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Happy Fourth of July!

Letter from the Director
by Sally Tornow, Library Director


My letters are getting shorter and shorter! This one is a simple request to every one of you. Please attend the Town Council meeting on August 13th at 7:00 PM, so that the members can see your support for a renovated library. The architects will present their final drawings and the Council will decide whether to present the project at a Town Meeting. This is a make or break meeting – please don’t miss it!


Town Council Meeting

August 13th, 7:00 PM



The Foundation Center

by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator


NMPL offers access to The Foundation Directory Online at the library. It is the ultimate source of information on funding sources for nonprofits both nationwide and around the world. The Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on grant makers and their grants. It delivers quality funding prospects by combining data with user-friendly search functionality. It gives you the information you need to reach your fundraising goals quickly and efficiently. It helps to connect people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

To get a full understanding of the scope of this powerful set of resources please investigate the links below:



The Great American Read

by Sally Tornow, Library Director




New Milford Public Library is offering cooperative programming to accompany the PBS program, The Great American Read, July – October, 2018. PBS’ Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  Everyone has the opportunity to vote for their favorite title (see the list) every day!


NMPL will be having a free weekly raffle to win one of the 100 titles between July 1st and October 8th – simply read three of the titles to obtain a raffle ticket. We will also be hosting a writing contest, open to anyone over the age of 16. During July and August, write a short story or poem, submit it by September 1st and you might win a 4th seat on a panel discussion comprised of three local authors that we will hold on October 3rd to discuss the theme of ‘Who Am I?’ that runs through so much of our favorite literature. The panel discussion will take place at 6:30 PM and will be comprised of local authors Nan Rossiter, Abby Ripley, and Chandra Prasad. On Wed., September 26th, NMPL is proud to welcome Martha Kelly, author of Lilac Girls, to speak on one of the other themes. The library will host an end of program party on October 23rd, revealing the best-loved book of New Milford patrons, to be followed by the screening of the final PBS program live at 8:00 PM. Come in and pick up a brochure that gives details of all of the events or like us on Facebook. Or give us a call at 860-355-1191, x2. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite!Find out more details on our website at The Great American Read.

What a Great Idea!

by Sally Tornow, Library Director


One of the very best parts of my job is the interaction I have with all of you – someone almost always responds to this newsletter or Coffee with the Director with new ideas. As you know, New Milford Public Library has always been a center of our community because it is here to serve EVERYONE. Last month one of our readers had a spectacular suggestion that absolutely falls into our mission, which is: As an essential part of the town, the New Milford Public Library empowers a strong community by promoting reading, basic literacy, and knowledge of 21st-century resources and information. Our reader suggestedthat, as a center of the community, what better place to find information on how to become a part of that community when you are new? Everyone has been new somewhere at some point in their life, so you all know how hard it is to meet people and to make friends. We are proposing to offer a tab on our website that will list groups and organizations that welcome new people. Are you part of a group that focuses on a particular activity? Do you knit? Do you line-dance? Do you quilt? Do you work on classic cars? Do you sing, play an instrument, perform stand-up? Whatever you do, tell us what your group does and how new people can contact you and we’ll add you to our list. You might find some fresh ideas, you’d be spreading the word about your interest, and most importantly, you’d be making a new friend. Email me at

Who’s Who in the Library: Saying Farewell to Meghan Morin

by Amy Berkun, Children’s Library Associate 



We have to say farewell to our Young Adult Services Librarian, Meghan Morin. She is leaving us to return to her hometown library, Wolcott Public Library. She has enjoyed getting to know the New Milford community and is especially going to miss her YA kids.


Meghan’s experiences here with such programs as Maker Mania will certainly be helpful in her new position as Head of Children’s Services. She is looking forward to expanding the children’s programming at Wolcott-and possibly using her 3D printing expertise at some point there.


A major reason for her return to Wolcott is so she can spend more time with her one-year-old, Lincoln. We wish her all the luck at Wolcott!

Coffee & Cookies With the Director



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