Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Incredible Chocolate Edibles

Terri Planco will again host a night of creative fun for teens in grades 6-12.

Learn about chocolate. Make your own.

The program is free.

Call 665-8700 or stop at the information desk to register.

What's Toxic, What's Not

Gary Ginsberg and Brian Toal both from the CT Dept of Public Health will talk about thier book What's Toxic and What's Not. They were featured in the Hartford Courant on Jan 17, 2007 and recently spoke at the Glastonbury Public Library. Come to the Lucy Robbins Welles Library on Monday Feb. 5 @7:00 p.m. to learn how they avoid toxic chemicals in their daily lives.

No registration is necessary.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Play For All

This morning the Children's Department hosted the first in a series of playgroups for children with special needs. Three families attended; one from Newington, one from Farmington and one from Southington and all had sons on the autism spectrum. The exchange of information among the parents was amazing. The children, while they did not exactly play together, had a great time. One father, who appreciated the few minutes he had to sit down, remarked how great it was for his son to have a large area to be himself in; where dad didn't have to constantly watch and worry about him being hurt or that he was disturbing other people.
The next meeting of Play For All is Saturday, February 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
There was a great article about the group in the New Britain Herald dated 1/6/2007.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

Today's Hartford Courant ran an article about the European continental glaciers melting. Read the article Experts see end to Alpine Glaciers. That reminded me of the article from January 2 about the The Threatened Polar Bear. And that reminded me that we are showing An Inconvenient Truth on Tuesday, January 30 @ 6:30 p.m. Dr. Barbara Nicholson, Associate Professor of Biology at CCSU, is joining us to lead discussion after the film.

I saw the movie in the theatres. The visuals were shocking. There were then and now photos that illustrated the drastic decrease of the Alpine Glaciers. Graphs showing the increase in average temperature. Al Gore was passionate and compelling as he urged viewers to consider the consequences of global warming.

Please come to the library Tuesday January 30 @ 6:30 p.m. to watch this movie and discuss it with your neighbors.


Friday, January 19, 2007

Tips for navigating the library webpage

Those of you who are using Internet Explorer 6 may be having trouble navigating our webpage. The side menu is not displaying in IE 6. We are working to solve this problem. While we are working on it if you are having trouble finding your favorite page of our website try our site index. It's the last white box with green lettering on the right or you can use the link below.

Site index.

Thank you for your patience this month with our webpage troubles.


Friday, January 12, 2007

Friends Ongoing Book Sale

The Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library invite you to visit the on-going book sale at the Friends Corner.

In honor of Valentine's Day we are featuring romance novels from February 1 to February 15.

In conjunction with school vacation week we are featuring children's books from February 16 to February 25.

We hope you will stop by and purchase a book for a special person in your life!

Sue S.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

What is Automatically Yours?

Would you like to have the library put a hold on your favorite authors as soon as we get the book?

Sign up for Automatically Yours by downloading this file.
Fill it out.
Drop it off at the circulation or information desk.

Then you no longer have to wonder if the latest John Grisham is out and did you put a hold on it.

We'll do it for you!


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Teen Art Display

Teen Artists Rule! In January, some talented teen artists - painters, drawers and photographers-from Newington have their work on display in the library's Community Room. I am amazed and in awe of the talent of these kids. On Sunday we had a nice reception for these artists and a large number of people came in to admire their work. The display will be up all this month. I hope that people will come in to the library and see the display. There are other chances for teens to display art in the community. Should there be another art display the library next January? Terri

After Hours @ the Library - This Friday Evening!

We are very excited about our first ever combined ages (18 and under) after hours party at the library! Starting at 6:00 p.m. this Friday, January 12th, the library will be open for online gaming, dancing with Dance Dance Revolution and of course some good food and drink. The party will be taking place on both floors of the library and will end at 8:30 p.m.

There will be library staff on each floor and we have asked Kim Miller, an experience gamer, to come and help us out in case anyone has technical questions about a game they are playing.

There is no cost for the program, but you must sign up at the Adult or Children's Information Desks, or by calling 665-8700. Space is limited and the program is filling up fast!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Gate Keeper is here!

Today we started using our new computer reservation and time management system. The Internet stations and the word processing computer are linked to a new software that manages the computers.

It's very easy to use. You go to an empty computer. Login with your library card number and use the internet station for one hour.

Patrons may sign up in advance for a time slot. The computer will hold your reservation for 5 minutes beyond the scheduled time. We suggest that you come 10 minutes before your scheduled time to be sure you don't miss your time.


Thursday, January 04, 2007

After Hours @ the Library - 18 & Under Only!

If you are 18 or younger, we want you to join us for our first ever after hours party at the library on Friday, January 12th from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. All thirteen of our public Internet computers will be available (for groups of three or less) to play online games of your choice. We will also be running Dance Dance Revolution in the Community Room.

Refreshments will be served.

Sign up at the Adult Information Desk or call 665-8700.

Sue S.

Evening Book Discussion

Start the year off with a discussion of a good book. The Evening Book Discussion Group will discuss Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson on January 11th at 7:00 p.m.

The Evening Book Discussion Group is open to any interested person from any town. New members are welcome to join throughout the year.

Upcoming Titles and Dates:
February 1 - Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Hartford Public Library's Big Read Selection)
March 1 - Art of War by Sunzi
April 5 - Ox-bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
May 3 - Surrogate Thief by Archer Mayor (One Book 4 Towns selection)

If you have any questions, please call Jeanette Mercure at 665-8714.
Sue S.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

BubbleMania Was Here!

Helen, Head of Children's Services, took some wonderful photos at our BubbleMania program last week.

Check these out.