Adult Events

  1. Library

    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111

    Phone: 860-665-8700

what you need to know

The Lucy Robbins Welles Library building will be open to the public for the limited services on Monday, October 26.

The following services will be available:

  • Collection browsing (30 minutes) for adult, teen & children’s departments
  •  Checkout - We encourage you to use the self-checkouts, which will be regularly disinfected 
  • Information assistance 
  • Curbside service during designated times 
  • Self-serve copier & FAX.  Please bring correct change for the copier or your credit/debit card for the fax.

Online Events/Programs via Zoom Cloud Meetings, YouTube, Facebook and NCTV


Some events will take place on Zoom Cloud Meetings and all of the information on how to join an event can be found by clicking here. Registration is required. Participants who register by calling 860-665-8700 will be emailed a link to access the Zoom program prior to the event. We hope to see you there!  

Other events, which are not live and do not require registration are on our YouTube Channel and can be accessed via YouTube or on this events page.. There will also be some Live YouTube events scheduled that will require registration by calling 860-665-8700.

Some of our library programs with community partners will be available on NCTV on Tuesdays @10:00 a.m. and Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m. 

 If you want to view some past programs you may have missed, scroll down to the bottom of this page to view the videos.

work life balance

Work and Home Life Balance – Virtual
Monday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.
 

If you're finding difficulty balancing work and life in these stressful times, join us for some specific strategies that can help. A zoom link will be provided prior to the event. Registration is required.
Sponsored by the Newington Chamber of Commerce. 

this tender land

Page Turners Book Discussion – Virtual
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.

This Tender Land 
by William Kent Krueger
Join us for this lively book discussion. The discussion will be held through Zoom and be facilitated by a library staff member. Anyone interested is invited to attend. We hope to “see” you there!  An email with the Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event.  Registration is required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

dynasty

Dynasty by Jeff Benedict – Virtual
Recorded interview about the new book on the New England Patriots by Connecticut Author Jeff Benedict 
Monday, November 9

Connecticut’s own Jeff Benedict, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, has a conversation about the New England Patriots dynasty with Michael Holley, a former Boston Globe columnist. Learn how the Patriots dynasty was built and how it lasted for two decades. Jeff Benedict provides answers in a sweeping account based on exclusive interviews with more than 200 insiders—including team executives, coaches, players, players’ wives, team doctors, lawyers, and more. Benedict discusses the near-move of the Patriots to Hartford and uncovers new details about the inner workings of a team notorious for its secrecy.

If you would like a hardcover copy of the book with an autographed bookplate, a limited number of signed editions will be available for purchase at Barnes and Noble in Farmington, CT. This would make a great holiday gift for the football fan in your fan in your life. 

  • Click here to view the video beginning November 9.
Facebook live book sale

Friends Facebook Live Book Sale – Virtual
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.
 

Join us on our Facebook Live Page for a special night of fun!!! The Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library will be holding a LIVE book sale event hosted by Deanna Reney at Karma’s Closet. Watch and buy books from your favorite authors from the comfort of your home. Pickup will be at Karma's Closet, 3153 Berlin Turnpike, Newington. Call the library for details! Support the Friends at this virtual sale. Buy something for yourself or as a gift for the holidays! They also have books for sale at Karma’s Closet!

before and after

Before & After Your Computer – Virtual
Wednesday, November 11
 
Need an upgrade? Not sure what new computer to buy? At a loss about what to do with your old one? Watch this pre-recorded program for some advice and tips to make the right purchase and dispose of your old computer properly!

  • Click here to view the video beginning November 11.
grab and go

Grab ‘N Go Coloring Packets
Thursday, November 12 

We are happy to offer packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, that will be ready for Curbside pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring page packet. 

paint night

Paint for Fun – Virtual
Tuesday November 17, 1:00 p.m.

Join us virtually for a fun and creative hour of painting in the comfort of your own home. Sign up and get supplies at the library. Laura Healy from Middlewoods will give step-by-step guidance as you create an acrylic seasonal masterpiece. Registration required. An email with the Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event. This program, along with the supply list, can be viewed afterwards on our website and you can have a paint night of your own. Registration is required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Middlewoods of Newington.

rolled art box

ReDefined READS – Rolled Art Boxes – Virtual
Wednesday, November 18

Watch and learn how to make rolled paper art boxes with Library Director Lisa Masten. These make a great gift for the holidays. All supplies will be provided. Call to register for your own kit beginning on November 9. A link to the video will be available on the day of the program.

  • Click here to view the video beginning November 18.
grab and go

Grab ‘N Go Coloring Packets
Monday, November 30

We are happy to offer packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, that will be ready for Curbside pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring page packet.

movie talk love and mercy

Movie Talk with Gil Gigliotti – Virtual 
Wednesday, December 2, 7 p.m.

Pop some popcorn and join movie buff and CCSU professor Gil Gigliotti for our first (of many, we hope) Movie Talk.  Set up like a book discussion on Zoom, we will be discussing the 2014 movie Love and Mercy starring John Cusack as Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.  Copies of the movie will be available for advance viewing, check-out, and curbside pick-up at the library.  This movie is also available on some streaming services.   An email with a link will be sent out prior to the program. Registration is required.

where the crawdads sing

Page Turners Book Discussion – Virtual
Thursday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens

Join us for this lively book discussion. The discussion will be held through Zoom and be facilitated by a library staff member. Anyone interested is invited to attend. We hope to “see” you there!  An email with the Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event.  Registration is required

book page coasters

ReDefined READS – Book Page Cork Coaster – Virtual
Tuesday, December 8

Watch and learn how to make book page cork coasters using cork squares, old book pages and Mod Podge with Library Director Lisa Masten. These make a great gift for the holidays. All supplies will be provided. Call to register for your own kit beginning on December 3. A link to the video will be available on the day of the program. Registration is required.

  • Click here to view the video beginning December 8.
cloud

Save It to the Cloud – Virtual
Wednesday, December 9

Wondering about that invisible cloud above our heads? Cloud storage is the answer to avoid wasting valuable storage space on your device. Watch this pre-recorded program to learn more about the cloud and how to use it.

  • Click here to view the video beginning December 9.
movie trivia

Trivia Night with Jeanette & Karolyn – Virtual
Friday, December 11, 7 p.m.

Bring snacks and your beverage of choice and get comfy in your living room. It’s our first (of many, we hope) Zoom Trivia Night! Our topic this month is movies. Individuals or family teams of all ages are welcome to join us in the fun. Prizes will be awarded. A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event. Registration is required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

suicide prevention

Suicide Prevention – It’s Okay to Ask for Help - Virtual
Monday, December 14

People are struggling these days – with the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic, and the holidays being right around the corner, they might be thinking about suicide.   Join Heather Hitchcock from Bristol Health Care to learn about resources and strategies to get help for yourself, a loved one, a friend or perhaps someone you do not know at all.

  • Click here to view the video beginning December 14.
grab and go

Grab ‘N Go Coloring Packets
Wednesday, December 16

We are happy to offer packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, that will be ready for Curbside pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring page packet. 

grab and go

Grab ‘N Go Coloring Packets
Monday, December 28

We are happy to offer packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, that will be ready for Curbside pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring page packet. 

virtual tech help

Virtual Tech Help Appointments

Are you looking for help downloading an eBook?  Are you wondering how to get started with our streaming services like Acorn TV? Do you need help with your smartphone or iPad? Call the library to schedule a one on one appointment with a librarian! Appointments will be held through Zoom.

​     Some past programs you may have missed    

acorn tv
rb digital

Digital Library At Home:  RBdigital & Acorn TV (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 7

Learn how to access some of our popular digital services right from home! We will cover how to use RBdigital and Acorn TV to get countless forms of free entertainment, such as eBooks, audiobooks, and some of the best British television out there! Access to this virtual event will be available on the day of the program.  

injury prevention

Injury Prevention Strategies for Athletes, with Licensed Athletic Trainer Jenn Tirillo (Virtual)
Tuesday, October 20 

Using her experience working with youth athletes up through Olympic level hopefuls, Jenn will demonstrate key self-care techniques, dynamic warm-up exercises and more.