THOMPSON PUBLIC LIBRARY
934 Riverside Drive (Route 12)
North Grosvenordale, CT 06255 | (860) 923-9779
News, Events & Programs
Our Library by the numbers
July 2013 – June 2014
… 51,527 people visited our Library
… 66,144 books and other items were loaned
… 6,506 individuals have a library card
… 12,876 items loaned to patrons from neighboring towns
… 3,364 items borrowed from other libraries for our patrons
… 2,231items loaned to other libraries
… 1,350+ new items added to the collection
… 14,301 reference questions answered
… 5,734 people used the computers for more than 5,650 hours
... 352 programs offered to 7,100+ people
Read it & return it. We no longer charge fines on books and magazines!
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Some of the programs include: Google Earth, Google Docs, Windows 8, iPad, flicker, Gmail, Excel, Powerpoint, Windows Media Player, iTunes, twitter and Skype.
Available to Thompson card holders.
February 2013 - The next chapter at our Library –
Making the collections more available to our patrons.
We will begin in the Children’s picture book collection, which will change from a strictly alphabetical by author arrangement to themes – ie nature, concepts (abc, color, 123…), transportation, folk & fairy tales. The themed sections will each be in order by author. Color coded labels will be used, and the call numbers will include the theme. There are approximately 4,800 books in this collection. The timing of this is ideal, as the reorganization of the space is a goal in phase 4 of our plan for the future.
The adult non-fiction section is another collection to be undertaken, merging like topics that are currently separated by the Dewey system (gardening in the 600s, landscaping in the 700s is one example). We will begin by addressing some call number issues, and then plan on merging topics after the children’s project is complete.
We are excited about the positive changes this will bring to our patrons experience.
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2013 ~ Tag Man by Archer Mayor
2012 ~ The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
2011 ~ Bill Warrington's Last Chance by James King
2010 ~ In defense of food by Michael Pollan
Community & the Library
January 2013 -- Food for Fines has wrapped up its 10th year collecting 214 food items and $175. Since Food for Fines began in 2003 we are proud to have donated 3,610 food items and $1,700 to TEEG’s food program.
December 2012 -- The 9th annual Give the Gift of Reading collected 367 childrens books for the Thompson Pediatric Center. 6,173 books have been donated since 2004.
The Library is proud to serve as a drop off location for several great Community based projects. All drop-off boxes are located near the entrance. Please see a staff member if you have questions.
- Campbells Soup Labels for Mary R Fisher Elementary School
- Recycle Ink Cartridges for Department of Mental Health Employment Services
- General Mills Box Tops For Education for Thompson Middle School
- Used eyeglasses for Thompson Lions Club
Our Gardening Godmother
is looking for
Let us know if you'd like to help
our flower beds.
Spring/Fall cleanup & once a month.
No experience needed.
February 2011 - Thompson Public Library awarded $22,000 Praxair Foundation grant.
Through its Library Links program, Praxair Foundation has donated $22,000 to the Thompson Library for the purchase of computers, time and print management software and furniture for the public computer area. The Library has seen a steady increase of computer use in recent years.
The funds will allow the Library to meet a significant need in our community. As the world continues to move online, the expectation of companies, the government and services is that everyone has a computer at home to apply for a job, get help with benefits or fill out a form. Alison Boutaugh, Library Director states “The reality is we see people every day asking us for help online to accomplish basic things.”
This project is part of the Library’s Plan for the Future, adopted by the Board of Trustees in September 2009. The Plan addresses such things as technology and space issues. The computer area project is being investigated now, and will be completed later in the year.
Update - 6 new computers added October 2012, 4 more computers added March 2013.