Mar 172017


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More details on each program below

123Connecticut’s Trees with Christopher Martin, DEEP Forester – Wednesday, March 22 at 7 pm

A program with Connecticut state forester Christopher Martin. The program will review Connecticut’s forest history and discuss how past land-use practices influence the types of trees most commonly found in our woodlands today. Some of the more ominous threats to our trees and forest will be presented, as well as information about a new mobile tree identification app for smartphones.

Please call Wheeler Library at 860 535 0383 with any questions about the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of Wheeler Library


1-bluemarble_westClimate Change in the American Mind with speaker Jenn Marlon from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Wednesday, March 29 at 7 pm.

Given the complexity of climate change, it is not surprising that Americans have very different ways of responding to it. In fact, there are six unique groups or “interpretive communities” within society who each respond to the issue of human-caused climate change in their own distinct ways. This presentation will examine climate change through the lens of national public opinion and the “Six Americas”, including:

  • who they are
  • what they currently understand or misunderstand about climate change
  • their perceptions of the risks
  • their underlying values, attitudes, and emotions • where they get their information
  • whom they trust.

An interactive mapping tool called “Yale Climate Opinion Maps” (YCOM) will allow us to explore how the American response to climate change varies across the country as well, and what this means for our ability to address the sources of the problem as well as the impacts.  Please call Wheeler Library at 860 535 0383 with any questions about the program. Sponsored by the Friends of Wheeler Library.


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landscape with solar panel

Shared Solar: Solar for the rest of us. Wednesday, April 12 at 7 pm. Join us for a program with David Desiderato from the CT Fund for the Environment.

Solar and other renewables are key to ending our dependence on fossil fuels and these clean energy resources are now cost-competitive with conventional ways of generating electricity. However, 4 out 5 Connecticut residents can’t install solar panels because they live in a condo, rent, or have too much shade. Shared Solar allows anyone with an electric bill to buy a portion of a larger solar array. Savings are automatically credited on electric bills. Shared Solar allows everyone to benefit from solar. Plan to attend and find out more!

Please call Wheeler Library at 860 535 0383 with any questions about the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of Wheeler Library.









little yogiYoga  – Wednesdays ages 2 to 4 at 10:30. Free. This class is sponsored by the Library for kids and their caregivers. Come give yoga a try.




vegetableSeed Lending Program on April 5th

Check out the library’s Seed lending project, with drawers of flower and vegetable seeds available, along with monthly programs and helpful advice.  Our program on April 5th at 7pm gets us into the garden with information from Bill Parardis on how to plan succession plantings, how to know when to transplant, start seeds outdoors, and get working in the soil. Come early – the seed lending library will open at 6:30. It’s also open during all library hours.



will'sOn Sunday, May 7th, in partnership with Bank Square Books and the Connecticut Humane Society, Wheeler Library will host author Tom Ryan, in celebration of his new book, Will’s Red Coat. More details and ticket information here.










DSC_2113AdancersWheelerThanks to our sponsors, volunteers and attendees, we had a very successful Irish Fest. We appreciate the support from the Friends of Wheeler Library, Anderson Law Firm, Eastern Connecticut Solar, Mystic River Paintworks, Jonathan Edwards Winery, State Farm/Christine Wagner, Hoopes Morganthaler Rausch & Scaramozza, and Madsen Presley and Parenteau. Thanks too, to Sugar It Up and Cakes by Franck for great desserts.