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Adult Events Newsletter for December 2018

Lucy Robbins Welles Library | 95 Cedar Street | Newington, CT 06111
Telephone: 860-665-8700 |  Fax: 860-667-1255
You can call to register for programs.
For Adult or Teen: 860-665-8700
 For Children's: 860-665-8720 


Hidden Agendas

Books & Bites: Local Author Spotlight
RESCHEDULED TO Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 15, 6:30 p.m.

Former Newington Town Manager Frank Connolly will present his recent novel Hidden Agendas: Inside Town Hall. Mr. Connolly will discuss his book, its background and the process of writing and getting published. Join us for this fascinating program. Registration required. Refreshments provided.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Photo of a Man
Photo of a Man
Photo of a Man

Art Exhibit for December

Mark Tegtmeier - Photos

Artist Reception will be Thursday, December 6, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Mark Tegtmeier has been fascinated with taking pictures since he was a boy, starting with the time his mother let him try out her Brownie camera. His very first camera was a Polaroid Swinger, which took only small black and white photos, but was very exciting in that it produced instants prints! He got his first “real” camera about 20 years ago. For most of those two decades, he has enjoyed photographing landscapes, flowers and nature. He spent two summers, and one winter, trekking across Connecticut, searching for waterfalls to photograph. And for one summer, he sought lighthouses to photograph.
Recently, Mark’s focus has shifted to portraits, head-shots, and family photos. In the series of portraits that will be on display, entitled MEN, Mark has chosen to portray the subjects’ faces in black and white, with minimal lighting, “ in the hope of distilling a bit of each man’s essence, of his personality.” Though Mark knew some of the men before the shoot, others he was meeting as he was photographing them. He’s grateful to each of them for their patience and for granting him permission to use their images in this exhibit.
His exhibits over the years have included such places as the West Hartford Art League, the Connecticut Audubon Center, the Stanley Whitman House, and in private showings.

Exhibits may be viewed during normal business hours, when the Community Room is not in use.

Literary Journals

ReDefined READS: Literary Journals
Saturday, December 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Create a unique gift – a blank journal using old book cover and paper. All materials are provided. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

crafts and conversation

Crafts & Conversation
Wednesday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Bring your own craft and join the conversation!  Refreshments provided. Registration required
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Our Souls at Night

Brown Bag It with a Book Discussion
Our Souls at Night
 by Kent Haruf
Thursday, December 6, 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of the book Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Beverages and desserts will be provided..
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Page Turners

Page Turners Book Discussion
Annual Planning Meeting

Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.

Join us to pick the titles for 2019.  The meeting will be facilitated by a library staff member and light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested is invited to attend any or all. We hope to see you there! 

Holiday harvest

Holiday Harvest: Celebrating the Holiday Table
Monday, December 10, 1:00 p.m.

Kim Larkin, licensed chocolatier, will focus on healthful, delicious recipes, cheese boards and easy entertaining ideas.
Sponsored by the Deschler family in honor of their mother, Cecile Deschler

Finding your feet

Movies & More: Finding Your Feet
Tuesday, December 11, 1:00 p.m.

On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate. Starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie. Running time 114 minutes. Snacks provided. Tickets available at the Adult Information Desk. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

holiday bracelets

Make Your Own Holiday Bling 
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Treat yourself or someone special to some holiday bling. Make a bracelet and have some fun designing it for yourself or as a gift during this busy time of year. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 


Publisher 2013 Essentials
Thursday, December 13, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for an overview that covers the basics, plus some in-depth features.  With this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to create publications, such as flyers or invitations, for your special event!  Registration required.

Tech 4U

Tech 4 U 
Thursday, December 13, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today! Registration required.

Crafts and Conversation

Crafts & Conversation
Tuesday, December 18, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Bring your own craft and join the conversation!  Refreshments provided. Registration required
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tech troubleshooting

Tech Troubleshooting with Teens
Thursday, December 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Alerting all adults! Stop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let our teen techies help you. Topics can include electronic devices, social media, and email. Registration required.

world of music

Wonderful World of Music
Thursday, December 27, 1:30 p.m.

The young and young-at-heart are invited to hear (and sing along with) the Joe Giangrasso Band, re-created from the members of the Sam Pasco Orchestra. They will be performing a medley of rousing holiday songs for us to enjoy.
Sponsored by the Bloomfield Rotary.

The Friends of the Library sponsor many of these programs.  If you would like to become a member of the Friends, please click on the image and you will be taken to the Friends' page.  Thank you!

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