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Meet Children’s Author and Illustrator David Biedrzycki

Children’s author and illustrator David Biedrzycki, whose books include the Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective, series and “Me and My Dragon,” will give an interactive talk at the Tolland Public Library on Thursday, May 25.
The free talk by Biedrzycki, who gives 70 talks at schools and libraries each year, is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation. It will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Conference Room A at Tolland Town Hall at 21 Tolland Green.
Biedrzycki’s program is geared to inspire students in Kindergarten through fifth grade and is technology-based. He will show the children how he creates stories and art on the computer and sometimes revises a story up to 30 times before it is done.
Biedrzycki will show how he uses shapes to create a beetle and beetle family and will get the children involved by having them learn about colors, symmetry and horizontal and vertical placement. He will leave a jpg file of the created art for students and parents to print up later.
The event is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620.

David Biedrzycki

 

 

 

 

Take a Look; Win a Nook

Tolland residents, be sure to visit the newly expanded Tolland Public Library by closing time Saturday, April 8 and register to win a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader.
The Tolland Public Library Foundation is holding the raffle to celebrate the opening of the expanded library at 21 Tolland Green.
The winner will be notified next week. Call the library at 860-871-3620 for details.

Maker Space to Open April 1; Come Try Out a 3D Printer

The Tolland Public Library Foundation hopes everyone will come out to the library’s Grand Reopening Saturday, April 1 to see the expansion and the new Maker Space between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The equipment in the Maker Space, including a 3D printer and laptop, a 3D doodle pen, a light-box for tracing, a slides and negatives scanner/digital converter and equipment to transfer your old VHS tapes to DVDs, has all been purchased with grants from the Foundation. Never seen what a 3D printer can do? Here’s a demonstration by Foundation board member Cliff Vachon.

 

 

 

Maker Space opens at library April 1; try out a 3-D printer!

Come check out the newly expanded Tolland Public Library on Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Grand Reopening Celebration.
Christina the Magician and Balloon Entertainer, music by James Burr and a scavenger hunt are just some of the planned events for this family-friendly festivity.
There will also be a demonstration of the 3-D printer, tours of the library, and demos of the library databases. The official opening of the Friends Book Sale room will take place as will the opening of the Business Support Center. The Friends of the Tolland Public Library funded all of the equipment in the Business Center, which includes a color printer/copier/scanner, a laminator, a paper shredder, and other apparatus.
Saturday will also be the official opening of the Maker Space room. The Tolland Public Library Foundation provided the money for the 3-D printer and laptop, a 3-D doodle pen, a light-box for tracing, a slides and negatives scanner/digital converter and equipment to transfer VHS tapes to DVDs.
The library is located at 21 Tolland Green.

A 3-D printer in the Tolland Public Library Maker Space that was funded by the Tolland Public Library Foundation

Bridging the Gap: Planning for Later Life talk set for April 26

The Tolland Public Library Foundation will sponsor a free talk April 26 by a financial planner who will discuss “Bridging the Gap: Planning for Later Life.”
Craig Breitsprecher, a financial advisor and registered representative of Valark Financial Services in Hartford, will present an informative, one-hour presentation on planning in the areas of housing, transportation, health care and financial matters.
The seminar will be invaluable for attendees looking to better care for an aging parent or to proactively plan for their own later life. Over the past 100 years, Americans have seen an increase in life expectancy, changing retirement from a few years to a few decades in some cases. Breitsprecher says that has resulted in a greater need for cooperation, planning and transparency across generations to ensure dignity throughout a person’s retirement.
The talk will not include a sales pitch. Breitsprecher has been a frequent visitor to the library as he has given popular talks on “How to Pay for College” that have been sponsored by the Foundation.
The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room A of Tolland Town Hall at 21 Tolland Green in Tolland. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620.
Craig Breitsprecher