Library Open 12/14, Normal Hours

Due to popular demand, the libraries will be open their normal hours on Thursday, December 14. Please disregard any prior announcements to the contrary.

(The Libraries will be closed Dec. 25, 26 & Jan. 1 for the holidays.)

Food for Fines

The annual East Haddam Food Bank food drive starts today and ends December 30th. If you owe a fine to your library, for every non-perishable food item you donate, $1.00 will be deducted from your library fine.

Donation boxes are located at both libraries.

If you don’t owe money, please feel free to donate a food item anyway. Help bring holiday cheer to a needy family this season.



Libraries Closed 10/30

UPDATE: EHFPL has power and will be open from 12:00-5:00pm.

(Rathbun is without power and is closed.)


Due to lack of electricity and dangerous driving conditions, the libraries will be closed on Monday, October 30. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Bat Week is Next Week!

Halloween is just around the corner and time to celebrate bats, the most amazing creatures of the night, along with East Haddam Free Public Library and Bat Conservation International. Starting next Monday and all week long, check out the fun bat projects, fun facts, crossword puzzles, crafts and lots of other stuff available from EHFPL, starting with a pattern and instructions for making a Bat-O-Lantern.

Stop into the library for your free template and instructions, Mon.-Fri. 10-5:30.


(BCI Photo)

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
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