The Library is committed to expanding beyond its walls to reach more people in town. To this end, several new programs have been launched to bring the Library to the community.
Since the end of January, a group of dedicated Library volunteers, led by Asst. Director Micayla Hall have been offering library services at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC) two Wednesday mornings a month. The idea was the brainchild of Director Belinda de Kay, who approached Vikki Anderson, Executive Director of the PNC, about collaborating to bring library services to the PNC.
The volunteers bring a selection of books, DVDs and audio books. Additionally, PNC patrons can request items they would like to borrow, which are brought to them at upcoming visits. The volunteers are able to issue library cards and offer basic technology help.
An idea inspired by Board President, Nick Kepple, has led to a collaboration between the Library and the Stonington Village Improvement Association (SVIA). “Little Free Libraries” will be placed at Stonington Point and Mathews Park, where free paperback books will be available for anyone to take, enjoy, and keep. The project is funded by the SVIA and The Stonington High School Shop Class is constructing the libraries The Library will keep the libraries stocked with books that will make great reads at the beach or the park. The libraries will be registered to the Little Free Library world map available at https://littlefreelibrary.org/
Another initiative that has burst to life this spring is a book group at the new Masonicare at Mystic. Led by librarian, Lindsey Mahn, this group meets monthly at Masonicare and is open to residents of the facility. Masonicare also offers a bus once a month to bring residents to the Library.