Three Exciting Events Coming Soon . . .

Celebrate the life and accomplishments of East Haddam resident Capt. George Comer. George Comer was a  polar explorer, whaler, seal hunter, ethnologist, cartographer, author, and photographer. Comer was born in Quebec City, Quebec in 1858, but he grew up in East Haddam. In 1877, he and his wife made their home on Mount Parnassus Road.

Captain George Comer was considered the most famous American whaling captain of Hudson Bay and the world’s foremost authority on Hudson Bay Inuit in the early 20th century.

Please join the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum and the East Haddam Library System for a celebration to honor the life and accomplishments of Capt. Comer at the following events:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 7:30 PM at the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum guest speaker, Fred Calabretta, Curator of Collections and Oral Historian at Mystic Seaport, will speak about the life and adventures of Captain Comer in Antarctica, Hudson Bay, Greenland, and East Haddam.

Friday, September 15, 2017 – 7:00 PM at the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum guest speaker Bernadette Dean, cultural advisor on Inuit & Arctic History, along with Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad, curator & researcher on Inuit art & material culture of the Smithsonian Institution, will share their knowledge of the Inuit culture.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM, there will be a re-dedication ceremony of the George Comer Memorial State Park, located at 218 Mount Parnassus Road, East Haddam, CT.

Back By Popular Demand . . .

. . . EHLS Adult Summer Reading Program!

From July 1st to September 22nd, every book you read gives you a chance to win one of 5 prizes: a set of two mugs featuring artwork of your two libraries; a $20 Nathan Hale Pharmacy gift certificate; a $15 gift certificate to Village Pizza; a $10 gift certificate to Two Wrasslin’ Cats; a $10 gift certificate to DaVinci Pizza.


Here are the details:

Participants are to read books in the different categories listed on the “Raffle Tickets.”  For each book read, the ticket should be filled out and deposited in the canister at the circulation desk. The more you read the more chances you will have to win a prize.

Winning tickets will be drawn at the East Haddam Free Public Library on 9/22/2017 at 5:00PM. Attendance is not required.

If you have any questions on the program please contact library staff at either Library.

 East Haddam Free Public Library


 Rathbun Memorial Library



Join us for two great April programs

Kandie Carle presents: “Those Hamilton Sisters” Saturday April 1st 4:00 pm at the Rathbun.

The Hamilton Sisters were some of the most influential and forward-thinking women of their time. Alice Hamilton retired to her home in East Haddam in 1945, where she spent many summers with her sisters, including Edith – one of “the most prolific Greek Mythologists of all time.”


Bobcats in your Backyard: Friday April 7th 6:30 pm at the Grange Hall.

Sightings of these fierce yet beautiful animals have been occurring more and more in recent months, so we’re very happy to provide this timely and interesting program presented by a Master Wildlife Conservationist.

Please join us for these informative and entertaining evenings.

The Library Survey

In order to continue to provide services and materials that matter most to our patrons, we have put together a brief survey. Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think.
Here is a link: Library Survey.