Libraries are Avenues to Art

Today’s post is brought to us by Bill, Head of Adult Services.

Why is art so important to individuals and society?

  • We use art to create and express ourselves.
  • Art is a part of our culture and reflects the society in which it was created.
  • We become more mindful when we create and view art – it allows us to slow down in a fast-paced world, increasing our self-awareness.
  • Art encourages critical thinking as we interpret what we see and then communicate our thoughts to others.
  • Art has no language barriers – it is a universal form of communication regardless of one’s culture.
  • Art can inspire, please  and motivate us, and influence our daily lives. It makes us think and feel in new ways.

Public Libraries are a great place to experience art and artists for free. From art books, concerts, exhibits, and programs, your public library brings many different forms of art to the community.

Art speaks to individuals in many different ways. To that end, we are hosting a community art discussion with the Mattatuck Museum of Waterbury on Monday, December 16, 2:00 p.m.   The museum is looking to engage area residents in discussions based upon some of its exhibitions. Valerie Rodgers, Lead Museum Educator, will present this discussion using images of paintings, artworks, archival photographs and more!

Have you ever visited the Mattatuck Museum lately? Cheshire residents can check out a museum pass which gives two adults and accompanying children free admission. The museum exhibits American art and cultural history – with a focus on the history of the Naugatuck Valley and the artists of Connecticut, using its history collections to tell the community’s stories and to collaborate with neighborhood associations, ethnic organizations and manufacturing groups.

Art is everywhere, and your library can bring it to you!

Join Us For An Evening with a Dog Listener on May 19th

Having a pet is a lot of work. The four legged members of every family are important, and while we love them dearly, sometime they can cause as as much stress and frustration and love and joy. If you have a dog, or are planning on adopting on in the near future, you might want to register for an upcoming program. On May 19, 2016 we are hosting An Evening with a Dog Listener, Pat Wright, from 6 to 8 pm.

The program will help teach how to bring your dog to peace and solve the problem of unwanted behaviors. Some of the many topics discussed are pulling on the lead, jumping up, aggression, separation anxiety, and excessive barking. You will also learn how to get willing cooperation with your dog to perform any task at hand. Participants should bring their questions and concerns about the canines in their life, but please do not bring along the dogs in question. Registration is required, which can be done online, or by calling 203-272-2245, and choosing extension 4.dogs

Pat Wright has studied in England with the original Dog Listener, Jan Fennell, and has graduated from all class levels offered. Pat has also worked as the highest ranking Dog Listener in the United States of the Jan Fennell International Team of Dog Listeners as well as a mentor to other Dog Listeners around the world. Pat has studied wolf behavior with some biologists in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming on three different occasions. Pat mixes in some very entertaining experiences from her many years of Dog Listening through out New England.

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If you are eager to get started, need help now, or just want to do a little research on your own beforehand, here are some suggested titles on understanding and/or training your pooch; Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw, Don’t Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to your Worst Dog Behavior Problems by Randy Grim with Melinda Roth, Why Does my Dog Act That Way?: a Complete Guide to Your Dog’s Personality by Stanley Coren, The Loved Dog: the Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach your Dog Good Behavior by Tamar Geller, with Andrea Cagan, Decoding your Dog: the Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Cesar’s Way: the Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems by Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier, Citizen Canine: Ten Essential Skills Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know by Mary R. Burch, or  Before & After Getting your Puppy: the positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog by Ian Dunbar.