Interested in researching your family tree? FamilySearch, a free genealogy search tool developed by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, is a great place to start! Learn how to access free genealogy webinars, how-to guides for local research, and original records in this workshop designed for beginners. Professional genealogist and proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, Bryna O’Sullivan, will explain the information available and walk participants through how to navigate this useful website. Registration begins January 5, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.
About the presenter: Bryna O’Sullivan is a lineage society application specialist who works hard to make her clients’ application process as stress free and enjoyable as possible. In her eight years of experience, she has assisted clients in joining the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the National Society Colonial Dames of America, and many others – often using family trees that extend across North America and through difficult to document regions. Based in Middletown, Connecticut, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and French Literature from Tufts University, a Master of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She has also completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research, the National Institute for Genealogical Studies Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, the ProGen Study Group, the DAR’s Genealogical Education Program and more.
Want to break the expensive and often frustrating cable service cycle and gain lower costs, greater control and a vastly expanded selection of entertainment and communication choices? James Gifford will teach attendees how to get out of a cable service agreement, find and negotiate the best internet/broadband access deal, and get started with streaming services for a vast range of entertainment options, many of which are free! The presentation covers the details of streaming equipment (some of which attendees may already own) and how to explore the ever-expanding list of channels and services streaming - as well as the "forgotten" free resource of broadcast TV - can bring to your living room. Support issues such as quality home WiFi and low-cost home phone service are covered as well. You don't need advanced technical expertise - just the right information! If you're tired of endless rate increases and shell games with service and programming terms, cut your expense and take control ... Come learn how to "Cut the Cord!" Registration begins January 12, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.
About the presenter: James Gifford is uniquely qualified to present this seminar. He has been a writer, editor and publisher for 30 years, focusing on bringing complex subjects to introductory and novice audiences. He has been in the tech and consumer electronics industry for about that long as well, much of it at the engineering level in business and personal communications and telecom. And he has spent much of the last decade writing about consumer economics and advocating for consumer rights. He is a completely independent speaker with no ties or interests to any cable, communications, online, entertainment or equipment companies. He was a resident of Tolland for six years and now connects to these sessions from Denver, Colorado.
For teens in grades 7-12
African Americans have played a major role in the development of our state, our nation and our world. African American women from Connecticut are no exception! Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, and learn about some of Connecticut's most remarkable African American heroines. From women's rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart and legendary contralto and Civil Rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering journalist Adrianne Baughns-Wallace and former State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, you'll be inspired as we explore the important contributions of African American women in Connecticut. Registration begins January 14, online or by calling Reference at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.
For students in grades 9-12
The Welles-Turner Memorial Library is partnering with C2 Education to offer free, full-length, virtual practice tests for the ACT, SAT and PSAT for local high school students. On the day of the testing event, participants will receive a link via email that will bring them to a timed exam. After the exam is submitted, students will receive a score report with a comprehensive analysis of strengths and weaknesses via email. Registration is required; please sign up online here. For assistance, please call Reference at 860-652-7720.
Please note: Teens who attend multiple testing events are not guaranteed a unique exam each session.
Teens, come join Heather Casale of Sacred Rivers Yoga for a virtual yoga class! This class will incorporate the physical and meditative benefits of yoga while trying to help you gain a deeper understanding of your practice. The instructor will lead you through fluid, dance-like movements while connecting you to your breath. Yoga is a great way to relieve stress and to connect with your body. Registration begins January 19, online or by calling Reference at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.
You have your 401(k), your diversified portfolio, and your retirement nest egg ... You’ve thought of everything – except for how to protect these assets should you need long-term care. Just one year in a Connecticut nursing home can cost more than $162,000. Medicare and health insurance may only cover a fraction of these costs. There's a way to protect your life’s savings. If you’re 40 or older, long-term care insurance approved by the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care can be part of your retirement plan. These policies are affordable, provide asset protection, protect against inflation and give you peace of mind through your retirement years. Join us for a presentation on this very important topic with special guest speaker Aldo Pantano, from the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care, with the State Office of Policy and Management. Come learn about how they can help you plan ahead for your future long-term care needs. No company specific products will be discussed, and there will be no sales or solicitations allowed. Registration begins January 21, online or by calling the library’s Reference Department at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.
About the presenter: Aldo Pantano is from the State’s Office of Policy and Management Agency and represents the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care. He speaks frequently on the topic of long-term care insurance and related topics. Aldo is also responsible for training insurance agents through the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care Producer Certification Training Program. In addition, he works closely with consumers and insurance agents to answer questions about the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care, Medicaid, Medicare and long-term care insurance. Aldo has been with the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care for 13 years. Prior to joining the State, he spent 24 years in the private insurance industry. In his last six years with the private sector, Aldo served as a sales executive promoting and selling group long-term care insurance to employers with 500 or more employees throughout the country.
Teens in grades 7-12, learn how to paint a real painting while at home! This is a virtual program that will be held via Zoom. Follow along on with instructor Pamela Halligan of Pam’s Picassos as she walks you through creating your own masterpiece. For this class, we will be painting a nighttime winter scene. Registration begins January 26, online or by calling Reference at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting. Paint kits will be available for pick up at the library beginning Tuesday, February 16. The teen librarian will email you to arrange a pickup day and time.
With the library temporarily closed, we've decided on a new place for the Cookbook Club: Your place! :)
Adults age 21+ are welcome to meet virtually for a non-traditional Cookbook Club discussion on Zoom. BYOB ... or wine!
February's Cookbook Club: The Pioneer Woman’s Blog Picks!
We will start by sharing what we've chosen to cook, and any tips or challenges we had to overcome. This month's pick is to make a dish from The Pioneer Woman’s Blog! Feel free to pick any Pioneer Woman recipe, whether it’s a dessert, main course or side dish. As we do not want anyone to make special grocery store trips at this time, whatever you have in the house or planned in with your regular grocery shopping trip is fine!
Online registration is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.
Adults 21+ are welcome to meet virtually for a non-traditional book discussion over a beer on Zoom! We will start by sharing what we've chosen to drink. Please support local businesses and buy from nearby independent breweries if you can! It is especially encouraged to buy from our usual host, Hops on the Hill in Glastonbury.* They are open limited hours for to-go sales. After virtual cheers, we will dive into the book chosen for this month's gathering.
February's pick: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (click here to place a hold on this month's title)
Registration is required in order to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.