The Jefferson Township Public Library, located at 1031 Weldon Road in the Jefferson Township Municipal Complex, is a haven for the investigation of life skills and interests, connecting a diverse community socially, culturally, and intellectually.  Our township library is a place where people gather to explore, interact, and imagine.  Library Director Seth Stephens along with his staff offer a variety of programs and events in addition to print and digital information that is free, available, and accessible to everyone.  But did you know that our library offers coffee, donuts, and a movie or its adult patrons every month?

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The public library is not just for children, and Adult Services Director Christine O’Brien works tirelessly to provide great programs and activities for adults as well including movies for adults.  This month at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 17, you can relax and enjoy the acclaimed Academy Award winning movie Chocolat starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, and Judi Dench. It’s a story about the mysterious Vianne and her child who arrive in a tranquil French town during  the winter of 1959.  Within days, she opens an unusual chocolate shop, across the square from the church.  Her ability to perceive her customers’ desires and satisfy them with just the right confection, coaxes the villagers who are stubbornly rooted in tradition to abandon themselves to temptation — just as Lent begins.

It is important that you register for each monthly movie event and it’s easy to do by logging on to http://www.jeffersonlibrary.net/Events/Calendar+View, clicking on the date of the event which will bring you into the registration page.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of this year:

  • Thursday, September 17 at 10:30 am — The Zookeeper’s Wife: The real-life story of working wife and mother Antonia Zebinski (Jessica Chastain) and her husband Jan. Keeper of the Warsaw Zoo, they became heroes to many during World War II when they helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.
  • Thursday, October 19 at 10:30 am — Going in Style:  Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in this comedy directed by Zach Braff.
  • Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 am — The Hundred Foot Journey: This “dramedy” set in Southern France features the Kadam family, who leave India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery — hence the clash of two beautiful cultures! Starring Helen Mirren.
  • Thursday, December 14 at 10:30 am — Loving: Named the “best Drama for Grown-Ups 2016” according to AARP Magazine, this movie tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision.

So make a plan to gather your family and friends or go alone and enjoy a free movie, coffee, and donuts  – what a great way to spend some time and be with others; and when the movie is over, be sure to grab a book for a good read when you get home.

To keep abreast about what’s going on at the Jefferson Township Public Library, pick up in person or subscribe to the library’s bi-monthy newsletter, Violet’s Porch.  Read the newsletter to stay up-to-date with news, events, programs and services at the library. You can subscribe to the newsletter online for a convenient e-mail delivery of each new issue of Violet’s Porch.  Or log on to http://www.jeffersonlibrary.net  anytime to find out what might interest you.

Although libraries in this digital and technological age have undergone a huge transformation, they still serve a significant purpose in communities all over the United States and the world, and the Jefferson Township Public Library is no exception.  An interesting article from the NY Times regarding how relevant libraries are in today’s society is worth the read: https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/12/27/do-we-still-need-libraries/libraries-are-more-relevant-than-ever

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.

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