Lunch is on the Foundation on National Library Workers Day!

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.

Tuesday, April 6 is National Library Workers Day!

     To celebrate National Library Workers Day on Tuesday, April 6, stop by the Tolland Public Library 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.
     If you can’t stop by, show your appreciation in an email to or on the Tolland Public Library’s Facebook page.


It’s National Library Week!

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.

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.

Also, the Tolland Public Library Foundation has joined Twitter. Follow us at @TollandPublic.

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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.
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; Sari Rosenblatt, 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
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Successful first author visit on Zoom!

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