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3D Printer3D Printing at WTML

The library's new 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator Fifth Generation, is available for library patron use.

It can print items up to 10"x8"x6". It works similar to a hot glue gun - it is fed plastic filament that it melts at three times the heat of boiling water. The printer then places miniscule plastic drops where the design tells it to and then builds up the drops to create a 3D object. For printer specifications, click here. For further information, please contact Library Director Barbara Bailey by phone at 860-652-7717 or by email at barbara.bailey@glastonbury-ct.gov. Thank you to the Friends of Welles-Turner Memorial Library for purchasing this printer for public use.


Museum VisitMuseum Pass News

You may now reserve the library's museum passes up to 30 days in advance. In addition, most museum passes are printed on demand as part of the reservation process - from the comfort of your home or while at the library. Several passes must still be picked up from and returned to the library, but these may also be reserved ahead of time. For more information, click here.


Holiday Sock Tree @ WTML

Holiday Sock Tree

It's the time of year when we all make an effort to think of others and share with others. We will once again have our sock tree set up across from the Lending Desk to accept donations of new socks, mittens and hats for boys and girls, from infants to adolescents. Donations are welcome from November 28 through December 9. All collected items will be distributed by the Glastonbury Senior and Community Services Department. Thank you in advance for your generosity in decorating our holiday tree. Let's make a difference and help keep someone a little warmer this winter.


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Upcoming Events

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NaNoWriMo Shield LogoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 

at Welles-Turner Memorial Library

Who: Adults
When: November 1-30, 2015
Time: See event listing
Place: Library's Friends Room

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. Events include:

  • Kick-Off Party ~ Sunday, November 1, 2015
  • Come Write In ~ Saturday, November 21, 2015
  • T.G.I.O. Celebration ~ Saturday, December 5, 2015

NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 to encourage writers of all ages to tackle the challenge of writing a novel during the month of November. The goal of the national event is for individuals to start a novel from scratch and complete 50,000 words (or 175 pages) by the end of November. For more information, visit NaNoWriMo at nanowrimo.org.



Maria Tiscia and David OliverA Celebration of Holiday Classics

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, November 29, 2015
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Jim SciannaWelles-Turner Memorial Library would like to be the first to wish you happy holidays by bringing you a fabulous holiday concert performed by Maria Tiscia and David Oliver with bassist, Jim Scianna. This wonderful trio will be performing all of your favorite holiday classics. There will be a variety of songs made famous by timeless composers and singers such as Irving Berlin, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Mel Tormé, Brenda Lee, Miss Piggy and a selection from “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special.” Drop in. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



The Language of Flowers Book CoverBook Discussion ~ First WTML Wednesdays

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 7-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Come share a lively discussion with us. This month's selection is The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the front desk one month prior to the discussion date on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration necessary.

“The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.” – provided by publisher



Theater Stage-Copyrighted ImageFriday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, December 4, 2015
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Cats, the longest running show on Broadway when it closed on September 10, 2000, has been specially performed for video. This film will lead you into the mysterious world of cats. Not Rated; 121 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.



Writers Celebrating-Copyright Daxiao ProductionsNaNoWriMo ~ T.G.I.O. Celebration

Who: All ages 13+
When: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Time: 1-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

NaNoWriMo Shield LogoJoin 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 about National Novel Writing Month, visit NaNoWriMo at nanowrimo.org



Photo of Irene CastleDownton Abbey: Fashion and Social Change

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Fashion Plate - Redfern DesignWith the final season of "Downton Abbey" premiering in January 2016, Susan J. Jerome, Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection, explores the many changes that occurred throughout the time period depicted in "Downton Abbey" and how these changes influenced fashion. The social, technological and political changes of the early twentieth century were reflected in the notable evolution of women’s and men’s clothing. She will look back at what was fashionable - real or otherwise - as well as at some of the influential designers and other persons involved in the years of the first five seasons. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Photo (left) - Irene Castle, famous dancer, wearing a dress designed by "Lucile," otherwise known as Lady Duff Gordon, about 1917; fashion plate (right) - outfit designed by Redfern, designer to the royal stars such as Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter/child of Queen Victoria.



Woman with eReader-Copyrighted ImageLearn How to Get Your eBooks for Free!

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, January 14, 2016*
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

eReader Device-Copyrighted ImageMax Rowe, Library Connecticut Inc., returns to give a live demo on how to use the OverDrive app to borrow eBooks, audio books and more from the library. Bring along your device and get hands-on help. Please: bring your valid WTML card in good standing fully charge your device bring the ID and password to your device’s App Store bring your email address, user name and password and have a basic operational understanding of your device. This program is free and open to WTML cardholders. Seating is limited to 15, so registration is requested and begins December 17 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

*Snow date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016


CT Lore Book CoverConnecticut Lore: Strange, Off-Kilter, & Full of Surprises

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, January 31, 2016
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Zachary Lamothe, Norwich CT, reads from his book, Connecticut Lore: Strange, Off Kilter, and Full of Surprises, and its upcoming sequel, More Connecticut Lore. These offbeat travel guides take readers down the back roads of Connecticut, meeting unusual characters and learning about locales many residents never knew existed. Q&A welcome. Copies of his book will be available for sale. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins January 4 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Lamothe studied New England history and folklore while a student at Boston University, attaining a degree in American Studies. He earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University and has taught high school special education and history.


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