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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.


Display Cases in June


The Naugatuck Historical Society's 60th Anniversary
Display Cases 

The Naugatuck Historical Society is celebrating its 60th anniversary during 2019.  During June, the Society will exhibit a variety of artifacts culled from its diverse collection.


Exhibits in June


Ada Carchado
Gallery Wall

Ada Carchado learned how to draw at a young age and it soon became her passion.  Since she finds inspiration from her everyday experiences in Waterbury, you may recognize some of the scenes depicted in her drawings.


Daily/Weekly Programs


Chess Meetup
Main Reading Room

Play a game of chess any time, daily.  A chess set is available at the circulation desk or bring your own.



Learn to Play Chess
Tuesdays, June 4 - August 27, 4 - 6 p.m.

New to chess or want to share your skills with new players?  Join us to teach new chess players, or learn the game.  All ages welcome.


Brass City Toastmasters
Monday, June 10 and 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
By appointment:
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 Job Training Opportunities
Thursday, May 23, 2 p.m.
Computer Classroom

Pamela LaRosa, Director of the One-Stop Workforce Operations at the American Job Center will talk about training available through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act.



Sisters to Sisters Book Club
Monday June 3, 6 p.m.

New members welcome.  No meetings in July or August.  There will be two books for summer reading for discussion on September 9.  Copies of the books will be available at the library.

June's book: Invisible by Stephen L. Carter

September's books:  Becoming by Michelle Obama and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones



Gamers Who Code
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.  
Computer Classroom

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



Gaming Club
Wednesdays, June 5 & 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.



Calling All Poets (... and poetry lovers)
Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m.

Rhett Watts, whose poems have appeared in Sojourners and Yankee Magazine, will read from her works.  Nominated or a Pushcart Prize, she was a winner of the CT Poetry Award.  Steven Ostrowski, author of chapbooks and "Penultimate Human Constellation" will join us reading his poetry, as well.  All are welcome to attend, whether you are a poet or simply love the spoken word.  Bring five copies of your work to share for a constructive criticism workshop.  Sign-up for open mic poetry and spoken word at 6:20 p.m. Hosted by Victoria Muñoz.



Friends of the Silas Bronson Library
Second Tuesday of the month, June 11, 6 p.m.

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



Learn to Crochet
Second and fourth Thursday of the month, 2 p.m.,
June 13 & 27
Main Reading Room

Bring your crochet hooks and yarn or use ours as we crochet together.  Rikia Bradley from Companions Forever will be our instructor.



Movies @ The Library
Wednesday, June 19,  6 p.m.

Join us for a free movie and snacks.  Rated PG-13.

June's movie:  Glass



CapTel Phones - Help for Those Who Have Trouble Hearing on the Telephone
Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.

Trouble hearing on the telephone?  You may qualify for a free telephone that displays what is being said on a screen.  Come and learn about the no-cost to you program to qualify for these phones, and see the range of devices available.  Kim Schmidt from CapTel will demonstrate the devices, explain the program, and answer your questions.



Make Music Waterbury
Friday, June 21, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Front Plaza

Join us for a full day of free musical performances outside the library and throughout downtown.

For more information, or to register as a performer, visit makemusicday.org/waterbury/


Brass Book Club @ the Branch
Thursday, June 27, 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.

June's book:  The Little Paris Bookshop  by Nina George



Waterbury Roundtable:  Community Conversations
Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome to join us for a monthly community conversation.  Bring your ideas and any Waterbury topics you'd like to discuss.   Light refreshments will be served.




Jigsaw Puzzle Contest
Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Teams of up to 6 people compete to see how much of a 550 piece puzzle they can complete in 2 hours.  Pre-registration is required to reserve your puzzle.  Call 203-574-8225 or stop in to the Reference Desk to R.S.V.P.




Philip V. Benevento Cultural Program for Adults

Three Short Plays
Thursday, August 1, 6:30 - 7:30  p.m.
Main Reading Room

Nancy Schuler returns to Silas Bronson Library to perform her latest work, Three Short Plays and will be performing with her husband, Ed.

The first play is "Henry and Marion."  It is a look at 40 years of marriage gone sour.  The second play is "The Dating Game," a comical look at online dating in your 80s.  Lastly, Nancy presents a comedy about growing older.

Nancy's plays have been performed in New York at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, the New York Public Library Equity Theater, and in a variety of theaters and venues throughout Connecticut.

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 Library.