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Memorial Library

2407 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033





Mon, Tue, Thu 9am-9pm
Wed 12pm-9pm
Fri 9am-6pm | Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm
(Closed Sun, mid-May – Labor Day)

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What's Happening


"Read Around Town" Adult Summer Reading

June 17-August 14, 2020

"Read Around Town" Summer Reading 2020 Logo

This summer, we’re excited to “Read Around Town” with all of our Glastonbury friends! While this year’s program looks a little different than the past, it is just as easy and rewarding. Read and/or listen to at least four books between June 17 and August 14, and log them on the summer reading website by clicking here. While we are unable to give out shirts to participants like we have in the past, you will be entered into an End-of-Summer Reading Raffle and have the chance to win a great prize.

Additionally, if you take a picture of yourself or your reading material as you “Read Around Town” and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #WTMLibrary and #ReadAroundTown, you will be entered into a separate raffle to win an Amazon gift card. We can’t wait to see what’s on your to-read list this summer! Call Reference at 860-652-7720 for more information.

"Thank you!" to the Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library for sponsoring the program prizes.

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Upcoming Events

Resume Writing ~ Virtual Workshop

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Time: 2-3pm
Place: Virtual session

Interested in highlighting your skills to an employer? In this virtual workshop via Zoom, Patrick Jones of Goodwill Career Center in Hartford will teach you how to: create a resume that features your skills and experiences convert your resume into ATS (applicant tracking system) format to increase application visibility and identify the different sections of a resume. Click here to register online. For assistance, please call Reference at 860-652-7720.

You might also be interested in the following virtual sessions:

Job Searching: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Interview Skills: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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5 Fool-Proof Formulas to Organize Any Space ~ Virtual Program

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Who: Adults
When: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Virtual session

Sarah Soboleski, trained professional organizer and clinical social worker of Classically Organized in Glastonbury, will introduce 5 tools to help you tackle every area of your home. You’ll walk away with formulas to declutter everything from the kitchen to your desk, paper piles and even your calendar! She’ll talk about the process of working with a professional organizer and will share before-and-after photos of her own client spaces. Register online or by calling Reference at 860-652-7720 and leaving a message (be sure to leave your name, telephone number and email address). 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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Cookbook Club ~ Virtual Gathering

Who: Adults age 21+
When: Wednesday, July 29, 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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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 that includes fresh herbs! Herbs are a summer staple! Whether you are using fresh thyme or rosemary, or even dried herbs as well, we would love to hear the story behind your dish of choice. Please use what you have in your homes, 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! Also, wear your sunglasses and keep em’ on for our July meeting. Let’s have some mid-summer fun!

July's Cookbook Club: Cooking with Herbs!

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

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Who: Adults age 21+
When: Thursday, July 30, 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!

July's pick: Romance

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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Other Programs

Since the library is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), adult programs that had been scheduled to meet at the library in the near future are either being held virtually or are cancelled.

For the most up-to-date status of upcoming events, see the CALENDAR.


The Latest

Library Closed Until Further Notice

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Welles-Turner Memorial Library is closed until further notice.

Late fees for checkouts due during the time we are closed will be waived through August 31.

We are now accepting returns of library items through our book return slots on the north side of the library building. Note that all returns are placed in quarantine before they are checked in.

The library is currently providing curbside pickup of holds (see article, below).

Staff members are checking voice and email regularly. If you have a reference question, please call 860-652-7720. Or email wtmlreference@gmail.com, and a librarian will get back to you.

Updates will be posted online. This would be a good time to sign up for Town of Glastonbury eNotifications for the most current information. Click here to enroll.

Click here for information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the State of Connecticut.


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.


Curbside Pickup @ WTML

Welles-Turner Memorial Library is happy to announce the start of our Curbside Pickup Program. You can place holds on WTML items (inter-library loan is not operating at this time) through the library's website or by calling the Reference desk at 860-652-7720.

We will gather your requests and call you to schedule a time to come and pick them up. At your scheduled time, items will be waiting for you in a bag by the parking lot entrance - you simply grab the bag and go! Please note, same-day pick up is unavailable at this time; allow at least 24 hours for us to process your requests. And please try to keep your requests to 5 items at a time so we can accommodate everyone. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 860-652-7720. We look forward to getting new reading materials into your patiently waiting hands!


Lastly, we are now accepting returns of library items through our book return slots on the north side of the library building. All items that are returned are placed in quarantine before they are checked in so, if you still see them on your library account after a few days, do not be concerned. Please wait at least a week before calling to inquire about them.


Complete the 2020 Census by August 14

The 2020 Census is underway, and the deadline for response has been extended to August 14, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Glastonbury residents are strongly encouraged to complete the census for their household, which can be done online, by phone, or by mail (see instructions below).

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Collected every 10 years, census data helps provide a snapshot of the nation and is used to help influence a number of critical decisions, such as how federal funding is allocated to Glastonbury and other communities countrywide. The following provides a selection of programs and initiatives influenced by census data:

  • Public Schools – lunch programs, faculty, special education
  • Public Health and Safety – hospitals, fire departments, Medicaid, SNAP
  • Economic Development – population trends, growth projections, business expansion
  • Environmental Initiatives
  • Natural Disaster Response
  • Transportation – public transit, highway planning, construction
  • Political Decisions – number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, adjusting or redrawing electoral and congressional districts
  • Download this report to see a full list of other programs impacted by census data.

As of April 15, 2020, the self-response rates have been reported as:

  • Connecticut: 51.2%
  • Glastonbury :63.9%

Your household census can be completed online or by phone or email as follows:

Online – visit https://my2020census.gov/. You will need your street address or the 12-digit code found in the materials mailed to you/left at your door.

Phone – call 1-844-330-2020.

Mail – head of household received a paper copy in the mail.

Resident participation is encouraged to achieve a 100% response rate for Glastonbury households. For more information, please visit https://2020census.gov/en/census-data.html. You can also track the real-time response rate for Glastonbury or any town at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html. (Select Connecticut and then Glastonbury under the “Town” drop-down menu.) Please share this with your friends, family and colleagues in the Glastonbury community, and visit https://my2020census.gov/ for answers to frequently asked questions.

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.

Library Lower Level Main Entrance-image furnished by TSKP Studio

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.

Image (above) furnished by TSKP Studio

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.

Library Main Entrance

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.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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