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2407 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

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Tue, Thu 1pm-5pm
Wed 3pm-7pm
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Virtual Programs for Adults - At a Glance

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Virtual Programs for Adults - Details

Paint Night at Home ~ Virtual Program for Adults - EVENT FULL

Who: Adults
When: Thursday,
September 17, 2020
Time: 6-7:30pm
Place: Virtual session

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Learn how to paint a real work of art at home! Follow instructor Pamela Halligan of Pam’s Picassos on Zoom as she walks you through the steps of creating your own masterpiece. You will create a beautiful completed painting. Paint kits will be available to pick up at the library beginning Monday, September 14. You must be registered for the program in order to pick up a paint kit. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting and begins August 20. 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, September 24, 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!

September's pick: Biographies

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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Cookbook Club ~ Virtual Gathering for Adults 21+

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

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!

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One of the America's Test Kitchen recipe books from the library's collection

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 dish from the America’s Test Kitchen Blog! Feel free to pick any America’s Test Kitchen recipe, either online or if you have one of the cookbooks at home! Pick any recipe, whether it’s a dessert, main course or side dish. 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!

September's Cookbook Club: America’s Test Kitchen Recipe Pick!

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.

That’s Weird! History is strange ... Take a second look!

~ Virtual Program for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Virtual session

An ordinary-looking map with a sinister surprise. Earrings made of human hair. A piece of a revered Connecticut tree carved in the shape of a … ham? Museums are full of objects that make staff and visitors say, "Huh?" But what makes these objects so strange to us? What makes an object "weird?" This presentation explores some of CHS’s strangest items. You will learn how even the oddest artifacts can be gateways into a deeper understanding and appreciation of our state’s history. Register online or by calling Reference 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.

About the presenter: Taylor McClure is a Museum Educator at the Connecticut Historical Society. She teaches educational programs for school and adult groups both at the museum and on location. Taylor is a former high school social studies teacher, with a B.A. in History and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington.

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

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Homemade Ravioli ~ Virtual Program for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Monday, October 5, 2020
Time: 6-7:15pm
Place: Virtual session

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Join Katie Shepherd, Registered Dietitian, and learn how to make your own ravioli from scratch. You’ll be guided through mixing, kneading and rolling your pasta dough and create a delicious cheesy filling. Katie will also be answering any burning questions you may have about food and nutrition! You will need the following ingredients for this recipe: 2 eggs • all-purpose flour • salt • olive oil • ricotta • shredded mozzarella and • (optional spices) parsley, basil and nutmeg. You do NOT need a pasta machine, but a rolling pin is required.​ Register online or by calling Reference 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.

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Black Bears in Connecticut ~ Virtual Presentation for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 6-7:30pm
Place: Virtual session

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Paul Colburn, Master Wildlife Conservationist, will present on the natural history of black bears in Connecticut and provide an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. It also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear population. Registration begins September 17, online or by calling Reference 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.

About the presenter: Paul Colburn is a 2015 graduate of the Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP) and a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC). The MWCP is a Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) adult education program that trains volunteers in the fields of wildlife management, natural history and interpretation. Mr. Colburn has provided hundreds of wildlife presentations across the state and participated in several wildlife research projects. Mr. Colburn is an avid outdoorsman, a graduate of Wesleyan University and served honorably in the United States Army.

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

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Acoustic Guitar ~ Virtual Concert for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Virtual session

Peter Biedermann is a solo instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, AZ who has been composing and performing for over 45 years and will be performing for the fourth time for the Welles-Turner Memorial Library. The common thread throughout his musical background is crossing the boundaries of music genres. This hybrid, contemporary style melds elements of American and European folk with jazz and blues shadings; underpinned by subtle ambient electronics. Peter began focusing on performing original solo instrumentals beginning in 2000. The music is now being presented virtually from his home until further notice. Peter will be focusing on new pieces as well as material from his latest live recording – "Say What?" – on a variety of guitars in unique tunings.

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The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 60+ years. Fans of fellow guitarists such as Michael Hedges, the British school (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Davy Graham), Alex de Grassi and John Martyn will enjoy this music. Go to www.biedermannmusic.com for more information about Peter and his music. CD purchases can be made from the RECORDINGS section of this website. Registration begins September 22, online or by calling Reference 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.

Pure Inspiration from Dustin Pari ~ Virtual Program for Adults

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Poster

Who: Adults
When: Monday, November 2, 2020
Time: 6-7:15pm
Place: Virtual session

Sweeter than chocolate! Wilder than Wonka himself! This confectionery creation from Dustin Pari takes a look at the tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by author Roald Dahl, examines the characters and their vices and, then, uses these devices to create a wonderfully magical tale of motivation, inspiration and imagination. Grab your golden ticket for this lecture, and hold on tight! It’s time for Pure Inspiration! Registration begins October 5, online or by calling Reference 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.

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Protecting Your Financial Information: Identity Theft ~ Virtual Program for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Thursday,
November 10, 2020
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Virtual session

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We live in a fast-paced, technological world. Scammers are all around us, whose only goal is to steal your financial information to commit fraud. Your best defense is awareness. Join Kathleen Titsworth of the Connecticut Department of Banking to learn important tips to help you understand the methods of identity theft; take action steps to reduce your risk; recognize signs that you may be a victim; choose your options in recovering from identity theft, including data security breaches; and exercise your consumer rights to shield your credit report from unauthorized use. Registration begins October 13, 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.

 

For all library events, see the CALENDAR.

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The Latest

Library Reopens

The Welles-Turner Memorial Library reopened to the public on Monday, August 3, 2020 with limited hours and services. All users must adhere to current CDC guidelines that include: (1) wearing a face mask that covers the nose and mouth; (2) maintaining a social distance of at least six feet.

  • Services limited to borrowing and picking up holds.
  • Access to Children’s Department by appointment only by calling 860-652-7718.
  • Limited number of public computers available for maximum of one hour per day per user, also by appointment only, by calling Reference at 860-652-7720. Due to social distance requirements, staff will be unavailable for one-on-one assistance; bring a computer-savvy friend or relative if needed.
  • Copy, fax, print and scan service will be available; exact change required.
  • Services that will not be available include access to magazine and newspaper collections, study rooms and meeting rooms. Seating throughout the library will be limited.
  • Return materials in book drop only. Library materials quarantine for three days prior to coming off patron's record.
  • Library hours:
 

Mondays & Fridays
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Wednesdays
Saturdays

9am-1pm
1pm-5pm
3pm-7pm
9am-12noon

The library plans to expand operating hours and services as it becomes safe to do so.

 

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.

Note: Recently expired WTML cards have been extended through August 31, 2020.

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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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.

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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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