Friday, July 31, 2015

Who's Who in the Library: Meet Ellen Thompson

Ellen Thompson
Children's Services Associate
Public Services Associate
Since 1997, Ellen Thompson has been a familiar face to both young and old patrons of the New Milford Public Library: She’s been leading story time programs for 15 years. Ellen loves watching the kids mature; she feels like she’s their first teacher and cherishes sharing her love of reading with them. She also works at the circulation desk.

The oldest of three, Ellen was born in Astoria, Queens, and moved to Co-op City in the Bronx at age nine. The city girl went to SUNY Buffalo and met her farm boy husband Jim there. Ellen received her Bachelor’s in Special Ed and Regular Ed, and Jim received his degree in Social Work. The two got married right after graduating and lived in a tiny apartment in the Bronx. Jim worked in security, while Ellen earned her Masters in Early Childhood at the College of New Rochelle and taught learning disabled children. Their first child, Nicole, was born five years later.

Then Jim decided he wanted to be a police officer, so the family moved to Danbury. Jim has been a policeman in Norwalk for 27 years, the last eight years as a detective. Eric was born, and then the family moved to New Milford and their youngest, Scott, was born. Today, Nicole, 29, is a Producer at NewsChannel 12 in Norwalk. Eric, 25, is a software engineer in Rochester. With Ellen and Jim celebrating their 34th anniversary, the Thompson family has gone full circle, with Scott, 21, being a senior at SUNY Buffalo, majoring in urban planning.

Ellen enjoys giving back to the community. She’s been a member of the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford for 16 years, and she especially loves volunteering at the teddy bear hospital at the annual Teddy Bear Festival. Ellen is a four-year breast cancer survivor. Her team, “Pink Angels,” raises money at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life every year in October. The cause is near and dear to her heart since her mother is a breast cancer survivor, too. Ellen hopes a cure is found soon, so that her daughter Nicole—and all women—don’t have to suffer.

As a children’s librarian, Ellen’s favorite books include The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. She also enjoys books by Jodi Picoult and Kristin Hannah.

Ellen’s philosophy of life is to make each day special—and birthdays should be celebrated BIG! We’re glad Ellen is here to make each day special at the library.
Amy Berkun
Children's Services Associate
Reference/Information Services Associate


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

One-on-one help learning the computer now available!

Erin Johnson
Digital Literacy Associate

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Second of July!

Did you know that July 4 is not the actual date of the birth of the United States of America? If John Adams had had his way, we would be celebrating our independence from Great Britain on the second of July.

The vote to approve the Declaration of Independence actually occurred on Tuesday, July 2, 1776. The resolution of independence was approved by a vote of twelve affirmative votes and one abstention. (The New York delegation was not authorized to vote for independence until the following week.) John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail in which he predicted that July 2 would become a great American holiday to commemorate the date on which the actual vote took place. Instead, Independence Day celebrates the date on which the announcement of the vote was made and the document first published, Thursday, July 4, 1776.
After 239 years, "Happy Second of July" sounds rather strange, but it could have easily been what we all say.
Don’t forget that in honor of Independence Day, the library will be closed on the second third and fourth of July; and for the months of July and August, the library will close at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday instead of 5:00 p.m.
Mark P. Hasskarl
Library Director

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

eBooks Q&A dates for July

Erin Johnson
Digital Literacy Associate

Monday, June 29, 2015

(Almost) 30 years of Calvin and Hobbes

On November 15, 1985, newspaper comic readers first met a 6-year-old boy named Calvin and his plush tiger doll named Hobbes.

As Jenny Robb, the Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University, writes in her introduction to Exploring Calvin and Hobbes, “Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes had it all: humor, heart, and wisdom wrapped up in a beautiful package of sophisticated and lively graphic storytelling.”

From that date in 1985 until December 31, 1995, when Watterson chose to end the strip, millions of readers around the world delighted in the humorous adventures of Calvin and his tiger, who was very, very real only to the wildly imaginative little boy.

            Although the real 30th anniversary of the comic strip is still a few months away, the New Milford Library has recently acquired several terrific items that should please both old and new fans of Calvin and Hobbes.

               So, Calvin and Hobbes fans, as Calvin said to Hobbes in the very last strip, “Let’s go exploring!”                

Mark P. Hasskarl
Library Director