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Newsletter - August 2022
Letter from the Director
Dear Friends,

A lot has gone on here at the library since I last wrote to you. In the past month, library staff has moved from the 1897 House (the original brick library structure) into the newly remodeled area of the building. This will allow construction crews to work on the last part of the project - updating the 1897 House.

We were actually completely closed and inaccessible for a few days while staff shifted all of their materials over and while computers and phones were put into place. We thank you for your patience during that time. As you may have seen in our Facebook posts, some of the new furniture has arrived and part of the book collection has been shelved in the new area.

We are once again open for lobby browsing and curbside pickup, but now you have to come to the front entrance of the new building. Please do not go to any of the other entrances as they are being used by construction crews only. The rest of the building is still closed to the public.

Phones are also back in service, but we have a brand-new phone system, so bear with us as we learn how to use it. If we accidentally hang up on you, please just call us back. We will all be up to speed on the phones shortly.

Amidst the churn of the move, summer reading continues for all ages. If you haven’t yet signed up, you still have a little time. The program ends on August 12th, so go to our homepage and click on the link to register for your age group.

For those of you who are on vacation this month, remember that the library has wi-fi hotspots to loan so you can stay connected while you travel. Stream videos in the car from our Kanopy app or download an audiobook from Hoopla or Axis 360 to listen with the whole family. If you are looking for something to do with the kids during a staycation, check out one of our many museum passes, generously funded by the Friends of Library. We have a great selection that includes some new options this year, including the Discovery Museum and the New England Air Museum.

Be sure to enjoy the sunny weather and stop by our new lobby to browse when you get a chance!
Adult Summer Reading Ends on August 12
Summer reading for adults continues. So far we have had 5 big winners. The S'mores Kit, and 4 new editions of the Amazon Kindle Fire (including a protective case), have been awarded each Friday. Summer Reading runs until August 12th, so you still have time to join and be in the running for the remaining 2 Kindles and the Grand Prize surprise gift basket! Join by visiting our website and registering yourself, or call 860-355-1191 for help with your registration. When you join you can pick up a small journal and colored pencils as well. Good luck to everyone!

Don't forget, we still have programs for the first 2 weeks of August, and we are planning more for the fall! All the details are on the Calendar on our website, and in the local press and websites too! Please call the Library with questions: 860-355-1191. Hope to see you at all of our programs in August!
Children's Summer Programs End on August 12
Check out our calendar of events where you will find lots of fun and interesting programs for kids and families. We are also offering a reading BINGO game for 4 different levels – PreK, Grades K – 2, Grades 3 – 5 and Grades 6 – 12. Earn raffle tickets towards fun prizes. You can find the Bingo boards here at the library, or print them out from our web site. Get outside and participate in our Summer Park Quest. The details are on our website, or you can call (860) 355-1191 ext 205 for more information.
Staff Picks
Check out what our staff is currently reading!
Kathryn -
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. Growing up, Lily Bloom witnessed her mother being abused by her father. She never imagined that one day she would be in a situation where she could understand why someone would stay with their abuser. This book tells about Lily's present-day love story with a successful neurosurgeon in Boston, while reminiscing on her first love, a homeless man in Maine.

Denise –
When Harry Met Minnie by Martha Teichner
Peggy -
Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas
Jody -
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Lorna -
Trust by Herman Diaz
Gail -
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles