Monday, December 18 @ 1 pm
Join us for a special screening of the holiday classic, Christmas in Connecticut. This 1945 American film is about an unmarried city magazine writer who pretends to be a farm wife and mother and then falls in love with a returning war hero.
In lieu of reading a book ahead of this month’s meeting, the Gunn Memorial Library encourages participants to gather for the purpose of creating a new reading list for 2024. Come with no more than three titles you would be interested in reading. Suggestions can include fiction, nonfiction, biographies and memoirs. Selected titles should be published before May 2023. Bring a summary of the book and some leftover holiday cookies to share as we vote on next year’s schedule!
Monday, January 8 @ 1pm
Following a writer on his world famous fictional play about a grieving father who travels with his tech-obsessed family to small rural Asteroid City to compete in a junior stargazing event, only to have his world view disrupted forever. PG-13 1h 45m.
Tuesdays in January
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Gunn Memorial Library, Burnham Library and Minor Memorial Library are collaborating on a workshop series this January with seasoned choice coach, entrepreneur, author, and speaker Kim DeYoung on navigating life’s choices with intention and insight. This 4-week workshop is designed to empower participants to navigate life’s decisions with heightened consciousness, confidence, and clarity. It’s a journey aimed at reshaping the approach to choices, whether they are monumental or mundane, personal or professional.
This workshop will take place over the course of 4 weeks with the following dates and locations:
- Tuesday, January 9 at 6pm at Gunn Memorial Library– We’ll begin by exploring the foundational concepts of making choices and understanding how every decision we make shapes our lives and identities. We’ll discuss how to align our decisions with our core values and desires, fostering a life of intentionality and fulfillment.
- Tuesday, January 16 at 6pm at Minor Memorial Library– We’ll introduce Choice Mapping, an innovative process to visually organize our thoughts and feelings about the decisions we’re facing.
- Tuesday, January 23 at 6pm at Burnham Library– We’ll concentrate on the significant choices we make in our personal, professional, and relational lives.
- Tuesday, January 30 at 6pm at Gunn Memorial Library– This concluding session focuses on healing, allowing us to perceive our past with renewed perspective and approach future choices with enhanced clarity and wisdom.
This workshop will be offered in hybrid format- participants can join in-person and online
Kim DeYoung- With extensive experience coaching visionary entrepreneurs, Kim has empowered numerous people to bring their ideas to life through intentional decision-making. Her book, The Book of Choice, is a comprehensive guide to intentional living, providing readers with the tools and insights needed to make impactful decisions. Kim’s unique blend of expertise, compassion, and positive energy has established her as a sought-after coach and speaker, inspiring a myriad of individuals to make meaningful choices that resonate with their true selves and create a lasting impact. Discover more about Kim at kimdeyoung.com.
Copies of DeYoung’s book will be available for purchase.
Author Talk with Joseph Gosler
Gunn Memorial Library is pleased to host author Joe Gosler for an eye-opening discussion of his memoir Searching for Home: The Impact of WWII on a Hidden Child.
As a Jew and a Hidden Child, Gosler’s innocence protected him as much as his Christian family. At seven months of age, he was given to a young nursing student from the Dutch resistance, and placed with the Dijkstra family in Wageningen for his own safety as well as his parents’. The impact of his first separation from his parents, may not be so easily ascertained, but when he is returned to them, his porcelain psyche is damaged and his closest companions are fear and distrust.
Childhood wounds never fully heal and the impact of his early life is seen through the lens of an immigrant, as he migrates with his family to Israel and subsequently to the United States. This is a personal memoir of a child survivor that spans from WWII to the late 20th century; a story of a young boy, who becomes a man, ever wandering and struggling to find himself. His parents, emotionally gutted from their own wartime experiences, are barely able to care for themselves, let alone this young stranger.
Joseph Gosler was born in Groningen, the Netherlands during WWII and after the war he migrated to Israel with his family and subsequently to the United States, where he has lived since. His life’s journey has been a circuitous one and as a result he has often meandered off the main road. This is best exemplified by the 20 plus years it took him to achieve his BA in History and MBA in corporate finance through the City University of New York. For nearly 40 years he has worked in educational settings ranging from day care centers to private schools in the capacity of Business Manager. He and his wife founded a pre-school called Beginnings Nursery, have one son and live in New York City and is actively involved in several Quaker projects, writing, gardening, traveling and walking his dog.
Monday, January 22 @ 1 pm
In a world where everyone is perfect, Barbie is different. She’s not the perfect size, she’s not the perfect color, and she’s not the perfect personality. But that’s okay, because Barbie is perfect just the way she is. When Barbie is kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough, she sets out on an adventure to find her place in the world. Along the way, she meets a cast of colorful characters who help her learn that it’s okay to be different, and that being yourself is the most important thing of all. PG-13 1h 54m.
Monday, January 29 @ 1pm
BlackBerry is the story of the meteoric rise and catastrophic demise of the world’s first smartphone. In the early 2000s, BlackBerry was the go-to device for business professionals and government officials alike. However, as the smartphone market became more crowded, BlackBerry lost its edge. By the late 2000s, it was being outpaced by Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy devices. This is a cautionary tale about the dangers of complacency and a reminder that even the most successful companies can be brought down by changing market conditions. R 2h.