Community Announcements April 26: Changes in Beardsley Library operations and area events



Beardsley and Memorial Library in Winsted

Beardsley Library Operations Update

WINSTED / PRESS RELEASE – There are some important changes coming for the library as we adjust to the easing of COVID restrictions by the state of Connecticut.

Interlibrary loans to resume. We will start processing up to 3 requests per person from May 1st. Please note that requests may take up to 2 weeks or more to be fulfilled.

Late fines. Also from May 1, overdue fines will begin to be added for any item returned after its due date. Please try to report any late returns by May 1st to avoid charges!

Hybrid programs. Our staff for adults, teens and children are very busy developing program plans for the coming months. Where possible, we intend to provide people with multiple options for participation, including in-person or virtual. Check out our website, social media and these mailings for more details on upcoming activities.

Meeting spaces. Our meeting rooms, including the Smart Space, will again be available for outside groups. To reserve a room or for more information, please contact the library.

Border to remain an option. We will continue to offer curbside services as an option for clients who want contactless access to library materials.

Museum passes. We will start offering a limited number of museum passes starting JULY 1.

Masks are still needed inside the library building.

Thank you for your continued patronage of the library! Please let us know if you have any questions or need more information. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible library services in a safe, healthy and responsible manner for all.

Karin taylor
Library director
[email protected]

CHH and Torrington Lions Club Low Vision Center now at SkyTop Plaza provide help for patients with visual limitations

TORRINGTON / PRESS RELEASE – Are you or someone you know experiencing the challenges of low vision?

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Lions Low Vision Centers in Hartford and Litchfield Counties are teaming up to help by providing free medical and financial support to those affected by their visual impairment assessment.

The Lions Low Vision Center is now located at the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network office at Sky Top Plaza, 1012 East Main Street in Torrington. Service is provided by appointment by Registered Occupational Therapist Michelle Whitford, who has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of low vision.

“Low vision affects more than two-thirds of adults over 65. Our goal is to ensure that visually impaired seniors can maintain their independence and enjoy a quality of life. Michelle Whitford said.

Macular degeneration, glaucoma, or a history of stroke or diabetes are the most common medical conditions causing low vision. Simple tasks can become more difficult, and frustration often arises with low vision. Although low vision cannot be corrected, there are many ways to make everyday tasks easier.

Low vision is a condition that cannot be corrected with medical or surgical intervention or glasses. This limits a person’s ability to perform many daily activities, which may include any of the following: reading and signing forms, reading numbers on a clock, or having difficulty locating steps, curbs, or curbs. objects in his house.

Our hospital is happy to partner with Lions because they inspire us. The Center is truly made possible by their resources and encouragement. Said Brian Mattiello, vice president of strategy and community development at Hartford HealthCare Northwest Region.

Patients begin with an assessment to determine their degree of vision loss, then an individualized plan is created with specific goals focused on supporting and improving their quality of life. Strategies are then developed to help people complete daily tasks, sometimes using touch and talk products. Individuals are made aware of the availability of assistive technologies and learn to effectively use their remaining vision and to live more safely and independently.

Call 860.496.0046 for more information and to make appointments.

The service is covered by most insurances which are billed for the services provided. Lions Low Vision Centers provide all the devices a patient may need free of charge and can also help with financial difficulties. A referral from a physician for occupational therapy for low vision is required and can be faxed to 860.496.0036.

Torrington Library brews Taste of Torrington reimagined for 2021

TORRINGTON / PRESS RELEASE – Torrington Library Brings Back Popular Fundraising Event, Taste of Torrington… Redesigned!

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on ALL of our businesses and fundraising efforts. With the uncertainty of being able to host an in-person event this year, we would like to host a similar project with a focus on promoting all that Torrington has to offer.

This year our plan is to produce a reimagined Taste of Torrington guide that will feature special promotions from participating restaurants and businesses. Each business can choose a promotion that best suits their establishment. We hope this guide will help restaurateurs begin to recover and heal from the devastating effects of COVID 19. Torrington has so much to offer and we want to make sure we do our part to help people frequent the truly wonderful establishments in our community. .

Library Director Jessica Gueniat commented, “The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for business and non-profit organizations. We knew we couldn’t safely and responsibly host an in-person fundraiser this year like we did in 2019 (which had 200 attendees). We also knew we wanted to help support the conservator community who donate so generously to the library year after year. So we got creative in deciding to publish a Taste of Torrington guide. The guide will offer coupons to participating restaurants. The advantage for restaurants is twofold. First, it offers restaurants a unique opportunity to engage with a new and diverse population of food lovers who may well become their biggest fans. And second, it helps support the library. If we can raise money for the library and help the restaurant community start to recover from this past year, we are more than happy to do so. We have about a dozen participating restaurants so far and hope to double that number by June. ”

Here’s how Taste of Torrington Reimagined works:

• Each guide will include one detachable coupon per establishment which can only be used once. All the restaurants involved offer BOGOs or a percentage of the total bill.

• Each guide will be delivered in a redesigned ToT gift bag that will include free promotional items and sponsor gifts.

• Each Guide coupon expires on March 31, 2022.

• Guides can be purchased online and picked up from the library.

The goal is to have guides available on August 1 so people can enjoy meals inside and outside participating establishments throughout the summer months.
With over a dozen Torrington restaurants engaged, the library encourages any restaurant interested in participating to contact Jessica at [email protected], call 860-489-6684 or complete the entry form online at Coupon offers are at the discretion of the participating restaurant.

Live music in the meadow on May 15 for the benefit of the Botelle class trip
NORFOLK / PRESS RELEASE – Local musical talent to perform an afternoon of live music on the Norfolk City Meadow platform between Infinity Hall and the Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday May 15 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. as a benefit to support a sixth-class educational trip to Botelle school.

Participating artists include Lion’s Share (bluegrass), singer-songwriter Trina Hamlin, Mike Cobb’s Americana band The Deep North and more to be announced.

The concert can be best seen from the alleys of downtown Norfolk, which overlook the Norfolk City Meadow. In accordance with CDC Covid safety recommendations, participants are advised to wear masks and maintain a distance of six feet.

At the end of May, the sixth grade students from Botelle will go to the Oceanology Project at the Univ. from the Conn campus. Avery Point in Groton, where they will learn more about the human impact of climate change on Connecticut’s land and sea ecosystems. They will organize land, boat and lab expeditions with scientists and collect data, discuss ideas and draw conclusions. Funds raised through the benefit concert will help offset travel costs to Groton.

The concert is free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to make a donation at the Botelle booth located in the square next to the Royal Arcaneum building or online at [email protected] The rain date is Saturday May 22.

The event promises to be a fun way to bring the community together for a great cause from a safe distance.

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