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Newsletter - November 2021
Job Openings
In anticipation of our January 2022 opening, we are hiring for several positions, both full-time and part-time. To see all available jobs, go to
Letter from the Director
Dear Friends,

Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to two of our longtime employees here at the library this month. Our Public Services Librarian, Val Fisher has decided to retire and spend more time with her family and our Technical Services Assistant, Leslie Schlemmer will be moving to an exciting new full-time position. Both of them have been cherished members of our library family for many years so they will be greatly missed.

Val began her career at the New Milford Public Library 25 years ago as the Young Adult Librarian and eventually took on the job of Public Services Librarian when her predecessor, Sally Tornow became the Library Director in 2016. Ever since then, Val has been meeting our patrons every day, both in her role as the head of the circulation desk and as the coordinator of adult programming. Val is responsible for all of the library events that take place for adults, from book clubs to barn quilts. If you have checked out a book or attended a library program, you probably know her.

While Leslie’s job is not often public facing, she has been a key member of our staff for 22 years and is also well-known for her community involvement. Leslie is the one who makes sure all of the books, videos, and other materials are ordered and make it to the floor and into the catalog so that you can check them out. She is also often the voice on the phone if you have called to ask questions about downloading books and videos. Leslie has taken a job at Bibliomation, our library consortium, so we will still have the chance to work with her on occasion.

Both Val and Leslie have been instrumental in maintaining our services through the last year and a half while the building was closed due to Covid and construction. We couldn’t have done it without them. Please join me in wishing them both the best of luck in their new endeavors.
Heritage Hub
With our new subscription to Heritage Hub, you can explore your family history. Heritage Hub offers a premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. Identify relatives, uncover new information and discover potentially unknown family members. Heritage Hub includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.
Use your New Milford library card to access at:
Tumble Book Library
Our Library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary that your family can access from home! It’s unlimited, and it’s FREE!
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children that is a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading!
There are over 250 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles!
To access the collection, go to and select Tumblebooks from the Children's menu.