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Virtual Programs for Adults - Details

Christmas in the Colonies ~ Virtual Program for Adults

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Who: Adults
When: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Virtual session

Christmas in the New England colonies was, for the most part, just another day. Celebrating Christmas was outlawed in most of New England. Puritans and Protestants detested the entire celebration and likened it to “pagan rituals.” But some colonists enjoyed an array of festivities, such as singing carols, decorating their homes and hosting feasts. Join Velya and Ehris, the mother/daughter Grounded Goodwife duo, for: a DIY apple cinnamon sugar scrub apple peel throwing (to determine your spouse) apple seed prophecies and a group wassail carol. You will need the following materials for the activities: coconut oil, white sugar, medium apple, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract and a glass jar (holds at least 16 oz). Space is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference desk 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. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

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About the presenters: Ehris Urban, owner of Woodbury, CT’s Grounded Holistic Wellness, grew up in a family passionate about holistic medicine. Ehris is a green witch, herbalist, holistic nutritionist and graduate of the New England School of Homeopathy. Additionally, Ehris is a Flower Essence Therapy practitioner. She became interested in Reiki as a teenager and attained Reiki Master certification at age 17. Ehris is also a certified Ingham Method reflexologist. A graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology, she is also a certified ESL teacher. Velya Jancz-Urban lives her life by the adage, “there is no growth without change.” Zany and gregarious, she is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner and "herstory unsanitized" expert. As "Grounded Goodwife," this funny and frank mother/daughter duo believe in taking inner responsibility for one's wellness and shape their "recipe" for wholeness through holistic workshops and gal-power presentations.

A Creepy Christmas ~

Virtual Program for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Time: 6-7:30pm
Place: Virtual session

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Jeff Belanger-image appears with permission

Remember the famous Christmas song which goes, "There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long long ago …?" So what happened to the scary stories? Jeff Belanger brings the spooky back to the yuletide time of year with Creepy Christmas, based on his New England Legends "Creepy Christmas" special that aired on PBS. From the origins of the holiday to the monsters like Krampus, the Belsnickel and Gryla, to the ghosts that lurk in the red and green shadows, Jeff will take you on a multi-media journey of this haunting holiday! This program is NOT suitable for young children. Q&A to follow. Register online or by calling the 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.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

About the presenter: Jeff Belanger is an author, podcaster, storyteller, adventurer and explorer of the unexplained. He’s written more than a dozen books that have been published in six languages; he’s the Emmy-nominated host, writer and producer of the New England Legends series on PBS and Amazon Prime; he provides programs and lectures to audiences all over the world; and he’s been the writer and researcher for every episode of "Ghost Adventures" on the Travel Channel. Jeff has made media appearances on hundreds of radio and television programs over his 20-year career, and he has a passion for mysteries and legends.

Cookbook Club ~ Virtual Gathering for Adults 21+

Who: Adults age 21+
When: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Virtual session

November's Theme: Christmas Cookie Recipe Pick!

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With the library temporarily closed, we've decided on a new place for the Cookbook Club ... your place!  :)

Adults age 21+ are welcome to meet virtually for a non-traditional Cookbook Club discussion on Zoom. BYOB ... or wine!

We will start by sharing what we've chosen to cook, and any tips or challenges we had to overcome. This month's pick is to make a new or a tried-and-true Christmas Cookie Recipe to share with your fellow Cookbook Club goers! Feel free to pick any cookie recipe, either online, from a family recipe, or a cookbook of your choice! We know that you have lots of cooking to do within the next week, so keep this as simple as you like. We would love to hear about your beloved family Christmas recipes that you look forward to every year. As we do not want anyone to make special grocery store trips at this time, whatever you have in the house or planned in with your regular grocery shopping trip is fine!

Online registration is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting. Click here to register.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

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Books on Tap ~ Virtual Gathering for Adults 21+

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Who: Adults age 21+
When: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Virtual session

Adults 21+ are welcome to meet virtually for a non-traditional book discussion over a beer on Zoom! We will start by sharing what we've chosen to drink. Please support local businesses and buy from nearby independent breweries if you can! It is especially encouraged to buy from our usual host, Hops on the Hill in Glastonbury.* They are open limited hours for to-go sales.

After virtual cheers, we will dive into the books we read from a specific genre. We will explore a new genre each month until we can meet in person again. With a valid library card, you can explore our online offerings to find a title that fits the genre. For personalized recommendations, click here. Or, search through your own collection!

December's pick: Graphic Novels

Registration is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting. Click here to register.

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Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

*Hops on the Hill is located at 275 Dug Rd, South Glastonbury, CT. 
Click here to visit their website. 
Click here for map and directions.

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Connecticut and the Pandemic of 1918 ~

Virtual Program for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, January 7, 2021
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Virtual session

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In 1918-1919, the world experienced a lethal outbreak of influenza that took the lives of millions. What was it like to live through the Influenza Pandemic of 1918? In this program presented by Natalie Belanger of the Connecticut Historical Society, we’ll look at archival images, letters and newspapers to explore this topic, including sources left by Connecticans who experienced the flu first-hand. Registration begins December 10, online or by calling the 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.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

About the speaker: Natalie Belanger is the Adult Programs Manager at the Connecticut Historical Society. She holds a B.A. in history from Smith College and an M.A. in women's history from the University of Maryland. She has worked in museum education for most of her career and also teaches history courses at Manchester Community College and other area colleges.

Ditching Fad Diets + Healthy Lunch Prep ~ Virtual Program for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Virtual session

Join Katie, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers, to learn how to start the New Year off in a healthy way! No more calorie counting or juice cleanses; you’ll learn how to determine if a diet is fad or fact. You’ll also have the chance to cook along and make a delicious lunch-prep recipe: Sweet Potato Fajita Bowls with Guacamole. You’ll need the following ingredients:

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  • 1-2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime
  • salt
  • brown rice (or white rice, quinoa, carrot, etc.)
  • optional seasonings like: cumin, paprika, chili powder

Registration begins December 15, 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.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Organizing: A Plan of Attack for Any Space ~ Virtual Program for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday,
January 19, 2021
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Virtual session

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Sarah Soboleski, LCSW is a licensed social worker and trained professional organizer. She will present her talk, “Organizing: A Plan of Attack for Any Space,” to celebrate National Get Organized (GO) Month! Participants will learn proven steps for tackling any of life’s organizing challenges, the three main causes of clutter, and easy how-to’s for simplifying your space. Sarah will share "before and after" pictures of her own projects with clients and will talk about the process in working with a professional organizer. Registration begins December 22, 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.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

About the presenter: Sarah Soboleski, LCSW is a therapist and professional organizer. She is the owner of Classically Organized and provides therapeutic support and decluttering services to individuals struggling with hoarding and chronic disorganization. Sarah is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO), and is a past president of the CT Chapter of NAPO. She has appeared on WFSB’s "Better Connecticut" and been featured on NBC-CT.​

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Genealogy Basics: FamilySearch ~ Virtual Program for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Virtual session

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Interested in researching your family tree? FamilySearch, a free genealogy search tool developed by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, is a great place to start! Learn how to access free genealogy webinars, how-to guides for local research, and original records in this workshop designed for beginners. Professional genealogist and proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, Bryna O’Sullivan, will explain the information available and walk participants through how to navigate this useful website. Registration begins January 5, 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.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

About the presenter: Bryna O’Sullivan is a lineage society application specialist who works hard to make her clients’ application process as stress free and enjoyable as possible. In her eight years of experience, she has assisted clients in joining the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the National Society Colonial Dames of America, and many others – often using family trees that extend across North America and through difficult to document regions. Based in Middletown, Connecticut, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and French Literature from Tufts University, a Master of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She has also completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research, the National Institute for Genealogical Studies Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, the ProGen Study Group, the DAR’s Genealogical Education Program and more.

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The Latest

Library Service Update

Out of an abundance of caution, the library is closed to the public effective Monday, November 30, 2020 until further notice. Available services include:

  • Temporary library cards (click here to apply)
  • Outside book drop (24/7)
  • Digital collections
  • Curbside pickup
  • Telephone reference service (Reference Department, 860-652-7720, Children's Department,
    860-652-7718) during these hours:
 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Tuesday, Thursday
Saturday

9am-5pm
9am-6pm
9am-12noon

  • Virtual programs for all ages

 

Temporary Library Card

Glastonbury residents who do not have a valid library card can request a temporary card. This account gives you access to online resources and will be deleted after 30 days. To sign up, please click here.

If you reside in a CT town other than Glastonbury, please contact your hometown public library for assistance.

 

Temporary Online Access to BookPage

Because the publisher has paused shipment of their upcoming April printed issues, they are offering patrons free access to the online edition for the time being:

 

WTML Building Project Update

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November 2020: Orlando Annulli and Sons is the general contractor for the library renovation/expansion project. The project is a phased project to allow library operations to remain on-site.

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Curbside pickup will continue at the Main Entrance at the rear of the building.

April 2020: While the world appears to be standing still right now, work continues on the library renovation/expansion project. The project continues through the town permitting process. Once that process is complete, the project will be bid and, finally, construction will begin.

To view the floor plans, visit the library expansion page of the town website. Right-click on the desired image, and open it in a new tab to view details.

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February 2020: The library renovation/expansion project includes a two-story addition to the southwest side of the current building, as well as reconfiguration of existing space to provide:

  • More space for children's activities
  • Expanded teen area
  • Dedicated maker space
  • Space for focused and collaborative work for all ages
  • Comfortable furniture
  • Space to house current collection with room for growth

Construction is likely to start in the summer. Stay tuned for more information as plans progress.

January 2020: The building project is in final design. The plans are under review by the required town commissions, culminating with a final review by the Town Planning and Zoning Commission.

We expect to bid the project this spring, with construction to start this summer. It will be a phased construction to allow the library to remain open for the duration.

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We will post information as it becomes available in library newsletter, on the library website at www.wtmlib.info and on the library Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Welles-Turner-Memorial-Library. Or, sign up for automatic eNotification at www.glastonbury-ct.gov/enotify and choose "Library Renovation" category under the "News" heading.

Click here for complete library renovation/expansion news, located on the Town of Glastonbury's website.

 

Text Notification of Available Holds

Would you like to receive an immediate text when your hold has arrived @ the library?
Here’s how to sign up:

  • Log into your library account from the online catalog. If you haven't already established a PIN, you will need to create one.
  • Click on Edit Account, just below your name.
  • When the “Modify Patron Information” popup window opens, enter your cell number in the “Mobile Phone No.” field, click on the “Opt In” check box and click on Submit at the bottom of the page.
  • You will receive a text within a few minutes to confirm your signup; text back “YES.”
  • You will receive a message within a few minutes to confirm your signup.

Please note:

  • One library account per cell number.
  • You will continue to receive email notices.
  • The service is free; message and data rates may apply.

 

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.

 

Burbio

Burbio.com is a free community-building service that streams all library, school and non-profit events together in one place through a web site, iOS app and Amazon Alexa. Currently, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library calendar, as well as those from the local schools, are available. Expect other non-profits to be added in the school year.

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If you are a member of a non-profit organization and would like your group's events added, please contact Library Director, Barbara Bailey at barbara.bailey@glastonbury-ct.gov.

 

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