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Adult Summer Reading Fun

Adults 18 and over are welcome to "ESCAPE the ORDINARY" here at Welles-Turner Memorial Library this summer. As we have for the past several years, we will again be using the Evanced online recording system. Evanced will be accessible via our website from any computer beginning June 17 so, if you are reading on vacation or anywhere, you and your family can record your finished books immediately. Children, teens and adults will have their own logins, requirements and prizes.

Escape the OrdinaryIf you are new to our Adult Summer Reading Program or if you need a reminder, the rules are very simple:
• Read 4 books between June 17 and August 13
• Record the titles online
• Come to the library to receive your T-shirt

To register for "ESCAPE THE ORDINARY" beginning
June 17, click here.


You have the option of rating the books you've read and adding reviews (which will be moderated). You may add ISBN's (International Standard Book Numbers) so that you will be able to see the covers of the books you have read. You can choose to make your reviews public so that all participants can share reviews of books read and get suggestions of books to read. For more details about the adult summer reading program, or if you need assistance logging in and/or recording your titles, please see a Reference Librarian, or call Reference at 860-652-7720.

Thank you to the Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library for generously funding the prizes for all of the library's summer reading programs.


3D Printer3D Printing at WTML

The library's new 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator Fifth Generation, will soon become available for library patron use.

It can print items up to 10"x8"x6". It works similar to a hot glue gun - it is fed plastic filament that it melts at three times the heat of boiling water. The printer then places miniscule plastic drops where the design tells it to and then builds up the drops to create a 3D object. For further information, please contact Library Director Barbara Bailey by phone at 860-652-7717 or by email at barbara.bailey@glastonbury-ct.gov. Thank you to the Friends of Welles-Turner Memorial Library for purchasing this printer for public use.


Man Using Self-Checkout-Copyrighted ImageSelf-Check: Come Check it Out

If you have visited the library recently, most likely you have met one of our self-check machines. Self-check is a fast, easy and efficient way to check out library materials and is being used by many libraries throughout the state and country. To use self-check, you must have a valid library card and an account with less than $10 in fines. Simply follow the instructions on the screen. Once the transactions have been recorded, you will be given the option to print a date due receipt or, if you choose, no receipt. Library staff is nearby and always happy to help. The addition of self-check will make staff more available for working with the public and providing better customer service. For further information, call the library at 860-652-7719.

Upcoming Events

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Popcorn and TicketsFriday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, August 7, 2015
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Oscar nominee Judy Davis makes her international debut as Sybylla Melvyn, a free-spirited young writer who refuses to conform to society’s expectations as to how a “proper” woman should live. Sam Neill co-stars as the wealthy suitor who tries to win her restless heart. Rated: G; 100 minutes. Refreshments will be available. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.


Holocaust, the Soviets and Then Freedom:

a lecture presented by Endre Sarkany, Holocaust Child Survivor

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Holocaust Child Survivors of CT LogoEndre (Andy) Sarkany, a Holocaust child survivor, brings his story of survival, hope and the desire to eliminate hatred, bullying and discrimination to Welles-Turner Library. Sarkany was born in 1936 in Budapest and lived as a young boy in hiding through the German deportations and the Soviet post-war occupation of his native Hungary. He escaped Hungary in 1956 and made his way to the U.S., where he attended college in Tennessee and became an IBM executive. He currently works at the New Haven Jewish Federation and serves on the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut’s speaker’s bureau. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins July 14 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

For more information about the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut, visit hcs-ct.org.


Annie Weatherwax“Visual Storytelling: How Sculpting Superheroes

Influenced My Fiction” ~ a lecture presented by artist,

author and Glastonbury native Annie Weatherwax

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, August 13
Time: 7pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

All We Had Book CoverAnnie Weatherwax, Glastonbury native and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, spent years earning a living by sculpting superheroes and cartoon characters for Nickelodeon, DC Comics, Pixar and others. She will discuss how her work as a visual artist, and in particular as a sculptor, influenced and inspired her work as a writer.

Winner of the Robert Olen Butler Prize for Fiction, her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Sun Magazine and elsewhere. She has written on the link between language and art for major national publications, including The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly. Her debut novel, All We Had, was an Oprah’s Editor’s Pick and will soon be released as a feature film. She will also be giving a short reading from her novel. Books will be on sale afterwards.

Weatherwax grew up struggling with dyslexia and never took seriously her prospects as a writer. But she discovered that, in many ways, “the process of finding a character in a hunk of clay is the same as finding a story on a blank page,” she explains. “You must work a piece from all angles and recognize the dangers of focusing too quickly on details when the structure and form have not yet been fully established.”

Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins July 16 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720. For more information about Annie, visit her website at www.annieweatherwax.com.

Round House Book CoverFirst WTML Wednesdays ~ Book Discussion

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Time: 7-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Adult Book Group-Copyrighted ImageCome share a lively discussion with us. On the first Wednesday of the month beginning September 2, the library will host monthly book discussions. September's title is Round House by Louise Erdrich. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the front desk one month prior to the discussion date on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration necessary.

September 12Friends of the Library's Fall Book Sale

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time: 9am-5pm
Place: Library's Front Lawn

The Friends' Fall Book Sale will be held on Saturday, September 12, from 9am to 5pm on the front lawn of the library. Should it rain, it will be in the lower level parking deck of TD Bank. For more information, contact The Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library at 860-652-7728 or visit www.friendswtmlib.org.

Web Traffic Gauge-Copyrighted ImageGoogle Analytics Made Easy @ WTML

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time: 2:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Google Analytics is an online tool for measuring web traffic. The free service measures a variety of statistics, such as traffic engagement, navigation within websites and actual sales. However, using it effectively is not easy, especially for entrepreneurs who are new to the tool or new to web business. This interactive session will take you through the different pieces within Google Analytics, help you get comfortable with the tool and, most importantly, present a unique, simplified approach to help you make sense of Google Analytics reports. Instructor Pamela Chandra, founder of Hedgehog Insights, has performed data analytics with Accenture and Time Warner retail. You can find more information about her work at www.hedgehoginsights.com. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins August 20 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Peter Biedermann-Photo Used with PermissionPeter Biedermann in Concert

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, September 20, 2015
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Peter Biedermann, solo instrumental guitarist, performs original acoustic finger-style pieces in unique tunings on various 6- and 12-string guitars. The architecture of the music is melodic and rhythmic, combining compositional structure and improvisation that embraces the influences of the last 50+ years of finger-style acoustic guitar playing. Fans of artists such as Alex de Grassi, John Fahey, Bert Jansch, Leo Kottke, Ralph Towner and Michael Hedges will enjoy this music. Peter has been writing and performing original instrumental music for over 30 years, covering a number of genres in the electronic and acoustic fields. CDs will be for sale after the performance. Drop in. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720. Visit www.peterbiedermann.com for more information about the performing artist.

Woman and Dog-Copyrighted ImageAn Evening with a Dog Listener ~ Pat Wright

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Spend the evening with Dog Listener Pat Wright. Learn how to bring your dog to peace and solve the problem of unwanted behaviors. Pat has studied in England with the original Dog Listener, Jan Fennell, and has graduated from all class levels offered. Pat has also worked as the highest ranking Dog Listener in the United States of the Jan Fennell International Team of Dog Listeners as well as a mentor to other Dog Listeners around the world. Pat has studied wolf behavior with biologists in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming on three different occasions. Some of the many topics discussed are pulling on the lead, jumping up, aggression, separation anxiety and excessive barking. You will also learn how to get willing cooperation with your dog to perform any task at hand. Pat mixes in some very entertaining experiences from her many years of Dog Listening throughout New England. For humans only. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins August 27 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720. For more information about Pat Wright, visit www.doglisteneroftheeast.com.


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