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Monthly News & Updates

October 2023 | Vol. 10 No. 7

The Middletown Library Service Center will be closed on

Monday, October 9

in observance of

Indigenous People's Day.

Initiatives & Announcements

A BIG Celebration for the CT State Library's

New Outreach Van!

On Friday September 22, the CT State Library celebrated the unveiling of our new outreach van at the Middletown Library Service Center! Connecticut State Librarian, Deborah Schander and State Library staff were on hand to welcome and present the new vehicle to state partners, librarians, and members of CT State departments including the Department of Administrative Services, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the CT State Library's state-of-the-art library-on-wheels will be used for outreach, programs, special events, professional development, library programming support, and pop-up exhibits for all State Library divisions and units, including the Division of Library Development, the CT Library for Accessible Books, Archives, the Museum of CT History, and more!

The outreach van will be at the Waterford Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 7, and CT Lit Fest in Hartford on Saturday, October 14. More events are being scheduled so keep your eyes open for us at one near you!

Save the Date: DLD/CLC Open House!

New directors and anyone interested in learning what's new and exciting at the Division of Library Development and the CT Library Consortium are invited to join us at the Middletown Library Service Center on Wednesday, October 25 from 10am to 1pm!

Please RSVP to Suzanne Kiss at [email protected] or (860) 704-2212 by Monday, October 23.

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New CT Pages!

Watch the new CT Pages and meet Lynn Pawloski, Librarian from the Southington Public Library, who shares the experience of creating the Literacy of Laughter: A Community Gets Schooled in the Art of Comedy

Photo of comedy improv workshop with Sea Tea Improv at Southington Public Library, Southington, CT

With funding from CT Humanities, the Calvanese Foundation Green & White Fund, and the KAWFY Memorial Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation, the library partnered with Sea Tea Improv Comedy Theater to offer a workshop series to diverse community groups and ages -- including children, veterans at the John E. DeMello Sr. Veteran's Coffee Hour at the Calendar House, the patrons at Bread for Life (the local Southington food pantry), and the ARC of Southington (a group of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities).

Sea Tea Improv's 100% participatory experiences were designed to introduce participants to the basics of improv, or unscripted theatrical performances - and of course, brought out lots of laughs!

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 Library for Accessible Books and Your Library

The CT Library for Accessible Books (CT LAB) offers books in audio and braille formats for CT residents who are blind or print disabled. 

To learn more about this service, eligibility requirements, and how to connect your library's patrons with CT LAB, please complete the CT LAB outreach request form

Logo: CT Library for Accessible Books, a division of the CT State Library, against a e-reader in the background in black&white

CT LAB staff will be happy to schedule an in-person or virtual visit to your library to share information about CT LAB and demonstrate use of its equipment.  

Digital Equity News

CT Marks Digital Inclusion Week:

Libraries and Partners Build Connected Communities!


Connecticut libraries and community partners will be marking the national annual observation of Digital Inclusion Week with a series of activities to promote and increase digital equity in their communities. 

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Digital equity is the condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, our democracy, and our economy. To advance toward this place in Connecticut, libraries and partners are engaged in helping residents sign up for internet service via the Affordable Connectivity Plan (ACP), helping residents become computer owners, and offering digital skills training.

This work is being carried out in parallel with the development of a Connecticut State Digital Equity Plan that will grant future funding for digital inclusion work to anchor institutions around the state. 

Read our DIW Media Advisory from September 26 for more information, including a list of libraries participating in Digital Inclusion Week.

Annual Report Information for

CT Public Libraries

**The firm DEADLINE for submission of the Annual Report is 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.**

Participation in this survey is critical for state and national data gathering on public libraries.

Public libraries are required by statute CGS Sec. 11-25 (a) to submit an Annual Report to receive borrowIT payments or other state appropriations. 

CT Public Libraries Annual Report



Drop-in virtual office hours will take place on Tuesday, October 3 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm to answer any questions you may have as you complete the report.

Please refer to our Library Statistics LibGuide for more information about the report and past years’ data.

Professional Development & Continuing Education

Workshops & Programs

Intro to Canva

Tuesday, October 3

10:00 am-12:00 pm | Register

**This is an in-person workshop at the Middletown Library Service Center

Learn how to make logos, social media images, and flyers using the online design site Canva. 

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In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about the Canva environment and design elements. Participants will work on their own designs during the workshop 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.

EBSCO Resources for Elementary School - ResearchIT CT

Wednesday, October 3

3:30-4:30 pm | Register

Join us for an overview of EBSCO resources for elementary education, including the new and improved Explora interface, designed for elementary students, and the curated databases which support their research.  

Related LibGuide: researchIT CT - Information by Brad Bullis

Strategies for Budgets

Tuesday, October 4

10:00-11:00 am | Register

The pandemic is mostly behind us. What’s definitely behind us is a flow of funds from the government to help offset the costs of the pandemic—particularly ARPA money.

Now, libraries need to get back to the work of showing how essential they are to their communities and work to get the funding they need from their local town boards and city councils. This workshop will give you the tools and skills you’ll need to get this important work done.

The GIANT Room - Professional Learning Workshop #3: GIANT Methodology of Designing and Planning Programs for Your Community

Thursday, October 5

1:00-3:00 pm | Register

**This is a virtual workshop over Zoom.

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Hands-on professional learning workshop in which educators will design and plan programs for their community, as well as share, and receive feedback on the approaches they take to their space.

The goal is to help librarians leverage GIANT methodologies in their practices.

EBSCO Resources for Middle School - ResearchIT CT

Thursday, October 5

3:30-4:30 pm | Register

Join us for an overview of EBSCO resources for middle school, including the new and improved Explora interface, designed for middle school students, and the curated databases which support their research.  

Related LibGuide: researchIT CT - Information by Brad Bullis

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EBSCO Resources for High School - ResearchIT CT

Tuesday, October 17

3:30-4:30 pm | Register

Join us for an overview of EBSCO resources for high school, including the new and improved Explora interface, designed for high school students, and the curated databases which support their research.  

Related LibGuide: researchIT CT - Information by Brad Bullis

Logos: EBSCO and the CT State Library, Division of Library Development on a blue-to-white gradient background.

Marketing and Strategic Communications

Wednesday, October 18

11:00 am-12:00 pm | Register

Are we passed COVID? 

Do we go back to normal marketing? 

Is there a hybrid approach? 

How do we get people back in the door?

These questions and many more will be answered in this workshop.

Beginner Book Trailers with WeVideo

Thursday, October 19

10:00 am-12:00 pm | Register

**This is an in-person workshop at the Middletown Library Service Center

Libraries need online publicity and marketing tools more than ever.

Learn to make book trailers to promote your collections using the WeVideo online site with this hands-on workshop. Learn about the WeVideo environment, then mix images, music, and text to make a quick and easy book trailer.

This is a beginner class for those who have little to no prior experience with WeVideo or movie making. Participants will receive info about signing up for a free WeVideo account before the workshop. 

Let’s Review the new EBSCOhost & Explora Interfaces - ResearchIT CT

Thursday, October 19

3:30-4:30 pm | Register

Join us for a tour of the new and improved EBSCOhost and Explora, EBSCO’s engaging interfaces designed to support student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. 

Logos: EBSCO and the CT State Library, Division of Library Development on a blue-to-white gradient background.

We'll use these interfaces to discover journals, magazines, newspapers, and primary source documents available in EBSCO databases, and review custom functionality like Lexile limiters, curriculum standards, and COPPA-compliant personal folders to organize student research. 

Related LibGuide: researchIT CT - Information by Brad Bullis

Construction Grant Information Session

Tuesday, October 24

10:00-11:30 am | Register

If your library is thinking of applying for a construction grant from the CT State Library, this webinar will walk you through the process. You'll learn what you need to do before applying as well as what's required after you receive the grant.

We'll cover funding categories, application process, grant application evaluation, timeline, grant contract, starting and managing the project, state requirements, and advice.

Who should come? Anyone considering a public library renovation or construction project, including library directors/administrators, library board chair and members, municipal leaders, procurement officers, and building committee members.

Grant Requirement: Attendance at a construction grant information session is a requirement for all applicants. 

The Essential Competencies for Middle Managers

Thursday, October 26

9:00 am-4:30 pm | Register

**This is an in-person workshop at the Middletown Library Service Center.

Managing from the middle of an organization brings a unique set of challenges that others may not face or understand.

Whether you’re excited about the opportunity or not, your position as middle manager provides a unique platform to show meaningful value to your organization and your team. It’s also an opportunity for you develop your own leadership skills.

This training will focus on many of the essential competencies Middle Managers need to be successful in their work including Decision-Making, Performance Management, Creativity and Visioning and Leadership.

Whether you are currently in a middle management position or aspire to be in a management position in the future, this course will provide an invaluable opportunity to sharpen your skills in managing yourself and others. 

Follow up sessions will be held via Zoom on November 2 @ 10-11 am, November 9 @ 10-11 am, and November 16 from 10-11 am and 2-3 pm.

Management and Leadership Skills for New and Seasoned Supervisors

Tuesday, October 31

9:00 am-4:30 pm | Register

**This is an in-person workshop at the Middletown Library Service Center.

Whether you want a refresher of the basics or are looking for new and different ways to manage and lead others in your organization, this interactive one-day workshop helps supervisors to grow their management and leadership skills fast.

Get the “Knowledge Before the Need” by learning ways to help you better manage yourself and others. You will leave this workshop with techniques and phraseology that you’ll begin using the very next day at work! Whether you have been managing others for 10 years or 10 days, you’ll benefit from attending this workshop!

Participants will learn and begin to master:

  • How to calmly and proactively work with difficult employee situations
  • The ability to work with employees who see things differently than you do
  • Quickly establishing credibility and authority with their employees
  • Successfully developing employees through coaching
  • Working with employee attitude and performance problems
  • Giving constructive feedback to employees positively and confidently
  • Building high performing employees

This workshop is an invaluable investment for supervisors and their organizations.

Follow up session will be held via Zoom on November 7th from 2-3 pm.

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CT Digital Library

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The eGO CT Program for Academics


We have begun working with Lyrasis to rollout the Palace Project app to academic libraries. This is a pilot program and the first phase goal is to add 18 academic sites into the eGO CT program.


We continue to connect with the few remaining libraries that are not yet fully configured in the Palace Project app. So far, 139 libraries have gone live in the app and are sharing content with over 2,800 patrons.


We also continue 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 118 sites that are active in the program.


During the month September, we added a total of 392 items for both platforms and there are now over 29,000 items provided for free to participating institutions. This includes 18,424 open access titles provided by Lyrasis in the Palace Bookshelf.


So far in FY24 there have been 3,094 checkouts of titles from the Connecticut State Library eGO ebook collection. Some of our highest circulating items are displayed below.

Book covers for Killers of the Flower Moon, A Court of Thorns and Roses, I Must Betray You, Demon Copperhead, and Truman

DLD will host requestIT

Office Hours next month.

Logo: requestIT CT, a program of the CT State Library

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 November 29, 2023.

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


New eAudio Titles Now Available in the Palace Project app!

Book cover for The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro
Book cover for Family Lore by E. Acevedo
Book cover for Fractal Noise by C. Paolini
Book cover for Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting by C. Pooley

Reserve Fall and Halloween Picture Books at MLSC! 


Fall is officially HERE! Stock up on autumn and Halloween picture books for your upcoming story times and displays by reserving a seasonal picture book bundle.


Book bundles include a mix of 15-25 titles, have a 90-day loan period, and included books can be lent to your patrons or students. If you have specific requests, you can let us know on the reservation form.

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 Check out all the book bundles offered at MLSC.

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: A Starter's Guide for Academic Library Leaders by A.C. Powers
Book cover: Maximizing the Impact of COMICS in Your Library by Jack Phoenix
Book cover: The Grounded Instruction Librarian: Participating in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by Melissa Mallon, et. al

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