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Upcoming Programs for Adults - At a Glance

 

Welles-Turner Memorial Library Grand Reopening Celebration!

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, September 17
Time: 10:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
Place: WTML

Celebrate the Welles-Turner Memorial Library Grand Reopening with a day full of fun for all ages! Check out the fresh spaces and enjoy crafts, musicians, performers, refreshments, and more!

The festivities will begin with an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony, a performance by the Glastonbury String Quartet, and refreshments. Children and families can then enjoy an exciting show by Danny Magic. Teens can participate in custom water bottle painting with Pam’s Picassos in the afternoon. Then, close out the day with a performance from the band Cover2Cover, who specialize in high-energy dance music from the 1960s-80s. Drop-in activities for kids (and visits with Elephant and Piggy!) will also be available all day long.

Registration is required for some activities.

 

Upcoming Programs for Adults - Details

 

CAMP WTML: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, & Other Bugs of Interest

Who: Adults
When: Monday, August 22 Rescheduled to Monday, August 29
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Insects that that are encountered in both residential and natural landscapes may be considered beneficial or harmful depending upon what they are doing. Over 95% of insects are not pests, but are just living wherever they find suitable food and habitat.

Pamm Cooper of the UConn Home and Garden Education Center will cover some garden pests, some beneficial insects (like pollinators, lightning bugs, dung and carrion beetles), and benign insects (like walking sticks, native moths and butterflies) that are commonly found in Connecticut.

Register online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, click here at the start of the program. (Meeting ID: 844 9478 5704 / Passcode: 604454)

 

In Search of the Himalayan Snow Leopard

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, September 6
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

The Himalayan Snow Leopard is the most mysterious, enigmatic, and poorly understood of all the large cats. Inhabiting mountain terrain above 15,000, the Snow Leopard is rarely seen and rarely photographed. There are only three individuals in the world today studying the cat full time. As a result, conservation agencies rely on citizen scientists to do basic research to add to the body of knowledge on this elusive cat.

Dr. Richard Benfield, former Chair of the Central CT State University Geography Department and Snow Leopard Researcher, will take us on a journey into the Himalayas and the mountains of Central Asia in search of this mysterious creature.

Register online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, click here at the start of the program. (Meeting ID: 884 8334 9113 / Passcode: 584831)

 

Smartphone Photography with Andy Mars

Who: Adults
When: Monday, September 12
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Want to learn how to turn your favorite photo into a work of art? Now you can! Join Andy Mars, freelance photographer, for a hands-on workshop to learn some basic tips on how to take better photos with your smartphone and then move onto editing techniques using the free editing app Snapseed. Finally, turn your images into photo paintings using the free version of the painting app Prisma. Your digital artwork can be printed as a unique gift for special occasions that will wow your family and friends!

Bring your smartphone and/or tablet (batteries charged and relevant user IDs/passwords in hand).

Registration begins August 15th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

 

SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB:
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, September 13
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Place: Glastonbury Room

Come talk books with other bibliophiles! This book group will meet on the second Tuesday of the month. Limited copies of the current selection will be available at the Lending Desk.

Registration is not required.

This month's pick: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one. She must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

 

Welles-Turner Memorial Library Grand Reopening Celebration!

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, September 17
Time: 10:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
Place: WTML

Celebrate the Welles-Turner Memorial Library Grand Reopening with a day full of fun for all ages! Check out the fresh spaces and enjoy crafts, musicians, performers, refreshments, and more!

The festivities will begin with an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony, a performance by the Glastonbury String Quartet, and refreshments. Children and families can then enjoy an exciting show by Danny Magic. Teens can participate in custom water bottle painting with Pam’s Picassos in the afternoon. Then, close out the day with a performance from the band Cover2Cover, who specialize in high-energy dance music from the 1960s-80s. Drop-in activities for kids (and visits with Elephant and Piggy!) will also be available all day long.

Registration is required for some activities.

 

Cover2Cover LIVE!

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, September 17
Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Place: The Commons

Cover2Cover is coming to celebrate the completion of WTML’s renovation and expansion!

Cover2Cover is a band that specializes in high-energy dance music from the 60s thru 80s whose repertoire includes an eclectic collection of tunes to suit all audiences. From songs such as “Vehicle” by The Ides Of March to the latin rhythms of Santana's “Evil Ways,” Cover2Cover will keep you up and dancing.

Registration is not required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Indian Classical Dance with Sarada Nori Akella

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

All ages are invited to join Sarada Nori Akella of Layavinyasa School of Dance and Music. She will provide a history of the traditional Kuchipudi dance and do a demonstration including the hand gestures (or “mudras”), rhythmic patterns, and facial expressions used in this dance form.

Registration begins August 24th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, click here at the start of the program. (Meeting ID: 881 4643 8440 / Passcode: 307928)

 

VIRTUAL LUNCH & LEARN:
Medicare Enrollment

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Virtual Session

Grab a notebook and a PB&J for this monthly lunchtime webinar series presented on Zoom!

This month’s topic is Medicare Enrollment. Colin Murray of the Nesso Group will teach you what Medicare is, the different parts of the program, when the enrollment periods are, how to get additional coverage, and more.

Registration begins August 31st, 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.

 

PODCASTING 101 (Part 1 of 2):

So, You Want to Start a Podcast?

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, October 4
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Join Mike Brown for the first session in a 2-part intro series on the ins and outs of podcasting. Attendance at both sessions is not required.

This talk is geared toward helping you transform from someone who isn't quite sure into someone who can confidently start a podcast tomorrow! If you are 'pod-curious' this is the perfect first step.

Registration begins September 6th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, click here at the start of the program. (Meeting ID: 821 8150 8376 / Passcode: 549434)

 

MOVIE THEATER THURSDAY:
Young Frankenstein (1974)

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, October 6
Time: 6 - 7:45 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

A finely tuned parody of the old Frankenstein movies in which the American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Starring Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, and Marty Feldman.

Rated PG; 1 hour 46 minutes.

All attendees are entered into a raffle to win a copy of the movie on DVD!

Drop-in; no registration required. For more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

 

SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB:
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, October 11
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Place: Glastonbury Room

Come talk books with other bibliophiles! This book group will meet on the second Tuesday of the month. Limited copies of the current selection will be available at the Lending Desk.

Registration is not required.

This month's pick: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Five students walk into Bayview High detention. Only four walk out. The victim was the creator of a high school gossip app. He planned to post juicy reveals about his four high-profile classmates. When he dies before detention is over, is one of them a murderer—or are they the perfect patsies for a killer?

 

PODCASTING 101 (Part 2 of 2):

Podcasting First Steps

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, October 11
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Join Mike Brown for the second session in a 2-part intro series on the ins and outs of podcasting. Attendance at both sessions is not required.

This talk is designed to take you from confused to confident when it comes to starting your new podcast. You will get specific advice on gear, how to release your show, and monetization.

Registration begins September 13th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, click here at the start of the program. (Meeting ID: 812 7502 9551 / Passcode: 767842)

 

VIRTUAL LUNCH & LEARN:
Senior Living Communities

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, October 27
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Virtual Session

Grab a notebook and a PB&J for this monthly lunchtime webinar series presented on Zoom!

Join us in welcoming Liz Cornish, MSPT, Certified Dementia Care Specialist, Senior Care Consultant and owner of New Season in Life, LLC. Liz will explain the differences between Skilled Nursing Homes, Independent and Assisted Living Communities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and Memory Care Communities. She will then focus specifically on Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities.

You can learn how these communities can differ in care and amenities. She will provide information regarding questions that families should ask and things to look for in an Assisted Living or Memory Care Community.

Registration begins September 29th, 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.

 

The Grotesque 10:
Amazing Architectural Sculpture

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, November 1
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari,” traveling to ten universities around the country to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this type of sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has collected his findings in his book called “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities” and presents a selection in this illustrated lecture, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer.

Registration begins October 4th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, click here at the start of the program. (Meeting ID: 834 2204 8651 / Passcode: 472817)

 

MOVIE THEATER THURSDAY:
Dear Evan Hansen (2021)

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, November 3
Time: 6 - 8:15 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate.

Starring Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, and Kaitlyn Dever.

Rated PG-13; 2 hours 17 minutes.

All attendees are entered into a raffle to win a copy of the movie on DVD!

Drop-in; no registration required. For more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

 

A Pleasant Pairing: Tea & Fine Chocolate
at Downton Abbey

Who: Adults
When: Monday, November 7
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Join Kim Larkin, certified chocolatier of Klassic Kreations, for a fun, educational talk highlighting the history and many health benefits of tea and dark chocolate. Kim will discuss how to brew a proper cuppa, how tea varieties differ, and the tenants of proper tea ceremonies. Enjoy samplings of tea infusions and chocolate creations, trivia, fun poetry, a teapot and lace display, and more.

Registration begins October 11th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, click here at the start of the program. (Meeting ID: 875 4821 2596 / Passcode: 899523)

 

SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB:
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Place: Glastonbury Room

Come talk books with other bibliophiles! This book group will meet on the second Tuesday of the month. Limited copies of the current selection will be available at the Lending Desk.

Registration is not required.

This month's pick: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his wife of one year: “Protect her.” Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers: Owen's sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother. After the FBI arrests Owen's boss, a US Marshal and FBI agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, and it’s clear Owen isn't who he said he was. And Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen's true identity—and why he really disappeared.

 

VIRTUAL LUNCH & LEARN:
Tax-Free Investing

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, November 17
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Virtual Session

Grab a notebook and a PB&J for this monthly lunchtime webinar series presented on Zoom!

It's not what you make, it's what you keep! Eric Judge, Certified Financial Planner from Edward Jones in Glastonbury brings us this educational seminar to inform attendees of the benefits and considerations of choosing investments that offer tax advantages.

Registration begins October 20th, 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.

 

MOVIE THEATER THURSDAY:
Little Women (2019)

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, December 1
Time: 6 - 8:15 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Jo March reflects on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms.

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Florence Pugh.

Rated PG; 2 hours 15 minutes.

All attendees are entered into a raffle to win a copy of the movie on DVD!

Drop-in; no registration required. For more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

 

Pet Boredom Busters

Who: Adults
When: Monday, December 5
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

With the temperatures getting colder and the days getting shorter, it’s time to find some new activities for your pet! There are plenty of reasons pets may not get enough exercise and become bored. Keeping pets entertained is important for their physical and mental health. Without enough activity, boredom can quickly turn into destructive behavior. So, what can you do to curb your pets’ boredom and keep them happy and healthy?

During this program, presented by the Connecticut Humane Society, you’ll learn different tips and tricks to keep all types of pets active. From snuffle mats to pet piñatas, and potted cat grass to braided rope toys, there’s something for everyone!

Registration begins November 7th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, click here at the start of the program. (Meeting ID: 813 3264 8600 / Passcode: 000876)

 

SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB:
Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Place: Glastonbury Room

Come talk books with other bibliophiles! This book group will meet on the second Tuesday of the month. Limited copies of the current selection will be available at the Lending Desk.

Registration is not required.

This month's pick: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Winning a hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. At first, it seems like the team has a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their town. But the day after a drunken celebration following a key win, everything has changed. With so much riding on the success of the team, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.

 

VIRTUAL LUNCH & LEARN:
Lead Like a Pro

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, December 15
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Virtual Session

Grab a notebook and a PB&J for this monthly lunchtime webinar series presented on Zoom!

This month’s topic is athletic leadership. In his book, Lead Like A Pro, Dr. Matthew Raidbard draws on over a decade spent as a college basketball coach and senior-level athletics administrator, as well as his own original research into what leadership styles and behaviors help athletic coaches be successful.

This talk is designed for athletic coaches to provide them with foundational leadership knowledge and teach them techniques they can use to practice the best leadership style and behaviors that align with their personal values and beliefs. This program is also designed to help coaches understand the impact their leadership choices can have both positively and negatively on the kids they coach.

Registration begins November 17th, 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.

 

Sydney Sherman Presents: You Are Not Alone for the Holidays (A Virtual Program)

Who: Adults
When: Monday, December 19
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Virtual Session

The loss of a loved one is felt every day of the year and it’s hard, but holidays tend to make it even harder. Does it have to be?

Coping is different for everyone, but what most people have in common is the deep feelings of loss and family during the holiday season. It can help when people have the knowledge of what comes after this life, the new form their loved ones take, the reason they are here and how each of us can connect with them.

Acclaimed Metaphysical Author, Sydney Sherman, will visit us on Zoom to teach us how to get there step-by-step with easy and scientific explanations for how it all works. Most people do not realize how special holidays and celebrations invoke responses from our loved ones and if they are recognized, they can offer a much-needed comfort.

Sherman will discuss how items our loved ones used for a special holiday, or their favorite dish, a song, a silly joke or phrase, or even an extra chair and place settings may be all you need to start the connection. There is no better gift than that.

This presentation will be audience interactive. Q&A to follow.

Registration begins November 21st, 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.