Library reveals One Book, One Town calendar

All the Light We Cannot See will be the book focused on next month during the library's One Book, One Town program.
All the Light We Cannot See will be the book focused on next month during the library's One Book, One Town program.

March can’t come soon enough.

At least for those residents who gobbled up Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and are counting the days to the Trumbull Library’s One Book, One Town program that will focus on the 2014 National Book Award winner.

Similar to past schedules of the month-long event, this year’s program will kick off with a debate between St. Joseph High School and Trumbull High School at the library’s Quality Street location at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March. 2.

“It kicks everything off,” said  Jackie Carlino, the library’s program coordinator. “And the Yale debate team is there to judge, so that’s exciting.

“It’s always the first event and it’s always well attended,” she added. “And it gives the kids great experience to debate in front of professionals, which is an experience they wouldn’t get anywhere else.”

The following day, Central Connecticut State University professor Amy Pozorski will discuss the book, which also won  the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Also on Thursday, March 3, registered residents will be able to take part in the program’s first-ever, out-of-town field trip to the Neue Galarie in New York City. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1.

“This will be the first time taking One Book, One Town out of Trumbull, which should be interesting,” said , and Donna Soucy, the library’s head of collections. “We’re going down to 5th Avenue in the city to see real paintings that tie into the World War II theme of art stealing and depict what it was like to live during that time. …

“We try to create something new every year,” she added. “This will be the first time a bus trip, or a field trip, will be incorporated into our calendar.”

The field trip leaves at 7:30 a.m.

Pizza and podcasting

And that’s only the first two days.

Next up, on Friday, March 4, the library will host a screening of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as part of its family pizza and movie night that kicks off at 6 p.m.

Over that first weekend, participants will be able to build a crystal radio at the Fairchild-Nichols Branch at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5 and attend a demonstration from Horizon Wings about Birds of Prey at the main branch at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6.

“In the book, the character builds a crystal radio — and that’s a pivotal moment in the story — so we knew we wanted to build a program around that specifically,” Carlino explained.

Similar to the bus trip, registration for both the pizza party and the crystal radio event begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1.

Touch tank

Carlino stressed that the March schedule will draw in people who have read the book and people who haven’t.

Before the war, the novel’s Paris-born protagonist, Marie-Laure, suffers from rapidly deteriorating eyesight before becoming blind due to cataracts at the age of 6.

To engage with that topic from the book, the library will host a lecture featuring a braille expert, a touch tank from the Maritime Aquarium, and a seeing eye dog exhibit.

The touch tank exhibit will be held at the main branch location from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5.

“Blindness is a challenge for Marie but it’s never presented as a setback, and we wanted to engage with that part of the story and build some programs from that,” Carlino explained.

“She touches mollusks in the book, and that’s where we got the idea for the touch tank,” she said.

Beyond the first weekend

Too busy to make any of the opening week events?

Have no fear, the library has plenty more in store the rest of the month, including Mineral Mania at the Fairchild-Nichols brand for ages five through 12 at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, and a performance from Eight to the Bar 40’s Band at the main branch at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11.

Trumbull High School will get into the mix Saturday, March 12, when it hosts a podcasting primer from 1 to 3 p.m. at the TCTV Studio.

On that same date, Trumbull Nature and Arts Center gets involved with a miniature fantasy gardens exhibit that begins at 1 p.m.

All these events require registration, which begins Monday, Feb. 1.

History in review

THS and TNAC aren’t the only community organizations lending a hand to the program. The Trumbull Senior Center will host a History of Bridgeport’s Ritz Ballroom at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 13.

Trumbull TV’s Donna Girot presents Marie-Laure’s Paris Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m.

A day later, Daniels Farm Elementary School will champion Sensitivity Day Read Aloud from 9 to 10 a.m. This event requires registration.

French pastries and Guiding Eyes

Rounding out the rest of the month is another movie screening — Woman in Gold — at the main branch at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25, which will include French pastries that are made by THS culinary students.

The following day, Saturday, March 26, there will be a geocaching event at Old Mine Part at 1 p.m.

If residents can’t make it out to the park, professor Hamish Lutris will give a lecture on Saint Malo at the Trumbull History Society at 2 p.m. Both of these events require registration.

Final week

Any arts-based community event wouldn’t be complete without some live music, which musicians Nate Barnes and Marcus will provide for residents at the library’s main branch at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

Over the course of the final week, there will be a Braille demonstration and lecture at the library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, and a French soup luncheon and book discussion at noon Wednesday, March 23. The later event requires registration.

With Good Friday and Easter taking up the final weekend, the last event of the month-long program will be a Guiding Eyes demonstration that will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

Social media and more information

For those interested in participating in the library’s Instagram contest, go to for more information and make sure to tag all submitted photos #AnythingFrench.

To register for events, call 203-452-5197 or visit the main branch location at 33 Quality Street or the Fairchild-Nichols Branch at 1718 Huntington Turnpike.