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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 January

        

Connecticut Transit photos and artifacts
Display Cases 

Historic photos and artifacts from the CT Transit collection will show the evolution of public bus transportation in Connecticut and in the Waterbury area.  A representative of CT Transit will talk about the history and the future on Januray 29.

 

Daily/Weekly Programs

 

Free Tax Preparation
January 26 - April 13, 2019
Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
By appointment only

Call 211 to schedule an appointment.

Visit the VITA Website for full details.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be available at the library for low to moderate income individuals and for families earning less than $54,000 a year.

IRS-trained volunteers are certified to prepare simple tax returns and to screen customers for special tax credits and savings plans.  Visiting a VITA site instead of a paid tax preparer saves each filer an average of $200.  Taxes can be filed electronically, in which case refunds are received within 7 - 10 days.

VITA is made possible through a partnership with the United Way, the Connecticut Association for Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service.

 

Brass City Toastmasters
Monday, January 28, February 11 & 25, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium

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
By appointment:
Mondays, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Thursdays, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m.

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.



 

AMERICAN JOB CENTER SERVICES - EMPLOYMENT SERIES

      

Training & Job Services Information
Thursday February 21, 6 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Learn about services and training available at Waterbury's American Job Center through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

 

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER WORKSHOP SERIES

      

Writing Business Plans
Monday, February 11, 6 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Learn how to write a business plan that communicates your vision and evaluates your growth.  What are the essential elements?  How do you write a plan that will communicate your vision to financial executives and regulators?  How can you write the plan so that you can use the same document to evaluate your business growth?

 


January

 
      

Gamers Who Code
Wednesdays, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,  6 p.m.  
Auditorium

Brass City Gamers hosts a coding class at the library.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.  This group will meet every Wednesday @ 6 p.m.

 

 
      
Connecticut Lore
Saturday, January 19, 2 p.m.

Snow date:  January 26, 2 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Zach Lamothe, author of Connecticut Lore, will talk about Connecticut's many unusual locations, including places with paranormal sightings, haunted universities, lighthouses, and local hotels with unique histories and architecture.  Waterbury's Holyland U.S.A. is one of the places he will talk about.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

 

 
      
Brass Book Club @ the Branch
Thursday, January 24, 11:30 a.m.

Bunker Hill Branch Library, 192 Bunker Hill Ave., Waterbury

Seniors 60+ are invited to join us for a monthly book discussion.  Copies of the book will be available at the library.

January's book:  The Color of Water by James McBride

February's book:  The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

 

 
      

Philip V. Benevento Cultural Program For Adults

Let it Shine:  The American Civil Rights Movement
Monday, January 28, 6 p.m. 
Main Reading Room

Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Freedom Riders, and more come to life in this powerful production that celebrates the American Civil Rights Movement.  Bright Star Theater presents one of their most acclaimed productions, featuring inspiring performances and the songs of the Civil Rights Era.

The Philip V. Benevento Fund for Cultural Programs for Adults at the Silas Bronson Library was established in 2016 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.

 

 
      

All Aboard!
Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 p.m. 
Main Reading Room

Join us for a discussion of the history of public transportation in Connecticut, and how bus service came to be the most common form of public transport in Waterbury.  Ever wanted to start using the bus?  We will talk about current routes, service maps, how to buy tickets and read schedules.  CTfastrak, The Hartford Line, and the Go CT Card will also be discussed.

 

 
      

Movies @ The Library
Wednesday, January 30,  4:00 p.m.
Auditorium

Join us for a free movie and snacks.

January's movie:  Skyscraper

 


February

 
      

Chess Meetup
Saturday, February 2 & 16,  2:30 p.m.
Auditorium

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.

 

 
      

Sisters to Sisters Book Club
Monday, February 4, 6 p.m. 
Mezzanine

All are welcome to join the book discussion.  Books are available at the circulation desk of the library.

February's book:  The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

 

 
      

Calling All Poets (... and poetry lovers)
Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 p.m.
Auditorium

All are welcome to attend, whether you are a poet or a poetry lover.  Bring five copies of your work to share for a constructive criticism workshop.  Black history month topics are welcome.  Open mic for poetry and spoken word.  Sign up is at 6:20 p.m.

 

 
      

Great Reads Book Club
Saturday, February 9, 10 a.m.
Auditorium

Join us for our new Saturday morning book club and movie screening.  After we talk about the book we'll watch the movie based on the book.  Copies of the books will be available to borrow from the library.  Light refreshments provided.

February's Book:  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

 

 
      

Gaming Club
Wednesdays, February 6 & 20, 4 p.m.
Auditorium

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.

 

 
      

Friends of the Silas Bronson Library
Tuesday, February 12,  4 p.m.
Mezzanine

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