ReOpening of Turner - Welles Library
Town of Glastonbury Celebrates Grand Reopening of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library (WTML)
Ribbon-Cutting and Open House Community Event – September 17Post Date: 08/02/2022 9:40 AM
On Saturday, September 17, the Town of Glastonbury invites the community to gather at the Welles-Turner Memorial Library (WTML) for its Grand Reopening Celebration. An official Ribbon-cutting Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., followed by an Open House featuring activities for community members of all ages. These events are free and open for all to enjoy at 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury.
“Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a number of renovations and additions to the Library, which were made possible through the ongoing collaboration with the Second Century Fund, the Friends of the Library, and other valued community partners. I’m pleased to be a part of this latest effort to further improve the library, which provides modernized technology solutions, versatile workspaces, and a host of other resources to support current and future learning experiences,” said Glastonbury Town Manager, Richard J. Johnson.
In November 2018, Glastonbury voters approved the $6.5 million library renovation and expansion project, which added approximately 3,700 square feet of new space for the library. Project design components included an expansion to the Teen and Children’s areas, a dedicated makerspace, and renovations to the existing library. TSKP STUDIO, located in Hartford, provided architectural services for the project. The contract work was done by Orlando Annulli & Sons.
The Second Century Fund contributed $1 million towards the WTML expansion/renovation and the Friends of WTML provided $100,000 to the project. Additionally, the Town of Glastonbury was awarded a $1 million library construction grant from the Connecticut State Library to support this project.
“We’re grateful to the library organizations and town leadership that made this dream a reality,” said Library Director Barbara Bailey. “The new space has opened a world of opportunity for our residents. The renovations help to connect people to knowledge and resources in a way that wasn’t possible before.”
The official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will include remarks from town and regional dignitaries, library leadership, and partners. The Open House will run until 4:30 pm and include live musical performances, crafts, character appearances, storytelling, a magician show, and tours of the new space.
For more information, please visit https://www.wtmlib.info/ or call 860-652-7719.