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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 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 discusses The Witches by Stacy Schiff
Monday, May 1, 6 p.m.

The Witches:  Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff  is this month's selection.

The panic began early in 1692, when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar.  It spread quickly, confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony.  Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, and parents and children accused each other.  It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.  Adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis.  The author brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own.  In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this story makes more sense than ever.



Calling All Poets (... and poetry lovers)
Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Waterbury educator, poet, novelist, actor, and illustrator Steve Parlato is our featured poet this month.



Civilian Conservation Corps in CT
Tuesday, May 9, 2 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Marty Podskoch presents a slide program based on his book about the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps in Connecticut.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and for signing.



Chess Meetup
Saturday, May 13, 2 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!



Check, Change, Control  Stroke Awareness Month Program
Wednesday, May 17, 2 p.m.

Sandra Micalizzi APRN, CDE, Community Educator from Saint Mary's Hospital and Waterbury Hospital will speak on hypertension and the importance of diet and monitoring to prevent heart disease and stroke.  Katherine Bolt, Health Equity Programs Coordinator of the American Heart Association will be enrolling people in Check:  Change, Control, an evidence based hypertension management program that uses blood pressure self monitoring to empower participants to take ownership of their cardiovascular health.



The Wit and Wisdom of JFK
Thursday, May 18, 6 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Steve Bergin will speak on the wit and wisdom of President John F. Kennedy in observance of JFK's upcoming Centennial May 29th.



When JFK came to Waterbury - President John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration
Thursday, May 25, Reception 6 p.m. Film 6:30 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Where were you on Nov. 6, 1960 at 3:00 a.m.?  Whether you were on The Green welcoming candidate John F. Kennedy with 40,000 other people or would just like to know more about this exciting event, come celebrate JFK's Centennial with members of the 3:00 a.m. Committee and others as we view Mr. Kennedy Comes to Connecticut.  The film will be followed by reminiscences moderated by radio host Larry Rifkin.






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 Program 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.



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