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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.



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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Entrepreneurship in 3 Easy Steps: READY, SET, GO!

Who: Adults
When: Tuesdays, September 11, 18 and 25
Time: 10:30am-12noon
Place: Library's Friends Room

Starting Tuesday, September 11, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library hosts three 90-minute workshops in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s CT District Office, which will offer guidance for small business owners and those thinking about entering the world of entrepreneurship. “Entrepreneurship in 3 Easy Steps” lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready. The information will be presented in three modules. All workshops start at 10:30am. Come to all three, or attend the one(s) that fits your needs!

Business Startup-copyright WrightStudio/Fotolia.comREADY, Tuesday, September 11 ~ SBA will present the basics of business startup, and go over what you need to consider and prepare for in the early stages of the process.

SET, Tuesday, September 18 ~ Learn the essentials of becoming credit ready, including: • where to get money • the 5 C’s of credit • and how to prepare a business loan application.

GO!, Tuesday, September 25 ~ Learn how and where to where to find additional small business support and educational resources for continued help along the way. To register for the September 25 session, click here.

Register for each workshop beginning August 14, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

The Esperanto Duo-appears with permissionElla Waters Concert Series: The Esperanto Duo

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

The Esperanto Duo features guitarist Dave Giardina and violinist Chris Payne performing an exciting style of music known as “gypsy jazz.” Their unique set is inspired by the music of 1920s artists Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grapplli with their famous group, “Le Quintette du Hot Club de France.” The duo mixes Latin, Irish, Italian, Klezmer and other ethnic music into each lively performance. Feel free to tap your toes and sing along! 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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"Money Talks Mondays" ~

How to Pay for College

without Going Broke

Who: Adults
When: Monday, October 1, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Friends Room

It’s never too early to begin planning for college. Peter Leppones, CFP®, Apella Capital shares his more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to help families and students learn: • how families of all income levels may be eligible for financial aid • which colleges offer the best financial aid packages • how to avoid costly mistakes on the FAFSA and CSS Profile • how private universities can cost you less than a state school • how students can position themselves to be the best candidate and potentially receive more free money, and less loans. Seating is limited, so reservations are required online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


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"Build a Better ... You!" ~ The Art of Being Happy

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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

Our “Build a Better … You” healthy lifestyle series returns to answer the question: Can you really choose to be happy? Believe it or not, you are the creator of your own happiness. Join Licensed Professional Counselor and Life Coach, Lucinda Testo, and learn research-proven strategies to bring more happiness into your life. Lucinda is the owner of Unlimited You, LLC located in Wethersfield CT. She is a positive psychology enthusiast who offers strengths-based counseling and coaching in addition to wellness-based workshops. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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Friday Afternoon Films at the Library ~ "13 Going on 30"

Who: Adults
When: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 2-3:45pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

A girl magically fast-forwards to adulthood after wishing she could skip adolescence in "13 Going on 30." Starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. PG-13; 1 hour 38 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

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Writing from Your Life: A Workshop

Indie Author Day at the Welles-Turner Memorial Library

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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Are you an indie or self-published writer, or do you want to be? Join us for a “Writing from Your Life” workshop as part of national Indie Author Day.

Every person has interesting stories to tell. In this program, David Garnes will explore ways in which you as a writer can share what has been meaningful in your own life experience. After a presentation describing various formats (autobiography, memoir, narrative essay, poetry, fiction, drama) as well as tips for recalling and highlighting events in your life, we will engage in and discuss some brief writing exercises. Join us, and bring out that creative side you know is in there somewhere, just waiting to be tapped! Seating is limited to 21, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

David Garnes has written: • After The War Was Over: Poems Of An American ChildhoodFrom My Life: Travels And AdventuresWaitin' For The Train To Come In: A Novel Of World War II. Forthcoming books: • Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York (memoir essays) • Sal's War (spin-off novel to Waitin' For The Train To Come In).

David has taught secondary school English and later was head of library acquisitions at Columbia University and UConn, Storrs, retiring in 2001. He has taught at Eastern CT and Southern CT State Universities and currently serves as an adjunct faculty at Manchester Community College. David leads book and film discussions for CT Humanities and other organizations; is a part-time archivist at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; and is a longtime guide and trainer at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst.


Autumn Landscape"In Praise of Autumn" ~ An Afternoon of Poetry and Music

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

"Poetry""In Praise of Autumn" will feature Laura and Victor Altshul, award-winning poets, and Mark Sheridan (An Introduction to Interactive Poetry). They will be joined by special guest poet Alexandrina Sergio, Glastonbury’s first Poet Laureate, and the renowned musical group the 3 Magneatos: Jimmy, Paul and Ron. Refreshments provided by Kevin Lepore, Executive Chef of A Cardinal House in Glastonbury. Admission is free. No registration ~ drop in!

A Production of Glastonbury Poet Laureate Michael F. Lepore


First Ladies: An Adventure in Glamour, Guts and Gumption

Who: Adults
When: Monday, October 29, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

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First Lady Barbara BushCome learn about the personalities and adventures of the women who became the First Ladies of the United States. Who were they really? What made them tick? Did they love or loathe their role? Did they sink or swim navigating the complexities of politics, protocol and publicity, whether they did so willingly or not? Mariann Millard, licensed Washington, DC guide, joins us for a lively, humorous and engaging presentation that weaves together historical and modern events with facts about first ladies to help us understand and appreciate the important role they play in our nation’s history. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins October 1, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



"Intro to: Microsoft Office Suite" on Computer"Tech Thursdays" ~

Introduction to the Microsoft Office Suite

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 3-5pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

This lecture style workshop introduces you to the Microsoft Office Suite. Join us as we take a tour of the most frequently used MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more. Experienced computer instructor John Pastorelle returns as our tech tour guide – he will even discuss tips for accessing some of these apps free of charge. Prerequisite: Familiarity with the Windows Desktop. Seating is limited, so registration is required and begins October 11, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


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Estate & Gift Planning

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

This information session will help you learn the basics of estate planning. We'll go over the necessary documents you will need to get started and common mistakes to avoid. We will teach you to understand the system and help you take six steps to build a successful plan. Presented by Rebecca Miller and the Financial Awareness Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of financial literacy.* Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins October 16, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

*Securities offered through USA Financial Securities, Member FINRA/SIPC. A Registered Investment Adviser.


The Last Full Measure of Devotion: Honoring our Vets ~

a Lecture by Professor Hamish Lutris

Who: Adults
When: Monday, November 19, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

From the French and Indian War to Afghanistan and Iraq, American men and women have placed themselves in harm’s way under the American flag. Soldiers serving in the wars of the United States have also often been civilian volunteers who left farms and factories to fight under conditions challenging to the very core of their humanity. How to honor that sacrifice has been a question for our country since its inception.

Hamish Lutris, Associate Professor of History, Capital Community College, returns to discuss the ways veterans have been recognized for their service, and how that recognition has changed over time. The presentation will range widely, from creating our first veterans’ organization, the Cincinnati, to observing holidays like Memorial Day, sponsoring the creation of national cemeteries and passing the GI Bill, among others. Seating is limited, so registration is required starting October 22, 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.


An Afternoon with Classical Guitarist, Francesco Barone

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

Francesco Barone will present a recital of guitar music from Eastern and Western Europe. The first half of the program will feature the music of Western Europe, including Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Tarentella as well as lute suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, whose works are known to represent the regional styles Italy, France and Germany. The second half will include music of Eastern Europe, including the Ballads Suite by Russian composer Nikita Koshkin. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting November 11, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Francesco Barone

About Francesco Barone: Francesco Barone has performed throughout the Northeast United States and in Italy as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been featured on a La Bella Strings sponsored concert, was a prizewinner in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Competition and has had performances broadcasted on NPR. He received a MM from and is a current DMA candidate at The Hartt School, where he studies under Professor Emeritus of Guitar Richard Provost and holds a BM from Temple University.

Link to Video ButtonFor a video recording of one of Francesco Barone's performances, click here.



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