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Free book talk Jan. 21 on the UConn-Tennessee women’s basketball rivalry

Fans of UConn women’s basketball won’t want to miss a book talk on Jan. 21, 2020 at the Tolland Public Library when sportswriter Jeff Goldberg will discuss “Unrivaled: UConn, Tennessee, and the Twelve Years that Transcended Women’s Basketball.”
The free talk, set for 7 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green, comes just two days before the women’s teams resume their rivalry.
The teams met 22 times between 1995 and 2007, when Tennessee ended the series. The Huskies have won 11 national titles and the Lady Vols have won 8.
A native of West Hartford who now lives in San Diego, Goldberg was the UConn women’s basketball beat writer for the Hartford Courant from 2001 to 2006. Hs is also the author of “Bird at the Buzzer: UConn, Notre Dame, and Women’s Basketball Classic.”
Goldberg is now the editor of and was the team reporter for the San Diego Fleet in the Alliance of American Football in 2019. He previously covered the Boston Red Sox for the Courant as well.
Goldberg is returning to speak at the library as part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
Registration is required. Call the library at 860-871-3620 or sign up online at

Author Jeff Goldberg

Tolland Student Wins Nook Drawing

Congratulations to Rochelle Cormier of Tolland, who won a Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader from the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s drawing at the Celebrate Tolland festival in September.

In an unusual twist, this is the second year in a row that Rochelle won a Nook. Congratulations to her on her good luck.

Nook winner Rochelle Cormier

Tolland Public Library Launches Hoopla Streaming Service

Thanks to a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation, the Tolland Public Library is now offering the Hoopla digital media service that allows library card holders to borrow movies, TV shows and other media on a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week basis.
Library patrons can choose from thousands of titles and borrow movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, comics and TV shows and enjoy them on their computer, tablet, phone or even their TV. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets to be enjoyed offline later.
Before signing up, they can browse the choices, which include e-books by Joe Hill, Janet Evanovich and Alexander McCall Smith, and movies such as “Dumbo,” “Pet Sematary” and “Poms,” at
To use Hoopla, visit and click on the Hoopla icon. Patrons will be asked to create a Hoopla account. Once they have done so, they choose Tolland Public Library and then sign in with their active Tolland Public Library card number. Then they can browse the offerings, just as they would during a visit to the library, and start downloading or streaming content.
For free, Tolland library patrons can download or stream up to two digital media selections a month per active library card. Drop by the library and ask a staff member to show you how to use Hoopla or if you have questions, call the library at 860-871-3620.
The library foundation was established in 1996 to receive donations to benefit the Tolland Public Library and to enhance library services beyond what the town budget provides. Besides Hoopla, it also sponsors author visits and funds library technology and the and JobNow! databases that are available for use at the library at 21 Tolland Green.


Author Susan Campbell Will Discuss Her New Book on Frog Hollow at the Library on May 22

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Campbell will speak at the Tolland Public Library May 22 about her new book, “Frog Hollow: Stories from an American Neighborhood.”
The talk will take place at 7 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library at 21 Tolland Green. It is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
Campbell, a distinguished lecturer at the University of New Haven’s Department of Communication, Film Media Studies, is a columnist for the Hartford Courant, the Connecticut Health Investigative Team and a frequent contributor to WNPR, the political website The Hill and The Guardian newspaper. Her column about the shootings at the state lottery headquarters in March 1998 was part of the Courant’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage.
She is also the author of “Dating Jesus: Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl,” and “Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker.”
Her new book is a collection of colorful historical vignettes from this ethnically diverse neighborhood just west of the Capitol in Hartford.
During the Revolutionary War, Frog Hollow was a progressive hub, and in the mid-19thcentury, it was a hotbed of industry. Campbell tells the true stories of the neighborhood’s inventors, entrepreneurs and workers as well as the impact of African American migration to Hartford, the impact of the Civil Rights movement and the continuing fight for housing.
From European colonists to Irish and Haitian immigrants to Puerto Ricans, the residents of Frog Hollow represent the changing faces of American cities.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register online at
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry and Steven G. Smith, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Jane Haddam, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Ken Davis, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston.

Author Susan Campbell

Opinionated Women to be Celebrated at Book Talk on April 4

Two writers and the editor of a book of columns from 63 women journalists from Connecticut, “Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits,” will discuss the book on April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library at 21 Tolland Green.
Editor James Herbert Smith and Jacqueline Smith, Hearst Connecticut Media’s editorial page editor at The News-Times in Danbury and The Norwalk Hour, and Maureen Croteau, a professor of journalism and the longtime head of the University of Connecticut Journalism Department, will take part in the free talk ponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
The talk is part of the foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series. Since 2010, the series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer-Prize winning journalists Dan Barry and Steven G. Smith, Caragh O’Brien, Lucy Anne Hurston, Jane Haddam, Dawn Metcalf, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston.
James Smith is a retired newspaper editor, past president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, a member of the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame and past president of the non-profit Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information.
In the book, he has included newspaper columns by women journalists published between the 1950s, with one flashback to 1828, and the present day. The columns cover topics from the #metoo movement to health care, fashion, sports, politics, art and nature, with history, clarity, honesty and humor.
Jacqueline Smith’s entries include a touching column for The News-Times about sending her first daughter off to college, a forceful call in The Meriden Record-Journal in 2000 for the Polish Elks club to stop holding a “stag” dinner and a powerful column about gun control in The News-Times in 2015.

The work of Croteau, who is a member of the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame, includes a moving 1987 column in The Day of New London about a condolence call on the widow of a neighbor. Her entertaining column about a man with a seemingly endless saga involving the state Department of Motor Vehicles, published in The Hartford Times in 1972, and her reaction to paparazzi as bounty hunters, not journalists, written in the Hartford Courant in 1997 after the death of Diana, princess of Wales, are also featured.

Other columnists featured are Maura Casey of The Day; Karen Hunter, Gina Barreca, Jenifer Frank, Carolyn Lumsden, Helen Ubinas, Claire Smith and Susan Campbell of the Courant; the late Lisa Chedekel, Deb Waldman and Katherine Weber of the New Haven Register and Faith Vincent Middleton of the Journal Inquirer in Manchester.
Please register for the talk by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or online at

Editor James Herbert Smith

Jacqueline Smith

Maureen Croteau