Snapshot Day shows all the local library has to offer

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Willington - posted Wed., May. 1, 2013
Siblings Chayce and Haley enjoy coming to the library. ‘I like to read with the stuffed animals,’ Haley said. Her brother prefers the computers. Photos by Kitty LeShay.
Siblings Chayce and Haley enjoy coming to the library. ‘I like to read with the stuffed animals,’ Haley said. Her brother prefers the computers. Photos by Kitty LeShay.

Light streams in through the large windows of the Willington Public Library, warming the alcoves and drawing people in to sit, relax, read, visit with friends or engage in some activity arranged by the library staff. On Tuesday, April 16, Snapshot Day highlighted a day in the life of local libraries across the state. Designated by the Connecticut Library Association, the Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Library Consortium, the day found the Willington Public Library alive and quite well.

In 2006 Willington opened its new library. “Our referendum was passed 8-1 in favor,” director Roberta Passardi recalled. Within the walls of this state-of-the-art facility, patrons can use one of the 14 computers, check out the most recent best sellers, participate in knitting and crocheting groups, attend lectures and join activities sponsored by the library and other groups, all within an atmosphere which seems like home.

Original artwork fills the building, huge stuffed animals grace the children’s section, and a working fireplace adds cozy warmth that is still needed during a reticent springtime.

Program Director Debbie Linares schedules at least one event each week. “Every Saturday we run a family story and craft time. Once a month we have a book discussion group for adults, teens and children,” she said. Then there are the special programs which can be viewed at willingtonpubliclibrary.org.

“All our programs are funded by the Friends of the Willington Public Library. We try to bring in programs that cost nothing to the public and they are open to anyone in surrounding areas as well,” Linares said.

Patron usage of the library has grown over the years. “We have a lot of computer use and we always have the best sellers,” said Passardi. “People still want that book in front of them, but e-books are becoming more popular and patrons can download books from the Connecticut State Library through our website. We also have excess to overdrive, which provides books on tape and e-books.”

In addition, there is a community room which is used by various groups for their own special programs. “Residents can rent the room for personal parties; weddings, showers, a special event,” Passardi said.


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