Category Archives: Featured Event

Children’s Book Club with Tammy Malkin

Wednesdays from February 1 through February 22

On her 11th birthday, Kate receives an unusual present from her rich Uncle Herbert: a train! No, not a toy train or a train set, but a real-life, full-size working train called the Silver Arrow. As Kate and her brother, Tom, begin to explore her gift, the train steams to life and soon stops to pick up a wild band of ticket-holding animals. The two children are quickly faced with the challenge of catering to their animal passengers and figuring out just how this mysterious locomotive works. In some ways, the Silver Arrow is every child’s dream come true: there are cars filled with candy and a library on board full of wonderful books. But, as Kate and Tom communicate with their animal passengers, they learn that all is not well: some species are invaders, threatening others, while other animals are in danger of disappearing altogether, like the polar bear whose train car is melting away. In order to keep the Silver Arrow running, the human children in charge of it must learn how to care for its other inhabitants. This is a richly imagined ecological fable that stimulates the imagination and provokes the best kind of questions. What will some of yours be?

Children in grades K to 3 are invited to join us for this 4-week book club series with Tammy Malkin, long-time Rowayton Elementary School teacher and parent, to discuss The Silver Arrow. This first book in the popular fantasy novel series by Lev Grossman blends magic and adventure with a clever metaphor that gently introduces the realities of a global environmental crisis.

Copies of the book will be given to each participant to keep! Space is limited so please register here to reserve your spot today!

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Mah Jongg and Canasta Free Play Mashup

Mad for Mah Jongg or crazy for Canasta? Here’s your chance to meet other players, benefit from consistent play, and build your confidence. If playing Mah Jongg, we have eight cards for people to use, but if you are considering becoming a frequent player, please bring your own 2022 NMJL card (Available for purchase at nationalmahjonggleague.org). The Canasta card sets are on us and available for use. Register online for a spot in each individual session as we can only accommodate 16 people per afternoon.

Register for each individual session below:

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The New Yorker Discussion Group: Winter 2023 Session

January 5 through February 23

Maybe you already have a subscription but only consistently glance at the cartoons? Or perhaps you yearn for in-depth reporting, written well without the prefab soundbites of TV news? Or you might just like to meet up with interesting individuals to talk about current events, the latest big hit on Broadway, upcoming museum exhibits worth a look all while enjoying a sip of wine and savory bites on a crisp winter evening. If so, check out the selected articles to be discussed below. The magazine issue is on us. Pick up your copy at the library!

Register for the Winter 2023 series here!

Selected articles from the January 30 issue for the February 2 meeting:

    • Page 16 – Friend of the Mayor: The fraudster in Eric Adams’s entourage by Eric Lach
    • Page 30 – Lula’s Restoration: The left-wing leader returns to the Presidency by Jon Lee Anderson
    • Page 42 – Novels of Empire: Rereading great Russian literature in wartime by Elif Batuman
    • Page 58 – Books: How monks fought distraction by Casey Cep
    • Page 63 – Books: Why are men falling behind? by Idrees Kahloon

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Online and hybrid programs hosted by the library will be provided via Zoom. Visit their website here to find the appropriate download instructions and download link for your device. Registration for all programs is required. Participants who register for any program will receive an email with the link to join.

Great Decisions Discussion Group

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs and created by the Foreign Policy Association. This program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year. The topics and corresponding discussion Wednesday meeting dates are:

  • January 18 – Energy Geopolitics
  • February 1 – War Crimes
  • February 22 – China and the U.S.
  • March 1 – Economic Warfare
  • March 22 – Politics in Latin America
  • March 29 – Global Famine
  • April 19 – Iran at a Crossroads
  • April 26 – Climate Migration

Rowayton resident Jim Frayer will facilitate discussions. Copies of the briefing book are available for pickup today!

A video showing of the topic up for discussion will be shown at 6:30 p.m. every week. Actual discussion of the topic will begin at 7:00 p.m. Participants are invited to tune in to both! Register here!

New Photo Release Policy effective February 1, 2019. See here for details.

Online programs hosted by the library will be provided via Zoom. Visit their website here to find the appropriate download instructions and download link for your device. Registration for all programs is required. Participants who register for any program will receive an email with the link to join.

Classics Book Club

What makes a book a “classic”? The writer Italo Calvino defined them this way: “A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers.” In that spirit, the Classics Book Club will read and discuss novels that have become beloved over the years, which offer a rich experience to both the new reader and the re-reader. We’ll read one classic or modern classic book every other month and engage in a lively discussion about the text.  If you’re looking for an excuse to read a few classic books you’ve never gotten around to, or eager to reread a book with a fresh perspective, join us in person at the Library or online from home!

This month, we will read Nora Ephron’s modern classic, Heartburn. The novel focuses on 30-something cookbook writer Rachel Samstat as her marriage falls apart when she discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. Ephron’s trademark wit and humor, which made movies like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally iconic, is on full display, along with her love of food and its power to comfort.

Contact the library so we can reserve you a copy. Refreshments will be served. Click here to register.

Online programs hosted by the library will be provided via Zoom. Visit their website here to find the appropriate download instructions and download link for your device. Registration for all programs is required. Participants who register for any program will receive an email with the link to join.

How to Successfully Navigate College Admissions in 2022

Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at Stand Out For College, LLC, are offering this Zoom presentation to help families understand how the lingering effects from the pandemic have changed the college admissions landscape and how it affects Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen.

The recent college admissions cycle was the most competitive to date. With most colleges continuing their test-optional policies as well as increasing their virtual outreach to high school students, many schools had record numbers of applicants. Record high numbers of applications result in record low acceptance rates which is what most popular colleges and universities experienced this past admissions cycle.

They will discuss current college admissions trends, the importance of researching and visiting colleges to find schools that can be a good fit for your child, a timeline and other action steps that can be taken to make this second half of the school year productive and help reduce the stress around the college admissions process.

They’ll examine the holistic admissions review process, what admissions officers consider important when they review applicants, and how students can position themselves to develop a compelling narrative to increase their chances for admission.

They will also discuss the importance of community service, how it can provide an opportunity for personal growth and a way to showcase a student’s character. Admissions officers place great emphasis on a student’s character and how the student has been able to give back and help others. This program is recommended for parents and their high school teens.

Register for any of the sessions below:

Presentation will be conducted via Zoom. Visit their website here to find the appropriate download instructions and download link for your device.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD) is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Launched in 2011 in Connecticut by librarians Nadine Lipman (Waterford Public Library, retired) and Caitlin Augusta (Stratford Library) with artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, TYCLD raises community awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child, and promotes library services and programs for children and families.

Join the Rowayton Library in celebrating the 12th anniversary of this day on Saturday, February 4th, 2023! Stop by the Rowayton Library and Rowayton Community Center with your child or children to enjoy fun activities, hourly story times with our trustees, featured book displays, snacks, and lots more library fun!

And…find out what our new library mascot will be!

Don’t forget to vote here for your favorite candidate!

Story times and related activities will take place at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. and each will feature one of our library mascot candidates—a dragon, a lion, a moose, and a mouse!

No registration required!

Cookbook Book Club

Enjoy trying out new dishes?
Interested in sharing tips on how to tweak a recipe?
Want to swap cooking or baking suggestions over a delicious meal?


then this Book Club is for you!

Each season, we will hold a session where participants select recipes from a few chosen cookbooks in the library’s collection.

Then, make the dishes to bring to the library for a potluck lunch full of wonderful culinary delights, both savory and sweet.

This session, we welcome all participants to come to hear tips and tricks from our guest chef, Kerry McFarlin. The emphasis will be on maximizing what you can bring to the table from your pantry and freezer.

Kerry is the embodiment of fun with food. She trained under an array of accomplished chefs which inspired her passion for the culinary arts and motivated her to take an assortment of courses at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Most recently she received the qualification of Certified Health Coach, with additional certificates in Gut Health and Detoxing Your Life from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Kerry is a lifelong resident of Rowayton, CT where she has enjoyed using her event planning skills to lead civic events ranging from carnivals and fireworks to evening galas. She has a flair for organizing all things fun and festive.

Joining Kerry is another lifelong resident of Rowayton, Ruth Freeman. Ruth is an avid home cook, baker, and herb gardener.

The cookbooks selected for this session include:
Cook As You Are: Recipes for Real Life, Hungry Cooks and Messy Kitchens by Ruby Tandoh
Live to Eat: Cooking the Mediterranean Way by Michael Psilakis
Bliss on Toast by Prue Leith
Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever by Deb Perelman
Milk Street Vegetables: 250 Bold, Simple Recipes for Every Season by Christopher Kimball
– Food52 recipes (www.food52.com/recipes)

What you need to do:
– Register here.
– Come to the library and select a recipe and let us know which one you will bring to the luncheon. Participants may make free copies of their chosen recipe at the library.
– Bring your dish and a copy of your recipe (annotated, if applicable) on the day of the event. We can reheat in a microwave, but please have food table-ready and bring the appropriate serving utensil.

We will supply liquid refreshments and paper supplies.

Questions? Contact the library at library@rowayton.org.

New Photo Release Policy effective February 1, 2019. See here for details.