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THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 18, IN OBSERVANCE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. DAY


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Upcoming Programs for Adults ages 18 and up!

Opening Doors to Understanding: Social Justice and Racial Equality series - Race: The Power of an Illusion Part 1 - The Difference Between Us A Virtual Discussion 
The live program is over. To watch the archived video of the discussion, please go here.  We’re continuing our series with Race: The Power of an Illusion, a three-part documentary series produced by California Newsreel that investigates the idea of race in society, science and history.  Please watch Part 1: The Difference Between Us on Vimeo before the discussion. (You must call the library to get a coupon number and instructions so that you may watch the DVD at no charge.)  Tanya Livingston and Terry Robinson will serve as moderators. Tanya is “a bringer of information that fosters race amity and unity. “ She has collaborated with the Race Unity Circle of Poughkeepsie, NY as a facilitator; is a co-presenter for a “Holding up the Mirror: Implicit Bias and You” course at Vassar’s Life Learning Institute and is a founding member of the Courageous Conversations group of Bridgeport, CT . Currently, Terry is a board member of the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding and the Connecticut Coalition for Race Amity.  He is a sustainability manager for Otis Elevator, and has been a resident of Manchester for 30 years.
South Windsor Library Unraveled - January 20 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 and this month we'll be discussing The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood. Copies of the book are available at the library; ask for a copy at the main Circulation Desk. Please call 860-644-1541 or email knoonan@libraryconnection.info to register with your email address so we can send you the ZOOM invitation. We'll be meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
The Happy Cookers - January 21 at 6:30pm on ZOOM. For our meeting, please use carrots in some way. Not plain boiled carrots; no carrot cake or carrot salad. Something new, something unusual, perhaps something glamorous; all highlighting the lowly, nutritious carrot. Then tell us where you found the recipe, if it was hard and does it taste good? If you would like to join us via ZOOM, please register by calling 860-644-1541.
Winter Pops Concert  Caryn Lin - electronic violinist Saturday, January 30 at 7:30pm via ZOOM. Join us for this fascinating multi-media concert. Caryn Lin transforms sound using her five-string violin and modern technology. Using original music, Lin uses today's techno wonders through looping and other techniques to produce a unique musical landscape. Looping is on-the-spot recording; as she plays the violin, the recorded snippets play back in a continuous loop, adding layers of sound. She has played in Lincoln Center, the Crayola Crayon Factory, the Kimmel Center, and in a monastery in the French Alps. She also plays in schools to introduce students to the "Science of Sound." If you wish to join us for this evening of unique music, please register at 860-644-1541 or by email to refswpl@libraryconnection.info. You will receive the ZOOM link by return email.

 

LET'S KEEP OURSELVES SAFE FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
A SHORT VISIT CAN BE SAFER
We are glad to be open to the public, but we need to be more cautious as the COVID-19 figures rise.  If your visit to the Library is "just to pick up a book on Hold,"                                  
PLEASE CALL AHEAD AND ARRANGE A CURBSIDE PICK-UP RATHER THAN COMING INTO THE BUILDING. 
Call 860-644-1541 if you are picking up materials from the Adult Department and 860-644-5404 if you are picking up materials from the Children's Library.  We will explain where to pick up  your items when you call.  Our book drops remain open for all returns.
FRIENDS BOOK SALE UPDATE ~ NO SALES UNTIL SPRING
Our popular weekly Friends Book Sale depends on the time and talent of the many volunteers who receive and sort donations, stock the shelves, and staff the sales table. During the surge in COVID-19 cases we are experiencing, these activities offer increased risk of exposure to infection. To protect our volunteers and shoppers, there will be NO SALES, BY APPOINTMENT OR DROP-IN VISIT, until public health officials indicate that the danger has passed.  Since our existing stock has filled all of our storage space, NO DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.  We appreciate your continued support. Please check for updates regularly - we hope to reopen soon!

TEMPORARY LIBRARY CARD
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.
THE LIBRARY IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
PLEASE NOTE OUR SPECIAL HOURS
LIBRARY HOURS:  MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY 9 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
                              TUESDAY and THURSDAY 9 A.M. - 7 P.M.


Using the Library will be different during the continuing pandemic restrictions:
     *  Staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks at all timesPlease be aware that the Library is a Town building and State fines for failure to wear a mask properly while in the building apply. 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. if you receive an overdue notice for items you have returned, please call us or wait for a few days and check your account again. Items will be removed from your record when the quarantine period has passed; the materials will be checked in as of the day you actually returned them.
     *  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.


 
LOOKING FOR CURBSIDE DELIVERY? APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE!
The Library will continue to offer curbside service even while open to the public.
We realize that not everyone will feel comfortable entering a public facility, and not everyone will be able to wear a mask, as required for those who enter.  You may continue to make appointments for curbside service and may also call to make arrangements from the areas outside the building if you arrive and decide not to come in.

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, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m- 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 7 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 your appointment is scheduled at the UPPER or LOWER  Library entrance. 

Our book drops remain open for all returns.  We look forward to hearing from you!
Coronavirus Update
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(Hartford Courant from1923-1990)


South Windsor Local History  compiled by Jonathan Porter, MLS