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Wed 12pm-9pm
Fri 9am-6pm | Sat 9am-5pm
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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

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Cookbook Club

Who: Adults
Premieres: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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: Cravings. Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen. 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 fourth 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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Paint Night with Pam!

Who: Adults
When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

*** This event is full, but you may still add your name to the waiting list ***

Learn how to paint a real painting! 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. Maximum 25 participants (minimum 15 to host the workshop), so registration is required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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"Build a Better ... You!" ~ Experience Nature as Healer

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

This lecture series focuses on health and lifestyle topics, followed by discussion.

Discover how nature can guide, calm, inform and restore you with Marlow Shami. Studies conducted over the past twenty years confirm that contact with the natural world and meditation can lift your spirits, reduce anxiety, alleviate pain, increase brain function and help cultivate a sense of belonging and compassion. In this lecture, beautiful and compelling images support Marlow’s focus on the challenges and rewards of connecting with nature in a mass-technological culture. After the lecture, there will be an outdoor component from 7:30-8 pm. Come and experience the simple power of nature’s healing effects through guided meditation and out-of-door experiential activities. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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Marlow Shami is a nature-based teacher, artist, and writer who conducts workshops throughout New England specializing in the healing connection between humans and the natural world. Shami received her BFA in photography and video from the University of Hartford Art School, and a Masters of Science in Ecopsychology.

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Friday Afternoon Films at the Library ~


Who: Adults
When: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 2-4:15pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

A retired cop, afflicted with acrophobia, agrees to shadow the wife of an old acquaintance who fears that she may be suicidal. Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore and Ellen Corby. Rated PG; 2 hours 8 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. No registration ~ drop in! For more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720..

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Ella Waters Concert Series:

Jia-Yi He Harmonica & Piano Duo

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Jia-Yi He, a world-class harmonica virtuoso, has received numerous awards in international festivals and competitions in England, Germany, Israel, Japan and the United States. Jia-Yi was also a contestant on Season 5 of "America’s Got Talent." During this unique concert, he will perform using different types of harmonicas including Chromatic, Tremolo, Diatonic, Bass and the largest and smallest harmonica in the world. The program will include piano accompaniment. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

The music series is presented by the Friends of Welles-Turner Memorial Library and Welles-Turner Memorial Library in memory of Isabella Waters, who was a generous library supporter.


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Spring Book Sale ~ Friends of the Library

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 9am-5pm
Place: Library's Front Lawn

The Friends' Spring Book Sale is Saturday, May 11 from 9am-5pm on the front lawn of the library. Should it rain, the sale will be in the lower parking deck of TD Bank, next door to the library.

Unless marked otherwise, children's hardcovers are $1; adult hardcovers, $2; trade paperbacks, $1; small size and all children paperbacks, 50 cents. Books on CD and DVDs are $2, and audio CDs are $1 per disc. There will be a specially priced section at $5 and above. Come early for the best selection. No sales before nine o'clock. On the day of the sale, please do not park in the bank lots during banking hours which, on Saturdays, are 8am-2pm. For more information or to volunteer, please email the Friends at booksale@friendswtmlib.org, or call 860-652-7728.


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8 Great Artists: Their Works, Words & Ways

Who: Adults
When: Monday, May 13, 2019
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Join us for a conversational program about artists who influenced the culture of their time. Ed Hicks will deliver a tribute to many of history’s great artists, and a few comedians! He shows large projected images of the artists and their paintings and ends the artists’ stories with humorous quotes, leading to a lively exchange with the audience. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference desk at 860-652-7720.

About Ed Hicks: Ed graduated from Vesper George School of Art in Boston where he became strongly influenced by Wyeth and the early impressionists. He majored in commercial art and worked in ad agencies in Boston, Hartford and West Hartford. He then left the agency life to paint full-time, showing his work in outdoor shows and galleries in New England. Now, after many years working in the arts, studying great artists and knowing their work, he has turned to learning about their personal lives. He has found that, in just about all cases, they were colorful, to say the least!

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Something Old, Something New:

Connecticut Weddings Through the Ages

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

From colonial to modern times, how did Connecticut couples tie the knot? How did they celebrate? What did they wear? And how did some of our cherished wedding customs originate?

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This program uses the CHS's extensive collection of wedding clothing, accessories, photographs and prints to examine some of our ideas about what makes a “traditional” wedding and what those traditions can reveal about how ideas about marriage have changed through the years. Seating is limited, so registration is requested starting April 23, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

About the speaker: 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.

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Gentle Yoga

Who: Adults
When: Monday, June 3, 2019
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 beginning May 6, online or at the Reference desk at 860-652-7720.



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