New Britain City Journal

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Reflections of a Successful Year


As we say goodbye to 2017, it’s a good time to take a look at the past year. It was, most certainly, a productive and successful one for the library. We offered a wide variety of programs for all ages; many of which were new ones; including legal, historical, musical and STEAM programs. We enjoyed going out into the community for events and were thankful for the use of a bus and driver that DATTCO donated to the library. With it, we could bring the library out to the community during the summer. We added two color copiers for public use which also provides mobile printing, web printing, enlarging, and scanning paper documents to a flash drive. The new service of mobile hotspots is a huge success and always seems to have a waiting list. And recently, thanks to a very generous donor, we have acoustic guitars available for checkout. We offered lots of one on one instruction of mobile devices, computers and computer software.

People asked for instruction on attaching photos, email, downloading music and e-books, social media, computer basics and searching family genealogy in Ancestry. Librarians also taught Excel, Word, Publisher and PowerPoint. Mango Languages, a language learning database, was added and available to our library card holders from any Internet accessible device. It offers 70 plus languages, from Arabic to Yiddish. In addition, it has over 20 English Language Learners courses taught completely in the user’s native language; including Arabic, Spanish, Polish, Somali, plus more. To promote summer reading, we held our 4th annual Summer Reading Bash with a daylong read-a-thon on the library’s lawn with great community involvement. And then there was the wonderful community gathering for the partial solar eclipse viewing which included a variety of eclipse related activities.

The use of our downloadable collection of e-books and audio books continued to increase.Three new museum passes were added to our collection of passes: the Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. All this, plus the wide array of services we already offer. Now, we welcome 2018 and look forward to what the New Year will bring. The possibilities are endless.