Teddy Bear Picnics at Your Libraries

We’re starting our summer reading program with our annual Teddy Bear Picnic event at RFML from 11:00-12:00 on June 22nd, and at EHFPL 12:00-1:00, June 29th. Space is  limited, so please sign up.

At EHFPL the kids must provide their own lunch and drinks. Please no nut products.

For further information, and/or to sign up, please contact your libraries.

Go to the Event drop-down menu to see the entire list of summer programs coming your way.


Astronomy Night at RFML

. . .Trek over to the Rahtbun Library for Astronomy Night Sat. May 20 from 7:00-9:00 pm, presented by HS Senior William Sanders. Bring you own telescope or gaze through the one provided by William. (stargazers age 10+)

Moose in Connecticut – EHLS Ongoing Nature Program Series

Moose in Connecticut? Yep! In fact, several years ago a moose was spotted in Ellington, Tolland, Bolton, Hebron, Marlborough, Colchester and East Haddam. It was likely the same moose, according to wildlife biologist Andrew LaBonte.

Andrew M. LaBonte is a wildlife biologist with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Wildlife Division. He is certified as a wildlife biologist through The Wildlife Society. He received a B.S. in wildlife biology from Unity College, Unity, Maine, and an M.S. degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Connecticut. His research includes moose populations in the State, and he presents interesting programs to the public on the topic. He will be presenting a program sponsored by the East Haddam Library System, to be held at the East Haddam Grange Hall, Friday May 26th at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments 6:00-6:30.

So where are the moose coming from, and why? Will more be arriving in Connecticut? What should we do if we see one? These are some of the questions that will be answered by Mr. LaBonte at this program.

Over the past year or so, we have presented programs at the Hall about black bears and bobcats in Connecticut. Join us for the next event in this ongoing series. Come to the Grange Hall for a discussion of how to coexist with moose, the largest member of the deer family, and prevent conflict while learning about their history. Or should I say “moosetory”?

This is a FREE EVENT! Age 12+ please.

VFW Wall of Honor Workshop

The VFW is making a digital wall of honor for the new town hall. Bring your pictures of veterans (past or present) and a brief bio to be included in the display to the East Haddam Free Public Library Monday, May 15th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, or to Rathbun Free Memorial Library Tuesday May 16th from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Bobcats in your Backyard

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.

Author Karl Bacon at EHFPL March 25th

Karl will be at EHFPL for a reading and book signing Sat. March 25 at 10:00

Karl Bacon, a native of Woodbury, Connecticut, has been a serious student of the Civil War since childhood.  Countless hours of detailed research supply the foundation for each of his novels, including copious reading, internet research, and personal visits to battlefields and historic sites. This adds great depth and realism to the stories to make them as historically accurate and believable as possible.

Karl’s first novel, An Eye for Glory, was a Publishers Weekly Top Pick for Spring/Summer 2011 and a Christy Award Finalist for First Novel in 2012. This novel is set in the rich history of the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

His second novel, Until Shiloh Comes, is the first book of the Shiloh Trilogy, a series that follows a young Union soldier throughout the remainder of the war after he is seriously wounded at Shiloh. Until Shiloh Comes was published in 2015. It garnered critical praise from a number of sources and won the National Indie Excellence Award for Historical Fiction.

Prairie Dog Town, the second installment of the trilogy, was released in July 2016 and has also received excellent reviews.

The final book of the trilogy is The Gates of Sheol, which Karl plans to release later this year. Karl now lives with his wife, Jackie, in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

The Annual Jelly Bean Counting Contest Starts March 1st

The annual springtime Jelly Bean Counting Contest is ready and waiting for your guess.

Come into the EHFPL, study the jar filled with jelly beans, and submit your entry.

Like the poster says, “if you guess the number of jelly beans in the jar, you’ll take them home in your car! Along with two rubber duckies . . .”

What’ve you got to lose?

Two Local Author Events at EHFPL

Meet the author of Haunted House Diaries and The World’s Most Haunted House, Bill Hall’s latest novel.

Join us at EHFPL on Saturday January 28th, from 11:00 to 1:00, for a fascinating reading and book signing, and to hear stories about haunted Connecticut houses – including one in Litchfield and one in Bridgeport.

Hear the “true story” of the Bridgeport Poltergeist from the safety and comfort of the East Haddam Free Public library.

Author Bill Hall is “an experienced researcher of the unexplained,” according to his web site, and is an active investigator of the paranormal. His syndicated column, “Magic and the Unknown,” ran for six years in several newspapers.

Whether you’re a believer or not, this is sure to be a fun and entertaining event.

And coming soon, local author Billie Kowalewski is pleased to announce the publication of
“Enlightened,” her first novel, and her very first author event. The novel already has a attracted a small, loyal following.

“Enlightened” is a love story for young adults that spans both Heaven and Earth. Exploring the idea of reincarnation, the author tells the story from an interesting perspective. Her 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, and still enjoys the job and the kids. She is excited about her new career path as a writer and her very first author event, which will be Saturday February 4th at the East Haddam Free Public Library from 10 am to 1 pm. She is hoping to see a lot of familiar faces at the event, including her “bus families”, past and present.


EHLS Seeking a Part-Time Circulation Assistant

Town of East Haddam

Applications are being accepted for a part-time Saturday/evening circulation assistant position within the Town of East Haddam Public Library System.  Applicants will be required to provide administrative, library and clerical support to the Library Director and the Libraries of East Haddam. The Circulation Assistant will be responsible for performance of daily operations, maintaining the library shelves, working the circulation desk, doing paperwork for programs and services, and assisting with events as needed. High School students with the appropriate level of work/volunteer experience are encouraged to apply.  Salary for this position is $10.10/hour for approximately 4 hours per week.  Application packages available at Selectmen’s Office.  Resume with cover letter and references required.  Send application package to Selectmen’s Office, 7 Main Street, P.O. Box K, East Haddam, CT 06423.  Applications accepted until position is filled.  The Town of East Haddam is an equal opportunity employer.

Circulation Assistant Job Description
Employment Application

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