See What’s New for May

May 2018 Adult Programming at NMPL

New Milford Public Library will be closed, Monday, May 28th in

observance of Memorial Day. Sunday, May 27th is the first day of our Sunday closings which go until October.  Take the opportunity to browse our online magazine collection, accessed through our e-library.

Have a safe and happy holiday! .

International Tabletop Day  

Saturday,  April 28th 1-5 PM

Come and learn some new games.

Meet new friends and share some Pizza.

No registration required.

The Missing Link in Retirement Planning  

Wednesday,  May 2nd at 6 PM

If you are seeking information on how to plan for future long-term care costs, you will want to attend one of the public forums, “The Missing Link in Retirement Planning – Why and When to Consider Long-Term Care Insurance.”  The State of Connecticut, in conjunction with the  New Milford Public Library  will present this free, two-hour session. The programs are open to the general public. No insurance sales will take place. By attending one of these forums, you will gain a better understanding of: (1) the risks and costs of nursing home and home care and why it’s important to consider these long-term care factors in retirement planning; (2) what you need to know before buying long-term care insurance; and (3) the State’s innovative program, the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care, and how it can add to your long-range financial security. You will benefit from this forum if you are between 40 and 65 years of age and have (or plan to have) assets of at least $75,000 (excluding car and home). To set up an interview with David Guttchen, the Director of the Connecticut Partnership, please call (860) 418-6318.

Registration 1-800-547-3443 or online
Click on the Public Forum Link

Great Orange Apes: Tales from a Year of Orangutan Research in Central Borneo 

Wednesday,  May 9th at 6:30 PM

Connecticut native Katherine Meier spent a year conducting wild primate field research in the heart of Indonesian Borneo. Following graduation from college, Meier was hired to work as a research assistants at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station. There she spent her days following wild orangutans, collecting behavioral and physical data, and contributing to long-term research that focuses on the nutrition and health of wild orangutans.

 Recently returned from the field, Meier has been eager to share her unique experiences. Her talk covers an overview of orangutan geography and biology. It describes the cutting-edge ecological research being done on wild orangutans: what data is being collected and how? Why is it important in the context of current — and increasingly dire — conservation issues? Through photos, videos, and stories, she shares the ups and downs of life as a field primatologist working in a tropical peat swamp. From fire ants to fatal fights, you’ll leave this talk with a better understanding of one of the worlds most important ecosystems, its myriad biodiversity, and, of course, an intimate look into the wild lives of the world’s only Asian great ape.

 Registration 860 355 1191 x 2 or online

Foreign Film:The Teacher  

Monday, May 14th 1:00 PM 

Since the arrival of the new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The teacher’s corrupted behavior and one of the students’ suicide attempt that could be related to that matter, makes the school Principal call the students’ parents for an urgent meeting that will suddenly put the future of all the families at stake. They are asked to sign a petition to move Miss Drazdechova out of the school. The teacher’s high connections within the Communist Party makes everyone feel threatened, but at this point they have no choice but to make a decision: will they dare to go against Miss Drazdechova and stand up for what they believe in at any risk, or will they just remain silent and let things be?  

102 minutes
English subtitles 

Movie:  The Post

Wednesday, May 17th 6:00 PM

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. 

Drama/biography/history, 116 minutes

 Rated:  PG-13

A Dream Achieved:  Hiking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail 

Wednesday, May 16th 6:00 PM 

New Milford residents Betsy and John Murphy are avid hikers and long time supporters of the AMC, ATC and PCT. Although they have done many hikes and backpacking trips in the East, they have always been drawn to Western wilderness trails. 

In early May of 2016 they began a long awaited journey (a 40 year dream), hiking from the Mexican border to Canada on the PCT. Never quitting the trail, they did fall short of making the total distance, executing a very long (1,935 mile) “section” hike arriving at Manning Park in British Columbia on October 3rd. With determination, they returned in 2017 and completed the undone Central California part of the trail (665 miles). See and hear the story of their approach to the planning and the logistics of this challenging 150 day expedition (and of their 57 day completion quest in 2017). 

From the high chaparral desert to the interconnected national wilderness areas of Northern California through the many lake areas of Oregon northward to the rugged landscapes of Washington’s Cascades, the terrain varied daily and the immense views were beyond grand. No image can truly capture what the eye sees, but the Murphys will try to present what they saw and experienced.

 Registration preferred 860 355 1191 x 2 or online at

The Fine Art of Decluttering 

Wednesday, May 23rd 6:30 PM  

Join us a DeClutter By Deirdre presents the fine art of decluttering, organizing and right-sizing your home. Deirdre will speak about getting rid of stuff and keeping it moving out of your home. The presentation will put a positive focus on what can be an overwhelming and emotional task.

*Why do we hold on to items
*How to recognize clutter blindness spots
*How to sort
*Ideas on how get rid of items you no longer need

Great “how-to” information for you or a family member in the process of decluttering. 

Registration is required at 860-355-1191 x 2 or online at 

The Great American Read 

Tuesday ,May 22nd 6:30 PM  

What’s your favorite book? PBS wants to know! Join us on to watch the preiere of the new PBS series,, The Great American Read! Hosted by Meredith Vieira, this eight-episode series is crafted to get everyone in America reading. With a list of 100 adult fiction titles, the series will inspire viewers to read and then vote for their favorites.

Authors, celebrities, athletes, and everyday Americans will campaign for their most cherished books! So, come and join the fun and let’s see if your favorite book is on the list! And we’ll be voting along the way to discover New Milford’s best-loved book! 

For more information 860 355 1191 x 2  or

Organic Gardening for Everyone 

Wednesday, May 30th 6:30 PM

Join Naturalist and Landscaper John Root, as he educates and entertains you on the art of

Organic gardening. Learn natural and effective techniques for the cultivation of a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Perennials for edible landscaping and

attracting birds, butterflies, bees and other beneficials will be offered for sale.

Registration preferred 860 355 1191 x 2 or online   

Cookbook Club 

Wednesday, May 23rd 6:30 PM 

If you enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes, join our Cookbook Club. The group meets monthly from 6:30-7:30 pm. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share from that month’s cookbook..

We are growing by leaps and bounds.  Come and try out the many recipes from a different book each month.

Register at the main desk, when you pick out your recipe.  Questions:

Two Towns Tabletop Club

Wednesdays 6 PM
Second Saturday 1 PM

Grab some friends and roll the dice

Do you miss playing board games with friends and family? 

Is playing with friends and family not quite sating the urge to play board games? 

Some of us feel the same way! Board gamers unite! 

For those of you who couldn’t make our 6 PM on Wednesday Game Night, we’ve added the second Saturday at 1 PM in New Milford.  When we have the Saturday Game Club, we don’t have the previous Wednesday.

Stop in and play some of our games or bring one of your favorites to share with new friends.

Questions or 

Tech Help


Our Digital Services associate is on temporary leave.  Due to budgetary constraints, our tech classes will be temporarily suspended.  We still have tech help available with our volunteers and our reference associates, so come on in with your questions.  

CT Crossroads is Back

Tuesdays  ll:30 AM to 12:30 PM 

We will again sit down with residents and groups to record their take on what has connected them to the place they call home.  Help us capture what New Milford is like now and what it was like in  your past by recording your memories.  It is called the Crossroads because it is where personal memory meets public history.
Feel free to schedule an appointment. or

Military Book Club seeks Members


Family Programs


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