Milford Public Library

*WE ARE OPEN!*

I am happy to report that the Library will be re-opening to the public on Tuesday, June 23; however, it will be with limited hours and services.


Public Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm

*UPDATE* The above hours will remain in effect indefinitely.  We will increase hours once we are comfortable with our safety procedures and staffing levels. 
   

Please observe the following while making use of library services:
 

  • All patrons and staff are required to wear a mask while in the Library.
  • All users must maintain social distancing and obey all directional and instructional signage within the library.
  • Computer use is limited to 45 minutes per day/per patron. Limited computer assistance will be available.
  • Please limit your visit to one hour.  There is no furniture to sit in with the exception of the computer terminals.
  • The Passport Office and Brain Station remain closed.  See staff for access to the Local History Room collection.
  • Our Children’s Department is still in its temporary space.  Room usage is limited to 15 visitors at one time.  Children must remain with an adult.
  • Water fountains are unavailable.  Our restrooms are open, and will be deep cleaned nightly.
  • Building occupancy is limited to 50% of capacity.
  • No materials donations accepted at this time.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we move into this new phase while meeting the public safety guidelines set forth by the State.  Hours and services are subject to change as we evaluate these new modifications.

 

Curbside pick-up of reserved materials is still available. You will be notified to schedule a pick-up appointment when your items are ready for pickup.

Staff are available to assist you via phone or email, as well as in person.  If you have a question on services, or need assistance, please contact us before your visit.

Please monitor your own health situation and if you are in a vulnerable category for infection, or are exhibiting any symptoms of the virus, please stay home.  Library materials can be renewed online or over the phone; overdue fines are being waived at this time.   


We miss all of our patrons and look forward to seeing you again soon!

 

Contact information for library assistance, new cards, or card extensions:

Phone: 203-783-3290
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @MilfordPublicLibraryCT
Website: milfordlibrary.org

Staff are monitoring all phone and email accounts. 

 

Curbside Pick-Up!
We now have curbside pick-up! The only items available for pickup will be items placed on hold through our online catalog, or via telephone or email request. Patrons will be limited to 5 holds at one time. Our statewide and consortia delivery systems are not yet operational so you will not be able to place holds on items from other libraries. Any library materials that were ready for your pickup before we closed will be held for you until we re-open. UPDATE: As of June 15, our pick-up hours are: Tuesday and Wednesday: 3:00-5:00; Thursday: 4:00-6:00 and Saturday, 10:00-12:00. We are scheduling appointments to ensure patron and staff safety. We will call you to schedule yor pick-up time.  

digital access card
*NEW* If you are a Milford resident, but have never had a card, we are now offering Digital Access cards. Please complete the application form or contact us via phone, email or FB message to get started! We will need your name, current Milford address, email (required for digital access), phone number and date of birth. This card will allow you to access any of our online resources, including ebooks, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines! You may also use it to place reserves on library materials. Stop in during our open to upgrade it to a full service card!

     

amazon smileDue to the library closure, the Friends of the Milford Library's ongoing booksale has been suspended. This greatly 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.

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Support the Milford Public Library


Receive an exclusive 'I Milford Public Library' window cling by donating $5 to the Friends of the Milford Library below. 
 

Click here to get your cling! 
 

A very limited number of window clings will also be available at curbside pickup for a $5 cash donation. (Beginning Tuesday, June 16)!

Resource Center





Visit our Resource Center to discover new and interesting links to activities and sites you can enjoy at home.  Virtual visits and tours, concerts, genealogy resources, games and more!  Something for everyone!


Check back frequently as we add more options!

 
acornNew for your phone! The Acorn Catalog app from Bibliomation, Inc. lets you search the library catalog, see what you have checked out or on hold, renew what you have checked out, and review your fines. You will need to sign into the app using your library card number and password. Bonus! Once you are signed in, the app can display your library card barcode, which you can use at the front desk if you forgot to bring your library card with you. To download the free app, go to the Google Play or Apple App Store.
JULY PROGRAMS 

adult summer readingKids don't get to have all the fun!   Join the MPL Adult Summer Reading Program beginning July 1! Everything you read, listen to or watch earns you one point and a chance to win a goodie bag in a weekly drawing, Drawings will be held July 13-August 31.  Visit ReadSquared, the library's online reading tracker to get started.  (Paper reading logs are also available in the library). The ReadSquared landing page introduces you to ALL the MPL summer reading programs - children, young adult and adult.  Once you register and enter you're age, you'll be all set!
Program is open for those 18 years and older.

Reserve Library Books (and more!) from Home
Learn how to search like a librarian and reserve books and movies. We will show you how to log into your account, use the online catalog and place requests. As a bonus, find out when we use Google, too! Questions? Email [email protected].   Visit Reserve Books from Home to register and receive the Zoom ID and password. Tuesday, July 7 at 6:00pm
Ebook & Audiobook Overview via Zoom - CANCELED
Learn about the options for downloading library ebooks and audiobooks with a Milford Public Library card. Read or listen to books on most devices: smartphone, tablet, kindle, laptop and more! Wednesday, July 8 at 11:00am CANCELED. Email [email protected] if you would like one-on-one instruction. 
Race in America

Milford Library is pleased to host a timely, thoughtful presentation on the history of race and race relations in America. Hamish Lutris, a historian and professor at Capitol Community College, will be the speaker. Understanding the role of race in America is critical to grasping what is happening around us today. Race has always thrown a long shadow over social, economic, and political affairs throughout our history. This talk will center on the idea of race and how it has affected the United States. English attitudes toward their own significance in Christian history will come face to face with the economic benefits of slavery and of dispossessing Native Americans of their lands. Also examined will be the actions of native-born Americans and recent immigrants’ toward preserving an “American Way of Life” in the face of new arrivals, namely the Irish and Chinese. Questions? Email: [email protected] Visit Race in America  to register and receive the Zoom ID and password. Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00pm

Smart Home Presentation
Learn how to integrate smart home technology into your life. Questions? Email [email protected]. Visit Smart Home Presentation to register and receive the Zoom ID and password.Thursday, July 9 at 7:00pm.
Mindfulness Workshop

All of us are finding it difficult to concentrate, and feelings of fear and stress have become a daily event.  Mindfulness may help.  It is defined as: the quality of state of being conscious or aware of something and also a mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting feeling, thought and bodily cessation.The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.Mindfulness is a great method for centering your thoughts, and with consistency the practice may bring peace and rest.  Milford Library is pleased to host a Zoom event presented by Stephen M. Cuddy.Cuddy is the Chair of Dual Recovery Anonymous weekly meetings, he has presented mindfulness events at Pratt & Whitney and for the National Alliance on Mental Health.  He is currently working on a book called Health Rocks for Healing the Challenges of Depression. Website: CommonSymptomsofDepression.com. Questions? Email: [email protected] Visit Mindfulness Workshop to register and receive the Zoom ID and password. Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00pm.

Let's Talk Kubrick!
A discussion of all things Stanley Kubrick in honor of the legendary filmmaker's 92nd birthday. Questions? Email [email protected]. Visit Stanley Kubrick to register and receive the Zoom ID and password.Thursday, July 23 at 7:00pm.
New England Legends
The bizarre is closer than you think! Author and podcaster Jeff Belanger will take you on a multi-media journey through the unusual and paranormal side of New England history. Suitable for ages 9-99. Questions? Email: [email protected] Visit New England Legends  to register and receive the Zoom ID and password.Wednesday, July 29, 7:00-8:30pm.
ONGOING PROGRAMS - CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Calling All Crafters!
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
Open hours when everyone is welcome to pop into our makerspace to see what we're up to! Email [email protected] or visit our Brain Station web page for more information

Book Discussion Groups    

Romance Book Group*:

Second Thursday of the month at 10:00am
Facilitator: Cathy Ratzenberger, [email protected]


Popular Fiction Book Group*:
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00pm
(Third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm)
Facilitator: Chris Angeli, [email protected]
Visit the Popular Fiction Book Group to register for the Zoom ID and password
Copies of this title are available for pickup at the Library

Classic Book Discussion*:
Clotel, or The President's Daughter by William Wells Brown
Thursday, July 30 at 10:00am

(Last Thursday of the month at 10:00am)
Facilitator: Nancy Abbey, [email protected]

 Visit the Classic Book Discussion group to register for the Zoom ID and Password
This title is available online via Project Gutenberg.

 

*Please email the facilitator for information on how to join the discussion
 

 

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Gallery Space: Rosalba Saenz LugoDisplay Cases: Barbara Comer

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

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