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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.

Blue RobotVolunteer Opportunity - 3D Printing
We are looking for summer volunteers to work with new users of our MakerBot 3D printer. Even if you have never used a 3D printer but would like to learn and then volunteer, we will train you. Please call Debbie Martin at 860-652-7730 or email deb.martin@glastonbury-ct.gov for more information and to set up a schedule.

Upcoming Events

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Job Seekers, Small Businesses and Students:

ReferenceUSA returns to the Welles-Turner Memorial Library

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

ReferenceUSA LogoBill Loges, Reference USA, makes a special trip to the library presenting a one-hour lecture on two Reference USA programs that were postponed this winter: "Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies" and "Big Data & Mapping." In "Uncovering the Hidden Job Market," participants will learn the importance of having accurate information on applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research. While in "Big Data & Mapping," participants will learn how to build a map to display results and how to manipulate the mapping tools to your advantage. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins June 18 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


Antihero-Copyrighted ImageThe Antihero in Comic Books

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Wolverine. Cat Woman. Iron Man. The anti-hero is everywhere. William H. Foster, Professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College, examines the development of this protagonist who has the opposite of most of the traditional attributes of a hero and why we embrace them. Professor Foster is a long-time comic book collector and researcher and has been an expert commentator for both CNN and National Public Radio. He appeared as an expert on the PBS series, "History Detectives," as well as the PBS documentary, "Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle." Follow Professor Foster at www.finallyinfullcolor.com. Seating is limited, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


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:

Presentation by Holocaust Child Survivor Endre Sarkany

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

local sculptor and painter 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..

For more events, see the CALENDAR.


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