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February 2023 Newsletter

February 2023 Newsletter

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Hello, Friends!

Happy February! We will be closed Monday, February 20, 2023, in observance of Presidents' Day, but we look forward to seeing you all the other days this month!

Meet our new Head Librarian, Heather Szaley Aronson!

Meet our new Head Librarian, Heather Szaley Aronson!

You may recognize Heather as she’s worked at the Southbury Public Library since 2003. Starting as a volunteer, Heather decided the library was the place for her and has been everything from circulation assistant to Head of Youth Services.  A life-long Connecticut resident, she holds a Master of Arts from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and a Master of Library and Information Sciences from Drexel University. 

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Summer Reading 2022 by the Numbers

We are so very impressed by all the wonderful reading our Summer Reading participants did this year! All combined, our Children and Teen Summer Reading Participants together read an astounding 335,234 minutes! That also works out to 5587 hours and 14 minutes; or 232 days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes; or 33 weeks, 19 hours, and 14 minutes! That's more than half a year of reading all added up, all done by 320 local children and teens and done in less than 60 days!

See below for the breakdown of how much each age group read when all added together:

Poet Laureate Application

Town Poet Laureate Program Starting in Southbury

The Southbury Public Library and Sustainable Southbury have partnered to create a Town Poet Laureate program! 

Many towns and the state of Connecticut have Poet Laureate programs where candidates submit their work for review by a panel of judges and the winner represents the respective town or state, while promoting poetry and literacy. Regarding adding a Poet Laureate to Southbury, First Selectman Jeff Manville said “Art and culture are an important part of our community and a Town Poet Laureate would be a welcome addition to our community." 

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Passport to Connecticut Libraries: April 1–30, 2022


The Passport to Connecticut Libraries program runs from April 1–30, 2022! Pick up your Passport from either circulation desk and visit at least five participating libraries during April to enter for a chance to win a Visa gift card of up to $150! 

Did you know you can use your hometown library card to visit ANY public library in the State of Connecticut? Your one library card can bring you to more than 140 libraries and 15 million books and other items!

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DVD Fines Return January 2022

DVDs, Museum/Park Passes, and Kindles that are checked out beginning on Sunday, January 2, 2022 will accrue late fines if they are overdue ($1/day for movies and $2/day for Museum Passes and Kindles; no renewals for either). Fines accrued on Southbury Library items between March 2020-December 2021 will still be forgiven (as will fines from any extenuating circumstances). We still won't charge fines on books, audiobooks, or CDs that are overdue but encourage you to renew these if you are keeping past their due dates.
Southbury Remembers 9/11 Twenty Years Later From August 1 to September 3, Click here to find out how to share your memories from that day.

Southbury Remembers: 9/11 Twenty Years Later

9/11 was a monumental day in American History.  As the 20th anniversary is upon us we wanted the Southbury Community to share their remembrances of where they were on 9/11.  

Join us as we remember 9/11.  Share your memories of that day to be compiled for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.  You can fill the form out online through a Google form, or pick up a form in person to fill out and return.  


To fill out the form click here.

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COVID Vaccine Information

Currently, anyone 5 and older who lives or works in Connecticut is eligible to receive the vaccine. Find out more information about Connecticut's tiered phases of vaccine eligibility and registration links and phone numbers for signing up for vaccination.
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COVID Reopening Updates

We have returned to our regular hours and regular lending periods for all materials and fines have been reinstated for DVDs and museum passes. We still offer a curbside pickup option for those unable to enter the building or uncomfortable doing so. Hand sanitizer is available at circulation desks and other popular locations. The Friends of the Library's first floor coffee station, first floor puzzle, and second floor Kindles and games remain unavailable.
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The Human Library is coming to Southbury–and we need YOUR help!

Share YOUR story as a Human Book!

What is the Human Library?

The Human Library is a way for people to connect with individuals in their community that they might not normally engage with. Visitors will have an opportunity to “borrow” a Human Book with an interesting story and engage in conversation in a safe and structured environment. The Human Library promotes tolerance, celebrates differences differences and encourages understanding of people from a varied backgrounds.