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Library's Holiday Sock TreeHoliday Sock Tree

Winter is right around the corner, and forecasters are predicting a cold one this year. To help our neighbors in need, at the request of the Senior and Social Services Department, we are collecting new socks now through December 11. We have our "Sock Tree" set up on the first floor, next to the staircase. Please help us fill the tree with socks for all ages. Your donations are greatly appreciated by all the recipients. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

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Popcorn and Film Reel-copyright LoopAll/Fotolia.comFriday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, January 6, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

After losing her job as a waitress, a young woman named Lou is hired to act as a caregiver for Will, a banker who was paralyzed in an accident. Although Will has grown despondent since his injury, Lou’s no-nonsense ways force him to reconnect with life. This romantic drama was adapted from the best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes. Starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. Rated PG-13; 1 hour 50 minutes. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

 

 

Lessons from the Road Book CoverLessons from the Road

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Author Margaret WebsterMargaret Webster shares Lessons from the Road: USA, a story of the travel adventures of a funny, single, 50-something year-old woman, traveling across the US in a pickup truck. Webster is navigationally challenged and yet strangely addicted to camping sites and critters. She visits monuments of historical or personal significance, and meets some very interesting people along the way. Books will be available for sale and signing. Seating is limited, so reservations are required online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Snow date: Sunday, January 22

 

 

eReader Device-copyright iQoncept/Fotolia.comGet Your eBooks for Free With the New OverDrive App

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Max Rowe, Library Connection Inc., returns to give a lecture and live demo on how to use the new OverDrive app to borrow eBooks, audiobooks and more from the library. Bring along your own device and get hands-on help. To fully benefit from this workshop, please:

  • Bring your valid Welles-Turner library 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
  • Have a basic operational understanding of your device

This program is free and open to Welles-Turner library card holders. Seating is limited to 15, so registration is requested and begins December 15, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Snow date: Tuesday, January 31 @ 6:30 pm

 

 

Adult Coloring ClubColoring Club for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

 

 

Beneath a Shooting Star Book CoverBeneath a Shooting Star

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Susan Harrison RashidSusan Harrison Rashid presents her first novel, Beneath a Shooting Star. In 1971, as a civil war rages in Pakistan, two girls are born in the city of Lahore; Nadira to a Sunni family, and Hameeda to a Shia family. Years later, when fate brings them back together again, they have to choose whether they will let the past keep them apart, or reclaim their dreams and the friendship they once cherished. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting December 31, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

“An absorbing tale of Muslim women taking their destinies into their own hands.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

 

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

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Time: 7-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

The Black Count Book Cover~ Black History Month ~ Come share a lively discussion with us. This month's selection is The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss, a Pulitzer winner (biography) in 2012. 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.

"Explores the life and career of Thomas Alexandre Dumas, a man almost unknown today, but whose swashbuckling exploits appear in The Three Musketeers and whose trials and triumphs inspired The Count of Monte Cristo." – provided by publisher

 

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JOY unleashed:

The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Jean Baur-photo courtesy of Amy HamblyLocal author Jean Baur found a new sense of belonging from her partnership with a wild Lab/Terrier/Whippet mix who was rescued from Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico, just as she’d lost her job. Bella helped Jean build deep relationships with nursing home patients, brought her to the front lines of the battle against cancer as Bella comforted chemo patients, and connected her with special needs children in their work in schools. Meet Jean and Bella, and pick up a copy of their book. Books will be available for sale and signing. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting January 9, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Author photo courtesy of Amy Hambly

 

Jan L Kardys-photo appears with permissionYou Wrote a Book, Now What?

Who: Adults
When: Monday, February 6, 2017
Time: 7pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Gain an insider’s view of book publishing at this program with literary agent and Chairman of Unicorn Writers’ Conference, Jan L. Kardys. Jan will share her 40 years of experience inside 10 major NYC book publishers on topics (such as those at right) related to increasing visibility to literary agents, publishers and readers alike. Seating is limited, so reservations Open Bookare required starting January 30, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Jan L. Kardys’ diverse book publishing career includes executive positions at ten of the major book publishers – Doubleday, St. Martin’s Press, Scholastic, Macmillan, Scribner’s, Little, Brown & Company, Warner Books, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Lippincott & Crowell, Publishers, Simon & Schuster/Prentice Hall and Condé Nast Publications. Her experience and know-how are in editorial, art/production, subsidiary rights, contracts, copyrights, permissions, book agenting, editing, writer’s conferences, publishing consulting and freelance editing. Jan worked for Google for three years where she added Internet sales and marketing to her already extensive expertise.

Publishing topics:

  • Developing a concept
  • Writing a manuscript
  • Editing
  • Finding a literary agent
  • Negotiating a publishing agreement
  • Various departments within publishing companies
  • Self-publishing vs. traditional book publishing
  • Subsidiary rights
  • Marketing
  • Utilizing the most cutting-edge technologies
  • Social media services

 

Woman with eReader-copyright Photosani/Fotolia.com

"WTML Tech Thursdays"  ~

Learn How to Get Your eBooks for Free!

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, February 9, 2017
Time:
3pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Nicole Cignoli, Reference Librarian gives a lecture/demonstration on how to use the OverDrive app to borrow eBooks, audio books and more from the library. Bring along your own 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
  • Have a basic operational understanding of your device

These programs are free and open to Welles-Turner Library cardholders. Seating is limited to 7, so registration is requested starting January 12, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

 

 

Cell Phone-copyright Ingo Bartussek/Fotolia.com"Keep Up With Your Grandkids"  ~ Computer Basics: eMail I

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time:
3-4:30pm
Place: Riverfront Community Center Computer Lab

The “Keep Up With Your Grandkids!” lecture series continues on the third Tuesday of the month, focusing on technology topics selected by the public.

Couple with Computer-copyright Monkey Business/Fotolia.comIn this 90-minute hands-on workshop led by Nicole Cignoli, Reference Librarian, Welles-Turner Memorial Library, attendees learn how to:

  • Login 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 January 24, online or at the library’s 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.

 

 

Israeli-Palestinian Flags-copyright daniel0/Fotolia.comOptions for Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Professor Jeremy PressmanFor decades, Palestinians and Israelis have been locked in a struggle for control of the Holy Land. Is there a solution that could move the parties away from war and violence and toward conflict resolution? Prof. Jeremy Pressman, Political Science, UConn, will evaluate the pros and cons of the prominent solutions (one-state solutions, the two-state solution) as well as the status quo in terms of the deeply contested issues of land, refugees, borders, security and Jerusalem. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting January 26 online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Jeremy Pressman is associate professor of political science and director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut. He has written two books, Warring Friends: Alliance Restraint in International Politics (Cornell University Press, 2008) and Point of No Return: The Deadly Struggle for Middle East Peace, with Geoffrey Kemp (Brookings Institution Press, 1997). His articles have appeared in Diplomatic History, International Security, International Studies Perspectives, Perspectives on Politics, Security Studies and elsewhere.

 

 

CT CCC Book CoverConnecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps:

History, Memories & Legacy

Who: Adults and ages 12 & up
When: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Local author and historian Marty Podskoch will give a presentation on his new book, Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories and Legacy. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began in 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. Twenty-one camps were set up in many Connecticut towns, state parks and forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites and dams; stocked fish; built and maintained fire tower observer’s cabins and telephone lines; fought fires; and planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting January 31, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Marty Podskoch is a retired teacher and the author of seven other books: • Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Memories and Legacy of the CCC • Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore • Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts • Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Northern Districts • Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches • 101 more Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches and • The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country. He also writes a weekly column called “Adirondack Stories” in five Adirondack newspapers. Presently, Marty Podskoch is conducting research on the Civilian Conservation Camps in Rhode Island. He is keenly interested in meeting individuals who may have CCC stories to contribute to his next book. Marty Podskoch will have all of his books available after the presentation for sale and signing.

 

 

David K LeffOn the Paths of a Genius:

Finding Frederick Law Olmsted in Connecticut

Who: Adults and ages 12 & up
When: Monday, February 27, 2017
Time: 7pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Join David K. Leff, author, poet and historian, as he guides us On the Paths of a Genius: Finding Frederick Law Olmsted in Connecticut. Leff recounts the fascinating story of Olmsted, America’s “father of landscape architecture.” Born in Hartford in 1822, Olmsted went on to design major parks in New York (Central and Prospect Parks), Boston, Washington D.C., and outdoor national treasures in many other cities. Among his Connecticut designs, Leff will take us to Seaside and Beardsley Parks in Bridgeport, Walnut Hill in New Britain, and the Institute of Living campus in Hartford. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting January 30, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

David K. Leff is the author of numerous essays, columns, and stories for the Hartford Courant, Appalachia and other publications. Recently he was tapped to be poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET), the first ever such designation for any of the country's eleven such trails established by an act of Congress. Leff will bring copies of his books for signing and sale.

 

 

Pope Mastodon Remains DiscoveredAn Ice Age Odyssey: The Pope Mastodon’s

Epic Journey Through Life, Death, Storage Crates

and Museums

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 7pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Mastodon-copyright Morphart/Fotolia.comFrom 1913 – when workmen digging a ditch on the Hill-Stead estate of A.A. Pope in Farmington uncovered the remains of a mastodon – to today, when a successful radiocarbon date on a tusk fragment was conducted indicating that “Old Longtooth” passed away about 14,500 years ago, Brian Jones, CT’s State Archaeologist, presents the epic journey of the Pope Mastodon and his (or her) continuing importance to understanding Connecticut’s ancient environment and history. Seating is limited, so registration is requested beginning February 14, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Dr. Jones is associated with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn. He has worked as an archaeologist since 1992 and received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at UConn in 1998. He leads a busy life in Glastonbury with his wife and two children.

 

 

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