New Director Named

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Jill Larrabee of Stonington has been selected as the library’s new director. Sandra Ward, President of the Board, noted that “it’s an exciting time and I feel we are making an investment in our future and am confident Jill will serve us with distinction.” Jill has served on the Board of Trustees for three years. She not only volunteered to be the Board’s recording secretary, but served as a driving force on the Programs and Outreach Committee. She volunteered countless hours planning story hours, designing floats, and creating interesting exhibits for the library.

In announcing the news, Sandy pointed to the great strides the library has made over the past decade:  expanding its collections, increasing its circulation, broadening its programming, fortifying its infrastructure, attracting new visitors and building strong relationships with its patrons, donors and board members. Jill will build on this strong foundation and take the library to even new heights. The library’s future is bright!

Need Help with your New Year’s Resolutions?

With the new Digital Maine Library, you have hundreds of resources at your fingertips. What to learn a new language? Try Pronunciator–87 languages from which to choose.  Need to fix that old heap in the yard? Check out the ChiltonLibrary. Tired of the same old authors you read last year? Use Novelist Plus for new suggestions.

All of this can be done from home. If you need help, stop by or call the library.

January Events

Mark  your calendars now; join your friends and neighbors at the library! For more details, check the Events page.

 

Saturday, January 5, 9:00 AM Story Hour
Tuesday, January 8, 3-5 PM Tech Tuesday
Saturday, January 19, 9:00 AM Globe T-readers
Monday, January 21, 9:30 AM Baby Rhyme Time

Open House

The dust has settled, the heat and water are back on, and the library has reopened after a month of construction and improvements. To celebrate, the library Board of Trustees invites everyone to an open house on Saturday, December 1, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

We will be filling a time capsule so please bring an artifact that you would like to add to the capsule.

Come hungry…we will have an array of food and beverages. The first 30 visitors will receive door prizes.

If you can’t make the afternoon event, come in the morning. Story hour will be at its usual time, 9:00 AM, after which the library is open for business from 10:00 AM until noon. There will be cookies and snacks for all.

These renovations have taken years of planning. We are delighted to share the results with you, our loyal patrons, friends, and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

 

Library Renovations Begin Next Week

The summer of 2018 was a barn burner for the Stonington Public Library. In July we welcomed 1,229 visitors, greeting more people and loaning more items than in any month in the past 10 years. In addition, 577 people—newborns to octogenarians—enjoyed our 21 summer programs.

With fall, we embark on a new adventure—the first two phases of our three-part All Aboard renovation project. Once completed, Stonington Public Library will be more accessible, comfortable and secure for all.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 15, the library will be closed until Tuesday, Nov. 13. The planned work includes:

  • dismantlement of the crumbling, hazardous chimney;
  • installation of a more efficient heating system on the second floor;
  • reconfiguration of the first floor for ease of use;
  • construction of a handicap accessible public restroom.

These improvements are fully funded by three grants totaling $65,000 from the Davis Family Foundation ($30,000), the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust ($10,000) and the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation ($25,000). B.K. Burgess, Inc. will do the construction work.

For safety reasons, patrons will not be allowed in the building during the construction. In addition, interlibrary loans will be suspended. However, regular programs such as story hours and Tech Tuesday will be held at the Island Community Center.

How to Stock Up on Books…

Most importantly, we encourage our patrons who need a steady infusion of books to stock up before we close. There are no quantity limits! Items cannot be returned and overdue fines are waived during this four-week interruption of service. For more details and project updates, check this site and like us on Facebook.

We are happy to start this long-awaited project and can’t wait to reopen on Nov. 13 when we can share the improvements with you.