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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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Passport to CT Libraries

Enter for a chance to win a Visa gift card of up to $150
Contest Dates: April 2-30, 2018

To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library will participate in Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program! Your library card opens the world to you through books, audio books, music CDs and DVDs. Now let your library card open the doors to Connecticut libraries by participating in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program!

To participate, visit your local participating library to pick up your Passport. They will stamp it and give you a token gift to get you started. Then, take your Passport along as you visit other Passport to CT Libraries Participants. At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport and give you another small gift.

If you visit at least five participating libraries and return your passport to a participating library by May 7, then you will be entered into a state-wide drawing for a chance to win a $150 gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $150 gift card for children (under 18). This is a state-wide contest where four winners will be selected: one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited at least five libraries, and one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited the most libraries. For more details and a full list of participating libraries, visit Facebook.com/passporttoctlibraries or ask at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

About Passport to Connecticut Libraries: 123 Connecticut libraries are proud to participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. Each library has its own architecture, vibe and collection to explore and browse! The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries.


Automatic Sorter for Library Returns

Our new automatic sorter is ready to use. It is very easy:

Lending Desk Area

  View of new lending area from lobby


Press "Open Door" button (middle of touch screen).


Insert item. If you are returning more than one item, you will need to insert one at a time. Tip: When you see the green checkmark on the screen, insert your next item.


If you are returning media, please check to make sure that you have all of the components before inserting the item.


After returning all of your items, press "End Session" button on lower right side of screen. Currently, we are not offering receipts, so ignore that button.

Automatic Sorter for Library Returns

  View of automatic sorter from workroom

If you need further instruction, library staff will be glad to assist you.

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.

Standing Before American Flag Image-copyright robsonphoto/Fotolia.comNew Civics and Citizenship Resource

The library has recently received a collection of educational resources for immigrants and new citizens, "The Civics and Citizenship Toolkit." This toolkit is made possible by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to help permanent residents learn more about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process. Civics and Immigration ToolkitThe kit is available at the reference desk for use in the library - perfect for a study session in one of our newly renovated Quiet Study Rooms. Resources include English and Spanish guides for new immigrants, preparation books for the naturalization test, civics lessons and flash cards, printed versions of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and more. For further information, please contact Reference at 860-652-7720.



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.

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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Career Workshops at WTML

Who: Adults
When: Tuesdays, March 13, March 20 and April 3, 2018
Time: 10:30am
Place: Library's Friends Room

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*** Due to forecasted weather conditions, the "Introduction to LinkedIn" workshop originally scheduled for March 13 is cancelled and will be rescheduled ~ we'll keep you posted ***

Starting Tuesday, March 13, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library hosts three one-hour workshops – Introduction to LinkedIn, Improve Your Interview Skills and Job Search Strategies for Over 50 – which will provide the knowledge and skills necessary for your professional career search! A Hartford Goodwill Career Center coach leads the workshops. All workshops start at 10:30 am.

  • Introduction to LinkedIn ~ to be rescheduled~ LinkedIn is a professional social networking site which is an effective means to make new business contacts inside other organizations. Learn about how you can setup your LinkedIn account to be noticed by potential employers. Limited to 15 participants. Click here to register for LinkedIn.
  • Improve Your Interview Skills, Tuesday, March 20 ~ Learn what employers are looking to learn about potential hires and how to best respond to tough questions. Practice application provided and instruction on what details to include. Get advice on how to put together a professional interview look. Click here to register for Inteview Skills.
  • Job Search Strategies for Over 50, Tuesday, April 3 ~ Overcome any obstacles that you may face as a more mature candidate to secure employment. Learn ways to tweak your resume and answer challenging questions on your interview. Click here to register for Job Search Strategies for Over 50.

Register for each workshop beginning January 4, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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WTML's Local Connecticut Author Fair

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 11am-1pm

Book Stack-Multi-Colored-copyrighted image/Fotolia.comThe Welles-Turner Memorial Library is proud to present “Read Local,” our Local CT Author Fair to be held Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033. This event provides an opportunity for local authors to interact with the community and promote their works. Come meet some of the talented writers who live and work right here in Connecticut. The event will include authors from almost every genre, and a wide selection of titles for all ages will be available for purchase. No registration necessary ~ drop in! Refreshments will be provided. For further information, call the library's Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Please note: Author registration is now closed.


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Friday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Background image copyright Bram/Fotolia.com~ 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination ~
In remembrance of civil rights leader MLK, shot 50 years ago this month, join us for a film that celebrates the real life courage and commitment of an interracial couple. Richard and Mildred Loving spent the first nine years of their marriage fighting for their right to live as a family in their Virginian hometown. Their civil rights case went all the way to the Supreme Court and changed the course of history. Starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. Rated PG-13; 2 hours 3 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.


Author Talk & Book Signing ~ Kennedy Hudner

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 2-3:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Join us on Sunday, April 8, as local author Kennedy Hudner talks about his latest book, Riddle Me a Death, currently available at Amazon.com. Books will also be available for purchase at the event. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Welles-Turner Memorial Library Second Century Fund.


Paint Night Sunflower MasterpiecePaint Night with Pam

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Paint Night Class with Pam HalliganLearn how to paint a real work of art! Follow instructor Pamela Halligan of Pam’s Picassos as she walks you through the steps of creating your own masterpiece. You will leave with a beautiful completed painting! All supplies and snacks provided. Maximum of 25 (minimum of 15 to host the workshop), so registration is required and begins March 21, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



Money Smart Week 2018 Logo"Money Smart Week @ Your Library" ~

Social Security Explained

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Senior Couple-copyright Monkey Business/Fotolia.comAlmost 74% of Americans voluntarily received reduced retirement income benefits because they don’t know all the facts.* This workshop will cover when is the best time to start receiving Social Security benefits and strategies to maximize benefits and coordinate with your spouse. We will help you avoid the most common mistakes that are made when collecting your benefits and discuss special rules for single, divorced and survivor benefits.

Presented by Rebecca Miller and the Financial Awareness Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of financial literacy. Securities offered through USA Financial Securities Member FINRA/SIPC. A Registered Investment Adviser. Seating is limited, so registration is required starting March 29, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

About Money Smart Week: Since 2010, the American Library Association has partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to present financial literacy programming to help members of our community better manage their personal finances. Visit the Money Smart Week home page of the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) for additional details about Money Smart Week.

*Source: SSA Annual Statistical Supplement, 2011



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Making Money Work for You:

How to Stretch Your Dollars

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

Join Jairo Lemos from the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) to discover the “why” behind your financial decisions. In this interactive workshop, you’ll identify what motivates you to save and spend, and how to set and achieve goals that will bring you closer to true financial freedom. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins April 2, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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"Build a Better ... You!"

What's Happening with My Hormones?

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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Whether you are experiencing menopausal symptoms, fatigue, digestive issues, insomnia, fertility issues or difficulty maintaining a healthy weight, the root cause may likely be related to hormone imbalance. Jessica Wei, MD, Ob/Gyn, Functional Medicine practitioner and founder of Women’s Holistic Health, LLC in West Hartford, will provide an overview of how women’s hormones work and what happens when they are not in balance, as well as provide general tips for maintaining or recovering hormone balance through a functional medicine approach. This holistic approach addresses the underlying causes of symptoms to restore health and balance in the body, mind and spirit. Registration required and begins April 4, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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Book Sale Excitement-copyright Andres Rodriguez/Fotolia.comSpring Book Sale ~ Friends of the Library

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 9am-5pm
Place: Library's Front Lawn

The Friends' Spring Book Sale is Saturday, May 12 from 9am to 5pm on the front lawn of the library. In the event of rain, it will be held in the lower parking deck of TD Bank, next door to the library. Unless marked otherwise, children's hardcovers are $1; adult hardcovers, $2; trade paperbacks, $1; regular size and all children's paperbacks, 50¢. Books on CD and DVDs are $2; audio CDs, $1 per disc. There is a specially priced section at $5 and above. Come early for the best selection. No sales before 9am. For more information or to volunteer, please email the Friends at booksale@friendswtmlib.org or call 860-652-7728.



Helmet and American Flag-copyright VITAMIN/Fotolia.com“There’s Somethin’ Happenin’ Here …”

1968, a Year of Rebellion ~

Lecture by Hamish Lutris

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Dove-Open Clip Art-ilnanny1968 was a year that saw unrest on a global scale. In the United States, the peak of the hippie movement coincided with the killings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Black Power salutes were given by US athletes at the Olympics. Students were taking over campuses at universities in the US, France, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Germany and Japan, among others. Vietnam and the election of 1968 nearly tore the country apart. An older world, shaped by the Second World War, in which people were certain that the US was righteous and so were their neighbors, was beginning to pass. Hamish Lutris, Associate Professor of History, Capital Community College, returns to present a talk that will delve into the events and personalities that made 1968 what it was: a year that changed America, and the world. Seating is limited, so registration is required starting May 9, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has worked both at home and abroad to bring the power of history to audiences of all ages and in many places. He specializes in Civil War, Native American and social history topics, as well as in using the outdoors as a classroom.



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