Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups

The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature with Ned Monaghan

Every other Thursday starting March 8 at 10:00 a.m., Free

Ned will show half-hour segments of this highly-rated Great Courses series and then lead a discussion. The videos feature Dr. Marc C. Conner, Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, who will discuss the monumental occurrences and artistic events that rocked the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as Ireland gradually shook off the shackles of British rule.

This segment of the series will feature the Abbey Theater, Synge, Joyce, and WW I.


Creative Writing with Rita Englund

Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Free

We will each write according to our interests and then read our work to the group. Comments and critique will be done constructively and with civility. Rita will offer ideas, feedback and writing exercises to improve skill in creating interest, focus, clarity and depth.

New writers are welcome !


Literary Ladies Book Club

3rd Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., Free

March 21: The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
April 18:  Breakfast With Buddha by R. Merullo
May 16: To Be Announced

New book group members are always welcome!

Aggie Aspinwall leads this popular book discussion.

Irish Authors Book Group with Ned Monaghan

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., Free

March 21: Green Road by Anne Enright
April 18: To Be Announced
May 16: To Be Announced

Ned Monaghan and his group read and discuss books by Irish authors.


Our Book Groups welcome all readers; copies of books are usually available at the New Canaan Library. Come!

Stamps, Coins & Paper Currency Club

2nd Tuesdays of the Month, 1:00 p.m., Free

March 13 – Canada

April 10 – Mexico
May 8 – Australia and New Zealand

Anyone with an interest in collecting stamps or money is welcome to attend these meetings.