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Adult & General Audience Programs

These programs are developed by library staff to entertain and educate. No registration is required unless specified. 
Please call Adult Information Services at 203-574-8225 for further information.


Summer Reading Program for Adults

Don't let the kids have all the fun -- we now have a summer reading program for adults!

Visit our Summer Reading Page to find out more, or visit the library to get started.



Exhibits in June



Gallery Wall :  Theorem Painting by Jean Hansen

Jean Hansen's work is inspired by the 19th century decorative technique that was popular among women of all ages. Theorem painting, as it is known, involves painting with a series of stencils.

To find out more about the artist and her painting method, visit jeanhansen.com



Display Cases:  Miniature Die-Cast Cars, 1950-1990

American, English, German, and fantasy cars from the collection of Ken Killer.


Daily/Weekly Programs

Brass City Toastmasters
Second & Fourth Monday of the month, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, August 14 & 28


The Brass City Toastmasters' mission is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.  Meetings are open to all interested parties and are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.



Community Jigsaw Puzzles
Daily in the Main Reading Room

Help finish a puzzle -- Anyone can join in! Add your skill to those of others and help complete the puzzle on the table.

(Our talented puzzle people just finished this puzzle!)



Coloring for Adults
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Coloring for adults is a way to relax and express creativity.  We provide the pages and the coloring pencils.  Participants will take their work home to enjoy and to show their friends!


SCORE Business Mentoring
Thursdays, 10 a.m. (by appointment only)

Volunteer business counselors are available by appointment to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. To learn more,visit our SCORE webpage. To make an appointment with a SCORE counselor, call the Library at 203-574-8225.





Sisters to Sisters Book Club
Monday, June 5, 6 p.m.

June Book Discussion: Twelve Gates to the City by Daniel Black

Twelve Gates to the City is the much-anticipated sequel to Black's acclaimed debut, They Tell Me of a Home. In this novel, Sister assumes the voice of the narrator, speaking from the spirit realm, telling her brother TL things he could have never known about their family. She constructs the story as a series of spiritual revelations, exposing to readers both who she was in the years of TL's absence and how every event in his life was an orchestration for his return.

Summer Reading for September Book Discussion: Swing Time by Zadie Smith



Philip V. Benevento Cultural Programs for Adults
Inaugural Performance 
Thursday, June 8, 6 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Help us celebrate our new series of cultural programs for adults with a special performance by the cast of Trav’lin: The 1930s Harlem Musical, arranged for the Silas Bronson Library by Semina DeLaurentis of Seven Angels Theatre. Refreshments will be served.

The Philip V. Benevento Fund for Cultural Programs for Adults at the Silas Bronson Library was established in 2016 through the generosity of MacDermid Performance Solutions and their C.O.O., Frank Monteiro, in honor of Waterbury’s City Historian and former Silas Bronson Library Board member Philip V. Benevento. The fund continues to grow through individual donations made to the Friends of the Silas Bronson Library.


Everybody Has a Sunfish Story
Monday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Author Stephan J. W. Platzer offers a slide presentation about the Sunfish sailboat made here in Waterbury by Alcort, Inc. during the 1960s. Copies of his new book, a collection of stories told by the proud owners of Sunfish sailboats will be available for purchase & signing.


Movie Matinee
Tuesday, June 13, 1:30 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon screening of La La Land, winner of six Academy Awards and seven Golden Globes.

Rated PG-13.


Friends of the Silas Bronson Library
Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.

Monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library. Open to all members of the Friends. Find out how you can get involved and help support the library.



Chess Meetup
Thursday, June 15, 6 p.m.
Teen/Young Adult Area

Chess players are invited to come to the library to share their love of the game, meet new chess players, and play chess. Chess boards and pieces will be provided.  Bring a friend.  Come to learn or to teach, but come ready to play!



BRASS Book Club @ the Branch
Thursday, June 22, 11:30 a.m.
Bunker Hill Branch, 192 Bunker Hill Avenue

Seniors 60+ are invited to join us for a monthly book discussion. A light lunch will be provided. Please call us at 203-574-8225 to R.S.V.P. by Wednesday the day before we meet. These books will be available in the library.

June Book Discussion: Dinner with the Smileys by Sarah Smiley