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Cragin Memorial Library
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Contact:
Meeting Room Registration: librarymeetingrooms@colchesterct.gov, 
Address:
8 Linwood Avenue - Route 16 
Colchester ,CT 06415 
Phone:
860-537-5752; Children's Department: 860-537-7201
Fax:
860-537-4559
Service Hours:
Effective July 1, 2014
the Library’s service hours are:
Monday, 10 am to 8 pm
Tuesday, 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday & Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm
Friday, 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.

Upcoming Closings:

Monday, October 13 - Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 11 - Veterans Day
Thursday, Nov. 27 - Saturday Nov. 29 - Thanksgiving Day and Carpet Cleaning
Wednesday, December 24 - Closing at 1 pm
Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 31 - Closing at 1 pm
Thursday, January 1 - New Year's Day

No items are due on closed dates.



 
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 Colchester residents must have a Cragin Library Card to use these services:


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Welcome to Cragin Memorial Library, the public library of Colchester, Connecticut. Colchester was established in 1698 at an important colonial crossroads, and served as one of Connecticut's earliest manufacturing towns. Library service was first provided to the town in 1856 through a local association. In 1905, the association donated its collection to the new 4,000 square foot public library created by the Cragin family. The expanded Cragin Memorial Library, completed in September of 2002, is a 20,000 square foot state of the art public library facility.

Mission Statement:
The Cragin Memorial Library serves the residents of Colchester with a collection of 63,000 items and is open 49 hours each week.  In addition to a comprehensive collection of book and media offerings, the Library provides free programs for all ages, personal service, Inter-Library Loan, public Internet computers, and Wireless Internet access to the Library’s visitors.  The Library also serves as a community destination, hosting hundreds of community activities for many organizations including scouts, sports league registration, and civic groups.

The Library is a town department with an advisory board to consult on policies and the general activity of the Library.  The Library’s programming is made possible through the community support provided by the Friends of the Library.


Popular Reading:
We will support leisure reading with a collection of current, high interest material, popular periodicals and classic books.

Children's Reading:
We will introduce children to a love of reading as soon as they are old enough to look at a picture, listen to a story or hold a book.

Information:
We will strive to provide timely, accurate, useful information to enable Colchester residents to inform themselves on all subjects that interest them.

Programs:
Inquiries concerning current program offerings and reference questions may be directed to Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester, CT 06415; telephone 1-860-537-5752; fax 1-860-537-4559 or email library@colchesterct.gov


The Library offers:

circlebullet.jpgStory hour programs for children throughout the school year.
circlebullet.jpgSummer reading program during the summer months.
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Staff
Name
Title
Kate Byroade, MSLIS
Library Director
Antoinette Charest
Assistant Director
Karen Giugno, MLS
Children's Librarian
Joann Koch
Cataloger
Vickie Lynch
Circulation Supervisor
Joann MacDonald
Children's Assistant
Elaine Alexander
Programming Assistant
Elizabeth Perez-Balesky
Circulation Clerk
Lindsay Riordan
Circulation Clerk
Kristan Patterson
Circulation Clerk
Samantha Partney
Circulation Clerk
Roland Brunet
Custodian
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127 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, CT 06415   Phone: (860) 537-7200   Fax: (860) 537-0547 Virtual Towns & Schools Website