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With the recent grant of $1,000 from Jewett City Savings Bank, close to $3,000 from the Friends of Voluntown Library, funds from Voluntown Library, and $500 from the Pachaug Grange, Voluntown Library will soon offer web access to what is in the physical library in the very near future. The future is almost now!

Last year, the library webpage moved its home to the town websiteVoluntown Library  and has built its web presence in Facebook .

Now the library is pleased to present a web accessible catalog for our patrons. Watch this space because in the very near future as you will be able to see what you have checked out, and find books on the shelves at Voluntown Library. Right now you can see what the library owns. Soon, you will be able to reserve an item from the comfort of home.

Deborah Fleet, Library Director

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Tuesday Story Times for this spring are as follows: April 6, April 27, May 11, May 25, and June 8, 2010 for children ages two and up. Social time is at 10 a.m., and story time begins at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited. Sign up now.

“Make Waves @ Voluntown Library” Summer Reading will begin in mid to late June.

For more information about these programs, call Voluntown Public Library at (860) 376-0485. It’s time for Spring Reading! Be sure to visit us to see what we have to offer for your reading, listening and viewing needs. The library offers a wide variety of books, movies on DVD and VHS, audio books on tape and CD, and music CD’s. Library Homepage  Come see our new Circulation Desk!

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This past year I have been so busy with posting on the library’s page on facebook, and building the new site at Voluntown.gov, that I have badly neglected the library’s blog page. We have recently revamped the library’s circulation area with a  “new” desk (courtesy of Bridgeport Public Library), and a new storage unit for staff use. Then on the emergency end, the library had to close a few days in January due to a lack of heat, and most recently our newly installed main doors were damaged by the wind, and cannot be used at the moment, and the library basement flooded. Now, on to the events that are of interest to you…

Events at Voluntown Public Library

Library Holiday Closings: Monday, May 31, 2010 (Memorial Day); Monday, July 5, 2010 (Independence Day Observed)

Library Board of Trustees Meetings Thursdays March 10, April 8, May 13, June 10, 2010 @ 6 p.m.

Young Writer’s Group – Wednesday March 3, 2010 @ 5 p.m. For teens and young adults.

Nutty about Knitting, Crazy about Crochet   

 ~ Tuesdays March 30, and April 13, May 4, 2010 @ 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Bring your needlework, and enjoy a social time of chat,and needlework. Future dates for 2010 to be discussed. This group enjoys creating gifts, as well as items to donate (such as blankets for the Project Linus). In January, feel free to bring your Linus blanket projects to work on.

Story Time – Story Time Tuesdays @ 10: 30 a.m. (Social time 10-10:30 a.m.) March 23, April 6, 2010. Ages 2 and up. Space limited to 12 children. Spring Story time begins April 27, May 11, May 25, and June 8, 2010.

Connecticut Author Eileen Kaplan 

Author Eileen Kaplan

“Laughter is the Breast Medicine” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday March 16, 2010. Eileen is a breast cancer survivor and an Awareness Advocate who mentors women dealing with health and physical issues associated with breast cancer and its aftermath. Throught her diagnoses and treatments for breast cancer, she discovered that Laughter is the Breast Medicine. Laughter helped her to heal her body and her mind. Call the library for information.

Writer’s Group, Wednesday, March 24, April 28, May 26, 2010 @ 7:15 p.m. Group meets the last Wednesday of the month at the Voluntown Public Library. Do you dabble in poetry? Do you journal, or are you working on a story? Interested I meeting other aspiring writers? Writers of all ages are welcome to attend.

Call 860-376-0485 for more information.

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Voluntown Library presents Extreme Community Quilt
Voluntown Library presents Extreme Community Quilt

(L to R) Cheryl T., Janice S., Sharon G. (VPL Staff), Deborah Fleet (Library Director), Melanie C.

Just a quick update on the quilt. Wednesday evening several women met together to tie the quilt and to blind stitch the binding at Voluntown Public Library in Voluntown, Connecticut. We completely finished by 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, having begun planning the previous Saturday morning. I spoke once more with Billy Roberts, Design Producer for Extreme Makeover, and was told to call Thursday morning. Due to the Extreme busy-ness of finalizing everything at the build, I could not reach him, so a small entourage of the quilters joined me to walk to the site. We waited in the icy rain, sloshed about in the mud, then were moved to the VIP tent. While standing in the VIP tent, I met (the late) Thom Girard’s sister, Elaine, and so I told her the particulars and details about the quilt and its conception so she can share it with Carol Girard after all the excitement. A couple times we were moved on to the garage, only to be forced back to the tent due to filming. Eventually, I was the last one holding the bag with the quilt, so I waited in the laundry room, amidst the painters touching up, and caught glimpses of Ty and the crew, and got to scream in the background “Wow, look at that chair!” and similar such things as furniture was moved in. I wore the mandatory white hard hat propped on my signature red beret!
After speaking with several different people, I was finally sent to bring the quilt into the Master Bedroom, but as we went in, Ty was being filmed, and we were again sent out to wait in the laundry room. I did see a couple Voluntown locals volunteering, but they couldn’t help me, until one of the volunteers, Kara Giroux, who also worked on the quilt with the group, came by. Thus, I commited the quilt into her hands as she set off to find the designer. Failing that, she approached Ty Pennington himself by the Master Bedroom, and told him the story of the quilt and the community quilters. He personally took the quilt!
There have been a number of people still wanting to sign the quilt, but it is out of our hands, and in the hands of the Girard family at this time.
This has been an exciting an interesting project that was initiated with social networking tools – mainly facebook, and its instant messaging potential, e-mail to some extent, and telephone calls. I am amazed at how this project brought together a bunch of people from the community who never cross paths at the library, and also drew people who do not typically use the library. Well over 100 people signed the backing, and 23 various women created quilt blocks, planned, laid out the pieces, trimmed squares, tied and finished the quilt. Several plan to continue meeting with our “Nutty about knitting, Crazy about crochet” group. In early 2009 we plan to harness the power of the group to create warm cozy quilts and afghans for Project Linus! Who knew that creating such a positive community collaboration would also strengthen programs and outreach at the library! This has been a highly appreciated, exciting  and rewarding collaborative effort of women of the community of Voluntown.

Deborah Fleet, Library Director

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It’s not just the bunnies hopping this spring! Voluntown Public Library has a great slate of events for the community up ahead. Spring has sprung and there are some wonderful new features available at Voluntown Public Library. This past November, the library joined a DVD “swap” with other eastern Connecticut Libraries funded by $500 received from the Pachaug Grange. The setup fee was $250 and the yearly fee is $250. The library will have about 30 different DVD’s arrive monthly. That amounts to about 360 different movies available to loan for the year that takes a minimal of shelf space. This special collection of DVD’s loan out for one week at a time, $1 late fee per day, no renewals so lots of people can have the chance to watch these newer features. These movies have been flying off the shelf. Come take a look and check them out today. As always, movies that belong to Voluntown Library circulate for 2 weeks at a time and patrons can check out 4 VHS or DVD’s at a time, and if they have children, can check out 4 children’s movies as well

There is a whole new world to explore from the comfort of your home, or the library computer. Come and take a ride to Voluntown Library and learn how to surf the web, mousercise, and more. These short sessions in introductory computer skills are filling fast. Class size is limited to 4 participants, and will run as long as there is interest, so if you can’t make it to one class or it fills up, there will be other sessions. Class offerings include Mousercise; Safe Surfing; E-Mail How-To; and classes for more advanced users – Blogs and Del.icio.us Bookmarks, Flickr Photo, etc. The March schedule for computer help classes has been posted. They will be offered March 20 and by special arrangement with the librarian. Register for new beginning computer classes by calling 376-0485 or e-mailing vltnlib@yahoo.com or speak with the librarian to schedule a time. April class schedule TBA. Library Homepage

Be sure to look at the Library Event Page to see what is happening at the library!

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