Beardsley and Memorial Library in Winsted
Beardsley and Memorial Library in Winsted

Beardsley Library operations update

WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE — There are a few important changes coming up for the library as we adapt to the easing of COVID restrictions by the State of Connecticut.

Inter-Library Loans to Resume. We will begin taking up to 3 requests per person beginning May 1. Please be advised that requests can take up to 2 weeks or more to be fulfilled.

Overdue Fines. Also beginning May 1, overdue fines will begin to be added for any items returned after their due date. Please try to bring back any late returns before May 1 to avoid the fees!

Hybrid Programs. Our Adult, Teen, and Children’s staff are very busy coming up with plans for programs for the next few months. As much as possible, we intend to offer people several options for participation, including in-person or virtual. Check our website, social media, and these mailings for details of upcoming activities.

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

Curbside to Remain an Option. We will continue to offer curbside services as an option for patrons that want contactless access to library materials.

Museum Passes. We will begin to offer a limited number of Museum Passes for checkout beginning on JULY 1.
Masks are still required when inside the library building.

We 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 library services possible in a safe, healthy, and responsible way for all.

Karin Taylor
Library Director

CHH and Torrington Lions Club Low Vision Center now at SkyTop Plaza offers help to patients with sight limitations 

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

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the Lions Low Vision Centers of Hartford and Litchfield counties partner together to help by provide free medical and financial support to those affected by assessing their sight limitations.  

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

“Low vision affects over two thirds of adults over 65 years of age.  It’s our goal to ensure that older adults with low vision are able to maintain their independence and experience quality of life.” Said Michelle Whitford. 

Macular degeneration, glaucoma, or history of stroke or Diabetes, are the most common medical conditions causing low vision. Simple tasks may become more difficult and frustration often occurs with low vision.  Although low vision can’t be corrected, there are many ways to make daily tasks easier. 

Low vision is a condition that can’t be corrected by medical or surgical intervention or by eyeglasses.  It limits an individual’s ability to complete many daily activities, which may include any of the following examples: reading and signing forms, reading the numbers on a clock, or difficulties locating steps, curbs or items within one’s home. 

Our hospital is pleased to partner with the Lions as we are inspired by them. The Center is really made possible by their resources and encouragement.” Said Brian Mattiello, VP of Strategy and Community Development at Hartford HealthCare Northwest Region. 

Patients begin with an assessment to determine their degree of vision loss and then an individualized plan is created with specific goals focused on providing assistance and improving their quality of life. Strategies are then developed to help people perform daily tasks, at times using tactile and talking products. Individuals are educated on availability of assistive technologies and learn to use their remaining vision effectively and live more safely and independently.

Call 860.496.0046 for more information and to schedule appointments. 

The service is covered by most insurances which are billed for services provided. The Lions Low Vision Centers supplies any devices a patient may need free of charge and may also assist in financial hardship situations. A physician referral for Occupational Therapy Low Vision is needed which can be faxed to 860.496.0036.

Torrington Library Plans Taste of Torrington Reimagined for 2021

TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — The Torrington Library is bringing back the popular fundraising event, Taste of Torrington…reimagined!

COVID-19 has tremendously impacted 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 Taste of Torrington Reimagined Guidebook that will offer special promotions from participating restaurants and businesses. Each business may choose a promotion that works best for their establishment.  We hope that this guidebook will help restaurant owners 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 in helping people patronize the truly wonderful establishments in our community. 

Library Director Jessica Gueniat commented: “The COVID-19 Pandemic has been devastating to the business community and nonprofits.  We knew that we could not responsibly and safely hold and in-person fundraiser this year like we did in 2019 (which had 200 attendees). We also knew that we wanted to help support the restaurant community that so generously donates to the library year after year. So we got creative by deciding to publish a Taste of Torrington Guidebook. The Guidebook will offer coupons to participating restaurants. The benefit for restaurants is two-fold. First, it provides restaurants a unique opportunity to engage with a new, diverse demographic of food lovers who just might become their biggest fan. And two, it helps support the library. If we can fundraise for the library and also help the restaurant community begin to recover from this past year, we are more than thrilled to do so.  We have a dozen participating restaurants so far and hope to double that number by June.” 

Here’s how Taste of Torrington Reimagined works:

•      Each Guidebook will feature one tear-out coupon per establishment that can only be used once. All committed restaurants are offering either BOGOs or a percentage off the total bill.

•      Each Guidebook will come in a ToT Reimagined Gift Bag that will include complimentary promotional items and gifts from sponsors. 

•      Each Guidebook coupon expires March 31, 2022.

•      Guidebooks will be available to purchase online and pick up at the library.

The goal is to have Guidebooks available August 1st so people can enjoy participating establishments indoor and outdoor dining throughout the summer months.
With over a dozen Torrington restaurants committed, the library is encouraging any restaurant interested in participating to contact Jessica at, call 860-489-6684, or complete the online participation form at  Coupon offerings are at the discretion of the participating restaurant. 

Live Music in the Meadow May 15 to Benefit Botelle Class Trip 
NORFOLK/PRESS RELEASE — Local musical talent will perform an afternoon of live music on the platform in Norfolk City Meadow between Infinity Hall and the Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, May 15 from 2-7 p.m as a benefit to support an educational trip by the sixth grade class at Botelle School.

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

The concert can best be experienced from the walkways in downtown Norfolk, which overlook the Norfolk City Meadow. As per CDC Covid safety recommendations, attendees are asked to wear masks and maintain six feet of distance.

In late May, Botelle sixth graders will travel to Project Oceanology on the Univ. of Conn. Avery Point campus in Groton, where they will extend their learning about the human impact of climate change on Connecticut land and sea ecosystems. They will have shore, boat and lab expeditions with scientists and collect data, discuss ideas and draw conclusions. Funds raised by the benefit concert will help offset travel costs to Groton.

The concert is free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to donate at the Botelle booth located at the plaza beside the Royal Arcaneum Building or online at The rain date is Saturday, May 22.

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

Friendly Hands Anniversary Gala

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