Programs at Hall Memorial Library for Febrauary

Ellington - posted Jan, 20 2014

ELLINGTON - February brings a live theatrical performance, tips for cleaning up your living space and an author talk on the impact of gambling on our state to Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Ellington. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m., They Called Me Lizzy: From Slavery to the White House. This is a special one-woman show depicting the life story of Elizabeth (Lizzy) Keckly, a woman born into slavery in 1818, who eventually managed to purchase her freedom. She was best known as dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln. Written and produced by The Victorian Lady, Kandie Carle, the show stars actress Stephanie Jackson. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m., interior designer Susan Rohde will present The Gentle Art of Decluttering, a workshop for those looking for a gentle but effective way of conquering the challenges of their living areas. This two-hour session begins with the issue of clutter but moves on to broader principles of good design - how to create a warm, welcoming and functional space. On Thursday, Feb. 27, author Robert Steele will discuss his popular novel, "The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town." He’ll speak at this month's meeting of the Ellington Historical Society. Both the speaker and the meeting are open to the public; all are welcome and encouraged to attend. All library programs are free, but online registration is required at You can also call the library at 860-870-3160 for assistance. Movies for the month will be: Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m.: Captain Phillips, rated PG-13, starring Tom Hanks. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m.: Dallas Buyers Club, rated R, starring Matthew McConaughey. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m.: Last Vegas, rated PG-13, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. All films are free and popcorn will be served. Pre-registration is not required for movies. All programs listed are funded by a $5,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant, awarded by the Connecticut State Library and approved by the Connecticut State Library Board.

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