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Library Books + Building-copyright beeboys/Fotolia.comSummer Reading Program for Adults

Join us this summer for another Adult Summer Reading Program here at WTML. We're planning to "Build a Better World" as we "Add More Stories." As in previous years, it's easy and rewarding. Just read and/or listen to four (4) books between June 19 and August 19. Beginning on June 19, register online using the link on our homepage. Record the titles, authors, and optional reviews and ratings. Once you've completed the four books and recorded them online, you are eligible to receive your reward: a specially-designed, themed T-shirt. But don't stop with four books ... keep reading and recording what you've read throughout the entire summer to "Add More Stories." Let's expand on last year's total number of registrants and books read! T-shirts will be available beginning June 26. The last day to claim rewards is August 26.

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.

Library Renovations ~ Update

Blueprint-"Under Construction"-copyright marinv/Fotolia.comConstruction of two additional study rooms is underway on the main level. One room will be a little larger to accommodate 4-6 people comfortably. The existing study rooms will have some soundproofing installed.

Library Study Rooms Under ConstructionThrough the duration of construction, this area is off limits to staff and public. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the lack of access to the existing study rooms. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Library Director Barbara Bailey, by phone at 860-652-7717 or by email.

Upcoming Events

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Proper Viewing of the Solar EclipseSolar Eclipse Viewing Event

Who: All ages
When: Monday, August 21, 2017
Time: 1-4pm
Place: Library's Front Lawn

On Monday, August 21, from approximately 1-4pm, the moon will be covering the sun! Scientists are calling this solar eclipse the “Great American Eclipse.” It’s the first of its kind to occur in over 100 years! In Glastonbury, we won’t have 100% coverage of the sun, but it should still be mostly hidden and interesting to see, with the point of maximum eclipse occurring at 2:45pm local time. Because you should never, ever, ever look directly at the sun, even if it is mostly hidden, you’ll need special eclipse viewing glasses. To help you, the library will have a limited number of free eclipse viewing glasses along with safe viewing instructions that can be picked up from the Reference Desk starting at 10am on August 21 (first-come, first served, one per person). Since there has been a huge demand for glasses, it is a good idea to call ahead first to make sure that we have eclipse glasses still available before visiting. Weather permitting. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, drinks and snacks, then gather on the library’s front lawn starting at 12:30pm. Event is recommended for school age children and older; parent or caregiver required to attend. For more information, call the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Shades provided by STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute.

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Knitting Striped Sweater-copyright kristo74/Fotolia.comB.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Craft)

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, August 22, 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.



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

Who: Adults
When: Friday, September 1, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Love + Time + DeathAfter the tragedy of losing his child, Howard questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. Starring Will Smith and Helen Mirren. Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 37 minutes. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.


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Build a Better … You

Find Your Power, Find Your Joy

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

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room
Dr. Bridget Cooper-photo by Photo by Tania Palermo Studio

The world can be a frustrating and crazy place. The good news is that living a healthy life starts in our own heads! Do you know who lives life to the max, walks into a room full of presence and confidence, and finds success when others see defeat? Those who claim their power and write the story of their own life! In this seminar, you’ll learn how to break free of indecision, fear, and disarm your inner critic. Taught by relationship, personal power and corporate strategy expert Dr. Bridget Cooper (aka, Dr. B), get ready to have your thoughts shifted, calm restored and power unleashed. Dr. B makes her living rattling people’s cages so they can live, love and work better. Dr. B will have copies of her most recent book, Little Landslides: How We Rise Up From Our Pain, as well as previous books available for purchase and signing at the event. Registration required, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Dr. Cooper's photo by Tania Palermo Studio, Main Street, Glastonbury



Fall Book Sale~Friends of the LibraryFall 2017 Book Sale ~

Friends of the Library

Who: All ages
When: September 9, 2017
Time: 9am-5pm
Place: Library's Front Lawn

The Friends' Fall Book Sale will be held on Saturday, September 9 from 9am to 5pm on the front lawn of the library. Should it rain, the sale will be 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; small size and all children's paperbacks, 50 cents. Books on CD and DVDs are $3, and audio CDs are $2 per disc. There will be a specially priced section at $5 and above. Come early for the best selection. No sales before nine o'clock. On the day of the sale, please do not park in the bank lots during banking hours. The bank is open from 8am to 2pm on Saturday. For more information or to volunteer, please email the Friends at booksale@friendswtmlib.org or call 860-652-7728.



Small Business Administration LogoEntrepreneurship in 3 Easy Steps: Ready, Set, Go!

Who: Adults
When: September 11, 18 and 26, 2017
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Presented by the Small Business Administration, this workshop series lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit-ready. The information is laid out simply in three modules. Come to all three or attend the one that fits your needs.

  • Module 1 ~ Monday, September 11 ~ READY: basics of business startup. Covers what you need to consider and prepare for in the early stages. Registration required and begins August 14, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.
  • Module 2 ~ Monday, September 18 ~ SET: essentials of becoming credit-ready. Where to get money; five C’s of credit; how to prepare a business loan application. Registration required beginning August 21, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.
  • Module 3 ~ Tuesday, September 26 ~ GO!: how and where to find additional small business support and educational resources. SBA District Office, SCORE, SBDC, Center for Women & Enterprise, Veterans' Centers. Registration required and begins August 29, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



Cursor-Hand Pointer-copyright momius/Fotolia.comFree eBooks, Mags and Flicks with RBdigital

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 3-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

RBdigital LogoJoe Levy, Recorded Books Inc., makes a special trip to the library to present a one-hour lecture/demonstration on how to access free eBooks, magazines and movies through Welles-Turner Memorial Library’s web site. WTML provides library cardholders online access to thousands of titles through RBdigital (eAudio, eBooks and digital magazines), and InstantFlix (films and TV shows). To fully benefit from this workshop, registrants shall:

  • Bring their valid Welles-Turner library card in good standing;
  • Fully charge their device;
  • Bring their ID and password to their device’s app store;
  • Bring their email address, user name and password; and
  • Have a basic operational understanding of their device.

Seating is limited, so registration is requested beginning August 17, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



Megaphone News-copyright pathdoc/Fotolia.comFake News: Can you spot it?

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

“Fake News: Can you spot it?” is an hour-long interactive workshop which will define fake news on a spectrum. Once defined, we explore the concept of confirmation bias and experience an actual news evaluation process, using different online source types’ coverage of the same current event to compare and contrast content quality. The workshop’s discussion topic is deliberately apolitical since this is not a partisan presentation. This program is especially important now that social media has made every information consumer into an information producer. It is our habit, when a piece of news makes us feel strongly, to share that piece of news with others. Given that, when we improve our abilities to determine news quality we do not just help ourselves; we help others too, as we let dubious news die instead of adding fuel to a false fire. Seating is limited to 21, so registration is requested and begins August 17, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

The presenters are a collaboration between the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Journalism Department and Reference and Instructions librarians at CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library: Theodora Ruhs, Professor of Journalism; Martha Kruy, Reference, Instruction and Assessment Librarian; Briana McGuckin, Reference and Instruction Librarian, and Susan Slaga-Metivier, Head of the Reference and Instruction Department, Elihu Burritt Library.



The Gala at the Boathouse~Second Century FundThe Gala at the Boathouse ~ Second Century Fund

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 6-10pm
Place: The Glastonbury Boathouse

The Second Century Fund of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library presents "The Gala at the Boathouse" with humorist, columnist, author and professor Gina Barreca on Saturday, September 16 from 6-10pm. Please join us for an evening which will include buffet dinner, wine, beer, music, silent auction and entertainment. Admission is $100 per person. Reservations are limited, first come-first served. Proceeds to benefit the Welles-Turner Memorial Library Second Century Fund. For more information, please contact co-chairs Dianne (by email at ciao24@cox.net or by phone at 860-280-8429) and/or Mary (by email at Mary.Pallos@singulus.com or by phone at 860-781-2302).

The Glastonbury Boathouse at Riverfront Park is located at 252 Welles Street, Glastonbury.



Senior Couple with Computer-copyright Monkey Business/Fotolia.comKeep Up With Your Grandkids ~ Computer Basics: Email I

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 3pm
Place: Riverfront Community Center Computer Lab

In this 90-minute hands-on workshop led by Nicole Cignoli, Reference Librarian, Welles-Turner Memorial Library, attendees learn how to: log into their Gmail account without assistance differentiate between an email address and website address compose and send a new email view received email reply to a received email understand the difference between the inbox, sent and trash folders. Workshop prerequisites: proven knowledge of how to use computer, mouse, keyboard, web browser, and internet skills. Maximum of 12 attendees, so reservations are required starting August 22, online or at Reference at 860-652-7720.

The “Keep up with your Grandkids!” lecture series continues on the third Tuesday of the month, except December and January, focusing on technology topics selected by the public. The Riverfront Community Center (RCC) is located at 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury. This event is co-sponsored by the Welles-Turner Memorial Library and the Town of Glastonbury Human Services Department.



"Medicare"-copyright  gustavofrazao/Fotolia.comMedicare Options Overview

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Navigating through the Medicare maze is difficult whether you have had Medicare for a while or will soon to be 65. With “Open Enrollment” approaching, it’s hard to know what to do! Join us for an overview of your “Medicare Options” and learn how to choose what is best of you in 2018. Remember, “Open Enrollment” is the time of year you can adjust your Medicare choices to best fit you healthcare needs. Ellen Sue Moses, BS Pharm, is a certified CHOICES Counselor. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting August 22 online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

The CHOICES program is a cooperative program of the State of Connecticut Department on Aging, the Area Agencies on Aging and the Center for Medicare Advocacy. CHOICES is comprised of both staff, in-kind professionals from local service agencies and volunteers who provide information to persons age 60 and older and persons with disabilities.



The Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio Performs at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Joe Carter-photo appears with permission

“His show is a gift to those who, tired of noise, want to listen to music played in a sensitive and intelligent way.”

– Chico Nelson, JORNAL DO BRASIL, Brazil


Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with The Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio. This international trio, Joe Carter (U.S.) – violao (classical nylon string guitar); Leco Reis (Brazil) – baixo (acoustic bass); and Adriano Santos (Brazil) – bateria e percussao (drums and percussion, is well versed in the various Brazilian styles of music ~ Samba, Bossa Nova, Baiao, Choro. By combining this music with straight-ahead Hard Bop Jazz, the trio creates a style known as Brazilian Jazz. Think "Jobim meets Coltrane." The trio’s repertoire is a combination of original tunes and songs by some of Brazil’s classic composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ary Barroso, Baden Powell, Noel Rosa, Dorival Caymmi, Pixinguinha and others. By adding the improvisational aspect of North American Jazz to the mixture, the group creates a sound that is truly international and one that has entertained appreciative audiences on four continents. Highlights have included concerts and club appearances in Paris, Mumbai, Corsica, Stuttgart and Rio de Janeiro. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting August 28, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



A Hole in the Wind Book Cover-appears with permissionA Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s

Bicycle Journey Across the United States

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

After a distinguished career in climate science in Geneva, David Goodrich returned to the U.S. to find the reality of climate change transformed into a tangled political issue. Concerned about the misinformation that dominates politics and the media, he rode his bike 4,200 miles to the Oregon coast, talking with the people he met along the way during this ultimate road trip. Beautifully simple, direct and honest, A Hole in the Wind is a refreshing ride through a difficult and controversial topic, and a rich read that makes you glad to be alive. This event is co-sponsored with Cycling Concepts in Glastonbury. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Registration is required and begins August 31, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Author David Goodrich on Bicycle-appears with permission

“This cyclist's view of how things really are effectively cuts across head-butting arguments about global warming. A compelling narrative enlivened as much by the author's encounters on the road as by his skillful unfolding of scientific knowledge.” – Kirkus Reviews



Piggy Bank and Blackboard-copyright david_franklin/Fotolia.comHow to Pay for College

without Going Broke

Who: Adults and teens
When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

It’s never too early to begin planning for college. Peter Leppones, CFP®, Apella Capital shares his more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to help families and students as to “How to Pay for College without Going Broke." Parents of students who plan to attend any college or university will want to attend this seminar. What you will learn:

  • How families of all income levels may be eligible for financial aid;
  • Which colleges offer the best financial aid packages;
  • How to avoid costly mistakes on the FAFSA and CSS Profile;
  • How private universities can cost you less than a state school, and
  • How students can position themselves to be the best candidate and potentially receive more free money, and less loans.

Seating is limited to so registration is requested and begins August 17 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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 starting September 25, 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.



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 and begins September 17, 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.



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 beginning October 11, 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


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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 atthe library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Musician Bob Hennessy-image appears with permission


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