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2407 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033





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

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"Coming Soon" Sign-copyright kikkerdirk/Fotolia.comUpcoming Events at a Glance

For more events, see the CALENDAR.


The Latest

WTML Building Project Update

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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.

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.

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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

Stephen King: American Master

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 6:30-8pm
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 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.

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Cookbook Club

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, February 26, 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: Food52 Genius Desserts by Kristen Miglore. 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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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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Computer Basics: E-Mail

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

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Want to get an e-mail account but don’t know where to start? Come to this intro class, where we’ll start by setting up a Gmail account. We’ll also learn how to send and receive emails, download attachments such as pictures and documents, forward, delete and print emails, and more. Experience with 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, March 4, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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*** Program cancelled ~ next offering is April 1 ***
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.

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Tax Free in Retirement

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

Join Mike Alimo of USA Financial & Tax Services to learn about strategies that can help you get closer to a tax-free retirement. Many Americans assume that their taxes in retirement will stay the same or go down; unfortunately for most, this may not be the case. Discover how you can safely build a tax-favored position in retirement using methods that have been around for over 150 years. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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No company-specific products will be discussed, and there will be no sales or solicitations. Q&A. Additional information about retirement strategies is available on their website.

Snow date: Tuesday, March 10

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Friday Afternoon Films at the Library ~ "Yesterday"

Who: Adults
When: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 2-3:55pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

After a freak accident during a worldwide blackout, struggling musician Jack Malik wakes to discover that he is the only person in the world to remember The Beatles. Using this newfound benefit to his advantage, Jack begins plagiarizing the work of the legendary band to launch his career to superstardom. Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James and Sophia Di Martino. Rated PG-13; 1 hr. 56 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 ~ "Circe"

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, March 10, 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 Circe by Madeline Miller. Refreshments provided. Registration not required ~ drop in! For more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

Storyline: Despised by her divine family, Circe discovers her powers of sorcery when she turns a human fisherman into a god. When he spurns her for another nymph, Scylla, Circe transforms her rival into a horrific sea monster who becomes the scourge of all sailors – an act that will haunt Circe for the rest of her life.

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Glastonbury Poet Laureate Michael F. Lepore

Meet with Glastonbury's Poet Laureate

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 4-5pm
Place: Library's Study Room

Stop by and meet with Glastonbury's Poet Laureate, Dr. Michael F. Lepore, on the second Tuesday of the month at Welles-Turner Memorial Library from 4-5pm. Bring questions about poetry or poems to be critiqued. Learn about poetry opportunities in the greater Hartford area. Check at the Reference Desk on the library's second floor for room location. No reservation required ~ drop in!



Ella Waters Concert Series: The Kerry Boys

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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Enjoy an evening of Irish classics and originals with The Kerry Boys. With their signature vocal harmonies and high-energy instrumentation, The Kerry Boys are just plain Celtic fun! 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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Adios, Coco Chanel! DIY Herbal Perfume

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Ditch your store-bought perfume with this hands-on workshop with Grounded Goodwife! Most contain dozens of chemicals that do not have to be disclosed on the label. Experiment with base fragrances, mid-tones and top notes. Create your signature scent, mad-scientist style! Space is limited, so registration is requested starting February 25, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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About the presenters: Ehris Urban, owner of Woodbury, CT’s Grounded Holistic Wellness, grew up in a family passionate about holistic medicine. Ehris is a green witch, herbalist, holistic nutritionist and graduate of the New England School of Homeopathy. Additionally, Ehris is a Flower Essence Therapy practitioner. She became interested in Reiki as a teenager and attained Reiki Master certification at age 17. Ehris is also a certified Ingham Method reflexologist. A graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology, she is also a certified ESL teacher. Velya Jancz-Urban lives her life by the adage, “there is no growth without change.” Zany and gregarious, she is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner and "herstory unsanitized" expert. As "Grounded Goodwife," this funny and frank mother/daughter duo believe in taking inner responsibility for one's wellness and shape their "recipe" for wholeness through holistic workshops and gal power presentations.


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