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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.


Exhibits in September


Southmayd Home Memorabilia
Display Cases 

In the late nineteenth century, Sarah Donaldson spearheaded a civic fundraising drive to establish a residence for elderly women in Waterbury.  Southmayd Home, located at 250 Columbia Boulevard, opened its doors in 1898.  This year marks its 120th anniversary, and it is still an assisted living facility for women.  On display during September, you will see artifacts that tell the story of this remarkable institution's founding and what it was like to live there during the 20th century.  If you have questions about the artifacts, stop by and see us at one of the public service desks.  We don't know who all of the people are, but we will try to find out.  Can you find the elephants in one of the photographs?


Daily/Weekly Programs

Brass City Toastmasters
Monday, September 10 & 24, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

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.



Coloring for Adults
Daily in the 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!

Ask for the pages and the coloring pencils at the Main Reading Room Reference Desk.


SCORE Business Mentoring
Mondays, 2 p.m. 3 p.m., and 4 p.m., and Thursdays, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 (by appointment only)

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





Disrupt Aging in Your Community
Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Bridge the gap between generations with thought-provoking discussions and unique activities.  Presented in collaboration with Borrow My Glasses.




Strategies for a Sustainable Retirement
Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Presented by Kathryn Dennen and Chad Burroughs from the Society for Financial Awareness.  Topics will include an overview of the Tax Cuts and Budget Act of 2017, how Social Security benefits are taxed, how Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) work, and strategies to help minimize taxes in retirement.  Advanced registration is encouraged.  Please call 203-574-8225 to register.



Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits
Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Presented by Kathryn Dennen and Chad Burroughs from the Society for Financial Awareness, this workshop covers topics important to those nearing retirement or those recently retired.  Attendees will learn strategies to help maximize their benefits, how to avoid some of the common filing mistakes, ways to determine which accounts to begin withdrawals from for retirement income planning, and how Social Security benefits are taxed.




Small Business Access to Capital
Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Panelists from Cardinal Business Financing, Inc., The Community Economic Development Fund, Savings Bank of Danbury, City of Waterbury, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, State of CT, will share information about what a lender looks for in your business plan or financial projections.  Discover matching grants offered by the State of CT, and learn about incentives offered by the City of Waterbury for businesses locating downtown.




Small Business Resources
Thursday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Panelists from CT Department of Labor, Regional Workforce Board, and Main Street Waterbury will share information about tax credits, wage subsidies, on the job training funds, recruitment assistance, and how to get free market research.




Five Things to Grow Your Business
Thursday, November 15, 6:30 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Nelson Merchan, Business Advisor at the Connecticut Small Business Development Center, will discuss ideas that you can implement to increase sales and profits.




Gaming Club
Wednesdays, September 19, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Join us for video games, Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh! and board games in our Gaming Club.  Anyone who loves games of any type is welcome.  Games may contain mature content.



Chess Meetup
Saturday, September 15,  3:30 p.m.

Chess players are invited to come to the library to share their love of the game, meet new chess players, and play chess.  All ages are welcome.



Movies @ The Library
Wednesday, September 19,  5:30 p.m.

Join us for a free movie and snacks on the third Wednesday of the month after the Gaming Club.

September's movie:  Maze Runner:  The Death Cure



Sisters to Sisters Book Club Welcomes Sophfronia Scott
Thursday, September 20,  6 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Author Sophfronia Scott will talk about her new book Unforgiveable Love.



Brass Book Club @ the Branch
Thursday, September 27, 11:30 a.m.
Bunker Hill Branch, 192 Bunker Hill Avenue

Seniors 60 and over are invited to join us for a monthly book discussion.  Please call the library at 203-574-8225 to R.S.V.P. by the Tuesday before we meet.  Copies of the books will be available at the library.

September's book: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict



Learn Salsa Dancing
Saturday, September 29, 2 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Celebrate Hispanic Awareness month with Karime Pimental from the Hispanic Coalition.  Karime will perform Salsa dancing and teach the audience how to do it.  A fun filled event for all ages!




Sisters to Sisters Book Club
Monday, October 1, 6 p.m.

Join the Book Club as we discuss this month's reading.  New members are welcome.

October's Book The Tempest by Beverly Jenkins



Calling All Poets (... and poetry lovers) Spoken Word Series
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m. 

Award-wining poet and Pushcard Prize nominee Pat Mottola joins us this month.  Co-President of the Connecticut Poetry Society, she teaches creative writing at Southern CT State University.

Open microphone signups start at 6:20.  Participants will be given constructive criticism of original poems.  Bring several copies to share. Hosted by Victoria Muñoz.




Friends of the Silas Bronson Library
October 9, 4 p.m.

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