Scoville Memorial Library

38 Main Street
860-435-2838

In 1771, Richard Smith made a deal with the town of Salisbury: he would bring 200 books from London if a sufficient number of citizens would subsidize the purchase. This was an offer they couldn't resist; thirty-nine people contributed funds, and thus the Smith Library was born. In the preamble to the regulations of their new library, the original subscribers set forth their reasons for accepting Smith's offer:

Whereas, we the subscribers looking upon it consistent with our duty to promote and encourage every rational Plan that may be proposed for the Encouragement of true religion; for the Promoting of Virtue, Education, and Learning; for the Discouragement of Vice and Immorality...a Library of Books on Divinity, Philosophy, and History, &c. may be conducive to bring to pass the above laudable design...

Over the next century, the Salisbury free library evolved. In 1805, a gift of books from Caleb Bingham, a Salisbury native, created the Bingham Library for Youth, followed by the Church Library, the gift of Miss Harriet Church. In time, these various collections, along with additional purchases, were gathered together and housed at the Town Hall.

In the early 1890s, Jonathan Scoville, another Salisbury native, left $12,000 in his will for a library building. This bequest, together with contributions from other Scoville family members, financed the construction of a gray granite building, built from native stone quarried near Lion's Head Road. Miss Grace Scoville donated a tower clock, which continues to chime the quarter hours with four, eight, twelve, and sixteen notes from Parsifal.

The original building was designed to serve the town as its library and community center. In addition to a reading room, with children's corner, reference department, and stacks, there was an auditorium with piano, stage, and balcony. Refreshments for various literary and musical events were prepared downstairs in the kitchen and pantries. A 15th Century stone carving, sent by Salisbury Cathedral in England, was placed over the fireplace at the far end of the reading room, where it remains today.

By 1981, the library had outgrown the space available, and a new rear section was built along the outside walls of the original building, providing room for books, offices, and community events.

The library's holdings have now grown to over 30,000 items, including a well-rounded core collection of fiction and nonfiction, books-on-tape and videos, large-print books, reference material and maps, periodicals and newspapers, The Lakeville Journal on microfilm, genealogy and local history, as well as books from the original collections. The library also houses impressive works of art, including portraits of members of the Scoville family by Ellen Emmet Rand.

The library is fully automated, with an online card catalog, Internet workstations, electronic databases, and computers available for word-processing.

The Scoville Memorial Library is a not-for-profit association and is governed by an independent board of trustees. While it serves as the town's public library, it is funded largely by private donations.


Upcoming Events at Scoville Memorial Library

Mindfulness Meditation with Kathy Voldstad

Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 from 9:00am to 9:45am
Salisbury, CT
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Story Time

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 from 10:45am to 11:30am
Salisbury, CT
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Generative Writing Workshop With Virginia Watkins

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Salisbury, CT
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Mindfulness Meditation with Kathy Voldstad

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 from 9:00am to 9:45am
Salisbury, CT
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SML Book Club There, There by Tommy Orange

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Salisbury, CT
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Story Time

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 from 10:45am to 11:30am
Salisbury, CT
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Mindfulness Meditation with Kathy Voldstad

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 from 9:00am to 9:45am
Salisbury, CT
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Recent News

National Voter Registration Day at your Library

We’re excited to once again be part of a national effort to strengthen our community by registering hundreds of voters on September 24, 2019, also known as National Voter Registration Day. First started for the 2012 presidential election,…

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Scoville Memorial Library Book Donations Suspended

In advance of the Friends Book Sale in October, we are not accepting donations as of September 3. We will begin accepting again on October 22, following the October 11 and 12 book…

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Spring Library News

Board of Education Honors Molly SalisburyMolly is being honored for her significant contribution to Salisbury Central School because of the time she spends visiting and reading to the students at Salisbury Central and at EXTRAS and also because of…

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Buddhist Wisdom for the Modern Age with Author Janet Ettele

It sometimes seems that there’s no clear path through the turmoil of our contemporary world. Although author, life coach, and musician Janet Ettele’s writing is rooted in Buddhist teachings, she presents their insights in a practical…

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Scoville Memorial Library - Gift Baskets for Sale at SML

The Friends of Scoville Library are pleased to announce that a collection of book-themed gift baskets are now available. Great gifts from $10 to $40. You may also visit our kiosk for a selection of specially-priced books. Both are located at the…

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New Ways To Give To The Library

During this season of giving, we hope you’ll remember your Library, our town’s multigenerational hub. The Library relies on donations for one-third of its budget, so a gift to our Library is a gift to our town. This year, there are…

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Scoville Library News - October 2018

Ebooks for SML Cardholders OnlyFrom time to time, the Library buys ebooks for our Overdrive collection which are available only to Scoville Library cardholders. This means your wait time will be much shorter. When browsing, the wait list may show…

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Scoville Memorial Library News - Restaurant Gift Certificate

FOOD FOR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE LIBRARYThe Library is launching a survey contest. Take a 2 minute poll about how the Library is used, what is working, what could be better and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the…

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Salisbury Farmers Market On the Scoville Memorial Library Lawn

Come visit and enjoy the new and expanded market with more vendors and choices including occasional tastings, craft beer, artisans and musicians.Fresh breads and rolls from Great Cape Baking Company featuring their donuts made right at the market,…

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Scoville Memorial Library News - Help Us Meet Our Goal

Time is running out for you to make a gift to our Annual Fund. This year's goal is $130,000 and we need to raise $24,000 by June 30. If you have already given, we thank you. If not, please make a contribution. Gifts to our Annual Fund make…

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Over Half a Century of The Lakeville Journal is Now Available Online

Over half a century of TheLakeville Journal is now available online. Issues published between 1907 and 2016 are now available to you anywhere, anytime; all you need is an internet connection.  For information on how to access newspapers prior…

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Explore Connecticut's Libraries during April 3 to 30, 2018

Pickup a passport at the Library.  Then, visit at least five participating libraries, get your passport stamped and return it to the Library by May 7.  You will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Visa gift card and you will see how your…

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Scoville Memorial Library Closed, Friday, March 30, 2018 and Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Library will be closed on Friday, March 30, and Sunday, April 1 in observance of Connecticut…

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Scoville Memorial Library News : March15, 2018

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Library Closing at 1:00 - February 22, 2018

The library will be closing at 1:00 due to weather forecast.As usual, we follow the school closings and early dismissals for Region 1 due…

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Scoville Events this Weekend: DIY Jewelry and Brain Health

DIY Series: Make Eco Jewelry presented by Green Art Workshop, Susan Smith, Co-founderDiscover how to upcycle paper, metal, natural objects, and de-shelved library books into one-of-a-kind decor and wearable art! Play with your favorite eco-friendly…

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Scoville Memorial Library Holiday Closings December, 2017

The Library will be closed on Sunday, December 24th and Sunday, December 31st, 2017We will also be closed on Monday, December 25th and Monday, January…

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Salisbury Farmers Market Happenings August 17, 2017

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Salisbury Farmers Market Happenings July 19, 2017

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Salisbury Farmers Market Adds Products and Purveyors

SALISBURY- The newest addition to the Salisbury Farmers Market is Lone Silo Farm from Canaan CT. The farm is owned by Amy and Matt Davis. They feature pasture raised pork and beef plus unique items like smoked maple syrup and maple cotton…

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Interlibrary Loans Temporarily Suspended

Beginning June 15, Requests for Items from Other Libraries Will Be Temporarily SuspendedDeliverIt, run by the Connecticut State Library, which transports items from library to library is being revamped.  From July 3 to July 17, there will be no…

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Scoville Memorial Library Seeks Book Donations Wanted

The Friends of the Library are actively seeking books you no longer want.  Bring your books, CDs, and DVDs in good condition to the Library during open hours in the month of May.  Note: Please, no textbooks, encyclopedias or items in…

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Announcing our New Salisbury Farmers Market: Local at the Library

Salisbury Farmers Market: Local @ the Library...The library is starting a farmers market on our spacious lawn under the trees. As you know we've got a great location and plenty of parking.We'll have organic vegetables, various grass fed meats,…

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Balkan Food Stories: Tales from 10,000 Kilometers: On the Road in Search of Cheese, Wine, and Other Traditional Foods

Babs Perkins has traveled extensively in the region of former Yugoslavia and discovered a wealth of traditional food culture and products that is relatively unknown outside of the region. Perkins is a photographer and writer from Norfolk,…

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Scoville Memorial Library Holiday News

As of December 1st,  No Late Fees on DVDsWe have changed our policy to make borrowing DVDs less complicated for you.  Please be considerate and return them on time.Holiday ClosingsWe will be closing at 2:00 on Saturday December 24 and December…

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Scoville Memorial Library News - November 2016

Renovation Comments Abound:We have had many comments about the extensive renovations at the library. Our goals for the project were:- To update the library with a 21st century layer in feel and furnishings while highlighting the architectural beauty…

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Scoville Memorial Library Closing Early on Saturday, July 23, 2016

We will be closing the library at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday July 23 because we are hosting a private party.Please try to arrive at the library by 2:45 if you are planning to borrow items.We apologize for any inconvenience. We will be open for our…

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Scoville Memorial Library Reopening Delayed Two More Days Until Thursday, July 14

We had hoped to reopen tomorrow, July 12 but we need a few more days.   We feel confident that by Thursday, July 14, we will be ready to open our doors, on the lower level and main level.   Most of the construction is done but we need to finish…

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Scoville Memorial Library Reopening Delayed Until July 12, 2016

We had hoped to reopen on Tuesday, July 5. But, construction is a tricky thing and we have to delay our opening one week, until Tuesday, July 12. We want to be ready for you and with an extra week, we will be.  Please feel free to return items to…

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Summer Reading Program at Scoville Memorial Library

Calling all kids! Keep track of the reading you are doing this summer and win prizes along the way. Reading is:- Great exercise! (For your brain)- The Great Escape! (Need a break from those parents? Read.)- Greatness in the eyes of adults! (Adults…

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Scoville story time update - May 31, 2016

Scoville Memorial Library will be suspending story time while the library is closed. We will miss you! Our Wednesday story times will start up again when we reopen - currently scheduled for Tuesday, July 5th.  We do a lot of singing and moving…

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Scoville Memorial Library Renovations Update - May 17, 2016

Library Will Be Closing TemporarilyAs you may know, we are nearing the end of our renovations.  We have been in our temporary space on the lower level since March while crews have been working on the main level.  During that time, the contractors…

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Scoville Memorial Library Renovations Update - May 10, 2016

We are moving into the final phases of this project.  To complete this last portion, we will need to move out of our temporary location on the lower level so that room can be finished.  Our last open day will be Sunday, May 29, and we be closed…

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Library To Reopen on Lower Level

We are set for a final walk through by the building inspector on Monday.  If all goes well, which it should, we will reopen on the lower level on Tuesday at 10:00.  In our temporary library, we will have:- All new adult books, DVDs, audios and…

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Temporary Closing Dates Have Changed at Scoville Memorial Library

As you probably know, the Library is closed. We will reopen on the lower level in a smaller version once we have been given a Certificate of Occupancy. We were hoping to open in our temporary location next Tuesday, February 16. There have been…

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Scoville Memorial Library Renovations Update - January 6, 2016

Library Will Be Moving to Temporary QuartersAs you may know, we are in the thick of our renovations. So far, the work has been on the lower level and all you can see from the main floor is the box covering the hole in the floor where the stairs will…

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Scoville Memorial Library News - August 2015

Welcome to Molly Salisbury, Children's Services CoordinatorContrary to appearances, Molly is not from Salisbury, and originally from Minnesota. She has been living in the Hudson River Valley for nine years now, working as a mother and a journalist.…

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Summer Reading for Kids and Tweens

Every Hero Has a StoryPreK-4th GradeSign up, fill in your reading log and choose a prize.  For every 30 minutes you read or are read to, pick another prize.  When your card is filled, we will take your photo for the display wall and you may choose…

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Summer Reading for Adults

Escape the OrdinaryYes, adults, defined as ages 16 and up, can have summer reading prizes too. Read whatever you like, or choose an activity from the Experience Card to be entered in prize drawings. Enter as many times as you like to increase your…

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Interlibrary Loan Changes and New eBooks

Interlibrary Loan Changes begin June 15 There are two ways to request items which Scoville does not own. ReQuest, which encompasses most Connecticut libraries is being updated and will be offline for several months beginning on June 15. We will…

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Scoville Memorial Library News - May 1, 2015

Erin Simmons, Children's LibrarianSadly, we say goodbye today to Erin Simmons, our Children's Librarian since 2007, who is leaving to explore other career options. As Children's Librarian, Erin has visited daycares and schools each week, read at the…

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Library Closed - April 3, 2015

The Library will be closed on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 in observance of Good Friday, a Connecticut…

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New eBooks for SML Cardholders

If you enjoy ebooks, you can borrow them just like a print book.   Most of the titles in our collection are shared with many libraries and it may take some time before you can borrow the title of your choice.  The Library buys titles which are…

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Art Historian Dr. Richard Boyle, on Paths of Glory: Kirk Douglas, Stanley Kubrick and World War I

Salisbury, CT -- The Centenary of WW I Series continues at the Scoville Memorial Library  with art historian Richard Boyle  presenting a viewing of the well known film Paths of Glory directed by Stanley Kubrick.   It was based on the 1935 novel…

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New eBooks for SML Cardholders

Overdrive eBooks - Log In First to Avoid Waiting - "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr - "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown - "Nora Webster" by Colm ToibinThese are new titles to Scoville Memorial Library's Overdrive…

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Scoville Memorial Library Chimes Newsletter - Winter 2014

New e-books for Scoville Cardholders- Alchemist by Paulo Coelho- Deadline by John Sandford- Fall of Giants by Ken Follett- The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes- One Plus One by JoJo Moyes- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters- The Secret Place by…

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Scoville Memorial Library Unveiled a New Logo and Tagline

The Scoville Memorial Library has unveiled a new logo and tagline that re-envisions its identity as a next-generation Library.  A new visual identity is the first step of an ambitious plan to update the Library in ways that best accommodate our…

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Passport to Connecticut Libraries

15.8 Million Items, 1 Library Card!Participate thru September 30, 2014 for a chance to win a Visa gift card of up to $150PICK UP YOUR PASSPORT and begin visting today!Visit any participating library to have your passport stamped by a library…

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Tom Wessels: Reading the Forested Landscape

Salisbury, CT -- Well known ecologist and author Tom Wessels is leading a talk and guided walk sponsored by the Scoville Memorial Library and Salisbury Association Land Trust. The program is based on Wessel’s book, Reading the Forested Landscape,…

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Scoville Memorial Library Revolution Series 2014-2015

Sunday September 18 4:00 p.mBand of Giants The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America's Independence, Jack KellyAuthor Jack Kelly presents his new book, Band of Giants, about the lesser known everyday heroes of the Revolution, in collaboration with Oblong…

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Three Weeks Left to Win Prizes for Reading

Summertime and the Reading is Easy...Summer Reading Program for Adults If you've been reading this summer, you have 3 more weeks to enter and win one of three prizes:2 book category - subscription to Bookmarks Magazine4 book category - $40 gift…

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Book Discussion Leaders Needed

Saturday Book ClubDiscussion leaders needed.From September to June on the second Saturday of each month at 4:00 p.m., a group meets at the library to talk about a selected book.  This is an informal group of men and women who share a love of…

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Scoville Memorial Library Newsletter - Summer 2014

New e-books for Scoville Cardholders- Missing You by Harlan Coben- Orphan Trail by Christina Baker-Kline- The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini- Natchez Burning by Greg Iles- The Interestings by Meg…

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Scoville Memorial Library Closed July 4th Weekend

Scoville Memorial Library will be closed July 4 - 7, 2014We will re-open on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Our servers our being relocated which directly impacts our ability to service our patrons, we apologize for the inconvenience. Please know that there…

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Scoville Memorial Library News - May 13, 2014

New eBooks with your Scoville Library CardWe just purchased the following titles which are available to Scoville card holders only.  This means you don't have to wait as long or maybe, even at all.   - Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos -…

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My Week at Guantanamo's War Court, Charles Church, Esq

Salisbury, CT - Human rights lawyer Charles Church visited Guantanamo last June to observe and report on the pretrial proceedings in the capital prosecution by military commission of the "high value detainee" Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. al-Nashiri…

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Scoville Memorial Library News - April 4, 2014

Scoville Chimes NewsletterMystery Lovers RejoiceAs part of our community survey, we received a great suggestion: label and shelve mystery series in series order. Well, we listened and have started doing just this. We are working our way from A to Z…

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Scoville Programs - February 2014

Wee Readers, Wednesdays, at 10:30 a.m. (February 5, 12, 19, 26) Meet other children and parents in your neighborhood at the Wee Readers Storytime, a fun interactive program for children ages 0-3 at the Library. Each week is filled with wonderful…

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Scoville Programs - January 2014

Technology at Ten - iPad Basics This month’s Technology at Ten program at the Scoville Library will feature Kellie Whelan, Librarian at the Kent School. She will discuss the basic features and operation of the i-Pad and help students discover some…

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Scoville Library Wants Your Opinions

Scoville Memorial Library Needs YouScoville Memorial Library wants to hear from you! Click on the above link and take our brief survey. We encourage you to use the survey as an opportunity to tell us what you like, what you'd like to see more of and…

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Technology Teachers Wanted

Scoville Library offers one hour technology classes on the third Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. We are looking for help. If you would like to teach a class on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Smartphones, Apple and Android, and iPhoto, we would…

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Berkshire School Invites the The Scoville Library community to a special Book Program

We encourage you to share in the experience of Berkshire School's All School Read. The goal is to create a communal experience which draws together our greater community. The inaugural All School Read program will prove to be an enriching experience…

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Indieflix Now at Scoville Memorial Library - Stream films anytime, anywhere!

Indieflix offers award winning shorts, features and documentaries from more than 50 countries.  Film festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, SXSW and more.  Online streaming of all movies, no holds or waiting. …

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Saturday Book Club - Book Discussion Leaders Needed

From September to June on the second Saturday of each month at 4:00 p.m., a group meets at the library to talk about a selected book.  This is an informal group of men and women who share a love of reading and discussing; it's fun.  We…

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Summer Reading Program for Grownups 'Groundbreaking Reads'

Join the Fun - Sign up for Summer Reading for Grownups Heat up your summer and join other readers at Scoville Library's reading program for grown ups, Groundbreaking Reads!   Catch up on reading this summer and drop off a brief review at…

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Scoville Memorial Library News - June 2, 2013

Weekly Programs:Drop-In Bridge - Thursdays - 3 to 5:30 p.m.Drop-In Kid's Craft - Saturdays - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Tuesdays, June 4 & 11Computers Made Easy10:00 to 11:00 a.m.Scoville's children's librarian, Erin Simmons continues her step by…

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What's New at Scoville Library - May 20, 2013

Improved Wireless and Print from your iPadThanks to a donation from a Library Board Member, the Library has expanded its high speed Internet throughout the Library. Come and bring your laptop, iPad or iPhone and print from our wireless printer. We…

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Mark Scarbrough Reading Group

If Dante Had Come From Georgia: The Short Stories of Flannery O'ConnorThis reading group continues to explore the short stories of a true American original: Flannery O'Connor, devout Catholic, part-time nihilist, full-time comedienne, unregenerate…

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Scoville Memorial Library News: eBooks Just Got Easier

Overdrive's New LookEasier Browsing & DownloadingOverdrive, your source for free ebooks and eaudiobooks just made it easier for you to browse and borrow from the Library.  Click here to try it out. Want an eBook or eAudio right now, click…

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Scoville Memorial Library News - Mobile App

There's an app for thatScoville Library now has a mobile app to put the Library at your fintergips.  From any mobile device you can instantly tap into your Library, anytime, anywhere.  Use Your Library 24/7- Check Hours- Check the Catalog-…

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Hours Changes for Weekend of November 10-11, 2012

We will be closing at 2:00 on Saturday, November 10 to prepare for the Library Board's annual Donor Appreciation reception for those who generously contributed to the Library's Annual Fund. We hope to see you there!The Saturday Book Club will meet…

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Saturday Book Club Discussion Leaders Needed

Saturday Book Club Discussion leaders needed from September to June on the second Saturday of each month at 4:00 p.m., a group meets at the library to talk about a selected book. This is an informal group of men and women who share a love of reading…

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The Art of Choosing - Sheena Iyengar

How often have you heard someone say, "I have so much to do. I don't know where to start." The answer is you have to choose something. It is something we do every day, many times a day. But how do we know what to choose?Dr. Sheena Iyengar…

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