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TPLF thanks Ginny Brousseau

The Tolland Public Library Foundation thanks Young Adult/Children’s Librarian Ginny Brousseau for her two decades of service to the Tolland Public Library and wishes her well as she retires this month.

Ginny Brousseau, at left, is thanked by Library Director Barbara Pettijohn, center, and TPLF President Linda Byam.
Photo Credit: Betty-Lou Griffin

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist to Speak in Tolland May 15

Steven G. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, will speak at the Tolland Public Library on May 15 about his new book, “Under the Dark Sky: Life in the Thames River Basin.”
Smith will speak at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green as part of the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series, which is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
The book, published by Wesleyan Press and containing 92 vivid color photos, tells the story of contemporary rural life in eastern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts.
Anyone who treasures Connecticut’s “Quiet Corner” will enjoy this book, which showcases the picturesque Thames River basin. This watershed area is considered to be the last place where dark night sky can be viewed between Washington, D.C. and the Boston metro area. It is often referred to as the “Last Green Valley.”
The book also contains a foreword by noted outdoor writer Steve Grant, who wrote extensively about nature and adventure travel while working as a journalist at the Hartford Courant for 29 years.
Smith is an associate professor of visual journalism at the University of Connecticut whose work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN and USA Today. He shared in a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of wildfires in Colorado in 2003 for the Rocky Mountain News.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register online at tolland.org/library.
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dan Barry, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger 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.

 

 

Author and photojournalist Steven G. Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Date for Teen Poetry Slam

 

The Tolland Public Library Foundation has postponed its seventh annual teen poetry slam from Thursday, April 5 to Thursday, May 10 to give poets more time to enter.
A minimum of five poets are needed for the event to be held and not enough students had signed up in order to hold the slam this week.
The slam will now be held on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library at 21 Tolland Green.
The event is open to middle and high school students aged 12 to 18 from Tolland and surrounding towns. For details and entry forms, visit the library or see below on this webpage.
Completed forms are due Monday, May 7 and can be dropped off at the town library, the Tolland Middle School and Tolland High School libraries, with any Tolland High English teacher or they can be emailed to Foundation Secretary Kate Farrish at katefarrish@gmail.com.

Teen poets will compete in Tolland’s Seventh Annual Teen Poetry Slam April 5

 

TOLLAND – Teenaged writers will perform original poems and compete for prizes on Thursday, April 5 when the Tolland Public Library Foundation holds its seventh annual poetry slam.
The Foundation and the Tolland Public Library are sponsoring the slam for middle and high school students ages 12 to 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green.
Preference will be given to Tolland residents, but students from other towns can participate if space permits.
Poetry slams were born in Chicago in 1986 to encourage and celebrate the art of performance poetry.
The Foundation is sponsoring the slam with the help of the library staff and Tolland High School.
Students will be performing two three-minute poems, which will be judged by a panel that will include THS Assistant Principal Margot Martello; a THS student, Ginny Brousseau, the Tolland Public Library’s young adult/children’s librarian; Foundation Vice President Dani Titterton and Foundation Board Member Mike Byam. A top prize of a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card and other prizes will be awarded.
Poets must be prepared to perform a third poem in case of a tie-breaker.
The slam will be hosted by Tolland High English teacher James MacArthur.
Entry forms are available at the public library, the high school library, from any THS English teacher or at TollandPublicLibraryFoundation.org. Students must return the forms to one of the same places and email three original poems to katefarrish@gmail.com by Monday, April 2.
The slam is free and open to the public, but audience members are asked to register for the event by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or visiting www.tolland.org/library.

The poets from the 2017 poetry slam

 

Host James MacArthur with the 2017 winner, Sara Carey

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 the seventh annual Teen Poetry Slam on Thursday, April 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Program Room at 21 Tolland Green, Tolland.

To enter, fill out the attached form and photo release and return them to the public library, any Tolland High School English teacher, the high school library or Celeste Estevez in the Tolland Middle School Library no later than Monday, April 2. 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, April 2, please email copies of three original poems to Foundation Secretary Kate Farrish at katefarrish@gmail.com so they can be shared with the judges. Each poem should take one to three minutes to perform.

Here are the rules, adapted from those of the National Poetry Slam:

  • Each poem must be an original composition of the performer.
  • Poets have three minutes to perform each poem, with a 10-second grace period. One
    point will be deducted from the score of poets who go beyond the grace period. One point will be deducted from the score of poets who speak for less than one minute.
  • No props, costumes or musical instruments are allowed.
  • No profanity or vulgarity are allowed. The content of the poems should be appropriate for a general audience that includes 7th and 8th
  • A panel of judges, made up of a THS student, educators, librarians and Foundation board members, will give each poem a score of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest level. The highest and lowest scores will be dropped.
  • Poets with the three highest scores will win prizes after one or two rounds. In the case of a tie, those poets may be asked to perform another poem.
  • Poetry slams were born in Chicago in 1986 to celebrate the competitive art of performance poetry. In that spirit, judges will give an equal weight to the writing of the poetry and the poet’s performance.
  • Slams are designed to allow the audience to react vocally to the hosts, performers and judges’ scoring, but the Foundation asks that audience members be respectful.
  • Any questions can be directed to Kate Farrish at 860-871-8089 or at katefarrish@gmail.com.

         Tolland Public Library Foundation Inc.

    Seventh annual Teen Poetry Slam at the Tolland Public Library
    April 5, 2018 * 6:30 p.m. * Tolland Public Library Program Room

    Entry Form

    Name: ____________________________________________________

    Best phone number to reach you: ______________________________

    Email: ________________________

    Grade and school where you are enrolled: ________________________

    Age as of April 5, 2017 __________

    Please return this entry form to the public library, any Tolland High English teacher or the high school library no later than Monday, April 2.

    Please prepare three poems that will each take one to three minutes to perform. Poets will perform two poems, but we ask you to have a third poem ready in case we need to break a tie. The poems should be emailed to Foundation Secretary Kate Farrish at katefarrish@gmail.com no later than Monday, April 2.

    Please have your parent or guardian sign the attached photo release and submit it with this entry form no later than Monday, April 2.

    Tolland Public Library Foundation Poetry Slam 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 seventh annual Teen Poetry Slam on April 5, 2018. 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

    ___________________________________________________________________________

     

    _______________________________________________Date:_________________________
    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 seventh annual Teen Poetry Slam on April 5, 2018. 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:

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Permission given by:

    Print name

    ____________________________________________________________________________

     

    ______________________________________________Date:__________________________
    Signature

     

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    Relationship to child

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tolland Library was filled with authors, artists, poets and technology in 2017 thanks to the Tolland Public Library Foundation

Thanks to grants from the Tolland Public Library Foundation in 2017, patrons of the Tolland Public Library could use a 3D printer, research their family tree, meet award-winning authors and learn how to start their own business.
All of these services and more were provided by $22,964 in grants the foundation made to the library in 2017, using income from its Eaton-Dimock-King Endowment.
The foundation’s largest grants came for technology as the library expanded into the old Hicks gym in town hall. They included $4,885 to purchase the projector and sound system for the new Library Program Room and $3,500 to buy a 3D printer, laptop, software, a light tracing box and media conversion equipment for the new library Maker Space.
Library Director Barbara Pettijohn urged library patrons to sign up for lessons on using the equipment and thanked the foundation for its support.
“As the library expansion was being finished in 2017, the foundation’s grants were essential in helping us to outfit the Program Room and Maker Space with technology that was not included in the project budget,’’ she said. “I truly appreciate the foundation’s support.”
Grants from the foundation also funded the Ancestry.com, JobNow and A to Z Database for residents to conduct research on their ancestors, on how to find a job and on companies nationwide, respectively.
A foundation grant is also funding a Tumblebooks subscription for the library. The online database includes 1,100 titles for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, including animated picture books and read-along chapter books.
The foundation also held its sixth annual Teen Poetry Slam in March with more than a dozen enthusiastic poets and is planning its seventh annual slam on April 5. Entry forms will be available soon at the library at 21 Tolland Green.
In 2017, foundation grants also brought authors P.W. Catanese and Caragh O’Brien to the library as well as author/illustrator David Biedryzycki as part of its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series. The foundation also sponsored  a zentangle workshop in which library patrons learned how to make drawings using repetitive art patterns.
Tolland residents hoping to start their own business also received useful advice from a lawyer and insurance executive, thanks to a foundation grant.
Linda Byam, president of the foundation board of directors, urged residents to attend its programs this year and to check out all of the offerings in the expanded library.
“Our library is a Tolland treasure, and the expansion is allowing it to truly become a community hub for residents of all ages,’’ she said.
For more information on the Maker Space and databases, call the library at 860-871-3620.

Poet Zoe Livingston of Tolland

3-D printer in the new Maker Space, funded by the Tolland Public Library Foundation

 

Young adult author P.W. Catanese with a couple of his young fans.