Adult Events

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    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111

    Phone: 860-665-8700

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.

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.

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Friends of the Library Curbside Bag Sale
Fridays 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Are you interested in certain authors and genres? Do you miss the Friends books sales as much as we do? We’ve put a new twist on the old format. If email is unavailable patrons can call the library and give their contact information to be forwarded to the Friends. A contactless delivery to your home can also be arranged. 

  • Email the Friends at LRWFriends95@icloud.com  with requests by Tuesday.
  • You will receive an email notification to confirm the order, or notification that the order was not able to be filled.
  • A bag consisting of hardcover and paperbacks will be prepared of Adult books for $10.00 and Teen and Children’s books for $5.00.  Smaller orders may be requested. 
  • Pickups are Fridays from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
  • Payments will be made at pickup.
puzzle packets


Grab n Go Puzzle Packets 
Tuesday, April 20
 

Stuck in the house? Try something new. We will put together packets of fun just for you. Each packet will include puzzles and word games and more. Call to register to reserve a puzzle packet on the date listed above and pick up the packet at our curbside service. Registration required

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ReDefined READS – Book Fold Candle Holder - Virtual
Tuesday, April 20

Watch and learn how to make how your own a pillar-like candle holder with a recycled book by folding book pages. All supplies are provided. Call to register for your kit today. Kits are available to pick up beginning April 17. A link to the video will be available on the day of the program. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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“A History of the Library” StoryWalk® at Mill Pond Park
Saturday, April 24, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
(rain date April 25)

The Town of Newington 150th Anniversary Committee is presenting a History Walk/Drive of seven properties of historical significance on April 24 and the Lucy Robbins Welles Library is one of those properties. Take a stroll through Mill Pond Park and a read the "History of the Library" StoryWalk® and learn how library began. Then visit the Friends of the Library on the library's front steps to ask additional questions about the history of the library and enjoy a snack that originated in 1939, the year the library opened. Afterwards continue on and visit the six other properties and learn about the history of each. Sponsored by the Lucy Robbins Welles Library and the Friends of the Library. A special thanks to Newington Parks and Recreation. 

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house history part 2

House History Part 2: Who’s Lived in Your House – Virtual
Monday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

Bryna O’Sullivan, proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy. Each week we will explore different topics. Bryna O’Sullivan is a Middletown, Connecticut based professional genealogist and French to English genealogical translator. As proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, she specializes in lineage society applications. 

Would you like to learn the history of your home, discover who lived there, and what it looked like in the past? This two part series will help you get started. In part II, we’ll cover some of the many resources available to learn more about the past of your home and its occupants. From maps to the census to local photo collections, you’ll be able to put together the stories of your home’s “past lives". A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

coloring packets

Grab n Go Coloring Packets
Friday, April 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 packet.  Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

novel book and media sale

Non-Fiction Book and Media Sale
Saturday, May 1, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Lucy Robbins Welles Library Parking Lot

Purchase a reusable Friends bag for $10.00. Fill it up with as many books (hard or soft cover) as it will hold. This is an outdoor book sale; you must register for a time slot (6 people every 15 minutes). Media will be sold separately. Masks are required and COVID precautions will be in effect! To register or ask questions, call the library at 860-665-8700.  Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

crossword puzzle

Grab n Go Puzzle Packets
Tuesday, May 4
 

Stuck in the house? Try something new. We will put together packets of fun just for you. Each packet will include puzzles and word games and more. Call to register to reserve a puzzle packet which will be available on the dates above until supplies last and pick it up at our curbside service. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Thursday Page Turners Book Discussion – Virtual
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.

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! Registration required to attend this event. An email with the Zoom link will be sent prior to the program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

chocolate banana snickerdoodle bread

Culinary Delights: Chocolate Banana Snickerdoodle Bread - Virtual
Tuesday, May 11

Join Chef Rob Scott as he reveals how to bake this delicious treat. A video link & the recipe will be available on the Adult’s Events page beginning the day of the program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


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Backyard Composting - Virtual
Wednesday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.

Join Tricia and Pete Halvordson, Master Gardeners and Composters from the UCONN Extension Center. Plants and gardens are healthier and more bountiful when rooted in fertile soil that provides an abundance of nutrients.  Good soil is a function of several factors.  These factors are influenced by location, soil composition and nutrients.  Some ways that gardeners will supplement these factors are by providing adequate water, aerating the soil and adding nutrients.  In this presentation they will discuss a way of providing nutrients.  

These sessions will be followed with a live Q&A to discuss any questions about compost and gardening. Registration is required. Prior to the programs you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.  This program will also be available as a recorded program to view, after the live presentation.
Co-Sponsored by Newington Friends of the Library and the Rocky Hill, Berlin and Wethersfield Libraries.

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Introduction to Facebook – Virtual
Thursday, May 13

Facebook is a great resource for keeping connected with friends, family, and the things that interest you! Learn how to create a Facebook account, navigate important features, and explore the many ways Facebook helps keep you connected to the people and topics you care about. The recording will be available on the library’s website on the day of the program.

  • Click here for the video beginning May 13.
coloring packets

Grab n Go Coloring Packets for Adults
Friday, May 14

Packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, will be ready for curbside e pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring packet. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

crossword puzzle

Grab n Go Puzzle Packets
Tuesday, May 18
 

Stuck in the house? Try something new. We will put together packets of fun just for you. Each packet will include puzzles and word games and more. Call to register to reserve a puzzle packet which will be available on the dates above until supplies last and pick it up at our curbside service. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Classic Trivia Night with Jeanette and Karolyn - Virtual
Friday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m.
 

Join Jeanette and Karolyn for Virtual Classic TV Shows Trivia. Teams of ALL AGES are welcome! Bring snacks and the beverage of your choice, and get comfy in your living room. Prizes will be awarded. Registration is required. A Zoom link will be provided prior to the program. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

coloring packets

Grab n Go Coloring Packets for Adults
Thursday, May 27 
 

Packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, will be ready for curbside e pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring packet. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

planther garden coaching

Keeping your Vegetable Garden Happy and Healthy through the Growing Season - Virtual
Tuesday June 1, 7:00 p.m.

Are you starting to grown your first vegetable garden, but don't know what to do next? Attend this lecture to keep your garden healthy and productive through the growing season ahead. CT garden expert, Jillian Shea of PlantHer Garden Coaching will give you an easy-to-follow checklist for growing food in any size space while sharing some tricks of the trade to keep growing with confidence. This program is appropriate for beginners, but experienced gardeners will also enjoy learning some tips along the way!
These sessions will be followed with a live Q&A to discuss any questions about compost and gardening. Registration is required. Prior to the programs you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting. This program will also be available as a recorded program to view, after the live presentation.
Co-Sponsored by Newington Friends of the Library and the Rocky Hill, Berlin and Wethersfield Libraries.

crossword puzzle

Grab n Go Puzzle Packets
Tuesday, June 8
 

Stuck in the house? Try something new. We will put together packets of fun just for you. Each packet will include puzzles and word games and more. Call to register to reserve a puzzle packet which will be available on the dates above until supplies last and pick it up at our curbside service. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

spaghetti muffins

Culinary Delights: Spaghetti Muffins – Virtual
Tuesday, June 8
 

Chef Rob Scott is back to share a creative way to make spaghetti! A video link & the recipe will be available on the Adult’s Events page beginning the day of the program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Friends of the Library Annual Board Meeting – Virtual
Wednesday, June 9, 7:00 p.m.

Details available May 9.  Registration required
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Using Goodreads and NoveList – Virtual
Thursday, June 10 

The first video will explore how Goodreads can help you find books and authors, track your reading, connect with other readers, and more. The second video will demonstrate how to use NoveList to find titles and authors, read-a-likes, book lists, and more. Both videos will be available through the library’s website on the day of the program.

  • Click here for the video beginning June 10.
coloring packets

Grab n Go Coloring Packets for Adults
Monday, June 14

Packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, will be ready for curbside e pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring packet. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Adult Summer Reading Registration – Tails & Tales
Thursday, June 17
 

Adult summer reading registration will begin on Thursday, June 17. Registration will be online, by phone or with a printed form (upon request). Register on this day for a chance to win the kickoff prize giveaway basket.
Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

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Adult Summer Reading
June 17 to August 13
 

Register yourself online, by phone with a print form (upon request) beginning June 17.Read or listen to the library books of your choice at your own pace. Receive one prize ticket for each book completed. Tickets will be available online; in the library you can call to have one submitted. Weekly drawings held on Friday. All weekly entries will be entered into the grand prize drawings which will be held on Friday, August 13. Winners will be notified. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

crossword puzzle

Grab n Go Puzzle Packets
Tuesday, June 22
 

Stuck in the house? Try something new. We will put together packets of fun just for you. Each packet will include puzzles and word games and more. Call to register to reserve a puzzle packet which will be available on the dates above until supplies last and pick it up at our curbside service. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

knife block

ReDefined READS – Book Kitchen Knife Block
Wednesday, June 23

Watch and learn how to make how your own kitchen knife block with a recycled books. All supplies are provided. Call to register for your kit today. Kits are available to pick up beginning June 23. A link to the video will be available on the day of the program. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

  • Click here for the video beginning June 23.
coloring packets

Grab n Go Coloring Packets for Adults
Wednesday, June 30

Packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, will be ready for curbside e pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring packet. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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​     Some past programs you may have missed    

Culinary Delights: Apple Pie Calzones - Virtual
Tuesday, April 13

Chef Rob Scott is back to create some cooking magic with yummy apple pie calzonesA video link & the recipe will be available on the Adult Events page beginning the day of the program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Charter Oak Genealogy

House History Part 1: Accessing Land Records – Virtual
Monday, April 12, 6:30 p.m.

Bryna O’Sullivan, proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy. Each week we will explore different topics. Bryna O’Sullivan is a Middletown, Connecticut based professional genealogist and French to English genealogical translator. As proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, she specializes in lineage society applications. 

Would you like to learn the history of your home, discover who lived there, and what it looked like in the past? This two part series will help you get started. In part I, we’ll learn how to navigate Connecticut’s land records so that you can determine who once owned your property. Registration required for each program. A zoom link will be provided prior to the event. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Getting Started with Zoom - Virtual
Thursday, April 8

 
Need to use Zoom to attend meetings and conferences online, or just stay connected with friends and family? Unsure of how to get started? We will cover how to set up an account, join a meeting, host a meeting, and more, so you can feel comfortable and confident navigating this online environment. A link to the video will be available on the day of the program on the Adult Events page. 

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Mystery Author Talk with Matt Coyle  - Virtual
Friday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.

Join us to hear an interview with author Matt Coyle as he discusses the newest book in his Rick Cahill mystery series – Blind Vigil.  

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Another Cut the Cord Program – Virtual
Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.

Many people are making the decision to cut the cable cord and make the transition to online streaming services. There are numerous options available at varying prices depending on the desired viewing selection.  
Sponsored by the Newington Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of the Library.

chocolate snowstorm cookies

Culinary Delights: Chocolate Snowstorm Cookies - Virtual
Tuesday, March 16

Watch Chef Rob Scott as he whips up a delicious treat for those cold nights. A video link & the recipe will be available on the Adult Event page beginning the day of the program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Charter Oak Genealogy

 

Find Your Roots @ the Library
Join us for this multi-town collaborative Genealogy Series with 
Bryna O’Sullivan, proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy. Each week we will explore different topics. Bryna O’Sullivan is a Middletown, Connecticut based professional genealogist and French to English genealogical translator. As proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, she specializes in lineage society applications. 

Genealogy Basics: FamilySearch - Virtual
Monday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.

Want to dive into genealogy research but on a limited budget? The website FamilySearch is the perfect place to get started. Join us for an introduction to this free site, which includes access to records, how to guides, classes, and more.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Strong House Yoga

Gentle Yoga - Virtual
Thursday March 11 
 
Join StrongHouse Yoga of Newington for a gentle yoga practice to assist you in maintaining balance and stability with movement. A link to the video will be available on the day of the program.
Sponsored by StrongHouse Yoga.

Disney-Trivia

Trivia Night with Jeanette and Karolyn - Virtual
Friday, March 5

Bring snacks and the beverage of your choice and get comfy in your living room,.  It's our second trivia night.  Our topic is DISNEY.  Individuals and/or family teams of all ages are welcome to join in the fun.  
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.