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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.

Don’t Let Libraries Be Left Out!

The Time is Now-copyright treenabeena/Fotolia.com The Governor’s Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan Fiscal Year 2018, the budget that the State is currently operating under, reduces the State Library budget by another 18%, eliminating funding for the Connecticut Library Consortium and cutting the funding for researchIT, the statewide digital library, in half.

Please write, call or meet with your legislators NOW and urge them to vote for a budget that:

  • Restores funding for the Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC). Last year, Welles-Turner Memorial Library saved $74,199 on library materials and services from its membership in CLC.
  • Funds the Statewide Digital Library (researchIT) that includes access to the Hartford Courant and the historical Hartford Courant.
  • Funds for deliverIT, the statewide delivery service that transports materials between libraries.
  • Funds borrowIT reimbursements to libraries for loaning materials to other libraries in the state.

Connecticut public libraries serve everyone from cradle to grave.

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Walking Shorts

Who: Adults
When: Monday, July 24, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Meet at library

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Join us this summer for a lively discussion of selected short stories ~ as many or as few titles as you like ~ while enjoying some of Glastonbury’s beautiful paths close to town center and the library. Meet at the library at 6:30 pm in your walking shoes. Multiple copies of the selected shorts will be available for pickup two weeks prior to the discussion date on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration necessary. Light refreshments will be provided. "Walking Shorts" dates: • June 19 • July 10 • July 24 • August 7. Contact the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720 for more information.



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

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, July 25, 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.



Proper Viewing of the Solar Eclipse-"Librarians in the Know"Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Glastonbury Planetarium LogoJoin Jason Archer, Planetarium Coordinator at the Glastonbury Planetarium, as he gives all the information needed to prepare for the 2017 North American Eclipse of the Sun, also known as the 2017 Eclipse Across America. An educator for over 15 years, Archer will entertain you with ancient eclipse lore that has been passed down through the ages. A Total Solar Eclipse has only been witnessed by 1% of the world’s population. Join that 1% on August 21, when a Total Solar Eclipse comes to America. Registered attendees will receive free solar viewing shades. Seating is limited, so registration is required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Archer, whose fascination with flying and space travel began at an early age, earned a degree in Astronomy and Space Science from UMASS Amherst and is a licensed pilot and flight instructor.

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

Solar eclipse image/artwork (Ancient Cultures) courtesy of Star_Net and J. Paul Getty Museum.



Stage and Spotlights-copyright lantica/Fotolia.comDancing in Moonlight-copyright adrenalinapura/Fotolia.comFriday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

A 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.



Cut the Cord! How to End the High Cost of Your Cable TV & Phone Service

Cable Cord Cutting-copyright Alexey Rotanov/Fotolia.comWho: Adults
When: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Is your cable, phone and internet bill one of the highest in your household? Are you tired of switching providers or arguing with yours when your short-term introductory rates expire and your bill more than doubles? Or do you just want to save $1,000 a year or more? Cut the cord! In this free and independent seminar, James Gifford, who has 30 plus years’ experience in consumer electronics, home entertainment systems and Internet computing, will explain:

  • The real costs of cable TV and phone service. (It’s more than you think!)
  • The range of services available from Internet sources like Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and hundreds of provider websites.
  • YouTube (It’s not just for cat videos anymore!)
  • The basic TV and entertainment system you need to get the most from Internet providers.
  • The inexpensive equipment you need to connect to these sources. (You might even own some of it already!)
  • The secret cable telephone providers don’t want you to know … and how to turn it to your advantage.
  • How to cut Internet costs by even more than just rates.
  • How to reduce or eliminate all ads and commercial interruptions.
  • How to make it all work together for an unparalleled home entertainment experience!

Don’t miss out because you think this is all too technical and difficult for a dedicated “couch potato” – there are options as easy to use as plugging in a toaster. It only takes a little computer and internet experience to be able to use the more advanced options. And bring your questions! This seminar will cover the special issues and problems of “getting good TV” in the greater Glastonbury area, but anyone can use the more general information. This is an independent presentation and is not sponsored by any manufacturer or provider. Seating is limited, so registration is required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

James Gifford is a Tolland, CT resident and owner of NitroPress Communications in Tolland, CT (www.nitropress.com).


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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 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 and begins August 9 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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



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 OneClick digital (eAudio and eBooks), Zinio (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.



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



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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