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WestportREADS 2017: Discussion of the Companion Book "I'll Give You the Sun"

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WestportREADS is an annual program dedicated to strengthening the community through the shared experience of a book. All of the books explore the nature of identity along with other topics.

Join a discussion of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. The book follows teenage twins Jude and Noah as they deal with identity, loss, love, and betrayal. The book was awarded the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature and is also a Stonewall Honor Book.

Location: Barnes & Noble,1076 Post Rd East, Westport

WestportREADS 2017 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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Family Workshop for "Identityville" Selfie

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Using an easy folded-paper technique that Miggs Burroughs will demonstrate, create an 8"x8" "Identityville" Selfie showing two parts of your personality or what you were then and now (in conjunction with WestportREADS focusing on George Hodgman's memoir Bettyville). Miggs Burroughs, a Westport illustrator and photographer, is the Library's Artist-in-Residence for the year. 

WestportREADS 2017 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

The Great Hall
WestportREADS, Seminars & Workshops
WestportREADS 2017, All ages

WestportREADS 2017: Throwback Thursdays—Repair a Wurlitzer Organ

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Take apart and repair a vintage Wurlitzer organ with the MakerSpace team during the month of January. In the memoir Bettyville by George Hodgman he often reflects on his mother lifelong enjoyment of playing the organ. Let's bring this organ back to life!

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

The Great Hall
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WestportREADS 2017: Identity Wordle

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Express your identity in a community Wordle during the month of January with an interactive display using the touch screen outside of the MakerSpace.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

The Great Hall
WestportREADS
WestportREADS 2017, All ages

DATE CHANGED TO 1/28: WestportREADS 2017 Movie: A Special Screening and Discussion of "In & Out"

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The date for this event has been changed to January 28 at 4 pm at Westport Town Hall.

The Westport Library and Westport Cinema Initiative, as part of its ongoing series of pop-up films, present In and Out, a romantic comedy film directed by Frank Oz and starring Kevin Kline, Tom Selleck, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds and Wilford Brimley. Cusack was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Small-town high school English teacher (Kevin Kline) is watching the Academy Awards telecast with his fiancee (Joan Cusack,) when one of his former students (Matt Dillon) wins the Oscar. He wins for playing a gay soldier, and in his acceptance speech, he thanks a lot of people, including the teacher—”who,” he volunteers, “is gay.” This comes as news to the fiancee. Also to the teacher." As a media blitz descends upon on this small Indiana town, the teacher attempts to convince everyone that he's your average straight American male. (1997, 1h 32m) The film will be followed by a talkback.

Purchase tickets ($10) at westportcinema.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. Partner: Westport Cinema Initiative. 

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Westport Town Hall
WestportREADS, Films

POSTPONED: WestportREADS 2017: Getting a Grip on Gender, a Program for Parents and Students

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POSTPONED: New date April 29.

WestportREADS 2017 explores the theme of identity. Robin McHaelen, director of True Colors, Inc., will lead a family-friendly, free-wheeling discussion about today's changing gender norms. Transgender, gender bending, bi-gender, gender creative, gender fluid, gender queer, two spirit, agender, pan gender. What's it all about? Might the changing norms about gender make the world a better place for everyone? A panel discussion of Westport students speaking about their own LGBT issues and experiences in the schools will follow the talk. Register online. Light lunch and refreshments included.

Robin McHaelen is the founder and current executive director of True Colors, Inc., a non-profit organization that works to ensure that youth of all orientations and genders are valued and affirmed. Robin is nationally known for her expertise, has won numerous awards and has co-written two books and many articles on LGBT youth. 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

 

 

McManus Room
WestportREADS, Seminars & Workshops
WestportREADS 2017, All ages

WestportREADS 2017: Rescue a Dog...And Sit and Give Paw

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In Bettyville, George Hodgman adopts a black dog from a shelter who plays an important role as a companion and therapy dog. In honor of this dog, Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) volunteers and dog trainer Susie Collins of Sitting Pretty obedience training will discuss their advocacy efforts for homeless dogs in CT. In addition to providing some background on WASA’s formation and their mission, dogs in need of homes as well as rescue ambassadors will be on site to “speak” their stories. Also, hear about what you can do to assist CT’s growing homeless dog population.

In conjunction with WASA’s presentation, there will be a pet food drive. Attendees are asked to bring cat or dog food (both canned and/or dry.) The pet food will be distributed and used by dogs impounded at Westport Animal Control, WASA fosters and pets in need in the Fairfield County community.

Community partner: WASA (Westport Animal Shelter Advocates)

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

McManus Room
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WestportREADS 2017, All ages

WestportREADS 2017: Neighbors & Newcomers and PageTurners Discuss "Bettyville"

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miracle at st. annaJoin the Neighbors & Newcomers of Westport and PageTurners to discuss WestportREADS selection for 2017 of Bettyville by George Hodgman. This humorous and insightful memoir is the story of how he left Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, and found himself an unlikely caregiver for his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will who was in her nineties and showing signs of dementia. George struggles over whether to try and lure her into assisted living, away from the home they both treasure. Betty, who speaks her mind but keeps her emotions private, has never accepted the fact that her son is gay.

Community partner: Neighbors & Newcomers of Westport

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

McManus Room
WestportREADS, Book Groups

WestportREADS 2017: PageTurners & Westport Center for Senior Activities Discuss "Bettyville"

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Join a discussion of the WestportREADS selection for 2017 of Bettyville by George Hodgman. This humorous and insightful memoir is the story of how he left Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, and found himself an unlikely caregiver for his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will who was in her nineties and showing signs of dementia. George struggles over whether to try and lure her into assisted living, away from the home they both treasure. Betty, who speaks her mind but keeps her emotions private, has never accepted the fact that her son is gay.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

Community partner: Westport Center for Senior Activities

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Sheffer Reading Room
WestportREADS, Book Groups

WestportREADS 2017: Keynote Talk with Author George Hodgman

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Hear writer and editor George Hodgman when he talks about the WestportREADS 2017 selection Bettyville. This critically-acclaimed memoir relates with wit and tenderness a son's journey from New York City to care for his irascible mother in his Missouri hometown. Register online. Note: Location changed to Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

George Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. He lives in New York City and Paris, Missouri.

More about the book: When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair.

Bettyville was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a Books-A-Million President’s Pick, and it was selected as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, NPR’s Fresh Air and Library Journal. The New York Times called Bettyville “a most remarkable, laugh-out-loud book,” NPR’s Maureen Corrigan named it “this year’s must-read dispatch from the frontlines of caretaking,” and a reviewer for the Chicago Tribune wrote that it “will be seen, even years from now, as the quintessential book on taking care…When I want to be reminded of the genius of decency, I will return to these words.” You can hear George interviewed on Fresh Air here, or watch his PBS Newshour interview here.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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