Library Passport Contest Starts Soon!

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

April 2-30, 2018

Over one hundred Connecticut libraries are proud to participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries. The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries.

To participate, visit your local participating library to pick up your Passport. They will stamp it and give you a token gift to get you started. Then, take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport and give you another small gift.

If you visit at least five participating libraries and return your passport to a participating library by May 7th, then you will be entered into one state-wide drawing for a chance to win a $150 Visa gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $100 Visa gift card for children (under 18). This is a state-wide contest where four winners will be selected: one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited at least five libraries, and one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited the most libraries.

For more details and a full list of participating libraries, ask your local librarian.

Local Author Book Signing Friday

On Friday March 16th from 1:00-2:00 pm, author Chanda E. Gonzalez will be at the EHFPL for a reading of her new book, Nenapoo Goes to School, about a little girl with special needs entering school for the first time. It was written to help children that have special needs transition into school with a little more ease.

Ms. Gonzalez is a child advocate, health educator, and Founder/Director of a non-profit child-based organization.

Coyote Program Cancelled

Due to the upcoming stormy weather, tonight’s program, Coyotes in Connecticut, has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a date in August because Mr. Colburn, the program’s speaker, is solidly booked until then.

Thanks for your understanding. We will keep you posted.

A Heart Health Program at Rathbun . . .

On Tuesday February 27th at 6:30 pm, the East Haddam Library System will present special guest speakers.

Dr Jeffrey Ranaudo MD, American Board Certified Vascular Surgeon, will discuss heart health from a medical perspective including ways to keep your heart healthy and the dangers of having an unhealthy heart. Also, Trainers of Annino Strength and Conditioning will be discussing the benefits of exercise and the importance of staying active to keep your heart healthy.

Heart healthy snacks will be provided. We hope to see you at the Rathbun Free Memorial Library Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30 pm!


Jelly-Bean Time!

Yes, it’s time to come in to East Haddam Free Public library to guess the number of jelly-beans in the jar. If you’re guess is the closest, you’ll get to “take it home in your car,” along with two rubber ducks of your choice. The contest starts today, Valentines Day, and ends April 1st. Each time you visit the library, you can make one guess. The more visits, the more chances to win this fabulous prize!

Sponsored by the Friends of East Haddam Free Public Library.

Have fun!

Two Great Events Coming in March

On Friday March 2nd, Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn will present “Coyotes in Connecticut.” He will give facts and dispel the myths surrounding these beautiful, intelligent and resourceful creatures.

The program will take place at the Grange Hall at 7:00.

Join us! It’s sure to be a howl!


Saturday March 3 from 10am to 12:30 pm, local author Billie Kowalewski will be at EHFPL for a book signing of her latest novel, “Divided.”

“Divided” is the sequel to her first novel, “Enlightened,” which has a loyal following.

Both novels are love stories for young adults, and they explore the idea of reincarnation. The author tells the story from an interesting perspective. The main character, Harmony, is witty and humorous as she addresses the reader directly, creating an intimate experience throughout, helping to make the reader feel part of the story.

About the Author: Billie Kowalewski has been a school bus driver in the town of East Haddam for many years. She is excited about her new career path as a writer and her second author event, which will be Saturday February 3rd at the East Haddam Free Public Library from 10 am to 12:30 pm. She is hoping to see a lot of familiar faces at the event, including her “bus families,” past and present

Library Love!

During the month of February, EHFPL and RFML will sell red paper hearts that read “______ Loves the Libraries!” at the main circulation desks. A donation jar will be placed next to the hearts, you may fill out as many as you like in exchange for a donation (no set price). The hearts will be hung in the hallways for the month of February.  The proceeds will go towards the library system – in particular, the Children’s Shelving Project at EHFPL and the Historical Room Digitization Project at the Rathbun.

A special thanks to Joanne Roczniak who is working with businesses in town to display and sell the hearts.


Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday Feb. 3rd from 10:00 to 12:30, EHFPL and RFML invite you to participate in Take Your Child to the Library Day, which is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library.

Stop by both libraries for a craft, snacks and a prize for the kids!

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