Pilobolus Connecting With Balance

Pilobolus will lead their popular program, Connecting with Balance. The six session free series will occur Mondays at 10:00 a.m. on April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 and 15. Participants are welcome to join all or some of the sessions.

Connecting with Balance, for adults aged 52+, focuses on using movement and dance to maintain and improve dynamic balance. Participants will work with Pilobolus Teaching Artists on creating connections with their bodies, connections with others, and connections with their own creativity. This class is open to all levels of ability 151; even to those who remain seated throughout. Bring just your body and an open mind.

Registration is fully subscribed. This program is limited to 20 and priority will be given to Washington, CT residents.

Pilobolus is an internationally acclaimed arts organization renowned for its unique, diverse collaborations that break the barriers between creative disciplines. The company is committed to constantly making things, always creating collaboratively, and continually exploring new ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. For more information visit www.pilobolus.org

This program is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Oscar Film Series Continues

By popular demand, the Oscar Film Series will continue, with three of the Academy Award front-runners for this year. For movie lovers who may have missed, or would like to see again, this is the chance to come and view these films. The screenings will take place Monday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. in the Wykeham Room.

La La Land — Monday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m.
Sick of serving coffee to movie stars, Mia is an aspiring actress rushing around Los Angeles to audition for the big break that will finally let her quit her day job; Sebastian plays jazz piano at dive bars while waiting to be discovered. These two fall head-over-heels in love with each other but when their careers start to take off, their new found success puts their romance to the test. They will have to decide whether living their dreams of fame is worth the heartbreak. Rated PG-13 / 128 minutesFor more information, please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.


Ann Nyberg, Author & WTHN-TV’s Anchor and Reporter

On Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:00pm Ann Nyberg, Author & WTNH-TV’s anchor and reporter, will discuss and sign copies of her recently published book, Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom about America’s Leading Lady.

Ms. Nyberg, founding member and current Board Vice-President of The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate) in Old Saybrook, delves into the long extraordinary life of Katharine Hepburn through personal remembrances from people whose lives she influenced––even in the tiniest way. From tales from her beloved Fenwick in Connecticut to her time as an actress, endearing memories of Kate are recounted that highlight her individuality, confidence, determination, and zest for life! She was bold, brash, and beautiful––a woman way ahead of her time with a unique spunk admired by many.

Ann Nyberg is the longest serving, full-time anchor/reporter in Connecticut television history, anchoring the news at WTNH-TV (ABC) in New Haven. She began her broadcast journalism career right after graduation from Purdue University with a degree in journalism. Highlights of her career include assignments to Cuba and to the Vatican. She also hosts her own on-air and online long format chat show called Nyberg, on which she interviews innovators, entrepreneurs, and everyday folk, anybody who has a story to tell. Ann’s popular website, “Network Connecticut,” spotlights people, places, innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses all over the state. She has been nominated for multiple Emmys and, in November 2015, was inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle.

Hickory Stick Bookstore will provide books for sale and signing.
Registration is required. Contact Margaret Ferguson gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586


Bobcats in CT Presentation 

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6:30pm Nora Hulton, CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist, and science and math teacher at Washington Montessori School, will deliver a visual presentation entitled Bobcats in Connecticut.

Bobcats are one of Connecticut’s stealthiest predators and most live in the state’s northwest corner. Join us and hear all about our Bobcat population, learn about their behavior and how we can safely coexist with them in our state. This presentation focuses on the natural history of bobcats in CT, an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts.  Bobcat artifacts will be shared with the audience.   Bring your questions and your sightings!

Ms. Hulton has a degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from SUNY Cobleskill and owned and operated her own garden center for over 20 years in Cornwall Bridge, CT.  She is an avid hiker and outdoorswoman; and resides in Warren, where she is a member of her town’s Inland Wetlands Commission. Her ancestry in Litchfield County goes back over 125 years, and she is passionate about learning and sharing information on the natural history of the area.


E.M. Forster Book Discussion at Gunn Memorial Library

Washington CT literary enthusiasts, Kathy Kehoe and Karen Silk will lead two book discussions entitled Connecting with E.M. Forster.  The discussions scheduled, on Forster’s two best-known novels, are Howard’s End (1910) on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 4:30pm and A Passage to India (1924) on Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 4:30pm in the Reading Room of the Gunn Memorial Library.

E. M. Forster is one of the most celebrated British novelists of the 20th century. Howards End and A Passage to India are quite different in theme and setting, but have an important aspect in common. Both novels take place in a strictly divided society and deal with the insularity of separate communities and their inability to reach beyond their own environment and experience.

E. M. Forster strongly believed in the importance of personal relationships and in living a life in which spiritual, physical and emotional aspects are all in harmony by establishing connections with others despite boundaries of gender, class, or petty grievance. To reach harmony, both within the self and within the society, is what the characters of these novels strive for.

This is not a lecture series and participation will be encouraged.

Kathy Kehoe is an avid reader and an active member of several book groups in the Litchfield area. A former educator and advertising executive, Kathy is thrilled to share her enthusiasm for E.M. Forster with members of the community. Kathy has led former Gunn Library book discussions on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird,  Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and Edith Wharton’s The Mother’s Recompense.

Karen Silk is a poet.  Her work has appeared in literary magazines and her first collection, “Somewhere A Bird”, was published by Antrim House Press. Karen is also a real estate broker with Sotheby’s. She is devoted to the writings of E.M. Forster.

Copies of the books will be available at the circulation desk three weeks prior to the discussions.

This program is free and open to the public but registration is requested.  Please call 860-868-7586 for further information or visit www.gunnlibrary.org

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.