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2407 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033





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The Latest

Library Renovation/Expansion News

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In November 2018, Glastonbury voters approved the $6.5 million library renovation and expansion project, which will provide approximately 3,700 square feet of new space at the Welles-Turner Memorial Library (WTML). Click here for more information.


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.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.

Upcoming Events

Finding Your Organizing Groove:

How To Gain SPACE and Develop Tidy Habits

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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Celebrate Get Organized Month with Sarah Soboleski, LCSW, a social worker and professional organizer. Participants will learn proven steps for tackling any home organizing challenge, explore the pros and cons of the Konmari Method, and undergo an assessment of their organizing habits.

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Sarah will share before and after pictures of her own projects with clients and will talk about the process of working with a professional organizer. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Snow date: Monday, January 27

About the presenter: Sarah Soboleski, LCSW is a therapist and professional organizer. She is the owner of Classically Organized and provides therapeutic decluttering and organizing support to persons struggling with chronic disorganization and hoarding behaviors. Sarah is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and is currently serving as Immediate Past President of NAPO-CT. She has appeared on WFSB’s "Better Connecticut" and been featured on NBC-CT.

Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Sam Ducharme set out on a 2180-mile, 14-state backpacking trip from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.

Sam Ducharme

During his six-month journey, he documented the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the wildlife, the hardships encountered on the trail, as well as the people, culture and humanity at its finest. Come join him as he takes you through the trail towns, over the mountaintops and through the backcountry. The images and stories will leave you with a renewed awe of the beauty of our country and its people. See his gear, how he cooked, and hear what it is like sleeping in a hammock for six months through three seasons. Signed copies of Sam’s book, Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail, will be available for purchase after the program. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Snow date: Tuesday, February 4

About the presenter: Sam Ducharme is a retired K9 Officer and a lifelong resident of Connecticut. He has two adult sons, both serving in the United States Air Force. As an avid outdoorsman, and finding the empty nest, Sam decided to buy a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia. From there, he started walking north. With no prior backpacking experience, he learned on the trail. Gear, trail nutrition, enduring the elements, and the logistics involved in a long-distance backpacking trip were hard lessons. After 20 years working within Connecticut’s prisons, the search for a positive recharge resulted in a life changing journey.

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Cookbook Club

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Come taste with us! The cookbook of the month will be available at Reference at the start of the month for your recipe selection. This month’s cookbook is: The Whole Foods Cookbook by John Mackey. Free copies of the recipes will be provided to you – just let us know what you pick! You can take the recipes home to cook, then bring your creation in for fellow cookbook club goers on the last Wednesday of every month. Share your ideas on tips and tricks that you’ve learned while tackling your recipe. Paper plates and flatware will be provided for tasting. No registration needed ~ drop in with a dish using the featured book’s recipes. Questions? Call Reference at 860-652-7720.

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Computer Basics: Internet

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Time: 3:30-5pm
Place: Riverfront Community Center Computer Lab

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Learn the basics of navigating through the world wide web and performing searches. Experience with a mouse and keyboard is required. Seating is limited, so reservations are required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

The Riverfront Community Center is located at 300 Welles Street in Glastonbury.

Community Yoga with Sacred Rivers

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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Get ready to exercise your mind and body with a gentle yoga class led by instructor Bharti Nagpal of Sacred Rivers Yoga. With her love of storytelling, Bharti brings the class to life by mixing Yoga philosophy with a gentle yet rejuvenating yoga practice. All bodies are welcome, and no prior yoga experience is necessary. Please dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Registration is required online or at the Reference desk at 860-652-7720.

Katharine Hepburn: From Hartford to Hollywood

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

With a stage and film career that spanned six decades, Katharine Hepburn is an American icon. Born and raised in Connecticut, Hepburn had a career in stage, film and television that reflected the changing role of women in American society. Challenging the norms of the day, she took control of her image and identity by establishing a unique sense of style which influenced countless women, fashion designers and the informal, elegant approach to American style that continues to resonate today. The story of her life-long ties to Connecticut offers a complete picture of how Hepburn became the woman and the star she was. This presentation will link her career and legacy to her roots in Connecticut to ask how she achieved her truly extraordinary legacy. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Snow date: Tuesday, February 11

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.

Image: Katharine Hepburn from "Woman of the Year"

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Friday Afternoon Films at the Library ~ "Moonstruck"

Who: Adults
When: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 2-3:40pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

A Brooklyn widow, engaged to a mama’s boy, falls in love with her fiancé’s brother. Starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia and Danny Aiello. Rated PG; 1 hr. 42 min. Refreshments will be provided. No registration ~ drop in! For more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

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Second Tuesday Book Group ~ "Salt to the Sea"

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time: 2-3pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Come talk books with other bibliophiles! This book group will meet the second Tuesday of the month. Limited copies of the current selection will be available at the Reference Desk. This month, we're reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Refreshments provided. Registration not required ~ drop in! For more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

Storyline: World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Forced by circumstance to unite, three find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

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Paint Night with Pam

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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 with a beautiful completed painting. All supplies and snacks provided. Space is limited, so registration is required starting January 23, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Snow date: Monday, February 24

Stephen King: American Master

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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A creepy corpus of facts about Stephen King and his work! Take a look at the life and works of one of America's most popular writers and the undeniable Master of the Macabre. This lecture covers all of King's writings - novels, novellas, short stories, nonfiction, screenplays, poetry and more. Also illustrated with dozens of rare photos from King's life and career and interspersed with comments from King colleagues, experts and co-authors. This presentation is given by a King authority. Author and retired University of New Haven professor Stephen Spignesi presents an entertaining and informative look at one of the world's most significant and popular writers. Copies of his new book will be available for purchase. Seating is limited, so registration is requested starting January 28, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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Snow date: Tuesday, March 3

About the presenter: Stephen Spignesi is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about historical biography, popular culture, television, film, American and world history, and contemporary fiction. He has written more than 60 books on these topics. He is also a university professor, novelist, poet, screenwriter, and musician. Christened “the world’s leading authority on Stephen King” by Entertainment Weekly magazine, Spignesi has worked with Stephen King, Turner Entertainment, the Margaret Mitchell Estate, Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, the Smithsonian Institution, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Viacom and other personalities and entities on a wide range of projects. Spignesi has also contributed essays, chapters, articles and introductions to a wide range of books.

Books on Tap ~ "Gwendy's Button Box"

Who: Adults 21+
When: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Hops on the Hill in South Glastonbury

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Adults 21+ are welcome to meet up for a non-traditional book discussion over a pint of Glastonbury beer at Hops on the Hill. No purchase is required to take part in the book club, but participants are responsible for buying their own drinks with a valid photo ID. Feel free to bring your own snacks. Registration not required. Limited copies of the current selection will be available at the Reference Desk. This month, we're reading Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King.

"It’s 1974 when 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson is offered a magic box by a man named Richard Farris, whom she meets at the top of one of the cliffside Suicide Stairs in Castle Rock, Maine. Farris wears a “small neat black hat” and seems to know just who Gwendy is and what she wants."

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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