Director’s College – Theodate Pope Riddle’s Last Will and Testament

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016 7:00 PM MAIN LIBRARY Theodate Pope Riddle (1867-1946), architect, philanthropist, and survivor of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, is an important figure in Farmington Valley History. She designed Hill-Stead, the family estate (now Hill-Stead Museum) in Farmington, and designed and founded Avon Old Farms School. Hon. Evelyn M. Daly, Esq, will give a presentation on […]

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Director’s College – An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles of Yale University

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2016 7:00 PM MAIN LIBRARY Photographer Mathew Duman will highlight a selection of gargoyles & grotesques found on the buildings of Yale University’s campus in New Haven. Using photographs from his book “An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles of Yale University,” he will explore the artistic, historic, architectural & even humorous significance […]

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Director’s College Event – Anthony Trollope: The Greatest English Novelist You’ve (Probably) Never Read

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On Wednesday, December 9, the Farmington Libraries will a lecture on the influential but less well-known 19th-century author Anthony Trollope. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive. 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Victorian writer Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), author of 47 novels […]

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Director’s College Event: From the Shadow of JFK – The Rise of Beatlemania in America

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On Thursday, October 29, the Farmington Libraries will host Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz to discuss the impact of JFK’s assassination on the initial success of The Beatles in the U.S. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive. February 1964 was the most important month of […]

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Director’s College Event: Bicycle Tours through Europe – Travel Experiences & Tips

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On Wednesday, September 23, the Farmington Libraries will host Charles and Leach to discuss their experiences with European bicycle tours. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive. Seasoned travelers Charles and Joan Leach will share their many experiences of taking European bicycle tours, including down […]

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Director’s College Event: Franz Schubert’s Last Year

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On Tuesday, July 28, the Farmington Libraries will host historian Jeffrey Engel for a lecture on the last years and works of composer Franz Schubert. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive. The last year of Franz Schubert’s life was marked by professional disappointment and […]

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Director’s College Event: Growing up in World War II Czechoslovakia

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On Thursday, May 28, the Farmington Libraries will host Joseph A. Voves to speak about fascinating life, which began as a child in Czechoslovakia. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive. Mr. Voves was born on March 4, 1922 in Mnetes, Czechoslovakia, and rose to […]

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Director’s College Event — Shades of Downton Abbey: Irish Domestics in Connecticut

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On Wednesday, March 25, the Farmington Libraries will host the editor of the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society’s newsletter, The Shanachie, Neil Hogan, for a talk on Irish Domestics in Connecticut. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive. Faced with starvation in their native land, a […]

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Director’s College Event- African American Connecticut Explored

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On Wednesday, February 18, the Farmington Libraries will host Dr. Stacey Close, Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Elizabeth Normen, Publisher of Connecticut Explored, for a talk on African American history in Connecticut. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive. For Black […]

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Director’s College Event — Total Healing: the Meditation Prescription

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On Wednesday, October 22, the Farmington Libraries will host Dr. Matthew Raider for a talk on the benefits of meditation. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive. What can meditation do for you? It can help you deal with the stress in your life. It […]

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