Saturday, December 08, 2012

Online Catalog Maintenance

The Library's online catalog and circulation system will be unavailable from 10 PM ET Saturday, December 8 until Monday morning, December 10 while our vendor migrates to a new server location.  You may see a notice to this effect if you try to access our catalog.  This may also affect access to the Overdrive downloadable e-books and audio books since it requires authentication of your library barcode from the circulation database. 

While our system is down, you may search for books, dvds, etc. in reQuest, the statewide database.  Go to (There is also an ICONN button on the Library's web page.) Log in as a "guest" instead of using your library barcode.  Otherwise, the system will try to access our catalog which will be unavailable. 

We appreciate your patience with the disruption of service.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Kindles, Nooks, and iPads

The Kindles, Nooks, and iPads that the Library purchased through a grant from the Community Foundation of Eastern CT are now available to patrons.  The two iPads are for use within the library only, and printing from the iPads is enabled.  The Kindles and Nooks (the library has 2 of each and they may be reserved) may be checked out for two weeks.  They are preloaded with best-selling titles, and we will be periodically adding new ones.  In some instances, we may be able to acquire titles for the e-readers before the print copies arrive. We welcome suggestions for titles to be downloaded. Below is a list of the titles currently available. In the near future, we hope to have updated lists on our web site.  Please try them out and let us know what you think!

Title Author Device

Age of Miracles Walker, Karen Nook
Barack Obama Maraniss, David Kindle
Beautiful Ruins Walter, Jess Kindle
Caleb's Crossing Brooks, Geraldine Kindle
Canada Ford, Richard Nook
Dare Me Abbott, Megan Nook
Gold Cleave, Chris Nook
Gone Girl Flynn, Gillian Nook
I, Michael Bennett Patterson, James & Ledwidge, Michael Nook
Seating Arrangements Shipstead, Maggie Kindle
Shadow of Night Harkness, Deborah Kindle
Souvenir Benn, James R. Kindle
Summerland Hilderbrand, Erin Nook
The Light Between Oceans Steadman, M.L. Nook
The Next Best Thing Weiner, Jennifer Kindle
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Strayed, Cheryl Kindle

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Web site accessible again

The malware warning has been cleared from the library's website. You can once again access the library's online services at We have appreciated your patience while we resolved the problem. (Note: If for some reason you still get the malware warning, try clearing the cache or temporary Internet files on your browser.)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Access to the Library's Online Services

The library has been having problems with its web site for the past few weeks.  Our site became infected with malware.  It has been fixed and is clean. Unfortunately, however, it is taking a while for the browsers to rescan our site, so it is still displaying the following warning:

Reported Attack Page!
This web page at has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.
Attack pages try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.Some attack pages intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.
To avoid worry about accessing our web site, we have posted links to our online catalog (both Verso and Iluminar, the Library Connection Downloadable Catalog, our events calendar, and ICONN in the sidebar.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.  We are working to resolve the problem as soon as possible. We will let you know as soon as the web site is displaying properly again.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Computers, E-Readers, iPads - Technology Galore!

Good news! June seems to be technology month here at the library.  A lot is happening.  On Tuesday, June 26, we will be having new patron computers and printers installed.  The bad news is that the computers may be unavailable for most of the day while the set-up takes place and the software is installed.  In addition, the library received a grant from the Community Foundation of Eastern CT  to purchase e-readers and iPads for the library.  We have purchased 2 Kindles, 2 Nooks, and 2 iPads.  The Kindles and Nooks will be available for checkout so that patrons may borrow them to try out the devices or just read best-sellers in digital format.  The iPads will be for use within the library only.  We are in the process of setting up and configuring the devices, developing policies, and downloading the books and apps. They should be available to patrons within a few weeks. We will be downloading mostly best-sellers to the e-readers, so if you have any suggestions for titles you would like to see downloaded to the Kindles or Nooks, please let us know. Also, if you know of any iPad apps you think would be useful and helpful to library patrons, we'd love to hear about those as well. Once the devices are available, we would like to have some feedback from patrons about how they like them and use them. We are marching headlong into the digital age, and we hope to hear from you along the way!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

So Many Books...

Receiving new book shipments is one of the best parts of my job. Opening a box of best-sellers and salivating over each one as it comes out of the box feels a little like Christmas morning. Then reality sets in with the realization that I will probably never get around to reading most of them. Even with reading multiple books at once, (listening to one in the car, one on the nightstand, and one on the Kindle and/or iPad), I’ll only get to read a fraction of all the books that interest me. Nonfiction is especially frustrating since many titles are longer and a slower read than most fiction titles, yet there are so many intriguing titles that beckon. Here’s a list of some of the newest nonfiction titles we’ve added to the collection. Maybe some of them will interest you.

Ali in Wonderland : and other tall tales / Ali Wentworth.

American sniper : the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history / Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.

The American way of eating: undercover at Wal-Mart, Applebee's, farm fields and the dinner table / Tracie McMillan.

Below stairs : the classic kitchen maid's memoir that inspired "Upstairs, downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" / Margaret Powell.

Bringing up bébé : one American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting / Pamela Druckerman.

Coming apart : the state of white America, 1960-2010 / Charles Murray.

Freedom's gardener : James F. Brown, horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in antebellum America / Myra B. Young Armstead.

Gilded lives, fatal voyage : the Titanic's first-class passengers and their world / Hugh Brewster.

The happiness of pursuit : what neuroscience can teach us about the good life / Shimon Edelman.

The ice balloon : S.A. Andrée and the heroic age of arctic exploration / Alec Wilkinson.

The man without a face : the unlikely rise of Vladimir Putin / Masha Gessen.

On an Irish Island/Robert Kanigel

Once upon a secret : my affair with President John F. Kennedy and its aftermath / Mimi Alford.

The power of habit : why we do what we do in life and business / Charles Duhigg.

Quiet : the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking / Susan Cain.

Revolution 2.0 : the power of the people is greater than the people in power : a memoir / Wael Ghonim.

The science of yoga : the risks and the rewards / William J. Broad ; illustrations by Bobby Clennell.

Space chronicles : facing the ultimate frontier / Neil deGrasse Tyson ; edited by Avis Lang.

This will make you smarter : new scientific concepts to improve your thinking / edited by John Brockman ; foreword by David Brooks.

Too big to know : rethinking knowledge now that the facts aren't the facts, experts are everywhere, and the smartest person in the room is the room / David Weinberger.

Unorthodox : the scandalous rejection of my Hasidic roots / Deborah Feldman.

Wanted women : faith, lies, and the war on terror : the lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui / Deborah Scroggins.

We're with nobody : two insiders reveal the dark side of American politics / Alan Huffman, Michael Rejebian.

The world of Downton Abbey / text, Jessica Fellowes ; photography, Nick Briggs ; foreword, Julian Fellowes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Peyton Place - Library Book Club selection - Thursday, March 8 at 7 P.M.

The name “Peyton Place” has become synonymous with scandal or melodrama in American society. The first thing that always came to mind for me when I heard the name was the 1960s prime time television show that made stars of Mia Farrow and Ryan O’Neill (and that I usually didn’t get to watch because my mother sent me to bed!) A few months ago, I ran across an old article in Vanity Fair magazine about Grace Metalious, the author of the book. (here’s the link to that article for those who are interested: It aroused my curiosity, so I decided to read it. Expecting something tawdry and “trashy”, I was pleasantly surprised. Metalious wasn’t a bad writer, and the story is actually rather tame by today’s standards. It’s not a literary masterpiece, but it’s not “trash” either. I put the title on the list of books to be considered by our library book club, and it was chosen as the March title. Our discussion is scheduled for Thursday, March 8 at 7 P.M. We have extra copies here at the library, so if you are inclined, why don’t you read it and join us? I think it will be a great discussion.