Click here for a listing of Summer and Fall Events! We might be closing for a few weeks, but here's a look at what you can expect from your library!
The library is pleased to announce that they will be opening a used bookstore this summer on 21 Main Street! With the support of the Torrington Downtown Partners, the bookstore will be open June 11th through August 27th and will sell a large variety of print and non print materials.
The bookstore hours are:
Thursday and Friday 1:00-6:00
Special hours during Main Street Marketplace will be Thursdays from 5:00-9:00!
Volunteers are needed to help work the shop. If you would like to volunteer, please click here and fill out the volunteer form or call Jessica at 860-489-6684.
For more info, click here!
The Library is pleased to announce that we now have the Norman Rockwell Museum Pass! The Torrington Library Pass offers museum admission for 2 people at a discount of $10 each! Children 5 and under are FREE!
Norman Rockwell Museum presents the world's largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post and the Four Freedoms, and the best in the field of American illustration. Experience Rockwell's art, life and legacy in the artist's picturesque New England hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts nestled in the culturally rich Berkshires.
Library passes cannot be reserved in advance. Please call the library at 860-489-6684 to check on pass availability.
For more Library Pass opportunities, click here!
On Wednesday, March 16th the Torrington Library Board of Trustees appointed Jessica Gueniat, MLS as its new Library Director. Gueniat has been Acting Director since November 2015 and has been with the Torrington Library since 2006. Jessica earned her Master of Library Science (MLS) from Southern Connecticut State University in 2013 and previously served as the library’s Program Coordinator.
Board President Charles W. Roraback stated: “The Board of Trustees is excited to have a professional with Jessica’s talent and education assume a leadership role at the Torrington Library. We have confidence in her ability to build a bridge from the past to a bigger and better library building and community. With a team of eager and able employees, the library will be able to offer expanded programs and resources to all the residents of Torrington.”
“I am thrilled with opportunity to continue working for the Library in this new capacity. It is an exciting time to become Library Director, especially with the building project taking place. ” Gueniat said. “Our goal is to engage, enrich and empower all members of our community. With this comes the responsibility to ensure that we provide equal access to our collections, programs and facilities and that we provide relevant and up to date resources. I look forward to working with the Library Trustees, Corporators and staff to ensure that this vision remains a reality.”
The Library is currently undergoing a $5.6 million dollar addition and restoration project. The scope of the project includes a restoration of the existing structure as well as a three level, 13,377 square foot L-shaped addition on the west and north sides of the building, increasing the total building size to 30,853 square feet. The building project will provide:
Join us on Thursday, April 14th at 6:00pm as we learn how to write Shakespearean sonnets. Registration begins April 1st
Learn how to write a Shakespearean sonnet and celebrate National Poetry Month! Sonnets can be serious, romantic, silly or a combination of all three. If you're a poetry lover, this is a great workshop for you to attend!
Register online or by calling 860-489-6684.
Create your own Spring Planters on Thursday, April 7th at 6:00pm. Registration begins March 15th
Decorate pretty spring mini-planters just in time for the arrival of the warm weather! We’ll also have seeds and soil so you can put your planters to use! Registration is limited to 15.
Register online or by calling 860-489-6684
Bring your own dinner and enjoy a movie that's fit for St. Patrick's Day, The Gnome Mobile, on Thursday, March 17th at 6:00pm. Perfect for all ages!
Walter Brennan stars in a dual role, as kindly lumber tycoon D. J. Mulrooney and the irascible (and much tinier) 943-year-old gnome Knobby. Mulrooney likes Knobby and his fellow gnomes, but the feeling isn't reciprocal, since Knobby considers Mulrooney a threat to his beloved forest. Meanwhile, the tycoon's vice-president Ralph Yarby (Richard Deacon), hearing his boss' claims that he's been consorting with gnomes, decides that the old guy is insane and has him committed. Rescued by his grandchildren Rodney (Matthew Garber) and Elizabeth (Karen Dotrice), D.J. seeks out Knobby and Knobby's own grandson Jasper (Tom Lowell), who are hiding somewhere in the woods with gnome-king Rufus (Ed Wynn, in his final film role). There follows an amusing rite of passage wherein Jasper becomes engaged to gnomette Shy Violet (Cami Sebring), leading to a happy ending for all concerned. Rate G; Running Time: 90Min
Registration begins March 1st. To register, call 860.489.6684 or visit us online!
Patricia Carr's popular and fun new program, The Queen's Jewels, talks all about the famous English royal family's jewels on Thursday, March 10th at 6:30! Illustrated with over 80 slides of various members of the Royal Family wearing the jewels, you'll get to see how the jewels have changed and transformed throughout the years. Patricia also has lots of anecdotes about the acquisition of some of these stunning pieces.
Registration begins March 1st. To register, call 860-489-6684 or online.
*** AT COE PARK CIVIC CENTER. DOORS OPEN AT 6:00PM ***
Join Tom O'Carroll on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:30 as he sings Irish songs and tells wild tales from Ireland! O'Carroll is an Irish folksinger and humorist from Dublin. His quick wit, scholarship and virtuosity on a variety of musical instruments have made him popular with audiences in libraries, cultural events, colleges and high schools throughout the U.S. Tom has been singing the songs and playing the tunes of his native Ireland for over 30 years. He enlivens these programs with his trademark humor and incredible stock of stories and anecdotes.
Registration begins February 15th. Register by calling 860-489-6684 or online.
Held at Coe Park Civic Center. Doors open at 6:00pm.
Wednesdays, February 3rd-24th.
Time slots begin at 5:30 and go to 7:30, so reserve a 20 minute spot to read to either Ms. Jill or Ms. Jeni. This helps build reading skills, communication skills, and reading comprehension.
Registration has begun!
Attendance at juvenile programs is limited to children of the age group for which the program is intended and their caregivers.