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Programs for Adults

For more information, call 203-574-8225 or email bronsonlibrary@waterburyct.org.


 



       

Book A Librarian
Please call 203-574-8225 to schedule an appointment,
or visit our Book A Librarian page.

Whether you need help with a resume, want some help looking up information, or want some help learning to use some of the library's resources, you can now "book a librarian" to help you one-on-one for up to one hour.

Schedule your appointment by calling 203-574-8225 or visit our Book A Librarian page.

 

 

One-on-One Computer Help
Please call 203-574-8225 to schedule an appointment,
or visit our Book A Librarian page.

Can't attend our Computer Classes?  Need help with a different computer problem?  Call us at 203-574-8225 to schedule a one-on-one computer appointment at a time that works for you! 

 

        

Summer Reading Program for Adults

Friday, June 7 – Friday, August 9

Explore new books and authors with our Summer Reading Program. Pick up your summer reading bingo card at the Reference Desk and complete 5 activities in a row. Return your card with completed squares to the Reference Desk to be entered into the grand prize raffle.

 


Computer Classes


      

Afternoon Computer Classes
Tuesdays, June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23, August 13 & 27, 1:30 p.m.
Computer Classroom

Need help using computers? Come to one of our classes and learn something new! 

June 11: Computer Basics: Mouse & Keyboard Skills

June 25: Computer Basics: Saving, Moving, Copying, Deleting, and Organizing Files

July 9: Computer Basics: Saving & Editing Files

July 23: Internet Searching Basics

August 13: PowerPoint

August 27: MS Word

 


      

Evening Computer Classes
Wednesdays, June 12, August 21, 6:30 p.m.
Computer Classroom

Join one of our librarians for computer classes covering different topics each time. In June, we’ll learn how to use PowerPoint. In August, we’ll learn the basics of Excel.

 


      

Making Signs & Flyers
Tuesday, June 18, 1:30 p.m.
Computer Classroom

Learn how to design eye-catching flyers and signs, using Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, and Canva.

 


      

Create Your Own Website
Tuesday, August 20, 1:30 p.m.
Computer Classroom

Learn how to make a website with free services like Wix and WordPress. You will need to have a working email address to sign up for these services, so bring your username and password to the workshop.

 


June

        

QuizCast
Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m.
Zoom

Join our online trivia game from your phone, tablet, or computer. We’ll ask 10 multiple-choice questions based on a different theme each time, and the winner will be featured on our Facebook page.

On June 5th, the category is Marvel.

Advance registration is required for each game. Sign up here.

 

       

Sisters to Sisters Book Club
Thursday, June 6, 6 p.m.
Auditorium

New members welcome. In June, we’ll be discussing The Reformatory by Tananarive Due. Copies of the book will be available at the library. We’ll take a break from meeting in July and August.

Book Description:

A gripping, page-turning novel set in Jim Crow Florida that follows Robert Stephens Jr. as he’s sent to a segregated reform school that is a chamber of terrors where he sees the horrors of racism and injustice, for the living, and the dead. 

 

        

Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library
Tuesday, June 11, 6 p.m.
Hybrid: Auditorium and Zoom

All are welcome to attend as we elect a new Board of Officers. Refreshments will be served.

You can also attend the meeting via Zoom. Click here to register for the Zoom link. 

 

 

        

Healthcare Resume Workshop
Thursday, June 13, 4 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Join us for a resume workshop hosted by Ability Beyond, a non-profit dedicated to serving adults with disabilities and mental health & recovery needs. Learn essential tips and tricks to stand out in the competitive healthcare industry while supporting a great cause. Don't miss this chance to take your career to new heights!

 

 

        

Genealogy Tips: Newspapers
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.
Computer Classroom

Newspapers can offer valuable clues for your family history. Learn how to find the stories of your family's past by searching free, online newspapers
available through the library.

 


        

GED & HiSET TEST PREP RESOURCES
Monday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.
Computer Classroom

Learn about online resources you can access for free at the library and at home to help you prepare for the GED and HiSET® high school equivalency tests. Bring your library card with you to create a free account with the online resources.

 

     

Connecticut Freedom Trail Ceremony
Tuesday, June 18, 5:30 p.m.
Front Lawn

Join us for a ceremony celebrating Juneteenth and honoring those buried in Waterbury’s first cemetery for people of color, located on Grand Street, as it is added to the Connecticut Freedom Trail, which celebrates the resilience and spirit of African American communities and history. The program will begin with musical performances by Kazi Oliver and Quinn Mitchell. The event is sponsored in part by the NAACP Greater Waterbury.

 


Medical Foster Home for Veterans
Thursday, June 20, 1 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Learn about the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Foster Home Program which offers veterans more options to support independence in a home-like environment. The presentation will discuss criteria for both the veteran and potential caregivers.

 


Philippines
Monday, June 24, 2 p.m.
Auditorium

Come and experience the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines. Learn about their culture, arts, beautiful places to visit, food, and sports.

 


Resilience with Carol Gee
Wednesday, June 26, 1 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Local author Carol Gee will talk about her book, Resilience. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

 


HUSKY Healthcare
Wednesday, June 26, 3 p.m.
Hybrid: Auditorium & Zoom

Join us for a Zoom presentation to learn about the benefits and services of HUSKY Healthcare. Join us at the library in person, or from home via Zoom.

Advance registration is required if viewing from home. Sign up here.

 


People's History of Connecticut
Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Steve Thornton, co-author of the new book, Radical Connecticut: People’s History in the Constitution State, will share stories of Connecticut history from the perspective of workers, people of color, peacemakers, women, students, artists, and others who struggled for justice and freedom in the state.

 

         

BRASS Book Club
Thursday, June 27, 12:30 p.m.
Zoom

Seniors 60+ are invited to join us for a monthly book discussion on Zoom.

In June, we'll be discussing Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library.

Book Description:  

After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her 18-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now he must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late. 

Advance registration is required for this Zoom program. Click here to register.


 


     

Coloring & Conversation Club
Friday, June 28, 2:30 p.m.
Auditorium

Meet and chat during our Coloring and Conversation Club. Whether you are looking to relax and de-stress, practice your English conversation skills, or meet new people, you are welcome to join us! Coloring pages and supplies will be provided.

 


2nd Annual Pride Festival
Saturday, June 29, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Front Plaza

The library will once again host Waterbury’s Pride Festival as part of a week-long celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride in Greater Waterbury. The festival will include drag performances, musicians, artists, food trucks, and a variety of vendors. Sensory tents will be available on the library’s patio.

 


July

        

QuizCast
Wednesday, July 3, 7 p.m.
Zoom

Join our online trivia game from your phone, tablet, or computer. We’ll ask 10 multiple-choice questions based on a different theme each time, and the winner will be featured on our Facebook page.

On July 3rd, the category is the '90s.

Advance registration is required for each game. Sign up here.

 

 

        

Monthly Meeting of the Friends of the Library
Tuesday, July 9, 6 p.m.
Hybrid: Auditorium and Zoom

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Want to help support the Silas Bronson Library? Come join the Friends of the Library at our monthly meeting and find out how you can get involved.

You can join the meeting in person or via Zoom. Click here to register for the Zoom link. 

 

 

Medicare 101
Wednesday, July 10, 3 p.m.
Auditorium

Confused about Medicare? Turning 65 and unsure about the process? Retiring Soon? Come learn the ins and outs of Medicare and the differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage with Mark Macrina, a licensed agent at Senior Health and Retirement Services.

 

 

         

Philip V. Benevento Cultural Program for Adults
Moses & Kara
Monday, July 8, 6 p.m.
Patio (indoors if it rains)

Celebrate summer with a free performance by Moses & Kara, with songs that include current radio hits and musical theatre favorites. Moses & Kara met through musical theatre and found a shared love for performing together. What began as a mutual appreciation for the stage blossomed into a multifaceted journey across various genres, united by their unwavering love for captivating audiences. The dynamic duo never fails to keep their audiences on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the next delightful surprise or special guest.

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.

 

        

QuizCast
Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m.
Zoom

Join our online trivia game from your phone, tablet, or computer. We’ll ask 10 multiple-choice questions based on a different theme each time, and the winner will be featured on our Facebook page.

On July 17th, the category is Snacks & Junk Food

Advance registration is required for each game. Sign up here.

 

        

Acrylic Painting with Maritza
Thursday, July 11, 2 p.m.
Auditorium

Maritza Chacón is a visual artist, native of Costa Rica and a lover of artistic painting. She uses different mediums such as oil, acrylic, chalk pastel, graphite and experimental watercolor. Come and paint with her using acrylic paint. Supplies will be provided. 

 

 

Make New Jewelry From Old
Tuesday, July 16, 1:30 p.m.
Auditorium

Learn how to turn old jewelry (as well as accessories and other items) into new jewelry that reflects your personal style. All supplies will be provided.

 

 

        

Paper Bead Bracelet
Thursday, July 18, 2:30 p.m.
Auditorium

Join us as we repurpose old books and paper into a unique beaded bracelet that you can bring home. All supplies will be provided.

 

        

Genealogy Tips: Maps & Atlases
Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.
Hybrid: Computer Classroom & Zoom

Visualize the houses and neighborhoods where your ancestors lived through a wide variety of free online maps as well as physical maps and atlases available at the library. Join in person at the library or from home via Zoom.

Advance registration is required to join via Zoom. Sign up here.

 

Urban Forestry
Tuesday, July 23, 2:30 p.m.
Main Reading Room

Urban areas are suffering due to a lack of canopy cover. It is of the utmost importance that trees be planted and then cared for in our cities. This program talks about why, where, and when it is best to plant a tree. Presented by Bent of the River Audubon Center.

 

         

BRASS Book Club
Thursday, July 25, 12:30 p.m.
Zoom

Seniors 60+ are invited to join us for a monthly book discussion on Zoom.

In July, we'll be discussing The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library.

Book Description:  

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim—the Thursday Murder Club—are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper’s Chase, their posh retirement village. But they are out of luck. An unexpected visitor—an old pal of Elizabeth’s (or perhaps more than just a pal?)—arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he’s seriously on the lam.

Advance registration is required for this Zoom program. Click here to register.

 

     

Coloring & Conversation Club
Friday, July 26, 2:30 p.m.
Auditorium

Meet and chat during our Coloring and Conversation Club. Whether you are looking to relax and de-stress, practice your English conversation skills, or meet new people, you are welcome to join us! Coloring pages and supplies will be provided.

 

 

 


August

        

Meditation & Mindfulness for Beginners
Wednesday, August 7, 4:30 p.m.
Auditorium

You’ve probably heard about meditation before, but it’s not what you think! Anyone can do it, and even just a few minutes a day can improve your mood, focus, and stress level. In this class we'll learn about the benefits of meditation and some different techniques, and we’ll practice as a group.

 

        

Bilingual Domino
Thursday, August 8, 2:30 p.m.
Auditorium

Play domino in English and Spanish. Meet new friends and have fun! We will provide the dominoes and snacks.

 

        

Genealogy Tips: House History
Thursday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.
Hybrid: Auditorium & Zoom

Learn how to explore the history of your home or the homes of your ancestors. Professional genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan will provide tips on navigating land records to identify prior owners and how to use maps, architectural surveys, and more to see how a home looked in the past. Join in person at the library, on Zoom from home.

Advance registration is required to join via Zoom. Sign up here.

 

 

        

Monthly Meeting of the Friends of the Library
Tuesday, August 13, 6 p.m.
Hybrid: Auditorium and Zoom

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Want to help support the Silas Bronson Library? Come join the Friends of the Library at our monthly meeting and find out how you can get involved.

You can join the meeting in person or via Zoom. Click here to register for the Zoom link. 

 

        

QuizCast
Wednesday, August 14, 7 p.m.
Zoom

Join our online trivia game from your phone, tablet, or computer. We’ll ask 10 multiple-choice questions based on a different theme each time, and the winner will be featured on our Facebook page.

On August 14th, the category is Classic Toys & Games

Advance registration is required for each game. Sign up here.

 

 

Occupational Test Prep Resources
Wednesday, August 28, 6 p.m.
Computer Classroom

Learn how to access practice tests and skill building tools at the library or at home with your library card. Prepare for assessments and entrance exams in occupations such as nursing, allied health, dental assisting, firefighting, pharmacy technician, plumbing, electrician, EMT, law enforcement, commercial driver, real estate, teacher, and many others. 

 

          

BRASS Book Club
Thursday, August 22,12:30 p.m.
Zoom

Seniors 60+ are invited to join us for a monthly book discussion on Zoom.

In August, we'll be discussing French Braid by Anne Tyler. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library.

Advance registration is required for this Zoom program. Click here to register.

Book Description:  

The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever leave home, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family's orbit, for reasons none of them understand. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts' influences on one another ripple ineffably but unmistakably through each generation.

 

        

QuizCast
Wednesday, August 28, 7 p.m.
Zoom

Join our online trivia game from your phone, tablet, or computer. We’ll ask 10 multiple-choice questions based on a different theme each time, and the winner will be featured on our Facebook page.On August 28th, the category is One-Hit Wonders

Advance registration is required for each game. Sign up here.

 

     

Coloring & Conversation Club
Friday, August 30, 2:30 p.m.
Auditorium

Meet and chat during our Coloring and Conversation Club. Whether you are looking to relax and de-stress, practice your English conversation skills, or meet new people, you are welcome to join us! Coloring pages and supplies will be provided.

 

 


Fall Preview

 

Bunker Bookies
Thursday, September 12, 1:30 p.m.
Bunker Hill Branch Library

Bunker Bookies will not be meeting in the summer, but will return in September to discuss White Teeth by Zadie Smith.