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INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY
The Library will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3, 2020.
Messages on our voice mail will be returned on Monday, July 6.
Watch for an announcement about added curbside service hours soon!


 

Imagine Your Story
Summer Reading for 2020


For ages 18 and up - Adult summer reading, click
here
For grades 6 through 12 - click here
For Pre-K through 5th grade - click here

 

THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC in an effort to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. There will be staff working in the Library between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during this time and we will assist you by phone at (860) 644-1541 and by e-mail at refswpl@libraryconnection.info  as much as possible.  Our digital services will remain available. Please understand that Interlibrary Loan services are temporarily suspended because of the very large number of library closings.
Our BOOK DROPS are open for the return of library materials while we are closed.  Overdue fines are not charged on days the Library is closed.


FRIENDS BOOK SALES are suspended. NO BOOK DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED DURING THIS TIME.  Please DO NOT leave book donations at our entrances, as THEY WILL BE DISCARDED TO AVOID THE RISK OF SPREADING THE CORONAVIRUS. We will be grateful for your generosity when sales start again.


 
LOOKING FOR CURBSIDE DELIVERY? WE'VE DOUBLED THE OPPORTUNITY!
During the past eight weeks of our curbside, contact-free borrowing service, over 100 readers/week have used the program.  Now that we are able to have more staff in the building, we are able to double the number of available appointments.

BEGINNING MONDAY,JUNE 22, we will offer curbside pick-up of library materials at both UPPER and LOWER Library entrances.

Please "Place Holds" on our Library materials* online via our website.  If your request is more general or you'd rather not use the online system, call us at (860) 644-1541 for adult materials or (860) 644-5404 for children's materials.  We're here to help Monday - Friday from 9 a.m- 4:30 p.m.  *Because the State's interlibrary loan system is temporarily suspended, you may request items from our collection only.

When your items are ready, you'll receive an e-mail or phone call asking you to make an appointment to pick them up, already charged to your library card and packaged for privacy.  Please be sure to note if you'll be picking up at the UPPER or LOWER  Library entrance. 

Our book drops remain open for all returns.  We look forward to hearing from you!
WHEN WILL THE LIBRARY OPEN?
Library Board sets July 22 Target
At the June 23, 2020 meeting of the Library Board, July 22 was chosen as the anticipated date for the Library to open to the public.  Hours for the first weeks are still to be determined.  The target date was chosen because the protective shields needed for public service desks are scheduled to arrive on July 20.  If the delivery or installation of the shields is delayed, the opening date will also be changed.

Using the Library will be different during the continuing pandemic restrictions:
     *  Staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks at all times.  Gloves will be in use for certain tasks.  Masks and gloves will be available for library patrons who arrive without them.
     *  If you are unable to wear a mask while using the library, we will offer to bring your materials outside while you wait on one of our benches.
     *  The total number of people in the building at one time will be limited to half of the building's capacity.
     *  If there are problems maintaining the attendance capacity, we may need to limit the amount of time a patron can stay.
     *  A variety of services will be altered to allow them to be low- or no-contact activities. We ask that you always bring your library card with you so we can read the barcode through the clear shields at the desk.  All returns must be made via the outside book drops or in specially-marked bins just inside the entrances.  Items that are returned will be quarantined for at least three days before being reshelved for next use.
     *  Public computers have been moved around the building to allow for social distancing. Assistance with computer use will often be "remote," with the reference librarian "sharing" your screen and helping you via a "chat" feature.
     *  Use of copiers, scanners, and fax machine may be limited or available only with staff assistance.
     *  Study Rooms will not be booked for group use. Some special individual use may be available.
     *  A limited number of chairs will be available, since long visits will be discouraged.
     *  We will not be able to sponsor any group events that could create problems with social distancing, including concerts and in-person children's activities. A variety of programs will be offered online, and some "take and make" activity kits will be provided.
     *  Meeting rooms will not be available for use by community groups. Exhibits will be rescheduled.
     *  Curbside service will continue to be offered for those not yet comfortable entering the building.

A number of other critical details involved in keeping our environment safe are still being planned.  We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you soon!

If you have specific questions about reopening plans, please call Mary Etter at 860-644-1541.


 

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
View this page for a list of self-certified businesses that are now open in Connecticut. You'll find information about what sectors are opening and when, what each sector must do before opening and more.
South Windsor Coronavirus Information
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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
You can click here for infromation from the CDC - Centers for Disease Control. You can also sign up for a weekly email newsletter with Coronavirus updates on this page.
How To Get Your Check If You Don't File Taxes
Treasury, IRS launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments
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ANCESTRY can be accessed from home while we are closed
  

Home access to Ancestry now through the CT State Library.  Use the "researchIT CT" link down the right side of this page, select Genealogy, and log in with your library card.  Enjoy!
You Can Respond to the Census by Phone
Currently, the public does not have access to our library computers. You do not need a computer to respond to the census. You can respond by a toll-free phone call. The number for English speakers is 844-330-2020, and there are additional phone numbers for more than a dozen other languages. Census answers will be taken by real people who have taken oaths of confidentiality, not by a computer or voice mail system. Find more detail and additional phone numbers at https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html.

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DOWNLOADABLE COLLECTION
Click link above for E-books, E-audio books, movies, and music from HOOPLA, OverDrive/Libby, and rbDIGITAL (formerly called OneClick).
Want to learn how? Check links on the right for short "how-to" video.
Questions? Contact Reference Dept. 860-644-1541.
We can help you over the phone while we are open!  

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(Hartford Courant from1923-1990)


South Windsor Local History  compiled by Jonathan Porter, MLS