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NaNoWriMo 2016 Blasting Off SoonNational Novel Writing Month


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. Check our November calendar for NaNoWriMo events at the library. For more information on NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.

Upcoming Events

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ArtScapades' Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman-photo used with permission“American Images: From Camera to Canvas” ~

presented by ArtScapades

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 7pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Snap the Whip-1872-Winslow HomerAs the camera became more available to the public during the mid 1800s, photography began to affect the art world. With the Hudson River School as a starting point, ArtScapades will show us how artists incorporated the use of photography in their artistic process, enabling them to create ever more dramatic paintings of a young growing America and its people, including the country’s expansion westward. ArtScapades presents three quintessential artists, Albert Bierstadt, Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. Seating is limited, so registration is requested, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, of ArtScapades, began teaching art appreciation in 1998. They have presented at libraries and museums in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida. Painting (right) ~ Snap the Whip, 1872, Winslow Homer



NaNoWriMo 2016NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party!

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Unleash the novelist inside you at our NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party! November is National Novel Writing Month, and the library is hosting events to support writers of all ages who are participating in NaNoWriMo, a month-long writing challenge designed to help you write a novel. This is the perfect time to harness that inner author and release all that creativity. Join us, and get your creative juices flowing as we begin this extraordinary month! Meet other local writers to inspire you to face the challenge. This program is free, and refreshments are provided. No registration is needed, so drop in.



Books in Circle-copyrighted image/Fotolia.com"First WTML Wednesdays" ~ Adult Book Discussion

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Time: 7-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

The Water Knife Book CoverCome share a lively discussion with us. This month's selection is The Water Knife by Paulo Bacigalupi. 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.

"Residents in the southwestern United States enduring that water crisis will appreciate the precision with which Bacigalupi imagines our thirsty future. . . . Bacigalupi is a grim, efficient and polished narrator … Our waterless future looks hot – and filled with conflict." – Hector Tobar, The Washington Post



Director Chair on Stage-copyright gorralit/Fotolia.comFriday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Microphone and Stage Lights-copyright Carlos Yudica/Fotolia.comAdapted from the 2006 Tony Winner for Best Musical, this bittersweet saga dramatizes the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Starring Christopher Walken and John Lloyd Young. Rated R; 2 hours 14 minutes. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.



Blue Madonna Book CoverJames R. Benn, Author of Blue Madonna, to Speak at WTML

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 7pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

James R Benn-photo used with permissionThe library welcomes acclaimed local author James R. Benn for a book talk and signing of the 11th volume in his popular Billy Boyle World War II mystery series, Blue Madonna. Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

“The suspenseful story line, set on the eve of the Normandy invasion in 1944, will keep readers turning the pages... Benn movingly depicts Nazi cruelties that Boyle and his comrades witness.” – Publishers Weekly



Cell Phone-copyright Ingo Bartussek/Fotolia.com"Keep Up With Your Grandkids"  ~ Staying Safe Online

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Place: Riverfront Community Center Computer Lab

Seniors Using Tablet-copyrighted image/Fotolia.comThe “Keep Up With Your Grandkids!” lecture series continues on the third Tuesday of the month, focusing on technology topics selected by the public.

Learn how to stay safe online by protecting your personal information and avoiding common Internet scams. Nicole Cignoli, Reference Librarian, Welles-Turner Memorial Library, conducts this two-hour lecture so “you can keep up with your grandkids!” Maximum 12 attendees, so reservations are required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

The Riverfront Community Center is located at 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, CT. These events are co-sponsored by the Welles-Turner Memorial Library and the Town of Glastonbury Human Services Department.



NaNoWriMo 2016NaNoWriMo Come Write In!

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 1-3pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

WTML hosts its second NaNoWriMo Come Write In! event during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Bring your laptop, notebook, writing utensils and whatever resources you want/need in order to work on your novel. If you have questions about your story, characters, or about NaNo in general, feel free to bring them and put them forth to the group or the event leader, Chelsea Gordon. So come work on your novel in the company of fellow WriMos. All ages 13+ welcome. Drop in.



Harpist and Singer Debbie Vinick-photo used with permissionHoliday Concert Performed by Debbie Vinick

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Harpist and singer Debbie Vinick will be playing a charming selection of holiday music on her Celtic harp. You are welcome to sing along! Audiences throughout Connecticut are enchanted by her angelic voice and beautiful harp. Don’t miss this unique and special performance. Seating is limited, so reservations are required online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Debbie began playing the harp at age 9. She studied at Juilliard while in high school and graduated from the Eastman and Yale Schools of Music. While at Eastman, she was chosen to be principal harpist of the Heidelberg, Germany Festival Orchestra for two summers. She was principal harpist of Orchestra New England for several years and regularly performed at the Shubert Theater in New Haven and Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.



Adult Coloring Club Artwork from 09/27/2016Coloring Club for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Join the library’s coloring club! Come by yourself or bring your friends for a peaceful evening with other coloring enthusiasts. We will provide assorted decorative pages, colored pencils, and restful background music. You may bring your own pencils or crayons if you prefer. This program is for adults only. Seating is limited, so registration is required starting November 2, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



NaNoWriMo 2016 Web BannerNaNoWriMo T.G.I.O. Celebration!

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 1-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Join your fellow authors in a celebration of your effort, win or lose, as WTML hosts its NaNoWriMo 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.



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