Milford Public Library

March 24, 2020

 

Dear Library Patrons,

The Milford Public Library is closed to the public until further notice.  Library staff are working to quickly move services online, and increase our online resources.

 

>Current  library cards set to expire before we we re-open have been extended to June 30. If you have any problems with using your library card, or do not have one and would like to access our e-content, please call the library: 203-783-3290.


>We have closed our outside book returns. Please do not leave any returned items outside our doors. We are not charging any overdue fines so you can keep the materials until we re-open.

 

>Any library materials that were ready for your pickup before we closed will be held for you until we re-open.  

 

>You may still place holds on Milford items in our library catalog for pick up in Milford, but we are limiting the number of holds placed per patron to 5 items. These items will be pulled for you and held until we re-open. Our statewide and consortia delivery systems are not operating so patrons will not be able to place holds on items from other libraries.

 

>Please do not drop off any donations while we are closed.  We do not have the staff here to process them.

 

>Museum passes: You may still reserve passes for dates after April 1.  We will extend this date if we remain closed. 

 

>We are encouraging residents to access our online offerings.  We offer access to many subscription websites and downloadable content.  To access these you do need a current Milford LIbrary card. If you have had a card in the past, but it has expired, please contact us via phone, email or FB message to extend your privileges.  If your card is blocked due to past overdue fines these will be waived. 

 

>Staff are adding additional online resources daily, so please check our website frequently for updates.  

 

>*NEW* If you are a Milford resident, but have never had a card, we are now offering Digital Access Only cards. Please 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.       

 

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

Phone: 203-783-3290
Email: milford.public.library@biblio.org

Facebook: @MilfordPublicLibraryCT

Website: milfordlibrary.org

 

Staff will respond to any messages as soon we are able!

 

 

Up to date information on the COVID-19 virus can be found on the City of Milford Health Department or Center for Disease Control’s websites.

 

We miss our wonderful volunteers and library patrons! And please don't forget - many of our local museums, theaters, music venues, restaurants and businesses also miss you.  Please support our local establishments who may be suffering financially due to closure.  Buy a gift card, get take-out, donate your ticket refund and enjoy an e-book from home! 

 

 

Stay healthy -
 

Chris Angeli
Library Director
 

 

PoetryThe City of Milford, Milford Public Library and the Milford Arts Council announce  we are now accepting applications to  be the next City of Milford Poet Laureate.
  
During his/her four-year term, the Poet Laureate will act as an advocate for poetry, literature and the arts and will contribute to the City's poetry and literary legacy through public readings and participation in civic events.
Details on the position, including application information, can be found in the Application packet


Questions may be emailed to: PoetLaureateCommittee@milfordct.gov

ALL PROGRAMS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
jeff snow celticCANCELLED - LIBRARY IS CLOSED: The Softer Side of Celtic Music
Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who shares the stories behind the music of Scotland, Ireland and England.  Much of the history of these lands is preserved in song. You will be singing and laughing as we travel through time. Sunday, March 29 at 2:00pm  
databaseCANCELLED - LIBRARY IS CLOSED: Technology: Remotely Accessing Library Resources
How can you use the Library when you’re not at the Library? Library staff will be giving an overview of our electronic databases, including the national telephone book (ReferenceUSA), Consumer Reports magazine, Chilton's Automotive, Mango Languages, Ancestry and more! Space is limited so please call 203-783-3292 to register Saturday, March 28 at 10:30am. 
census 2020CANCELLED - LIBRARY IS CLOSED: The Census is Coming!

Mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the Census has been conducted every ten years ending in zero since 1790.  Today, more than ever, we need a snapshot of America and its 330 million people.  By collecting data about the diversity of our nation, it determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and guides the annual allocation of $675 billion dollars in federal funding.  In 2020, there are four ways to respond to Census queries : online, on paper, by phone, or by a personal visit from a Census Employee. Marjorie A. Bernard, a Partnership Specialist with the New York Regional Census Center, will be here to discuss the Census and answer your questions. Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00pm

excelCANCELLED - LIBRARY IS CLOSED: Technology: Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Need to organize your spreadsheets, membership lists and other data? Basic Excel functions such as formatting cells, summing columns, and sorting data will be demonstrated in this small group workshop. Space is limited,  so please call 203-783-3292 to register. Thursday, March 26 at 7:00pm.
Note: This program will also be offered Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm.
career coachCANCELLED - LIBRARY IS CLOSED: American Job Center Career Coach
Make 2020 your year to find a great job! This fully functional career center can help with job searching, resume writing, interview techniques, and much more!  You will find helpful career specialists waiting for you.  Located in an oversize bus in the parking lot of Milford Library, the Career Coach is your job coach on wheels.Registration suggested to ensure you get the time you want, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 203.783.3292 to reserve a spot. Thursday,  March 26, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm. 
digital securityCANCELLED - LIBRARY IS CLOSED: Technology: Digital Security
Hacking effected nearly half of all Americans last year and cost businesses nearly half a billion dollars. Learn what you can do to better protect your online accounts, devices, and privacy. We will discuss types of threats, encryption schemes, strong and unique passwords, two-factor authentication, Tor/VPNs, and more. If you’re looking for methods to better secure your online presence and devices, and for ways to better protect your privacy in digital environments, this is the program for you! Space is limited so please call 203-783-3292 to register. Saturday, March 14 at 10:30am.
excelTechnology: Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Need to organize your spreadsheets, membership lists and other data? Basic Excel functions such as formatting cells, summing columns, and sorting data will be demonstrated in this small group workshop. Space is limited,  so please call 203-783-3292 to register. Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm. 

 
ladybugAdult Craft: Ladybug Magnets
Is your refrigerator door covered with old magnets?  Want a nice touch of spring?  We will be making ladybug magnets out of felt, scraps of material, and a few odds and end.  Learn how to make them, and give your refrigerator door a whole new look!
 Class size is limited.   Please call 203.783.3292 to register. Thursday, March 5 at 2:00pm
genealogyGenealogy: Using State Census Records
This monthly genealogy workshop, facilitated by Greg Thompson, explores a different resource tool each month.  This month's topic is, "Using State Census Records." Monday, March 2 at 1:00pm
susan b. anthony

RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 19 AT 2:00pm.

Susan B. Anthony Comes to Milford

The Milford Suffrage Centennial Commiitee and the Milford Publc Library present actor Sheryl Faye as Susan B. Anthony.  Faye's portrayal contains a multi-media component, as she shares Anthony's life story. Anthony was a women's rights activist, who devoted her life to gender and educational equality. Sunday, March 1 at 2:00pm  NOTE: The Library is open ONLY for this special perfomance. 

ONGOING PROGRAMS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
knittingCANCELLED - LIBRARY IS CLOSED: 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.

brain station

CANCELLED - LIBRARY IS CLOSED: Exploration! The Brain Station
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   Tuesday Movies

Barnes & Noble Book Group:

Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00pm
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Note: This group meets at the Barnes & Noble in Milford, and is facilitated by Library Assistant Director, Nancy Abbey.

 

Romance Book Group:

Thursday, March 5 at 10:00am
The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown


CANCELLED - LIBRARY IS CLOSED: Popular Fiction Book Group:
Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00pm
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

CANCELLED - LIBRARY IS CLOSED: Classic Book Discussion:

Thursday, March 26 at 10:00am
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon


 

                                                     


 

There will be no Tuesday movies during the library renovation project. Please visit our neighboring libraries to see their movie line-ups!

  
March Gallery Space: Milford Senior CenterMarch Display Cases: Milford Senior Center

acorn appNew 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.

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