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Harvey Yaverbaum's Photographs: "Olio, A First Public Showing"

The exhibition, of many of Harvey Yaverbaum's color photographs taken in natural light, will be on display through August 27. It represents the broad range of approaches with which he has experimented over the past two decades, running the gamut from landscapes to abstracts.

Harvey, a retired Manhattan real estate attorney and professor who now resides in Roxbury, was born in Brooklyn where he grew up not far from Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer and Woody Allen, facts that he contends are not relevant to his work.

Harvey says "I've been fascinated with photography ever since my grandmother gave me a 'Brownie' with which I sought to immortalize a polar bear in the Prospect Park Zoo."

His interest was heightened when he experimented with a Polaroid Land Camera that he received as a bar mitzvah gift and, when less expensive color slides became available, his three children served as unknowing (or, more often, uncontrollable) subjects; it was cemented when he gained the freedom to travel, seriously overloaded with equipment. Harvey reluctantly converted from film photography about seven years ago and is now pleased that he shoots exclusively using a medium format digital camera.

When compelled to describe his aesthetic, he says that it is broad ranging, but for the most part focuses on the importance of color and on composition that seeks to display the commonplace and isolated details, as he finds them, in a new light.

This exhibit may be viewed during library hours. For further information please call Sharon Morrissey at 860-868-7586 or email gunnstaff@biblio.org.

World Traveler Summer Film Series

A summer film series, "World Traveler," will be featured six consecutive Mondays at 1:00 p.m., July 11 through August 15, in the air-conditioned Wykeham Room. The selections, rated as some of the best travel films, each have the ability to sweep the viewer to another destination. They are especially captivating, with well told stories evoking the magic of travel and possess beautiful scenery pleasing to the senses.


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

Chinese Medicine & Women's Health

On Thursday, August 4 at 6:30 p.m. Kenneth Hoffman, medical director and founder of Sophia Natural Health Center in Brookfield, CT presents "Introduction to Chinese Medicine and Women's Health."

Dr. Ken will speak about holistic approaches and natural alternatives to women's health related to anti-aging, hormone imbalances, menopause, osteoporosis, heart and breast health, weight loss, and stress.

Ken Hoffman trained in Taiwan under the tutelage of a Taoist medical and qi gong master, learning the art of Chinese medical healing. He graduated from a program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine after studying Chinese Medicine, and finished his clinical internship at St. John's Riverside Hospital. He opened SOPHIA 12 years ago. The system of Medicine he has founded, Integrative Natural Medicine, is a unique blend of his years of experience and combines the best of eastern medicine and modern functional medical sciences. He is the host of the local radio show, "The Natural Medicine Connection" He is also co-author of the book "Essential Remedies for Women's Health" a compendium of healthy advice and information specifically for women's issues.

For more information on Kenneth and Sophia Natural Health visit inm.center. For more information about this program, contact Margaret Ferguson at gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586.

Interior Design Talk and Book Signing by Susanna Salk

On Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. design expert, stylist and author Susanna Salk, of New Preston, will offer a visual presentation and signing on her recently released book, It's the Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home through the Stylish Small Stuff.

This jewel of a decorating book looks at the design details that make up a room's decor, the stylish little touches that can help any room transcend the ordinary. Featuring beautiful design vignettes and arrangements, Susanna inspires readers to be personal and artful with decorating choices, creating spaces that reflect ones personality.

The book celebrates how chic design can be when expressed through personal details and provides a wealth of vignettes to inspire home owners and designers. It shows us how to display our beloved objects to create sophisticated interiors. With interiors by some of the world's top designers, such as Alessandra Branca, Bunny Williams, John Derian, and India Hicks, among others, and with Salk's encouraging design tips, It's the Little Things inspires us to slow down and pay attention to the details that can add richness and personality to any interior. The Hickory Stick Bookstore will provide books for sale and signing.

Susanna Salk is the author of Be Your Own Decorator, Decorate Fearlessly, C.Z. Guest, Room for Children, and Weekend Retreats. Salk is also a decorator, stylist and stager, as well as host and producer of the "At Home With" video series on the Quintessence design blog. She lives in New Preston with her husband and two children. Visit www.susannasalk.com for more information.

Book Basement

Open weekdays 10:00 to 4:00, Saturdays 10:00 to 2:00
Consider Bringing Your Own Bag. Thanks!

Come in and browse the newly added fiction, non-fiction, biography, history and children’s books. The history has been organized into major wars as well as American and European categories and more. There is an entire wall of new fiction. The new stock includes "specials" — frequently collectible and highly sought after titles priced far less than what can be found on internet book sites. A large collection of books about antiques will be featured, among which the series, American Furniture by Luke Beckerdite, is covering 1993 to 2010. A selection of Irish literature includes many signed books of poetry. There is a section of local authors and many are autographed.There are thousands of books on varied topics and for every age. Since the Book Basement is constantly restocking, if you don't find something one day, come in another to find additional titles that have been added. It is a bibliophile’s cornucopia!

Call the library for further information at 860-868-7586.

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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