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We have a winner!

Congrats to David Lincoln, who was the winner of the Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader drawing that the Tolland Public Library Foundation sponsored at Celebrate Tolland.
Thanks to all who stopped by the library’s table to learn more about the foundation.

Winner David Lincoln

West Hartford writer will discuss her latest novel on Aug. 10 on Zoom in Tolland Author Series

Susan Schoenberger, a West Hartford writer and editor, will discuss her third novel, “The Liability of Love,” on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. on Zoom as part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.

This marks Schoenberger’s third appearance in the free series. Please register ahead of time by clicking on the online events calendar at Those registered will then be emailed the Zoom link.

Schoenberger has a long history of working for news organizations, including The News and Observer, The Baltimore Sun and the Hartford Courant. She is now director of communications for Hartford Seminary.

Schoenberger’s debut novel, “A Watershed Year,” won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in 2006 under the title “Intercession.” Her second novel, “The Virtues of Oxygen,” was published in 2014.

“The Liability of Love” tells the story of Margaret Carlyle, who is sexually assaulted on a first date in college. As the years pass, each life decision she makes seems driven by what happened that night. The novel examines what happens when we try to bury the past as well as the consequences of confronting it. Along the way, it looks at class and privilege, the mysteries of marriage and the destructive power of secrets.

Amber Smith, a New York Times bestselling author, describes the book as a “heart-wrenching, compassionate portrayal of survival – of what happens when old wounds are left untended” and “when quiet pain refuses to stay silent.”

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; Lucy Anne Hurston, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg and Cindy Rodriguez.

Novelist Susan Schoenberger



Connecticut Journalist to Discuss His Baseball Book July 14 in Talk on Zoom

Veteran Connecticut journalist James Herbert Smith will discuss his sixth book, “Baseball’s Greatest Players: The Story of John Ellis and the Fight Against Cancer,” on Wednesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
Smith is the latest author to speak as part of the nearly 11-year-old Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series, which is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
The book, which is being published on July 4, recounts the story of New London native John Ellis’ 13-year career with the New Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.
After his baseball career, Ellis contracted cancer and through surgeries, survived. He and his wife, Jane, then established the Connecticut Cancer Foundation.
“This must-read book shows you the person (John) became, saving countless lives with his and his wife Jane’s tireless work to help cancer patients,” Michael Kay of the YES network and ESPN said.
Smith has been a journalist in Connecticut for 50 years. Among other positions, he has served as city editor and sports editor of The Hartford Courant, editor of the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport and managing editor of The Day in New London. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors for his columns on the free press, has served as president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors and was the long-time president of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information.
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.
In 2019, Smith spoke as part of the Tolland author series about the book he edited featuring columns by 63 women journalists in Connecticut, “Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits.”
The talk is free, but audience members must register ahead of time to receive the Zoom link. Please register by clicking on the online events calendar at


Author James Herbert Smith




Meet the Tolland Library Circulation Assistants!

As National Library Week wraps up today, the Tolland Public Library Foundation wants to thank the staff of the library and have you get to know the library’s circulation assistants.

Amanda Doughty
Years in library service: 2 years at the Tolland library and a volunteer at the Birch Grove School Library Media Center 4 years ago
Favorite Book as a grown-up: “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath
Favorite Children’s Book: “The Missing Piece” by Shel Silverstein
Fun Fact: Before getting a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences, she studied Communications/Television Production and worked at Nickelodeon Studios in New York City

Marci James
Years in library service: 22 years at the Tolland library
Favorite Book: The C.J. Box Joe Pickett detective stories
Fun Fact: She enjoys taking photographs of landscapes and wildlife

Nicole Gildersleeve
Years in library service: 1.5 years, with 3 months at the Tolland Public Library
Favorite Book: The Harry Potter series
Fun Fact: Nicole has the same birthday as Harry Potter (and J.K. Rowling)

Brandon Usher
Years in library service: 2 1/2 years
Favorite Book: “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen
Fun Fact: Brandon created the Tolland Tabletop Game Group

Meet Another Member of the Tolland Public Library Staff

During National Library Week, the Tolland Public Library Foundation would like you to meet members of the library staff.

Library Technical Coordinator Kelly Marchand
Years in library service: 
10 years working in the library field and the past 1.5 years at Tolland
Favorite Book: “Black Wave” by Kim Ghattas
Fun Fact: Has been shooting portrait and cosplay photography for seven years