Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Due to Hurricane Sandy, the library has cancelled Babygarten, Terrific Tuesdays, and Halloween Cupcake Decorating, all scheduled for Tues., Oct. 30. We will reschedule the Halloween Cupcake Decorating program (Thanksgiving Cupcake Decorating, maybe?), details TBA. 

We'll try and keep you updated re: our status over the next few days. Please call or check our website before coming out to the library. Items due on days we cannot be open will not accrue fines. If you have power, visit our website, where you can download ebooks/audiobooks or enjoy Tumblebooks (also available on mobile devices) with your children! Stay safe, everyone!

The following is a Coventry e-blast update (as of Monday, Noon):

Hurricane Sandy Update
Coventry, CT: Monday noon
The Town Manager has declared a state of emergency for the Town. Residents are urged to stay off the roads during the strongest periods of the storm. The Town Hall is closed. We are not planning on opening shelters until it is safe to drive. The Emergency Operation Center is open in the Town Hall Annex (860 742-6324).

For Emergencies call 911. Watercraft are prohibited from the lake.

Voter Registration Deadline Extended: October 29, 2012 – Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed an executive order extending the in-person voter registration deadline in Connecticut to Thursday, November 1, at 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are available in the Town Clerk’s office until November 5, 2012.

We will be asking the Governor for an extension of the personal property tax declaration and will have more information tomorrow.

No Trash or recycling collection on Tuesday. One day delay the balance of the week

Report power outages to CLP at 1-800-286-2000

Friday, October 19, 2012

All Aboard! Playgroup

Tomorrow, Sat., Oct. 20 from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM we're kicking off our monthly All Aboard! Playgroup*, where children of all abilities will be able to socialize and play with:
  • an iPad loaded with great apps (some specifically for children with disabilities & their caregivers)
  • a touchscreen computer with a 23" screen
  • toys, sensory materials, games, crafts and more!

Parents and caregivers will be able to meet with resource professionals and support each other through shared experiences. Siblings are encouraged to attend! Playgroup is open to residents of other towns. Call 742-7606 for more information!

*Funded by a grant from the Institite of Museum and Library Services

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

All Aboard!: A Library for Children of All Abilities


We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act Grant, funded by the Institute of  Museum and Library Services*, that will allow us to launch the All Aboard! : A Library for Children of All Abilities project. This project will help us offer services and resources to children with disabilities and their families, caregivers, advocates and educators.

Beginning in October, the library will offer a monthly Saturday program called the All Aboard! Playgroup, where children of all abilities will be able to socialize and play with a variety of adaptive toys, manipulatives, sensory materials, crafts, puzzles and games. Parents and caregivers can meet with resource professionals and support each other through shared experiences. Siblings are encouraged to attend, as well!

The grant has also enabled the library to purchase a variety of materials, resources and technologies that include: an iPad loaded with apps for children with disabilities; an interactive whiteboard for use in inclusive programming; Boardmaker software, available for patrons to use in the library; videos and print books on disability-related topics; and a larger selection of audio books for children. A Parent & Professional Resource Center, located in the Children’s Room, will house a variety of resources and materials of interest to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.

In addition, the Coventry High School Class of 1986, in memory of Kathleen Feeney, has funded a touchscreen computer which will be available in the Children’s Room. 

Autumn All Aboard! Playgroup Dates:

Saturday, October 20: 10:30-11:45 AM
Saturday, November 17: 10:30-11:45 AM

Siblings are welcome. Playgroup is open to residents of other towns. We encourage registration (to help us better serve your child’s needs). Call 742-7606 for more information. We’d love to hear from you!

*The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.