Tolland Library Foundation Announces Generous Bequest

The Tolland Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a $36,000 bequest from the late Lois Barlow Cox Query, a beloved library patron and Tolland community activist.
The unrestricted gift will be used to support library initiatives and programs that are not covered by the town budget.
A small portion of the gift was used to purchase a commemorative clock in Query’s name that is now mounted in the Tolland Public Library at 21 Tolland Green.
A plaque was recently unveiled by Library Director Barbara Pettijohn and Foundation President Linda Byam with Query’s nephew and godson, George Schiebel of Vernon, present. He was joined by his wife, Kimberly, and their daughter-in-law to be Heaven Charpentier as well as Query’s longtime friends Kathy Bach and her husband, Dr. Louis Bach.
Query, who died in 2014 at the age of 82, also lovingly left bequests to the Tolland Historical Society and her church, the United Congregational Church of Tolland. Query was a volunteer with the Tolland Library Association, a past moderator of the church and a past member of the Tolland Garden Paths Garden Club and the Tolland Conservation Commission.
“Lois left a legacy of strength, vision, service, good works and a commitment to the community that she loved,’’ Kathy Bach said.
About the Tolland Public Library Foundation 
The Foundation was established in 1996 to receive donations to benefit the Tolland Public Library and to enhance library services beyond what the town budget provides. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Tolland Public Library Foundation, Inc., 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

Clock dedication with, left to right, Library Director Barbara Pettijohn, George Schiebel, Kimberly Schiebel, Heaven Charpentier, Kathy Bach, Dr. Louis Bach and Library Foundation President Linda Byam

Clock in memory of Lois Barlow Cox Query

 

 

 

Mystery writer Chris Knopf to speak in Tolland Jan. 24

Mystery writer Chris Knopf of Avon, the author of more than a dozen books, will speak Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library as part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
“Back Lash,” the 7th book in his Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery Series, was a finalist for the 2017 Connecticut Book Award. The 8th book in the series, “Tango Down,” is being released this month. Booklist has said that the series is known for its smooth prose style, brisk dialogue, well-drawn characters and keen sense of place.
“Tango Down” disrupts the illusion that the Hamptons on Long Island are safely immune from the struggles that enflame much of the world today. It is an examination of how fear of the unknown ignites prejudice and hate.
In 2013, his book featuring off-the-grid sleuth Arthur Cathcart, “Dead Anyway,” won the Nero Award and was named one of The Best Crime Novels of 2012 by The Boston Globe.
Knopf retired in 2017 as CEO of Mintz + Hoke, an Avon advertising agency. He is now co-publisher and editor of The Permanent Press, an independent book publishing company in Sag Harbor, New York.
The free book talk will be held in the Tolland Public Library program room at 21 Tolland Green in Tolland. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register online at tolland.org/library.
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Dan Barry, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg,  Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston to town.

 

Mystery writer Chris Knopf

Mystery Writer’s Talk Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, mystery writer Chris Knopf has had to cancel the free book talk he had planned at the Tolland Public Library on Jan. 10.
The Tolland Public Library Foundation is working to reschedule with him and will alert library patrons and Tolland residents when it has a new date and time.

Mystery writer Chris Knopf to speak in Tolland Jan. 10

Mystery writer Chris Knopf of Avon, the author of more than a dozen books, will speak Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library as part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
“Back Lash,” the 7th book in his Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery Series, was a finalist for the 2017 Connecticut Book Award. The 8th book in the series, “Tango Down,” is being released this month. Booklist has said that the series is known for its smooth prose style, brisk dialogue, well-drawn characters and keen sense of place.
“Tango Down” disrupts the illusion that the Hamptons on Long Island are safely immune from the struggles that enflame much of the world today. It is an examination of how fear of the unknown ignites prejudice and hate.
In 2013, his book featuring off-the-grid sleuth Arthur Cathcart, “Dead Anyway,” won the Nero Award and was named one of The Best Crime Novels of 2012 by The Boston Globe.
Knopf retired in 2017 as CEO of Mintz + Hoke, an Avon advertising agency. He is now co-publisher and editor of The Permanent Press, an independent book publishing company in Sag Harbor, New York.
The free book talk will be held in the Tolland Public Library program room at 21 Tolland Green in Tolland. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register online at tolland.org/library.
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Dan Barry, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg,  Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston to town.
About the Tolland Public Library Foundation 
The Foundation was established in 1996 to receive donations to benefit the Tolland Public Library and to enhance library services beyond what the town budget provides. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Tolland Public Library Foundation, Inc., 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

Mystery write Chris Knopf (and Charlie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matching drive ends Dec. 31 or at $10,000, whichever comes first!

To help support the purchase of books, magazine subscriptions, e-books, audio books, DVDs and other materials at the Tolland Public Library, the Tolland Public Library Foundation is holding a $10,000 matching fundraising drive.
More than $2,400 has already been donated to the library and is being matched dollar-for-dollar by the Foundation. The drive ends Dec. 31 or at $10,000, whichever comes first!
Although funds were restored to the library’s current books and materials budget, continued uncertainty about future state funding for the town convinced the Foundation board to continue the matching drive through the end of 2017.
Library patrons, Tolland residents and local businesses, please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any size to the library by the end of the year.
Donations can be made in person at the library at 21 Tolland Green or can be mailed to Tolland Public Library, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084. Checks should be made payable to the Tolland Public Library.
For more information about the Foundation or its matching drive, call President Linda Byam at 860-875-1446.

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