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NaNoWriMo ShieldWriter at WorkNational Novel Writing Month

(NaNoWriMo) at WTML

Is there a novelist hiding inside you … waiting to come out? It's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), November 1-30, a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30. Remember: “The world needs your novel.” We’re here to help you get started. See below for NaNoWriMo events at the library. For more information on NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.

Automatic Sorter for Library ReturnsOur Automatic Sorter

Wondering what's behind the black plastic that you see when you walk through the library's main entrance?

Soon you will see, and one of the things you will find is our new, seven-bin automatic materials handler (or sorter, for short).

All materials returned to the library will be processed by the sorter. Simply walk up to it, press an icon on the screen and the door will open. Place your items in - one at a time, please - and they will be discharged from your account and transported to the appropriate bin to be returned to the shelf. Glass on either side of the return door will let the young and young at heart observe the item on its journey to the appropriate bin.

Don't worry: The sorter is not eliminating jobs; it makes it much easier for staff to manage the return process, gets items back on the shelf quicker and makes staff available to better serve you.

Holiday Donation Tree

Holiday Donation Tree

The holidays and cold weather are almost upon us. In keeping with our tradition of fostering community, beginning right after Thanksgiving, we will again have our holiday tree up and ready to accept donations. This year, the Social Services Department has asked for donations of socks, hats, mittens and gloves for all ages.

Handmade and purchased items are welcome. Please help us help others keep a little warmer this winter with your thoughtful donations.

We will also have a box near the holiday tree for donations of new children's books.

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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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.

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"WTML Tech Thursdays"Morningstar Logo

Lecture and Webinar

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Who: Adults
When: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

The Welles-Turner Memorial Library presents an hour-long financial literacy webinar on Morningstar®, a free, online investment database available to WTML library cardholders. The database is a great resource for all investors, as it includes electronic versions of the popular Morningstar newsletters. In this group setting, participants will learn tips, tricks and techniques to research company profiles for possible stock investments, find the best mutual funds and ETFs, analyze personal portfolios and receive tips on how to keep them strong and balanced. Registration required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



Stage and Spotlights-copyright lantica/Fotolia.comPenguin in Raincoat Under Umbrella-Open Clip Art Images-Dim the stage lights, please ...Friday Afternoon Films

at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 2-3:45pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Join us in a tribute to the late great Debbie Reynolds! A 1920s silent-film star falls for a spunky chorus girl, much to the dismay of his diva-ish leading lady, in this lighthearted musical spoof of the early days of Hollywood. Starring Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. Rated G; 1 hour, 43 minutes. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.



NaNoWriMo ShieldNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Who: Adults and teens ages 13+
When: November 1-30, 2017

Is there a novelist hiding inside you … waiting to come out? Get ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), November 1-30, a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30. Remember: “The world needs your novel.” We’re here to help you get started. Join us for our NaNoWriMo events ("Write-Ins" and celebration) at the library. For more information on NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.


T.G.I.O. (Thank Goodness It’s Over) Celebration!

Who: NaNoWriMo participants
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 1-3 pm
Place: Friends Room

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Join your fellow authors in a celebration of your effort, win or lose, as WTML hosts its T.G.I.O. (“Thank Goodness It’s Over”) party. Whether you attained your word count goal or not, we want to celebrate your achievement! Bring an excerpt from your still-unedited work to read aloud. All ages. Drop in. For more information, visit NaNoWriMo at nanowrimo.org.



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Build a Better … You ~ Going Clean with Donna Martin

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, December 6, 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,
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Donna Martin-image appears with permissionIt’s time to rid ourselves of the toxic stew that was created back in the 20th century. Donna Martin has spent decades educating herself about toxins and doing the leg work to seek out and test many of the alternative products on the market today making it easier than ever for people to find their way to healthier choices. Donna’s organic gardens have her unquestionably convinced that clean, fresh food choices create abundant health, clear thinking, and joy. Her presentation addresses: your home environment, what you put on your body and what you put in your body, and making lasting change. Registration required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



Craft from October 24, 2017B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Craft)

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Craft from October 24, 2017Come 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 have supplies for coloring enthusiasts. We’ll listen to music, audio books, or watch a movie. Drop in! This program is for adults only. For more information, visit www.wtmlib.info or call Reference at 860-652-7720.



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Lecture/Demonstration of New Libby OverDrive App

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:15pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Woman with eReader-copyrighted image/Fotolia.com-You can call me "Libby"Max Rowe, Library Connection Inc., returns to give a lecture and live demo on how to use the new Libby by OverDrive app to borrow eBooks, audiobooks and more from the library. Bring along your own device and get hands-on help. To fully benefit from this workshop, please:

  • Bring your valid Welles-Turner library card in good standing;
  • Fully charge your device in advance;
  • Bring the ID and password to your device’s app store;
  • Bring your email address, user name and password; and
  • Have a basic operational understanding of your device.

This program is free and open to Welles-Turner library cardholders. Seating is limited to 15, so registration is requested and begins January 2, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Snow date: Thursday, February 15 @ 6:30 pm



"Everybody Eats" Book CoverHealthy Indulgences

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Chocolate Bark-copyright Elenathewise/Fotolia.comCreate your own chocolate bark to take home, and learn how to make a deliciously nutritious flourless chocolate torte during a fun and interactive workshop led by Alissa Monteleone of Simply Good Thinking. Realizing she needed to take her health seriously after having her first child at 36, Monteleone, author of EveryBody Eats, took control over her lifelong struggle with food, bad diets and the other junk that comes along with bad nutrition. The newly published 2nd edition of EveryBody Eats celebrates the art of happy and healthy eating and will be available for sale at the workshop. Maximum of 25, minimum of 15 to host this workshop, so registration is required and begins January 10, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

Snow date: Tuesday, February 13 @ 6:30 pm



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



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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.



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

WTML's Local Connecticut Author Fair

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 11am-1pm

The Welles-Turner Memorial Library invites published authors to participate in “READ Local,” our Local CT Author Fair. Authors will be afforded the opportunity to meet potential readers and share their talent with the community. The event will also provide authors with an opportunity to promote, sell and sign copies of their work.


  • Book Stack-Multi-Colored-copyrighted image/Fotolia.comFirst preference will be given to authors living in Glastonbury and its immediate surrounding towns (East Hartford, Hebron, Manchester, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield)
  • We will only accept authors with works published after 2005.
  • Authors must attend the event and are responsible for their own exhibits, including money, cash boxes, change, products, signage or other items they wish to use. If you wish to use a credit card reader, your unit must operate wirelessly, and its setup and configuration are your responsibility.
  • The library will provide one-half (1/2) of a 6-foot table and two (2) chairs, but will provide no other assistance. Use of electrical outlets is not guaranteed.
  • Display materials must fit within the confines of the table space. The location cannot accommodate banners, posters, floor displays or wall hangings.
  • The library will promote the event as a library sponsored program but does not endorse, promote or spotlight any one author to the exclusion of the others.
  • Space is limited. The library reserves the right to accept or refuse any application at its discretion.
  • Participants who are unable to make the event should alert the library by March 1, 2018.

If you are interested in participating, please submit an application form by December 16, 2017. In addition to the application, authors will be required to submit a hard copy of their book(s), a resume, professional reviews (if available), an image of the cover of your book(s) and a head shot. Library staff will evaluate the applications and respond to all by Friday, December 29, 2017.



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



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