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2407 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033





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Wed 12pm-9pm
Fri 9am-6pm | Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm
(Closed Sun, mid-May – Labor Day)

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Passport to CT Libraries

Enter for a chance to win a Visa gift card of up to $150
Contest Dates: April 2-30, 2018

To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library will participate in Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program! Your library card opens the world to you through books, audio books, music CDs and DVDs. Now let your library card open the doors to Connecticut libraries by participating in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program!

To participate, visit your local participating library to pick up your Passport. They will stamp it and give you a token gift to get you started. Then, take your Passport along as you visit other Passport to CT Libraries Participants. At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport and give you another small gift.

If you visit at least five participating libraries and return your passport to a participating library by May 7, then you will be entered into a state-wide drawing for a chance to win a $150 gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $150 gift card for children (under 18). This is a state-wide contest where four winners will be selected: one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited at least five libraries, and one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited the most libraries. For more details and a full list of participating libraries, visit Facebook.com/passporttoctlibraries or ask at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

About Passport to Connecticut Libraries: 123 Connecticut libraries are proud to participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. Each library has its own architecture, vibe and collection to explore and browse! The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries.

Glastonbury's Poet Laureate

Calling all poets!

Applications for Glastonbury’s second Poet Laureate are being accepted until April 30, 2018.The three-year term begins on July 1, 2018. The duties of the Poet Laureate include making at least three public presentations each year, as well as developing and supporting other programs to increase interest, participation and support for poetry and the arts. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and 4-5 selections of their work, either in paper format or electronically. Applications may be submitted to barbara.bailey@glastonbury-ct.gov; or paper submissions can be sent to Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Click here for more information.


Automatic Sorter for Library Returns

Our new automatic sorter is ready to use. It is very easy:

Lending Desk Area

  View of new lending area from lobby


Press "Open Door" button (middle of touch screen).


Insert item. If you are returning more than one item, you will need to insert one at a time. Tip: When you see the green checkmark on the screen, insert your next item.


If you are returning media, please check to make sure that you have all of the components before inserting the item.


After returning all of your items, press "End Session" button on lower right side of screen. Currently, we are not offering receipts, so ignore that button.

Automatic Sorter for Library Returns

  View of automatic sorter from workroom

If you need further instruction, library staff will be glad to assist you.

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.

Standing Before American Flag Image-copyright robsonphoto/Fotolia.comNew Civics and Citizenship Resource

The library has recently received a collection of educational resources for immigrants and new citizens, "The Civics and Citizenship Toolkit." This toolkit is made possible by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to help permanent residents learn more about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process. Civics and Immigration ToolkitThe kit is available at the reference desk for use in the library - perfect for a study session in one of our newly renovated Quiet Study Rooms. Resources include English and Spanish guides for new immigrants, preparation books for the naturalization test, civics lessons and flash cards, printed versions of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and more. For further information, please contact Reference at 860-652-7720.



Burbio.com is a free community-building service that streams all library, school and non-profit events together in one place through a web site, iOS app and Amazon Alexa. Currently, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library calendar, as well as those from the local schools, are available. Expect other non-profits to be added in the school year.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization and would like your group's events added, please contact Library Director, Barbara Bailey at barbara.bailey@glastonbury-ct.gov.

Upcoming Events

At a glance ...



Money Smart Week 2018 Logo"Money Smart Week @ Your Library" ~

Social Security Explained

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Senior Couple-copyright Monkey Business/Fotolia.comAlmost 74% of Americans voluntarily received reduced retirement income benefits because they don’t know all the facts.* This workshop will cover when is the best time to start receiving Social Security benefits and strategies to maximize benefits and coordinate with your spouse. We will help you avoid the most common mistakes that are made when collecting your benefits and discuss special rules for single, divorced and survivor benefits.

Presented by Rebecca Miller and the Financial Awareness Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of financial literacy. Securities offered through USA Financial Securities Member FINRA/SIPC. A Registered Investment Adviser. Seating is limited, so registration is required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

About Money Smart Week: Since 2010, the American Library Association has partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to present financial literacy programming to help members of our community better manage their personal finances. Visit the Money Smart Week home page of the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) for additional details about Money Smart Week.

*Source: SSA Annual Statistical Supplement, 2011



From Epic Poem to Epic Punk

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Featuring authors Mark and Sheri Dursin, with highlights from their reimagined classic adventure tale, Labors of an Epic Punk (a novel for young and not-so-young adults). Including a poetry performance by Glastonbury High School students Cindy Li, Nicole Nguyen and Ohm Patel and music by Jim Henderschedt. Refreshments will be provided. Book signing. Free ~ everyone welcome! Presented by Glastonbury Poet Laureate Alexandrina Sergio.



Stretched Dollar-copyright Jason Stitt/Fotolia.com"Money Talks Mondays" ~

Making Money Work for You:

How to Stretch Your Dollars

Who: Adults
When: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Join Jairo Lemos from the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) to discover the “why” behind your financial decisions. In this interactive workshop, you’ll identify what motivates you to save and spend, and how to set and achieve goals that will bring you closer to true financial freedom. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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"Build a Better ... You!"

What's Happening with My Hormones?

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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Whether you are experiencing menopausal symptoms, fatigue, digestive issues, insomnia, fertility issues or difficulty maintaining a healthy weight, the root cause may likely be related to hormone imbalance. Jessica Wei, MD, Ob/Gyn, Functional Medicine practitioner and founder of Women’s Holistic Health, LLC in West Hartford, will provide an overview of how women’s hormones work and what happens when they are not in balance, as well as provide general tips for maintaining or recovering hormone balance through a functional medicine approach. This holistic approach addresses the underlying causes of symptoms to restore health and balance in the body, mind and spirit. Registration required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Jessica Wei, MD-image appears with permission



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Friday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, May 4, 2018
Time: 2-4:15pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

~ May the Fourth be with you ~
It’s Star Wars Day, so why not celebrate with an ex-stormtrooper, a scrappy desert planet dweller and an adorable droid companion? These new heroes unite with old favorites in a battle against a dark regime called the First Order. Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford. Rated PG-13; 2 hours 16 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.



"Money Talks Mondays" ~ Buying a Home of Your Own

Who: Adults
When: Monday, May 7, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Learn key steps to purchase a home from start to finish and available options - especially for first-time homebuyers - regarding mortgage financing, underwriting and approval process. Mira Toth, Communication Education, Chelsea Groton Bank, helps you gain insight into whether or not you are ready for homeownership, pitfalls to avoid, and about the awesome mortgage and down payment assistance programs. Seating is limited, so registration is required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


Book Sale Excitement-copyright Andres Rodriguez/Fotolia.comSpring Book Sale ~ Friends of the Library

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 9am-5pm
Place: Library's Front Lawn

The Friends' Spring Book Sale is Saturday, May 12 from 9am to 5pm on the front lawn of the library. In the event of rain, it will be held in the lower parking deck of TD Bank, next door to the library. Unless marked otherwise, children's hardcovers are $1; adult hardcovers, $2; trade paperbacks, $1; regular size and all children's paperbacks, 50¢. Books on CD and DVDs are $2; audio CDs, $1 per disc. There is a specially priced section at $5 and above. Come early for the best selection. No sales before 9am. For more information or to volunteer, please email the Friends at booksale@friendswtmlib.org or call 860-652-7728.


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“There’s Somethin’ Happenin’ Here …”

1968, a Year of Rebellion ~

Lecture by Hamish Lutris

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Dove-Open Clip Art-ilnanny1968 was a year that saw unrest on a global scale. In the United States, the peak of the hippie movement coincided with the killings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Black Power salutes were given by US athletes at the Olympics. Students were taking over campuses at universities in the US, France, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Germany and Japan, among others. Vietnam and the election of 1968 nearly tore the country apart. An older world, shaped by the Second World War, in which people were certain that the US was righteous and so were their neighbors, was beginning to pass. Hamish Lutris, Associate Professor of History, Capital Community College, returns to present a talk that will delve into the events and personalities that made 1968 what it was: a year that changed America, and the world. Seating is limited, so registration is required starting May 9, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has worked both at home and abroad to bring the power of history to audiences of all ages and in many places. He specializes in Civil War, Native American and social history topics, as well as in using the outdoors as a classroom.



Her Words Changed the World

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room


“a festival held annually on the nineteenth of June by African Americans … to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas on that day in 1865.”

~ OxfordDictionaries.com

In celebration of Juneteenth, join us for a dynamic presentation exploring the life and impact of anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. The talk covers Stowe's life – her childhood, family, education, marriage and motherhood – her inspiration to write Uncle Tom's Cabin, and the lasting impact of its message. Connect the past to the present and learn how you can create social change. Seating is limited, so registration is required starting May 22 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



The Pierce Campbell Jazz Trio

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Help us kick off a musical summer at the library! The Pierce Campbell Jazz Trio features Pierce Campbell, a former Connecticut State Troubadour, on guitar and vocals, Tony Pasqualoni on acoustic bass and Loren Evarts on keyboards. Performing jazz classics from artists like Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett along with more modern tunes from Stevie Wonder, Nora Jones, Bill Withers and even some originals, they have an energy and sound that engages all audiences. With excellent vocals and strong improvisation, you'll get the best jazz has to offer with this dynamic trio. Seating is limited, so registration is required starting May 31, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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