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About masks and other pandemic changes…
Masks will no longer be required for those who are vaccinated in the Library or other Town buildings as of Tuesday, March 1, 2022, but will remain optional for vaccinated staff and visitors.  We ask that you consider your plans for library visits (will you be studying for hours?  will you be in the Children’s Library?) in deciding whether or not to wear a mask---and we’ll still provide one if you change your mind when you arrive.   Our programs will continue to include both live and virtual options when possible, and we will gradually reintroduce use of our meeting rooms.  As the situation evolves, these protocols could change again. We appreciate your patience as we all navigate each new phase of the pandemic.
 
SOUTH WINDSOR PHOTO CONTEST RETURNS
After a hiatus during COVID, the South Windsor Human Relations Commission is again sponsoring a contest for South Windsor photographers of all ages.  Photographs must have been taken in South Windsor (at any time) and must reflect the theme Resilience and Hope Rising in South Windsor. The deadline for submissions is June 24, 2022, and photos will be on exhibit in the Library Friends Room Gallery in August.  Cash prizes will be awarded.  Visit or call the Library for full details.
 
May Programs for those age 18 and up
Tech Tuesday - Tuesday, May 10 at 2:00pm. How can you protect your privacy when you're online? You bought a rug and now it's appearing everywhere you go! What are cookies anyway and do I have to accept them? How about trackers? We'll go over the mistakes many people make when on the internet and help you avoid some of the hazards of putting your life online.Please register by calling 860-644-1541 or email abreen@libraryconnection.info.

Foreign Film - Tuesday May 10 at 6:30pm. England is a foreign country, right? We'll be watching this comedy, A Private Function, directed by Malcolm Mowbray and starring Michael Palin and Maggie Smith. It takes place in England after WWII, while there was still food rationing. It follows the chaos that ensues when two families plan a banquet featuring the same (illegal) pig. No registration is necessary.

Heroes of the 20th Century - Thursday May 12 at 2:00pm. Calamity Jane We'll watch this 1953 musical comedy directed by David Butler and starring Doris Day and Howard Keel. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, it won for "Best Original Song." The movie is loosely based on the real Calamity Jane - Martha Jane Cannary. It also includes her time in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. No registration is necessary.

LIfe in Cold Blood: How Temperature Shapes the Lives of Reptiles and Amphibians in Your Own Backyard - Cancelled

South Windsor Library Unraveled - Wednesday May 18 at 7:00pm via ZOOM. Please join us for a monthly evening of knitting, crocheting, spinning, and sewing. If you don't knit or craft, don't worry! We're a book club too! This month we'll be discussing Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. Registration is necessary; please call 860-644-1541, email knoonan@libraryconnection.info. You don't need to read the book to attend. New members are welcome.

You Take My Breath Away, What Long Island Sound Teaches us about Ocean Oxygen Loss.  - Thursday May 26 at 7:00pm via ZOOM. "As water gets warmer, it can't hold as much oxygen. Studying Long Island Sound gives us some idea of what the future holds for the world's oceans." Brian Beaty, another Yale graduate student, will give the ZOOM presentation. Please register by calling 860-644-1541, emailing refswpl@libraryconnection.info or by following this link.


REGULAR LIBRARY HOURS
MONDAY - THURSDAY  9 A.M. - 8 P.M.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY  9 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
SUNDAY 1 P.M.- 4:30 P.M. through May 22


 

LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND ROOM USE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Our rules for use of meeting and study rooms at the Library have changed periodically during the COVID pandemic, and this will continue until infection rates decrease substantially and social gatherings no longer pose a serious risk of contagion.  We will observe Town decisions regarding pandemic protocols and will monitor public health research when determining acceptable activities in our building. 
  • We may limit the number of library program participants or determine that “in-person” programs will be held virtually. 
  • We may decline requests for meeting room use by community groups when the proposed activity would prevent following announced protocols.
  • We may cancel or postpone activities if the COVID situation worsens significantly, even if the activity was previously announced or approved.
We all share the hope that conditions will improve soon and our lives will return to the comfort we previously enjoyed.  Meanwhile, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times together. 
 
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FRIENDS BOOK SALE UPDATES~

The book sale will continue inside the Library on Tuesdays, 9:15 A.M. - 6 P.M. and 9:15 A.M.- 12 Noon on Saturdays.  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.
 
 

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

refswpl@libraryconnection.info

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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TEMPORARY LIBRARY CARD
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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
Here's a link to the National Institute of Health. They are posting updates regarding the Coronavirus. Click here for information.
More Coronavirus information
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South Windsor Coronavirus Information
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When the Library is closed due to inclement weather...
Overdue fines are not charged for days that the Library is closed.  Book drops remain open.
In case of special closings,  information about our hours and any program changes that may result is posted to our website first. Local television and radio stations are contacted, but may broadcast the information with a delay.
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South Windsor Local History  compiled by Jonathan Porter, MLS