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Drama Reading Group at the Woodbury Public Library

If you love to read or enjoy being part of a book club, you will relish participating in the new Drama Reading Group at the Woodbury Public Library. The group will consider the characters, themes and plots of each play and then examine how the work responds to a specific historical event. The monthly sessions will be facilitated by theatre scholar, Dr. Kathryn Farley.  Please join us once a month to participate in a dynamic discussion of famous plays.  The first play read and discussed will be The Crucible by Arthur Miller  (1953).  Plays are available to check out at the library.

Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D obtained a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 2007, writing a dissertation that investigated the use of digital media tools in performing arts curriculums. At Northwestern, she taught undergraduate courses exploring contemporary drama and the integration of technology into live theatre. Prior to moving to Connecticut with her husband, Dr. Richard Lipton, last fall, Kathryn served a lecturer in digital arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She serves as a member of the board of directors of the Community Theatre at Woodbury.

West Farms Quartet

The Westfarms Quartet is a newly formed string quartet featuring musicians from the Hartford area.  The quartet gave their first performance on the terrace of the Leroy Anderson House on Sunday, May 23, 2021, which was well received by an audience of 120 people.

The group returned to Woodbury this summer to perform at the Woodbury Arts Walk just outside of the town library. The Westfarms Quartet will give a formal performance at the Woodbury Library, sponsored by the Woodbury Bethlehem Community Music Foundation and the Friends of the Woodbury Library.  Members of the Westfarms Quartet include Mike Winer, violin; Mai Vestergaard, violin; Dylan Lomangino, viola, and Andrew Rosen, cello.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, American Christmas Traditions

The fascinating real-life story of The Night Before Christmas chimes to life as told by educational entertainer Martina Mathisen, along with the stories of our American Christmas Traditions.

Why do we kiss under mistletoe?  Why do we decorate with poinsettias?  Where did the jolly older man in the red suit come from anyway?

And so many more traditions explored! This fascinating holiday program can be viewed anytime, all month long!

Drama Reading Group at the Woodbury Public Library

If you love to read or enjoy being part of a book club, you will relish participating in the new Drama Reading Group at the Woodbury Public Library. The group will consider the characters, themes and plots of each play and then examine how the work responds to a specific historical event. The monthly sessions will be facilitated by theatre scholar, Dr. Kathryn Farley.  Please join us once a month to participate in a dynamic discussion of famous plays.  The first play read and discussed will be The Crucible by Arthur Miller  (1953).  Plays are available to check out at the library.

Kathryn T. Farley, Ph.D obtained a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 2007, writing a dissertation that investigated the use of digital media tools in performing arts curriculums. At Northwestern, she taught undergraduate courses exploring contemporary drama and the integration of technology into live theatre. Prior to moving to Connecticut with her husband, Dr. Richard Lipton, last fall, Kathryn served a lecturer in digital arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She serves as a member of the board of directors of the Community Theatre at Woodbury.

Book Talk with Local Author Avye Andonellis

As Halloween approaches, it’s time to get honest about two scary things: the invisible spirit world and being a self-published author! Join local author Avye Andonellis (aka Woodbury Library staff member Dawn Yoakam) for a book talk about her recently self-published literary thriller, The Marionettist .

From the back cover: “Ari Apostollis is all set. Her whole life she’s relied on herself, but she can no longer go it alone after a rare antiquities dealer uncovers an ancient secret which forces Ari to choose between the life she’s built and the life she was born to live. Deirdre Morrigan isn’t who she seems. When she shows up in Ari’s small New Hampshire town she harbors a wicked desire which could ruin them both.”

About the Author: Avye Andonellis left Ohio to raise her family on a Greek island. There she taught ESOL, learned Greek, and co-founded an organic feta cheese plant. Twenty years later, she moved back to the US. She is an author, small press owner, and dog & cat trainer. (Yes, cats can be trained, kinda.)

Avye will share her journey from being a NaNoWriMo winning writer to literary agent seeker to self-respecting, self-published author. She’ll offer solid, good-humored writing advice to help the author in you achieve publication. Books will be available for signing and purchase.