The Simsbury Free Library’s (SFL) book and movie series continues in July with a Vienna theme – take a break from the heat and attend one or both of the following programs; free to members, $5 per program for non-members. New members are welcome any time. Anyone may sign up for the SFL’s email notifications to receive event reminders and monthly newsletters.
Book Club – Connecticut Author
“Vienna Voices: A Traveler Listens to the City of Dreams” by Jill Knight Weinberger
Tuesday, July 10, 1:00 p.m.
Join Connecticut author Jill Weinberger for a discussion of the book “Vienna Voices: A Traveler Listens to the City of Dreams.” Amazon.com says, “A work of creative nonfiction, VIENNA VOICES offers a nuanced portrait of the enigmatic “City of Dreams,” whose intellectual and artistic culture reached its height at the end of the nineteenth century, only to be eclipsed in the twentieth by the collapse of the Habsburg empire and the rise of National Socialism. Jill Knight Weinberger (PhD, University of Connecticut) is Professor Emeritus of English at Central Connecticut State University, where she taught courses in creative writing and American literature. Her travel writing has appeared frequently in the New York Times, Boston Sunday Globe, and Los Angeles Times. In 2000, the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation recognized her writing with a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism.”
Tuesday Afternoon Movie
“The Third Man” starring Orson Wells and Joseph Cotten
Tuesday, July 24, 1:00 p.m.
Amazon.com editorial review by Anne Hurley: “The fractured Europe post-World War II is perfectly captured in Carol Reed’s masterpiece thriller, set in a Vienna still shell-shocked from battle. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is an alcoholic pulp writer come to visit his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). But when Cotten first arrives in Vienna, Lime’s funeral is under way. From Lime’s girlfriend and an occupying British officer, Martins learns of allegations of Lime’s involvement in racketeering, which Martins vows to clear from his friend’s reputation. As he is drawn deeper into postwar intrigue, Martins finds layer under layer of deception, which he desperately tries to sort out. Welles’s long-delayed entrance in the film has become one of the hallmarks of modern cinematography, and it is just one of dozens of cockeyed camera angles that seem to mirror the off-kilter postwar society. Cotten and Welles give career-making performances, and the Anton Karas zither theme will haunt you."
To register for either of the programs above or for additional information, please contact the SFL at (860) 408-1336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Simsbury Free Library
The Simsbury Free Library (the Simsbury Genealogical and Historical Research Library) opened on the second floor of the Hopmeadow District School in 1874. In 1890, the Library’s collection was moved to its present location at 749 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Today the Simsbury Free Library (SFL) seeks to promote interest in genealogy and history by providing access to research material and expertise, artifacts, and educational and cultural programs. It seeks to help patrons connect with the past and to learn from and be inspired by those who have gone before them. The SFL provides a relaxed setting in which people can pursue family research history at their own pace. For everyone from seasoned genealogy veterans to beginners, the SFL has the staff and resources necessary to help visitors develop the skills required to create family trees, search local histories, look up census records, explore vital records, etc.
The Simsbury Free Library – the Gracious Yellow Lady – is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. as well as by appointment. For more information, visit www.simsburyfreelibrary.org or call (860) 408-1336.