Scoville Memorial Library Events December-January 2020

Scoville Memorial Library Events December-January 2020


All programs meet in Wardell Room unless otherwise stated


Weekly Programs


Wednesdays at 10:45 am (December 11,18, and January 8, 15, 22, and 29 )


Story Time with Miss Molly

Our Story Time for toddlers and preschool aged children focuses on a different theme through stories, singing and crafting fun! The five early literacy practices are playing, talking, singing, reading and writing (scribble/draw) — and we will be rocking them all! Free and open to the public. Snacks are not provided by the library, but feel free to bring your own.


Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 )


Meditation with Kathy Voldstad.  Open to anyone, no experience needed. Sitting cushions provided.  Meets in Reading Room, main floor


Dana Cowin’s View of The Evolution of Food Culture from Star Chef to Activism presented by Dana Cowin


Saturday  December 7

4:00 pm

Dana Cowin, longtime former Editor in Chief of Food & Wine magazine will discuss the rise of foodie culture in America, starting with the obsession with chefs in the 90s, moving through reality TV, ingredient trends, and arriving more recently as a power for global change. Cowin’s will interweave her own stories of cajoling now-famous chefs to step into the spotlight, her turns as a Top Chef judge and her experience as part of a larger movement to create a more equitable and inclusive food world.

Dana Cowin, spent two decades as the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine until 2016. Cowin launched DBC Creative, a PR, branding and culinary connection consultancy with clients such as Dig Food Group, Neiman Marcus, and Governors Island. Simultaneously, she created “The Broadlies,” a podcast, event and content hub focusing on highlighting and linking extraordinary women in the food industry, including her podcast Speaking Broadly and a mentoring project Coaching Broadly.  In 2014 she published “Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes”. Cowin serves on the board of the Food Education Fund, the Food Council of City Harvest, a hunger-relief organization, and Hot Bread Kitchen, a workforce development group. Cowin was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Drink.


SML Book Club “Friend” by Sigrid Nunez, led by Claudia Cayne

Sunday, December 15


When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building.

While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog’s care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.  Winner of the National Book Award

Meets in Oak Room

Chocolate gift (and eating) workshop

Saturday December 21


During this program from licensed chocolatier Kim Larkin we will learn how chocolate is made and where it comes from. We will dip cookies, marshmallows and other treats and make chocolate creations using various techniques of decorating and combing. There will be a demonstration and use of Kim’s commercial tempering machine, toppings bar and more!

Gift bags for chocolaty presents will be provided!

Ages 10+


Please RSVP @ 860-435-2838

Only 20 spots available!

Hanukkah Tales and Treats

Saturday December 28


On this 6th day of Hanukkah we will hear stories of light and eat Sufganiyah, the special deep-fried jelly doughnuts that are traditionally eaten during this Jewish holiday. For all ages.

New Years Eve Party

Tuesday, December 31⋅

10:30 – 12:00

Roger the Jester will perform, there will be some glittery crafts,  yummy treats, and we will count down to the New Year at 12 noon!



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