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It’s budget season, and the Governor’s proposed budget for FY18 – FY19 contains significant cuts to State Library services. The Governor has proposed:

  • Eliminate funding for borrowIT CT (Connecticard) – $781,820 in cuts each year
  • Annualize last year’s “holdbacks” across other State Library programs, including CLC, researchIT CT, and deliverIT CT – $318,886 in cuts each year
  • In addition, Governor’s House Bill no. 7051, a budget implementation bill, proposes changes to state statutes that could effectively eliminate the borrowIT CT program permanently.

Whether your library is directly affected by the borrowIT CT cuts or not, any cut to any State Library service impacts Connecticut libraries in critical ways. It is vitally important that the library community show their support for all state funded library services NOW, before we get further along in the budget process. We cannot be complacent.

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Shelton Welcomes Our New Library Director

As of May 8, 2017, Mrs. Joan Stokes has taken the reins as Library Director of the Plumb Memorial and Huntington Branch Libraries. She is a Connecticut native, having grown up in Middlebury, where she and her husband still reside.

Joan was the Assistant Head Librarian/Children’s Librarian for many years in Southbury and has also worked at the Oxford Library as Children’s/Teen Librarian, at the Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield as a library Consultant, and as an adjunct professor in literature at Southern CT State University. She also served as the State Chairman for the Nutmeg Book Award.

In her free time, Joan enjoys travel and classical music performances and is currently a member of the Connecticut Choral Society. She looks forward to continuing the fine work being done at the Shelton libraries and hopes to meet as many patrons as possible in the near future.

State Library Delivery Service

The State Library delivery service is being reorganized.  Starting Monday 6/12/17 you will see a message on our catalog page while you are searching for titles.  This message states that the delivery service will be shut down from June 19th to July 17th.  During this time you can continue to place holds on items owned by your home library.  You can also place holds at other libraries, IF you are willing to pick the item up and return it TO the owning library.  Holds that require delivery will not be fulfilled during this transition period.  The delivery system will then resume operation and outside holds will again be filled.  

Please be patient with us during this time, as it is a statewide budget situation that is affecting all of us.  It won’t be long before we are once again properly serving our loyal patrons.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this transition period!