Greetings from the JPW Library!

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On the JPWL Calendar:

May 17: Caring for Caregivers — an AARP program
Caring for a loved one could be one of the hardest things you will ever do. Tia Murphy and Betty Bajek of AARP-CT will offer specific tools for navigating and connecting with available services; help you gain an understanding of care options and costs; and discuss how to stay informed on the legislative issues impacting seniors and family caregivers. 1 hour, includes Q&A. To register, click HERE.

All of these will start at noon. The programs will be Zoom-casts with live presenters for Q&A.

Writing Group
Jennifer deSimas is offering a writing group meets at 10:00 AM Wednesdays through May 27 via Zoom. This group is not for critique or to improve writing skills — although the latter will happen as you continue. This group is for engaging in writing as a spiritual practice. Each week we will read short pieces from diverse authors and genres and respond in writing. Participants are not required to share their work. If you would like to experiment with a new spiritual practice, or if you find joy and release through writing, join us, It doesn’t matter if you haven’t written in years — if you yearn for a writing community, you are welcome. If interested, please contact Jennifer at  To register, click HERE.

Book Discussions


The JPW Library hosts two book groups, one weekly and one monthly. 

Awakening the Spirit Book Discussion
Mondays from noon – 1:30 pm via Zoom
We will discuss Barbara Brown Taylor’s Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others. All are welcome to join us! Contact Jennifer deSimas, JPW Library Director for Zoom link at

Food for Thought Book Group
Every other Thursday at 5:30 pm via Zoom
We will discuss our current book is Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. “A joyful, hilarious, and hope-filled debut” (Amazon). To join the discussion, email Jennifer deSimas, JPW Library Director, at

Now available in the JPW Library: the First Church Senior Resource Manual for seniors and their families provides information on care options, legal matters, illness, spirituality, local transportation options, and more.