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Tuesday, March 20 News

Beyond the Book Club program in Fairfield to focus on women's contributions

The Fairfield Senior Center is partnering with the Pequot Library to offer a program at the Senior Center called Beyond the Book Club.

Last year, participants met throughout the year to discuss women of the 19th century and their contributions to literature, science, history and art. This year, Beyond the Book Club will focus on extraordinary women.

The first session, at the Fairfield Senior Center on Monday, Feb 10 at 12:15 p.m. will focus on women's contributions, starting with the life of post-revolutionary midwife, Martha Ballard. Two videos, "A Midwife's Tale," (PBS) and "Call the Midwife," (BBC) will be shown. The movies explore midwifery in the context of women and community nurturing.

A book discussion on Monday, Feb. 24 will follow the movies, focusing on women's experiences in the latter half of the 18th century, as told in: "A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-181," by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and "Book of Ages: The Life and Opinion of Jane Franklin," by Jill Lepore. The books to be read and discussed are available at the Pequot Library.

An April session will feature a travel theme and focus on the hardships that both men and women had to face in wake of exploration of the sea and the poles.

Upcoming sessions later in the year will feature women who defied their gender roles and redefined themselves before and after World War II.

The sessions will be hosted by Marianne Pysarchyk, Pequot Library's Teen Librarian and Head of Technical Services who is currently pursuing a master's degree in Women's Studies.

There is no charge for Beyond the Book Club or the movies.

For more information or to register for Beyond the Book Club at the Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, contact Marianne at Pysarchyk@pequotlibrary.org or call 203 259-0349 ext. 19. Pequot Library is located at 720 Pequot Ave. in Southport.