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Learn How to Conduct an Oral History Interview on Sept. 11

     The Tolland Public Library Foundation will hold its second training in conducting oral history interviews at the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum at 52 Tolland Green for Sunday, Sept. 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
     Thank you to the Tolland Historical Society for hosting this session, which is part of the foundation’s Tolland Oral History Performance Project.
     Kristen Morgan, a foundation board member and associate professor of theatre and performance media at Eastern Connecticut State University, will explain the project, which centers on gathering vignettes and quotes from Tolland residents for inclusion in a script that will culminate in a public performance.
     Kristen will also be demonstrating how to use video equipment that the foundation has purchased for the Tolland Public Library that patrons can check out for free.
After the session, plan on visiting the jail museum, which is operated by the historical society. Admission is free.
     Registration is recommended. To register, email foundation board secretary Kate Farrish at [email protected].

Kindle Your Love for Reading by Entering a Drawing on Sept. 10

The Tolland Public Library Foundation will hold a drawing to win an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader at the townwide Celebrate Tolland festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at Tolland Middle School.
Come learn more about the library foundation by visiting its table at Celebrate Tolland, and while you’re there, fill out entry form for the drawing. The Kindle e-reader has a 6.8-inch display, 8 GB of storage, an adjustable light and up to 10 weeks of battery life.
The Tolland Public 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.
The drawing is open to Tolland residents, aged 12 and over, and a winner’s name will be drawn at 4 p.m. at Celebrate Tolland. Leading up to Sept. 10, residents can also enter to win the Kindle by visiting the library at 21 Tolland Green.

Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader 8GB



Ellington author and former Congolese refugee to discuss their book for children aged 8 to 12 at Tolland Library June 18

Award-winning author Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo and her co-author Ndengo Gladys Mwilelo, a former Congolese refugee now living in New Haven, will discuss their heartfelt middle grade novel, “Each of Us a Universe,” at the Tolland Public Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.
The book draws on the Mwilelo family’s stories as refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who came to Connecticut in 2013. Mwilelo became a U.S. citizen in 2019 and earned her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication from Central Connecticut State University in 2021.
The two met at IRIS-Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services in New Haven, where Ferruolo, from Ellington, is a volunteer and Mwilelo is an IRIS ambassador and after-school program coordinator.
The author visit is being sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series. The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or use the online events calendar at
“Each of Us a Universe” tells the story of two girls who go on an adventure to the top of a mountain and learn about each other, themselves and the magic friendship can bring.
When facing the impossible, Cal Scott runs from her mother, who’s fighting cancer, her father who she can’t forgive, and classmates who never seemed to “get” her anyway. Cal learns what real courage looks like when she meets Rosine Kanambe, a refugee who leaves Congo for the small Connecticut town where Cal lives.
Ferruolo is also the author of “A Galaxy of Sea Stars” and “Ruby in the Sky,” which Booklist called “quietly magical.” ‘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.
A representative of River Bend Bookshop in Glastonbury will be on hand to sell books, which the authors will sign.
Since 2010, the library foundation’s EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry, Susan Campbell and Steven G. Smith; Lucy Anne Hurston, Jane Haddam, Dom Amore, Jeff Goldberg, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Karen Guzman, P.W. Catanese, Steven Parlato, Dawn Metcalf, Denis Horgan, Cindy Rodriguez and Susan Schoenberger.


Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo


Ndengo Gladys Mwilelo



Thanks for following along during National Library Week

It’s time to celebrate the entire Tolland Public Library staff and wish them a wonderful National Library Week.
Back row, left to right: Karen Duhamel Lambert, Andy Geary and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn;
Middle row, left to right: Kelly Marchand, Lori Ferguson and Rosanne Thomas
Seated: Anna Mae Wasielewski and Marci James
Not pictured: Ni-Ni Reinard
Thanks to Frank James for the photo.
And by the way, you can support the Tolland Public Library Foundation in a variety of ways: by making a tax-deductible donation at or by mail at 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084; by holding a birthday fundraiser on Facebook and making the foundation the beneficiary or by designating the foundation for United Way donations or through AmazonSmile. The foundation was created in 1996 to make grants to the Tolland Public Library to augment what is provided by the town budget.