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Monthly News & Updates

June 2023 | Vol. 7 No. 6

The Middletown Library Service Center will be closed on

Monday, June 19

in observance of Juneteenth.

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Initiatives & Announcements

Congratulations to The Creative Aging in CT Pilot Libraries!

  • Cromwell Belden Library, Cromwell
  • Danbury Library
  • Durham Public Library
  • Hagaman Memorial Library, East Haven
  • Dwight Branch, Hartford Public Library
  • New Britain Library
  • New Canaan Library
  • Simsbury and Avon Library Team
  • Thomaston Library
  • Warehouse Point Library, East Windsor
Logos: Lifetime Arts and CT State Library, Division of Library Development

In partnership with Lifetime Arts, these 10 libraries will learn the foundational principles of the creative aging educational program model, including tools for implementing a program at their institution to serve the older adults in their communities. Programs will be developed and implemented in these pilot libraries

in the fall of 2023.

New CT Pages!      

Watch the new CT Pages and meet Gabbie Barnes, Wilson Branch Manager, and Cailey Klasson, Librarian from the Windsor Public Library, who share the experience of creating and launching the Librarians-In-Training (LIT) program.

Funded by allocating their borrowIT CT reimbursements, this paid internship program runs from October-May and is aimed at developing a more diverse workforce by hiring young adults who might not otherwise consider pursuing library science as a career.

CT Pages promotional graphic with images from our latest featured library: Windsor Public!

Isabel Medina Ayala was recently hired to become the first Librarians-In-Training intern! She moved here from Puerto Rico in 2017 and is a senior at Windsor High School. At the library, Isabel works part time assisting with the tutoring program as well as with special projects in lending, children’s, adult services, and the Makerspace.

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!

Looking for an engaging book discussion set to offer patrons this summer? Try All CT Reads!

What is All CT Reads? It’s a year-long initiative to promote lifelong reading, learning, and connection that offers titles for kids (ages 8-12), teens (ages 13-18) and adults! 

Learn more on the All CT Reads website and discover and reserve available titles on our LibGuide. Happy reading!

Graphic of people sitting in a circle discussing a book.

Digital Equity

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance has updated their Data and Research page, aggregating many new tools for mapping the digital divide and community assets important for digital inclusion. 

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Anyone thinking about exploring a digital inclusion project may find these resources useful. 

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CT Libraries & Partners for Digital Equity (CTLPDE)

Membership Meeting

Tuesday, June 27

2:00-3:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting | Meeting ID: 884 9939 4322


Join us to hear how New Haven is shaping its ACP Outreach grant project and about the work of our academic library caucus.


  • Dean Mack, Economic Development Officer for the City of New Haven, and grant partners CFAL and the New Haven Free Public Libraries.

  • Karen Tatarka and the academic librarians working on digital inclusion among their CT peers. 

Professional Development & Continuing Education

Workshops & Programs

Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL)

Tuesday, June 6

9:30 am-4:00 pm | Register

NOTE: This is IN-PERSON at the Middletown Library Service Center

Thanks to a generous grant from the Betty and Gordon Moore foundation, the STAR Library Network (based at the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute) will support state and public libraries for the 2023 annular solar eclipse and 2024 total solar eclipse by providing solar eclipse glasses, solar science circulation kits, and in-person and virtual training.

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This in-person training will consist of a workshop to prepare and empower public library staff to facilitate meaningful solar and space science programs for their patrons that build curiosity, knowledge, and inspiration.

Attendees will receive hands-on training on solar telescopes, low-cost methods of solar viewing, and interactive solar and space science programming designed for the library setting. Attendees will also be able to sign up for free solar eclipse glasses to distribute to their communities in advance of both eclipses!

E-rate Basics: An Overview for new Directors or Librarians Assigned to File

Thursday, June 8

2:00-3:00 pm | Register

Is your library eligible for federal discounts on fiber operations or internet service? 

How do you find out if your library has filed in the past? 

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If you find no evidence that your library has filed before, how do you decide whether to begin? 

How does one get started? 

This workshop is for directors or others who need to figure out what has been done in the past or could be done in the future in terms of applying for funds to mitigate the cost of your internet service. 

So You Want to Build a Library? Capital Planning Strategies for Libraries in CT

Monday, June 12

1:00-2:00 pm | Register

This session will provide an overview of the library capital planning process including developing action plans for new building projects, or the renovation of an existing building including feasibility studies, community needs assessment and funding to:

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  • Increase access to libraries and library services.
  • Expand and maximize partnerships to drive community engagement.
  • Increase organizational capacity, excellence, and resilience.
  • Advance the Library as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive place for residents to work, visit, connect, and learn.
  • Increase access to and quality of technology both within and outside of Library locations.

Join DLD and Connecticut Library directors who have completed successful and notable building projects for an overview and Q&A. 

Crisis Communications

NOTE: This is an in-person workshop at the Hamden Public Library

Wednesday, June 14

2:00-3:00 pm | Register

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.

CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS in bold letters against a bright yellow background.

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

Hands-On Legal Reference for Public Librarians (Virtual)

Thursday, June 29

9:00 am-noon | Register

Does the thought of handling a patron’s legal questions cause you to feel uneasy?

Wouldn’t it be great to have someone coaching you on what to do?

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In this interactive class with law librarians Chris Roy (Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries), Anne Rajotte (UConn Law Library), and Cheryl Halford (Connecticut Judicial Branch), you will gain confidence and insight by actively researching legal problems with partners or small groups using free legal resources on the Internet. Along the way you will get great tips from experienced law librarians that will get you on track to providing legal information and help you avoid giving legal advice.

There are no prerequisites for this session, but since this is a small group workshop, participants will need a computer with a camera and microphone so that they can research questions provided to them, share their results, and ask questions throughout the class.

Mapping Your Town's Digital Divide and Finding Community Partners Who Can Help You Narrow It

Thursday, June 29

2:00-3:30 pm | Register

Logo: National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)

In this workshop presented by National Digital Inclusion Alliance, participants will learn how to visualize social characteristics of the digital divide locally and regionally, using publicly available data and analysis tools, and then, how to gather local asset information.

Session outcomes include learning how to access public information records, how to use tools to visualize social characteristics of the digital divide in local communities, and how to design surveys for programmatic data collection.

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CT Digital Library

For access to fulfILLment, our Interlibrary Loan Platform, join requestIT CT!

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There are 131 libraries in Connecticut participating in the requestIT CT program!

The Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development works with Bibliomation and Equinox to provide access to the fulfILLment interlibrary loan platform for public, school, and academic libraries.


The cost to participate in fulfILLment as part of the requestIT CT program is $350 per fiscal year and the term of use runs from July 1 - June 30 each year. 

Please note that fulfILLment training is available for your library upon request.

Interested in participating?


Visit our LibGuide or contact Brad Bullis at for more information.

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Get Ready for Summer Reading with Palace!


DLD purchases content that supports Summer Reading Programs. We aim to provide titles in eBook and eAudio format and in Spanish language when available. We also purchase multiple copies of titles, and many classics are available without loan restrictions. We have purchased the Nutmegs, Kid Governor titles, and lots of other titles from various Summer Reading lists.

Book covers for When Stars Have Scattered by V. Jamieson, The Inheritance Games by J.L. Barnes, Game Changes by T. Greenwald, and The Floating Field by S. Riley

During the month of April, DLD purchased a total of 304 items for eGO CT both platforms and there are now 25,814 items provided for free to public libraries. This includes 16,198 open access titles provided by Lyrasis in the Palace Bookshelf. A sampling of titles that are available in Palace can be found on our LibGuide.

DLD continues to work with Baker & Taylor to bring the eGO CT Community Share Program to Connecticut schools. This program allows DLD to deliver eBook and eAudio content, including Nutmeg, Charter Oak, Summer Reading, and All CT Reads titles from eGO CT directly to schools in Connecticut.

To date, we have 110 sites that are active in the program and over 1,200 items have been purchased specifically for this program.

DLD will continue to host quarterly requestIT

Office Hours in 2023.

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Representatives from Equinox, Bibliomation, and the Connecticut State Library will be available to answer questions and share information about the fulfILLment platform and about interlibrary loan in general.

Office hours will be held from 11:30 am-12:30 pm on:

August 23, 2023

November 29, 2023

Always feel free to submit questions to ahead of time so we can prepare for you. 


New Titles: Books on CD Collection

The titles below are NOW AVAILABLE in the Middletown Library Service Center’s Books on CD Collection (and are also available in the Palace Project app)! Find these titles and many more in our catalog.

Book cover: The House Is On Fire - R. Beanland
Book cover: Someone Else's Shoes by J. Moyes
Book cover: The Wisdom of Morrie by Morrie Schwartz
Book cover: The Wounded World: W.E.B. DuBois and the First World War by C. Williams.

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: Compact Copyright: Quick Answers to Common Questions by S. Benson.
Book cover: Library Service and Incarceration, J. Austin
Book cover: The Disaster Planning Handbook for Libraries, M.G. Flaherty

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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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