You’ve heard of “Nessie,” the Loch Ness Monster . . .

. . . but what about “Connie,” the Connecticut River Monster or the Phantom of the Goodspeed Opera? Do you really know what lurks in your back yard? Find out on Thursday October 26th at 5:00 pm when EHFPL presents: Fantastic Beasts in Your Back Yard, with Master Cryptowildlife Conservationist, Maureen Heidtmann. Create your own fantastic beast after the presentation – creature-making materials provided.

Capt. George Comer Memorial Celebration

***Please note: Due to high interest in the evening events and the potential for a large audience, the September 13 & September 15 events will be held at Nathan Hale Ray High School (15 School Drive, Moodus, CT 06469).***


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 Nathan Hale Ray High School (15 School Drive, Moodus, CT), 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 Nathan Hale Ray High School (15 School Drive, Moodus, CT), 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.

Storytime and Babytime at RFML Starting Soon!

Miss Karen is looking forward to welcoming her young friends to the upcoming season of Storytime and Babytime at the Rathbun library.

Storytime will start September 11th  & 14th at 10:30  and Babytime September 13 at 10:30.  Sign up now!!

September 11 & 14 – Back to School
September 18 & 21 – Fall is Here!
September 25 & 28 – Shadows!
Babytime – September 13, 20, 27

Build a Better Future Origami Craft at EHFPL

On Monday Aug. 14, origami artist Claudia Martin will be at EHFPL to teach middle-school kids how to “build better future” with folded paper. Please register for this class soon  – Claudia needs to know in advance the number of participants in order to prepare for the program. Calling to register the day of the program won’t allow enough time.

Thank you for understanding.



No Ronald McDonald Aug. 2nd . . .

The famous hamburger clown has cancelled Book Time with Ronald McDonald, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow at 11:00 am at RFML. We don’t know why. Perhaps he has a tummy ache.

We’re apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Origami Program Rescheduled

The summer reading origami program has been rescheduled. Instead of Monday July 24th, it will be August 14th at 6:00 pm. Claudia Martin is a skilled origami artist who is donating her time and talent to make this program possible. Please sign up for this event because Claudia needs to plan for supplies. The program is geared toward middle-school kids and is free.

Do You Believe in Magic?

Magically Christina will be at the library this Sat. July 22 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. All ages are welcome. Each participant must bring a deck of playing cards.

Join us for this high-energy magic show with lots of audience participation.  Prepare to be astounded!


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