Freedom of the Press Lecture Series: full line up!

The Bill of Rights for High School Students Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 3:00 pm

What can students say and do to exercise the First Amendment right of free speech and freedom of religion in schools?  How has the Supreme Court ruled on these issues, and what avenues of redress are open to students if they think that their rights have been violated?  These and other questions will be explored in this session. Geared for teens, adults are welcome too! This program will be led by Stephen McGrath, CCSU History Department.

The Popularity of Alexander Hamilton Thursday, September 13, 2018, 3:00 pm

Discover the inspiring story of the Alexander Hamilton, who stood for American ideals. Bev York, Education    Director for the Windham Textile and History Museum, will share an illustrated talk about his contributions, struggles, and tragic death.  After years of being perceived as having only a supporting role, Hamilton’s star has risen, confirming his belief that “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”

Social Media, the Press, and Us        Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:30 pm

The everyday reality of media use around the globe is changing rapidly due to the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and multiple screens that allow access to, and immediate dissemination of, the news. The US President prefers to communicate via twitter feed while labeling mainstream journalism as “fake news”; Facebook data has been hacked to access personal information about users’ likes and dislikes. Many teenagers communicate via text messages rather than in person, let alone speak on the phone. This talk will focus on the way social   media is not only shaping our human relationships in a digital age but also our understanding of the world around us. How does user-generated content allow for new participatory energies to develop while also deeply affecting cultural identities and generating new types of intimacies. Lecture and discussion led by Dr. Karen Ritzenhoff, CCSU Communication Department.

A PDF of additional reading materials for this series is available on the library’s website. Find it by visiting, and typing Freedom of the Press Reading into the search box. The first result contains the PDF.

Completed lectures:

Inside the Inaugural Address: Lessons in the Great American Experiment    

Parties, the Press, and Political Politeness: Well, Not Really! 

The Alien and Sedition Acts

The Enigma of Benjamin Franklin

Discovering Katherine Graham 

“We Hold These Truths”: The Declaration of Independence;  A Single Page that Changed the World 

Celebrate Jane Austen with us this spring!

Join our celebration of Jane Austen this spring!

Literature discussion with Cyndi Larsen: Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd

Tuesday, March 6, 2018,  7 PM
An irreverent retelling of Mansfield Park transforms the meek Fanny Price into a spoiled, condescending and generally hated heiress while depicting Mary Crawford as a sweet-natured neighbor who comes into her own when the vindictive Fanny is murdered.

The World of Jane Austen Through Paintings of the Period with Patricia Carr

Wednesday, March 13, 2018,  2 PM, (snow date: March 20, 2018, 2 PM)

This program will focus on the world in which Austen grew up, mainly rural England.  With the aid of beautiful slides, including many of paintings of the time, Carr will help us enter that world and learn a little more about what life was like for the country gentry

Literature discussion with Cyndi Larsen:  Eligible: a novel, by Curtis Sittenfeld  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018,  7 PM

Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts challenges in the form of her younger sisters’ football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin’s unwanted attentions and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon.

Jane Austen Movie Series: Mansfield Park 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 1:30 PM, (2000, 112 min., Rated PG-13)

 Jane Austen Movie Series: Northanger Abbey

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 1:30 PM (2007, 86 min., Not Rated)

Literature discussion with Cyndi Larsen:  Emma: a modern retelling 

by Alexander McCall Smith

Tuesday, April  3, 2018, 7 PM
Presents a modern rendering of Jane Austen’s classic that follows the experiences of a college graduate who returns to the side of her health-nut father and interferes in the personal lives of her friends.

Fashion in Fiction: Clothing Speaks Volumes in Jane Austen’s Regency Novels with Kandie Carle 

Saturday, April  7, 2018, 2 PM

Presents a modern rendering of Jane Austen’s classic that follows the experiences of a college graduate who returns to the side of her health-nut father and interferes in the personal lives of her friends.

Jane Austen Movie Series: Persuasion

Tuesday, April 10, 1:30 PM, (1995, 104 min., Rated PG)

Why Jane Austen is still relevant today: Lit Lecture with Dr. Catherine Hoyser, University of St. Joseph

Thursday, April  19, 2018, 7 PM

Series sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library. 


“Four Freedoms” Lecture series this winter!

Co-sponsored by the Avon Library and Avon Senior Center, this series of five programs explores the themes of Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” paintings.  Join us we welcome the Norman Rockwell Museum to kick off the series, and then invite our favorite professors to lecture and discuss each of the freedoms individually.  Attend one, or all of these events. Look for a bus trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum in late winter to conclude this series!

All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Avon Taxpayer’s Association and the Mitnick Trust.

There are no upcoming events at this time.