SOUTHINGTON - Southington Public Library has launched a new monthly series, â€śHappy Hour Book Discussions,â€ť 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 â€śMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Storyâ€ť 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.
â€śWe were thinking of doing something in the early evening in the summer,â€ť said Smayda. â€śPeople want to get out in the evenings so we thought about holding a program right when most people get out of work â€“ happy hour. During each event, the non-alcoholic cocktail we serve is designed to go thematically with each book.â€ť
The next program will be held June 14 at 5:30 p.m. Those who attend will discuss the book â€śA Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbeanâ€ť by Robert Blanchard. Smayda dubbed the drink that will be served that night â€śsafe sex on the beachâ€ť, 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 â€śA Girl Named Zippyâ€ť by Haven Kimmel. The drink that will be served along with the event will be a â€ścranberry cutie.â€ť Copies of the books that will be featured during the discussions will be available at the libraryâ€™s information desk. Those who wish to call ahead to be sure that theyâ€™ve arrived can call 860-628-0927, ext. 5.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.