About the Library

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Welles-Turner
Memorial Library

2407 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

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

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Second Century Fund, Inc.

Second Century Fund LogoThe Second Century Fund is a not-for-profit organization which provides permanent financial support for the library, as well as funding to help meet future large-scale needs.

Donations may be made to either the Endowment Fund, which provides a perpetual source of income for the library, or to the Unrestricted Fund, from which the principal may be used for large-scale needs, such as future renovations or additions to the library. Both funds are used to support this valuable institution, so you may decide to which fund your donation will be allocated.

The gifts come primarily from our annual appeal, memorial gifts, honorariums and fundraising events. Ways to contribute include:

  • Cash
  • Securities
  • Mutual funds
  • Matching gifts
  • Real estate or other personal property
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Gifts through wills
  • Bequests

If you have questions, please call Susan Peitrogallo, Treasurer, at 860-633-1546.

Background

Library New Addition 1998The Welles-Turner Memorial Library Second Century Fund, Inc. was established in 1993 by a small group of Glastonbury citizens. Its initial purpose was to raise private donations to help reduce the amount of town funding (i.e. taxpayer cost) for the expansion of the then overcrowded library. In the beginning, there were eight people and a dream. Within a year, they had the support of hundreds, then thousands of town citizens who gave of their time and money to make the library expansion a reality. On November 5, 1996, when Glastonbury voters passed a $5.7 million referendum to finance the project, the Fund was able to donate nearly $700,000 toward the library expansion. The Fund’s cost to raise that sum was less than 4%, a remarkably low figure achieved by the all-volunteer group. The primary goal is to continue generating income forever for this valuable institution.

Activities Sponsored by Second Century Fund

  • Chris Lemmon in concert: “Twist: The Stage Experience,” 2012
  • “Lincoln's 200th: A Birthday Symposium,” 2009
  • “Gala Fundraisers,” 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
  • “Tink Henderson Recognition Day”: October 6, 2002
  • “Celebrate! An Explosion of Ideas,” a year-long program of lectures, concerts, poetry and play readings, panels and discussion groups, and art exhibits to celebrate the completion of the expansion and renovation

Author Talks and Book Signings

  • Amy Bloom, Away, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, 2012
  • Jane Haddam, Living Witness, Glass Houses, 2010
  • Candace Bushnell, “A Stylish Sunday,” Sex and the City, 2009
  • Wally Lamb, The Hour I First Believed, 2009
  • Nancy Verde Barr, Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child, 2008
  • Stewart O'Nan, Last Night at the Lobster, Snow Angels, Circus Fire, Faithful, 2008
  • Patricia Klindienst, The Earth Knows My Name, 2007
  • Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, Girls of Tender Age, 2007
  • Chris Lemmon, A Twist of Lemmon, 2006
  • Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine Dark Sea, 2004

Awards

  • “Tink Henderson Award” presented annually to a Glastonbury High School Junior who has shown an interest and talent in writing
  • “Peg Stone Award” presented annually to a Glastonbury High School musician
  • Annual grants of $250-$1,000 providing educational and outreach programs

Administration

Officers are elected at the Annual Meeting of the Fund, held in the spring, and serve a one-year term:

  • Ginny Roscoe, President
  • Diane Lucas, Vice President
  • Pamela Gambarotta, Secretary
  • Susan Pietrogallo, Treasurer
  • Richard Marcks, Assistant Treasurer

Trustees, totaling not less than ten nor more than 18, serve staggered three-year terms and are elected at the Annual Meeting of the Fund.

Board members are:

  • Kate Cryan
  • Nicole McDaniel
  • Matt Maclean
  • Joyce Miglietta
  • Asker Saeed
  • Andrew Sullivan
  • Rebekah Wright