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.
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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.
Read more about our Hosts & Luminaries here.
Always festive, always fun, pictures of last year’s event are shown here. Thank you to our Luminaries and our gracious hosts!
Angie Silverstein & Barry Blitt (New Yorker cartoonist and his wife
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!
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 individuals, we 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!
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 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.
- Our Book Basement is currently closed and we are unable to accept donations at this time. Stay tuned for it’s grand-reopening!
- 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!