Please note our change of hours effective 8/17/17
Mark your calendars to come to the Library on July 9th @ 4:00 p.m. and hear about the upcoming Eclipse from Cynthia Peterson.
Check out the Video of the Town of East Hampton, and if you watch real closely towards the end you will even see our Library (Middle Haddam Public Library). Great town to live in
Click on attached for more information about upcoming MOMS Club meeting with East Hampton Superintendent of Schools.
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If you would like to make a donation to the Garden Club please note in attachment how to make a donation
Need something to do Sunday Evening (July 31st), join us at the Library at 5:00 p.m. – Click on the below for more details.
Upcoming event on March 3, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m. at the Library
Come Celebrate – Saturday, July 18 @ 5:00 p.m. at the Library:
JUNE 24th @ 7:00p.m. at the Library
Dear Patrons of the Middle Haddam Public Library:
The Middle Haddam Public Library is at an exciting but challenging moment in its long history.
The volunteer board of directors of the Middle Haddam Public Library has proposed plans to make modest changes to the 1960s wing of the building in an effort to improve the library’s future usefulness, as well as changes to the grounds to make the building accessible to people with physical challenges or who have difficulty with stairs.
While it is especially valued for its charm as a historical building, the Library’s nonprofit status, determined by the IRS, is as a 501c3 public library. Its primary mission is to serve the public. In order to fulfill this mission, it must be accessible to the public. In addition to the requirement for the library to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is simply the right thing to do to make the library a place that everyone can visit.
A gift from the estate of a long-time Middle Haddam resident provides funds to build an “annex,” including “a glass-enclosed porch area overlooking the wildlife area surrounding the library.” In fulfilling the terms of the bequest, we are able to improve the library’s ability to meaningfully serve the public going forward through a small annex built on to the back of the 1960s addition. A handicap accessible entrance and restroom off the west side of the 1960s wing are also included.
The annex was designed to provide ample light and views of the library’s natural surroundings to comply with the donor’s intent, while maintaining architectural compatibility with the rest of the building. It will enable the library to more comfortably host small community groups, and thus be more useful and relevant to residents of Middle Haddam and the local region.
The current plans, which have been available at the library since January 11, include a gently inclining and visually appealing walkway, allowing full accessibility via the 1960s addition to the building without requiring the handrails and level platforms of a handicap accessible ramp. The plans also add a restroom to the first floor of the same wing to be accessible to all visitors. The plans have been approved by the State Historic Preservation Office, as well as by the Middle Haddam Historic District Commission.
The board held two public meetings to explain the proposed plans and our reasons for them. The first, held on Sunday, January 11 was attended by fewer than a dozen people; no one at all attended the second meeting on January 25. In addition, the Rivereast published a letter from the board on January 23, 2015, summarizing the reasons for the proposed changes. That letter is reproduced and available at the library.
Nonetheless, a petition objecting to an expansion to the library building or any change to the property has been circulating. Some have suggested that much of the bequest should be used to maintain the existing building rather than adding anything to it. Doing so would neither serve the public interest in upgrading the library’s facilities nor fairly honor the terms of the bequest. Some have suggested that lower circulation and visitor numbers mean the library is not valued as a community resource as it once was. And some simply do not want change of any sort.
Yes, the library is seeing a decline in circulation and visitors. In addition to the growth in electronic readers and changing lifestyle habits generally, many of the long-time, faithful patrons of the Middle Haddam Public Library either no longer live in the area or have difficulty physically entering the building. For a multitude of reasons, the library is not used as well as it could or should be.
So what does the future of the library hold? Given the demographic and other social changes in the community, it could close within a number of years and the building fall into disrepair. No one wants that, of course. That is why the board is proposing these changes to the newer wing of the building – to make the library a more inviting, useful, accessible place for everyone. The small annex, the accessible walkway and entrance and the first-floor restroom are an important start. The job of the board and those who care most about the library is also to build new programming, relationships and outreach efforts to make the library useful to and valued by the whole community.
We therefore invite you to a community discussion on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 7 pm at the Middle Haddam Public Library to share your thoughts and aspirations for the library’s future, to ask questions, and to offer feedback. If you are unable to attend but have a thought or a question you would like to ask, please feel free to contact us via librarian Janet McDonald at email@example.com or 860-267-9093, or via Facebook.
The Middle Haddam Public Library Board of Directors:
March Event – 3/11/15 @ 7:00 p.m.
Just in time for warm weather
(It is coming!!)
Make your very own mermaid. Needle felting
is a wonderful medium for creating human form.
Join me as I teach you how to create a
fun, one-of-a-kind mermaid of your own.
Saturday, March 14th
Middle Haddam Library
Middle Haddam, CT
$80 – includes everything!
For registration or more info:
or call Kristen: 860-798-9825
SAVE THE DATE! The Annual Middle Haddam Public Library Holiday Party
Hors d’oeuvres and Open Bar. Punch and cookies for the Children.
December 7, 2014. 4:30pm – 7pm.
Please remember the Library with your annual contribution!
November 23rd . Antiques dealer Arthur Liverant will give a talk on “Little Chairs for Little Bums” 200 Years of Children’s Seating. Program starts 4pm at the Library.
Upcoming October 2014 event happenings at the library:
October 16 @6:30 p.m. – East Hampton Arts & Culture Commission for discussion on Arts & Culture in our town
October 18 @ 1:00 p.m – bring your children to meet:
October 19 @ 4:00
Dianna Evans – Talk on The 2014 Senate Elections: Dynamics & Consequences
Mom’s Club of East Hampton
Mom’s Club (4th Tuesday of each month) updated November 2014
March 27 – 4 :00 – 5:00 p.m. Story Hour, Join us as we read some funny stories about “Fish”
March 6, 2014 – Story Hour with Laurie Gypson – focusing on “Growing Things”. Time will be from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
She will read some stories and then you will be able to start to grow some things. All ages are invited. Parents or caregivers are asked to accompany children under age 10. Supplies for the program will be provided.
Mom’s Club meets 4th Monday of each month
at the Middle Haddam Public Library @ 9:45 a.m.
New Felt classes by Kristen Walsh coming soon – Dates will be April 12 – Mermaid/Human Face, April 19 – Mermaid/Human Body & May 3rd – Landscape class.
Mermaid/Human Head – Come learn how to sculpt a human face by folding, rolling and needling wool! Everything you need to complete the head (including wonderful wool locks for amazing looking hair!) is included.
Mermaid/Human Body – Come learn how to sculpt a mermaid body (head made in previous class). Students will use a wire armature to make articulated hands and learn fun color surface design to enhance the tail.
Landscape class – In this workshop we will use wool felt as our base and learn how to manipulate wool in such a way that we can create bark for trees, rocks that look surprisingly real, water and, if time permits, beautiful flowers too. This will be a very fast paced workshop.
You can email Kristen for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website http://scrapfelt.com/shows-classes/