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Author Dawn Metcalf

Author Dawn Metcalf

The Wild World of Young Adult Fiction

       TOLLAND – Have you ever dreamed of writing a book for young adults? Are you a fan of dark, fantasy novels? Then the Tolland Public Library Foundation has a program for you.
Author Dawn Metcalf will speak at the Tolland Public Library Saturday, June 8 about “The Wild, Wonderful World of Writing Young Adult Literature.”
Her talk, which will be held at the library at 21 Tolland Green at 11 a.m., is part of the Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series and its “Year of the Young Adult” initiative.
Metcalf, who describes her work as “dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction,”will discuss her writing career and offer valuable advice on the publishing business.
A Chicago native who now lives in northern Connecticut, Metcalf is the author of “Luminous” (Dutton, 2011) and “Indelible,” which will be published in July by Harlequin Teen.
Her books – and her talk – are aimed at teens over 14 or anyone interested in writing for that age group.
“Luminous” features a Latina teenaged protagonist, Consuela Chavez, who learns she has the power to slip out of her earthly skin and craft new skins from water, fire and air. Metcalf said her character grew out of the question “why aren’t there more minority superheroines?”
Her latest book follows the story of Joy Malone as a dangerous mistake plunges her into “a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same.”
The free talk is open to the public, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call the library at 860-871-3620.
The series, funded by the Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth C. King Eaton Endowment, has previously brought writers Denis Horgan, Susan Schoenberger, Jeff Goldberg, Lucy Anne Hurston, Jane Haddam and P.W. Catanese 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.
About the Year of the Young Adult
This initiative by the Foundation is aimed at bringing programs and materials to the library that will be of interest to children aged 11 to 18. It is made possible through grants from the Foundation’s Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth C. King Eaton Endowment. The Foundation has already held college admissions workshops, purchased software and books geared to young adults, hosted authors an astronomer and held the library’s first poetry sla

Calling all teen poets

     The Tolland Public Library Foundation is seeking poets in grades 7 to 12 to compete for prizes in its second poetry slam on Friday, May 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in conference room A at town hall.

     Students will be performing up to two three-minute poems, which will be judged by a panel that will include Tolland High School senior Amanda Danielson, Foundation President Linda Byam, young adult/children’s librarian Ginny Brousseau, library assistant Irene Pudelkiewicz and Foundation Secretary Kate Farrish.
The slam will be hosted by James MacArthur, a Tolland High English teacher.
Entry forms are available at the public library, the high school library and from any THS English teacher.

Students must return the forms to one of the same places by Monday, May 13. Poets must bring five copies of both of their poems to the public library by Wednesday, May 15.
The slam is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620.

 

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Lighten Up @ the Library

TOLLAND – A ventriloquist and a retired police sergeant recounting amusing tales from his years on the beat will visit the Tolland Public Library as part of a new “Lighten Up @ the Library” series.

The series is being sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation through its Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth King Eaton Endowment.

Library director Barbara Pettijohn came up with the idea when she decided library patrons needed more laughter in their lives.

“With so much bad news in Connecticut and around the world, we wanted to give Tolland library users a chance to come in, relax and share a laugh or two,’’ Pettijohn said.

The series began March 16, 2013 when Laura Le, a certified “Laughter Yoga” instructor taught a class at the library.

It continues on Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. when ventriloquist Larry Noiva of Tolland will entertain adult visitors to the library with his gang of puppets, Howie Rose, Sal Monella and Aunt Edna.

Noiva was named best male stand-up comedian at the Connecticut Comedy Festival and was the winner of the first Connecticut Comedy Idol event.

On Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m., Craig Elkin, a retired Middletown police sergeant, will speak about his recently published book, “A Cop’s Tale: Amusing Short Stories Written at the Expense of Others.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Both events, which are intended for adults, are free and open to the public and will be held at the library at 21 Tolland Green. Registration is required. To register, call 860-871-3620.

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.

Authors, poets and   zombies visited the Tolland Public Library in 2012 thanks to Foundation   grants

 

 

The Tolland   Public Library was filled with poetry, author visits, book talks, genealogy   searches – and even zombies – in 2012 thanks to $10,470 in grants from the   Tolland Public Library Foundation.

The grants   brought more young people into the library and enhanced services beyond what   the town budget provides.

The funds   enabled the library to host award-winning authors, hold informative sessions   on paying for college, host its first poetry slam for Tolland teens and   provide residents with useful databases including Ancestry.com and Consumer   Reports.

Most   importantly, the grants allowed the library and the Foundation to offer a   wide-ranging initiative known as the “Year of the Young Adult.”

The initiative   reached its goal of bringing more programs and materials to the library of   interest to children aged 11 to 18. It was made possible through grants from   the Foundation’s  Phoebe Dimock King   and Elizabeth C. King Eaton Endowment.

“The library   has been able to hold many informative and lively events, thanks to the   grants from the Foundation,’’ library director Barbara Pettijohn said. “It’s   a great partnership.”

The Foundation   brought astronomer Kevin Manning and author P.W. Catanese to the library. It   also funded a popular Book Voyagers club on the “The Hunger Games” trilogy   and a discussion of “The Maze Runner.”

On April 27, the   library resounded with the creative voices of Tolland teens when 20 students   competed for prizes at the first poetry slam. The response was overwhelming,   so a second slam is being planned for this April 26.

The Foundation   also purchased a computer and educational software for students, paid for extra   copies of the Tolland High School summer reading books and funded a session   showing teens how to apply makeup to transform themselves into a zombie.

Nearly 100   people have attended talks on how to pay for college by financial advisor   Craig Breitsprecher. Another talk, also funded by the Foundation, is   scheduled for April 10 at 6:30 p.m.

“The Foundation   has been thrilled to be able to support so many interesting programs at the   library,” Foundation President Linda Byam said. “We want to keep this buzz of   activity going in 2013 by funding even more programs.”

Grants to the   library have also funded the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series, which has   brought award-winning writers Caragh O’Brien, Denis Horgan, Susan   Schoenberger, Ken Davis and Lucy Anne Hurston.

In honor of   former library director Barbara Butler and her love of travel, the Foundation   also purchased a display stand, bulletin board and travelogue books.   Residents can call the library at 860-871-3620 to arrange to have their own   travel photos displayed on the bulletin board.

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.
Donations can also be directed to the foundation via the United Way by using   the code AG1694.

 

 

Dan Barry

Dan Barry

Pulitzer-Prize Winner at the Library

Dan Barry, an award-winning author and the “This Land” columnist at The New York Times, will speak at the Tolland Public Library March 4 as part of the popular Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
Barry, who began his career in 1983 as a reporter for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, will speak at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green.
Barry won a Pulitzer Prize while at The Providence Journal before joining the Times in 1995.
He is the author of three books: “Pull Me Up: A Memoir,” “City Lights,” a collection of his “About New York” columns for the Times; and “Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game.” The latter book won the 2102 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.
Since beginning the “This Land” column in 2007, Barry has visited all 50 states and written about such lively characters as the coroner in “The Wizard of Oz” and an aging burlesque queen. A gifted writer and storyteller, Barry wrote movingly in December about the young shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Barry has also written extensively about New York City, 9/11 and its aftermath and damage to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
His talk is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call at 860-871-3620.
The series, funded by the Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth C. King Eaton Endowment, has previously brought writers Denis Horgan, Susan Schoenberger, Jeff Goldberg, Lucy Anne Hurston, Jane Haddam and P.W. Catanese 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.