Please be aware that the following programs are subject to change as we continually review our safety guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Summer Reading for Adults and Teens

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This summer the Gunn Memorial Library is encouraging readers to read “beyond the beaten path” by exploring new and different adventures through books. The Adult/YA Summer Reading Program “Beyond the Beaten Path” runs from June 2nd through August 30th and is open to young adult and adult patrons.

Patrons can visit the Adult Service desk to receive a “reading passport” with details for a number of unique and interesting reading destinations. Upon completing a reading adventure, they will have their passport stamped and receive a ticket to put towards a chance to win prizes donated by many local businesses. Reading lists will be available to encourage patrons to explore reading journeys outside their comfort zone. There is no limit to the number and type of journeys readers can take. Explore a few or complete as many as you like!

Explore these reading lists to get you started! You can place holds on these titles when you sign into your online library account using your card number and password. Call us if you have any trouble! Click on the links below.

Beach Getaway| Back to Nature| Road TripsSpiritual Retreat | International Adventures | Take a Walk/Hike| Back in Time| Foodie Paradise| Books set in every State.


Tech Help at the Washington Senior Center

Monday, July 11 & 25 @ 10:30 am
Monday, August 8 & 29 @ 10:30 am 

Librarian Jessica Zaccagnini will be at the Washington Senior Center to provide one-on-one assistance with technology issues.

Call the library at 860-868-7586 to book a half hour time slot. We can help with iPhones/iPads, laptops, and more!



Book Club- The Authenticity Project

Thursday, July 7 @ 6:30 pm

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Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren’t really honest with one another. But what if they were? And so he writes—in a plain, green journal—the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local café. It’s run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street. Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selves—and soon find each other In Real Life at Monica’s Café.

The Authenticity Project’s cast of characters—including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friends—is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life. It’s a story about being brave and putting your real self forward—and finding out that it’s not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.

The Authenticity Project is just the tonic for our times that readers are clamoring for—and one they will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the circulation desk.

Movie Matinee- Father Stu

Monday, July 11 @ 1 pm

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When an injury ends his amateur boxing career, Stuart Long moves to Los Angeles to find money and fame. While scraping by as a supermarket clerk, he meets Carmen, a Sunday school teacher who seems immune to his bad-boy charm. Determined to win her over, the longtime agnostic starts going to church to impress her. However, a motorcycle accident leaves him wondering if he can use his second chance to help others, leading to the surprising realization that he’s meant to be a Catholic priest. R 2h 4m.

Author Talk with Jade Miles

Tuesday, July 12 @ 6:30 pm

In-person program 

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Australian author, Jade Miles believes that a slower, simpler life is key to creating a healthier home, environment and a healthier you. Her most recent book, Futuresteading: Live like tomorrow matters: Practical skills, recipes and rituals for a simpler life details the principles of futuresteading and offers easy-to-understand information and hands-on ideas. Ms. Miles will talk about her book and some of the practical skills you can implement at home. Learn to grow delicious food and medicinal plants; share rituals with loved ones through the seasons; feast on healthy home-cooked food for the family; nourish body and soul with outdoor expeditions and moments of rest; and create wonders with your hands. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Jade Miles and her husband Charlie Showers run Black Barn Farm, a biodiverse orchard, nursery and workshop space in North East Victoria, Australia which is a magnet for visitors to learn about permaculture, homesteading, as well as to pick-their-own from some of the 98 varieties of heritage fruit and berries. Jade co-hosts the weekly Futuresteading podcast with Catie Payne, is active in the media about living regeneratively, hosts schools programs and sits on a number of boards in the name of reconnecting us to nature, food and a simpler existence. Learn more here:

GML & The Hickory Stick Bookshop Present:

Courtney Maum in Conversation with Dani Shapiro

Thursday, July 14 @ 6:30 pm @ GML

In-person program 

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The Gunn Memorial Library and the Hickory Stick Bookshop are pleased to welcome authors Dani Shapiro and Courtney Maum for a conversation about Maum’s latest book, The Year of the Horses. Maum’s memoir captures a woman’s journey out of depression and the horses that guide her, physically and emotionally, on a new path forward. At the age of thirty-seven, Courtney Maum finds herself in an indoor arena in Connecticut, moments away from stepping back into the saddle. For her, this is not just a riding lesson, but a last-ditch attempt to pull herself back from the brink even though riding is a relic from the past she walked away from. She hasn’t been on or near a horse in over thirty years.       

Dani Shapiro also has a forthcoming novel titled Signal Fires due out this October. Her earlier memoir, Inheritance will be available for purchase at this event.

Seating for this event is limited and registration is required

You can purchase copies of both books at the Hickory Stick Bookshop or online at

About the Authors:

Courtney Maum is the Author of five books, including the game changing publishing guide BEFORE AND AFTER THE BOOK DEAL and the memoir, THE YEAR OF THE HORSES, (chosen by The Today Show as the best read for mental health awareness), Courtney is a writer and book coach hellbent on preserving the joy of art-making in a culture obsessed with turning artists into brands. A nominee for the Joyce Carol Oates prize and the host of the monthly “Beyond Fiction” conversation series at Edith Wharton’s The Mount, Courtney’s essays and articles on creativity have been widely published in outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian, and her short story “This is Not Your Fault” was recently turned into an Audible Original. A frequent interviewer of high-profile writers such as Anne Perry, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Edouard Louis, Courtney is also the founder of the learning collaborative, The Cabins. You can learn more at   

Dani Shapiro is a bestselling novelist and memoirist and host of the podcast “Family Secrets” (now in its sixth season). Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue, and Time. She has taught at Columbia and New York University and is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference. Her new novel, Signal Fires, will be published by Knopf in October.


Movie Matinee- Everything, Everywhere All at Once

Monday, July 18 @ 1 pm

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When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero must channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance. R 2h 19m.



Movie Matinee- Mothering Sunday

Monday, July 25 @ 1 pm 

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The story takes place on Mother’s Day in 1924. Mr. and Mrs. Evan give their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young), the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbour’s house to celebrate his engagement. The truth is Jane and the neighbour, Paul, have been having an affair for many years. R 1h 44m.