2021 Adult Summer Reading ends August 31!

Can you complete our reading challenges? We’ve put together 10 challenges designed to expose you to books you may not be aware of. For each challenge you complete, you will receive one ticket to put towards an array of prizes listed below.

If you complete all 10 challenges, you will receive a Gunn Memorial Library tote bag to fill with books from our book shop!

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Sharing Our Shelves

Need some inspiration for summer reads? Look through the lists below. These titles meet our Summer Reading Challenges too!


Author Talk with Julie Metz

Thursday, August 5 @ 6:30 pm via Zoom

We are pleased to collaborate with the Hickory Stick Book Shop to welcome New York Times bestselling author Julie Metz to discuss her latest novel, Eva and Eve, an unforgettable account of her late mother’s childhood in Nazi-occupied Austria and the parallels she sees in present-day America.

To Julie, her mother, Eve, was the quintessential New Yorker. Eve rarely spoke about her childhood and it was difficult to imagine her living anywhere else except Manhattan. In truth, Eve had endured a harrowing childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna. After her mother passed, Julie discovered a keepsake book filled with farewell notes from friends and relatives addressed to a ten-year-old girl named Eva. Interweaving personal memoir and family history, Eva and Eve vividly traces one woman’s search for her mother’s lost childhood while revealing the resilience of our forebears and the sacrifices that ordinary people are called to make during history’s darkest hours.

Julie Metz is the New York Times bestselling author of Perfection. She has written for publications including The New York Times, Salon, Dame, Redbook, and Glamour. She has received fellowships at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center. She lives with her family and two cats in the Hudson Valley. 

Signed copies of this book are available at the Hickory Stick Bookshop. Visit their website at or call 860-868-0525.

Register here. 


One-on-One Genealogy Sessions

Calling all Genealogy enthusiasts! Trying to get started on your family tree or looking for some tools to help with research?  Are you stuck trying to find an ancestor? Genealogy buff, John Dwyer, will sit with you one-on-one for a ½ hour session to help you through the process. Register now to ensure a spot! Please limit your registration to ONE half-hour session per date. 




10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30, 11:30-12:00

Sessions will be held in the Wykeham Room. We will  use our new projector screen to allow for social distancing. Just bring your family information.  

Slots for August and September are now full!
Register here for October 14