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Take a Look, Win a Nook

Town residents aged 12 and over can enter for a chance to win a Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader from the Tolland Public Library Foundation at Celebrate Tolland on Saturday, Sept. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at Tolland Middle School.

One entry is being accepted per town resident.

The foundation is holding the annual drawing to encourage readers to get reacquainted with a town treasure – their public library. Even as the book industry is changing rapidly, the library has remained a hub of free information and technology for town residents, even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Established in 1996 to accept donations to support the Tolland Public Library, the foundation makes grants to the library to augment what is provided in the town budget. Its grants have been used to fund an audio-visual system for the library’s program room and a 3D printer and other equipment for the library’s maker space. It has also purchased public access computers for use in the library and two Wi-Fi hotspots that residents can check out for home use.

Grants from the foundation provide residents free access to online databases including Ancestry.com, TumbleBooks, an online collection of animated, talking picture books, and JobNow!, which provides users with expert resume and job interviewing tips. It also funds 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.

For more than a decade, the foundation has brought Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry, Susan Campbell and Steven G. Smith, as well as popular authors Lucy Neale Hurston, Jane Haddam and Denis Horgan, to Tolland through its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.

Please consider designating the Tolland Public Library Foundation for donations through the United Way using the code AG1694. Tax-deductible donations may also be made online at tollandpubliclibraryfoundation.org/support/donate-now/ or by mail to Tolland Public Library Foundation, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, Ct. 06084.
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Take a Look, Win a Nook

Town residents aged 12 and over can enter for a chance to win a Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader from the Tolland Public Library Foundation at Celebrate Tolland on Saturday, Sept. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at Tolland Middle School.

One entry is being accepted per town resident.

The foundation is holding the annual drawing to encourage readers to get reacquainted with a town treasure – their public library. Even as the book industry is changing rapidly, the library has remained a hub of free information and technology for town residents, even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Established in 1996 to accept donations to support the Tolland Public Library, the foundation makes grants to the library to augment what is provided in the town budget. Its grants have been used to fund an audio-visual system for the library’s program room and a 3D printer and other equipment for the library’s maker space. It has also purchased public access computers for use in the library and two Wi-Fi hotspots that residents can check out for home use.

Grants from the foundation provide residents free access to online databases including Ancestry.com, TumbleBooks, an online collection of animated, talking picture books, and JobNow!, which provides users with expert resume and job interviewing tips. It also funds 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.

For more than a decade, the foundation has brought Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry, Susan Campbell and Steven G. Smith, as well as popular authors Lucy Neale Hurston, Jane Haddam and Denis Horgan, to Tolland through its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.

Please consider designating the Tolland Public Library Foundation for donations through the United Way using the code AG1694. Tax-deductible donations may also be made online at http://tollandpubliclibraryfoundation.org/support/donate-now/ or by mail to Tolland Public Library Foundation, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, Ct. 06084.

The Tolland Public Library's Maker Space outfitted with a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation is now reopen to the public!
See details below.Our Maker Space is now open to the public!

The main attraction of the Maker Space is a 3-D printer, a Lulzbot mini, which requires some training to use. Just give us a call and a training session can be scheduled for you. 😄

If you have been trained and would like to use the printer, please call to reserve a time slot. The Maker Space and the 3-D printer were funded by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
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The Tolland Public  Librarys Maker Space outfitted with a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation is now reopen to the public!
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Thank you very much to Susan Schoenberger, Author for a fascinating talk tonight about her third novel, "The Liability of Love," as part of the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
We learned from Susan about the unusual journey she took while writing the book, starting with a male lead character, Douglas, because she wanted to write a fully formed male character, only to completely rewrite the novel and center it around Douglas, another man, Fitz; the woman they both love, Margaret; and Fitz' secretary, Brenda, who loves Fitz. It's a beautifully written novel that touches on keeping secrets, marriage, friendship and the risks and liabilities of love.
The book can be purchased at Amazon.com and at bookshop.org/books?keywords=The+Liability+of+Love.
Photo courtesy of Lynne DeLucia
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Thank you very much to Susan Schoenberger, Author for a fascinating talk tonight about her third novel, The Liability of Love, as part of the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation. 
We learned from Susan about the unusual journey she took while writing the book, starting with a male lead character, Douglas, because she wanted to write a fully formed male character, only to completely rewrite the novel and center it around Douglas, another man, Fitz; the woman they both love, Margaret; and Fitz secretary, Brenda, who loves Fitz. Its a beautifully written novel that touches on keeping secrets, marriage, friendship and the risks and liabilities of love. 
The book can be purchased at Amazon.com and at https://bookshop.org/books?keywords=The+Liability+of+Love.
Photo courtesy of Lynne DeLucia

The Tolland Public Library Foundation still has plenty of room for people to join us tomorrow night for this exciting author visit on Zoom. Register today at tolland.org/library to receive the Zoom link for Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.
Here are the details:

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 tolland.org/library. 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.”
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The Tolland Public Library Foundation still has plenty of room for people to join us tomorrow night for this exciting author visit on Zoom. Register today at tolland.org/library to receive the Zoom link for Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.
Here are the details:

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 tolland.org/library. 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.”

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 tolland.org/library. 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.
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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 tolland.org/library. 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.

Thanks to author James Herbert Smith for an entertaining and engaging talk tonight about baseball, reporting, writing, John Ellis and the Connecticut Cancer Foundation.
We were honored to be joined by John Ellis' daughter Erika, journalist Reid MacCluggage, Western Connecticut State University writing professor John Roche and Jim's wife, Jacqueline Smith, daughters and cousin.
Jim's book, "Baseball's Greatest Players: The Story of John Ellis and the Fight Against Cancer," is available at Bank Square Books in Mystic and online at www.elmgrovepress.org/bookstore/
The book is his first biography, and Jim said he felt a responsibility to tell the story accurately and to really capture John Ellis.
A journalist for 50 years, he also said, "It's a wonderful thing to do, to write what is true."
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Thanks to author James Herbert Smith for an entertaining and engaging talk tonight about baseball, reporting, writing, John Ellis and the Connecticut Cancer Foundation. 
We were honored to be joined by John Ellis daughter Erika, journalist Reid MacCluggage, Western Connecticut State University writing professor John Roche and Jims wife, Jacqueline Smith, daughters and cousin.
Jims book, Baseballs Greatest Players: The Story of John Ellis and the Fight Against Cancer, is available at Bank Square Books in Mystic and online at https://www.elmgrovepress.org/bookstore/
The book is his first biography, and Jim said he felt a responsibility to tell the story accurately and to really capture John Ellis. 
A journalist for 50 years, he also said, Its a wonderful thing to do, to write what is true.

If you enjoyed the All-Star game, you'll love this free talk about baseball tonight at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Register on the online events calendar at tolland.org/library, and you'll be sent the Zoom link to hear veteran Connecticut journalist James Herbert Smith discuss his sixth book, “Baseball’s Greatest Players: The Story of John Ellis and the Fight Against Cancer.”

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 York 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.
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If you enjoyed the All-Star game, youll love this free talk about baseball tonight at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Register on the online events calendar at tolland.org/library, and youll be sent the Zoom link to hear veteran Connecticut journalist James Herbert Smith discuss his sixth book, “Baseball’s Greatest Players: The Story of John Ellis and the Fight Against Cancer.” 

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 York 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.

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 tolland.org/library. 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.
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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 tolland.org/library. 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.

Let's talk baseball on Zoom on July 14!

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 York 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 tolland.org/library.
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Lets talk baseball on Zoom on July 14!

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 York 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 tolland.org/library.

As National Library Week wraps up, the Tolland Public Library Foundation wants to thank the staff of the library and have you get to know the library's circulation assistants. (seen here, left to right and top to bottom)

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 services: 22 years at the Tolland library
Favorite Book: The C.J. Box Joe Pickett detective stories
Fun Facts: 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
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Love you all! You know that!!!

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For National Library Week, the Tolland Public Library Foundation wants you to get to know the members of the Tolland Public Library staff.

Library Technical Coordinator Kelly Marchand

Years in library service: Ten years total working in the library field and 1.5 years at Tolland.

Favorite Book: "Black Wave" by Kim Ghattas

Fun Fact: Has been shooting portrait and cosplay photography for seven years
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For National Library Week, the Tolland Public Library Foundation wants you to get to know the members of the Tolland Public Library staff.

Library Technical Coordinator Kelly Marchand
 
Years in library service: Ten years total working in the library field and 1.5 years at Tolland.

Favorite Book: Black Wave by Kim Ghattas

Fun Fact: Has been shooting portrait and cosplay photography for seven years

Thanks to Tolland residents Brenda Falusi and Karen Moran for getting in the spirit of National Library Week and chalking their thanks to the library staff outside the library today. ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to Tolland residents Brenda Falusi and Karen Moran for getting in the spirit of National Library Week and chalking their thanks to the library staff outside the library today.Image attachment

Since it’s #NationalLibraryWeek, the Tolland Public Library Foundation wants you to get to know library staff.

Library Director Barbara Pettijohn

Years in library service: 9 years at the Tolland library and 20 years at libraries before that
Favorite Book: “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihira
Fun Facts: She and her best friend plan on completing their fourth leg of their Route 66 odyssey in 2022

Children’s/Young Adult Librarian Andy Geary

Years in library service: has worked the past five months at the Tolland library, and four and a half years at other libraries
Favorite Book: “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens
Fun Facts: He appeared in an episode of “Breaking Bad” and worked on a Hype Williams video with Busta Rhymes and T-Pain
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Since it’s #NationalLibraryWeek, the Tolland Public Library Foundation wants you to get to know library staff.

Library Director Barbara Pettijohn

Years in library service: 9 years at the Tolland library and 20 years at libraries before that
Favorite Book: “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihira
Fun Facts: She and her best friend plan on completing their fourth leg of their Route 66 odyssey in 2022

Children’s/Young Adult Librarian Andy Geary

Years in library service: has worked the past five months at the Tolland library, and four and a half years at other libraries
Favorite Book: “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens
Fun Facts: He appeared in an episode of “Breaking Bad” and worked on a Hype Williams video with Busta Rhymes and T-PainImage attachment

On National Library Workers Day today, the Tolland Public Library Foundation treated the hard-working staff of the library to lunch and cookies from Maddie's Cookie Co.
Lunch was delivered by Foundation President Linda Byam and Treasurer Jan Rubino.
Pictured at right are Linda and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn; Photos by Jan Rubino.
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Today is the day to celebrate YOU, Amazing YOU🤩!

Thank you, everyone, for the lunch and cookies!! It was a very nice surprise!

Fantastic and well-deserved!

Hope you all enjoyed your amazing lunch from #TollandPublicLibraryFoundation 🌷❣️And take time today to celebrate YOU!

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It’s #NationalLibraryWorkersDay! Stop by the Tolland Public Library today and show your appreciation for Library Director Barbara Pettijohn and her dedicated staff, shown here, left to right in the back row: Library Technical Coordinator Kelly Marchand; Children’s/Young Adult Librarian Andy Geary; Circulation Assistant Brandon Usher and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn; front row, left to right: Circulation assistants Nicole Gildersleeve, Amanda Doughty and Marci James.
Together, the staff has more than 35 years of combined experience working at the Tolland Library.
Stop by and show your appreciation in person, by email to BPettijohn@tolland.org or on the Tolland Public Library’s Facebook page.
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It’s #NationalLibraryWorkersDay! Stop by the Tolland Public Library today and show your appreciation for Library Director Barbara Pettijohn and her dedicated staff, shown here, left to right in the back row: Library Technical Coordinator Kelly Marchand; Children’s/Young Adult Librarian Andy Geary; Circulation Assistant Brandon Usher and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn; front row, left to right: Circulation assistants Nicole Gildersleeve, Amanda Doughty and Marci James.
Together, the staff has more than 35 years of combined experience working at the Tolland Library. 
Stop by and show your appreciation in person, by email to BPettijohn@tolland.org or on the Tolland Public Library’s Facebook page.

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Brandon and Nicole are my peoples and Kelly, if I can catch him when he's not busy, he'll be my peoples too! I appreciate them VERY much! ♥️📖

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It’s National Library Week, and the Tolland Public Library Foundation will be raising awareness all week about this wonderful resource we have in Tolland.
Did you know that during the pandemic, the staff, led by Library Director Barbara Pettijohn, provided curbside service, taking book orders from the public by phone, email and sometimes knocks on the doors, and leaving the books in a safe place outside?

They also used the 3-D printer funded by the Library Foundation to make dozens of mask frames for UConn Health essential workers.

Early in the pandemic, they made wellness check phone calls on loyal library patrons to make sure these residents of Tolland were not isolated.

Stop by the library and thank the staff today, and watch the Foundation’s Facebook page all week for more fun facts about the library.
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It’s National Library Week, and the Tolland Public Library Foundation will be raising awareness all week about this wonderful resource we have in Tolland.
Did you know that during the pandemic, the staff, led by Library Director Barbara Pettijohn, provided curbside service, taking book orders from the public by phone, email and sometimes knocks on the doors, and leaving the books in a safe place outside?

They also used the 3-D printer funded by the Library Foundation to make dozens of mask frames for UConn Health essential workers.

Early in the pandemic, they made wellness check phone calls on loyal library patrons to make sure these residents of Tolland were not isolated.

Stop by the library and thank the staff today, and watch the Foundation’s Facebook page all week for more fun facts about the library.

The Tolland Public Library, with funding from the Tolland Public Library Foundation, now has two hotspots provided by T-Mobile to lend to Tolland patrons.
The portable hotspots can connect up to 15 Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, tablets or smartphones, to the internet. Hotspots can be checked out for one week to Tolland Public Library cardholders, 18 years and older, in good standing (no fines, overdue items or lost materials) with the library.
Hotspot kits come with a hotspot, back cover, battery, sim card, charger and instructions and may be placed on hold by calling the library at 860-871-3620.
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The Tolland Public Library, with funding from the Tolland Public Library Foundation, now has two hotspots provided by T-Mobile to lend to Tolland patrons.  
The portable hotspots can connect up to 15 Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, tablets or smartphones, to the internet. Hotspots can be checked out for one week to Tolland Public Library cardholders, 18 years and older, in good standing (no fines, overdue items or lost materials) with the library.  
Hotspot kits come with a hotspot, back cover, battery, sim card, charger and instructions and may be placed on hold by calling the library at 860-871-3620.

Excellent book talk tonight with Sharon Dukett about her memoir, "No Rules." In a delightful moment, she was joined by her seventh-grade English teacher Jerry Hilliard, who encouraged her as a writer and who had one of Sharon's poems published in the Hartford Courant.The Tolland Public Library Foundation hosted a terrific book talk tonight with Sharon Dukett of Portland, Connecticut, author of “No Rules: A Memoir.” Sharon is second from right in the top row. It was also a thrill that her seventh-grade English teacher, Jerry Hilliard, seen at the left with his hands up, joined the talk. Sharon said he had encouraged her a writer in her time at Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor.
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Excellent book talk tonight with Sharon Dukett about her memoir, No Rules. In a delightful moment, she was joined by her seventh-grade English teacher Jerry Hilliard, who encouraged her as a writer and who had one of Sharons poems published in the Hartford Courant.

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.
Please register ahead of time for this free talk by clicking on the online events calendar at tolland.org/library.
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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.
      Please register ahead of time for this free talk by clicking on the online events calendar at tolland.org/library.
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The Tolland Public Library Foundation had a great turnout of 42 people tonight 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.

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The Tolland Public Library Foundation had a great turnout of 42 people tonight 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.

Photo by board President Linda Byam.

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.
Please register ahead of time for this free talk by clicking on the online events calendar at tolland.org/library. To join the talk, link to: us02web.zoom.us/j/81552231407?pwd=VnEzS280dTl4SUhpUGxiZXBMcmN6QT09

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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.
     Please register ahead of time for this free talk by clicking on the online events calendar at tolland.org/library. To join the talk, link to:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81552231407?pwd=VnEzS280dTl4SUhpUGxiZXBMcmN6QT09

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Yes, will share and plan to attend. Thanks, Jill.

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Cool....I will need to check out her stuff

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WooHoo Sari Rosenblatt.

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Did you know that when you make a purchase through AmazonSmile, you can designate the Tolland Public Library Foundation to receive a portion of each purchase?
The Foundation was established in 1996 to accept gifts for and make grants to the Tolland Public Library to augment what is provided to the library in the town budget.
Grants for the library have been used to outfit the library's Maker Space, purchase the audio-visual equipment in the library's Program Room, host teen poetry slams, provide Ancestry.com and other useful databases for residents and library patrons and to bring award-winning authors to Tolland through the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
We hope you will consider designating us through AmazonSmile as you make holiday purchases.
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Did you know that when you make a purchase through AmazonSmile, you can designate the Tolland Public Library Foundation to receive a portion of each purchase? 
The Foundation was established in 1996 to accept gifts for and make grants to the Tolland Public Library to augment what is provided to the library in the town budget.
Grants for the library have been used to outfit the librarys Maker Space, purchase the audio-visual equipment in the librarys Program Room, host teen poetry slams, provide Ancestry.com and other useful databases for residents and library patrons and to bring award-winning authors to Tolland through the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series. 
We hope you will consider designating us through AmazonSmile as you make holiday purchases.

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All that skill & expertise...AND Andrew is rocking the Chuck Taylors ❤️

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Here are the details as the library begins its third stage of reopening on Thursday, Aug. 13:

The Tolland Public Library will begin the third stage of its phased reopening on Thursday, Aug. 13. Patrons can browse all adult and teen materials without appointments. Study rooms, the Discovery Center and the Maker Space will not be open.
The Children's section, other than new items, will continue to be closed. Masks and social distancing are required. The number of patrons in the library at one time may be limited.
Curbside service as well as copying and faxing by staff will continue as will computer use by appointment.
The library’s hours will be from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday thru Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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There were three people waiting outside at about 2:15 p.m on Friday and there was no one there.

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More good news from the library. It goes into stage 2 of its reopening on Thursday, July 30.

The Tolland Public Library will begin the second stage of its phased reopening on Thursday, July 30. This stage will allow patrons to make appointments for browsing new items in Adult Fiction and Nonfiction, new DVDs and Audiobooks, new Large Print books, new Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction, and new Childrens Fiction and Nonfiction books. Appointments, lasting 30 minutes per day can be made by calling 860 871-3620. The schedule for browsing is Monday thru Thursday, 10-7:30. Patrons are encouraged to use the library’s three self-check out stations. Items to be returned should be placed in the exterior book bin and will be quarantined for at least 72 hours. Masks and social distancing are required. Curbside service will still be available as well as copying and faxing by staff and computer use by appointment.
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Are you looking for work? Need help polishing your resume or practicing for a job interview?
Thanks to a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation, the JobNow service has been renewed for another year for library patrons.
The Tolland Public Library is offering the free job service to patrons form home using their library cards.
JobNow provides online career assistance, including one-on-one mock interviews, lists of common interview questions and tips to answer the questions.
Users can also submit a resume or cover letter for a professional critique that is guaranteed within 24 hours.
There is no limit to how often library patrons can use JobNow.
To use the database from home, visit www.tolland.org/library/ and click on the JobNow icon. Users must have a Tolland library card to login from there.
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Are you looking for work? Need help polishing your resume or practicing for a job interview?
Thanks to a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation, the JobNow service has been renewed for another year for library patrons.
The Tolland Public Library is offering the free job service to patrons form home using their library cards.
JobNow provides online career assistance, including one-on-one mock interviews, lists of common interview questions and tips to answer the questions.
Users can also submit a resume or cover letter for a professional critique that is guaranteed within 24 hours.
There is no limit to how often library patrons can use JobNow.
To use the database from home, visit www.tolland.org/library/ and click on the JobNow icon. Users must have a Tolland library card to login from there.
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Are you looking for work? Need help polishing your resume or practicing for a job interview?
     Thanks to a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation, the JobNow service has been renewed for another year for library patrons.
     The Tolland Public Library is offering the free job service to patrons form home using their library cards. 
     JobNow provides online career assistance, including one-on-one mock interviews, lists of common interview questions and tips to answer the questions.
     Users can also submit a resume or cover letter for a professional critique that is guaranteed within 24 hours.
     There is no limit to how often library patrons can use JobNow.
     To use the database from home, visit http://www.tolland.org/library/ and click on the JobNow icon. Users must have a Tolland library card to login from there.

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Terrific author visit today with children’s author Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo from Ellington, whose books “Ruby in the Sky” and “A Galaxy of Sea Stars” deal with themes of bravery, friendship and welcoming immigrants to New England. Thirty-nine people attended and heard Jeanne describe her research for the books. She is a volunteer for IRIS, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven, where she is working on a project with Ndengo Gladys Mwilelo, who came to New Haven six years ago from a refugee settlement in Burundi. Ndengo is in the third photo with Tolland resident Bettye Jo Pakulis. ... See MoreSee Less

Tolland Public Library Grants Allows Library to Expand Hoopla Streaming Downloads

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 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.
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Tolland Public Library Grants Allows Library to Expand Hoopla Streaming Downloads

     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.

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Award-winning children’s author Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo to speak in Tolland on Feb. 29

Children’s author Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo, who writes books about kids discovering their inner bravery, will present a free book talk on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library at 21 Tolland Green.

The talk, which is part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series, is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or visit tolland.org/library.

A representative of RJ Julia Booksellers will be on hand to sell books, which Ferruolo will sign.

A resident of Ellington, Ferruolo is the author of “Ruby in the Sky” and the just-released “A Galaxy of Sea Stars.” Her books are middle grade books aimed at children aged 8 to 12.

“Ruby” was a Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club selection that won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ work-in-progress award, the Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award and the New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Award.

It explored the story of Ruby Moon Hayes, a 12-year-old girl new to Vermont who just wanted to keep to herself. She found that wasn’t easy once a Syrian refugee and a reclusive neighbor each befriended her. 

Ferruolo’s latest book is about family, loyalty and the hard choices we face in the name of friendship. It features the tale of 11-year-old Izzy Vitale of Seaside, Rhode Island, who wishes her father would act like he did before he was deployed to Afghanistan. Challenges ensue when he invites his former Army interpreter from Afghanistan and his family, including 11-year-old Sitara, to relocate to Seaside.

Ferruolo is a volunteer with IRIS, the Integrated Immigrant & Refugee Services in New Haven. She has served as a public defender, taught high school English in Czechoslovakia and worked for Sam Gejdenson when he was a Congressman.
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Award-winning children’s author Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo to speak in Tolland on Feb. 29

     Children’s author Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo, who writes books about kids discovering their inner bravery, will present a free book talk on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library at 21 Tolland Green.
     
     The talk, which is part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series, is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or visit tolland.org/library.
     
     A representative of RJ Julia Booksellers will be on hand to sell books, which Ferruolo will sign.
    
      A resident of Ellington, Ferruolo is the author of “Ruby in the Sky” and the just-released “A Galaxy of Sea Stars.” Her books are middle grade books aimed at children aged 8 to 12.
    
     “Ruby” was a Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club selection that won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ work-in-progress award, the Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award and the New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Award.
     
     It explored the story of Ruby Moon Hayes, a 12-year-old girl new to Vermont who just wanted to keep to herself. She found that wasn’t easy once a Syrian refugee and a reclusive neighbor each befriended her. 
     
     Ferruolo’s latest book is about family, loyalty and the hard choices we face in the name of friendship. It features the tale of 11-year-old Izzy Vitale of Seaside, Rhode Island, who wishes her father would act like he did before he was deployed to Afghanistan. Challenges ensue when he invites his former Army interpreter from Afghanistan and his family, including 11-year-old Sitara, to relocate to Seaside.
     
     Ferruolo is a volunteer with IRIS, the Integrated Immigrant & Refugee Services in New Haven. She has served as a public defender, taught high school English in Czechoslovakia and worked for Sam Gejdenson when he was a Congressman.Image attachmentImage attachment

Fans of UConn women’s basketball won’t want to miss a book talk on Jan. 21 at the Tolland Public Library when sportswriter Jeff Goldberg will discuss “Unrivaled: UConn, Tennessee, and the Twelve Years that Transcended Women’s Basketball.”
The free talk, set for 7 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green, comes just two days before the women’s teams resume their rivalry.

The teams met 22 times between 1995 and 2007, when Tennessee ended the series. The Huskies have won 11 national titles and the Lady Vols have won 8.

A native of West Hartford who now lives in San Diego, Goldberg was the UConn women’s basketball beat writer for the Hartford Courant from 2001 to 2006. Hs is also the author of “Bird at the Buzzer: UConn, Notre Dame, and Women’s Basketball Classic.”

Goldberg is now the editor of sportsintel.com and was the team reporter for the San Diego Fleet in the Alliance of American Football in 2019. He previously covered the Boston Red Sox for the Courant as well.

Goldberg is returning to speak at the library as part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.

Registration is required. Call the library at 860-871-3620 or sign up online at tolland.org/library.
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Fans of UConn women’s basketball won’t want to miss a book talk on Jan. 21 at the Tolland Public Library when sportswriter Jeff Goldberg will discuss “Unrivaled: UConn, Tennessee, and the Twelve Years that Transcended Women’s Basketball.”
     The free talk, set for 7 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green, comes just two days before the women’s teams resume their rivalry.
     
      The teams met 22 times between 1995 and 2007, when Tennessee ended the series. The Huskies have won 11 national titles and the Lady Vols have won 8.
     
      A native of West Hartford who now lives in San Diego, Goldberg was the UConn women’s basketball beat writer for the Hartford Courant from 2001 to 2006. Hs is also the author of “Bird at the Buzzer: UConn, Notre Dame, and Women’s Basketball Classic.”
     
      Goldberg is now the editor of sportsintel.com and was the team reporter for the San Diego Fleet in the Alliance of American Football in 2019. He previously covered the Boston Red Sox for the Courant as well.
      
      Goldberg is returning to speak at the library as part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
     
       Registration is required. Call the library at 860-871-3620 or sign up online at tolland.org/library.Image attachment

If you're making purchases on #CyberMonday, don't forget that you can designate that a portion of your sales go toward the Tolland Public Library Foundation through AmazonSmile. ... See MoreSee Less

If youre making purchases on #CyberMonday, dont forget that you can designate that a portion of your sales go toward the Tolland Public Library Foundation through AmazonSmile.

Congratulations to Rochelle Cormier, a Tolland student, who won a Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader from the Tolland Public Library Foundation at its booth at the Celebrate Tolland festival in September.
In an unusual twist, this is the second year in a row that Rochelle won the Nook at the library foundation's drawing. Congrats to her on her good luck.
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Congratulations to Rochelle Cormier, a Tolland student, who won a Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader from the Tolland Public Library Foundation at its booth at the Celebrate Tolland festival in September.
In an unusual twist, this is the second year in a row that Rochelle won the Nook at the library foundations drawing. Congrats to her on her good luck.

Thank you to Olivia Regen from the Journal Inquirer for writing about the new Hoopla service at the Tolland Public Library, which was funded with a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
Read all about it at:

www.journalinquirer.com/towns/tolland/tolland-library-offers-digital-media-service/article_61da10...
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Library Launches Free Digital Media Service

Thanks to a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation, the Tolland Public Library is now offering 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.
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 “Dumbo,” “Pet Sematary” and “Poms,” at 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.
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Library Launches Free Digital Media Service 

    Thanks to a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation, the Tolland Public Library is now offering 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.
     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 “Dumbo,” “Pet Sematary” and “Poms,” 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.

It was a pleasure for the Tolland Public Library Foundation to host author and journalist Susan Campbell tonight for a talk about her new book, "Frog Hollow: Stories from an American Neighborhood." The audience of 40 included about a half dozen people who had grown up in the neighborhood in Hartford. They shared fond memories of their time there. Susan regaled us with tales from Frog Hollow, which she called 35 blocks that just won't give up.
Her book chronicles its ups and downs, including its heyday as an industrial powerhouse where sewing machines, bikes and even electric cars were made, as well as the years when violent gangs held sway on its streets. Susan called herself an accidental author who gets interested in a topic and then obsessed about it until she's able to write a book about it. She said she remains hopeful because she sees proof that the American Dream still exists in Frog Hollow.
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Thank you so much for having me. What a great crowd and I loved the conversation.

Excellent presentation. Susan Campbell is a wonderful speaker as well as author.

Susan Campbell is a one-woman Broadway show.

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Four talented journalists regaled an enthusiastic crowd at the Tolland Public Library tonight with stories from their careers, encouraged the audience members to write op-ed pieces and emphasized the importance of a free press in our democracy.
They were James Herbert Smith, the editor, and columnists Jacqueline Smith, Maureen Croteau and Carolyn Lumsden, who were discussing their book, "Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits."
Jacky Smith, from Hearst Connecticut Media, said in her columns, she seeks to write about universal truths from particular situations. Croteau, head of the University of Connecticut Journalism Department, described being one of the first female reporters at the Hartford Times in the early 1970s and being told she couldn't go out and cover a riot. She eventually convinced the editor to send her. "If you could do then the job then, you could do the job,'' she said.
In the first photo are Lumsden, the former editorial page editor of the Hartford Courant, at left, and Jacky Smith; second, Jacky and Jim Smith; third, Croteau; fourth, Croteau and Lumsden; fifth, Jacky Smith gives an autographed copy of the book to Marie K. Shanahan, an associate professor of journalism at UConn.
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right on, sisters!

Excellent discussion. Can't wait to read the book. Thanks Kate.

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Two writers and the editor of a book of columns from 63 women journalists from Connecticut, “Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits,” will discuss the book on April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library at 21 Tolland Green.
Editor James Herbert Smith and Jacqueline Smith, Hearst Connecticut Media’s editorial page editor at The News-Times in Danbury and The Norwalk Hour, and Maureen Croteau, a professor of journalism and the longtime head of the University of Connecticut Journalism Department, will take part in the free talk sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
The talk is part of the foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
James Smith is a retired newspaper editor, past president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, a member of the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame and past president of the non-profit Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information.
In the book, he has included newspaper columns by women journalists published between the 1950s, with one flashback to 1828, and the present day. The columns cover topics from the #metoo movement to health care, fashion, sports, politics, art and nature, with history, clarity, honesty and humor.
Jacqueline Smith’s entries include a touching column for The News-Times about sending her first daughter off to college, a forceful call in The Meriden Record-Journal in 2000 for the Polish Elks club to stop holding a “stag” dinner and a powerful column about gun control in The News-Times in 2015.
The work of Croteau, who is a member of the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame, includes a moving 1987 column in The Day of New London about a condolence call on the widow of a neighbor. Her entertaining column about a man with a seemingly endless saga involving the state Department of Motor Vehicles, published in The Hartford Times in 1972, and her reaction to paparazzi as bounty hunters, not journalists, written in the Hartford Courant in 1997 after the death of Diana, princess of Wales, are also featured.
Other columnists featured are Maura Casey of The Day; Michele Jacklin, Karen Hunter, Gina Barreca, Jenifer Frank, Carolyn Lumsden, Helen Ubinas, Claire Smith and Susan Campbell of the Courant; the late Lisa Chedekel, Deb Waldman and Katherine Weber of the New Haven Register and Faith Vincent Middleton of the Journal Inquirer in Manchester.
Please register for the talk by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or online at tolland.org/library.
Pictured, left to right: James Herbert Smith, Jacqueline Smith and Maureen Croteau
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Two writers and the editor of a book of columns from 63 women journalists from Connecticut, “Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits,” will discuss the book on April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library at 21 Tolland Green.
     Editor James Herbert Smith and Jacqueline Smith, Hearst Connecticut Media’s editorial page editor at The News-Times in Danbury and The Norwalk Hour, and Maureen Croteau, a professor of journalism and the longtime head of the University of Connecticut Journalism Department, will take part in the free talk sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
     The talk is part of the foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series. 
     James Smith is a retired newspaper editor, past president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, a member of the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame and past president of the non-profit Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information.
     In the book, he has included newspaper columns by women journalists published between the 1950s, with one flashback to 1828, and the present day. The columns cover topics from the #metoo movement to health care, fashion, sports, politics, art and nature, with history, clarity, honesty and humor.
     Jacqueline Smith’s entries include a touching column for The News-Times about sending her first daughter off to college, a forceful call in The Meriden Record-Journal in 2000 for the Polish Elks club to stop holding a “stag” dinner and a powerful column about gun control in The News-Times in 2015.
     The work of Croteau, who is a member of the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame, includes a moving 1987 column in The Day of New London about a condolence call on the widow of a neighbor. Her entertaining column about a man with a seemingly endless saga involving the state Department of Motor Vehicles, published in The Hartford Times in 1972, and her reaction to paparazzi as bounty hunters, not journalists, written in the Hartford Courant in 1997 after the death of Diana, princess of Wales, are also featured.
     Other columnists featured are Maura Casey of The Day; Michele Jacklin, Karen Hunter, Gina Barreca, Jenifer Frank, Carolyn Lumsden, Helen Ubinas, Claire Smith and Susan Campbell of the Courant; the late Lisa Chedekel, Deb Waldman and Katherine Weber of the New Haven Register and Faith Vincent Middleton of the Journal Inquirer in Manchester.
     Please register for the talk by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or online at tolland.org/library.
Pictured, left to right: James Herbert Smith, Jacqueline Smith and Maureen CroteauImage attachmentImage attachment

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He included also Marge Hoskin who's 85 and has written more than 1,000 "Quiet