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Newsletter - October 2021
Letter from the Director
Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the library booth at the Apple Festival on Saturday, September 25th. The focus for the day was on families, with children’s games and activities featured along with local vendors. The weather was perfect and drew people out in droves. I would like to acknowledge Pat Hembrook for doing such a great job organizing the event.

At the library booth, we gave out free books for children and held apple-related games and raffles. The kids loved having the chance to talk to Mrs. Ford and Miss Amy, both of whom were delighted to see their young patrons. As the new Director, I enjoyed meeting many of you for the first time.

September was Library Card Sign-up Month so our booth also included library card registration. Many people stopped by to request a card for the first time or to renew their outdated card. Everyone who filled out an application was entered into our Mayor’s Challenge raffle.

In talking to people, we were surprised at how many did not realize that the library is still offering services to the public during the week. Although our doors are closed due to construction, we continue to do what we have always done. Patrons can stop by to browse reading and puzzle selections in our lobby and ring a doorbell to check things out. For those who want to request a specific item or need assistance with our online services, our librarians are available by phone.

Although much of our collection is in temporary storage, we still order new books regularly to keep the collection fresh and can provide interlibrary loan services for titles we don’t own. In addition, we have a robust collection of downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and magazines. And don’t forget to check out our online calendar for programs – both in-person and via Zoom.

The Apple Festival was just one opportunity for the library to reach out to the community. We are always looking for ways to meet people where they are. If you are involved in a local organization and would like to partner with the library or learn what we have to offer, please contact me at
New Building Update
October begins with another building update. While much of the activity has been confined to the interior of the building for the last few months, changes are now becoming more evident on the outside. If you are walking by, you can see that many of the windows are in place – in particular those that run floor-to-ceiling facing the Town Green that will feature a beautiful view of the hills.

A sturdy Insulating material has been applied to the exterior of the 2021 building and crews continue to work on sheetrock, trim, taping, and painting on the inside.

As construction proceeds, meetings are being held to finalize plans for phone and data services, and a special committee has begun selecting furniture.
Our Lobby!
The library is not yet open, but you should come visit us anyway. Why? Well, because we have stocked our library lobby with lots of fun items for you to browse through and check out! We have new books for all ages, puzzles for kids and adults, DVDs, “binge boxes” of books and movies and lots more! Come and see for yourself!
Does your middle schooler need a new series to read? NMPL has Binge Boxes with the first three books of a series and candy! Choose from four different series: The Giver, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, or The Selection. Stop by the library to check out a Binge Box now!
Hiking Backpacks
Love to hike? Be prepared! Check out our new Hiking Backpack. Besides the nourishment of trail mix and water, this backpack comes with equipment to meet many situations. Want to get a better look, use the binoculars. A sudden rain shower doesn’t seem as bad with the included waterproof poncho. A foldable walking stick will help you traverse those trails and in case you’re injured, it comes complete with a mini First Aid kit. Afraid of getting lost, we have included a book of Appalachian Trail day hikes and directions and maps for several other local trails. You can check all this out with your New Milford Library Card. Happy Hiking!
Make a Donation
Now that we will have a new building soon, we hope that you will be pleased and happy with our new appearance, our new services and lots of exciting programs and new opportunities for the future! We are here to serve you, our patrons and friends. So, if you would like to make a donation to NMPL, please click here and complete the form.
Your gift supports the work and activities of the New Milford Public Library.
Thank you.
New Jobs Database
Workforce Solutions is our newest job/certification exams database 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.
Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in a different industry, this resource has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process. It puts everything you need to land a job in one place. You can: explore over 1,000 different occupations, 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, and organize and track your job-search progress.

To access these valuable resources, click here and start your journey!

Click here to view a descriptive flyer.
Joanne Lillis
From Lorna Rhyins & NMPL Staff: “We are so proud of the President of the Library Board, Joanne Lillis, who was presented with the 2021 New Milford da Vinci Award for Community Service on Saturday, September 18th. Ms. Lillis has been a member of the New Milford Public Library Board of Trustees since 1986 and has been a dedicated advocate of the current library renovation, a project more than 20 years in the making.”