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Newsletter - March 2022
Letter from the Director
Dear Friends,

With spring on its way, March is busy here at the library. This month, we are collecting for the New Milford Rotary Club’s “Non-Food” Drive to support the New Milford Food Pantry. Every year, the Rotary Club holds a day of service to support the community in some essential way. They recently discovered that some of the most needed items at the Food Pantry are actually non-food items; particularly diapers for babies in large sizes (5, 6, and up) and adult incontinence pads because they are so costly. Other things that are often in short supply include laundry detergent, wipes, cleaning supplies, feminine care products, soap, toothpaste, and paper goods. The Rotary Club will be collecting these items on Saturday, April 9th from 9-12 at the Pettibone Community Center. For those who cannot make it on that day, the library will be serving as a drop-off location for the entire month of March. Just leave your donations in the collection box in the stairwell by the front lobby and we will deliver them to the Rotary Club event on April 9th.

Also this month, our new Public Services Librarian, Denise Martens is getting programming up and going again for adults. Since she began here at the end of January, Denise has been hard at work researching and scheduling events that will take place in person and/or online via Zoom. There is an event every Thursday in March with more to come as we get back up to speed.

Join us at the Marsh Parish House for a Craft Exchange/Meet & Greet on March 3rd between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Drop by with your unused craft supplies and trade for someone else’s. No registration necessary. The library will supply a few items to get the swap going. Denise and I will both be on hand to say hello and to hear your ideas for the updated library. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for renting this space that allows us to continue in-person programming while we are under construction.

We will also be hosting an event about the Pollinator Pathway on March 10th at 6:30 p.m. As New Milford takes steps to become a Bee City, come learn how you can help to make our town pollinator friendly. Registration is required for this program. Join us in person at the Marsh Parish House or sign up to get the Zoom link. Check out our calendar for other events.

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New & Exciting Resource - Jobs / Career Skills / Computer Skills and More!
Workforce Solutions is our newest job/certification exams offering for our patrons. This database contains hundreds of resources such as tutorials, practice tests, e-books, articles and flashcards to help you achieve high school equivalency, explore jobs and careers, prepare for occupational certification exams, and develop the core knowledge and skills that are essential to workplace success.

To learn more and to access these valuable resources, go to our web site.

Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in a different industry, these database have the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process. You can:

  • Explore over 1,000 different occupations
  • Discover the career that’s best for you
  • Search local and national job and internship postings
  • Create professional resumes and cover letters
  • Practice and master interviewing skills
  • Get valuable job-search tips and advice at every step
  • Organize and track your job-search progress
  • Prepare for Occupational tests
  • Study for High School Equivalency
  • Utilize the Computer Skills Center
  • Explore the Workplace Skills Center
  • Also includes Resources for Spanish speaking patrons
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Check out what our staff is currently reading!
Lorna -
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr – This story was complex, beautifully told, and refreshingly different from anything I have read. Doerr is a master.

Peggy –
Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell
Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell
Kathryn -
The Storyteller by Dave Grohl
An autobiographical collection of entertaining anecdotes about the rock star's life, as the drummer for Nirvana, Front man for Foo Fighters.
Amy -
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite - a compelling YA novel about sisters coming together after an unspeakable tragedy. The novel questions who should be memorialized--only the "good" ones?
Leslie -
How Big is Zagnodd? by Sandra Boynton It is so much fun to read to my four month old granddaughter!  
Jody --
The Wonder of Lost Causes
by Nick Trout
The Book of Lost Friends
by Lisa Wingate
Denise --
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Funny Farm by Laurie Zaleski
Gail --
Northern Most by Peter Geye
Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
These Precious Days by Ann PatLouise Erdrich
Sue --
No Buddy Likes a Book by Allan Wolf
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Bradley
Potions Are For Pushovers by Tamar Berry
HOOPLA - Crimes And Covers by Amanda Flowers
Axis 360 - Buried in the Stacks Allison Brook