Friends of the Library Supports Welles-Turner Memorial Library

The Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library promotes a cultured and literary community by providing supplemental funding for the facilities and services of the Glastonbury public library.


The Friends actives over the past year:


through Winter, Spring, Fall and Kids books sales, as well as library book cart sales

Annual Purchases

of books, CDs and DVDs to augment the library collection


by the Ella Waters Memorial Music Series


of the summer reading programs for children, teens and adults

Museum Passes

Through the efforts of both the Friends group and the library, numerous museum passes are available for the use of all Connecticut library patrons.  Passes for local museums are available for check-out at the front desk of the library.  Don’t wait to take advantage of these special opportunities.


Board Members

President: Melinda Smith

Vice-President: Patty Matthews

Secretary: Carl Stenman

Treasurer: Jandice Cendana

Immediate Past President (Ex-Officio): Linda Obedzinski

Library Board Director (Ex-Officio): Barbara Bailey

Membership: Andrea Clark

Book Sale: Kelly Rodino, Rosemarie Houston, Melina Smith

Publicity: Kelly Gineo

Website: Mindyleigh Vail

Nominating: Myra Lee

Directors: Don Kray, Janet Miller, Lillian Levin

Artist: Rosemarie Houston

Scholarship: Karen Lonergan

Museum Passes: Margaret Schenk

Members at Large: Myra Lee, Monica Gardner


Each year since 2006, the Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library awards a $750 cash prize to a graduating senior who is entering an accredited college or technical school and has demonstrated strong academic achievement and good citizenship. The prize may be used for either tuition or books.


The award is open to graduating high school students who are residents of Glastonbury, Connecticut. The student must have a solid academic standing and show active involvement in the community. An accredited college or technical school must have accepted the applicant as a full time student.


The successful candidate must complete an application and return it to the Friends of Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033 no later than April 15th. The application requires two names as outside references. Only one reference may be from a school administrator or teacher. References should not be from relatives or friends. The award winner will be selected by the Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library using the aforementioned criteria and the completed application.

2018 Scholarship Winner

This year’s winner is Ryan Kalagher who plans on attending Quinnipiac University to study Computer Information Systems in the fall.

Read His Winning Essay

Past winners

2017 – Reshana Homma
2016 – Kalliope Sanderson
2015 – Marily Mussien
2014 – Abigail Descoteaux
2013 – John (Jack) Ostrowski
2012 – Clarissa Paquette
2011 – Alexander Ryan
2010 – Gracelyn Rose Swahn
2009 – Sofia Goodrich
2008 – Mary-Kate James
2007 – Valerie Baker
2006 – Kehui Kaycee Fu

Become a Friend

Whether you want to stay up-to-date on our news, volunteer at our book sales, provide monetary support we would love to hear from you!