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2407 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033





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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.

Upcoming Events

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"SALE" Tags-copyright cmtlapcevic/Fotolia.comFriends' Winter Book Sale (Adult/Teen Materials)

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

At this sale, the Friends will feature adult fiction and nonfiction, many areas of "specials" books, limited CDs and DVDs, and teen literature. Please note that children’s books will not be sold at this sale. Come early for best selections! For more information, contact the Friends of the Library by phone at 860-652-7728 or by email at booksale@friendswtmlib.org.



The Wild Notes with Kasha BreauIsabella Waters Music Series: The Wild Notes

Who: All ages
When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Join us for an afternoon with The Wild Notes. The Wild Notes are Mickey Koth on fiddle, flute, viola, flute, whistle and recorder; John Kalinowski on concertina, accordion, fife, spoons and bones; and Kasha Breau on harp, piano and vocals. No registration is required ~ drop in! For more information, contact the library's Reference Department at 860-652-7720.

The music series is presented by the Friends of Welles-Turner Memorial Library and Welles-Turner Memorial Library in memory of Isabella Waters, who was a generous library supporter.



Libby by Overdrive LogoGet Your eBooks for Free:

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 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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



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

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

Giraffe with Stethoscope-Open Clip Art ImagesThis funny and heartfelt film tells the story of a Pakistani-American man who falls for a white grad student named Emily but hides their romance from his traditional Muslim family. Things become even more complicated when Emily comes down with a mysterious illness, and he is forced to navigate the medical crisis with her parents. Starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan. Rated R; 1 hour 59 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.



Gold Medal Book Award-copyright eskay lim/Fotolia.com“And the Award Goes To …”

Who: All ages
When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

... an afternoon of prize-winning poetry and music produced by Glastonbury's Poet Laureate, Alexandrina Sergio. Featured poets will be Michael Lepore, whose poetry collection Moral Injury was the recipient of the 2017 Gold Medal Award from the Military Writers Society of America, and Danielle Pieratti, whose poetry collection Fugitives won the 2017 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry. Also performing will be Emmy award-winning guitarist and composer Steve Nystrup. Refreshments will be provided, and books and CDs will be available for sale and signing. Free. No registration required ~ drop in! For more information, contact Alexandrina Sergio by email at poet.laureate@glastonbury-ct.gov.



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"Everybody Eats" Book Cover"Build a Better … You!"

Healthy Indulgences

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, February 7, 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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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 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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



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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.



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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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

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.



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



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