May 16, 2021

Southport, CT: Pequot Library Has 100% of Their Public Funding Cut, Might Be Forced to Close

From News 12 Connecticut: The head of the Pequot Library says the historic landmark could soon be forced to shut down. Town officials voted 5-4 last night [Tuesday] to cut 100 percent of the library’s annual $350,000 grant, which amounts to about one-third of its funding. Library officials say the rest is raised privately, but there’s […]

Reference: Historical Aerial Photos of Connecticut’s Coastline Now Available Online

New from the University of Connecticut Libraries: In August 2011, Tropical Storm Irene took a hard swipe at Connecticut’s 350 miles of coastline, eroding dunes and redistributing sand to the extent that the state’s coastline appeared to be altered. The consequences of such major weather events on Connecticut’s coast, major waterways, and natural resources are […]

Connecticut: Milford Public Library Will Be Able to Keep Overdue Fines, Begins eBook Program

From the Connecticut Post: Each year, the Milford Public Library collects about $27,500 in fees and fines, $4,000 from the photocopy machines and more than $500 from the sales of used books and other fees. Up until now, that money, about $32,000 in all, was funneled back into the city’s general fund. But, beginning a few […]

Public Libraries: Small Eastern Connecticut Libraries Feeling Pinch

From The Bulletin (Norwich, CT): “Your library is your future,” reads a sign inside the door of the Central Village Library, underneath a larger sign asking for donations. The juxtaposition is appropriate — without donations, the small library doesn’t have much of a future, Librarian Shirley DeFosse said Monday. The town of Plainfield defunded two […]

Big Bucks! Mystery Donor leaves $1M to a Connecticut Public Library

From the AP (via NECN) The Republican-American of Waterbury reports the surprise donation from the estate of 90-year-old Lu Burke more than doubled the Southbury Public Library’s endowment fund. Library officials say Burke never served on the library’s board and none of the employees knew her, but they’ve learned she had worked as a copy […]

Connecticut: "Statewide Inter-Library Delivery Program at Risk"

From the Norwich Bulletin: The threatened elimination of a statewide inter-library delivery service has librarians such as Kate Byroade, director of Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester, concerned. The service, called Connecticar, provides a statewide delivery service to 225 public and academic libraries. If a resident borrows an item from any public or academic library, it […]