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Series of Free Family Nature Programs at Westbrook Public Library

Potapaug Audubon Society and the Friends of the Westbrook Public Library are sponsoring a series of free family nature programs this winter and spring. Everyone is welcome and no pre-registration is necessary. The programs are generally one Saturday a month and begin at 1 p.m. The programs are usually held in the Westbrook Public Library community room on the lower level of the library.

Programs coming up include:

 Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m.  Inspect an insect 

Potapaug Audubon Society and the Friends of the Westbrook Public Library are co-sponsoring a free nature program called Inspect an Insect on Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m. in the library community room. The program will be presented by the staff of Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center from Mystic and will provide a great opportunity to learn about insect anatomy and meet some exotic insects. This free family friendly program is open to all. No pre-registration is needed.

                   Free Film and Discussion series at Westbrook Public Library

  A film and discussion series From The Jordan To The Sea: Israel-Palestine In Film will be held in the community room of the Westbrook Public Library on four Thursday evenings from April 27 through May 18. The programs begin at 7 p.m. The series is sponsored by the Tree of Life Educational Fund and Jewish Voice For Peace and through films offers a look at the complicated relationship between Israelis and Palestinians.

A short discussion follows each film. The schedule of programs is:

Thursday, April 27 – When I Saw You (2012) 93 min.  Set in 1967, a story of refugees placed in “temporary” camps- a story of the human spirit that knows no borders.

Thursday, May 4 –   Five Broken Cameras (2011) 94 min. A documentary with  Palestinian and Israeli co-directors about the protests in a West Bank village. A Sundance Film Festival winner, and an Academy Award nominee.

Thursday, May 11 – A Bottle In The Gaza Sea (2013) 100 min. A teenaged girl, the daughter of recent French immigrants to Israel, throws a bottle with a message into the sea near Gaza following a bomb attack on a local café. A Palestinian young man finds it and a relationship ensues.

Thursday, May 18 – An Oasis On The Hill (2013) 10 min. A short documentary about an Israeli village with Jews and Arabs peaceably co-existing followed by talk back by young people who recently traveled to Israel/Palestine and Bosnia on a Tree of Life sponsored trip.

Free Medicare Counseling

A certified Medicare counselor will be at the Library Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to Noon beginning January 13, 2016 by appointment. The counselor from Senior Resources Agency on Aging can answer questions and explain all the parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, and D) and Medicare Savings Plans. Call the Library Tuesday through Saturday at 860 399-6422 to schedule an appointment.

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