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

Fantastic and well-deserved!

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

Today is the day to celebrate YOU, Amazing 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.
Photo by Linda Byam.
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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.
Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84780528965?pwd=T0RMVENNREY3Y2lTMnBoNmQ1S3Fldz09

Meeting ID: 847 8052 8965
Passcode: L8qqr6
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,84780528965#,,,,*374627# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,84780528965#,,,,*374627# US (New York)

Dial by your location
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+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
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Meeting ID: 847 8052 8965
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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdZQZ1cNaIImage attachment
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.
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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

Meeting ID: 815 5223 1407
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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

Meeting ID: 815 5223 1407 
Passcode: sQ9JZL 
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Marjorie Howes Drake, Jo Anne Burgh Chris Knopf Carol Parker Susan Chenard Jennifer LaRue Ieasha Gibson Jody Lyn Tina DeMarco Please share!

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I don't know if I can attend but I will be looking for Sari's book!

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

WooHoo Sari Rosenblatt.

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

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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.
Welcome to Andrew, the new children's librarian! ... See MoreSee Less
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All that skill & expertise...AND Andrew is rocking the Chuck Taylors ❤️

Welcome!!

Welcome Andrew!!!

Welcome aboard.

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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.
In case you were wondering, here is a status update from the Tolland Public Library on when it might reopen. In the meantime, it is offering some curbside pickup. ... See MoreSee Less
Here's a fun new idea from the Tolland Public Library: binge boxes of DVDs. ... See MoreSee Less
The Tolland Public Library Foundation is pleased that the 3-D printer we installed at the library with a foundation grant is helping health-care workers. ... See MoreSee Less
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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Susan Campbell is a one-woman Broadway show.

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

Thank you so much for having me. What a great crowd and I loved the conversation.

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

right on, sisters!

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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.
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He included also Marge Hoskin who's 85 and has written more than 1,000 "Quiet Corner Whispers" for the Norwich Bulletin. THANK YOU ALL, and thsnks Jim.

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Attention parents of children in grades 2 to 5: do you want your children exposed to coding in a fun way with an adorable robot named Dash? The Tolland Public Library is now accepting registration for an event on April 16 at 11 a.m. for students to be introduced to coding with Dash. Space is limited, so register your child now by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or online at www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/T/TOLLAND/ekp.cfm?curOrg=TOLLAND#5919623.
Dash and another robot named Dot were recently purchased using a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of the Maker Space that it has outfitted in the library.
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Attention parents of children in grades 2 to 5: do you want your children exposed to coding in a fun way with an adorable robot named Dash? The Tolland Public Library is now accepting registration for an event on April 16 at 11 a.m. for students to be introduced to coding with Dash. Space is limited, so register your child now by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or online at http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/T/TOLLAND/ekp.cfm?curOrg=TOLLAND#5919623.
Dash and another robot named Dot were recently purchased using a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of the Maker Space that it has outfitted in the library.
Did you know that the Tolland Public Library Foundation provided the funds for the 3D printer and other equipment in the library's Maker Space? These snowflakes are among the items that can be made on the printer. Just call the library at 860-871-3620 to set up an appointment for you and your family to try out the 3D printer. ... See MoreSee Less
Did you know that the Tolland Public Library Foundation provided the funds for the 3D printer and other equipment in the library's Maker Space? These snowflakes are among the items that can be made on the printer. Just call the library at 860-871-3620 to set up an appointment for you and your family to try out the 3D printer. ... See MoreSee Less
Did you know that the Tolland Public Library Foundation provided the funds for the 3D printer and other equipment in the librarys Maker Space? These snowflakes are among the items that can be made on the printer. Just call the library at 860-871-3620 to set up an appointment for you and your family to try out the 3D printer.
Congrats to Rochelle Cormier, 11, of Tolland, who recently won a drawing for a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader that was sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
Rochelle stopped by the Foundation's booth and entered the drawing at the Celebrate Tolland festival in September.
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Congrats to Rochelle Cormier, 11, of Tolland, who recently won a drawing for a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader that was sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
Rochelle stopped by the Foundations booth and entered the drawing at the Celebrate Tolland festival in September.
To honor the service of the Tolland Public Library Foundation's founding president Betty-Lou Griffin, the Foundation board of directors recently donated funds for the installation of interactive wall games at the Tolland Public Library.

The Foundation thanks Betty-Lou for her many years of service, from 1996 at the Foundation's founding until 2017. The interactive games were selected as a way to honor Betty-Lou because of her longstanding interest in the arts and in children's programs at the library.

In addition to the games, she is also being honored with the establishment of the Betty-Lou Griffin Experience the Arts series, which will bring continuing arts programs to the library for Tolland residents and library patrons. Under her leadership, the Foundation had already offered workshops in anime, cartooning and zentangle. The series is being organized by volunteer Kristen Morgan. Though she stepped down from the board in 2017, Betty-Lou is continuing to serve as a volunteer, offering her advice to the board members.
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To honor the service of the Tolland Public Library Foundations founding president Betty-Lou Griffin, the Foundation board of directors recently donated funds for the installation of interactive wall games at the Tolland Public Library.

The Foundation thanks Betty-Lou for her many years of service, from 1996 at the Foundations founding until 2017. The interactive games were selected as a way to honor Betty-Lou because of her longstanding interest in the arts and in childrens programs at the library.

In addition to the games, she is also being honored with the establishment of the Betty-Lou Griffin Experience the Arts series, which will bring continuing arts programs to the library for Tolland residents and library patrons. Under her leadership, the Foundation had already offered workshops in anime, cartooning and zentangle. The series is being organized by volunteer Kristen Morgan. Though she stepped down from the board in 2017, Betty-Lou is continuing to serve as a volunteer, offering her advice to the board members.Image attachmentImage attachment

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A wonderful way to honor Betty-Lou! Just so glad that people love these

Wonderful recognition! Thanks for your hard work Betty-Lou!

Very proud to call you my friend .

Oliver loves these Betty-Lou! Thanks!

Thanks, Georgiana. It’s hard to believe it’s been 21 years.

A fantastic way to honor someone who has done so much for our community. Thank you Betty-Lou S. Griffin!

Congratulations Betty-Lou! Tolland is lucky to have you!!

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An enthusiastic crowd of 25 people gained insider knowledge on the world of traditional publishing from young adult author Dawn Metcalf at the Tolland Public Library tonight. Dawn covered such topics as finding other authors to critique your book, how to write a query letter to an agent and how best to use social media to promote your book. She recommends reading the acknowledgements in books to see which authors are represented by which agents and thoroughly researching an agent before writing them. "Write the book you know they will want to have on their shelf,'' she said. ... See MoreSee Less
An enthusiastic crowd of 25 people gained insider knowledge on the world of traditional publishing from young adult author Dawn Metcalf at the Tolland Public Library tonight. Dawn covered such topics as finding other authors to critique your book, how to write a query letter to an agent and how best to use social media to promote your book. She recommends reading the acknowledgements in books to see which authors are represented by which agents and thoroughly researching an agent before writing them. Write the book you know they will want to have on their shelf, she said.Image attachmentImage attachment
"Getting Published" Talk set for Nov. 27 in Tolland

If you’ve ever thought of publishing a book, the Tolland Public Library Foundation has the perfect talk for you on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when young adult author Dawn Metcalf will share her advice on “Getting Published.”
Metcalf will discuss the world of traditional publishing, including “the terms, resources, methods and madness” for writers aged 13 to 103! The free talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green in Tolland as part of the foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
Registration is required and can be done by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or by registering online at tolland.org/library. 

Metcalf, of north-central Connecticut, is the author of “Luminous,” a paranormal fantasy, and “Indelible,” “Invisible,” “Insidious” and “Invincible,” books in her series about a fantasy world known as “the Twixt.” 

The author series has brought Pulitzer Prize winners Dan Barry and Steven G. Smith to Tolland as well as writers Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Caragh O’Brien, Dom Amore, Jeff Goldberg, P.W. Catanese, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger, Jane Haddam and Lucy Anne Hurston.
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Getting Published Talk set for Nov. 27 in Tolland 

     If you’ve ever thought of publishing a book, the Tolland Public Library Foundation has the perfect talk for you on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when young adult author Dawn Metcalf will share her advice on “Getting Published.”
      Metcalf will discuss the world of traditional publishing, including “the terms, resources, methods and madness” for writers aged 13 to 103! The free talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green in Tolland as part of the foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
      Registration is required and can be done by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or by registering online at tolland.org/library. 
      
      Metcalf, of north-central Connecticut, is the author of “Luminous,” a paranormal fantasy, and “Indelible,” “Invisible,” “Insidious” and “Invincible,” books in her series about a fantasy world known as “the Twixt.” 
      
      The author series has brought Pulitzer Prize winners Dan Barry and Steven G. Smith to Tolland as well as writers Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Caragh O’Brien, Dom Amore, Jeff Goldberg, P.W. Catanese, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger, Jane Haddam and Lucy Anne Hurston.
Thank you to young adult author Steven Parlato for an entertaining and illuminating book talk tonight. He said many young adult books have dark themes, but that can be a safe way for teens to deal with issues or learn to be sympathetic toward others who are facing serious problems. He also read compelling chapters from his books, "The Namesake" and" The Precious Dreadful." ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to young adult author Steven Parlato for an entertaining and illuminating book talk tonight. He said many young adult books have dark themes, but that can be a safe way for teens to deal with issues or learn to be sympathetic toward others who are facing serious problems. He also read compelling chapters from his books, The Namesake and The Precious Dreadful.Image attachmentImage attachment
Young adult author Steven Parlato, who spoke at the Tolland Public Library about his first book in 2014, will return Thursday, Sept. 27 to discuss his second book, “The Precious Dreadful.”
Parlato is a published poet, author, artist and an associate professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, where he also lives. He will speak at the library at 21 Tolland Green at 6:30 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
Parlato won the 2011 Tassy Walden Award for Young Adult Manuscript from the Connecticut Shoreline Arts Alliance for his first novel, “The Namesake,” which was published in 2013.
His latest book follows teen protagonist Teddi Adler and unveils the romantic and dramatic consequences that unfold when she joins a library literary group called “SUMMERTEENS.”
Combining romance and humor with elements of the paranormal, the book’s been called a profound novel about one teenage girl’s decision to redefine her life in the wake of supernatural events. Parlato says the book is intended for teens 14 and up.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register at tolland.org.library.
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry and Steven G. Smith, Jane Haddam, Dom Amore, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston.
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Young adult author Steven Parlato, who spoke at the Tolland Public Library about his first book in 2014, will return Thursday, Sept. 27 to discuss his second book, “The Precious Dreadful.”
     Parlato is a published poet, author, artist and an associate professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, where he also lives. He will speak at the library at 21 Tolland Green at 6:30 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
     Parlato won the 2011 Tassy Walden Award for Young Adult Manuscript from the Connecticut Shoreline Arts Alliance for his first novel, “The Namesake,” which was published in 2013.
His latest book follows teen protagonist Teddi Adler and unveils the romantic and dramatic consequences that unfold when she joins a library literary group called “SUMMERTEENS.” 
     Combining romance and humor with elements of the paranormal, the book’s been called a profound novel about one teenage girl’s decision to redefine her life in the wake of supernatural events. Parlato says the book is intended for teens 14 and up.
      The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register at tolland.org.library.
     Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry and Steven G. Smith, Jane Haddam, Dom Amore, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston.Image attachment
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A knowledgeable crowd of 30 baseball fans turned out tonight for a terrific book talk by Dom Amore, author of "A Franchise on the Rise: The First Twenty Years of The New York Yankees."
In one touching moment, Louise Schott of Tolland showed Dom a tie that Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen had given to her brother, Frank Leja. Frank, a first baseman from Holyoke, played in 26 games for the Yankees in 1954-55. After the talk, Dom was able to identify some of her brother's teammates in a photo, and he promised to get back to Louise with the names of the other players that he didn't immediately recognize.
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Author Dom Amore reports that his book on the first twenty years of the Yankees is selling so well that he won't have very many copies to sell at his free book talk this Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library.
It can be purchased online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Dom says if you can buy it before his talk, he'll sign it Thursday.
To attend, please register by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or online at tolland.org/library.
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Author Dom Amore reports that his book on the first twenty years of the Yankees is selling so well that he wont have very many copies to sell at his free book talk this Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library.
It can be purchased online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Dom says if you can buy it before his talk, hell sign it Thursday.
To attend, please register by calling the library at 860-871-3620 or online at tolland.org/library.
Sportswriter to discuss book on the first two decades of the New York Yankees in Tolland on July 26

Baseball fans won’t want to miss award-winning Hartford Courant sportswriter Dom Amore when he comes to the Tolland Public Library on July 26 to Tolland Public Library to discuss his book, “A Franchise on the Rise: The First Twenty Years of the New York Yankees.”
The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green as part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.�
In its 115 years, the team has won a league-leading 27 world championships. Amore takes readers back in time to the era from 1903 to 1923, including the Yankees’ first ten years as the Highlanders, the move to Yankee Stadium and their first World Series in 1923.�
Amore vividly recounts the snowy night that Honus Wagner was offered twenty crisp $1,000 bills to join the new franchise in New York; the story behind the holes punched in the outfield fence to facilitate the stealing of signs in 1909, and why the team thought it may have had the next big superstar in a college football player named George Halas.
Amore is a twenty-year member of the Baseball Writers Association of America who has been writing about sports for Connecticut newspapers since 1982. He has written for the Courant since 1988, covering the Yankees, Major League Baseball and baseball at all levels for much of that time. He has been named Connecticut Sportswriter of the Year four times by the National Sports Media Association and has won more than thirty state, local and national journalism awards. �
The book includes a foreword by John Sterling, who has been the radio voice of the Yankees since 1989.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register online at tolland.org/library.
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Sportswriter to discuss book on the first two decades of the New York Yankees in Tolland on July 26

     Baseball fans won’t want to miss award-winning Hartford Courant sportswriter Dom Amore when he comes to the Tolland Public Library on July 26 to Tolland Public Library to discuss his book, “A Franchise on the Rise: The First Twenty Years of the New York Yankees.”
     The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green as part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.�     
     In its 115 years, the team has won a league-leading 27 world championships. Amore takes readers back in time to the era from 1903 to 1923, including the Yankees’ first ten years as the Highlanders, the move to Yankee Stadium and their first World Series in 1923.�     
     Amore vividly recounts the snowy night that Honus Wagner was offered twenty crisp $1,000 bills to join the new franchise in New York; the story behind the holes punched in the outfield fence to facilitate the stealing of signs in 1909, and why the team thought it may have had the next big superstar in a college football player named George Halas.
     Amore is a twenty-year member of the Baseball Writers Association of America who has been writing about sports for Connecticut newspapers since 1982. He has written for the Courant since 1988, covering the Yankees, Major League Baseball and baseball at all levels for much of that time. He has been named Connecticut Sportswriter of the Year four times by the National Sports Media Association and has won more than thirty state, local and national journalism awards. �     
     The book includes a foreword by John Sterling, who has been the radio voice of the Yankees since 1989.
     The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register online at tolland.org/library.Image attachment
An appreciative crowd of about 40 people enjoyed a talk tonight by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Steven G. Smith of the UConn Journalism department. He showed some of his extraordinary photos from his book about Connecticut's Quiet Corner, "Under the Dark Sky: Life in the Thames River Basin." Smith also challenged members of the audience to do what they can to preserve the land and natural beauty of the region. The talk was sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series. The book, which features 92 photos from southern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut, is available on Amazon and from Wesleyan University Press. Steve thoughtfully donated one of his prints that will be hung in the library. ... See MoreSee Less

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It was wonderful. What a gift to have. We can’t wait for your Yankee one. I’m so glad to sign up for author events like this. I go to some at Mark Twain where I volunteer occasionally and they are great. Great job

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Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist's talk at the Tolland Public Library has been rescheduled to June 13

Steven G. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, will speak at the Tolland Public Library on June 13 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.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists talk at the Tolland Public Library has been rescheduled to June 13  

     Steven G. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, will speak at the Tolland Public Library on June 13 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.Image attachment
The Tolland Public Library Foundation wishes Ginny Brousseau, the Tolland young adult/children's librarian, all the best as she retires this month.

Here she is, at left, with Library Director Barbara Pettijohn, center, and TPLF President Linda Byam. Photo by Betty-Lou Griffin
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The Tolland Public Library Foundation wishes Ginny Brousseau, the Tolland young adult/childrens librarian, all the best as she retires this month.

Here she is, at left, with Library Director Barbara Pettijohn, center, and TPLF President  Linda Byam. Photo by Betty-Lou Griffin

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Thank you Ginny for all your years with the children of Tolland.

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Due to the strong storm coming through Tolland right now, the Tolland Public Library Foundation is cancelling the book talked planned for tonight with photojournalist Steven G. Smith. We will let everyone know when we have a new date. ... See MoreSee Less
At the suggestion of Brandon Usher and his family, the Tolland Public Library Foundation provided a grant to the library to purchase a number of board games for all ages. The games are ready to be checked out with your library card. ... See MoreSee Less
At the suggestion of Brandon Usher and his family, the Tolland Public Library Foundation provided a grant to the library to purchase a number of board games for all ages. The games are ready to be checked out with your library card.Image attachment
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When a few poets dropped out of the annual poetry slam Thursday, host James MacArthur turned the event into a lively conversation with our two poets, Sara Carey, a freshman at Tolland High School, and Abhay Kohli, an 8th grader at Tolland Middle School, about what inspires them. The poets then performed their work, and it turned into a special evening. The Tolland Public Library Foundation also took the opportunity to honor Ginny Brousseau, the young adult/children's librarian, who is retiring later this month. We thank her for her support of the poetry slam and other Foundation programs. ... See MoreSee Less
We have enough poets to hold the seventh annual Tolland Public Library Foundation poetry slam this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green.
Thanks to the students who are participating, and thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about this event. We're looking forward to showcasing the work of these young writers.
The public is welcome to attend.

Photo of the 2017 poets by Betty-Lou S. Griffin
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We have enough poets to hold the seventh annual Tolland Public Library Foundation poetry slam this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green.
Thanks to the students who are participating, and thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about this event. Were looking forward to showcasing the work of these young writers.
The public is welcome to attend. 

Photo of the 2017 poets by Betty-Lou S. Griffin