Teen Quills and Parchment Magazine Club

What is the Quill and Parchment Magazine Club?

A group of teen editors planning different aspects of a digital teen magazine in Grades 8-12.

 

If you are interested in submitting your to our digital teen magazine and you are entering Grades 7-12 in Fall ’21:

Go here to find out more information: https://www.avonctlibrary.info/event/digital-teen-magazine-21/

Direct link to sign up to contribute your creative art or words, go here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenwYP9dHFhLRpLUbnqRkN_UF4YZrj4c0je5fERK2R6i8uNeg/viewform

Fall “Outstanding” Film Series with Bob Kagan – The Band’s Visit

Confusion abounds when an eight member Egyptian band journey to Israel to play at an Arab Cultural Center and takes a bus to the wrong town.  They find themselves stranded in the desert somewhere between nowhere and not much else.  Engrossing and at times comedic, this Israeli film spins a warm tale of human emotions.  Basis for the currently popular Broadway play of the same name.  Directed by Eran Kolirin, shown with subtitles. Rated PG-13, 1 hour  27 min.  After each film, a discussion will be led by Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. Snacks to share are appreciated! All films are free of charge and all are welcome.

Upcoming Films in This Series:

Thursday, October 31 @ 6:30 pm
Wild, 2014

In this riveting dramatization, Reese Witherspoon portrays the author of a New York Times #1 best-selling memoir.  Suffering from loss, addiction and personal tragedy — and with no hiking experience — she sets out on an 1100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.  Willing herself over mountains, through snow, and conquering self-doubt and pain, she discovers the strength of the human spirit.  Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee.  Rated R, 1 hour 55 min.

Thursday, November 21 @ 6:30 pm
Man on Wire, 2008                                                             

Step back in time to 1974 and walk the high wire with Philippe Petit. As a young man in France, Petit learned to walk tightropes. What better way to prove himself than to string a wire between the towers of the World Trade Center in New York? This documentary follows Petit and his team on a clandestine operation as they get their equipment to the top of the tower and span the 150-foot gap between the buildings, allowing Petit to spend 45 minutes 1300 feet above street level. Exhilarating and awe inspiring!  Directed by James Marsh.  Rated PG-13, 1 hour 34 min.

 

Thursday Night Computer Classes

Classes taught by Sue Werner.

10:/24 and 10/31: No class.
11/7: Adult learning the iPad

We’ll explore the world of free online courses that are available from platforms like iTunes U, Coursera, edX and content from most major universities on a wide variety of topics. We’ll also take a look at free online reference providers that provide online books, magazines, audiobooks, etc.

11/14: Troubleshooting! Bring all your “How do I? questions

Bring your nagging questions! This open forum is all about you…the end user. We’ll try to answer as many questions as you’ve got about your Mac. Feel free to bring a list of questions and your Mac, iPhone or iPad.

Learn Python

Python is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. Python is powerful… and fast; plays well with others; runs everywhere; is friendly & easy to learn; is Open.  Classes are free, no registration.

Love Bajpai, our instructor, has an MBA from Yale University and has been working in the field of data and analytics for last 15 years. He lives in Avon with his wife and daughter. A New England Patriots fan, he believes in the importance of the fabric of community.

October 12th – Class 1

Command Line Basics, Installing Python, Running Python Code, Data Types, Strings, Lists, Dictionaries, Tuples,

Sets

October 19th – Class 2

Python Statements, Loops, Comparison

Oct 26th – Class 3

Object Oriented Programming, Functions, Scope, args/kwargs, Built-in Functions, Debugging and Error Handling

Nov 2nd – Class 4

Data Processing in Python, Capstone project

Nov 9th – Class 5

Capstone project

Nov 16th – Class 6

Capstone project

Opioids: Where we are now?

Find out where we are within the opioid epidemic: What are the current patterns of use? How are doctors handling pain management? How has fentanyl changed the landscape? How are pharmaceutical companies responding? Where are hope, and help, being found?

Dr. Charles McKay is the Associate Medical Director of the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He is the immediate past president of the American College of Medical Toxicology and a board member of the Medical Toxicology Foundation. The Foundation’s goal is to advance research and education in the prevention and treatment of patients adversely impacted by drugs and other exposures.

Where the Crawdads Sing: Literature Discussion with Aimee Pozorski

Where the Crawdads Sing. Join Dr. Aimee Pozorski, CCSU English Dept, for an engaging discussion of this best-selling, in-demand, every-book-club-is-reading-it title.

The Language of Place in Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens’s best selling novel, Where the Crawdads Sing (2018) can be read as a coming-of-age story, a murder mystery, a courtroom     drama, and a celebration of the South.  It can also be read, significantly, as a love letter to language itself. A novel about the written word, Where the Crawdads Sing pays homage to literacy, to poetry, and to the use of dialect in regional works.  As Owens writes, “The language of the court was, of course, not as poetic as the language of the marsh.”  In celebrating the sounds of the marsh, Owens also turns our attention to how language works overall—not simply the language of the courtroom, and not even the language of the marsh, but rather the language all around us that has a role to play in our relationships with the things that we love.

 

 

October’s Teen Readers Unite book discussion: THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS

Teen Readers Unite book discussion group is for you, if:

Do you like to read Young Adult literature? Do you like reading books before everyone else? Do you like getting a FREE book?

Open to teens entering Grades 7-12.

We will discuss: THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS by Charlotte Nicole Davis

Time: Tues. October 15th, 5-6 PM in the Teen Room.

Sign up & book claiming for this TRU discussion is open and will continue until all 10 copies are given out. 

If you want to sign up and get a copy for yourself: please come in person at the 2nd Floor Children’s Reference Desk to sign up and pick up your copy of the book. 

You will pick up your advance reader copy right then and there!

*IF YOU SIGN UP, READ THE BOOK, SHOW UP TO DISCUSS: then you get to keep the copy of the book!

*Recommended for teens 13 and up.*

A stunning fantasy adventure that is Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale. 
THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS:

Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the catalyst

The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls–they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen.

When Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom,      justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta’s most vicious and powerful forces, human &  inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another…..

A story that only the youngest or most desperate would  ever believe.

It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

 

Field Trip: Suffrage Exhibit

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

9am -4pm.

Tour and Lunch at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, CT. Trip via motorcoach to visit their “From Corsets to Suffrage: Victorian Women Trailblazers.”  The lunch will be at the Post Road Diner. Cost is $55.00 per person with lunch paid on your own. RSVP as soon as possible to by clicking here.  Any questions, please call the Senior Center at 860-675-4355.