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Upcoming Programs for Adults - At a Glance

Upcoming Programs for Adults - Details

 

Solutions for Better Heart Health - Virtual Program

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Place: Virtual session

There are many benefits of adopting a heart healthy lifestyle including increased energy, decreased stress, improved cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and decreased risk of heart disease. Learning the science-based strategies and implementing a few simple tweaks to our lifestyle can lead to big results! Join us for this fun and informative program where registered dietician and nutritionist, Jill Patterson, will teach you a total approach to improve your heart health.

Register online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

 

A Celebration of 19th Century Composer,
Clara Schumann - Virtual Program

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Place: Virtual session

At the time of Clara Schumann’s death in May of 1896, an obituary appearing in the Manchester Guardian proclaimed her “the greatest pianist of her sex that the world has ever known.” This was not hyperbole. Even as a child prodigy, Clara was placed in the top tier of her contemporaries, both male and female. In some ways she was also ahead of her time. Clara promulgated music by Beethoven, Chopin and Robert Schumann that was largely unknown to the public. She was the first to perform from memory. Clara was also an influential teacher and composer of talent, even though she stopped writing music before the age of forty. She was unquestionably one of the great musicians of the nineteenth century! Music Historian, Jeffrey Engel, will detail Clara’s remarkable career and play selected excerpts from her compositions.

Register online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

 

Bass Fishing in Connecticut - Virtual Program

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Place: Virtual session

Let's get outside! In this informative Zoom seminar, Dylan Napoleone, Competitive Bass Fisherman, will teach us just about everything there is to know to effectively target bass in local waters. Explore the best gear, different techniques/approaches, fishing in the different seasons, and more! All experience levels can benefit, no matter if you’re new to the sport or just want to share in the camaraderie of this pastime.

Register online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

 

Uncle Tom's Cabin & Today's Racial Justice Conversation - Virtual Program

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Place: Virtual session

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1952 international bestselling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin galvanized the abolitionist and anti-slavery movements in the USA leading into the Civil War. Her main character, Uncle Tom, started as a kind strong martyr character and then moved into a long-lasting racial slur. So many characters from the story became the quintessential racial stereotypes that are alive and well today. What happens when an author’s intent changes so much when audiences experience it? Why was this book banned in so many states? Most likely it is not the author’s characters, but the readers and the culture who informed these character changes.

Understanding history, and one’s own racial and cultural biases, is a central part of the racial justice conversation of today. Join the Amy Hufnagel of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford to look at the real people who informed Stowe’s Uncle Tom (and a few other characters) in the 1850s, and some examples of Uncle Tom in the news today. Then let’s talk about how books have the power of perception and bias that drive the current conversations about how we teach race history today across the country. Hufnagel will give an illustrated talk and then open the gathering to conversation.

Register online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

 

Decoding the Mysteries of Cats: Why Cats Do What They Do - Virtual Program

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Place: Virtual session

Stephen Quandt, Feline Behaviorist, will present on a feline behavior on Zoom. He will explain cat behavior from the perspective of the evolutionary and adaptive forces that help shape the lives of your furry family members.

Registration begins May 17, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

 

The Discovery of a Masterpiece: A Rodin Hiding in Plain Sight - Virtual Program

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Place: Virtual session

Mallory Mortillaro serves as the Curator of Collections for the Hartley Dodge Foundation in Madison, NJ. While she was cataloging the artwork housed inside of the Hartley Dodge Memorial she uncovered a masterpiece that had been lost to the art world since the 1930s. After a year of research the piece was authenticated as an official work by Auguste Rodin. Mallory will share the story of how a simple art cataloging project evolved into a search for a mysterious piece’s provenance, and became one of the biggest art finds in recent history.

Registration begins May 24, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

 

Pottering Around the UK: Real Life Locations from the World of Harry Potter - Virtual Program

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Place: Virtual session

Travel vicariously as Anglophile and former UK resident, Claire Evans, takes you on a historic, scenic, architectural, and occasionally culinary tour of Harry Potter’s magical world. From London to Scotland and points in between, admire the amazing real-life locations film scouts picked throughout the best of the British Isles, and get tips if you’d like to visit the sights yourself one day.

Registration begins May 31, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

 

CAMP WTML: Wildlife and Connecticut's Changing Landscape

Who: Adults
When: Monday, July 11, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Paul Colburn, Master Wildlife Conservationist, will provide attendees with a brief natural history of Connecticut and address the current state of wildlife in the state, including a discussion of major species, factors affecting their habitats, and challenges we face in managing them. He will also give practical suggestions for what people can do to make a difference.

Registration begins June 13th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

 

Second Tuesday Book Club

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Place: Glastonbury Room

Come talk books with other bibliophiles! This book group will meet on the second Tuesday of the month. Limited copies of the current selection will be available at the Lending Desk.

Registration is not required.

This month's pick: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. This is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open your heart.

 

CAMP WTML: Paint Night with Pam

Who: Adults
When: Monday, July 25, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Place: Maker Space

Learn how to paint a real work of art! Follow instructor Pamela Halligan of Pam’s Picassos as she walks you through the steps of creating your own masterpiece. You will leave the library with a beautiful completed painting.

This paint night is for adults (18+) only.

Due to the expense and popularity of this program, registration begins by phone (860-652-7720) for Glastonbury residents with a valid library card on June 27th and opens online for all on July 5th.

 

CAMP WTML: Soy Candle Making

Who: Adults
When: Monday, August 1, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Maker Space

Join Laurie Lynne of Creative Girl Studios for an evening of candle making. The workshop will include over 100 scents to choose from, organic cotton wicks, jars, twine, tags, labels, markers, wax color, and more! Participants will leave with two handmade, 100% soy candles.

This workshop is for adults (18+) only.

Due to the expense and space limitations of this program, registration begins by phone (860-652-7720) for Glastonbury residents with a valid library card on July 5th and opens online for all on July 11th.

 

Second Tuesday Book Club

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Place: Glastonbury Room

Come talk books with other bibliophiles! This book group will meet on the second Tuesday of the month. Limited copies of the current selection will be available at the Lending Desk.

Registration is not required.

This month's pick: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France―a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

 

CAMP WTML: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, & Other Bugs of Interest

Who: Adults
When: Monday, August 22, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Insects that that are encountered in both residential and natural landscapes may be considered beneficial or harmful depending upon what they are doing. Over 95% of insects are not pests, but are just living wherever they find suitable food and habitat.

Pamm Cooper of the UConn Home and Garden Education Center will cover some garden pests, some beneficial insects (like pollinators, lightning bugs, dung and carrion beetles), and benign insects (like walking sticks, native moths and butterflies) that are commonly found in Connecticut.

Registration begins July 25th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

 

In Search of the Himalayan Snow Leopard

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

The Himalayan Snow Leopard is the most mysterious, enigmatic, and poorly understood of all the large cats. Inhabiting mountain terrain above 15,000, the Snow Leopard is rarely seen and rarely photographed. There are only three individuals in the world today studying the cat full time. As a result, conservation agencies rely on citizen scientists to do basic research to add to the body of knowledge on this elusive cat.

Dr. Richard Benfield, former Chair of the Central CT State University Geography Department and Snow Leopard Researcher, will take us on a journey into the Himalayas and the mountains of Central Asia in search of this mysterious creature.

Registration begins August 9th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

 

Smartphone Photography with Andy Mars

Who: Adults
When: Monday, September 12, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Want to learn how to turn your favorite photo into a work of art? Now you can! Join Andy Mars, freelance photographer, for a hands-on workshop to learn some basic tips on how to take better photos with your smartphone and then move onto editing techniques using the free editing app Snapseed. Finally, turn your images into photo paintings using the free version of the painting app Prisma. Your digital artwork can be printed as a unique gift for special occasions that will wow your family and friends!

Bring your smartphone and/or tablet (batteries charged and relevant user IDs/passwords in hand).

Registration begins August 15th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

 

Second Tuesday Book Club

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Place: Glastonbury Room

Come talk books with other bibliophiles! This book group will meet on the second Tuesday of the month. Limited copies of the current selection will be available at the Lending Desk.

Registration is not required.

This month's pick: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one. She must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

 

Indian Classical Dance with Sarada Nori Akella

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

All ages are invited to join Sarada Nori Akella of Layavinyasa School of Dance and Music. She will provide a history of the traditional Kuchipudi dance and do a demonstration including the hand gestures (or “mudras”), rhythmic patterns, and facial expressions used in this dance form.

Registration begins August 24th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

 

VIRTUAL LUNCH & LEARN: Medicare Enrollment

Who: Adults
When: Monday, July 11, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Grab a notebook and a PB&J for this monthly lunchtime webinar series presented on Zoom!

This month’s topic is Medicare Enrollment. Colin Murray of the Nesso Group will teach you what Medicare is, the different parts of the program, when the enrollment periods are, how to get additional coverage, and more.

Registration begins August 31st, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.