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2407 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033





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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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

At a glance ...



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Winter Reading Games

Who: Adults and Teens
When: Friday, February 9 through 5pm on Monday, February 26, 2018

Wondering what you should do to make winter pass quickly and summer arrive swiftly? To coincide with the Winter Olympic Games, the library invites all adult and teen readers to join our WTML Winter Reading Games!

  • SnowflakeReading event logs available beginning Friday, February 2 at the Reference Desk.
  • Games begin Friday, February 9.
  • Event logs due by 5 pm Monday, February 26 to Reference.

Randomly drawn prizes for adults and teens based on completed qualifiers. Prizes must be claimed by March 9. Take an appropriate photo of yourself completing a qualifier, then tag us @Welles-Turner Memorial Library or #wellesturnerlibrary on Facebook and Instagram. For more information, visit www.wtmlib.info or call 860-652-7720.



Golden Girls Complete 7th Season DVD CoverGolden Girls Trivia Night: Take 2

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Golden Girls Playing CardsBack by popular demand! It will be the best of times for you and your teammates. With an all-female cast (none under the age of 50), The Golden Girls defied Hollywood odds and became one of NBC’s biggest network hits of the 1980’s. You probably know all there is to know about Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia, so why not grab a group of friends and challenge that knowledge with some Golden Girls Trivia? Teams will consist of up to four people. Cheesecake will be served. Sign up individually, as a small group, or as an entire team by Friday, February 16 by calling the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Snow date: Wednesday, February 28 @ 6:30 pm



Girl and Books Flying-copyrighted image/Fotolia.comKids' Book Sale - Friends of the Library

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

The Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library will have more than fifty boxes of books, DVDs, puzzles and games at their popular Kids' Book Sale. Hardcover books are one dollar; paperbacks fifty cents; and DVDs three dollars unless marked otherwise. Please bring your own bags. The Friends welcome your donations. For more information, contact the Friends of the Library by phone at 860-652-7728 or by email at booksale@friendswtmlib.org.



Movie Curtain and Lights-copyright Argus/Fotolia.comFriday Afternoon Films at the Library

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

The true story of a working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. Starring Jessica Chastain. Rated PG-13; 2 hours 4 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.



People of Various Ages-copyright get4net/Fotolia.com"Money Talk Mondays"

From Millennials to Boomers:

Financial Advice Built for the Generations

Who: Adults
When: Monday, March 5, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Whether you are in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or approaching retirement, you experience many of the same financial pressures. Wherever you are on life’s financial journey, join Peter Leppones, CFP®, Apella Capital, as he shares some helpful strategies and financial habits from his more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, to help get you headed in the right direction. What you will learn: common “debt traps” and how to avoid them how much to invest and what investment vehicles make sense for you the importance of creating and sticking to a financial plan, regardless of your age and how fees (obvious and not so obvious) reduce your returns. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins February 5, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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"Build a Better ... You!"

The Benefits of Yoga

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, March 7
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

Wendy Kolanz, Yoga Educator and Certified Yoga Therapist, has studied, practiced and instructed in the aspects of yoga for over forty years. Her students find her emphasis on inner alignment and somatic experience helps them develop greater mobility, strength, balance, suppleness and grace in a supportive atmosphere. She weaves mantra, science and practical philosophy into her classes, helping students achieve greater equilibrium and personal insight. Session will include a short seated practice and Q&A. Registration is required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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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. 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.



WTML's "READ Local" Logo"READ Local"

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.



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



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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