One Book New Canaan

We are inviting everyone in New Canaan to read In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick.

This is the true tale of the tragic fate of the whale ship Essex; a captivating and brutal story of survival and death. In 1820 the Nantucket based Essex was rammed and sunk by a whale, leaving its crew drifting in the South Pacific for more than 90 days.

Please join us in this shared reading. There will be book discussions, talks, and many programs at the Library, including a visit by Nathaniel Philbrick on April 4th as well as a talk from the curator at the New Bedford whaling museum and much more.

Get on Board! and read In The Heart of the Sea!


You can register for the author event here.


Other upcoming events are:

March 18: "Whales, Whaling, and Whalers," a Mystic Seaport Outreach program for children in grades 3 to 6.

March 22: "The Golden Age of Whaling," a program for all ages with Connecticut's first state troubadour, Tom Callinan.

March 26: Community book discussion at Gates Restaurant.

March 30: "The Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt," for age 10 and up, presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

April 1: Middle Grade Book discussion of "Revenge of the Whale," the book's young reader's version, for children in grades 5-8 with REI survival instructor.

April 2: Books & Bagels book discussion of "In the Heart of the Sea" at the Library.

April 4: Author Nathaniel Philbrick's program, presented in partnership with Elm Street Books.


Join us every Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the Plaut Room to view a movie with a sea theme.

Register for a weekly prize drawing of your choice of one of three prizes: fine forgivesness on one library card, first dibs on a new copy of a book or movie you have on hold, or two reserved seats at an upcoming Library program of your choice.


This page provides resources for more information about the history of Nantucket and whaling, as well as the library's programs.