Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Woodstock Libraries

Due to COVID, contact the library you wish to use to check current hours and procedures.

Woodstock has four libraries: Bracken Memorial, May MemorialNorth Woodstock and West Woodstock Libraries.

The CT State Library is located in Hartford.

Bracken Memorial LibraryBracken Library

57 Academy Road
(860) 928-0046

The Bracken Library will be open for curbside service Saturdays from 9-12. Just a reminder, this is the procedure for curbside pick-up:

1.  Call the library at 860-928-6575, ext.1202. This will bring you to Michelle's phone. You can give her a list of books that you would like to pick up. She will give you a pick-up time for Saturday morning and then will leave the books outside for you to pick up. To find what books we have available, you can check the library card catalog, here: woodstockacademy.follettdestiny.com. The pick-up times will be given in 15 minute increments to hopefully keep people from arriving at the library for pick-up at the same time. However, if you happen to arrive when someone else is picking up books, we just ask that you respect social distancing, and wait for them to pick up their books before getting yours.

2.  You may return books to the library drop box. Returned books will be "quarantined" for a week, then wiped down with a cleaning wipe, and returned to the shelves.

3.  New books are on order, but as always, if you have any requests, just email me and let me know.

4.  The library will be open for curbside service every Saturday from 9-12.

You may also email requests for books to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or to Michelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Take care & stay well,

Bracken Memorial Library

The original Bracken Memorial Library was presented to the Board of Trustees at the Woodstock Academy in memory of native son and Academy alumnus Howard Webster Bracken, with the stipulation that the library would serve the general public as well as the school. Sited on the west side of Academy Hall, the original library building served the community until 1992, when the entire Academy underwent extensive renovation. The new library is now situated in the Ely Ransom Hall Memorial Gymnasium. Internet access available.

 

May Memorial LibraryMay Memorial Library

15 Prospect Street
East Woodstock
(860) 928-0284

Hours:
Wednesday 1 - 5 pm
Friday 1 - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 12 pm

Story Time Hours: First & Third Fridays at 10am

The May Memorial Library is located next to the East Woodstock Common. For 75 years before the library was built in 1930, books were circulated among different homes.

 

North Woodstock LibraryNo. Woodstock Library

Route 169, just north of Route 197
(near English Neighborhood Road)
(860) 928-2629

Hours:
Monday 9 - 1 pm
Thursday 9 - 12 pm
Saturday 9 - 12 pm

The North Woodstock Library Association (trustees) was formed in 1854. Patrons were charged five cents per borrowed book, and a two cent/day fine for overdue books. Life membership cost $1.00 and regular members paid .50 cents a year. Members did not have the borrowing charge. From 1860-1871, the library was disbanded three times, and the books were either sold or divided among life members.

 

 

The building that the North Woodstock Library now occupies was originally a schoolhouse built in 1843. In 1944, the West Woodstock Library donated 50 books to start the North Woodstock Library again. It was housed in the Vestry of the Congregational Church until the the Town gave the building to the library in 1950. The inside remains almost the same. They still have some old school desks, and the outhouse in the back (but they have had indoor plumbing since the 1970's.

The Library has a nice selection of children's books, fiction and non-fiction for adults, romance novels and books on tape.

 

 

West Woodstock Library

5 Bungay Hill Connector
(near Perrin Rd/Rte.171 intersection)
(860) 974-0376

West Woodstock Library website

Hours:
Tuesday 3 - 6 pm
Wednesday 3 - 6 pm
Thursday 3 - 6 pm
Saturday 9 am -12 pm
Story Hours as scheduled.

The West Woodstock Library has a beautiful new Children's Room, as well as a nice collection of books in new renovated fiction and non-fiction rooms.  They offer various children's programs, including Story Hours and a Children's Summer Reading Program.  Since 1825, the Williams Law Office served as the village's library. It has since been restored to its original condition.

See http://www.westwoodstocklibrary.org/ for more information.

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