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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.

 

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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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Winter Book Sale ~ Friends of the Library

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, January 19, 2018
Time: 9:30am-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

At this sale, the Friends will feature adult fiction and nonfiction, many areas of "specials" books, limited CDs and DVDs, and teen literature. Please note that children's book will not be sold at this sale. Come early for best selections! For more information, contact The Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library, by phone at 860-652-7728 or by email.

Snow date: Saturday, January 26

 

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Friday Afternoon Films at the Library ~

"Crazy Rich Asians"

Who: Adults
When: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

A woman discovers her boyfriend comes from the most wealthy, prominent family in Singapore. Along the way, she must stand up to his judgmental mother, who wants nothing more than to break them up. Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan and Lisa Lu. Rated PG-13; 2 hours. Refreshments will be provided. No registration ~ drop in! For more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

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Liars, Criminals and Lovers: The World of the Story

Who: Adults
When: Monday, February 4, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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It’s the character who first taps a reader on the shoulder. Writers shape the characters by adding habits, gestures and obstacles. Author Lisa C. Taylor teaches students of all ages, helping them to take that first good idea to a completed work. In an atmosphere of respect and humor, you'll learn how writers put a character through necessary paces so that he or she reveals both flaws and humanity. The world of the story is the world of the imagination. By tapping into that imagination, stories — and the writers behind them — can flourish. You will have an opportunity for questions and for sharing. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Lisa C. Taylor is the author of a variety of short fiction and poetry collections, including Impossibly Small Spaces (2018), Growing a New Tail (2013) and Necessary Silence (2013). Some of Lisa’s honors include the 2015 Hugo House New Works Award for short fiction, an L.L. Winship PEN New England nomination, Pushcart nominations in both fiction and poetry, a Best Indie Lit of New England nomination and, along with Geraldine Mills, the Elizabeth Shanley Gerson Lecture of Irish Literature at University of Connecticut in 2011. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Her books have been taught in college classes and recommended on the Faith Middleton book show on NPR. Lisa teaches writing classes at Eastern Connecticut State University and offers private mentoring and workshops.

 

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"Build a Better ... You!" ~

Filling our Hearts with Love through Meditation

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, February 6, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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

Join longtime meditator Clare Vidich as she offers this engaging workshop on how to use the meditation practice to transform the heart. She will explore how to incorporate more love and peace in your life, which can have a profound transformation on your overall well-being. This session will be devoted to integrating these practices into your daily life. Participants will learn to let go of anger, fear and worry in order to create more harmonious relationships, better work and home environments, and experience a deep sense of personal peace and love. There will even be a meditation sitting! Seating is limited, so registration is required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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Songbirds of the Northeast - Event Full

Who: Adults
When: Monday, February 11, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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This event is full ~ if you wish to be placed on the waiting list, you may still register.

Join naturalist John Root as he teaches us how to recognize our region’s songbirds by their songs and calls. We will discuss the role of song in these birds’ lives, as well as their diet, social behavior and other adaptations for survival. This presentation will feature both stunning photographs of the songbirds and recordings of their happy tunes. You will even learn how to provide an attractive habitat in your garden for your favorite birds! Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

 

 

Career Workshop Series

Who: Adults
Place: Library's Friends Room

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Writing Resume-copyright Jirapong/Fotolia.comAre you one of those job seekers who believe that the job market is dead? Are you putting off getting your resume in shape? Want to get ahead of the competition and learn how to get back to work? Please join us for a 3-part job search seminar, featuring Jean Baur, experienced job search coach and author of two books for job seekers. Jean will present a series of three interactive workshops for all job seekers. No matter what your background is or how long you've been in transition, this workshop is for you. Come to all three or attend the one(s) that fits your needs.

Workshop 1: Tuesday, March 5 @ 6:30pm
The Basics: Effective Resumes and Cover Emails

Workshop 2: Tuesday, March 12 @ 6:30pm
Key Interviewing Skills and the Role of Social Media

Workshop 3: Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30pm
Your Strategy: How to Search Smart

Register for each workshop beginning February 5, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

 

Ella Waters Concert Series: The Kerry Boys

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
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 and begins February 7, 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.

 

Ella Waters Concert Series: The Lost Acres String Band

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 2-3pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Lost Acres String Band-image appears with permissionThe Lost Acres String Band is a Connecticut-based trio - Gordon Swift, violin, Paul Howard, guitar, and Jon Swift, upright bass - serving up a rich stew of songs and instrumentals from a wide variety of music with the added spice of some exotic originals. The band honors the long American string-band tradition of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries while branching out in new directions. A typical show might include blues, Gypsy jazz, a Mexican dance tune, a romantic waltz, a contemporary piece for string trio, a haunting Hispanic ballad from the old Southwest, a classic string-band number by The Mississippi Sheiks, a lilting folk tune from Colombia and swing tunes from the 1930s. Seating is limited, so registration is required and begins February 4, 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.

 

Before Salem: Witch Hunting in the Connecticut River Valley 1647-1663

Who: Adults
When: Monday March 18, 2019
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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Decades before the Salem witch trials, 11 people were hanged as witches in the Connecticut River Valley. The advent of witch hunting in New England was directly influenced by the English Civil War and the witch trials in England led by Matthew Hopkins, who pioneered "techniques" for examining witches. This history examines the outbreak of witch hysteria in the Valley, focusing on accusations of demonic possession, apotropaic magic and the role of the clergy. Dr. Richard Ross will present his acclaimed book and discuss new information his research has uncovered regarding Connecticut’s witch hunting history. Book will be available for purchase. Seating is limited, so registration is required and begins February 18, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

 

Tories, Spies and Traitors: Divided Loyalty in Revolutionary Connecticut

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Which side are you on? That’s the question that every single person in Connecticut had to answer in 1775, as the thirteen colonies began a rebellion against British rule. Loyalty was not only a matter of words or opinion. For soldiers and civilians alike, loyalty could mean loss of fortune, of friend and even of life. This presentation reveals stories – some well known, some obscure – of Nutmeggers who risked and sacrificed to support their chosen side during this “tumultuous jarring time of civil war.” Seating is limited, so registration is requested starting February 26, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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About the speaker: Natalie Belanger is the Adult Programs manager at the Connecticut Historical Society. She holds a B.A. in history from Smith College and an M.A. in women’s history from the University of Maryland. She has worked in museum education for most of her career and also teaches history courses at Manchester Community College and other area colleges.

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Cookbook Club

Who: Adults
Premieres: Wednesday, March 27, 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: Mastering The Art of French Cooking V.1. Free copies of the recipes will be provided to you – just let us know what you pick! You can then take the recipes home to cook then bring in for your fellow cookbook club goers on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Drop-in’s welcome. Share your ideas on tips and tricks that you’ve learned while tackling your recipe. Paper plates and flatware will be provided for tasting. For more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" V.1

 

 

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