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NaNoWriMo ShieldNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) at WTML

Is there a novelist hiding inside you … waiting to come out? Get ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), November 1-30, a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30. Remember: “The world needs your novel.” We’re here to help you get started. See below for NaNoWriMo events at the library. For more information on NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.


Happy Carpenter-copyright rubberball/Fotolia.com (we call him "Howie")Library Renovations ~ Update

Blueprint-"Under Construction"-copyright marinv/Fotolia.comWe are entering the home stretch of the library renovations. The two new study rooms on the main level are done and ready for your use. Please sign up for a room at the Reference desk, in person or by calling 860-652-7720. One of the rooms is large enough to accommodate six people comfortably.

We anticipate that the installation of the automatic materials sorter and the new customer service desk, to be located near the main entrance on the lower level, will be completed by the end of October.

Thank you to the Town of Glastonbury, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library Second Century Fund and the Friends of Welles-Turner Memorial Library for funding this exciting project. As always, please contact Barbara Bailey, Library Director, 860-652-7717 or barbara.bailey@glastonbury-ct.gov with any questions or concerns.

Book Stack-Fanned-copyrighted image/Fotolia.comA Word About Holds for Local Book Clubs

Due to Connecticut State Library delivery limitations, the library must suspend local book club support until further notice. In the meantime, the Reference Department is available to assist members of community book clubs in locating available copies of items to be picked up at the owning libraries. We regret this inconvenience and will let you know as soon as we have more information.

Upcoming Events

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PoetryFavorite Poems and Poets ~ 

A Glastonbury Poet Laureate Event

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Friends Room

Glastonbury Poet Laureate Alexandrina Sergio hosts "Favorite Poems and Poets," a lecture, discussion, open mike session and free poetry book giveaway. Featuring Mark Sheridan, The Life and Work of Selected American Poets. Bring a favorite poem to read. All are welcome. Refreshments provided. No registration ~ drop in!



Francesco Barone-Multimedios Oaxaca-image appears with permissionAn Afternoon with Classical Guitarist

Francesco Barone

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Spend a relaxing afternoon with award-winning classical guitarist Francesco Barone. The classical guitar repertoire is unique to the literature of the piano, violin and other traditionally classical instruments in that it is unprecedentedly influenced by American jazz and popular styles. Guitarist Francesco Barone will present a recital of pieces that draw influence from the rich musical tradition of America. The program will feature the music of Andrew York (American guitarist and composer who compositions are inspired by American music styles), Nikita Koshkin (Russian composer who draws influence from American jazz) and Alexandre Tansman (A Polish composer who incorporated jazz harmonies into his works). Seating is limited, so reservations are required online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Francesco Barone has performed throughout the Northeast United States and in Italy as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been featured on a La Bella Strings sponsored concert, was a prizewinner in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Competition and has had performances broadcasted on NPR. Currently he is a Teaching Fellow, The Hartt School and Adjunct Instructor, Hartt Community Division.



Rock PaintingB.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Craft)

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Never have enough time or space to work on your craft projects at home? Come to the library and B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Craft)! We supply tables and chairs; you supply your knitting, embroidery or whatever crafty project you choose. We’ll still have coloring supplies for coloring enthusiasts. We’ll listen to music, audio books, or maybe watch a movie. Drop in! We’ll meet monthly, on the fourth Tuesday. This program is for adults only. For more information, visit www.wtmlib.info or call Reference at 860-652-7720.



Typewriter-What's Your Story-copyright Sensay/Fotolia.comCalling All Local Authors!

“Writing from Your Life: A Workshop”

Indie Author Day at WTML

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

David Garnes-image appears with permissionAre you an indie or self-published writer, or do you want to be? Need inspiration to get ready to participate in NaNoWriMo?

Join us for "Writing from Your Life: A Workshop" as part of national Indie Author Day. Every person has interesting stories to tell. In this program, David Garnes will explore ways in which you as a writer can share what has been meaningful in your own life experience. After a presentation describing various formats (autobiography, memoir, narrative essay, poetry, fiction, drama), as well as tips for recalling and highlighting events in your life, we will engage in and discuss some brief writing exercises. Join us, and bring out that creative side you know is in there somewhere, just waiting to be tapped! Seating is limited to 21, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

David Garnes has written:

  • After The War Was Over: Poems Of An American Childhood
  • From My Life: Travels And Adventures
  • Waitin' For The Train To Come In: A Novel Of World War II

Forthcoming books:

  • Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York (essays)
  • Follow-up novel to Waitin' For The Train To Come In

David Garnes taught English and later was head of library acquisitions at Columbia University and UConn, Storrs, retiring in 2001. He has taught at Eastern CT and Southern CT State Universities and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Manchester Community College. David leads book and film discussions for CT Humanities and other organizations; is a part-time archivist at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; and is a longtime guide and trainer at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst.



Witchy Cat and Pumpkin-copyright Ermolaev Alexandr/Fotolia.comHappy "Campy" Halloween Movie Night

Who: Families
When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Come and celebrate Halloween with a special holiday film! The entire family can enjoy a movie about three outlandishly wild witches, accidentally conjured up by pranksters, who return from 17th century Salem and set out to cast a spell on the town, but first they must outwit three kids and a talking cat. Rated PG. 96 minutes. Drop in! Witches brew and other scary snacks provided. For more information, call the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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Build a Better … You ~

How to Transform Your Life through Meditation

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

On the first Wednesday of every month (except January), we will host a lecture on different health topics, followed by discussion.

"How to Transform Your Life" Book CoverKelsang Khyenwang, resident teacher of Odiyana Kadampa Buddhist Center, explains basic meditation techniques and Buddhist advice that can help us to become happy and peaceful from within. This class includes guided meditations, brief advice, time for discussion and Q&A. It is perfect for beginners and advanced meditators alike; everyone is welcome. Registration required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



NaNoWriMo ShieldNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Who: Adults and teens ages 13+
When: November 1-30, 2017

Is there a novelist hiding inside you … waiting to come out? Get ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), November 1-30, a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30. Remember: “The world needs your novel.” We’re here to help you get started. Join us for our NaNoWriMo events ("Write-Ins" and celebration) at the library. For more information on NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.

NaNoWriMo 2017 Participant BadgeNaNoWriMo "Write-Ins"

Session 1: Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 1-8 pm
Session 2: Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 1-3 pm
Place: Friends Room

Laptop-Open Clip Art-MindukaWriters are welcome to come to the library anytime to write. The library has comfortable chairs, tables, study rooms and Wi-Fi. For those who might want the fun of writing in a group, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library has scheduled two “Write-Ins” in our Friends Room. The library will provide tables, chairs, outlets, pencils, snacks and beverages. Come and go as your schedule allows, and work on your novel in the company of fellow WriMos. Drop in!

T.G.I.O. (Thank Goodness It’s Over) Celebration!

Who: NaNoWriMo participants
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 1-3 pm
Place: Friends Room

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Join your fellow authors in a celebration of your effort, win or lose, as WTML hosts its T.G.I.O. (“Thank Goodness It’s Over”) party. Whether you attained your word count goal or not, we want to celebrate your achievement! Bring an excerpt from your still-unedited work to read aloud. All ages. Drop in. For more information, visit NaNoWriMo at nanowrimo.org.



Stage and Spotlights-copyright lantica/Fotolia.comFriday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, November 3, 2017
Time: 2-4:10pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Dancing in Moonlight-copyright adrenalinapura/Fotolia.comA struggling actress and an aspiring pianist fall in love as they both pursue their dreams in L.A. However, their blossoming relationship is challenged when their careers pull them in different directions. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Rated PG-13; 2 hours 8 minutes. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.



Animal Mascots of the Civil War ~ Lecture by Professor Hamish Lutris

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Starting Wednesday, November 8, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library hosts three lectures on Civil War topics presented by Professor Hamish Lutris, History, Capital Community College.

The Mascot-copyright John Weiss-courtesy of The Greenwich Workshop Inc-www.greenwichworkshop.comThe Civil War was fought by citizen armies that often had their own, very unmilitary, ways of fighting. One thing they did was to bring or adopt animals of many kinds. This talk will focus on those much-loved unit mascots. The idea of using animals to represent military units throughout history will be discussed, as well as the particular animals honored in Civil War lore and memorialization. The audience should learn something of the more personal side of a war that is often examined only in terms of casualties and logistics. Register for each workshop online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Professor Lutris has worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites, leading hiking and historical programs. He has also lectured extensively in the United States, Europe and Canada, presenting programs on wide-ranging historical topics, including native American history, the Civil War, scientific history, social and cultural history, World War I, World War II and the American west. All workshops start at 6:30 pm.

The Mascot © John Weiss, courtesy of The Greenwich Workshop, Inc., www.greenwichworkshop.com



Are You Ready for an Emergency?

Disaster Preparedness

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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Join Wendy Mis, MPH, RS, Director of Health, Town of Glastonbury, as she discusses the different kinds of disasters that can happen in our area and learn how you can prepare ahead of time to handle emergency situations. Wendy will provide an emergency food cache display and show you ways that you can reach out for help during a disaster. Co-sponsored by the Town of Glastonbury’s Health Department. Registration required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


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"Bob Hennessy and the

World of Harmonica" Concert

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

The harmonica is a worldwide instrument voicing the music of hundreds of cultures. And one simple reason could be its size. It fits in your pocket like a cell phone. What has intrigued many in the music community is its ability, when played by masters, to encompass all genres of musical style with not just credibility but with critical acclaim. Fromclassical to jazz to near eastern to Irish to blues to country, et cetera. The list grows day by day. Using storytelling, historical facts and playing the instrument in many styles, Bob Hennessy tells a fast-paced and entertaining story of "The World of Harmonica." Seating is limited so reservations are required online starting October 30 at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Musician Bob Hennessy-image appears with permission



"WTML Tech Thursdays" ~ Morningstar® Lecture and Webinar

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Morningstar LogoThe Welles-Turner Memorial Library presents an hour-long financial literacy webinar on Morningstar®, a free, online investment database available to WTML library cardholders. The database is a great resource for all investors, as it includes electronic versions of the popular Morningstar newsletters. In this group setting, participants will learn tips, tricks and techniques to research company profiles for possible stock investments, find the best mutual funds and ETFs, analyze personal portfolios and receive tips on how to keep them strong and balanced. Registration required starting November 2, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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Career Workshops at WTML

Who: Adults
When: Tuesdays, March 13, March 20 and April 3, 2018
Time: 10:30am
Place: Library's Friends Room

Employment Selection-copyright Minerva Studio/Fotolia.comStarting Tuesday, March 13, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library hosts three one-hour workshops – Introduction to LinkedIn, Improve Your Interview Skills and Job Search Strategies for Over 50 – which will provide the knowledge and skills necessary for your professional career search! A Hartford Goodwill Career Center coach leads the workshops. All workshops start at 10:30 am.

  • Introduction to LinkedIn, Tuesday, March 13 ~ LinkedIn is a professional social networking site which is an effective means to make new business contacts inside other organizations. Learn about how you can setup your LinkedIn account to be noticed by potential employers. Limited to 15 participants.
  • Improve Your Interview Skills, Tuesday, March 20 ~ Learn what employers are looking to learn about potential hires and how to best respond to tough questions. Practice application provided and instruction on what details to include. Get advice on how to put together a professional interview look.
  • Job Search Strategies for Over 50, Tuesday, April 3 ~ Overcome any obstacles that you may face as a more mature candidate to secure employment. Learn ways to tweak your resume and answer challenging questions on your interview.

Register for each workshop beginning January 4, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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