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South Windsor native to discuss her memoir, “No Rules,” on Feb. 17 at a Tolland Public Library online author visit

Sharon Dukett of Portland, Connecticut will discuss her colorful coming-of-age memoir on Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in an author visit sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
In “No Rules: A Memoir,” Dukett describes leaving her sheltered home life in South Windsor at age 16 in 1971 to join the hippies in California. As she crossed the U.S. and Canada for a decade – by hitchhiking, bicycling or on the back of a motorcycle – she experienced love and heartbreak, who she can and cannot trust, and awakens to the Women’s Liberation movement.
In the book, Dukett reflects upon the changes that reshaped her during that time and how the women’s liberation has empowered the lives of girls and women today.
No Rules was a finalist for the International Book Awards, the Best Book Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.
Dukett is a retired deputy director in state government, a former project manager, and was president of her consulting company, Paradigm Associates LTD. She is now working on a thriller novel about the climate crisis.
Dukett is the latest author to speak as part of the 10-year-old Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series, which is sponsored by the library foundation.
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry, Steven G. Smith and Susan Campbell; Sari Rosenblatt, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston.
Please register ahead of time for this free talk by clicking on the online events calendar at tolland.org/library.
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Successful first author visit on Zoom!

The Tolland Public Library Foundation had a great turnout of 42 people in December on Zoom, including writers Wally Lamb, Jenny Lecce, Terri Klein, Bruce Cohen and Chris Knopf, to hear Sari Rosenblatt read from and discuss her delightful collection of short stories, “Father Guards the Sheep.” The talk was part of the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series, which is now in its 10th season.
We were happy that one of the originators of the author series and former Foundation board member, Heather Ricker-Gilbert, joined us, too.

Iowa Award Winner to Speak via Zoom at the Tolland Public Library on Dec. 9

Middletown author Sari Rosenblatt, winner of the prestigious Iowa Award for Short Fiction, will speak Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. via Zoom about her collection of short stories, “Father Guards the Sheep.”
She is the latest author to speak as part of the 10-year-old Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series, which is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
Rosenblatt, who holds a master’s of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writers Workshop, teaches at the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning in Middletown. She previously taught fiction writing at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven.
The collection of her short stories is her first book although her stories have been published in the Iowa Review.
Novelist Tom Drury, judge of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, has called Rosenblatt’s stories “moving, funny, and beautifully observed.”
Award-winning novelist Wally Lamb has likened Rosenblatt’s work to the fiction of Anne Tyler.
“Sari Rosenblatt’s “Father Guards the Sheep,” is populated with characters who are humane, sympathetic, and lovably askew. Rosenblatt’s eight stories are polished, perfect gems.”
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry, Steven G. Smith and Susan Campbell; Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston.
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Take A Look at what the Tolland Public Library Foundation has to offer and You Might Win a Nook!

As part of the Virtual Celebrate Tolland event, the Tolland Public Library Foundation is holding a drawing to win a Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight3 e-reader.

Between Sept. 6 and 12, Tolland residents, aged 12 and over, can send their name and phone number in an email to LibraryFoundation@tolland.org to be entered to win the e-reader.

You can also support the Library Foundation by designating it for a portion of sales you make through AmazonSmile or for donations through the United Way by using the address Tolland Public Library Foundation, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084 and by designating it with the code AG1694.

The Foundation was established in 1996 to accept donations to benefit the Tolland Public Library beyond what the town budget provides. Thanks to grants from the Foundation, library patrons have access to author visits, a Maker Space and these databases:

Tolland Public Library Increases Digital Media Available Through Hoopla

Thanks to a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation, the Tolland Public Library has renewed 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.
The latest grant also allows the library to increase the number of digital media selections from two to three, per patron, a month.
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 “Before We Go,” “The Forger” and “The Most Magnificent Thing,” at https://www.midwesttape.com/hoopla.
To use Hoopla, visit tolland.org/library 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 Ancestry.com and JobNow! databases that are available for use at the library at 21 Tolland Green.