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Stairwell Gallery: "Favorite Things," the Paintings of Ann Harriet Carew

The oil paintings of Ann Harriet Carew will be on exhibit in the Stairwell Gallery from August 16 through September 27, and there will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, August 23 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Driving along the country roads of beautiful Litchfield County, we often see artists at work in various settings — in the middle of a wildflower field, by a stream or on a hill overlooking a lake. Mrs. Carew could easily be one of these artists documenting the seasons with a brush.

Harriet, as she is known to her friends, has been a talented artist since childhood. She studied at the Art Students League with Frank Mason and locally with Edward Spaulding DeVoe. Her landscape and still life paintings have been exhibited locally for years and she is a member of the Washington Art Association and Kent Art Association.

She has said that her background "comes out of the Old Masters." She is inspired by Rembrandt for his rich dark background colors as is evidenced in her painting "A Basket of Boscs." Of artists in the present, she is drawn to the work of David Leffel who paints in a "Rembrandtesque" style.

The Impressionists inspire the color and light in her landscapes. "A River Runs Through It" painted in 2013, depicts a lovely New England church by the side of a river surrounded by trees. The reflective light from the sky and surrounding colors express the joy she achieves in her work.

For further information please call 860-868-7586 or email chartman@biblio.org.

World War I Film Series

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of World War One, one of the most significant conflicts in history, claiming millions of lives and altering the global balance of power. In support of the Museum's exhibit "Over There: Washington and the Great War," we'll screen a selection of some of the most popular World War I films at the library in the Wykeham Room, Mondays at 1:00 p.m. These films vividly represent different events of the war and its impact. The Museum's exhibition will be open for viewing before each screening. The screenings planned are: For more information, contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Jesse Steinmetz, Poet Laureate of Washington CT, Presents Three Poetry Programs

Gunn Memorial Library welcomes recently appointed Poet Laureate of Washington CT, Jesse Steinmetz, for a three session poetry program. The sessions planned are: Mr. Steinmetz majors in poetry and Spanish at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. His thesis will consist of writing a book of English translations of Chilean poems. He spent a semester of his junior year in Chile and Guatemala. A graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, Jesse lives in Washington, CT when not at college.

For more information or to register, please conmtact Margaret Ferguson at gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586.

Healing Power of Therapeutic Touch

On Thursday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m. we welcome Marcia Engle, QTTP of New Milford Hospital, for an informative presentation and demonstration on the many benefits of Therapeutic Touch. This program will be held in the Library's Wykeham Room.

A holistic evidence-based therapy, the Therapeutic Touch technique is used by health professionals to speed healing, reduce pain, relieve stress and anxiety and improve sleep.

During a session, the hands of the Practioner are moved gently through the energy field, about 2 or 3 inches from the body. This interaction tends to reestablish balance and healthy energy flow while it awakens one's own natural healing ability. When the energy field is restored to normalcy, the body and mind tend to follow.

New Milford Hospital offers a broad range of Integrative Medicine services for patients and to the public. For more information contact Susan Twombly at 860-210-5341.

To begin the evening's program Susan Twombly, Community Outreach and Integrative Medicine Coordinator at New Milford Hospital, will give a brief visual presentation to introduce and explain EBSCO's Consumer Health Complete. CHC, accessible from home with a Gunn library card as well as in the library, is the single most comprehensive online resource for consumer-oriented health content.

For more information, contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.


Book Basement

The Book Basement is temporarily closed. We are cleaning out old merchandise and will be restocking the shelves with new titles!

With this major overhaul, 99% of the old stock has been removed and is being replaced with titles new to us. Many of these books are recent editions, and all are clean and in good condition. Our books are $2 each, except for individually priced specials which we are restocking as well.

It will take our dedicated volunteers a while to put out the new material, so, stay tuned! We'll let you know when we are fully operational again. Call the library for further information at 860-868-7586 or email chartman@biblio.org.

e-Readers at the Gunn!

Six Nook e-book reading devices have been added to our junior library collection, featuring titles for children and independent readers. Three are black and white models, with illuminated screens yet no glare in sunlight, and three are full-color tablets, perfect for younger picture book readers as well as movie-watchers with a Netflix account.

Four Amazon Kindle e-book reading devices continue to circulate from our adult circulation desk. Residents 18 years or older with a current library card may borrow an e-reader, and a Borrower's Term of Agreement must be signed. The e-reader program is made possible by a generous donation from the Shea family.

Museum Passes

Looking for a fun day trip? Museum passes are free to check out for for a three-day loan to Gunn patrons.

New Britain Museum of American Art — Free admssion for four people. (One adult must accompany children under 16). Pass is valid for general admission only. Additional fees may apply to special exhibitions, events and programs. Library pass cannot be used for Docent-led tours.

Wadsworth Atheneum — the ARTpass offers free general admission for up to two adults and two children (ages 6-17).

The Junior Library has more passes.

Explore the Connecticut Room

Looking for your ancestors? Want to learn more about your house? Is there something here in Washington that you've always wondered about? To explore the resources available in both the Connecticut Room and the Museum, please call 868-7756 for an appointment.

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