Art Openings with Bethel Arts

Byrd’s Books has art! Bethel Arts needed a home, so we cleared a wall and added a professional hanging system. So, thirteen feet of wall space has a rotating exhibit every five to six weeks. Check our website and Facebook pages for updates.

We are so happy to collaborate with Bethel Arts and host shows at Byrd’s Books. Thank you for your support of the arts in Bethel.

Our scheduled art openings are: Thursday February 22 at 6:30, followed by Friday April 13, Friday May 18, Friday July 13 and Friday August 17th.

Our next artist is Joe Annino, and his opening is Thursday February 22nd. You can see his work at:

Meditation classes with Irene

Beginning January 26th, for five weeks, Irene Mardal, the original owner of Take Time Relaxation Center, will offer weekly one hour classes on Fridays at 6:30pm that will include meditation and qigong (moving meditation). The classes will run from January 26th through February 23rd.

The classes will be $15.00 per person, all five for $60.

You can sign up HERE to save a spot. You are welcome to attend them individually or reserve all five. (We reserve the right to limit class size due to space).

About Irene:

Licensed Massage Therapist since 1994, certified in: Lymphatic drainage & comlete decongestive therapy, Post-secondary instructor, Tai Chi Easy, Infant Massage, and a Reiki Master.
Irene brings the science of anatomy and physiology to understand the importance of mindfulness in a fun, interactive workshop. Her experience from massage through labor,
infants to Hospice care, Hospital to sports has created a unique look at life and our perception of stress. Isn’t it time for you to Take Time?

An Exhibit of Joe Annino’s Art

Byrd’s Books and Bethel Arts welcome Joe Annino and his show titled “Around Here” to the bookstore. Join us for an art opening on Thursday February 22nd with a wine and cheese reception celebrating this impressive work.
This event is free and open to the public.

Joe’s art will be on display through March.

The Spring Poetry Series at Byrd’s Books

Byrd’s Books welcomes some impressive talent to read their poetry on three dates this early spring: March 3rd at 3:00pm, April 14th at 3:00pm and May 18th at 7:00pm. Originally scheduled in December (snowed out) we found we needed the inspiration that only poetry can bring.


Here is the spring schedule: (subject to change)
March 3rd at 3:00pm: 
David Leff
Laurel S. Peterson
Lisa Schwartz
Phillip Lu
Sydney Eddison
To register for March 3rd, click here.
     April 14th at 3:00pm:
      Donna Marie Merritt
      Gail Carson Levine
      Jen Sage-Robison
      Marilyn Nelson
      Doug Anderson
                       May 18th at 7:00pm:
                        Amy Nawrocki
                        Cortney Davis
                        Emily Carney
                        Jerry Brooker

These events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

Bluebird Houses

Do you want to know how to maintain bluebird houses? Do you want to know why? Learn why bluebirds can be your most wonderful feeder friend without a huge amount of effort. Byrd’s Books welcomes Kate Pratt on Tuesday March 20th at 7:00pm from the Audubon Society at Bent of the River to explain how to attract bluebirds and how to maintain their houses. This event is free and open to the public. To save a spot, click HERE.

Light refreshments will be served. Related books will be available.

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

On Saturday April 28th, all day, we will have special merchandise and store specials throughout the day in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. More details to follow as they unfold!

Book group with Amy Nawrocki

Join us for a very special book group on Sunday June 3rd at 3:00pm with author Amy Nawrocki as we discuss her new book, “A Comet’s Tail: A Memoir of No Memory“.

About the book:

I do not remember the tubes, the tests, or the icy cold of space. I do not remember losing six months of my life.

At age nineteen, Amy Nawrocki returned from her first year of college, scribbled a few notes in her journal, and took a terrifying summer trip. She remembers one night of disorientation, then nothing until Christmas, when awareness slowly restarts. The Comet’s Tail is the story of these missing months: the seizures and fever spikes, the deep nothing of coma, and the unexpected, dramatic recovery. Memory is recreated around EEG transcripts and doctors’ notes, family vigils and blurry Polaroids. From her unique perspective, Nawrocki investigates the connections between memory, trauma, and identity. She illuminates what it means to truly return to consciousness in this extraordinary memoir of illness, healing, and writing over the blank pages of our lives.

About the author: 

Amy Nawrocki is a Connecticut native, raised in Newtown and now living in Hamden. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. She has received numerous honors for her poetry, including awards from the Litchfield Review Poetry Contest, the Codhill Chapbook Competition, The Loft Anthology, Phi Kappa Phi, New Millennium Writings, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. She is the author of five poetry collections: Potato Eaters, Nomad’s End, Lune de Miel, Four Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance. With her husband, Eric D. Lehman, she wrote A History of Connecticut Wine, A History of Connecticut Food and Literary Connecticut. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport and is mother to two cats, Maple and Django.

Writing Workshops

Judith Marks-White will continue through the new year of 2018 with her great writing workshops. They fill up quickly so register here early!

The classes will function as workshops where you will be introduced to style, technique, tricks of the trade, and critiques of your work as you create a publishable piece of writing targeted to the current markets.
We work from provided prompts and write for 20 minutes, share each other’s work then comment to help improve the writer’s material. Although many of our attendees have been published, this workshop serves beginner and advanced writer, alike.

The dates for the series are:

Sunday January 21st, 4-6pm (this workshop is cancelled, the instructor has the flu)
Sunday February 11th, 4-6pm
Sunday February 25th, 4-6pm
Sunday March 4th,  4-6pm
Sunday March 18th,  4-6pm
Sunday April 15th, 4-6pm
Follow the Facebook post to stay tuned! That is where we might need to cancel due to weather.
 You may register for one, or all of them – just call the store to save a spot (203) 730-2973. The fee for each workshop is $30.00.






Story Time for Little ones Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Story TimeByrd’s Books host a Story Time for little ones at 10 on Wednesday mornings. No registration is required. For weather or holiday cancelations, please check the website and/or our Facebook page.