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Glastonbury, CT 06033





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Library Renovations ~ Update

Blueprint-"Under Construction"-copyright marinv/Fotolia.comIf you have been in the library recently, you have been greeted by a black plastic wall surrounding the Lending Desk. Work is now under way in the Lending Area. The service area will be reconfigured to better handle the express check stations, a new service desk for staff will be visible when walking in the main entrance and an automatic sorter for returns will be installed.

Library Construction in Lending ServicesCurrently, two (2) express checks are located on the counter behind the Lending Desk, and the third is on a cart on the way to the Children's Department. Book returns are located on either side of the current customer service desk.

Two new study rooms on the Reference (Main Street) level, one large enough to accommodate up to six people, are nearly completed. All study rooms should be available for the "back to school" rush. Please sign up at the Reference Desk, or call 860-652-7720.

This is a joint project with the Town of Glastonbury, Friends of Welles-Turner Memorial Library and the Welles-Turner Memorial Library Second Century Fund.

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.

Upcoming Events

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The Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio Performs at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Joe Carter-photo appears with permission

“His show is a gift to those who, tired of noise, want to listen to music played in a sensitive and intelligent way.”

– Chico Nelson, JORNAL DO BRASIL, Brazil


Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with The Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio. This international trio, Joe Carter (U.S.) – violao (classical nylon string guitar); Leco Reis (Brazil) – baixo (acoustic bass); and Adriano Santos (Brazil) – bateria e percussao (drums and percussion, is well versed in the various Brazilian styles of music ~ Samba, Bossa Nova, Baiao, Choro. By combining this music with straight-ahead Hard Bop Jazz, the trio creates a style known as Brazilian Jazz. Think "Jobim meets Coltrane." The trio’s repertoire is a combination of original tunes and songs by some of Brazil’s classic composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ary Barroso, Baden Powell, Noel Rosa, Dorival Caymmi, Pixinguinha and others. By adding the improvisational aspect of North American Jazz to the mixture, the group creates a sound that is truly international and one that has entertained appreciative audiences on four continents. Highlights have included concerts and club appearances in Paris, Mumbai, Corsica, Stuttgart and Rio de Janeiro. Seating is limited, so reservations are required online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



Small Business Administration LogoEntrepreneurship in 3 Easy Steps: Ready, Set, Go!

Who: Adults
When: September 11, 18 and 26, 2017
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Presented by the Small Business Administration, this workshop series 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 is laid out simply in three modules. Come to all three or attend the one that fits your needs.

  • Module 1 ~ Monday, September 11 ~ READY: basics of business startup. Covers what you need to consider and prepare for in the early stages. Registration required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.
  • Module 2 ~ Monday, September 18 ~ SET: essentials of becoming credit-ready. Where to get money; five C’s of credit; how to prepare a business loan application. Registration required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.
  • Start-Up Meeting-copyright mooshny/Fotolia.comModule 3 ~ Tuesday, September 26 ~ GO!: how and where to find additional small business support and educational resources. SBA District Office, SCORE, SBDC, Center for Women & Enterprise, Veterans' Centers. Registration required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



BYOC 082217B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Craft)

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Never have enough time or space to work on your craft projects at home? Come to the library and B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Craft)! We supply tables and chairs; you supply your knitting, embroidery or whatever crafty project you choose. We’ll still have coloring supplies for coloring enthusiasts. We’ll listen to music, audio books, or maybe watch a movie. Drop in! We’ll meet monthly, on the fourth Tuesday. This program is for adults only. For more information, visit www.wtmlib.info or call Reference at 860-652-7720.



A Hole in the Wind Book Cover-appears with permissionA Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s

Bicycle Journey Across the United States

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

After a distinguished career in climate science in Geneva, David Goodrich returned to the U.S. to find the reality of climate change transformed into a tangled political issue. Concerned about the misinformation that dominates politics and the media, he rode his bike 4,200 miles to the Oregon coast, talking with the people he met along the way during this ultimate road trip. Beautifully simple, direct and honest, A Hole in the Wind is a refreshing ride through a difficult and controversial topic, and a rich read that makes you glad to be alive. This event is co-sponsored with Cycling Concepts in Glastonbury. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Registration is required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Author David Goodrich on Bicycle-appears with permission

“This cyclist's view of how things really are effectively cuts across head-butting arguments about global warming. A compelling narrative enlivened as much by the author's encounters on the road as by his skillful unfolding of scientific knowledge.” – Kirkus Reviews



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Build a Better … You ~

Speech and Language Development

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

On the first Wednesday of every month (except January), we will host a lecture on different health topics, followed by discussion.

Katie Eddins, MS, CCC/SLP-image appears with permissionKatie Eddins, MS, CCC/SLP, offers parents information and insight into the world of speech and language development, including: how these skills are assessed when specific skills are expected how to know if your child needs an assessment activities to foster speech and language development special education services and so much more. This program is intended for parents/caregivers of children birth through elementary school-age who are interested in learning more about the child in their lives' speech and language development. There will be plenty of time for questions! Registration is required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

  Katie is the founder and lead Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at Small Talk, a local pediatric speech therapy practice based out of central CT. She specializes in the facilitation of spoken language development in children that have hearing loss; with an additional passion for collaborating with parents and caregivers to treat speech sound disorders, language delays/disorders and fluency disorders in children of all ages.



Stage and Spotlights-copyright lantica/Fotolia.comChicago Skyline-copyright Oleksandr Dibrova/Fotolia.comFriday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

An IRS agent questions his sanity when he begins hearing an unseen novelist narrating his life as part of her newest book. Starring Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson. Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 53 minutes. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.



Piggy Bank and Blackboard-copyright david_franklin/Fotolia.comHow to Pay for College

without Going Broke

Who: Adults and teens
When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's 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 as to “How to Pay for College without Going Broke." Parents of students who plan to attend any college or university will want to attend this seminar. What you will 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, and
  • How students can position themselves to be the best candidate and potentially receive more free money, and less loans.

Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



Woman Using Computer Tablet-copyright WavebreakmediaMicro/Fotolia.comKeep Up With Your Grandkids ~ Social Media 101

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 3pm
Place: Riverfront Community Center Computer Lab

This 90-minute lecture gives a broad overview of the social networking trend, its benefits and drawbacks, and then will focus in on specific popular social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yelp and MeetUp.com. Workshop prerequisites: proven knowledge of how to use computer, mouse, keyboard, web browser, and internet skills. Maximum of 12 attendees, so reservations are required online or at Reference at 860-652-7720.

The “Keep up with your Grandkids!” lecture series continues on the third Tuesday of the month, except December and January, focusing on technology topics selected by the public. The Riverfront Community Center (RCC) is located at 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury. This event is co-sponsored by the Welles-Turner Memorial Library and the Town of Glastonbury Human Services Department.



Francesco Barone-Multimedios Oaxaca-image appears with permissionAn Afternoon with Classical Guitarist

Francesco Barone

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Spend a relaxing afternoon with award-winning classical guitarist Francesco Barone. The classical guitar repertoire is unique to the literature of the piano, violin and other traditionally classical instruments in that it is unprecedentedly influenced by American jazz and popular styles. Guitarist Francesco Barone will present a recital of pieces that draw influence from the rich musical tradition of America. The program will feature the music of Andrew York (American guitarist and composer who compositions are inspired by American music styles), Nikita Koshkin (Russian composer who draws influence from American jazz) and Alexandre Tansman (A Polish composer who incorporated jazz harmonies into his works). Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting September 25, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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. Currently he is a Teaching Fellow, The Hartt School and Adjunct Instructor, Hartt Community Division.



Typewriter-What's Your Story-copyright Sensay/Fotolia.comCalling All Local Authors!

“Writing from Your Life: A Workshop”

Indie Author Day at WTML

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

David Garnes-image appears with permissionAre you an indie or self-published writer, or do you want to be? Need inspiration to get ready to participate in NaNoWriMo?

Join us for "Writing from Your Life: A 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 Childhood
  • From My Life: Travels And Adventures
  • Waitin' For The Train To Come In: A Novel Of World War II

Forthcoming books:

  • Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York (essays)
  • Follow-up novel to Waitin' For The Train To Come In

David Garnes taught 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 member 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.



Animal Mascots of the Civil War ~ Lecture by Professor Hamish Lutris

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Starting Wednesday, November 8, the Welles-Turner Memorial Library hosts three lectures on Civil War topics presented by Professor Hamish Lutris, History, Capital Community College.

The Mascot-copyright John Weiss-courtesy of The Greenwich Workshop Inc-www.greenwichworkshop.comThe Civil War was fought by citizen armies that often had their own, very unmilitary, ways of fighting. One thing they did was to bring or adopt animals of many kinds. This talk will focus on those much-loved unit mascots. The idea of using animals to represent military units throughout history will be discussed, as well as the particular animals honored in Civil War lore and memorialization. The audience should learn something of the more personal side of a war that is often examined only in terms of casualties and logistics. Register for each workshop beginning October 11, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Professor Lutris has worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites, leading hiking and historical programs. He has also lectured extensively in the United States, Europe and Canada, presenting programs on wide-ranging historical topics, including native American history, the Civil War, scientific history, social and cultural history, World War I, World War II and the American west. All workshops start at 6:30 pm.

The Mascot © John Weiss, courtesy of The Greenwich Workshop, Inc., www.greenwichworkshop.com


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"Bob Hennessy and the

World of Harmonica" Concert

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

The harmonica is a worldwide instrument voicing the music of hundreds of cultures. And one simple reason could be its size. It fits in your pocket like a cell phone. What has intrigued many in the music community is its ability, when played by masters, to encompass all genres of musical style with not just credibility but with critical acclaim. Fromclassical to jazz to near eastern to Irish to blues to country, et cetera. The list grows day by day. Using storytelling, historical facts and playing the instrument in many styles, Bob Hennessy tells a fast-paced and entertaining story of "The World of Harmonica." Seating is limited so reservations are required online starting October 30 at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Musician Bob Hennessy-image appears with permission



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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

Employment Selection-copyright Minerva Studio/Fotolia.comStarting 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, Tuesday, March 13 ~ 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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



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