Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library

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Friends' News

Friends Annual Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, May 21st, at 7:00pm for the Friends Annual Meeting.  The meeting will be held in the Friends room at the Library.   We will conduct a short business meeting that will include voting in new officers, voting to update our by-laws and constitution and announcing our scholarship winner.  All relevant documents are attached to this email.

There will be raffles for any Friend member that renews their membership and an opportunity to join if you are not yet a member.  Light refreshments will be served.

We are excited for our guest speaker, Meghan Hayden, Owner of River Bend Book Shops. Come and listen to how Meghan got started and what's in store for the future.

You can view the relevant documents for the meeting HERE

Spring Book Sales!

On April 27th and 28th we held our Spring Book Sale for adults.  We raised more than $7000 for the library.  We are looking forward to our Children's book sale being held on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st.  Both the Friends Room and the 2CF Makerspace will be loaded with children's and young adult books.  For the grownups joining us, we'll be featuring our collection of trade paperbacks and hard-cover fiction priced at just $1.00 each, perfect companions for summer reading.

Don't miss out on discovering some hidden treasures!

Hope to see you there! 

Want to Volunteer?

Please email the Friends at or call 860-652-7728.

Come visit our Little Free Library!

The Little Free Library at Riverfront Park in Glastonbury was originally established by the Girl Scouts, but recently it was adopted by the Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library. The Friends gave it a face-lift and restocked it with books for the community. We hope you'll come visit and take a book!

Remembering Lillian Levin

The Friends mark the passing of Lillian Levin, who is remembered not only for her tireless work in support of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library and her work in support of libraries on a state and national level, but also for her friendship with all the community members who volunteered with her on the incredibly successful book sales she ran.

Lillian moved to Glastonbury in 1986 and quickly became involved at Welles-Turner Memorial Library. She was instrumental in reviving the Friends group and soon began running book sales that raised funds to support the library. Over the course of her 30 years volunteering at the library Lillian raised $1,012,800, all of which supported library programming, book, and equipment purchases. Upon her retirement in 2016, many community members were shocked to find out that Lillian wasn’t retiring as an employee of the library, but as a volunteer. She was such a presence in the library building – spending 40+ hours a week there – that most library visitors assumed she was part of the staff. Those of us who had the opportunity to volunteer with Lillian, either on the Friends Board or in some capacity with the book sales will remember her as an unwavering advocate for the library.

We will remember Lillian’s endless energy and drive, incredible organizational skills, impeccable memory, and far-reaching expertise on sales strategies. Mostly we will remember her as a thoughtful friend, mentor and teacher to all of us.


Whether you want to stay up-to-date on our news, volunteer at our book sales, or provide monetary support we would love for you to become a Friend!

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