On a cool Saturday in April, over 150 guests assembled in the heart of Stonington Borough for the 11th annual Mystery Dinner at the Stonington Free Library, which had been transformed for the evening into the famous Parisian bookstore Shakespeare & Company circa 1919. Attendees mounted the front steps, decorated like the bookstore’s with the words of Hafiz of Shiraz: “I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astounding light of your own being,” and were welcomed by Mystery Dinner Co-Chairs Beth Leamon and Sage Williams. Upon arrival, guests were also presented with the solution to the mystery – the names and locations of their Mystery Dinner homes!
On Library Giving Day we received a generous offer from Sibby Lynch and Michael Schefers to fund a year’s subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This includes well-known programs for video, design, photography, and the web, such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Acrobat and more.
Need help using your device? Downloading Library eBooks or audiobooks? Want to learn more about Microsoft Office? Book a 30 minute Tech Help appointment! Sessions are held weekly on Fridays 1 – 2 pm at the Library. These trainings are designed to help familiarize patrons with common computer and internet functions in order to foster a greater level of digital literacy in our community.
Thanks to funding from the Town of Stonington, the Library is now offering access to GrantStation. GrantStation provides grantseekers the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources which mentor users through the grant seeking process.
We are very excited to announce that The J. D. McClatchy Memorial Corner in the Library Gallery is completed. Our patrons and visitors are welcome to browse and enjoy this unique collection, a gift of the estate of J. D. (Sandy) McClatchy (August 12th 1945-April 10th 2018) to the Stonington Free Library. This collection is non-circulating, but can be explored and enjoyed within this special place.
Stonington Free Library extends its warmest thanks to Tom Piacenza of Social Coffee Roastery, and Italian singing sensation Gianpaolo Digrazia for raising over $1,800 in donations to the Library during the Stonington Holiday Stroll on Friday, December 7! Social, as it’s known in Stonington, was packed with patrons all evening, and Gianpaolo’s festive singing could
The Library is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $145,000 grant by the Connecticut State Library Board. The Library will use the grant to help fund Phase 2 of its planned Renovation and ADA Accessibility Building Project. This second phase of the project addresses the existing spaces of the Library and focuses on creating more flexible, functional, user-friendly spaces throughout the Library, including movable furniture, mobile shelving, new carpeting and paint, improved electrical infrastructure and critically needed work space for the public.
The annual Stonington Village Stroll is a beloved event and it all begins at the Library! As Stonington residents and visitors gather in Wadawanuck Square in front of the Library for the official start of the Holiday Stroll at 5:30 pm, we can’t help but be proud of our role in the community. Join us
We THANK everyone who loves and supports the Library, but especially today! Because of you, we surpassed our GivingTuesday goal! Thank you to all the individual donors and matching challenge supporters who contributed to make this year’s GivingTuesday fundraiser a big success! If you haven’t already made a gift to the Stonington Free Library , don’t
Edward Everett Hale once said: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Because of all the individual donors and matching challenge supporters who contributed to this year’s GivingTuesday we surpassed our goal. Thank you! This year the Stonington Small Business Collaborative came together to create a significant matching opportunity for individual donors.