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Newsletter - November 2022
Letter from the Director
Dear Friends,

Welcome to November! It’s hard to believe the leaves have already gone through their most beautiful phase and are now falling to the ground. With Veteran’s Day on the way, I would like to thank all of our New Milford Veterans for their services to the country. The Town of New Milford will be hosting a ceremony in their honor at the War Memorial on the Town Green at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th.

I want to take this opportunity to highlight the Town’s Veteran’s Assistance web page that includes a crisis hotline, links to managing VA benefits and health care, and more. For books that focus on Veterans and Veteran services, check out this CT State Library link. These titles are available by request from the New Milford Public Library. Simply call and ask at the main desk and we will order them in for you.

The library itself owes part of its history to our Veterans. Memorial Hall. This large meeting room in the library’s original building was built to honor the soldiers and sailors from New Milford who served in the Civil War. The second story of the building served as the headquarters of the Upton Post of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a fraternal organization comprised of Veterans of the Union Army. You can learn more about the library’s history on our website.

Once Veteran’s Day is past, we know that many of you will be focused on preparing for Thanksgiving. Remember that we have a large collection of cookbooks as well as magazines like Bon Apetit, Chop Chop, and Martha Stewart Living to help you kick start your menu. Simply place your hold online or give us a call and we will pull your items and get them to you via curbside service at our Whittlesey Avenue door. We also have cookbooks available in eBook format on our Hoopla app. See below for some examples.
Available in Hoopla as an eBook.
Available in Hoopla as an eBook.
Adult Services - November
Did you know that the Library is still ordering all the latest books? Each Monday we check the New York Times best seller list and make sure we have those titles too! All the best new fiction and nonfiction can be reserved through your account on our website or you can call us at: 860-355-1191, and select the Main Desk option and staff will grab it for you. If we don't have the book, we will get it from a neighboring library. You can pick it up and drop it off at NMPL. 

When your books are ready, you will be notified. Then, you can come to pick up at the Library, Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm. We are still offering curbside service. Give us a call when you arrive, or ring the doorbell, and we will be right out. See you soon!
November in the Children's Department
The Library has purchased the book, “Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse” by Dawn M. Barclay. “Traveling with children can be challenging, but for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and/or mood and attention disorders it can be especially intimidating. How should parents of children experiencing sensory meltdowns deal with clueless and judgmental onlookers? What are the best methods to alleviate motion sickness when you child might already be on a cocktail of drugs?” This book answers these and hundreds of other questions parents might have when traveling with their children.

Preschool Story Time on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM will resume on November 16 and run through December 21, 2022. This group is for kids ages 3 and up. To register for this program, go to the Calendar of Events on our website to find the registration form. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Mrs. Ford is reading “Winnie-the-Pooh” one chapter each week for our library Facebook followers. The first chapter was posted on Monday October 17. The book just came into the public domain, so there are no restrictions on public performances or readings.
Teen Services

Our YA Activists group needs your help! We are currently filming a video and also planning parties with senior housing and the Youth Agency. If you need community service hours--or just want to help out, please email Amy Berkun or call 860-355-1191 x4216.
Staff Picks
Check out what our staff is currently reading!
Kathryn -
 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a story about a girl during World War II in Nazi Germany. Her foster parents hide a Jewish man, but he is forced to leave once attention is drawn to the family.

Denise –
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten - a fantasy mash up of Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast
Peggy -
Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay
Amy -
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Sue -
The Plot and the Pendulum by Jenn McKinlay
Lorna -
Vladimir by Julia May Jonas
Gail -
Dear Papa Edited by Brendan Hemingway and Stephen Adams
Leslie -
If You Want Something Done by Nikki Haley