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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 ~

"Let the Games Begin!"

While most of us will not be competing in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this August, we will "Let the Games Begin" this summer at Welles-Turner Memorial Library. Beginning June 13 and running through August 13, adult readers can log their completed books online and provide optional book reviews. Online registration begins Register Now Button-copyrighted image/Fotolia.comJune 9, and you may log in titles beginning June 13. If you don't have a computer athome, bring your list to the Reference Desk, and one of the librarians will be happy to log in your titles. Adults: Read 4 books to earn a T-shirt designed with this year's theme. And don't stop reading and recording your titles just because you earned your reward. Let's keep the competition going and beat last year's participation. To register and record your reading, click here.

Thank you to the Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library for generously funding this summer's programs and rewards.


3D Printing at WTML

Blue Robot-copyrighted image/Fotolia.com3D PrinterThe library's 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator Fifth Generation, is available for library patron use. The MakerBot 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 printer specifications, click here. 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.


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Coloring Club @ WTMLColoring Club for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Adult Coloring ClubJoin 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.




Walking Shorts ~ Book Club for Adults

Who: Adults
When:Book-Pages Flipping-copyright janvier image/Fotolia.com

  • Monday, August 1
  • Monday, August 15

Time: 6:30pm
Place: Starting at Library

Shoes Walking-copyright furuodo/Fotolia.comJoin us this summer for a lively discussion of selected short stories, as many or as few titles as you like, while enjoying some of Glastonbury’s beautiful paths close to town center and the library. Meet at the library in your walking shoes. Multiple copies of the selected shorts will be available for pickup two weeks prior to the discussion date on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration necessary. Light refreshments will be provided. Visit the library’s website at www.wtmlib.info, or contact the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720 for more information.



Summer's Harvest by Chef Reneé-image used with permissionA Summer's Harvest ~

Cooking Demonstration by Chef Renée

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Summer's Harvest by Chef Reneé-image used with permissionChef Renée, Simply Fresh Food with Chef Renée, will delight you with a cooking demonstration and tasting on ways to grill and prepare the summer’s bounty. There will be a tasting of two prepared dishes, and we will discuss the importance of “Eating in Color” and the beneficial ingredients in the foods. 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, August 5, 2016
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Painter's Palette-Fotolia-copyright Gino Santa MariaAfter standing in as a female model for a painting by his wife Gerda, Danish artist Einar Wegener becomes enamored with his feminine identity and begins living as a woman named Lili. Although their marriage becomes strained, Gerda stands by Lili as she explores her true self and eventually undergoes one of the world's first gender-reassignment surgeries in the 1930s. This touching biopic was adapted from David Ebershoff's book of the same name. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.



Dr. Jonathan Goodman, ND

Introduction to Acupuncture

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Time: 7pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Are you stressed out? Have low back pain? Suffer from migraines? Are you addicted to: Nicotine? Alcohol? Food? Other substances/behaviors? Acupuncture is an ancient discipline which is growing in popularity today, mainly because it is proving so effective at relieving common conditions without medication. Dr. Jonathan Goodman, ND, HHC Rushford in Glastonbury, is a naturopathic physician trained in acupuncture who shares how acupuncture works and whether you can benefit from it. Seating is limited, so registration is required starting online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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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.



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 starting August 22, 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
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 starting August 23, 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
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 starting August 24, 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, Septtember 25, 2016
Place: Library's Friends Room

The 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.



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.

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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.



Harpist and Singer Debbie Vinick-image 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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