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Let’s Celebrate Libraries

Celebrate your library during National Library week, April 14 – 20 and attend one of the many free programs happening all week.

Wondering about e-books and downloading? Get all the answers at Downloadable 101 on Saturday, April 13 at in the Community Room at 10 a.m. Find out all about downloading e-books and audio books. Just recently this free library service got a brand new look and is far simpler to use. If you have an e-reader, tablet, iPad, iPod, or similar device, bring it with you. If you haven’t join the e-reader craze yet but are curious, come and find out what this is all about.

In the afternoon on Saturday, the Children’s Department will offer Tales for Tails at 1 pm. Certified dogs of the R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dog program) will be here for your child to read to. These specially trained dogs make excellent reading companions. Studies have shown they help improve your child’s reading ability. Register at the Children’s Desk (860-224-3155 ext. 121) for a 15 minute spot. Don’t hesitate, spots fill quickly.

On Tuesday, we have two book discussions scheduled. The Tuesday night group will meet in the Community Room at 7 pm to chat about their selection, the Glass Palace. The Senior Center group will meet in the afternoon at 1 pm at the Senior Center to share their thoughts about the book, Imperfect: an Improbable Life, the story of Jim Abbott, the one handed baseball pitcher. Copies of the books are available at the Check out Desk.

The popular and talented musical group, Amor Y Cultura will end the week with a celebration in song of Puerto Rican mountain music, on Saturday, April 20th at 1 pm.

National Library Week also sees the launch of our major fund raiser, the Annual Giving Campaign. Each year our generous donors support a special project which is not funded by our budget. Thanks to our donors who have provided so much for the library –most recently, laptops for a portable computer classroom, titles for our downloadable collection and work done on our beautiful historic buildings. Our donors are true library supporters and know the importance and value of the library to the community. This is an opportunity to support the library you love. Let us know and we will add you to our mailing list.