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 Festival of Trees

Friday, December 7th  5-7 pm

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 peruse 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 claim an item or service that had been donated by a local business including gift baskets, theater tickets, edibles, gift certificates and more.

Library Luminaries

June 8, 2019

Held annually each spring, Library Luminaries features dinner parties in private homes with guest of note. Dinners follow a cocktail party at the library.  Always festive, always fun, pictures of this year’s June 16, 2018 event are shown here.  Thank you to our Luminaries and our gracious hosts!

 

Angie Silverstein & Barry Blitt (New Yorker cartoonist and his wife

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Daniel Arias, Beppe Savoni (Creative Director of The Promotion Factory), Bernadette Cruz & Patrick Moxey (hosts; Patrick is founder of Ultra Music), Monica Thornton

 

Regine Laverge-Schade, Joseph Kanon (author whose book The Good German was made into a movie starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett), Maria Campbell (hostess), Robin Straus (literary agent and wife of Joseph Kanon)

Our new Fall Fundraiser


Held on Columbus Day Weekend 2018 was a great success!
Thank you! 

 

After 3 decades of hosting the Washington Connecticut Antiques Show, we turned a page and introduced a new event in its place. On Saturday, October 6th, 2018  225 people turned out. With the help of a dedicated corps of community-minded businesses and individualswe transformed the stately Town Hall into a chic cocktail party venue where guests enjoyed cocktails, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a select silent auction. We are grateful for the many community members who came out in support of an institution that stands as the center of our community! We look forward to seeing you next October! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Our Book Basement offers constantly refreshed fiction, non-fiction, biography, history and children’s books at very reasonable rates.  We are currently holding an ongoing $5/bag sale. Fill a bag of any size for just $5!
  • 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!