With the return of children to school, the summer rush at the Enfield Library is nearly at an end, but September brings a host of programming for the community to enjoy.
Library director Henry Dutcher said he is excited to see whether the new playground will have an affect on patron traffic once school starts. Already, the library has seen an increase due to the new handicap accessible play area.
"We have people counters on the front and back doors, and it used to be two to one people entering from the front. Now with the playground, it's about even," he said.
June, July, and August are the busiest times for the library, with the multitude of summer reading programs for school aged children, so September marks a slowdown in attendance. Programming for adults continues unabated, however, with several reading groups, lectures and the popular film series.
The Page Turners meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m., and for September will be discussing "At Home" by Bill Bryson. Katie Werth facilitates the discussion of the book, which concerns our homes, in the words of the author, "every home comes with the same smell. "Whatever happens in the world -- whatever is discovered or created or bitterly fought over -- eventually winds up, in one way or another, in your house. . . . Houses aren't refuges from history. They are where history ends up.""
September's afternoon Book Chat will be Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 2:30 pm. Up for discussion will be “Tinkers” by Paul Harding. Mary Palomba leads the group in a discussion of this “elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.”
For fans of speculative fiction, Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 pm marks the meeting of the Other Worldly Words reading group, join Lisa Sprague as she facilitates a discussion of The Demi-Monde: Winter by Rod Rees. “The work kicks off a brilliant, high concept series that blends science fiction and thriller, steampunk and dystopian vision.”
The Friday Film Series: Books to Movies features "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" on Sept. 14, and "War Horse" on Sept. 28 with a screen time of 1p.m.
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. the Johnson Memorial Hospital Health Series: Allergic Rhinitis continues with a presentation by Jigisha Morosky, Board Certified in Allergy/Immunology and Internal Medicine. The talk will give details about nasal allergies and the range of mild to severe symptoms that people may suffer from as well as offer tips with how to deal with them.
And finally, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. the Enfield Public Library will host a Meet the Author evening with Linda Campanella as she discusses her memoir, When All That’s Left of Me Is Love. The author will be on hand with books for sale and autographs.