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Newsletter - October 2020
Intro
by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator

Hi. Well it has been a long time since I updated everyone on what is happening here at NMPL. It has been a very busy time. In this time of a construction project and a world-wide pandemic, NMPL has you covered! Although the library is still closed, please read on and find out how we are working to ease the stress and offer some viable options for you and your family to enjoy.
Press Release
by NMPL Board of Trustees
As a brief summary of recent events, the Board of Trustees of NMPL have issued the following Press Release:
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The New Milford Public Library is experiencing challenging times with the COVID 19 concerns, major construction, downsizing of facility and offerings, and the sudden resignation of our Director due to family illness and moving out of state.
 
The NMPL Board of Trustees has been forced to make difficult decisions. With reduced services and offerings we were forced, with regret, to reduce the number of employees at this time.
 
The NMPL is continuing to serve the public with reduced services. The day to day operation of the library is managed by our three supervisors, Peggy Ganong, Valerie Fisher and Sue Ford, in cooperation with the Board of Trustees. The search process for a new director is underway with Trustee Jolene Mullen chairing the search committee. The search committee will share on-going information with the community.
 
Please contact the NMPL by phone at 860-355-1191 or view our website at https://www.newmilfordlibrary.org for our program offerings and services which will be constantly updated. We are all looking forward to the GRAND reopening.
From Construction to Covid
by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator
As we noted, NMPL is still closed, but our staff is here, busy and working hard. We aim to provide you, our patrons, with both lots of fun and lots of helpful resources.

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1.     Update and upgrade your resume, brush up on your interviewing skills, explore career resources or looking for employment? Check out JobNow, an interactive job site with many helpful articles and even live coaches available to help you.

2.     Programs that entertain or educate? We have lots zoom programs and on-site (on the Green) programs. Check out Adult Programs with Val Fisher.

3.     What to do with my kids? Well, for Pre-Teens and Teens, check out Teen Programs with Amy Berkun and for the young set, contact Sue Ford at 860-355-1191 x205 to sign up for zoom Story Telling on Tuesdays and Thursdays and to take advantage of our TumbleBooks Reading and TumbleBooks Math subscriptions!

4.     Catch up on your leisure (or learning) reading? Check out our catalog and request your materials. Click herd for Curb Side Pickup and Drop Box Hours. Our ILL Librarian, Jody Hyman is very busy obtaining the many various print and video items for our patrons.

5.     Working on your family genealogy? We have resources for that too. Both Family Search and Ancestry.com are available for you to access from your home!

6.     Sign up for new library services. Check out Wowbrary and Library Elf to be in-the-know.

7.     Keep up with our Social Presence on Facebook for adults and for teens. Plus check out our YouTube channel.
E-explosion
by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator
In addition to all our offerings above, we also have a ton of electronic options as well. Our e-resources page of our web site outlined the many selections that are available to patrons ofr all ages; from toddlers to seniors. There are sites for entertainment, education and information as well as digital collections you can browse through. There are several sites for you to download ebooks and eaudio: SimplyE, Axis 360 and RBdigital. For video, movies and television, try out Hoopla and Kanopy. For our students, parents and teachers, check out Community Share. Want to read on-line magazines? Then RBdigital is the plan for you!
From Ground Breaking to Ground Shaking
by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator
We celebrated our new renovation and modernization project at our groundbreaking ceremony on June 26, 2020. We are now operating our temporary library operations in a greatly-reduced area amidst electric saws, drills and jackhammers and our wonderful construction crew under the guidance of our Clerk of the Works, Stephen Vazquez. We anticipate that our completed new library will be ready for opening in the near future.
Summary
by Peggy Ganong, Library Technology Coordinator
Wow, that is a lot to absorb! But do not fret, Just go and explore our web site and you will find all this information. Of course, our staff is also available and eager to assist you. Please call us Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM if you need any information or assistance.