These are exciting times at the Stonington Free Library! Two years ago the Board of Trustees launched a strategic planning process. We engaged a highly respected consulting firm to assist us on the most rewarding and valuable part of the planning process—engaging the community. The community’s response to our outreach was overwhelmingly positive and reflected a remarkable level of participation. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with the community as we implement new strategic initiatives to improve Stonington Free Library’s services and programs. We are grateful for the generous support of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut whose funding made it possible for the library to create this plan.
Stonington Free Library is proud to announce that it has received a $7,500.00 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Quality of Life program awards grants to fellow nonprofits that mirror the Reeve Foundation’s mission and commitment to foster community engagement, enhance independence and promote healthy self-esteem. The Library will use the grant for accessibility improvements; specifically the award will support architectural design consultant fees for DeWright Design, LLC to develop accessibility modification plans.
After reviewing responses from our community survey and focus groups, it is clear that more user-friendly hours are what our community desires. We will be introducing new hours beginning on Monday, August 21.
So much fun for so many students in our area! Our thanks to families for sharing their children and their stories and to all the donors and local businesses who helped make this another summer of smiles.
A collaboration between the Library, the Stonington Village Improvement Association (SVIA) and Stonington High School has led to the construction and installation of two “Little Free Libraries” at Stonington Point and Mathews Park. Stop by and check them out! They are stocked with free books available for anyone to take, enjoy, and keep!
The money raised from our Giving Tree fundraiser at our Annual Mystery Dinner has been used to purchase new laptops and to expand our new book area. Next time you stop by try one of our laptops or check out our new book area! Thank you again to all those who made this project possible!
Our monthly book group meets on the second Thursday of every month at 2 pm at the Library. Join us to explore new books, meet new friends and engage in lively book discussions. Baked goods, coffee and tea are always served!
Our ever popular Summer Reading Program is back! Our theme is Build a Better World for all age groups. Registration opens on Monday, June 19th. The Maker Mart, where participants spend their Builder Bucks for reading, opens Monday, June 26th. We have lots of special programs planned!
Our Adult Summer Reading Program is back from Monday, June 19 through Friday, August 4. To participate simply fill out an entry form at the front desk each day you check out an item from the Library. Three lucky winners are chosen each week to select from a variety of prizes. One lucky winner, to be selected on August 7, will win a Kindle Fire.
Our Annual Children’s Opera has moved from January to July. The Lollipop Opera will perform an interactive original opera, The Fairytale Kitchen. The event will take place at the Stonington High School Auditorium on Saturday, July 15. We are so grateful to our opera benefactor who makes this event possible in our community.