More coming in January 2024! While the website may look a bit barebones for now, there will be rich book and author wraparound resources for each title including engagement resources like discussion questions, author videos, book reviews, and more. Come January 2024, we will have book discussion sets of all 12 titles available for borrowing from the Middletown Library Service Center.
With gratitude and thanks to our Committees!
All CT Reads has three selection committees, one for each age group with rotating members from the greater CT library and reading community.
Chonte’ Fields, Babcock Library
Mary Beth Rassulo, Easton Public Library
Krissy Warrenger, Derby Neck Library
Christine Zeiser, Southwest School
Marisa Hicking, Avon Free Public Library
Eli Kelly, Southbury Public Library
Kristina Lareau, Ridgefield Library
Maritza Vargas, Public Library of New London
Cindy Haiken, Wallingford Public Library
Jasmine Huff, Arthur Banks Library - Capital Community College
Marian Huggins, New Haven Free Public Library
Cait Orlomoski, Saxton B. Little Free Library
Marguerite Rauch, Submarine Base New London Library (Retired)
All CT Reads is a year-long initiative to promote lifelong reading, learning, and connection that uses a rotating community committee structure to select one main book title and three shortlist book titles, each calendar year for three age groups: children (ages 8-12), teens (ages 13-18), and adults. In addition to the books, All CT Reads provides a supported programmatic structure built around the titles with room for individuality and creativity.
Why All CT Reads?
We want a way to read together. We want continuous conversations across Connecticut. We want to offer avenues of participation for spaces big and small to talk about inclusivity, cultures, acceptance, mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors. We want adventure, mystery, and relationships, too. We wanted a line-up of books that looks just like this one.
Our Partners and Sponsors
All CT Reads is an initiative of the Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development and partners with the Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC) and the Connecticut Association for School Librarians (CASL).
All CT Reads is supported by a generous grant from EBSCO Information Services to the Connecticut Heritage Foundation.
Who should come: Everyone! Please share this with your patrons - they're invited to join the event too! You can add it to your library calendar and newsletter.
Accessibility: This webinar will be captioned. If you require another access service to participate fully, please use the Accommodation Request Form at least seven days prior to the event.
New CT Pages!
Watch the new CT Pagesand meet Kari Hamad, Head of Children's Services Librarian at the Wallingford Public Library, who shares the experience of implementing the Summer Buddies Program with support from a CT State Library Summer Enrichment Grant. This six-week summer program supports reading in rising first and second graders in the Wallingford Public Schools and their grownups.
Open to all, the program offers special priority to students who are receiving support services in reading or bilingual education. From modeled read-alouds of high-quality inclusive stories to activities building phonological awareness to family dinner table games and energizer activities, Summer Buddies had it all!
CT Pagesis a channel for sharing community engagement success stories by libraries with and for their communities. We partner with CT libraries to create and release short video conversations with the library staff who make things happen.
Do you have a creative program, service, activity, partnership, or project that you want to share with your library neighbors? We are always seeking submissions for consideration –Submit your idea!
Digital Equity News
BEAD Volume 2 Feedback Needed
Your engagement in the DEEP Broadband listening sessions and the public comment process for the BEAD Volume 2 plan is still needed. Here are some materials from the
DEEP Broadband project that can help you participate.
NTIA Posting All State Plans to Broadband USA's Website
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is posting all state plans that are completed on itsBroadband USA website. Interested parties can compare and contrast plans to gain insight while crafting their own.
Summaries of the plans can be found on the Benton Institute’sDigital Beat.
Participate in the Public Library Association's 2023 Public Library Technology Survey
All U.S. public libraries are invited to complete PLA’s 2023 Public Library Technology survey by Saturday, December 16. This year’s survey will examine how public libraries serve as hubs of knowledge and innovation in our communities, as well as show how libraries have evolved to meet patron needs since the 2020 survey.
The results of this year's survey will provide nationally representative data to inform and engage elected officials, the media, and funders to increase awareness of the vital role of public libraries in bridging the digital divide and advancing technology services to meet the changing needs of patrons. To take the survey, visit PLA Benchmarkand scroll about halfway down on the page.
The Office of the State Comptroller recently launched the ArrayRx prescription drug discount card in Connecticut.
Starting October 2, 2023, Connecticut residents can sign up for a state-sponsored drug discount card known as ArrayRx. Connecticut residents can save up to 80% on generic drugs and 20% on brand name drugs using the discount card at one of thousands of participating pharmacies in the state.
Virtual reality is a technology that has been gaining popularity in recent years, and it has found its way into every aspect of life, including the library.
In this session, we will explore how virtual reality on the Meta Quest can be used in the library to enhance learning, engagement, and creativity.
We will begin by discussing the basics of virtual reality and how it works. We will then delve into the various ways in which virtual reality can be used in the library, such as experiencing immersive stories and historical events.
Note: Office hours will be held following the workshop on December 20 from 2:00-3:00 pm.
Making a great flyer is both a science and an art. Learn about the visual design principles that can help your flyers convey information efficiently and effectively, including fonts and the ways they can enhance your flyers.
After discussing design principles, participants will look at sample flyers and use their knowledge to improve them.
Participants are asked to bring a flyer from their Library (digital copy on your laptop is fine) for group discussion and design brainstorming.
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about the Canva environment and design elements. Participants will learn how to make logos, social media images, and flyers in Canva, and will finish the class with projects they can use at their library.
This is a beginner class for those who have little to no prior Canva experience.
Participants should sign up for a free Canva account before the workshop.
Share these Business, Job, and Career Resources in researchIT CT with your patrons!
OneSearch can be used to search for business information. Just use the OneSearch Business Profile from EBSCO to search for high-quality business information that is contained across the whole suite of EBSO databases.
Need more information? Check out EBSCO’s Small Business Reference Center which offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.
And don’t forget about Workforce Solutions!Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in a different industry, Workforce Solutions - including Job & Career Accelerator™ - has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process.
New eAudio Titles Now Available in the Palace Project app!
Seasonal Picture Book Bundles Available at MLSC!
Winter is coming! Stock up on winter and December holiday books for your upcoming story times and displays by reserving aseasonal picture book bundle.
Book bundles include a mix of 15-20 titles, have a 90-day loan period, and the books included can be lent to your patrons or students. If you have specific requests, you can let us know in the reservation form. Check out additional book bundlesavailable at the Middletown Library Service Center!
Christmas and Winter Large Print Books Available Now!
Supplement your patrons’ seasonal reading with ten Large Print titles from MLSC. Large Print books have a 90-day loan period and can be lent to your patrons. Email Abbey email@example.com reserve your books.
New Story Time Kit
Books and wooden Bitty Bao dim sum toys?
What more could you want for the little foodies in your life?
This Bilingual (Cantonese/English) Wooden Dim Sum Toy Set, which comes with the three books and additional items pictured, is now available from MLSC!
Our many email discussion lists for the library community help you connect with your peers. Conntech has the greatest reach across the state, and both Goodnightmoon for children's services and Speak for YA services have lively discussions and professional interchange.