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The History, Lore & Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camps in Connecticut

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt's "New Deal" to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. Join us on Thursday, October 23rd at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room for a presentation by historian Marty Podskoch, author of Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History & Lore (Southern & Northern Districts), and Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches, and learn about the Connecticut CCC camps and the Connecticut men who lived and worked in them. Please register in person, by phone at (203)265-6754, or online.

A Generous Gift and a Celebration with Tomie dePaola

The Library is the grateful recipient of John and Kathryn Hackett’s collection of original Tomie dePaola artwork. Tomie dePaola is one of the world’s best- loved children’s authors and illustrators, and the paintings and prints are now hung throughout the Children’s Library. John and Kathryn Hackett were well-known Wallingford educators and avid collectors of Tomie’s work. Their generous legacy will benefit Wallingford families for years to come.

cover of Brava, Strega NonaOn Saturday, October 25th at 2:00 p.m., Tomie dePaola will visit the Library to celebrate this wonderful gift, and to talk about his life and work. Tickets for this special event will be available to Wallingford residents on a first come first served basis beginning Tuesday, October, 7th at 5:00 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Tickets will be limited to four per family, and must be picked up in person. Non-residents may pick up any available tickets beginning Friday, October 17th.

The Library is partnering with the Alphabet Garden Bookstore so that those attending the program will be able to purchase a selection of Tomie’s books including the brand-new Brava, Strega Nona, a pop-up book collaboration between Tomie and Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. This book, which will be released in bookstores at the end of October, will be available to the public for the first time at this program.

Tomie will be signing books purchased at the program following his talk. He is only able to sign books purchased at the program and although he is happy to personalize, he will not be doing any dedications or inscriptions.

Tomie is always generous with his time, but will only be able to sign books for a limited amount of time. If time begins to run out, limits may be placed on the number of books that will be signed, and pre-signed bookplates may be given out for the books that have been purchased at this event.

Tomie’s stories are beloved by many of Wallingford’s children who are thrilled to learn that his maternal grandparents lived on the street behind the library. We hope that many of Wallingford’s children, who know and love Tomie, will be able to attend this very special event.

Get Your Vintage Wallingford Tickets

Gouveia Vineyards will be the location for “Vintage Wallingford” on November 5th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets for this Wallingford Public Library fundraising event are $25.00 and available for purchase at the library and Gallagher Travel Shoppe. The evening will include wine tasting, appetizers from local catering businesses and a book-basket drawing. All are invited to attend and join in welcoming the new president of the Library Association.

This event is sponsored by the Wallingford Public Library Association with a special donation by Gouveia Vineyards. A limited number of tickets will be sold. All proceeds will benefit the library’s development fund. For more information or to donate a book basket, call the library at (203)265-6754 or e-mail Beth Devlin, Community Services Librarian.

Free Computer Tutoring Now Available

Free one-on-one basic computer instruction is available from volunteers at the Main Library on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons through November 20th. Sessions are offered at 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm and last one hour. Computer novices are encouraged sign up to learn keyboard or mouse skills, word processing, Internet searching, online job applications, or e-mail. Instruction is free and open to the public; however due to high demand, sessions fill up quickly. Please call the Library at (203)265-6754 or stop by the Information Desk for more information or to register for a session.

We Need Your Opinion

Due to high cost, we are considering replacing our subscription to Reference USA with a comparable business database. If you are a Reference USA user, please let us know your thoughts about a possible switch. You may comment right here on the blog, through our Contact Us form, in person or by phone to the Information Desk at (203)265-6754. We greatly appreciate your opinions.

Seats Still Available for Lunch and Learn Program

Masonicare and the Wallingford Public Library will present “Downsizing for Seniors” on Tuesday, September 23, at 11:30 a.m. in the Library’s Community Room. Ms. Denise Gamache, Office Manager of Masonicare at Home, will present tips and techniques for seniors moving to a smaller home or retirement community. A complimentary lunch will be provided to those who have registered. Seating is by advance registration only. Please reserve your seat online or by calling the Library at (203)265-6754 before September 19th.

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