Milford Public Library

Please note: Masks are required in ALL city buildings, regardless of vaccination status.  
Acorn APp Go mobile! 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 forget to bring your library card with you. To download the free app, go to the Google Play or Apple App Store.
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SUPPORT THE FRIENDS OF THE MILFORD LIBRARY
Visit the Friends ongoing booksale in the Library Lobby.  Fiction, Non-fiction, Children's Books, dvds - all at unbelievable prices! Book sale is available during all open library hours. 

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.  Cash 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 smileAs you do your online shopping, sign into smile.amazon.com, and choose the Friend of The Milford LIbrary as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of every eligible purchase to the Friends!    Thank you!
 
Visit Friends of the Milford Library for more information on this organization
JANUARY /FEBRUARY PROGRAMS 
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 
January Adult Take & Make: Sand Painting
This month's kit contains colored sand and a template; you will need to supply the glue.  While supplies last. Available at the adult circulation desk beginning in January. Instructions available here.

Stories from the Attic!
Urban Archaeologist Greg van Antwerp has been on the hunt for hidden history in CT and NY, bringing to light some stories that have never been told. Don't miss this humorous and educational look at days gone by.  Questions? Email Nancy Abbey: nabbey@milfordct.gov.  Visit Stories from the Attic to obtain the Zoom information.  Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00pm.  
See this presentation HERE

ArtScapades presents: Women of Impressionism
In this program, ArtScapade lecturers Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman present the lives and works of three women artists, two French, Marie Bracquemond and Berthe Morisot, and one American, Mary Cassatt, who despite being American, was considered a French Impressionist.  All three broke through the restraints of society and exhibited works that were as innovative as those of their male counterparts.  ArtScapades lectures look at the important artists of the period including background information on each artist’s life and work, characteristics of style, and the relationship of the artistic movements to historical and intellectual currents of the time. Questions? Email nabbey@milfordct.gov. Visit ArtScapades to obtain the Zoom information. Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00pm.

Employment Workshops
Can't make the January date? These workshops will be offered again in February.  

Milford Library welcomes Career Resources, Inc. and the American Job Center. This fully functional career center has experts to get you the assistance you need at no cost. Look for the The Career Coach parked behind the Library.

Two workshops will be offered on Thursday, January 27:
10:00am: Create a Great Resume
1:00pm: Social Networking for Employment

 

Each workshop is 2 hours. Come to one, or both! Sign up at 203-783-3292 or email Reference Librarian Diana Preece at dpreece@milfordct.gov.  Thursday, January 27. See workshop times above.  

Citizen Science
Discuss how ordinary people can contribute to real scientific research. Thanks to the internet, many scientific pursuits today can be crowdsourced and gamified. Some examples of citizen science are The Globe Explorer and National Geographic's iNaturalist.   Questions? Email fdanowski@milfordct.gov. Visit Citizen Science to obtain the Zoom information.  Thursday, January 27 at 7:00pm.
February Adult Take & Make: Yarn Hearts
Make a valentine heart from cardboard and yarn. The kit includes a cardboard sheet, a template, and yarn. While supplies last. Available at the adult circulation desk beginning in February. Instructions will be posted on the Library's YouTube Channel. 
Extinct Animal Series via Zoom
Milford Library presents Gerri Griswold, from the White Memorial Conservation Center, in a series of presentations covering notable extinct animals. 

 
  • November 3: The dodo, a flightless bird whose home was the island of Mauritania. The extinction of the dodo within less than a century of its discovery called attention to the previously unrecognized problem of human involvement in the disappearance of entire species. See the November 3rd presentation HERE
  • December 1: The Great Auk, a large flightless bird of the North Atlantic. A food source and highly praised for its down, it became extinct in the 19th century.
  • January 12: The passenger pigeon, endemic mostly to the East Coast of North America, was once the most abundant bird in North America. Hunting and deforestation led to its extinction around the turn of the 20th century. See the January 12th presentation HERE.
  • February 2: The Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger. A predatory marsupial, it probably originated in Australia, but by the time Europeans discovered the species, it was mostly found on the island of Tasmania. Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties is generally blamed for its extinction, but other contributing factors may have been disease, the introduction of dogs, and human encroachment into its habitat.

Questions? Email nabbey@milfordct.gov. Visit Tasmanian Tiger to obtain the Zoom information. Wednesday, February 2 at 7:00pm.

Organizing your Home
Organizer Glenn Davison will give you the motivation and tools to organize your life. He will also provide resources to help you continue organizing after the class is done. Questions? Email Nancy Abbey: nabbey@milfordct.gov.  Visit  Get Organized to obtain the Zoom information. Tuesday, February 8 at 7:00pm.  
A River Speaks Documentary
This film explores the Mill River in New Haven, CT, and humanity's complex relationship with nature. Filmmaker Steve Hamm will be available for questions afterwards. Questions? Email Nancy Abbey: nabbey@milfordct.gov.  Visit  A River Speaks to obtain the Zoom information. Wednesday, February 9 at 7:00pm.  
Basic Image Editing with GIMP
The free image editing program, GIMP,  is getting better with every release, even creeping up on Photoshop at this point! We will discuss how to read a histogram and apply that to make your images look better by using the tools, and menu options available. We will cover downloading and configuration, as well as cropping, color correction, contrast, sharpening, saving and exporting. Questions? Email fdanowski@milfordct.gov. Visit GIMP to obtain the Zoom information.  Thursday,  February 10 at 7:00pm.   
ArtScapades presents: Artists Abroad
In this program, ArtScapade lecturers Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman examine the lives and works of American Artists, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Despite their expatriate status, they were great American talents. ArtScapades lectures look at the important artists of the period including background information on each artist’s life and work, characteristics of style, and the relationship of the artistic movements to historical and intellectual currents of the time. Questions? Email nabbey@milfordct.gov. Visit ArtScapades to obtain the Zoom information. Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00pm.
Employment Workshops
Milford Library welcomes Career Resources, Inc. and the American Job Center. This fully functional career center has experts to get you the assistance you need at no cost. Look for the The Career Coach parked behind the Library.

Two workshops will be offered on Thursday, February 24:
10:00am:  Social networking
1:00pm: Create a Great Resume

Each workshop is 2 hours. Come to one, or both! Sign up at 203-783-3292 or email Reference Librarian Diana Preece at dpreece@milfordct.gov.  Thursday, February 24. See workshop times above.  

Light pollution with Leo Smith
Leo Smith, former executive director of the International Dark Sky Association (IDSA), discusses how light pollution effects our environment and all the creatures that live in it, including humans. Truly dark skies are becoming a thing of the past.  During a 1994 blackout, Los Angeles residents called the police in droves to report a strange band of lights in the sky... This was the first time many residents of L.A. had ever seen the Milky Way! Since then, new challenges have presented themselves, from daylight balanced illumination, to a growing number of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO)..Questions? Email fdanowski@milfordct.gov. Zoom registration link to be posted soon. Thursday,  February 24 at 7:00pm.  
 
Fashion in Fiction
Dressed in authentic attire, actor Kandie Carle will discuss the clothing of the Regency Era, and highlight Jane Austen's use of clothing to define character and class. Questions? Email Nancy Abbey: nabbey@milfordct.gov.  Visit Fashion in Fiction to obtain the Zoom information. Sunday, February 27 at 2:00pm.  
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! 
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. UPDATE: The Needlepoint Group will not be meeting at the library until March 2022. 
Knitters & Quilters: Meet every Friday at 1:00pm in the Library Program Room. 
Book Discussion Groups    

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

 

Romance Book Group:

The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros
Thursday, February 10 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 Reference Desk

Popular Fiction Book Group:
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Tuesday, February 15 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 Reference Desk

 

Classic Book Discussion:
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Thursday, January 27 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 Reference Desk

 

Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
Thursday, February 24 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 Reference Desk


Racial Justice Book Discussion:
This book group is on hold. Please check back for updates. 
 

 

 Window Mural courtesy of Crystal Beetham. Crystal Beetham Art: https://csbart.wordpress.com/

January Gallery: Margaret Furtak
February Gallery: Local Artist group, TCCGLS

January Display Cases: Andy Bishop
February Display Cases: Local Artist group, TCCGLS

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