A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. —Henry Ward Beecher

April is Passport to CT Libraries Month!

Visit the Ivoryton Library during the month of April as we participate in the Passport to CT Libraries Program. Patrons can obtain their Library Passport here at the Ivoryton Library and begin their journey to multiple participating CT Libraries. (You must bring your library card to all libraries.) Each Library will stamp their visitors’ passports and give each visitor a small gift!

Click here for more info

New Book Spotlight

The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven returns with Sea of Tranquility a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.

NOTE: This book releases on April 5.

The third in a series of cookbooks by Tieghan Gerard. Known for an unfussy approach to wholesome decadence, Half-Baked Harvest Every Day gives us smart twists on comforting favorites you’ll want to eat day-in-day-out.

For Tieghan, feel-good food isn’t about restrictive eating. It’s about enjoying real food with lots of flavor, and the satisfaction of sharing it with those you love.

The Cartographers, by Peng Shepherd, answers the question: what is the purpose of a map?

Nell Young’s whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field and Nell’s personal hero. But she hasn’t seen or spoken to him ever since he cruelly fired her over an old, cheap gas station highway map.

But when Dr. Young is found dead in his office at the New York Public Library, with the very same seemingly worthless map hidden in his desk, Nell can’t resist investigating.

Patron Review


The Anomaly, by Hervé Le Tellier

First let me say that I am not a sci fi fan and might have skipped this novel except that it is a best seller in France and won the Prix Goncourt in 2021. This novel blends crime, fantasy, sci-fi, and thriller as it plumbs the mysteries surrounding a Paris-New York flight. Getting on an airplane is always exciting and those of us who remember the Twilight Zone will enjoy the entertainment this book amply provides. I wonder if it is truly so absurd?

  • - Mary R.

Get your fill of British TV and Movies (or at least try) on Hoopla

Hoopla has downloadable video, including British movies and multiple seasons of wonderful British television series. Revisit a favorite or discover something new.

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Upcoming Programs

40th Anniversary of the Flood of 1982:

“Rescue, Recovery, Remembrance"

The Ivoryton Library is proud to support the Essex Historical Society 's three-part series

The final session of the series, "Remembrance," will take place in person Sunday, April 10 at 3:00pm, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 Main St in Centerbrook. Residents will be asked to share their stories about rescue and recovery efforts in a ‘pass the mic’ format. Our panel discussions provided a high overview to the event, so EHS, Ivoryton Library and Essex Land Trust are eager to hear YOUR flood experiences to learn more about this life-changing event during this anniversary year.  Please be advised that the presentation will be recorded. Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information about this free series.

"Introduction to

the Essex Land Trust"

Saturday, April 9 @ 2 pm

at the Ivoryton Library

Want to learn more about the Essex Land Trust and its role in the community?

Jeff Croyle and Land Trust stewards will provide an overview of the Essex Land Trust's mission and accomplishments, its 2022 calendar of events, available volunteer opportunities and highlight a few of our Ivoryton preserves.

Please join us at the library for this free program.

Our quarterly book club, #OwnVoices, meets this month on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00pm at the library. We're reading The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward Baptist.

Links for more info are below in the Book Club section.

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. —Anne Herbert

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Music With Miss Martha

from Community Music School

Wednesday, April 27

10:30 at the Ivoryton Gazebo

BYOB (Bring your own blanket)

For more information and to register,

call 860-767-1252

or email

[email protected]

Nutmeg Award voting is open!

The Nutmeg Book Award is the Youth Choice Award for Connecticut. 10-15 nominees are chosen in each of 4 categories. The 2022 nominees have been available all year and now it's time to vote! Ballots are available at the library and must be turned in by April 30.

Click here for more info

Virtual Cooking Class! Open to families, teens and kids who love to cook and would like to try something new. Usually held the last Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm. Recipes will be emailed ahead of time so that you may gather the required ingredients. 

April 25: Zucchini Bread!

Click here for more goings-on in the Children's Room

Book Clubs

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April 19



by Jessica Bruder

April 19, 2022


The Half Has Never Been Told

by Edward E. Baptist

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March 18, 2022


Lady in the Lake

by Laura Lippman

"What in the world would we do without our libraries?" - Katharine Hepburn