Friday, May 15, 2015

Learn about eBay at the Library

Erin Johnson
Digital Literacy Associate

Thursday, May 7, 2015

LifeChoice Donor Services quilt on display

During May 2015, New Milford Public Library is displaying panel number one of Loving Squares, a quilt sponsored by LifeChoice Donor Services, the organ procurement organization serving counties in Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Each square on the quilt was hand-stitched by local families to commemorate the lives of their loved ones who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
Started in 2002, the local quilt offers families a meaningful way to memorialize their loved ones.  The last stitch on each panel of the quilt will remain open, as the quilt will never be finished.  Each square tells a personal story: you will find lyrics to songs, birth and death dates, photographs, drawings, and remnants of clothing, all held together to share this important message with our community---that one decision can save lives!



The gift of life can save the lives of eight people and dramatically improve the lives of as many as fifty more. And the families of organs and tissue donors often say that the decision to help others through donation has helped them heal.  Today more than 120,000 Americans are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants and many more wait for donated tissues. Last year alone, organ donors saved more than 28,000 lives!  This amazing gift of life makes each and every donor a hero.
The quilt now on display here at the library includes the memorial square of one such hero, Joseph Wohlschlaeger.  Joey was an eleven-year-old boy when he died.  Active in our community, he was a library user, Boy Scout, and youth baseball player.  His Mom, Janis, describes him as “all boy.”  He saved the lives of four people, truly a gift.
In Connecticut only about 40% of adults are committed to organ and tissue donation, a number below the national average.  More education, information, exposure, and outreach are needed in our state to bring us beyond average.    We hope that you will stop in to visit the Loving Squares quilt on display here at the New Milford Public Library through the end of May.  Take a moment to view the memorial squares from every hero.  Information on becoming an organ and tissue donor is available at the library, and feel free to register at


Leslie Schlemmer

Volunteer, Donate Life Connecticut

NMPL Technical Services Associate

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th be with you (Happy Star Wars Day!)

Because of the obvious pun on the famous line from the first Star Wars movie - "May the Force be with you" - , May 4th has become known as Star Wars Day. This "holiday" was first observed by Star Wars fans in 2011 in Toronto to celebrate the franchise's film series, books and culture. With the enormously anticipated December 18th release of the series' 7th movie, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (there have been more than 49 million views of the second official teaser on YouTube), this year's celebration was probably acknowledged by more fans than ever.

Here at the New Milford Public Library, we have many reasons to celebrate Star Wars Day. In our collections, we have 43 adult and children's books, all 6 of the movies on DVD, and the first trilogy (episodes IV, V and VI) on Blu-ray.

So if you're a long-time or a newer Star Wars fan, or if you're wondering what all of the fuss is about, come in and check out our Star Wars collection. And may the Force, or fourth, be with you.
Mark P. Hasskarl
Library Director