A cappella group performs today at Newington library

Published on Saturday, 4 November 2017 22:51
Written by Erica Schmitt

Staff Writer

NEWINGTON – Whether you’re a book lover or writer, a music enthusiast or a musician, the Lucy Robbins Welles Library has a program for you this month.

First up, the George G. Hanel Series presents a performance by a cappella group The Cat’s Pajamas today at Martin Kellogg Middle School. Doors open at 1:30 and the concert begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

The library Board of Trustees hosts cultural programs through an endowment from the late George G. Hanel. The Cat’s Pajamas are five men who create the sounds of a band using their voices. Members met at the University of Wisconsin and are dedicated to giving back to musical education by leading vocal and performance workshops for children. Kellogg Middle School is one of 25 schools they will be performing at this year.

“They are phenomenal,” library Head of Community Services Michelle Royer said.

Coming up next week is a program she started for local authors.

“So You Wrote a Book…Now What?” is set for Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It’s an opportunity for local authors to get together and discuss sharing their books with the world. Leading the program is Newington’s Michael Dicks, an international bestselling author, storyteller and producer.

The first program in the author series was held in March 2016.

Now this month, writers will again have an opportunity to network with other writers once again.

Participants are asked to bring a piece of writing they are working on, in honor of National Novel Writing Month. The online project NaNoWriMo invites people to write every day of November, exceeding 50,000 words by month’s end.

In other news, the Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library are hosting their Annual Fall Book Sale this weekend, Nov. 3-5 at the Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St.

It all begins Friday with a preview sale from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

On Saturday the sale continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with prices for books posted.

Then Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. books will be sold by the bag. Friends’ bags are $7 each with $6 refills.

Thousands of hardcover, soft cover and paperback books will be sold, along with a selection of CDs, videos, audio-books and DVDs, as well as games, puzzles and records. Cash, checks and credit cards will all be accepted. The weekend will close out with a giveaway for non-profit organizations. Representatives are invited to come on Sunday from 3:15 to 4 p.m. to take books free of charge, with proof of non-profit status required.

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or eschmitt@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News, Newington on Saturday, 4 November 2017 22:51. Updated: Saturday, 4 November 2017 22:53.