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We are sorry to inform you that
Librarian Extraordinaire,
died following a heart attack on Monday, July 5, 2021.
Joe was a colleague of uncommon intelligence, wit, and grace,
beloved by patrons and staff alike.
He served the people of South Windsor as Reference Librarian,
Head of Collection Development,
and Supervisor of Adult Services for thirty-two years,
influencing the growth of our collection,
the training of our Reference Staff,
and a culture that supports intellectual freedom
and the place of the public library as a hub of the community.
We know that our loss is shared with the many, many patrons who have known Joe as their own special librarian over the years.
We will  appreciate your patience as we adjust to our loss.

A Guest Book for sharing memories of Joe will be available at the South Windsor Public Library.  The Guest Book, along with any cards or notes of condolence received at the Library, will be saved for Karen and the Pava family.


Adult Programs for July:
Happy Cookers Thursday July 22 (Postponed from July 8) at 6:30pm: Join us to sample each member's Blueberry recipe! We're highlighting the blueberry for this month's meeting; use it in new or old ways. Please bring your own place setting, the library will provide beverages.  Please note: our new meeting date will be the 2nd Tuesday of the month. New members are welcome. You do not need to register.

Sunday, July 25  6:30 - 8 p.m. at Work Space, 903 Main Street in Manchester: Let's Celebrate!  Join the Poets Laureate of South Windsor, Vernon, and Manchester for the first of 3 Sunday programs spotlighting our communities' resilience in the face of COVID.  Charlie Margolis, Pegi Deitz Shea, and Ryan Parker will read their own pandemic-inspired  poetry and audience members will be encouraged to read poetry or short prose pieces relating their own experiences. The written works shared will be saved for a new volume of Voices to be published in 2022. This program is co-sponsored by the Poets Laureate, South Windsor and Rockville Libraries, Manchester Arts Center and  Work Space. Future gatherings are August 8 at Henry Park in Vernon and August 22 at Nevers Road Park in South Windsor.

We are pleased to announce that  Library Hours will Expand on Tuesday, July 6, following the Independence Day holiday.  Our new hours will be:
FRIDAY & SATURDAY  9 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.


* As of Monday, June 28,*
MASKS ARE OPTIONAL FOR VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS IN THE LIBRARY AND ALL TOWN BUILDINGS. We respectfully ask that all visitors to our Children's and Young Adults' Library continue to wear masks because of the youngsters ineligible for vaccination in that area.


            Tails and Tales - 2021 Summer Reading at South Windsor Public Library
Summer Reading for grades Pre-K through Grade 5, click here
Summer Reading for grades 6 through 12, click here
A Summer Reading Safari for ages 18 and up, click here


The book sale has resumed inside the Library on Tuesdays only, 9 AM - 6 PM, with no appointment necessary. All COVID protocols in effect at the Library will be observed at the book sale. For the safety of all, the number of people in the Friends Sale Room will be limited. Additional shoppers will need to wait their turn to go into the sale room when available.
*** As of July 22, we will accept book sale donations In the blue bins near each entrance. Donations must be boxed or bagged and must fit  in the bins. We cannot accept encyclopedias, magazines, or textbooks; please recycle worn, damaged, and yellowed books via curbside pick-up at your home.***
NEW BOOKS BY AUTHORS WHO HAVE "VISITED" US THIS SPRING will also be available for purchase through July.  Walter Woodward, Stephen Puleo, Deborah Royce, and Jennifer Turner will autograph bookplates for you if you plan to use the books as gifts to others or yourself!

Registration for our adult virtual programs can be done by emailing:

Please use the Subject: Program Registration and include in the message:
1. Program Name and Date
2. Your Name
3. Your Phone Number
4. Your email address

*We will send you the link for the virtual program the day before or day of the event.*
You may register for more than one program in a single email, but please include the Program Name and Date for each one. 
Unless the program description indicates otherwise, you may register up to two hours before the program.

We hope to see you soon!
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Where Can I Sign Up For the Covid Vaccines?
When you are eligible, sign up on the following pages:


Connecticut -

Hartford Health Care -

Click HERE to apply for a temporary card.

South Windsor residents can register online as a patron of our library and get temporary access to request materials and access some online sources.  If you do not visit South Windsor Public LIbrary to complete the registration process within 3 months, this account will be deleted.  Please bring proof of residency, such as photo ID, utility bill, or other official mail to the Library and we will then provide you with your physical Library card.
Coronavirus Update
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Overdue fines are not charged for days that the Library is closed.  Book drops remain open.
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