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Monthly News & Updates

July 2023 | Vol. 7 No. 7

The Middletown Library Service Center will be closed on

Tuesday, July 4 in observance

of Independence Day.

Closed today. Be back soon.

Initiatives & Announcements

No Appointment Necessary for MLSC!

A reminder that appointments are no longer necessary to visit the Middletown Library Service Center (MLSC) at 786 South Main Street in Middletown. You can browse the collection and pick up/drop off materials any time between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. 


Please contact MLSC staff at (860) 704-2200 with any questions about the service center or its collections.  

Digital Equity News

State Digital Equity Plans from around the country are starting to become public. Check out the digital equity plan proposed by Maine, which includes a state digital inclusion navigator core and a state ecosystem for providing refurbished computers to those in need. CT Libraries & Partners for Digital Equity includes both features in our vision statement. 

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Digital Equity Articles

What’s New in Digital Equity: FCC Explores Broadband, Maternal Health Connection (

Check Out the New Theme Boxes from MLSC!


Each box contains a variety of books and activities related to a theme. There's even an activity guide to get you started.

Our theme boxes are perfect for your preschool or early elementary programs, story times, or classrooms! 

Picture of our Farmyard Theme Box

Theme boxes can be reserved in the Story Time Props category in our equipment catalog and have a 45-day loan period.


Themes include:

Cultures of the World



Five Senses

Health & Safety

Life Cycles

FY 2023 Annual Report Reminder

As the fiscal year draws to a close, we move into annual report season for the FY2023 Connecticut’s Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile for the Annual Public Libraries Survey. We ask that you begin gathering your data to fill out the report, which is due on Wednesday, November 1st at 4pm.

Because CT's libraries want to stay ahead of the curve.

Reporting documents and the Excel sheet will be available in mid-July to all library directors. Please refer to our Library Statistics LibGuide for more information about the report and past years’ data. Many thanks in advance for your work!

Professional Development & Continuing Education

Workshops & Programs

Getting Started with Northstar Digital Literacy

Wednesday, July 12

11:00 am-12:30 pm | Register

Logo: Northstar Digital Literacy on black background.

This training will discuss the tasks needed to start using Northstar effectively and efficiently, how to run reports, resources available to Northstar subscribers, and first steps. Topics covered will include creating Learner Accounts; proctoring, both in-person and remote; running reports; accessing and using curricula; and resources.

Introducing Learners to Northstar Digital Literacy

Wednesday, July 19

1:00-3:00 pm | Register 

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This workshop covers how to present assessments and self-directed online learning to students, as well as going through the Northstar curricula with participants as learners.

Topics covered will include guiding learners through assessments; proctoring review; explaining the student dashboard to learners; how to use Northstar self-directed Online Learning from a learner perspective; and an example of using the instructor led curricula remotely.

How to Organize a Community Conversation Aimed at Developing Digital Inclusion Collaborations

Thursday, July 20

10:00-11:30 am | Register

In 2024 the CT Statewide Digital Equity Plan will most likely offer a variety of grant funding opportunities for digital inclusion activities to flow from state planning for the BEAD and DEA programs.

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As part of this possible funding, libraries may be considered for grants for digital inclusion activities carried out in collaboration with other libraries, with your towns, and/or with community partners. To prepare libraries for this opportunity, DLD will be offering Community Conversation workshops using a variety of proven tools from the Aspen Re-Envisioning Public Libraries Workbook, the EXCITE Empathy Mapping Exercises, Ladders of Inference Mapping, and much more.

Well-facilitated community conversations with organizations and agencies that connect with clients who might need digital navigation or devices will be key to qualifying for grant funding. Please join DLD for this workshop to learn community conversation facilitation skills.

Basic Book Repair: Tools & Techniques

Note: This is an IN-PERSON workshop at Eastern CT State University Library

Friday, July 21

10:00 am-1:00 pm | Register

Would you like to save money by getting more uses per book?

Basic book repair

Would you like to keep that out-of-print book in circulation to meet your library patron's needs?

Would you like to quickly repair simple problems rather than purchasing a replacement? 

Many repairs that can extend the life of your library collection are fast and simple and can be done with easy-to-obtain, inexpensive materials. This hands-on workshop is appropriate for library staff or volunteers who will be doing book repair.

Emphasis will be on simple repairs for the everyday public or school library collection, rather than on archival or long-term preservation techniques.

Supplies needed for the hands-on portion of the workshop will be provided; you may choose to bring your own book repair tools to work with, such as scissors, box cutter or X-ACTO knife, bone folder, and/or glue brush.

Office Hours with the E-Rate Coordinator, Christine Gauvreau

Thursday, July 27

3:00-4:00 pm | Register

If you apply for discounts from the E-Rate program for your internet service, you are likely due to file the “Start Service” Form 486 this month. 

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Join the State E-Rate Coordinator, Chris Gauvreau to see a demonstration filing and stick around to ask questions.

Advanced Book Repair: Hardcover Techniques

Note: This is an IN-PERSON workshop at the Eastern CT State University Library

Friday, August 4

10:00 am - 1:00 pm | Register

Would you like to save money by getting more uses per book? 

Advanced Book Repair

Have you already done all the easy repairs and have a shelf left over of difficult broken spines on hardcover books?

Do you have staff time to do repair work, rather than budget money to replace or rebind books?

This workshop is appropriate for library staff or volunteers who have done basic book repair or taken a basic book repair workshop and are ready to try some advanced repair techniques.

Emphasis will be on spine repairs for hardcover books, where professional rebinding is not an option due to brittle paper, or lack of access to a bindery or the funds to pay for rebinding.

The purpose is to get books back into circulation, rather than on archival or long-term preservation techniques, although conservation-friendly reversible repair techniques will be the focus.

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CT Digital Library

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The eGO Program and Palace App now have a Virtual Card Option Available!


We currently have 133 public libraries that are participating in eGO CT program and using the Palace App. Now it’s even easier for patrons to access our eBook collections, even if their library doesn’t participate in the program. Patrons can get a Virtual Card and use the Connecticut State Library as their home library and gain access to over 26,800 items for free. Use the link above to access the instructions for creating a virtual card.


DLD continues to purchase new content to coincide with the launch of the Palace app. Since we launched the Palace app in April 2022, we have added over 6,220 new items. We also provide access to the Palace bookshelf which is available to all participating libraries and adds another 16,665 open access titles. Circulation of items from the eGO Collection has more than doubled in FY23.


Don’t forget, you’ll find over 200 titles that support 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: The Bridge by B. Konisberg, Malala's Magic Pencil by M. Yousafzai, Change Sings by A. Gorman, and On The Magic Shoes by Y. Mendez

DLD will continue to host quarterly requestIT

Office Hours in 2023.

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:

August 23, 2023

November 29, 2023

Always feel free to submit questions to [email protected] 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 of Wolves by J. Patterson
Book cover: Camp Zero by M. Min Sterling
Book cover: Escape from Mariupol by A. Howard
Book cover: The House at the End of the World by D. Koontz

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: Auditing Diversity in Library Collections by S. Voels
Book cover: Library Patrons' Privacy by S. J. Valenti
Book cover: Bringing Heart and Mind into Storytime by H. McNeill

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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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