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On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read Poster-Image is copyrighted. Contact the CSLP at 1-866-657-8556 or contact@cslpreads.org for more information.Library's Summer Reading Program for Adults ~ Wrap-Up

We’ve been training a long time for the 2016 Welles-Turner Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Games. All that training paid off with success throughout the summer. Reading records were shattered, and all readers were rewarded. This year, 230+ adults registered and read more than 925 books. Teens were also well represented on the Reading Team, with 110+ registrants and more than 500 books read. Congratulations to all, and thank you for making this summer another award-winning reading season!

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Color Club 072616Coloring Club for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Join the library’s coloring club! Come by yourself, or bring your friends for a peaceful evening with other coloring enthusiasts. We will provide assorted decorative pages, colored pencils and restful background music. You may bring your own pencils or crayons if you prefer. This program is for adults only. Seating is limited, so registration is required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

 

 

Director Chair on Stage-copyright gorralit/Fotolia.comFriday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, September 2, 2016
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Rugby Ball and Field - copyright vectorfusionart/fotolia.comThe film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Believing he can bring his racially and economically divided country together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies his underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. Starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Rated PG-13; 2 hours 14 minutes. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

 

 

Books in Circle-copyrighted image/Fotolia.comFirst WTML Wednesdays ~ Adult Book Discussion

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Time: 7-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Two books, two centuries, two familes and sisters

Come share a lively discussion with us! This month's selections are Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the front desk prior to the discussion date on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration necessary.

“Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts challenges in the form of her younger sisters’ football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin’s unwanted attentions and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon.”
– provided by publisher

Eligible Book Cover

Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp – but always polite –18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up?

Pride and Prejudice Book Cover

 

 

 

Books in Crate-copyright donatas1205/Fotolia.comGet Ready for the Fall Book Sale!

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 9am-5pm
Place: Library's Front Lawn

September 10-copyright Javier Castro/Fotolia.comThe Friends' fall book sale is Saturday, September 10, from 9am to 5pm on the front lawn of the library. Should it rain, the sale will be in the lower parking deck of TD Bank, next door to the library. Unless marked otherwise, children’s hardcover books are $1; adult hardcovers $2; trade paperbacks $1; and regular size and children paperbacks 50¢. Books on CD and DVDs are $3; and audio CDs are $2 per disc. There is a special-priced section at $5 and above. Come early for the best selection. No sales before 9am. On the day of the sale, please do not park in the bank lots during banking hours. (On Saturdays, the bank is open from 8am to 2pm.) For more information or to volunteer, please email the Friends at booksale@friendswtmlib.org or call 860-652-7728.

 

 

ArtScapades' Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman-photo used with permission“American Vistas: From the Hudson River

to Uncharted Territories” ~ presented by ArtScapades

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time: 7pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Kindred Spirits-1849-Asher B DurandArtScapades will explain the changes in art brought about by national pride, the beauty of the American landscape, and the growth of travel abroad. The works of three leading Hudson River School artists – Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and Frederic Edwin Church – will be presented. A subsequent presentation will be held in October on “American Images: From Camera to Canvas.” Join us for either … or both! Seating is limited, so registration is requested for each session, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, of ArtScapades, began teaching art appreciation in 1998. They have presented at libraries and museums in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida. Painting (right) ~ Kindred Spirits, 1849, Asher B. Durand

 

 

Jim Scianna“Composers of the Great American Songbook: A Sampling”

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Maria Tiscia and David OliverBassist Jim Scianna, along with Maria Tiscia (vocalist) and David Oliver (pianist), will perform songs from the most influential composers of the songbook as an introduction to their works. Come sing along or tap your toes with these recognizable songs, composed for Broadway and Hollywood musicals from the 1920s to the 1950s. Seating is limited, so reservations are required online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

 

 

Cell Phone-copyright Ingo Bartussek/Fotolia.com"Keep Up With Your Grandkids"  ~ What is the "Cloud?"

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time:
3-5pm
Place: Riverfront Community Center Computer Lab

Cloud Computing-copyright Bobboz/Fotolia.comThe “Keep Up With Your Grandkids!” lecture series continues on the third Tuesday of the month, focusing on technology topics selected by the public.

Have you heard someone talking about “the cloud” and wondered what it meant? Nicole Cignoli, Reference Librarian, will explain this buzzword in a two-hour lecture, so you can “keep up with your grandkids!” Maximum 12 attendees, so reservations are required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

The Riverfront Community Center is located at 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, CT. These events are co-sponsored by the Welles-Turner Memorial Library and the Town of Glastonbury Human Services Department.

 

 

Mark Schenker-photo used with permission"Back to School with Shakespeare" ~

A Lecture on Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time:
7-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Mark J. Schenker, senior associate dean of Yale College and dean of academic affairs, presents a lecture on the Sonnets of William Shakespeare, with a consideration of Elizabethan aesthetics and the poems' continued popularity as works of art and expressions of love. A handout of some of the sonnets will be distributed to participants. Dean Schenker will provide a close analysis of several of these including both some “greatest hits” (e.g., # 18, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”) and some of the lesser known poems (e.g., #126, “O thou my lovely boy, who in thy power”). Seating is limited, so reservations are required online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990 and was a former lecturer in the English Department at Yale. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University with a concentration in 19th-century and early 20th-century English literature. In 2001, he received the Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

 

 

Enzo Boscarino-photo used with permission"Italycious!" ~ A Musical Tour with Enzo Boscarino

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time:
2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Syracusa Street-copyright Anna Lurye/Fotolia.comThe library welcomes back singer/guitarist Enzo Boscarino as he presents “Italycious!” Originally of Siracusa, Enzo performs delightful songs from Italy, as well as other parts of the globe, and shares humorous stories of an immigrant family adjusting to their new country in his PowerPoint presentation. Boscarino left Italy at the age of 21 to pursue his education in the United States and now teaches at Central Connecticut State University and St. Joseph’s College. A poet, scholar, fencing master, linguist, singer and guitarist, Enzo Boscarino has been dubbed “a true Renaissance Man” by Martha’s Vineyard Gazette. Registration requested starting August 29, online or at Reference at 860-652-7720.

 

 

Mozart-copyright nickolae/Fotolia.comMozart and Mendelssohn: Stupendous Child Prodigies

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Mendelssohn-copyright nickolae/Fotolia.comThe name Mozart is synonymous with the word prodigy. He certainly displayed incredible talent as a composer, pianist and violinist at a ridiculously young age. Mendelssohn is usually ignored in the conversation about prodigies, but he was no less extraordinary and topped Mozart in at least one way. He was composing masterpieces as a teenager, several years before Mozart wrote anything comparable. Jeffrey Engel will compare the two youngsters and let you decide who was the more remarkable. Seating is limited, so reservations are required online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720 starting August 31.Jeffrey Engel

As a cellist, Engel played with numerous orchestras in France, including that of the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories. He has given entertaining and informative music history lectures in various venues for 15 years. To that end, his explanations are never too technical and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations. You can follow him at www.jeffreyengel.net.

 

 

"Homegrown Terror" Book CoverHomegrown Terror:

Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London ~

presented by author Eric D. Lehman

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time:
2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Once an accomplished military man ardently supporting the American Revolution, Benedict Arnold eventually turned on his friends, neighbors and fellow soldiers to become the terrorist whose name is synonymous with the word “traitor.” In a talk and book signing, Eric D. Lehman will share a historical look back at Arnold that he presents in his recent book, Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London. The story sheds light on the ethics of the dawning nation and the way colonial America responded to betrayal and terror. Books will be available for purchase. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins September 6, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Lehman, an historian and author of numerous books about Connecticut, teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Bridgeport. His essays, reviews, poems and stories have been published in dozens of journals and magazines.

 

 

Medicare-copyright gustavofrazao/Fotolia.comMedicare Options

Who: Adults
When: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time:
6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Navigating through the Medicare maze is difficult, whether you have had Medicare for a while or will soon be 65. With “Open Enrollment” approaching, it’s hard to know what to do! Join us for an overview of your “Medicare Options,” presented by Ellen Sue Moses, BS, Pharm, a certified CHOICES Counselor, and learn how to choose what is best of you in 2017. Remember, “Open Enrollment” is the time of year you can adjust your Medicare choices to best fit you health care needs. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting September 6, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720. .

The CHOICES program is a cooperative program of the State of Connecticut Department on Aging, the Area Agencies on Aging, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy. CHOICES is comprised of both staff, in-kind professionals from local service agencies, and volunteers who provide information to persons age 60 and older and persons with disabilities.

 

 

CT Women's Hall of Fame Logo-used with permissionPowerful Voices: Connecticut Women Changing History

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Connecticut’s history is filled with remarkable women who achieved extraordinary things! Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, and learn about some of the state’s powerful female voices for change in our democracy. Explore the inspirational stories of suffrage advocates like Alice Paul and Isabella Beecher Hooker; prominent female firsts like Ella Grasso and Denise Nappier; and social activists like Helen Keller, Anne Stanback and Estelle Griswold. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting September 8, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720. For more information about Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, visit www.cwhf.org.

CWHF logo used with permission.

 

 

Indie Author Day 2016 LogoIndie Author Day

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Place: Library's Friends Room

Calling all local writers! Join us on October 8, 2016 as libraries across North America and their local writing communities come together for the first annual Indie Author Day. What is Indie Author Day? This event is designed to bring local writing communities together in their libraries to participate in author panels, book readings and signings, workshops, presentations and more. Then, at 2pm EST, everyone will join a digital gathering featuring Q&A with writers, agents and industry leaders that will bring together the larger indie community. Get involved! For more information, call the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

 

 

Woman Listening to Music-copyright Leah-Anne Thompson/Fotolia.comWTML Tech Thursdays ~ Freegal Music

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 3-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Looking to download or stream playlists … for free? In this hour-long lecture/demonstration, Nicole Cignoli, Reference Librarian, will demonstrate how to access the library’s free music service, Freegal. A Welles-Turner library card allows access to millions of songs and music videos from the Sony catalog. There’s an app too! Q&A. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting September 15, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

 

 

More CT Lore Book CoverMore Connecticut Lore:

Guidebook to 82 Strange Locations

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Zachary Lamothe, Norwich CT, returns to read from his second CT travel guidebook More Connecticut Lore: Guidebook to 82 Strange Locations. Journey through Connecticut using this unconventional guidebook containing 82 odd locations to visit on your next outing. In addition to the extraordinary stories, discover tidbits sprinkled throughout that will give you “while you’re there” ideas to add to your trip and a section highlighting destinations along the way, like restaurants, breweries and inns. Q&A welcome. Copies of his book will be available for sale. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins September 26, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Lamothe is fascinated with history and folklore. After graduating from Boston University, he wrote for publications about regional folklore, history, and travel. This book is the sequel to Connecticut Lore: Strange, Off-Kilter, & Full of Surprises.

 

 

Steve Liskow-photo used with permission"Story First"

Who: Adults
When: Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Even though many agents and editors want memorable characters who drive a series, they aren’t enough to save a weak story. Award-winning mystery writer Steve Liskow leads workshop participants through the process of developing an idea into a workable premise that can generate a full story. From there, participants will examine how to build a plot to keep readers asking questions and turning pages to a powerful ending! Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting September 26, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Liskow taught English for 33 years in local schools until his retirement and now serves as a panelist and mentor for both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He is also a member of International Thriller Writers. He has been a finalist for the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America and the Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America. His stories have also won the Black Orchid Novella Award and Honorable Mention for the Al Blanchard Story Award (twice). Nowhere Man, released in April, is his tenth novel.

 

 

ArtScapades' Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman-photo used with permission“American Images: From Camera to Canvas” ~

presented by ArtScapades

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 7pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Snap the Whip-1872-Winslow HomerAs the camera became more available to the public during the mid 1800s, photography began to affect the art world. With the Hudson River School as a starting point, ArtScapades will show us how artists incorporated the use of photography in their artistic process, enabling them to create ever more dramatic paintings of a young growing America and its people, including the country’s expansion westward. ArtScapades presents three quintessential artists, Albert Bierstadt, Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. Seating is limited, so registration is requested, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, of ArtScapades, began teaching art appreciation in 1998. They have presented at libraries and museums in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida. Painting (right) ~ Snap the Whip, 1872, Winslow Homer

 

 

Blue Madonna Book CoverJames R. Benn, Author of Blue Madonna, to Speak at WTML

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 7pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

James R Benn-photo used with permissionThe library welcomes acclaimed local author James R. Benn for a book talk and signing of the 11th volume in his popular Billy Boyle World War II mystery series, Blue Madonna. Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing. Seating is limited, so registration is requested and begins October 13, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

“The suspenseful story line, set on the eve of the Normandy invasion in 1944, will keep readers turning the pages... Benn movingly depicts Nazi cruelties that Boyle and his comrades witness.” – Publishers Weekly

 

 

Harpist and Singer Debbie Vinick-photo used with permissionHoliday Concert Performed by Debbie Vinick

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Harpist and singer Debbie Vinick will be playing a charming selection of holiday music on her Celtic harp. You are welcome to sing along! Audiences throughout Connecticut are enchanted by her angelic voice and beautiful harp. Don’t miss this unique and special performance. Seating is limited, so reservations are required starting August 22, online or at the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Debbie began playing the harp at age 9. She studied at Juilliard while in high school and graduated from the Eastman and Yale Schools of Music. While at Eastman, she was chosen to be principal harpist of the Heidelberg, Germany Festival Orchestra for two summers. She was principal harpist of Orchestra New England for several years and regularly performed at the Shubert Theater in New Haven and Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.

 

 

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