Items tagged with WestportREADS

WestportREADS 2017: Caring for Aging Parents

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In Bettyville, George Hodgman returns to Paris, Missouri, to care for his ailing mother. This panel of eldercare experts will discuss the issues you might face as your parents age—the emotional, legal and practical issues of caring for your parents whether they live close by or far away. The panel includes:

  • Katie Regan, Respite Care Manager (Southwestern CT Agency on Aging and Independent Living, Inc.)
  • Megan Hague and Barbara Mcnair Odeh from the Family & Children’s Agency
  • Kristen Witt from the Town of Westport Department of Human Servies
  • Sharon Rosen, Elder Law Attorney
  • Anne James, Veterans Administration 

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

The Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation. Funding supports services such as nutrition, in-home care, legal, health, adult day care/respite, transportation, senior centers and outreach/social support. SWCAA researches and evaluates elderly issues, offers community education related to the needs of the elderly, and serves as an advocate for older individuals. It is a resource for information and referral to services for older adults, such as health insurance, housing, and in-home care.

Family & Children’s Agency is a nonprofit, human service organization that is committed to increasing the social and emotional well-being of our clients. We provide strength-based, solution focused services that respond to the individual needs of children & families, youth, adults, and seniors. Ligia Masilamani, Director, has a Master in Public Health and has worked at FCA for the past 12 years, most recently serving as the Director of Home Care Services for Seniors, which offers comprehensive support to make the aging process easier on both seniors and their families. 
 

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WestportREADS, Talks & Readings

WestportREADS 2017: Discuss "Bettyville" at Barnes & Noble

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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.

 

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

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. Information on more Library book groups.

Community partner: Barnes & Noble

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

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WestportREADS, Book Groups

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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WestportREADS, Book Groups
All ages

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
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.

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WestportREADS
All ages

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
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.

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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
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.

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WestportREADS, Family
All ages

WestportREADS 2018: Neighbors & Newcomers Discuss "Regeneration"

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miracle at st. annaJoin facilitator Kelle Ruden and Neighbors & Newcomers of Westport for a discussion of 
Regeneration by Pat Barker. This work of historical fiction that follows the experiences of soldiers during World War I. Read the book and join programs related to the book throughout the month of January & Februrary as we explore themes of healing and perseverance on the centenary of the end of WWI. 

Community partner: Neighbors & Newcomers of Westport

Regneration is the first novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed WWI trilogy, which continues with The Eye in the Door and culminates in the 1995 Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road. In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified “mentally unsound” and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon’s “sanity” and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man’s mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.

"Dramatic, moving, brilliantly harrowning ... a novel that makes the madness of war more than a metaphor."—The New York Times Book Review

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

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

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