New Britain City Journal

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Library Gives Thanks

This is certainly the time of year to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for at the library in the past year.

We survived two threats to the library’s budget and still have the necessary funding to continue to provide for the needs of our Community and library users.

We have wonderful library users and supporters. So many people, an average of 25,000 visits a month, walk through our doors to use library services. Many people came out in support of the library and shared their library stories.

Our library is busier than ever. Our statistics show increased computer and Wi-Fi usage, items that were checkedout and library visits.

Many generous people donated to the library in many ways, including our Annual Giving donors. There are so many supportive community organizations that helped us provide free programming and services such as the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance, American Savings Foundation, CCARC, the Junior League of Greater New Britain, and the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

And talk about programs, we had many educational and entertaining programs. In the past month, we were part of the Halloween Safe Zone downtown event. Over 660 kids came trick or treating to the library. The week before, there were over 300 kids and parents at the library’s 5thAnnual Halloween Costume Party. Also in October, the New Britain String Quartet performed Beatles music with an instrument petting zoo for the kids. During the summer, big crowds attended our Annual Pet Show and Annual Teddy Bear Picnic. We are thankful for all the smiling faces!

Join us for upcoming holiday programs. The Main Street Singers will perform at the library at 6:15 p.m., as part of the Downtown District tree lighting festivities, on Tuesday, Nov. 27.New Britain High School Madrigal Singers will stroll, singing through the library on Tuesday, Dec. 11 about 11:45 a.m. The CCARC Singers will be spreading the holiday joy in song on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. On Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm., we are excited to offer a new program, Tales for Tails. Children will have the opportunity to read to dogs of R.E.A.D. – a great program which bolsters confidence, encourages reading and the dogs get to hear lots of good stories! Call Children’s Department to sign up at 860-224-3155 ext. 120.

Our big fund raiser, Literary Libations: Vol. III, was not only a fun night but a success and raised much needed additional funding for the library. Plus, we had many generous sponsors – American Savings Foundation, Farmington Bank, Conroy Asset Management, the Macristy Foundation, MaryAnne Kolitsidas, andthe firm of Michalik, Bauer, Silvia and Ciccarillo.

And I am thankful fora great staff who work so hard to provide all our fine services, to our Board of Directors for their service and support to the library andto the Friends of the Library who work hard to raise funds to support the library budget.