Public Library Construction Grants Available This Year

The State Library Board will be accepting library construction grant applications again this year.  We are expecting funding to be available for the awarding of grants in November, though the exact amount of available funds won’t be known until later in the spring.  We will be accepting grant applications from public libraries for library expansion, new buildings, major alterat...
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Online Survey Released – Responses Needed by May 15

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  State Library Survey OpenFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 18, 2016 Contact: Eric HansenConnecticut State Library Division of Library Development(860) 704-2224 Online Survey Released – Responses Needed by May 15 Middletown, CT – The State Library service called researchIT CT(formerly iCONN) offers free online resources to all Connecticut residents. Users wit...
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Ray Bendici Third Thursday Video Stream

Ray Bendici presented excerpts from his latest book, Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Connecticut History, on April 21, 2016.  The book features 15 short biographies of Connecticut’s most notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief and other colorful antiheroes from the history of the Constitution State.  From murderers and charming criminals to ruthless industrialists and l...
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borrowIT CT Payments Expected in April

Connecticut public libraries lent 3,891,944 items to non-residents during the 2015-2016 year (which ended with February).  This is down from the 2014-2015 total of 4,175,664.  Reimbursement payments should go out to libraries in April.  The current funding for payments was reduced from $950,000 in FY2015 to an expected $837,540 in FY2016, so most libraries will see a smaller pa...
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State Library Board Votes to Close Willimantic Library Service Center

 Immediate Release: March 29, 2016   ###NEWS###  (Hartford, CT)­­ -- On Monday, March 28, the Connecticut State Library Board voted to close the Willimantic Library Service Center and consolidate service center operations into the Middletown Library Service Center by the end of June.  State Librarian Kendall F. Wiggin proposed the consolidation in response to budget cuts a...
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Anthony Riccio Third Thursday Video Stream

Author and Photographer Anthony Riccio lead a Discussion on his book titled “Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut” (Hartford)  Anthony Riccio has collected stories and photographs of Connecticut’s first and second generation Italian immigrants for nearly a decade.  On Thursday March 17th 2016 , he led  a discussion about his book titled “Far...
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Connecticut gun manufacturing Industry featured on CBS Sunday Morning “Guns and America”

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, CBS Sunday Morning aired a special broadcast titled "Guns in America”.  The first segment featured a history of guns in America and looked at Connecticut as a hub of gun manufacturing and featured images from the collections here at Connecticut State Library.  Samuel Colt and Oliver Winchester revolutionized the gun industry and the firearms they prod...
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Author and Photographer Anthony Riccio will lead a Discussion on his book titled “Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut”

 Immediate Release: March 10, 2016 Contact: Robert Kinney                   (860) 757-6668                 Robert.Kinney@ct.gov  (Hartford)  Anthony Riccio has collected stories and photographs of Connecticut’s first and second generation Italian immigrants for nearly a decade.  On March 17, from 12:00 pm-12:45 pm, he will discuss his book titled “Farms, Factories and...
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