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Monthly Newsletter – October 2018

(Short, but important!)

Letter from the Director
by Sally Tornow, Library Director

Thanks to all of you who have supported our efforts, turned out in droves to many Town Council meetings, attended focus group meetings, and voiced your opinions, the Library renovation plans have made it further than any previous attempts – WE ARE GOING TO REFERENDUM!!! The town has never before had the opportunity to say yes or no on a Library expansion because the previous attempts were shelved due to inopportune timing. This time you can say yea or nay on November 6th. We are so grateful for the bipartisan action taken by the Town Council and Mayor Bass (they voted unanimously to send it to referendum!), all the work done by the Modernization Committee over the past three years, and the efforts of our Board of Trustees for their efforts over the last 20 years to renovate the Library. You deserve a 21st century library and considering the newest part of the current library was built in the second half of the 20th century, it is a bit overdue. If you need some talking points to convince your friends, keep the following in mind… and most importantly:


  • This Library renovation is the first in 40 years and will maintain the same footprint by adding a second floor over the 1977 addition. 
  • This will create a better overall use of space and add a much needed Teen Library. 
  • Will create a Maker Space. 
  • 6 small meeting spaces for private study/private meetings will be available for community use.
  • Will make the Children’s Library accessible to those in wheelchairs, as well as easing overcrowding.  
  • Will restore and incorporate an adult reading room in the original 1898 portion.  
  • All mechanicals will be updated and upgraded for maximum efficiency; and it will make the front entrance ADA accessible. 
  • The plans are approved by the New Milford Trust for Historic Preservation.

Great Courses Are Now Available on RBDigital!

by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator

The Great Courses Library Collection is now available on RBdigital streaming video! This collection is a subscription video-on-demand service for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. With thousands of in-depth videos by the world’s greatest professors, you will always have something fascinating to learn about. There are never any commercials no matter how much you watch and you can pause, rewind, fast forward or re-wind as often as you like. This collection provides you with unlimited access to over 150 of the most popular courses.

With hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from photography to physics, astronomy to art, history to health, and more, The Great Courses Library Collection has courses on how to do it, how to learn it, or how it happened. No matter what you are interested in, you will find your favorite subject. Just log in to your RBdigital account and start learning!

To access The Great Courses Library Collection, open the RBdigital app on your mobile device or visit our RBdigital link from a desktop computer. Then open the menu and select Education or Entertainment. Then, select The Great Courses and click Access to check out a seven-day pass. View the user guide for more detailed information on how to access this service. 




The Great American Read Continues

by Sally Tornow, Library Director


The Great American Read continues! Don’t forget to vote (if you have not already – here’s the list) and enter our 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 are hosting a panel discussion on October 3rd on the theme of ‘Who Am I?’  The panel will be comprised of local authors Nan Rossiter, and Chandra Prasad, plus aspiring authors, Abby Ripley and Carolyn King (winner of our Writing Contest).

Finally, the library will host an end of program party on October 23,  at which we will reveal the best-loved book of New Milford patrons and 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 the website at The Great American Read


FRIENDS Make Donating Easy!


The FRIENDS of New Milford Library now accept contributions via PayPal. Simply visit and click the Donations tab. All proceeds help provide programs and items that are not covered in the library’s budget. Thank you!

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