New Milford Public Library

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Monthly Newsletter

May 2017 

Letter from the Director

Volunteer Luncheon

by Sally Tornow, Library Director

A highlight of our year comes every April when we honor the 40+ volunteers that we are so lucky to have.  Gail Copple, our Volunteer Coordinator, outdoes herself every year organizing the most beautiful luncheon and creating the individual gifts for each and every volunteer. NMPL’s staff provided most of the food as their thank you since every department benefits hugely from all the volunteers’ service. Each year, one volunteer is named Volunteer of the Year and is awarded a certificate along with her or his name engraved on the plaque by the grandfather clock.  This year, we were very pleased to name Barbara Ahern, who does double duty as a volunteer working in our Tech Services department mending books AND helping our FRIENDS organization (make sure you see the article about them!). That’s Barbara, in the red top.  Congratulations to Barbara and thank you to all our volunteers!!

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Sprint Wi-Fi Hotspots

by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator

 New Milford is a very large town (the largest in the state) and some of us live in remote areas so our wireless signal is not very strong. We go on vacation and the area we are visiting does not have a good wi-fi access. What to do? Well, the New Milford Public Library is pleased to announce that we now have Sprint Wi-Fi Hotspots for patrons 18 years or older to borrow!

All you need is a valid library card in good standing (i.e. your library card is not blocked due to unpaid fines or lost materials). The Hotspot checkout is limited to one per household, the lending period is two weeks, they may be renewed once, and they may not be reserved. Just come up to the Circulation Desk to borrow one. You will receive a form (which we ask you to sign), the hotspot device, a mini-charger (use if your hotspot power button shows red instead of green) and a data sheet with some guidelines.

To use the device, push and hold the power button until it says WELCOME, find the SSID name in the wi-fi menu, type in the password and connect! To power off the device, push and hold the power button until it says GOODBYE.

Library staff members have been checking out the devices and testing them and have been very pleased with the access and the number of devices that they have been able to connect. We have 10 hotspots available, so come in and check one out!

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Small Business Week April 30 – May 6

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FRIENDS of NMPL Win State Award

by Sally Tornow, Library Director

The Friends of CT Libraries is the association of all the Friends groups in the state.  Each year they ask for nominations for Group of the Year and this year we nominated our own FRIENDS of NMPL … and they won!!  They will be honored at a ceremony on June 10th in Middlesex, CT.  

The following is our nomination:

“Our Friends organization consists of an incredibly dedicated group of just eight women.  They have always been amazing through their organizing and conducting an annual book sale from donations received during the year that captures an average of $15,000 per year. However, this year, they have gone beyond amazing.

Donations from patrons arrive on a daily basis and are temporarily stored in a cramped area in the library proper.  Virtually every day, some of the Friends members will take carts of donations across the library to the elevator and down to the basement, where everything is stored until the time of the book sale.  In a cold, humid, and frequently leaking basement, these 8 women sort all the items into boxes organized into rough genres for ease of set up when they move all the boxes to the local high school, the site of the sale.  This is a mammoth task for eight women in regular circumstances.

However, this year, they have continued to manage in spite of several obstacles. First, they lost their main storage space for two months due to a major basement wall repair, but they still managed to accept and organize donations.  Then, for the entire year since the last sale in July, there has been no elevator.  They have sorted books as best they can in the cramped arrival space, and have then carried HUNDREDS of boxes of books and other items down two flights of stairs to the storage area.  The elevator continues to be unusable and they are now faced with a possibility of the sale not happening.  There is no way to move the hundreds of boxes of books in one day without the elevator, as is necessary to get them to the high school for the allotted time. * Their response?  “Don’t worry, we’ll be fine.”

These women make our library 100 times better than it could ever be without them.  The enhancements to our programming alone, makes NMPL stand well above average in the State statistical study for attendance and that is only one way that they support our efforts.  It is our hope that they are recognized State-wide for all that they do for our town because we alone can never thank them enough.”

*There is now hope for the elevator to be fixed in time for the sale. 

Mobile Printing Service

by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator

 So you are at home and getting ready to print a document or photo, etc. and your printer doesn’t work or you are out of ink/paper. Maybe you are out some day and you get an email and/or attachment on your phone you would like to print and you’re far from home, but you are close to the library. You are working on your laptop and want to print and the connection to your printer fails. Well we have a solution to all these situations: NMPL’s Mobile Print Service! Follow the steps below and get all your print jobs. (If you submit the job from outside the library, the job will be held for 2 hours and then deleted if you do not print it.)

Printing from a Mobile Device

  • Go to the New Milford Public Library web site (http://www.newmilfordlibrary.org/)
  • Select Library Services from the main menu
  • Click Mobile Print Service from the dropdown menu
  • Select Color Printer (Jr. Color is located in the Children’s Library Area)
  • Type in your email address
  • Click Browse to select the file you wish to print
  • Click the green printer button to send the request to our printing kiosk located next to the Reference Desk
  • At the printing kiosk select Release a Print Job
  • You’ll then be prompted to type in the email address that you used previously
  • Select the document and press Print
  • Insert money into kiosk ($0.15/pg)
  • Printer is located in the corner by computers

 

** Please be patient, it can take upwards of 10 minutes for your document to be

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Money Savers at the Library

by Sally Tornow, Library Director

Yes, your NMPL card can save you money in so many ways!  Each month, I am going to highlight some of them and hope you find one that is new to you. May has that most important day, Mother’s Day, in it.  Are you buying her a gift that you’d like to be sure is the best of its kind and the best value for the money?  Without leaving home, you can check out Consumer Reports for appliances (although we highly recommend not giving her one of those unless it’s a really nice coffee maker!), electronics (how about a tablet or a new phone?), online flower ordering (good choice if you live far away), or even purchasing online in general (which site does the best? Walmart?  Zappos?  Apple?). It’s easy to find out about any of them in Consumer Reports.

On a totally different subject, are you considering spending money on a tutoring class for the SAT, GED, or any upcoming test?  Before you do, take a look at Learning Express.  You or your child can take free practice tests any time day or night that are instantly graded.  Becoming familiar with what is expected is half the battle with standardized tests, so don’t pay for a class until you know you need it.

And, finally, are you paying for downloadable audiobooks from Audible or another service?  We have three different services that you can use to get free audiobooks on your phone or tablet. HooplaOneClick digital, and the State Library all offer e-audios that you can download to your device where you have wi-fi and then listen to in your car (through an audio jack if your car is older or Bluetooth if you have a newer one) or with headphones or through the device speaker.

Next month, we’ll talk about language learning, resume help, and library programming. 

Library Modernization Update

by Sally Tornow, Library Director

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Coffee & Cookies With the Director

by Sally Tornow, Library Director

Talking to you is one of my favorite parts of the job.  In fact, it’s been a favorite part in all the different positions I’ve held here at NMPL, since I learn so much from you. However, I’m not out on the ‘floor’ as much as I used to be and I am missing the conversations and friendships. So, with the advent of a new year, I have added a cookie treat to my Tuesday Coffee with the Director program. Please drop in and say hello! Bring your ideas, bring your questions, or just say hi – I want to see you!


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Meet One of Our Special Patrons: Janine Battaglia

by Amy Berkun, Children’s Associate


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We’ve introduced you to most of our staff, but what about the people who use your library on a regular basis?  We cherish our patrons, one and all, but we do see some more than others and we wanted to share the story about one of our “regulars” here at NMPL. Janine Battaglia grew up in Danbury and was a member of the first graduating class to go through grades 9-12 at Danbury High School-almost 50 years ago! After high school, she moved to New York City to study theater at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She pursued singing and acting, having lots of fun and meeting lots of artistic people. Janine stayed for 10 years, then decided to move back home to help her father run his flooring business. She refinished floors with her dad for the next 30 years, living in New Milford.

More recently, Janine studied to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant and now works at the Village of Brookfield Commons. Frequently, she sings and leads some of the residents in sing-alongs at the facility. She continued to study voice with the same teacher for 23 years and now studies at Fineline. She also helped her friend get his play entitled, “The Men of Mahjong,” produced at the Queens Theater in the Park and hopes it will be presented on Off-Broadway or Broadway in the future.

Janine enjoys reading biographies and is reading one about Peter O’Toole right now. Her philosophy is to be nice and appreciate what you have. She says she doesn’t need much-and if she won the lottery she would give the money to the library for the expansion! Janine lives within walking distance to the library, so she stops in often. Someday soon, we hope Janine will share her beautiful voice at the library. So keep your ears open!

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