Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Retirement savings program, water color workshop and more at Derby Public Library

The following information was provided by Derby Public Library Director Cathy Williams. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits
Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
David Cowan, endorsed AAA retiree advisor, will discuss how to navigate retirement savings challenges, ways to safeguard retirement savings, and how to increase Social Security benefits by as much as $100,000. Learn when the right time is to start taking your Social Security, hidden benefits you may have from a former or deceased spouse, and the benefits of “switches.” While the program is targeted for pre-retirees, ages 60-66, the general public is welcome to attend. Registration is requested.

Water Color Painting Workshop
Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
Ages 18 and over are invited to enjoy this fun evening resulting in fabulous art!  Participants will go home with new friends, great memories, and a newly-created masterpiece that will show off your “inner-artist.” No experience? No problem!  Local artist, Rich DiCarlo (Valley Arts Council), will guide you step-by-step on this creative journey as you learn the ins and outs of creating your own water color painting.  No previous artistic experience necessary – great for beginners or seasoned professionals. Snacks will be provided.  It is promised to be a surprisingly easy and fun way to spend an evening! Registration is required.

Lunchtime Book Discussion: A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m.
The selected title is the powerful memoir, A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw. As Brokaw battles multiple myeloma, an incurable but treatable blood cancer, he reflects on a long and lucky life, including a great marriage of more than 50 years, a brilliant journalism career culminating in his 22 years as anchor of NBC Nightly News and a bestselling author, and his scores of devoted friends.  As he comes to terms with his own mortality Brokaw also looks at the larger picture of aging in America and rising health-care costs.  Multiple copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Participants are asked to bring a sandwich and a friend as they “chat and chew.” Dessert and beverages will be provided. Registration is requested.

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