SOUTHINGTON - Southington Public Library has launched a new monthly series, “Happy Hour Book Discussions,” in which director Sue Smayda will serve non-alcoholic cocktails while guests discuss featured books.
The discussion will be held once a month at 5:30 p.m. at the library at 255 Main St. The first discussion was held May 17 and examined “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story” by John Berendt. The book told the true story of a strange murder case in Savannah Georgia in which a man was tried four times for murder and acquitted on the fourth time, featuring a colorful cast of eccentric people that called the city home.
Photographs of the people and places in the story were displayed during the discussion and a Georgia Ginger Peach Punch cocktail was served.
“We were thinking of doing something in the early evening in the summer,” said Smayda. “People want to get out in the evenings so we thought about holding a program right when most people get out of work – happy hour. During each event, the non-alcoholic cocktail we serve is designed to go thematically with each book.”
The next program will be held June 14 at 5:30 p.m. Those who attend will discuss the book “A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean” by Robert Blanchard. Smayda dubbed the drink that will be served that night “safe sex on the beach”, based on the popular alcoholic cocktail which contains peach schnapps, cranberry juice, vodka and orange juice.
On July 19, the library will host a Happy Hour Book Discussion on “A Girl Named Zippy” by Haven Kimmel. The drink that will be served along with the event will be a “cranberry cutie.” Copies of the books that will be featured during the discussions will be available at the library’s information desk. Those who wish to call ahead to be sure that they’ve arrived can call 860-628-0927, ext. 5.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.