Easton Public Library Great American Read

America is going to choose its favorite book, and the Easton Public Library is going to be a part of it. Throughout the summer, in conjunction with the PBS series The Great American Read, Americans will have the opportunity to read any or all of 100 adult and young adult books and vote for their favorite.  The list will include 100 fictional titles spanning different themes such as Love, Heroes, Villains, Other Worlds, and What It Means To Be An American. Easton Public Library will have the list of books as well as a copy of each book for patrons to borrow. Once the patrons have voted, the Library will submit the results to PBS, which will then be added to all the other votes from around the country. This will be the first ever national vote on America’s favorite book.

The Great American Read is a television and online series from PBS that was designed to start a conversation about the benefits and joys of reading, and the ways books have impacted our lives. The series kicks off on May 22nd, at 8:00 p.m., with Meredith Vieira as the host. After the first episode, the show will resume in the fall, with celebrities, athletes, experts, authors, and everyday Americans talking about their favorite books. Voting will start on May 22nd with the launch episode, and continue through the fall.

The Easton Public Library will be hosting several events to tie in with the Great American Read initiative, including a One Book/One Town Community Read program, an author panel, and an open mic night for teens. 50 libraries across America will receive a grant from PBS that will provide added support for programming and materials needed to implement this program.

For more information, contact Lynn Zaffino at 203-261-0134 or via email at lzaffino@eastonlibrary.org.

Easton Public Library SCORE Workshop and Emerging Technologies

Join us for two timely discussions on technology, coming up in May.  SCORE Fairfield County will be offering the workshop “Four Tech Basics Every Business Needs,” on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 6:00 p.m. at the Easton Public Library. The workshop will be led by Budly Freund and will cover new technology rules and requirements for the safety and continuity of your business and customers.
SCORE was established in 1964 as a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses. The Fairfield County chapter recently merged with the Greater Bridgeport chapter and now represents a population of 750,000, with 130 volunteer mentor professionals, who offer a very broad mix of entrepreneurial, management and small business experience. For more information and to register for these workshops, please visit fairfieldcounty.score.org.

Easton resident Pamela Gupta will be presenting a program entitled “Emerging Technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT),” on Wednesday, May 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. Smart technologies are becoming increasingly interconnected with our everyday lives, from appliances and thermostats in our homes, to apps and wearables that track our health and fitness, and to the vehicles we drive. These new technologies can also pose security risks at the personal and business level. Pamela Gupta is the President of OutSecure, Inc., and the Founder and Chair of the Northeast Annual Cybersecurity Summit. Registration is suggested. To register, please use the Library’s Online Event Calendar, or contact Lynn Zaffino at 203-261-0134, or via email at lzaffino@eastonlibrary.org.

The Amazing World of Birds

On Tuesday May 22 from 4 – 5 p.m. visit New Pond Farm’s Barred Owl, Bernard, and discover cool adaptations that allow owls to fly silently, to see at night, and to digest meals of mice and frogs! Become nature detective and, using mounted specimens, figure out why birds look the way they do and what adaptations help them to survive.

This children’s program is $8 per New Pond Farm member child and $12 per non-member child.

Registration is required. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.