PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO PERFORMER ILLNESS.
Saturday, July 23rd from 5:00pm-10:00pm
Barnes and Noble
Albany Turnkpike in Canton!
- Animal Themed Craft with Miss Jill.
- Madagascar movie showing at dusk at the plaza.
- More fun activities!
All proceeds benefit the library!
Stay tuned for more information!
Join us on July 7th at 6:30 for Growing Up in Connecticut, presented by the CT Historical Society.
Growing up in Connecticut, every generation faced challenges and opportunities and experienced the emotional highs and lows of childhood and adolescence. But each generation also faced unique circumstances. This presentation, linked to the upcoming exhibition at the Connecticut Historical Society, will explore the issues that have faced Connecticut children and adolescents since the 1930s, focusing on four generations: the Silent Generation (born 1928-1945); Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964); Generation X (born 1965-1980); and Millennials (born 1981-1996). We will look at the larger issues that shaped the experiences of children and childhood in each period, but also how cultural ideas about children and childhood changed over time. Registration begins June 15th
Program will be held at Coe Park Memorial Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-4896684 or visit our website.
NEW DATE!!! JULY 14TH AT 6:30
Join us for Connecticut Gypsies on Thursday, JULY 14TH at 6:30. Registration begins June 1st.
In 1896, Mrs. Victoria Williams was found dead on the railroad tracks in East Hartford. Her husband, the King of the Gypsies, had died recently. Who were these horse dealers and what was their story? These questions intrigued Connecticut author Beth Lapin, as she searched for answers. Hear her story of sleuthing and connections that led to the publication of her newest novel, CARAVAN OF DREAMS.
Program will be held at the Torrington Library. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-4896684 or visit our website.
THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT
FIVE POINTS ARTS GALLERY
33 MAIN STREET
Parking is available in the Library Municipal Parking Lot and on the street.
Join us on June 16th at 6:30 for From the Kitchen to the Capital: A Trio of Fiesty CT Women.
This unique talk by Diana Ross McCain recounts three stories of pioneering Connecticut women -- Amelia Simmons, who published the first American cookbook in Hartford in 1796; Julia and Abby Smith of Glastonbury, elderly spinster sisters who in the late 1800s made news across the nation for their fight against the injustice of being required to pay taxes without being allowed to vote; and Ella Grasso of Windsor Locks, who in 1974 became the first woman to be elected governor of a state without having succeeded her husband in office. This is a must see event!
Program will be held at the Torrington Library. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Registration is only available by clicking here. Feel free to drop in to the program as well!
Join us on June 2nd at 6:30 for Titanic: A Lecture.
The ocean liner sank in the icy waters of the Atlantic on a cold evening in April, 1912. What caused the large ship to sink to its watery grave? Learn about the historic Titanic and trace the ship from conception to sinking in this amazing program! Presented by The Bow Tie Historian, Jason Scappaticci.
Program will be held at Coe Park Memorial Civic Center. Co-sponsored by Torrington Parks and Recreation! The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required for this event.
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:
Attendance at juvenile programs is limited to children of the age group for which the program is intended and their caregivers.