West Hartford Library Announces Programs – We-Ha

The West Hartford Public Library has scheduled a variety of upcoming in-person and virtual programs.


Planning for children with special needs – now and in the future
Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.

There are ways to ensure financial security for your child with special needs – now and later when you are no longer able to provide support. Join West Hartford resident and lawyer Colleen Masse as she talks about strategies for qualifying for public benefits, protecting income, and putting a financial plan in place to secure your child’s future. You’ll also hear answers to questions like… what is a special needs trust and how does it work? What is an ABLE account and how does it differ from a special needs trust? How does your child qualify for Social Security disability insurance, Supplemental Security Income, and health insurance through Medicaid and Medicare? What are the funding options for the trust and who can you choose as your trustee? And when your child turns 18, learn what steps need to be taken. Are guardianship, guardianship, powers of attorney and health care directives necessary?

Attorney Colleen Masse is chair of the special needs planning department at Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri. She is knowledgeable about government benefits and guides her clients through the eligibility process in a way that will not compromise eligibility for government benefits. Colleen shows her clients how to use a special needs trust to maintain and improve their quality of life and protect their money so they can afford the care they need over the long term.

Prior to practicing law at Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri, Masse worked with the Connecticut State Department of Education, where she represented students under the care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. In this role, she advocated for children with special educational needs – filing complaints, conducting case reviews and communicating with various agencies and providers.

Registration required, online at or by phone, 860-561-6990.

Permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Wednesday, June 8 at 1 p.m.

Join one of the AANB guides for a virtual tour of the Museum’s permanent collection. During this one-hour “walk” through the Museum, you will discover the highlights of the collection with stops at works from the colonial period to contemporary art. During your visit, your Docent guide will share with you information about the art, the artists and the era in which they were made. Prepare to be inspired by the art of the New Britain Museum of American Art!

Docent Judy Silver has combined a love of teaching all ages with a love of art museums to become a Docent at the New Britain Museum of American Art for the past 18 years. Professionally, she has taught students from kindergarten through middle school, created a public television show teaching reading, and has spoken publicly on numerous platforms throughout her life. Silver is engaged in many voluntary activities which include her interests in books, art, music, calligraphy, religion and education. Judy has lived in her home in West Hartford for over 51 years.

Registration required, online at or by phone, 860-561-6990.

Facing the crisis in Syria
Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Georgette Bennett recounts how she founded the Multifaith Syrian Refugee Alliance (MFA) and forged a series of partnerships across national, tribal and religious boundaries to confront a crushing crisis against nearly impossible odds. Since its inception, MFA has provided more than $250 million in humanitarian assistance to more than 2.7 million Syrians displaced by war.

Bennett is an award-winning sociologist, widely published author, popular lecturer, and former broadcast journalist. An innovative and enterprising leader, she is an active philanthropist focused on conflict resolution and intergroup relations.

Registration required, online at or by phone, 860-561-6990.

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