The library hosts a number of annual events, many of which are key fund-raisers. In addition, book discussions, special lectures, weekly storytimes and arts and crafts workshops are held throughout the year. For information about our current programming check out our events calendar

The 23rd annual Library Luminaries

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Kick off the evening with cocktails at the Gunn from 5:30–7pm. Then head to the homes of our gracious hosts for gregarious dining with stellar people and memorable conversation. Reservations are required.



Read about our Hosts & Luminaries: Library Luminary Bios 2018

For more information please contact 860-868-7586


Supported by a matching grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation

Fall Fundraiser

Columbus Day Weekend 2018

We’re turning a new page! Look for more details to come about our new event to be held Saturday, October 6th. You are not going to want to miss this! 

The 2017 Design & Antiques Show featured dealers from across the East Coast and an opportunity for visitors to browse an impressive array of exceptional antiques and contemporary collections. The show took place October 6-8, 2017 at the Washington Primary School. We were pleased to welcome Cornelia Guest as our Honorary Chair for this popular fall social event. Please enjoy the following pictures from the 2017 Antiques Show:

Thayer Hochberg, Edwin Hochberg, Joan Schorsch, John Schorsch

Katie Ré Scheidt, Karyn Detje, Sal Sorce, Karen Davis

April Benasich, Holly Flor, Tyler Smith, Jamie Melcher

Phil Gorrivan and Friends

Shannon Bush Wheeler, Holly Parker, Tamara Strugar

young shoppers


The Festival of Trees

Gunn Memorial’s annual Festival of Trees cocktail party takes place in the historic Wykeham Room on the first Friday in December from 5 to 7pm.  The event featured creatively-decorated holiday trees, wreaths and stockings available for purchase.  Guests perused the festive hall while sampling wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants. The Library’s tree is always decked with Treasure Pouches, each containing a slip of paper bestowing a mystery gift.  Attendees purchase a pouch and claime an item or service that had been donated by a local business including gift baskets, theater tickets, edibles, gift certificates and more.



  • Our Book Basement offers constantly refreshed fiction, non-fiction, biography, history and children’s books at very reasonable rates.  It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10-4 and Saturdays from 10 to 2. Please call 860-868-7586 to confirm hours before you visit as the shop closes periodically to rotate inventory.
  • In our Stairwell Gallery, artists of local and international fame share their work. Gunn Memorial benefits from a percentage of all sales. Exhibits rotate every six weeks.
  • The Children’s Holiday Sale is a popular Junior Library event which takes place the second week of December. This sale gives children an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for family members at very reasonable prices. Patrons are asked for donations of small gift items, accessories, housewares or unused toiletries to make the event a success. A great way to put aside items for the sale is to designate a box (in the attic or basement) and deposit those little gifts or items you receive throughout the year that you know you won’t really use. For instance, you might set aside a box of soaps, a necktie that’s out of favor, candles, a knickknack with no knack for your taste, a scarf that missed the mark, a redundant kitchen gadget — you get the idea. Then just bring them to the Junior Library the first week of December. Thank you!