Pianist Asmik Famina and violinist Doug Merriman will present a free program of classical music at the Prospect Library on Sunday, March 12 and Sunday, March 19, both days at 2 p.m. The audience capacity is 50 people. Tickets will be available at the library starting Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Music at the Prospect Library
Prospect Library to Celebrate Irish-American History Month
“The Ogham Alphabet: Past & Present”
Colleen Conway, co-owner and artist of Ogham Art, is scheduled to appear at the Prospect Library on Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. for an interactive lecture on the history of Ogham, the first written form of the Primitive Irish language.
“The Ogham Alphabet: Past & Present” is an interactive lecture exploring Ogham, the oldest known documentation of the Irish language. Running approximately 60 minutes, it begins with a concise history of the Celts and an outline of the Celtic languages. A thorough presentation of the Ogham alphabet is then followed by a lesson for the attendees to write their names in Ogham. The lecture will also include visuals and reference materials for those with a keen curiosity about a relatively unknown chapter of Irish history!
Ogham is the first written form of the Irish language. Dating back to at least the 4th century A.D., it is a system of lines joining and intersecting a single plain, each group of lines representing letters. Originally carved into stone and trees, there are less than 400 existing examples of Ogham writing remaining in the world. Most are found in western Ireland, Wales, Scotland and western England and its true origins are heavily debated even today. “In creating Ogham Art, my goal was to celebrate my Irish heritage while simultaneously bringing into light something from Ireland’s past that is often overlooked,” says founder Christopher Conway.
Founded in October 2010 by Colleen and Christopher Conway, Ogham Art was built out of a love of Ireland and the hidden corners of its history. Their mission is to celebrate the beautiful writing system of Ogham in artistic and creative fashions. Ogham Art is the only North American company dedicated solely to the creation of gift items in Ogham and offers the largest selection of Ogham-themed products in the world.
Registration for this event is required and will be limited to twenty-five people. Please call the library at 203-758-3001 or email the library at to register.
Sample of Ogham Alphabet
Prospect Library News
by John Wiehn, Director Prospect Library
For more information regarding our library or any of our events, please check our website prospectlibrary.com
Most programs are drop-in programs, unless noted. Space is limited. Registration can be done by calling the library at 203-758-3001, walk in or by email at
The Tales for Tots/Free Play Period for children ages two and younger will continue to be held each Wednesday during March at 10:30 a.m.
More children’s events are in the planning stages so please keep an eye out on the library’s website and our constant contact emails.
Some of the new Children’s/Young Adult books received over the last few weeks include: 5 Minute Pete the Cat Stories (James Dean), How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen (Faber), I Got This (Hernandez), King’s Cage (Aveyard), Shy (Fredman), and You Don’t Want a Unicorn! (Dyckman).
In March, local Prospect resident Matt Buonaiuto will have his artwork on display in the Community Room. A reception to meet Matt will take place on Saturday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 1 at 3 p.m. the Friends of the Prospect Library will have their monthly meeting in the Library’s Community Room.
• The Prospect Library Board will be meeting on Thursday, March 9 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room. The meeting is open to the public.
• The 3rd Annual Irish Music Concert with the Kerry Boys will take place Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Prospect Community Center at 12 Center Street, which is directly across the street from the library. The free tickets for this concert can be picked up at the library any time before the event and is limited to four per adult.
• Sundays, March 12 and 19 at 2 p.m., pianist Asmik Fomin and violinist Doug Merriman will present a free program of classical music at the library. Audience capacity is 50 people and tickets will be available for pickup at the library.
• The American History Book Club will be discussing the book A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo on Tuesday, March 14 at 1 p.m. Books are available to be picked up at the library beforehand. New members are always welcome to join. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m., except during the month of December.
• In honor of Irish-American Heritage Month, the library will host a talk on the history of Ogham on Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Ogham is the first written form of the Irish language. Attendees will learn how to write their own name in Ogham. Since space is being limited to 25 people, registration is required and can be done by calling the library at 203-758-3001 or by email
• On March 21 at 6:30 p.m., local author L.M. Carr returns to the library to do a talk and signing of her latest book, From A Distance.
• Monday, March 27, Adult Coloring Time will take place at 1 p.m.
A few new DVDs received over the past month at the library include: Lean on Me, Homeland: Season 5, Persepolis, Prep and Landing, Better Call Saul- Seasons 1 & 2, The Eagle Huntress, The Girl on the Train, Hacksaw Ridge, Manchester By the Sea, Trolls, and Victoria – Season 1.
A few of the new books received are: 4 3 2 1 (Auster), The Bertie Project (McCall Smith), Echoes in Death (Robb), French Twist (J. Patterson), The Girl Before (Delaney), Norse Mythology (Gaiman), The One-Minute Workout (Gibala), Robert B. Parker’s Revelation (Knott), You are the Universe (Chopra), Beartown (Backman), and High Noon (Frankel).
Are you interested in downloading FREE music to your laptop, phone, tablet or Ipod? All you need to access the library’s new music site called FREEGAL is an updated Prospect Library card. Go to
If the Prospect Library closes for inclement weather during March, an announcement is displayed on all four local television channels, including WFSB, WTNH, WVIT and FOX61.
Wish to be added to our email list for events at the library? Please call the library at 203-758-3001 or email us at
Whittemore Library News
• Yoga all levels with certified instructor Paula Lantieri every Monday, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Please arrive before 6. Drop in, bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. $5 suggested donation per session.
• Ongoing meditation practice for relaxation, focus, personal growth, spiritual development. Periods of meditation with an opportunity for questions and discussion. Every second, fourth, and fifth Tuesday 6 to 6:45 p.m.
• Veterans Assistance: Beginning March 2 and then continuing with the first Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Brian Naylor, MSgt USAF retired, Veterans Advocate with Independence Northwest Inc., will meet one-on-one with veterans and family members to discuss any problems or questions you may have about veteran benefits or services. • Third Congressional District Constituent Service. Marilyn Cheyne from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s office will be on hand to assist you one-on-one with any questions or problems you may have about Federal agencies and services on March 14, March 28, and the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment required.
• Living Dragons!: Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. Dragons?! No, not real dragons -- lizards! Meet many different species of lizards when Brian Kleiman of Riverside Reptiles returns with more friends from the reptile family: Geckos that can climb glass! Skinks with bright blue tongues! A legless lizard! A cousin of the Komodo Dragon! A lizard with an impressive beard! Registration required.
• Microsoft Word Workshop with CTWorks Career Coach. Thursday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Career Coach staff will provide guidance on how to use Microsoft Word to compose, edit, format, and print written materials you can use in all business and personal situations. Call or visit Whittemore Library to register for the 10 a.m. (beginners) or 1 p.m. (intermediate) sessions.
• AARP Smart Driver Course. Monday, March 20, 1 to 5 p.m. A representative from the AARP will lead a refresher course on safe driving techniques with possible eligibility for insurance discount. Class is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members payable to AARP. Registration required. e-book Assistance: Tuesday, March 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. Staff member Derek Schilling will show patrons one-on-one how to get started with the e-book and e-audio book platforms the library offers, and troubleshoot problems accessing them. Can’t make this session? Call us or drop by to make a later appointment.
• DNA Testing for Genealogy: Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. Join us when our own Heather Young will present an informational session on how DNA testing can be helpful for your family history research. This event is free and open to all but please register to ensure a supply of handouts.
• Breast Wellness: Thursday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Ana Alcantara, RN, BSN, Community Outreach Nurse with Griffin Hospital will have a table of educational materials about breast care, answer questions, and provide information on low/no cost mammograms for those who may qualify.
• Easy Accu-pressure for Health with Dr. Sarah Poulin on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Sarah Poulin is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine. She has a practice in Middlebury and is dedicated to providing comprehensive, thoughtful, and personalized healthcare to patients of all ages. Learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine -- how it works, what conditions it treats, and what a typical treatment looks like. Learn several acupressure points that you can do at home for common health concerns (back pain, headaches, poor sleep, stress, sinus issues and more). Get a chance to practice locating these points with the help of a medical professional. Registration required.
• SNAP Information Outreach. Wednesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Know someone who could benefit from SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) but isn’t sure if they qualify or how to apply? No worries. John Potusek of StayWell Heath Center will be back to answer questions and can help you submit an application. No appointments required. All consultations are free and confidential. SNAP assistance is on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
• Pints & Pages Pub Book Club: Pints & Pages meets monthly at The Corner Tavern, 178 N. Main Street, Naugatuck, led by the library’s Matt Yanarella and Kirk Morrison. Join us on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. We will discuss a title from a range of classic, cult, and new books with an emphasis on ones that have been filmed for movies or TV. March’s title is The Night Manager by John le Carre. Food and beverages available from tavern menu. Call Whittemore Library for more information or to request this month’s book or to register.
• The Friends of the Whittemore Library will hold a book collection day at the library on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
• Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Story time for 2 to 3 year olds. Registration is required.
• Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Story time for 3 to 5 year olds. No registration required.
• Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. -- Busy Bees for babies and toddlers six months and above. Registration is required. No class March 23.
• Thursdays at 10 a.m. -- Bee Playful for under 3’s. No class March 23.
• Thursdays at 4 p.m. -- Young Writers for grades eight and above.
• Fridays at 10:30 a.m. -- All welcome story time. No registration required.
• Saturdays at 11 a.m. -- Game Club. Please call for dates.
• Tuesday, March 7 from 5:30 p.m. -- Anime Club for ages 10 and above. Come watch an anime movie and have some fun with friends. Please call to register.
• Saturday, March 11 at 9:30/10 a.m. -- Library Scouts will meet for “lock-in” book club at 9:30 to discuss Phantoms in the Snow by Kathleen Benner Duble, then for a regular Scout meeting at 10 a.m. to research books for a Hogwarts inspired Care of Magical Creatures display. For grades three through eight. Registration required.
• Saturday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. -- Special drop-in story time and craft for all ages with local author Jennifer Fickes.
• Tuesday, March 14 from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. -- Drop in seasonal Crafternoon with Ms. Paris for ages three through ten. No registration required.
• Wednesday, March 15 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Ms. Diana invites teens and tweens aged ten and above to a drop in Teen Crafty Afternoon.
• Tuesday, March 21 from 4:15 to 5 p.m. -- Viking the library dog will be visiting the department to hear young readers who need a patient listener. Please call to register, spaces are limited.
• Tuesday, March 21 from 5:30 p.m. -- Anime Club for ages ten and above. Come watch an anime movie and have some fun with friends. Please call to register.
• Wednesday, March 22 from 4 p.m. -- Matt’s Tech Club: STEM activities for kids ages 8 – 12 with Matt. Please call to register.
• Tuesday, March 28 from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. -- Drop in Crafternoon with Ms. Paris for ages three through ten. No registration required.
• Ladies’ book group, Whittemore Women, will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Reading Room on Wednesday, March 15 to discuss The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora. Books are available from the library, newcomers are welcome.
Until Friday, March 31, Ion Bank customers are able to vote for their favorite Naugatuck organization in the Ion Bank Community Awards Program. Each customer that votes for the Whittemore Library will benefit the library with a donation of $25. Votes may be made in person or online at ionbank.com, where the Whittemore Library can be found under Education and Literacy. Thank you for your support!
The library is located at 243 Church Street, Naugatuck. Call Whittemore Library for more information or to register for any of the above mentioned programs and/or activities at 203-729-4591.
Whittemore Library hours are: Sunday: closed; Monday: 12 noon to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.