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Monthly News & Updates

February 2024 | Vol. 2 No. 8

The Middletown Library Service Center will be closed on

Monday, February 12

in observance of Lincoln's Birthday, and on

Monday February 19

in observance of Presidents' Day.

Initiatives & Announcements

CT State Library Division of Library Development Diversity Plan


With the start of the new CT State Library’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Five-Year Plan, 2023-2027, DLD began work towards the new goal to “support the library workforce as they integrate social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (SJDEIA) into their daily work and their approach to patrons.” 

Last year, DLD completed the research and writing of its first Division of Library Development Diversity Plan, “to stand separate from the strategic plan, that will list goals and outcomes that integrate diversity into everything the division does.” In other words, the DLD Diversity Plan is designed to directly impact all aspects of the daily work of DLD. 

As described in the contextual statement of the DLD Diversity Plan, “the CT State Library Division of Library Development (DLD) acknowledges that past and present inequities exclude many people, including Black people, indigenous people, people of color (BIPOC), individuals with accessibility needs, and many other people with marginalized identities, from the wide range of benefits provided by libraries.” With this living document, “our goals are designed to effect change in the knowledge, behaviors, and actions of the Connecticut library workforce and ourselves, resulting in better outcomes for all residents.” 

All CT Reads 2024 Virtual Author Launch graphic.  Additional details in the text.

All CT Reads 2024 Virtual Author Launch

with Kelly Yang, Nick Brooks, and Daniel Black

Watch the Author Launch Recording*


Share with your classroom, patrons, or book group!


The CT State Library Division of Library Development held an extra-special virtual launch with the authors of the 2024 All CT Reads primary selections – Kelly Yang, author of Finally Seen, our kids pick; Nick Brooks, author of Promise Boys, our teen pick; and Daniel Black, author of Don’t Cry For Me, our adult pick. Each author discussed their work and answered questions from our community.

*Please note, this is the recording of the full program, and we will be posting each author’s section individually later this week. We wanted to share as soon as we could!

Books for Borrowing

Book discussion sets of all twelve titles are now available for reservations and borrowing by public, school, and academic libraries from the Middletown Library Service Center.

Reserve All CT Reads Discussion Sets.

Explore All CT Reads!

Explore the All CT Reads website to see the titles and:

·     12 book pages full of engagement resources

·     Reserve book discussion sets

·     Purchase books from our friends at CLC!

·     Publicity materials to support your All CT Reads outreach.

·     Book discussion resources in case you need to brush up on your book club facilitation skills!

·     Tell us you’re participating!

Stay in the loop!

Sign-up to stay connected!

Find us on Facebook and Instagram with #AllCTReads!

More Information

Curious to learn more about All CT Reads? You can find more information online.

Our Partners and Sponsors

All CT Reads is an initiative of the Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development (DLD) 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.

Graphic: All CT Reads Logo and additional details in the text.

Summer Enrichment Grants

Grant applications due Monday, February 26 at 4pm.

The purpose of the Connecticut Library Summer Enrichment Grant Program is to empower libraries to offer enrichments opportunities during the summer of 2024 by providing library-led programs or program series that spark creativity and productivity, engage individuals, and benefit their communities. 

Summer Enrichment Grants in bright, bold colors against a yellow background

 **Please note this is not a grant to fund a library's summer reading program.**


Read through the application, directions, and Libguide for updated information.


Enrichment activities must include expected outcome goals as defined by IMLS that provide a benefit to the people and involve positive changes to one’s:

  • Skill
  • Knowledge
  • Attitude
  • Behavior
  • Condition or status


Principal public libraries may apply for up to $2,000 in federal LSTA funds to support their Summer Library Program (SLP). Local matching funds are not required for this grant.


Libraries may use the awarded federal funds to purchase program materials, supplies, and/or contractual services for the program offered to the community as a part of the 2024 summer grant program. Please refer to the FAQs and the Activity Criteria to Consider for specific guidelines on the use of awarded funds. Check out great examples of past Summer Enrichment Grants!


Applications are due to Kymberlee Powe at [email protected] by Monday, February 26 at 4 pm. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Lt. Governor’s Computing Challenge Information Session


Watch the recording of the LTGCC Information Session


During this information session, the CT State Department of Education provides an overview of the Lt. Governor's Computing Challenge (LTGCC), explains alignment to library standards, and shares resources that library staff can utilize to support students.

The session also covers how student projects are created and submitted. This offers a great opportunity to bring students in your libraries into the world of coding and computing. No experience needed - any Connecticut student in grades 3-12 is eligible!


For more information, please visit or email [email protected]

CT Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile 2022-2023 is Now Available!

The official version of “Connecticut’s Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile, July 2022 to June 2023” is now available for download on the Connecticut Public Libraries Statistics LibGuide. The statistics compiled in this report are based on the Annual Reports submitted by public libraries this past fall.

Thanks to all those who helped complete the Annual Report for your library!

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Also available with the Statistical Profile:


  • Statistics Advocacy Flyer Create a flyer specifically for your library. Visit the link to view a sample and see instructions for requesting yours.


Unsure how to utilize these tools? Register for How to use Your State Annual Report during Budget Season (and Year-Round) on Tuesday, February 13 at 10am.

New CT Pages!


Watch the new CT Pages and meet Tricia Carlin, Children's Librarian at the Westbrook Public Library who shares the experience of collaborating on Baking Buddies with the Westbrook Senior Center and the Parks & Recreation Department and with support from a CT State Library Summer Enrichment Grant.

Baking Buddies offered a series of baking classes for children in 1st through 4th grades pairing them with senior volunteers for the program. The seniors provided baking help, mentorship, and were fabulous reading buddies with whom they got to enjoy a good book and a delicious baked snack!

CT Pages is 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!

CT State Library in Partnership with Libraries Without Borders | Community Launch Events at West Haven Public Library and David M. Hunt Library!

The CT State Library in partnership with Libraries Without Borders US (LWB) is pleased to announce community launch events at two of the six public libraries in Connecticut engaged in this pilot project.

This year-long initiative focuses on meeting the identified needs of each unique community, striving to build trust and grow habits that ultimately help connect new users to permanent resources available through their local public library.

In February, West Haven Public Library in West Haven and David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village are holding their community launch events:

Event: West Haven Public Library Bookmobile Relaunch

Date: Monday, February 5 at 11 am

Location: West Haven Community House

227 Elm Street, West Haven, CT 06516

West Haven Public Library website

Event: Village Voices: A Community Storytelling Pathway

Date: Saturday, February 17 at 11 am

Location: David M. Hunt Library

63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031

David M. Hunt Library website

Digital Equity News



The window to apply for E-Rate discounts for this year runs from January 17 through March 27However, you should not expect to get all the information you need to file for a discount for fiber internet until around February 10. When the Form 470 numbers are sent out, you will be able to file for a discount for that service.  

Chris Gauvreau will be scheduling Zoom screen share appointments to assist with the application for discount filing (Form 471) during February and March. You may request and appointment by emailing Chris at [email protected]. 

Affordable Connectivity Program Wind-Down

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal benefit that helps qualifying low-income households pay for internet service and devices. Since January 2022, the ACP has grown to help over 22 million U.S. households (roughly one in six of all Americans) access the internet. However, the ACP is running out of funding.

Logo: Federal Communications Commission's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

Congress originally appropriated $14.2 billion for the ACP, but over time that amount has been spent down to the point where the ACP is on course to run out of funding this Spring. Congress may yet appropriate additional funds, but, since that is not certain, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must proceed as if the program will end.

On Thursday, January 11, 2024, the FCC released guidance for the wind-down of the program.

The guidance aims to inform interested parties about:

  • The process for notifying enrolled ACP households about the impact of program termination on their broadband service and bills
  • Freezing of new enrollments in the program
  • Advertising, awareness, and outreach requirements for providers and outreach partners
  • The timing of claims submissions
  • Participation during a possible partially funded month of ACP

For more information, visit the Federal Communications Commission's ACP website.

CTLPDE Monthly Meeting

February 27 | 2:00-3:00 pm

Join Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 886 1053 4936

During this month's CT Libraries & Partners for Digital Equity meeting,

we will have four important presentations:

  • CEN will present on their new fully funded fiber to the library and town opportunities.

  • East Hartford Public Library Navigators Malia and Magdalena will present on plans to support transition for ACP-enrolled households.

  • Alice Knapp from The Ferguson Library will report on their experience with the Khairi Fortt Foundation program to distribute free tablets.

  • Remarks to stimulate thinking about CTLPDE’s future work.

Professional Development Annual Survey 2024

Thank you to all who participated in our annual Professional Development Survey for 2024! Your feedback is very helpful to us in planning training for the year.

Here is a snapshot of the survey results:

  • 101 responses
  • 87% prefer Virtual Learning
  • 90% aware of our Niche Academy
  • 52% aware of recordings on DLD’s YouTube Channel

Top five training topics of interest for 2024:

  1. Community Engagement
  2. Marketing/Social Media
  3. Collection Management
  4. Programming
  5. Management

Check out our statewide Continuing Education Calendar for upcoming 2024 offerings! Questions? Please reach out to Gail Hurley at [email protected].

We've got PUPPETS!


There’s a new category in our Equipment Catalog: Puppets! MLSC’s extensive puppet and doll collection has moved to the equipment catalog with photos to make browsing and booking these items easier for you.


Puppets circulate for 90 days and can be reserved up to 365 days in advance. Items can be picked up at MLSC or sent to the public library of your choice via deliverIT CT. Puppets and dolls make great story time sidekicks, escape room set decoration, reading buddies and more!

Photo of a few puppets at MLSC including a penguin, koala, and lady bug!

Professional Development & Continuing Education

Workshops & Programs

Crisis Communications


Thursday, February 15 | 10:00-11:00 am

Register for Crisis Communications

No one wants to think they’ll have a crisis to deal with. But today’s news — from attempts to ban books to active shooter situations — makes being prepared with a crisis communications plan more important than ever.

Join Connecticut State Library consultant and trainer, Libby Post, to explore the steps you can take to be prepared. 

Every Child Ready to Read

Friday, February 16 | 1:00-3:00 pm

Register for Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read empowers public librarians and library specialists to take a central role in supporting early literacy through teaching parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children.

Logo: CT Ready to Read

Join Children and YA Consultant Kym Powe in this online workshop to learn about the six skills of Early Literacy, the five practices of Every Child Ready to Read and how they can be implemented into story times and shared with caregivers. Let's get CT Ready to Read!

Note: This workshop will have breakout rooms and group sharing, so please make sure you have a working microphone for that portion of the workshop.

Weeding in the Garden of Good & Evil

Tuesday, February 27 | 10:00 am - noon

Register for Weeding in the Garden of Good & Evil

Weeding your library's collection can be a daunting task, but it is a critical component to providing excellent library service to your community. This workshop will give you the tools and enthusiasm that you will need to assess your collection and make decisions on what material needs to be weeded out of it.

A graphic playing on the term "book weeding" that features open books on stems in a garden.

Our approach to weeding is that it isn't the irresponsible disposal of the library's property, but rather a part of good public service to borrowers in terms of maintaining the best possible collection for the community.

The workshop will cover:

  • The purpose of weeding
  • Criteria for weeding decisions
  • The mechanics of weeding
  • Developing a weeding policy
  • Resources for disposal of weeded material

Booktalk Your Way to the Friendliest Library in Town

Wednesday, February 28 | 10:00-11:30 am

Register for Booktalk Your Way

Booktalking is at the heart of what we do with patrons at the public library. Whether we are sharing books informally at the services desk, presenting a prepared list of books, or posting information online, talking about books is something we do each and every day. It is a core service, but it is also hard to do. Or is it?

It is not, especially if you focus less on tallying transactions and move toward an environment of cultivating conversations.

Join experienced Readers’ Advisory Becky Spratford as she shares the secret behind deepening patron engagement, creating relationships, and increasing circulation, all by simply rediscovering the power and joy that comes from sharing a good read.

Note: This workshop does not require you to attend the first RA for All workshop on January 31st, but it does builds off of it. If you were unable to make the first workshop, feel free to view the recording on the DLD Professional Development LibGuide.

Design an AR Library Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, February 29 | 10:00-11:30 am

Register for Design an AR Scavenger Hunt

Design an AR Library Scavenger Hunt using a smartphone or tablet. Engage visitors in an immersive scavenger hunt and spark their interest in new books. The hunt will utilize location and marker-based experiences to best support the users. You will learn how to create clues, design the AR experience, and incorporate educational content into the scavenger hunt in a library setting.

Visit our calendar

CT Digital Library

Logos for the eGO CT program and the Palace Project, both in white text against a black background surrounded by hearts

Giving Our Professional Development Resources Some L-O-V-E!

We continue to support professional development through both the researchIT CT program and the eGO CT program. The Professional Development Collection from EBSCO is a highly specialized database of full-text electronic information especially for educators, professional librarians, and education researchers. 

Content Includes:

More than 457 full-text journals

More than 278 peer-reviewed, full-text journals

More than 759 abstracted and indexed journals

Nearly 229 full-text educational reports

The Professional Development Collection includes full text for high-quality education journals and can be accessed via EBSCOhost or Explora as part of the researchIT CT collection of databases.

We also have professional development eBook titles in the Palace app as part of the eGO CT program.

Book covers: Copyright by D. Ferullo, Library Marketing Basics by M. Polger, 5 Steps of Outcome-Based Planning... by M. Gross,, The Promise of Access by D. Greene, and Developing a Library Accessibility Plan by R. Marrall

Have questions about EBSCO, researchIT CT, or eGO CT? Please reach out to Brad Bullis at [email protected].


New eAudio Titles Now Available in the Palace Project app!

Book cover: MAAME by Jessica George
Book cover: Stay Sane in an Insane World by Greg Harden
Book cover: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
Book cover: Of Greed and Glory by Deborah G. Plant

Professional Development Titles

These are just some highlights! We've got lots more professional development titles in our collection browse more titles and search our catalog.

Book cover: Creativity: A Toolkit for Academic Libraries by Nancy Falciani-White
Book cover: Metadata by M. Zeng and J. Gin
Book cover: Teaching Research Data Management by J. Bauder

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Stay Connected! Join our Email Lists

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.

Scout the full list and subscription information.

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