Author Archives: Kate Farrish

Teen Poetry Celebration to be held March 27 at the Library

The Tolland Public Library and the Tolland Public Library Foundation are pleased to invite middle and high school students aged 12 to 18 to take part in a Teen Poetry Celebration on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Program Room at 21 Tolland Green, Tolland.
This will be a night to celebrate the students’ original writing and their creativity. It will be hosted by Tolland High School English teacher James MacArthur.
Entry forms, details and photo releases are available at the town library, the Tolland High library, from Celeste Estevez in the Tolland Middle School Library and from any Tolland High English teacher. The forms are also attached below.
To enter, fill out the forms and return them to any of the same places no later than Monday, March 25. The event will be held as long as we have at least five entrants. Preference for participation will be given to Tolland residents, but students from other towns may enter if space permits.
By Monday, March 25, please email copies of two original poems to Foundation Secretary Kate Farrish at katefarrish@gmail.com. Each poem should take one to three minutes to recite. Each must be an original composition of the student who will recite it.
No profanity or vulgarity are allowed in the poems, and their content should be appropriate for a general audience that includes 7th and 8th graders. The poets are encouraged to invite their relatives and friends to come them on. They should register by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or through the library’s online calendar at tolland.org/library.
For more information, email Kate at katefarrish@gmail.com.

Tolland Public Library

 

Tolland Public Library Foundation Inc.

Teen Poetry Celebration at the Tolland Public Library
March 27, 2019 * 6:30 p.m.

Entry Form

Name: ____________________________________________________

Best phone number to reach you: ______________________________

Email: ________________________

Grade and school where you are enrolled: ________________________

Age as of March 27, 2019 __________

Please return this entry form to the public library, any Tolland High English teacher or the Tolland Middle School or Tolland High School library no later than Monday, March 25.

Please write two original poems that will each take one to three minutes to recite. The poems should be emailed to Foundation Secretary Kate Farrish at katefarrish@gmail.comno later than Monday, March 25.

Please have your parent or guardian sign the attached photo release and submit it with this entry form no later than Monday, March 25.

Audience members who wish to attend should call the library at 860-871-3620 or visit the online library events calendar and register at tolland.org/library.

Tolland Public Library Foundation Poetry Celebration Photo Release

Participant who is 18 or over:

I am 18 or over and give permission to the Tolland Public Library Foundation to use photos of me taking part in its Teen Poetry Celebration on March 27, 2019. I understand that the photos may be sent to news outlets for publicity purposes and may be used on the Foundation’s Facebook page and website.

I understand that the photos will only be used to educate the public about library services and that the Foundation or the Tolland Public Library will not knowingly release the material for use in any advertising medium.

Permission given by:

Print name

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Signature

Participant who is under 18:

I give permission to the Tolland Public Library Foundation to use photos of my child taking part in its Teen Poetry Celebration on March 27, 2019. I understand that the photos may be sent to news outlets for publicity purposes and may be used on the Foundation’s Facebook page and website.

I understand that the photos will only be used to educate the public about library services and that the Foundation or the Tolland Public Library will not knowingly release the material for use in any advertising medium.

Name of child:

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Permission given by:

Print name

______________________________________________Date:__________________________
Signature

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Kids can Learn to Code April 16 with Dash the Robot!

     Attention parents of children in grades 2 to 5: do you want your children exposed to coding in a fun way with an adorable robot named Dash?
     The Tolland Public Library is now accepting registration for an event on April 16 at 11 a.m. for students to be introduced to coding with Dash. Space is limited, so register your child now by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or online at http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/T/TOLLAND/ekp.cfm?curOrg=TOLLAND#5919623.
     Dash and another robot named Dot were recently purchased using a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of the Maker Space that it has outfitted in the library.

Dash the Robot

Founding President Honored with Library Installation

To honor the service of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s founding president Betty-Lou Griffin, the Foundation board of directors recently donated funds for the installation of interactive wall games at the Tolland Public Library.

The Foundation thanks Betty-Lou for her many years of service, from 1996 at the Foundation’s founding until 2017. The interactive games were selected as a way to honor Betty-Lou because of her longstanding interest in the arts and in children’s programs at the library.

In addition to the games, she is also being honored with the establishment of the Betty-Lou Griffin Experience the Arts series, which will bring continuing arts programs to the library for Tolland residents and library patrons. Under her leadership, the Foundation had already offered workshops in anime, cartooning and zentangle. Though she stepped down from the board in 2017, Betty-Lou is continuing to serve as a volunteer, offering her advice to the board members.

Betty-Lou Griffin

 

Young Adult Author to Offer Advice on “Getting Published” on Nov. 27 at the Tolland Public Library

If you’ve ever thought of publishing a book, the Tolland Public Library Foundation has the perfect talk for you on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when young adult author Dawn Metcalf will share her advice on “Getting Published.”
Metcalf will discuss the world of traditional publishing, including “the terms, resources, methods and madness” for writers aged 13 to 103! The free talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green in Tolland as part of the foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
Registration is required and can be done by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or by registering online at tolland.org/library.
Metcalf, of north-central Connecticut, is the author of “Luminous,” a paranormal fantasy, and “Indelible,” “Invisible,” “Insidious” and “Invincible,” books in her series about a fantasy world known as “the Twixt.”
The author series has brought Pulitzer Prize winners Dan Barry and Steven G. Smith to Tolland as well as writers Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Caragh O’Brien, Dom Amore, Jeff Goldberg, P.W. Catanese, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger, Jane Haddam and Lucy Anne Hurston.
About the Tolland Public Library Foundation 
The 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. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Tolland Public Library Foundation, Inc., 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

 

Young adult author Dawn Metcalf

Young Adult Author Steven Parlato Returns to Tolland Sept. 27

Young adult author Steven Parlato, who spoke at the Tolland Public Library about his first book in 2014, will return Thursday, Sept. 27 to discuss his second book, “The Precious Dreadful.”
Parlato is a published poet, author, artist and an associate professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, where he also lives. He will speak at the library at 21 Tolland Green at 6:30 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
Parlato won the 2011 Tassy Walden Award for Young Adult Manuscript from the Connecticut Shoreline Arts Alliance for his first novel, “The Namesake,” which was published in 2013.
His latest book follows teen protagonist Teddi Adler and unveils the romantic and dramatic consequences that unfold when she joins a library literary group called “SUMMERTEENS.” Combining romance and humor with elements of the paranormal, the book’s been called a profound novel about one teenage girl’s decision to redefine her life in the wake of supernatural events. Parlato says the book is intended for teens 14 and up.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register at tolland.org.library.
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry and Steven G. Smith, Jane Haddam, Dom Amore, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston.

Author Steven Parlato