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On the JPWL Calendar:

A West Hartford Virtual Indigenous Peoples Day event: Mapping Westward Expansion with Native Perspectives

Monday, October 12th, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Maps can convey biased information. Perspective matters – and paper maps are an import from European cultures. Telling the story of American westward expansion through maps often yields European or Euro-American perspectives only. But there’s often more to be told, and hearing viewpoints from multiple perspectives are important to a well-rounded understanding of history. In this presentation, Chris Newell will discuss the collaboration between Akomawt Educational Initiative and the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library, which yielded a unique exhibit combining museum captions and perspectives from Native scholars of varying disciplines.

Register at: The JPWL presents this program in partnership with: the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society; the CT Human Rights Partnership; the University of Hartford, UIS program; Concerned Parents of Color, West Hartford; and the Equity and Diversity Council, West Hartford Public Schools.

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Book Discussions


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

Book Groups Resume: Fall 2020 on ZOOM

Awakening the Spirit is led by Minister of Spiritual Life Susan Izard, and meets every Monday at noon. They will resume meeting on September 14. via Zoom to discuss Christ in Crisis?: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus Jim Wallis. 

Books are available at the JPWL via curbside service on Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. Please contact Assistant Librarian Karla Grafton to arrange an alternate time if you need one. To join this discussion, contact Jennifer deSimas, Library Director. 

Food for Thought is led by Jennifer deSimas and meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, starting October 1. They begin the year with their first mystery novel: Still Life by Louise Penny. Winner of numerous crime writers’ awards, it’s a mystery around the death of Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines. Please contact Jennifer to join the conversation. 

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.