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                Award winning photographer, Judy Humphrey, will  displaY more than 30 works at the Plainville Public Library during the month of March with an opening reception for the show on Saturday March 7th from 2-4 p.m.  The exhibit, titled “Oh the Places I’ve Been”  features photographs that will take the viewer to Hawaii, Oregon, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland, France, Hungary the Czech Republic, Greece and ending up back home in Connecticut.  Humphrey notes, “I am fortunate to have been able to visit all of these places and enjoy sharing my photographs and experiences.  This is not a traditional formal photo display.  I had fun taking them and hope that the viewers will have fun looking at them”.


            Her photo, ”The Basket Weaver”, was taken in Hawaii in January 2014 and won 3rd place in the Pomperaug Woods Senior Juried Art Show for Connecticut artists and photographers over 70 years old.  The Plainville exhibit will include 2 collages, 4 works printed on wood, 6 printed on metal and 3 on canvas.



Free E-mail Account Class


             Kari Burgess, Adult Services Librarian, will give step-by-step instructions on how to setup a free email account using Gmail on Wednesday, March 18th from 9-10 a.m. at the Plainville Public Library.  Participants will only need to attend one of the free sessions.


            Once created, an email address gives people the ability to keep in touch with family and friends, receive up-to-date information from favorite businesses, register for newsletters, coupons, and special offers from countless websites, purchase goods online (i.e. Amazon) and create other web accounts (i.e. Facebook) if desired. No prior email address is required to register for an email account and participants can use the library’s public computer to access their new email account anytime.  It would be helpful for students to bring their cell phones if they have one although it’s not required. Participants must have basic mouse skills, a basic understanding of the internet and how to navigate a website.


            Each class is limited to 6 people and free registration is necessary. Register at the Plainville Public Library Reference Desk or call 860-793-1446.


Winter Time Sunday Hours


            The Plainville Public Library will be open Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. starting on January 4th.   Patrons will find a full range of services available including: books and videos, computer access, reference assistance, programs and more.

           Winter Sunday afternoons have always been a popular time to visit the library.  Students need a quiet place to study, children enjoy a special trip out of the house and readers have more time to browse in the collection of 90,000 books.  Last year, an average of 155 people visited the library each Sunday afternoon.


            The Library will be open on the 14 Sunday afternoons from January 4th to April 26, excluding Easter and the weekends of Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day. Through the winter, the regular hours of the library will be Monday – Thursday 10 – 9, Friday & Saturday 10 – 5 and Sundays 1 – 5.  Call the library at 860-793-1446 for details.



Plainville Writers Workshop


        The Plainville Public Library will sponsor a series of four workshops for aspiring writers on the third Thursdays of February, March, April and May from 6:00 - 8:00 at the library. This new workshop series will provide opportunities for area writers to read their original work, and receive helpful criticism and support.  It is open to the general public, for writers at least 18 years of age. Guests are welcome to attend and contribute to the discussions. Call the library at 860-793-1446 to register for the series and receive additional information.  The workshops are planned for February 19, March 19, April 16 and Mat 21.  A public reading by workshop participants is planned for June at a date to be determined.


            The workshop series is facilitated by Candace C. Hall, former editor/owner of Andrew Mountain Press, Hartford, CT. Her areas of publication include poetry, creative non-fiction, and op-ed.     

            The Plainville Public Library is located at 56 East Main Street, Plainville, and is handicap accessible.


Local Author Talks About Lobsters


         Long time Plainville resident, Russ James, will talk about his new book, “A New England Lobster Tale: Growing up with Homarus Americanus” at the Plainville Public Library on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.  James is originally from Voluntown, CT close to the Long Island Sound and starting fishing there.  The book is an autobiographical story of growing up with lobsters in a small New England town.  He will be talking about their life cycle and habits that he learned from research and watching them in his own salt water aquarium.  He will also talk about the great 1999 die off of the species and his theory about the cause.


            In addition, James is a chef.  He won first place in a national lobster festival “cook off” held in Maine and share his recipes.  He was one of five chefs invited to participate in the contest.


            The program is free and there is no registration required.



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