsehood and hyperbole.

What did Mozart look like?  What was his relationship with his father Leopold and his sister Nannerl? How did his years of touring Europe as a prodigy affect his health? How did his perfect pitch and eidetic memory inform his compositions? Why was he not as famous during his adult life as he was as a child? What was musical life like in the Vienna of the 1780s? Did he really compose without making mistakes?  How did Mozart make a living without a patron? Why did he die so young? What is the Mozart “effect”?  Can his music really make you smarter?

Join Dr. Vincent de Luise for a fascinating look at Mozart: the man, his life, and his wondrous musical legacy.

Dr. de Luise  ​is president of the Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation and lectures frequently about music and the arts. He is an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine, and on the adjunct faculty of the Weill Cornell Medical College, where he serves on the Humanities and Medicine Committee and the Music and Medicine Initiative. For more information about Vincent visit amusicalvision.blogspot.com

Conversational Spanish for All

By popular demand, Ruth Jaffe of Washington, CT returns to lead a conversational Spanish group entitled Se Habla Espanol?  The 4-part series will take place Mondays October 30, November 6, 13 and 20, 2017 at 2:00pm. Participants are welcome to join all or some of the sessions.

This is the ideal opportunity for those who wish to learn basic conversational Spanish, as well as for those who wish to strengthen their verbal skills in the language.  All ages, stages and levels of proficiency in Spanish are welcome. The gatherings will take place in a casual, relaxed setting inviting spontaneity of interaction. Structured guidance and individual, as well as group, feedback will be focal elements of each meeting.  Be prepared to conquer your linguistic reticence and take a leap into ESPAÑOL!

Ruth Jaffe is a psychoanalyst/psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, CT, and Manhattan.  Her academic background, particularly in her native Argentina, includes the teaching of languages from elementary through college levels.  As a teenager, she attended the renowned Instituto Nacional del Profesorado en Lenguas Vivas, from which she graduated with a teaching degree prior to her acceptance at the School of Medicine of Buenos Aires University. She later came to the U.S. on a scholarship to study Psychology — & the rest ‘ es historia.’

iCloud Workshop

If you have an Apple iPhone, iPad or Mac, you have either embraced – or been mystified by – Apple’s “iCloud,” as well as its relationship to your “Apple ID.”

Join us as Tech Tutor and former Apple Store Specialist, Michael Jay, leads a workshop on this powerful feature that enables some of the most valuable aspects of the Apple system. The program, iCloud Demystified, will be presented Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

Whether you’re new to Apple products, or are already comfortable with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, this workshop will help you gain more from your device, with an entire evening dedicated solely to iCloud and Apple ID’s. Questions addressed include: What is “cloud computing”? What is the relationship between iCloud and an Apple ID? If your Apple ID is your email address, why isn’t the password for that email account also your Apple ID password? How can you use iCloud to sync photos between your devices? What else should you use iCloud for?

Bring your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac laptop – and your questions.

Instructor Michael Jay is a technology consultant and personal tutor, who has worked with Apple products for over 30 years. He was previously an editor and project manager, working for many years in Hollywood and New York. Michael also taught related technology at NYU graduate school and, currently, at Stevens Institute of Technology.

All programs are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Please call 860-868-7586 for further information or visit www.gunnlibrary.org
The Gunn Memorial Library is located at
5 Wykeham Road at Route 47 on the Green, in Washington, CT.