Greetings from the JPW Library!

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The Unity Green work group is working with a community team to plan a West Hartford Juneteenth celebration June 19-20, 2021.  Among many other events being planned for that weekend, a completed mural organized by CT Murals will be dedicated as part of the MLK Racial Equity Mural Tour in Connecticut. The mural depicts the “messages, images, and symbols that Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for, along with highlighting other local and national Civil Rights leaders. The mural will be an expansive work of art along the south side of the Noah Webster Library located in the heart of Blueback Square.” CT Murals is seeking your input as to which persons, quotations, or images throughout West Hartford’s history should be considered for inclusion on the mural. For more information, to contribute your ideas, or to donate to the completion of the mural, explore their web page.  If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Lewis, Judy Schmitt, or Jennifer deSimas.

Curbside Service
Mondays from 2 to 3 pm, and by appointment
Are you looking for your next read? The John P. Webster Library is offering CURBSIDE SERVICE! We have many new books for children, tweens, teens, and adults. Fiction, non-fiction, and more. Books on social justice, LGBTQ+ issues, environmental concerns, relationships, health — contact us with questions or requests! By Phone: 860-232-3893. Search our online catalog.

Book Discussions


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

Book Groups on ZOOM

Books are available at the JPWL via curbside service on Mondays from 2 to 3 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. 

Awakening the Spirit, led by Susan Izard, Minister of Spiritual Life, meets Mondays at noon via Zoom. This week they begin their discussion of Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic-And Beyond by Matthew Fox. “Julian of Norwich lived through the dreadful bubonic plague that killed close to 50% of Europeans. Being an anchoress, she ‘sheltered in place’ and developed a deep wisdom that she shared in her book, Showings, which was the first book in English by a woman. A theologian way ahead of her time, Julian develops a feminist understanding of God as mother at the heart of nature’s goodness. Fox shares her teachings in this powerful and timely and inspiring book.” Books are available through the JPW Library. Please contact the library to borrow or purchase a book ($10), or to join the discussion:

Food for Thought, led by JPW Library Director Jennifer deSimas, meets at 5:30 on the first Thursdays of each month. Their next meeting is April 8 to discuss The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. “In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Hannah explores the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska. Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed man. He makes an impulsive decision to move his family to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. His daughter Leni, 13, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. Alaska soon seems to be the answer to their prayers, but as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.”

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.