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Upcoming Programs for Adults - Details

 

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!

*This program is for humans only. Please leave your furry family members at home.*

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: 813 3264 8600 / Passcode: 000876)

 

SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB:
Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, December 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.

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

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.

Register 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.

Register 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:
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022)

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, January 5
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

A widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own.

Starring Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, and Lambert Wilson.

Rated PG for suggestive material, language and smoking; 1 hour 55 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.

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled*

 

Paint Your Pet Watercolor Workshop

Who: Adults
When: Monday, January 9
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Place: MakerSpace

Join watercolor artist Nancy Roman as she offers this creative workshop for adults. Participants must provide a 5" x 7" photo of their pet, and Nancy will help you paint a watercolor portrait based on the photo.

You may either bring this photo to the program or, if you do not have access to a color printer, you may email a photo to kirsten.smith@glastonbury-ct.gov to have printed.

All skill levels welcome; all materials provided.

Due to the space limitations of this program, registration begins by phone (860-652-7720) for Glastonbury residents with a valid library card on December 12th at 9 a.m. and opens online for all on December 19th.

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held on Wednesday, January 11th at 6 p.m.*

 

SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB:
Beach Read by Emily Henry

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, January 10
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.

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

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled*

This month's pick: Beach Read by Emily Henry

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily-ever-afters. Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. The only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block. Until, one hazy evening, they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. But as the summer stretches on, January discovers a gaping plot hole in the story she's been telling herself about her own life, and begins to wonder what other things she might have gotten wrong, including her ideas about the man next door.

 

VIRTUAL LUNCH & LEARN: Homebuying 101

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, January 18
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 Homebuying 101! Are you in the market to purchase your first home? Or simply want to gather information for a future opportunity? Join Taheera Pinto (of The Margaret Wilcox Team at William Raveis in Glastonbury) for a free workshop discussing home buying, geared to the Glastonbury area. Get important tips on topics such as getting preapproved, understanding the purchase process, and more!

Taheera is a Glastonbury resident and has been a licensed realtor for over a decade. She has spent most of her career with Glastonbury's top team and has over 20 million in sales over the last 2 years.

Registration begins December 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.

De-Stress with Gentle Stretching & Exercises

Who: Adults
When: Monday, January 23
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Join Jill Patterson, RDN, for a fun and active workshop where we will be participating in exercises while learning about the health benefits of gentle stretches and exercises. There are many benefits of gentle exercises and stretching, some which include: decreased stress, decreased risk of injury, increased mind/body connection, increased bone mass, and increased metabolism!

No experience necessary. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Registration begins December 27th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, registration is not required. Click here at the start of the program. Meeting ID: 881 4643 8440 | Passcode: 307928

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held virtually via Zoom*

Valentine’s Day Card-Making Workshop for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Monday, January 30
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Place: MakerSpace

Create three Valentine’s Day greeting cards with Debbie Martin of Stampin’ Up! Craft your own design or be guided through the process.

No experience necessary. All materials supplied.

Due to the space limitations of this program, registration begins by phone (860-652-7720) for Glastonbury residents with a valid library card on January 3rd at 9 a.m. and opens online for all on January 10th.

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held on Wednesday, February 1st at 6 p.m.*

 

MOVIE THEATER THURSDAY:
Marry Me (2022)

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, February 2
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Music superstars Kat Valdez and Bastian are getting married before a global audience of fans. But when Kat learns, seconds before her vows, that Bastian has been unfaithful, she instead decides to marry Charlie, a stranger in the crowd.

Starring Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, and Maluma.

Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive material; 1 hour 52 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.

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled*

Around the World in 80 Gardens

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

Dr. Richard W. Benfield is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University where he taught courses in Human Geography, Plants, Predators and Parks, Russia, The European Union and many of the courses in the department’s tourism track.

This presentation is the culmination of his career in tourism to the world’s great gardens. In this session, beginning in the lush gardens of the pacific, through South America and Europe to South East Asia and Australia he will show garden enthusiasts and laymen alike the different and unique gardens and floral kingdoms of the world. He will take attendees through the three acres of gardens in Singapore airport, the arid gardens of Australia and the tropical gardens of the Seychelles (home of the love nut!) and the Canary Islands and culminating in the beautiful English country gardens of his home country, finishing with the unique and different gardens in the United States and Canada … in total 80 gardens in seven continents.

Registration begins January 9th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, registration is not required. Click here at the start of the program. Meeting ID: 881 4643 8440 | Passcode: 307928

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held virtually via Zoom*

 

SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB:
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, February 14
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.

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

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled*

This month's pick: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not the magical youth he’s called to observe are likely to bring about the end of days.

 

VIRTUAL LUNCH & LEARN: Heart Healthy Eating

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, February 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 Heart Healthy Eating! February is Heart Health month and the perfect time to get heart smart. Join Lindsey Kent, RD for a talk all about heart healthy eating. Learn about foods that will help optimize your cardiovascular health, learn how to navigate food labels and get inspired with tasty meal ideas.

Registration begins January 18th, 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.

Reiki Healing Arts

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

All are welcome to join Reiki Teacher/Author Michael Fuchs for an enjoyable presentation on Reiki Healing Arts. We will discuss all things related to the World of Reiki—what it is and is not, history, uses and applications (including in hospitals as a form of "Integrative Medicine") and more. Mike will also offer free sample Reiki Healing Chair Sessions for those who would like to experience it (no touch is necessary, and we will wear masks and gloves). Q & A to follow.

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

To watch from home on Zoom, registration is not required. Click here at the start of the program. Meeting ID: 881 4643 8440 | Passcode: 307928

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held virtually via Zoom*

Crafting with Clay

Who: Adults
When: Monday, February 27
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Place: MakerSpace

Join Laurie of Creative Girl Mobile Studios to learn how to make your very own bottle opener or bottle stopper with clay! All metal components will be provided and you will learn how to create a one-of-a-kind handle from multiple colors of clay you can choose! This workshop is open to all (*age 21+*) and attendees will leave with a finished project that evening.

Please make note whether you would like to make an opener or a bottle stopper when making your reservation.

Due to the space limitations of this program, registration begins by phone (860-652-7720) for Glastonbury residents with a valid library card on January 30th at 9 a.m. and opens online for all on February 6th.

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held on Wednesday, March 1st at 6 p.m.*

 

MOVIE THEATER THURSDAY:
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, March 2
Time: 6 - 8:15 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN's elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.

Starring Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, and Miles Teller.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action, and some strong language; 2 hours 10 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.

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled*

Connecticut Historical Society presents “Rosie the Riveter”

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

Join us in welcoming the Taylor McClure of the Connecticut Historical Society to celebrate Women’s History Month at WTML.

“Rosie the Riveter” became an iconic image of working women during World War II. What was it really like for them? Take a look at propaganda posters, art, music, photos, and hear real-life accounts of Connecticut women who worked for victory in the war.

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

To watch from home on Zoom, registration is not required. Click here at the start of the program. Meeting ID: 881 4643 8440 | Passcode: 307928

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held virtually via Zoom*

 

SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB:
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, March 14
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.

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

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled*

This month's pick: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

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: Resume Writing

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, March 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 Resume Writing! Interested in highlighting your skills to an employer? Susan Cincotta of Goodwill Career Centers will teach attendees how to identify the different sections of a resume; create a resume that features their skills and experiences; convert resume into ATS format to increase application visibility; and more!

Registration begins February 15th, 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 Kerry Boys LIVE in Concert!

Who: Adults
When: Monday, March 20
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

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!

Registration begins February 20th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, registration is not required. Click here at the start of the program. Meeting ID: 881 6872 7414 | Passcode: 228207

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be rescheduled*

 

The Historical Society of Glastonbury presents “The Smith Sisters: Abolitionists and Suffragists”

Who: Adults
When: Monday, March 27
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Friends Room

Celebrate Women's History Month with Diane Hoover of the Historical Society of Glastonbury as they teach us about Glastonbury's own Smith Sisters – Abby and Julia. These elderly spinsters stood up to the townsmen of Glastonbury in their fight to get the right to vote for women, and famously lost their cows in the process.

This presentation takes you deeper into their lives, and the lives of their amazing family. Learn how Abby and Julia become unlikely heroines on the National Woman Suffrage stage and symbols of “taxation without representation.” Join us to hear their story!

Registration begins February 27th, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

To watch from home on Zoom, registration is not required. Click here at the start of the program. Meeting ID: 859 7394 1598 | Passcode: 746158

*In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held virtually via Zoom*