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Monthly Newsletter – March 2019

Letter from the Director

by Sally Tornow, Library Director

The Library renovation does progress, even if it doesn’t seem like it! As I mentioned last month, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) had a few concerns about our design, but we have negotiated with them to reduce the impact and once they have our final revisions in hand, they will issue their letter of approval. The only revision you may notice is the difference in the entryway and main stairwell. The stairwell will no longer have a bow window, just a flat window that won’t project at all. 

The entryway is a bigger change. It will no longer be as high and the arched roof will be flat, making it essentially a canopy rather than a lobby. Once we have drawings, we will share, so my inadequate description will be much clearer.

We continue to prepare for the interim period, deciding what items will be available, what will go into storage, how much storage space we need, where we will have programming, how we will accommodate computer users – everyday, it seems there’s something else we had not considered! We are so very grateful to our FRIENDS organization for being willing to pay for space for Children’s programs at the First Congregational Church and to the Senior Center for sharing their space for our Adult programs. Needless to say, our programming will have to be somewhat reduced, but we are so happy to be able to continue because of the generosity of others, and how nice that it will be so close by!

I will keep you posted on developments as they occur!

New eBook Subscription!

by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator

We are very excited to announce that EBSCO and the Connecticut State Library all participating ResearchIT libraries (including NMPL) now have unlimited access to 4 new EBSCO eBook subscription collections.  Each e-book collection contains a wide-range of subjects and topics designed to meet the needs of all patrons.

The e-book collections include:

  • Public Library E-Book Collection:Enjoy easy access to more than 45,000 titles for both adults and children as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from industry leading publishers.
  • High School E-Book Collection: For high school students, educators and administrators there are e-books that align with your school’s curricula, as well as complement our library’s existing database resources. This robust collection includes more than 11,000 titles including classic literary works, important historical documents, general reference materials and curriculum resources for educators.
  • K-8 E-Book Collection: K-8 students have access to e-books across all subject areas with this interdisciplinary collection of more than 14,000 e-books. Students will appreciate the full-text e-book coverage to support their curricula and educators will welcome the access to curriculum guides and other time-saving resources.
  • Cricket E-Book Collection: For students in grades Pre-K through 8th have a collection containing more than 700 e-books developed by Cricket Media, an internationally recognized education company with award-winning content for children, families and educators. 

The e-Books are in PDF.  They can be read online or downloaded. To download requires that you have an EBSCO personal account (a Google account can be used to create an account and to and sign in to it), and an Adobe ID.  The downloaded title will then appear in, for example, Adobe Digital Editions or a similar Adobe sanctioned app.  For more details and instructions on the use and downloading of books, see:


What in the World is GCF?

by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator

GCF is an online learning database that offers free courses in technology, literacy and math skills. The courses offered include all MS Office products, internet basics, job skills, math basics, life skills, social media and much more. For a complete list, click here. offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.

View one tutorial or complete an entire class. Learn what you want, when you want. There are tutorials on all the subjects you need to continue your education or get it started. When you take a class you know it up to date and that it will be available later when you need to review.

Why not check it out ( on our web site under Resources/Summary Listing) and explore the fun and ease of learning something new or brush up on a topic you already know!

Tech Programs

by  Rachael Wright, Digital Library Associate








Teen Programs

by  Rose Simpson, YA Librarian

Come join the fun with all your friends! 



Color Copy Price Increase

by Sally Tornow, Library Director

We discovered at a meeting of local library directors, that we were charging considerably less for color copies than those libraries, so we performed a wider survey to determine if we should increase our price. In order to stay in line with the rest of the library world, Staples, and the Town Hall, we are increasing the charge for COLOR copies to $.50 each – the B&W will remain at $.15.  This price increase only applies to the Xerox copier, not printing from the computers, which will remain as they are. This change is effective immediately.




Library H3lp

by Sally Tornow, Director

Keep an eye out for a trial run of a new service coming in March.  Most consumer websites have a chat button nowadays, so we are going to try it for 3 months to see if you like it and find it useful.  We’re not really sure how it will work at this point, so we can’t describe it in detail, but please let us know once it becomes live!

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