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Glastonbury, CT 06033





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Space PlanningSpace Planning Study

The Welles-Turner Library is undergoing a space planning study to determine how to best utilize existing space to provide 21st Century library programs and services. The Town of Glastonbury has hired TLBArchitecture of Chester, CT to guide us through the process.

Part of this process includes seeking input from our users. One of the methods we are using is Mindmixer, a social media program designed to help municipalities engage citizens in the planning process. It is also a way for library staff to communicate with the public on the status of the project. Staff will be posting questions and polls throughout the next month, so visit the web site frequently and weigh in at http://wellesturnerlibrary.mindmixer.com.

You are always welcome to fill out a comment card (across from the Lending Desk) or contact Library Director Barbara Bailey, by email at barbara.bailey@glastonbury-ct.gov or by phone at 860-652-7717, with your suggestions.

The Space Planning Study has been made possible by a gift of $50,000 from the Welles-Turner Memorial Library Second Century Fund to the Town of Glastonbury.

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.

Upcoming Events

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Dr. Bridget CooperMeet the Author, Dr. Bridget Cooper

Who: Adults and teens
When: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

On Sunday, March 29 @ 2pm, Dr. Bridget Cooper, a Glastonbury resident, returns to the Welles-Turner Memorial Library to discuss her two new books.

Feed the Need: Teen Edition Book CoverIn the groundbreaking and honest book, Feed the Need: Teen Edition, Dr. Cooper helps teens to discover how to identify, understand and feed their core emotional needs so they can live more harmoniously with themselves and others. Feed the Need: Teen Edition will positively change the way teens see problems and strengthen and empower them to solve them. If you’re a teen, or you know one, this is the book discussion for you!

Stuck U Book Cover

Dr. Cooper’s latest book, Stuck U, provides a roadmap for change, personally and professionally. An experienced and dynamic educator, facilitator, executive coach, and management and leadership consultant, she was trained in systems theory and uses this orientation to help people of all ages understand and take responsibility for their role in their relationships. Her core drive is to help people to be passionate and invigorated about their lives so that they will propel themselves toward success and create healthy, strong and happy relationships.

Books will be available for signature and sale at the event. Registration required online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


ReferenceUSA LogoReferenceUSA Webinars

Who: Adult WTML patrons
When: Five (5) one-hour sessions from February 13 to March 17, 2015
Time: See below

Job seekers, small businesses and students will benefit from ReferenceUSA webinars at the library, designed to teach people how to use this free, online research database, that WTML provides to its library cardholders. Participants will learn tips, trick and techniques to create marketing plans, conduct competitive analyses, locate people and more.

ReferenceUSA provides access to eight databases, including businesses and residences, physicians and dentists, US and Canadian white pages and others. Business information includes key executive information, sales volume, expenditures, mapping, franchise and brand information, bankruptcies, email addresses, business credit rating scores and more.

Registration is required for one webinar, or all, at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720 on each on the following dates and times:

March 3 from 3-4pm

ReferenceUSA Consumer & Lifestyle Data

Register online

March 4 from 3-4pm

Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies Using ReferenceUSA

Register online

March 16 from 3-4pm

Start, Manage & Grow Your Business Using ReferenceUSA

Register online

March 17 from 3-4pm

ReferenceUSA Big Data & Mapping

Register online


Piano Keys
Friday Afternoon Films at the Library

Who: Adults
When: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Australian pianist, David Helfgott (Geoffrey Rush) has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano to popular if not critical acclaim. 105 minutes. Rated PG-13. Refreshments will be available. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.


Pen in Hand"Men to Read in March" Author Fair

Who: Adults
When: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Who’s Going to Say Kaddish For the Chinaman’s Dog? Book CoverThe library's author fair showcases local talent and will feature a 20-minute presentation from each author with time to ask questions and purchase and sign books afterwards. Whether you’re an avid reader or an aspiring writer, this is an excellent opportunity to meet and chat with some published authors.

Jon Hykes, Who’s Going to Say Kaddish For the Chinaman’s Dog?

An emotional journey through revenge, atonement, redemption and, finally, respect awaits readers in the pages of Who's Going to Say Kaddish For the Chinaman's Dog? The book is a love story following sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as they, strangers at first, live on and discover the meaning of life, love and each other.

Strapped Into An American Dream Book CoverGlenn Maynard, Strapped Into An American Dream

Strapped Into An American Dream captures America by whirling readers along a 35,000-mile trek through the 48 contiguous states in a rebuilt RV. One week following his wedding, Glenn and his wife quit their jobs, sold their cars and set out to find America. This book details how they were able to realize this dream and then introduces the unique people they met and places they visited along the path. Travel with them through 23 National Parks, Las Vegas, Mardi Gras and dusty ghost towns.

Ten Million Steps on Route 6 Book CoverJoe Hurley, Ten Million Steps on Route 6: a fresh look at America & Americans from Cape Cod to California

Route 6 covers 3,600 miles from Cape Cod to California and is the longest continuous highway in the United States. Author Joe Hurley, a retired Connecticut newspaperman, completed his nine-month walk and wrote a book about it, Ten Million Steps on Route 6: a fresh look at America & Americans from Cape Cod to California. He will share his adventures with a virtual trip on foot across the country.

Registration is required online or at the library's Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


G Fox & Co Downtown HartfordFrom Hula Hoops to High Fashion:

G. Fox & Co. in the 1950s

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

For most Connecticut residents, the word “Fox’s” holds powerful associations. The name evokes images of a beautifully decorated, tall department store on Main Street filled with every imaginable garment, home furnishing or domestic necessity dreamed of and warm memories of sharing time with family and friends. From the marquee decorated for Christmas to shopping trips for back-to-school clothes, the days at G. Fox were filled with wonder. For a treat, nothing was better than cream cheese on date-nut bread with mother in the Connecticut Room.

Joe Waxman, Connecticut Historical Society volunteer, shares his memories growing up in Hartford where G. Fox & Company was a part of his life. He says that Fox’s “touches people’s personal history.” Waxman will also give you some insight into the woman who made every shopping experience a joy – Beatrice Fox Auerbach – whose accomplishments were significant on both local and national levels.

Register at the library's Reference Desk or by calling 860-652-7720 to revisit G. Fox & Co., where the customer was always right! Bring your memories along with your favorite purchases. We’ll have some tables for display of G. Fox & Co. treasures and time for you to share a favorite G. Fox story. You’ll also have the opportunity to go home with a booklet that gives a brief history of the store for a small donation.

Registration is required at the library's Reference Desk or online.

Co-sponsored by the Welles-Turner Memorial Library (WTML) and the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS), part of the CHS adult outreach program. To learn more about CHS and its programs, visit chs.org. CHS is located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford CT.

Jeff SnowIsabella Waters Music Series ~ Jeff Snow

Who: All ages
When: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time: 2pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Come hear the music of Scotland, Ireland and England with Jeff Snow on Sunday, March 22 at 2pm in the library's Friends Room. Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who shares the music - and the stories behind the music - of Scotland, Ireland and England. Much of the history of these lands was preserved in song. Jeff’s music has been described as “quiet and relaxing” but, once in a while, he breaks out, and the “foot stomping” begins. Enjoy singing, laughing, lots of smiles and, perhaps, a few tears as we travel through time. Come see Jeff play the guitar, autoharp and bouzouki and percussion as he entertains all!

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


April Heavens-WoodcockCampaigns That Drive Action:

Email Newsletters and Announcements

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action – collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Newsletters and announcements have become a core component of those campaign choices. To assist small business, the library is partnering with April Heavens-Woodcock, Managing Partner and Chief Buzz Officer, Touching Clients, who will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective. Attendees of this presentation will learn:

  • The different types of newsletters
  • What to write about in your newsletter or announcement and how to consider using images
  • Subject line best practices, and when to send your newsletter
  • The importance of understanding how connected email and social media are ... they have to be done together
  • What types of additional tools might be useful

Join us and learn some great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective components of one of the core campaign types, newsletters and announcements. Registration required through Touching Clients website or the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


Performer Andy WeilPoetry with a Touch of Mid-Life Insanity

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Performance poet Andy Weil’s poetry readings are not what most people think a poetry reading would be like. His passion for humor and humanity shines with creative communications via words, body language, musical parodies and percussion in a fast-paced energetic evening. Weil is a published performance poet and member of The Faxon Poets of West Hartford. Weil travels throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, reading and performing at libraries, schools, senior centers, assisted-living facilities, special functions and fund-raisers. He also is the founder and facilitator of “Senior Voices - Expressing Yourself Through Poetry,” which he started in 2009. Through “Senior Voices,” Weil works with more than 200 seniors from ages 70 to 103, bringing the poetry writing processto those who have never experienced the therapeutic powers of writing.

Registration is required and begins March 11 online or
at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

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President Abraham Lincoln
The Assassination of President Lincoln

and the End of an Era

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

David Koch, Assistant Professor of History at Housatonic Community College, examines this date in history: On April 14, 1865, an assassin’s bullet put an end to the life of Abraham Lincoln. Many believe that the history of post-war America might have been quite different, had he lived. Yet the assassination of President Lincoln is also considered by many to be the end of an era in American history, not only closing out the civil war, but ushering in a new era of industrial – instead of agricultural – wealth and ending true independence for Americans from their national government. This talk will focus on the killing of the president, but will also examine the slow close of the antebellum era, and on the end of the civil war itself. Registration required and begins March 17 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


Lunch ‘N Learn ~ “Keeping up with your Grandkids!”

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 12noon-1pm
Place: Riverfront Community Center Dining Room

Lunch Bag and AppleWant to understand your family members when they talk tech? Brainstorm with Nicole Cignoli, Reference Librarian, Welles-Turner Memorial Library, to design two workshops focusing on important topics/programs – by popular demand. For instance, how to use MS Word, MS Publisher, or set up a Facebook account and more. Learn about a free learning website that will amaze you. Bring your lunch, and drop in!

The Riverfront Community Center is located at 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, CT. For more information, contact the library’s Reference Desk at 860-652-7720 or Human Services at 860-652-7638. This event is co-sponsored by the Welles-Turner Memorial Library and the Town of Glastonbury Human Services Department.


Welcome to the Wonderful World of Reverse Mortgages

... a Money Smart Week Event

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Who: Adults
When: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 1pm
Place: Friends Room

“What is a Reverse Mortgage?”
“Am I Eligible?”

These questions and more will be answered at a timely and informative program. Michael Buchas, from the State Department of Banking, will answer your questions regarding reverse mortgages. He will also discuss the difference between reverse mortgages and home equity loans, and such issues including the loan limit and the distribution of money from a reverse mortgage. If you are considering one or just want to get the facts, please join us. Registration required and begins March 26 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.


Kristen RomansHow to Open an Etsy Shop

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Place: Friends Room

Kristen Romans, a Lebanon resident and successful Etsy seller for the past five years with her jewelry business, Silver Ranch, presents a comprehensive overview on how to set up your own Etsy shop to start your online business. Registration is required and begins March 26 online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.



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