Activities and programs for young and old, and thiose in between...
Following are among the programs scheduled May 1-24 by New Milford Public Library as part of its "Our New Milford, An American Town":
Michael-John Cavallaro, a local historian and author, will speak about the existence of slavery in New Milford during colonial times and discuss the research for his book, "Tales of New Milford: Slavery, Crime and Punishment on the Connecticut Frontier," May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.
Historical cemetery tour -- the library's Young Adult Council will present tours featuring prominent New Milford figures, meeting May 3 at 8 p.m at the library, from where costumed guides will lead patrons to Center Cemetery.
Damien Cregeau, a member of the Connecticut Order of the Founders and Patriots of America and past president of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth Branch, will discuss the Revolutionary War with those aged 12 and older, May 4 at 2 p.m. at the library.
Tobacco industry -- The New Milford Historical Society will present a program about the tobacco industry in town, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.
A murder mystery party -- "Murder at Candlewood Lake: Who Killed the Journalist?" will take place May 10 at 7 p.m. at the library. Limited to 42 participants.
Woodland Native Lifeways -- Educators from the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington will present a program about woodland people who inhabited the Greater New Milford area before the first contact with Europeans, May 11 at 2 p.m. at the library.
"Genealogy for Kids" -- For children in grades four to six, with Sue Ford, children's services librarian, May 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library.
The hat industry -- The New Milford Historical Society will present a program about the hat industry in town, for those aged 12 and older, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
New Milford stories Sue Ford, children's librarian, will present a family program of New Milford stories, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. and May 19 at 2 p.m. at the library.
Library director Carl DeMilia will present a program, "Who We Were, Who We Are," focusing on the town's history, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the library.
Merwinsville Hotel Restoration A program about the restoration of the Merwinsville Hotel in Gaylordsville for those aged 12 and older will be presented by Jeff Edelstein, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.
The library will host a concert by the Danbury Mad Hatters Barbershop Chorus, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the library.
For more information and registration, call the Main Street library at 860-355-1191 ext. 201 or visit www.newmilfordlibrary.org.