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Newsletter - February 2022
Letter from the Director
Dear Friends,

By now, you may have already seen that the library’s anticipated completion date has been moved to the end of June 2022. Although crews have been working steadily and our project has been moving ahead, supply chain delays and Covid have slowed its completion. Happily, it will be worth the wait!

For the time being, we will continue to offer curbside and lobby browsing services. When we have an opening date and information about related activities, I will let you know. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Library Board, the Library Building Committee, and Mayor Pete Bass for their continued efforts and support on this project.
On a different note, I am happy to announce that we have added a new member to our library staff. Denise Martens has joined us as our Public Services Librarian. Denise will be supervising the front desk and after she has had some time to get settled, she will be responsible for developing programs for adults.
Denise is originally from the eastern end of Long Island, NY. She has her Master's degree in Library Science from St. John’s University in Queens, NY, which she earned on a full Laura Bush/IMLS Scholarship. Since 2004, she has worked in mostly public libraries with a few school libraries sprinkled in. The majority of her career has been spent in Children’s and Teen Services, most recently as the Assistant Director of Youth & Family Services at the Hartford Public Library.

Denise is married and has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. She and her family have been living in West Hartford, CT since 2010, but they will be moving closer to New Milford in the near future and are ready to take on new adventures! She likes to spend time with her family, garden, hike, visit museums, crochet badly, and of course, read.

Denise is excited for the opportunity to manage the Public Services Department at the New Milford Public Library. She hopes you will reach out to her via email and phone, as well as say hi in person when you pick up your books at the Library. She is looking forward to working with the whole NMPL Team to provide the community with the services and programs they are looking for.
New For Our Patrons - Digitized Magazine Service
Did you know that you can now access your favorite digital magazines using Flipster from EBSCO Information Services? Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.

New Milford Public Library has subscriptions to 31 titles for adults and 12 for children to offer FREE for our patrons. Magazines can be viewed online or downloaded to Android phones and tablets, Apple phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading.

Flipster offers an easy, browse-able reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links for quick access to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability. Back issues are also available.

To read about the collection click here and to access the collection click here.
Images of Our Building Project!
Our building is really taking shape. See the most current developments below:
Front Entry
Reference Area
Interior Stairs
Staff Picks
Check out what our staff is currently reading!
Gail -
Under the Whispering Door by T. J. Klune
Peggy –
Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell. A student's manuscript leads to mystery and murder in this college town. But what is the real motive and who stands to lose the most?
Kathryn -
Toxic Femininity in the Workplace by Ginny Hogan explores this growing phenomenon.
Amy -
Violet and the Pie of Life by Debra Green. This is a middle grade novel about 12-year-old Violet who loves pie and math. She'd like to solve her parents' problems with math, but it doesn't quite work. And things don't go well when Violet becomes friends with her best friend's enemy! Bonus--we'll be talking with Ms. Green on Zoom on February 17!
Leslie -
As we enter tax season I find myself clamoring to read any tax preparation tips that are out there. Luckily the library does receive each year copies of J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax.
If you are looking for an easy to read format with filing tips, filing instructions, planning reminders, cautions, law alerts, court decisions and IRS alerts come check out this book.
Jody --
Visible Mending by Jenny Wilding Cardon
Merchant & Mills Sewing Book by Carolyn N. K. Denham
Lorna --
The House by the Cerulean Sea, by T.J. Klune – Best fun fantasy I have read in a while with a message of acceptance for all kinds of people and families.
Beautiful World, Where Are You, by Sally Rooney – A lot of philosophizing about love and sex and the world we live in. Not for everyone. I liked Normal People much better.
Lorna - audiobooks-
Crying in the H Mart, by Michelle Zauner – Zauner’s memoir is an emotional exploration of the complicated relationship she had with her mother, who passed away from cancer. Available in Axis 360
LaRose, by Louise Erdrich – I couldn’t get ahold of Edrich’s popular latest title, The Sentence, so I went back and listened to this one that I had missed in 2016. When a father accidentally kills his best friend’s son in a hunting accident, he shares his own son, LaRose with his friend’s family to compensate. Erdrich shines as always. Available in Axis 360
Sue --
Go Ask Ozzie by Patricia Polacco
Moose's Book Bus by Moore
Off-Limits by Helen Yoon
Death on the Shelf by Victoria Gilbert
Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
Renewed for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert
Graphic Novel When Pigs Fly by Bob Harrell
Graphic Novel The Odds by Matt Stanton
Chapter Book The $150,000 Rugelach by Allison & Wayne Marks