Milford Public Library

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Library Update:
 

The library is back to full service hours!  However, to ensure social distancing, we are limiting the use of our public computers, and much of our soft seating has been removed.  We encourage you to keep your visit brief so that more people can be accommodated. We will also be reinstating overdue fines beginning July 1.  We have started autorenewal of checked out materials to help prevent those fines from accruing.  Items eligible for renewal will auto-renew on their due date as long as your card is in good standing and the item is not on reserve for another patron. Due to lack of demand, we will be discontinuing curbside service in September.  If you need special accomodations for service, please call 203-783-3304 to speak with staff.    

     

Please note: Masks are required in ALL city buildings, regardless of vaccination status.     

SUPPORT THE FRIENDS OF THE MILFORD LIBRARY

FOML window cling
 It's the Friends' Merchandise Sale! 

 

  The Friends of the Milford Library are selling book bags, mugs, window clings, and facemasks!

All merchandise can be purchased at the Library Circulation Desk.  Exact change or check only.  Checks made payable to the Friends of the Milford Library. 

 

Canvas Book Bag: $10.00
Coffee Mug: $10.00

Window Cling: $5.00

Face Mask (youth or adult size): NEW PRICE!  $3.00  / mask 

 

Window Clings can also be purchased online and mailed to you! 


Receive your exclusive 'I Milford Public Library' window cling by donating $5 to the Friends of the Milford Library below. 
Click here to get your cling!  

amazon smile Due to the pandemic, the Friends of the Milford Library's ongoing booksale has been greatly reduced. This impacts their fundraising efforts on behalf of the Library. These funds pay for all our public programs, as well as special programs such as our Museum Pass service. By signing into smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of every eligible purchase to the charity of your choice. Please, sign in today and choose the Friends of the Milford Library. Thank you.
 
Visit Friends of the Milford Library for more information on this organization
 AUGUST  / SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS 

tails and talesAdult Summer Reading 2021
 

 

 Our Adult Summer Reading Program has ended. Thank you to all who participated!  Participants read, viewed and listened to 708 titles and submitted 211 book and movie recommendations!    
Our deepest appreciation to the Friends of the Milford Library for providing the  goodie bags for our weekly winners and the grand prize of an Apple iPad!    

Job Search: Take & Make Kits
With our job search Take & Make Kits, you can get fresh job search ideas, write your resume, and make sure you are "camera-ready" for that virtual interview. Physical kits are available in limited supply for pickup at the Reference Desk, while supplies last. Digital kits are available HERE for download. Questions? Email dpreece@milfordct.gov 
August Adult Take & Make: Dragonfly Brooch
There's something about a dragonfly's shimmering wings that just says "summer". Pick up your kit to make a sparkly dragonfly brooch to catch the sun and hold onto summer.  The kits contain all the necessary items to make one pin.   While supplies last.  Available at the adult circulation desk beginning August 2.. Instructions are available HERE on the Library's YouTube Channel.

Racially Charged: America's Misdemeanor Problem  This program has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. 
Milford Library partners with Milford Speaks Out to present this documentary addressing criminal justice. This film exposes how our country's history of racial injustice evolved into an enormous abuse of criminal justice power.  Former Milford Alderman Bryan Anderson will lead a discussion following the film.  Milford's Chief of Police, Keith Mello, will be joining the discussion.  Questions? Email nabbey@milfordct.gov.  Wednesday, August 4 at 7:00pm.

The IBM PC & the Personal Computer Revolution
Do you and computers have a looong relationship?  Here's your chance to reminisce and discuss the various 'classic' PCs that you may have used over the last 40 years, from the Atari 400 and TRS-80, to the Mac G4 Cube! Questions? Email fdanowski@milfordct.gov. Visit PC Revolution to obtain the Zoom information.  Thursday, August 12 at 7:00pm.
Job Search Assistance with the Career Coach
Milford Library welcomes Career Resources, Inc. and the American Job Center.  The Career Coach is your job coach on wheels with computers, internet and experts to help you job search and critique your resume! Get expert career assistance at no  cost!  Questions? Email Reference Librarian Diana Preece at dpreece@milfordct.gov.   Thursday, August  26, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.  The Career Coach will be parked behind the Library. 
Let's Talk Star Trek
August 19 would have been Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's 100th birthday! Star Trek has not only entertained generations of people, but has inspired generations of scientists and engineers to create many technological revolutions, like the iPhone. Questions? Email fdanowski@milfordct.gov. Visit Star Trek to obtain the Zoom information.  Thursday, August  26 at 7:00pm.
September Adult Take & Make: Bookmarks!
We will be making one-of-a-kind bookmarks using the spines of damaged books. Kits will include a book spine, cardstock and a tassel. You supply glue. While supplies last.  Available at the adult circulation desk beginning in September. Instructions are available HERE on Milford Library's  YouTube Channel.
Introduction to Astrophotography
Learn how astronomers get those breathtaking images from the sky and how you might do it yourself! We will discuss different types of astrophotography, as well as demonstrate some of the image acquisition and processing techniques used to get amazing images. Questions? Email fdanowski@milfordct.gov. Visit Astrophotography to obtain the Zoom information.  Thursday, September 9 at 7:00pm.
Author Talk: This Land of Snow 
Anders Morely set off alone to spend the four coldest months of the year traveling on skis across the half-wild country of northwestern Canada.  Questions? Email nabbey@milfordct.gov. Visit This Land of Snow to obtain the Zoom information. Tuesday, September 14  at 7:00pm.
Nowhere is a Place 
Gerri Griswold shares breathtaking images from her travels in the ethereal Chilean Patagonia, tucked among the trail of the Andes . Meet the people, animals, and numerous microclimates that define this mythical place. Questions? Email nabbey@milfordct.gov. Visit Nowhere is a Place to obtain the Zoom information. Wednesday, September 22  at 7:00pm.
Job Search Assistance with the Career Coach
Milford Library welcomes Career Resources, Inc. and the American Job Center.  The Career Coach is your job coach on wheels with computers, internet and experts to help you job search and critique your resume! Get expert career assistance at no  cost!  Questions? Email Reference Librarian Diana Preece at dpreece@milfordct.gov.   Thursday, September 23, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.  The Career Coach will be parked behind the Library. Walk-ins Welcome!
3D Printing Demonstration
We will discuss the history and future of 3D printing, along with 3D printing techniques, and watch a 3D print being made. Questions? Email fdanowski@milfordct.gov. Visit 3D Printing to obtain the Zoom information.  Thursday, September 23 at 7:00pm.
French Impressionism
ArtScapades shares the history of factors that brought the Impressionist movement to Paris including the redesign of the city, the growth of the café culture, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, and advances in materials and technology.  This lecture will look at the lives and works of Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. ARTscapades is a not-for-profit organisation, raising funds for museums and galleries. Questions? Email nabbey@milfordct.gov. Visit ARTScapades to obtain the Zoom information. Wednesday, September 29  at 7:00pm.
ONGOING PROGRAMS
Need Assistance? Book-a-Librarian!
Did you know you can get one-on-one assistance with learning how to download ebooks, navigate the library catalog, job searching and more? Email mfdref@milfordct.gov with the topic you'd like to discuss and we will match you with a librarian who can help you!
Calling All Crafters! 
Our craft groups are not meeting at this time due to pandemic restrictions.
The Library hosts both a Needlepoint Guild and a Knitting/Quilting Group. Bring your work in progress and chat with fellow crafters.
Needlepoint Guild: Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:00am.
Knitters & Quilters: Meet every Friday at 1:00pm.

Exploration! The Brain Station
The Brain Station is closed until further notice due to pandemic restrictions.
Open hours when everyone is welcome to pop into our makerspace to see what we're up to! Email milfordbrainstation@gmail.com or visit our Brain Station web page for more information

Book Discussion Groups    

Please note:  Our book groups are now meeting in person.  Masks and social distancing are required.    

 

Romance Book Group:

My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh
Thursday, September 9 at 10:00am
Please register in advance with facilitator Cathy Ratzenberger:cratzenberger@milfordct.gov
Copies of this title are available for pickup at the Library

Popular Fiction Book Group:
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00pm
 Please register in advance with facilitator Chris Angeli: cangeli@milfordct.gov
Copies of this title are available for pickup at the Library

 

Classic Book Discussion:
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
Thursday, August 26 at 10:00am
Please register in advance with facilitator Nancy Abbey: nabbey@milfordct.gov
Copies of this title are available for pickup at the Library

 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Thursday, September 30 at 10:00am
Please register in advance with facilitator Nancy Abbey: nabbey@milfordct.gov
Copies of this title are available for pickup at the Library



Racial Justice Book Discussion:
Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00pm
How to Be an Antiracist by  Ibram X. Kendi

This discussion will focus on Chapters 3 & 4 (Power and Biology) .

The discussion will be held via Zoom.  To register, please send an email to: MilfordCTRacialJustice@gmail.com 
 Copies of this, and past Racial Justice Book titles, are available at the Library

 

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August gallery: Rosalba Lugo-Saenz
September Gallery: Fairfield Fiber

August Display Cases: Milford Prevention Council
September Display Cases: Fairfield Fiber

Thank you to the Friends of the Milford Library for generously funding our programs.