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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!

Voluntown Library

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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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Sign up for Summer Reading begins Thursday June 18 @ Voluntown Public Library. Remember, the library will have activities for all ages, and looks to be an inspiring, inventive, and unique summer with the theme. Look for  programs, author visits, crafts, reading fun, music, and more at Voluntown Public Library. Readers, and their younger siblings are invited to take part.

Reading is essential for children to retain what they have learned from school over vacation. Without fun reading through the summer, learning can leak away making it harder to get back on target when school resumes.

This does not need to be dull and dreary. Let your child choose books that stimulate their interest, even if it is not at their grade level. This is summer afterall. Let them have fun. Encourage them to try to be creative and teach themselves something new – such as cartooning, cooking, gardening or even telling jokes. Perhaps they can explore the myriad of new nonfiction books to explore the lives of artists, presidents, and many others. Even if your child prefers a comic book or a graphic novel, let them read it. They ARE reading, and that is what counts as keeping the learning leak from occuring.

Since the theme is to be creative, check out the huge collection of crafting, and art books for all ages. Take the time to show your child a creative skill that you learned as a child from a grandparent or someone else. You will find that it will reinspire you and fill you with satisfaction at passing creative knowledge to your children. And don’t forget, let them catch YOU reading.

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 Upcoming Spring Events at Voluntown Public Library (updated 4-06-09)

 March – Art Month! See the display of artwork by Mrs. MacBride’s art class students from Voluntown Elementary School in the Library display case. It will be here a little while longer!

April is Poetry Month!

April 1 Wednesday – Young Writer’s – 5 – 6 p.m.

April 7 Tuesday – Story Time 10 a.m.

April 7 Tuesday – Knitters and Crochet Group 6 – 7:45 p.m.

April 9 Thursday – Library Board of Trustees meeting – 6 p.m.

April 21 Tuesday – Story Time 10 a.m.

April 21 Tuesday – Knitters and Crochet Group 6 – 7:45 p.m.

April 25 Saturday 11 a.m., Tuesday April 28 6:30 p.m. adult program: Extreme Home for the Girard Family – ”A Chronology of Project 615, Voluntown Connecticut “ with  author  David P. Schulze, AIBD, Nationally certified in Building Design by NCBDC. Each identical session is limited to 30 attendees, please choose the time that best suits you. Mr. Schulze’s books will be available at the program for purchase.

April 29 Wednesday – Writer’s Group – 7:15 p.m.

May 2009

May 5 Tuesday – Story Time 10 a.m.

May 6 Wednesday – Young Writer’s – 5 – 6 p.m.

May 14 Thursday – Library Board of Trustees meeting – 6 p.m.

May 19 Tuesday – Story Time 10 a.m.       

May 27  Wednesday – Writer’s Group – 7:15 p.m.       

May 30 Saturday at 12:30 James Adams will present Cedar Flutes, combining history with art as well as story telling. 

 

Other events TBA

 Summer Reading Theme – Be Creative @ Voluntown Library begins Thursday June 18, 2009. If you have a program idea or a creative skill you would love to share with the community, and especially the youth, for this summer, or anytime, contact Deborah Fleet or Sharon Geer at Voluntown Public Library, 860-376-0485, vltnlib@yahoo.com Don’t be shy, sharing your skills and knowledge is a great way to promote community and volunteerism in our town.

 Many thanks to the library staff and volunteers who have helped at the library during my recent absence/injury. I am hoping to be back in full swing soon.

Deborah Fleet

Library Director

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Voluntown Library is one of 200 libraries in the nation to receive this collection of 50 translated books including fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, historical, and Manga. We are one of 6 libraries in Connecticut receiving this grant. The others are Franklin, Canterbury, Hartford, Rowayton, and Suffield. They should arrive at Voluntown Library soon.

Click here for more  information about the Japanese books we are receiving through the grant from ALA and Toyota Corporation. There is a list of the libraries receiving the books, and a pdf link for the book titles we will receive.

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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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