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"First WTML Wednesdays" ~ Adult Book Discussion

Books in Circle-copyrighted image/Fotolia.comWelles-Turner Memorial Library welcomes readers to a lively, monthly book discussion at the library on the first Wednesday of the month, except in January, at 7pm. You can read as many or as few titles as you like. Various reference librarians will lead individual discussions. This October, we will discuss Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. Multiple copies of the books are available for checkout one month prior to the discussion date on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration necessary. Light refreshments will be available. Click here or contact the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720 for more information.

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"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 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 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.

 

 

Books in Circle-copyrighted image/Fotolia.com"First WTML Wednesdays" ~ Adult Book Discussion

Who: Adults
When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: 7-8pm
Place: Library's Friends Room

Lucky Us Book CoverCome share a lively discussion with us. This month's selection is Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the front desk one month prior to the discussion date on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration necessary.

“Forging a life together after being abandoned by their parents, half sisters Eva and Iris share decades in and out of the spotlight in golden-era Hollywood and mid-twentieth-century Long Island.” – provided by publisher

 

 

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 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.

 

 

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

Who: Adults
When: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 2pmRetro British Woman-copyright agneskantaruk/Fotolia.com
Place: Library's Friends Room

In this captivating drama, a working-class laundress in 19th century London becomes radicalized when she meets a brave cohort of women organizing to obtain the vote. Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. Rated PG-13; 1 hour 46 minutes. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720. Refreshments will be available. No registration ~ drop in. For movie title or more information, call Reference at 860-652-7720.

 

 

Indie Author Day 2016 LogoIndie Author Day ~ The Memoir: Fact or Fiction?

Who: Adults
When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 11am-3pm (lunch included)
Place: Library's Friends Room

Calling All Local Authors! Are you an indie or self-published writer, or do you want to be? Need inspiration to get ready to participate in NaNoWriMo?

Join us for The Memoir: Fact or Fiction? and a digital Q&A on indie authorship on the first national Indie Author Day, October 8, from 11 am to 3 pm!

What is a memoir? Is it fact or is it fiction? There is no simple answer. The literary category that it falls under – creative non-fiction – immediately establishes a paradox. How can non-fiction, which is essentially fact and, hopefully, the truth, be also creative? This lecture, given at 11 am by Debra Robbins, a professional writer and college professor, will explore the mysterious terrain of memory and the precarious process of turning it into art. During the lecture, we will discuss such topics as memory and meaning and its elusive nature in the writing process; the impact of action and dialogue, how they build momentum and make the story come alive; the role of conflict; and the techniques of building a scene. A question and answer period follows, during which participants will be able to ask general questions about the memoir.

At 2 pm, all participating libraries will come together for an hour-long digital Q&A featuring writers, agents and other industry leaders. Writers will learn valuable information while meeting other members of their local literary community, including about the library’s resources to get started writing and how to get your book published in the library's catalog.

Lunch provided. For more information, call the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720. To learn more about 2016 Indie Author Day, visit www.indieauthorday.com.

About Indie Author Day: During Indie Author Day, libraries from all over will be hosting unique events centered around indie writing and publishing, including information on how to get your self-published eBook into the library catalog. At 2 pm, all participating libraries will come together for an hour-long digital Q&A featuring writers, agents and other industry leaders. Writers will learn valuable information while meeting other members of their local literary community.

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month (November)

 

 

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 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, October 18, 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.

 

 

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 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 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.

 

 

Adult Coloring Club Artwork from 09/27/2016Coloring Club for Adults

Who: Adults
When: Tuesday, October 25, 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.

 

 

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 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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