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Windsor Public Library

323 Broad Street
860-285-1910

Library Mission:

To inform, enlighten and inspire through current materials, equal access to information, and enriching programs in an environment that fosters community gathering.

A Brief History:

Windsor Public Library began in 1888. The key players in its creation were Miss Martha S. Clapp and Mr. H.E. Sawyer, who was the principal of the Public High School at the time. One hundred and fifty people joined with them and chipped in one dollar each to start the library. The first meeting of the subscribers was held in February of 1888, in the high school room, where the "Windsor Library Association" was formed and a committee of five was elected to manage its affairs.
The following April, in 1889, the library opened its doors to the public. It was first located in the office of the Judge of Probate in the Windsor Town Hall. This was the library's home until 1895, when it was moved to the Academy building on the northeast corner of Broad Street Green. The efforts of local churches helped maintain the library there until 1901, when the Library Association purchased the old homestead of the late General Frederick Ellsworth Mather, which was built by Colonel Oliver Mather in 1777, at the northwest corner of the Green. The library has remained here since.

-from A New History of Old Windsor, Connecticut, by Daniel Howard, 1935.


Upcoming Events at Windsor Public Library

PJ Storytime

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 from 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Windsor, CT
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Career Coach

Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Windsor, CT
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Career Coach

Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Windsor, CT
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STEM Club

Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Windsor, CT
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Herbs for Cold and Flu Season

Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Wilson Branch Library
Windsor, CT
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Story Corner Book Club

Monday, Dec 5, 2022 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Windsor, CT
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Create Your Own Wreath

Monday, Dec 5, 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Windsor, CT
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Holiday Giftable Crafternoon

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Windsor, CT
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Young Explorers

Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Windsor, CT
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Virtual Book Club

Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Windsor, CT
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Monthly Maker Magic

Saturday, Dec 10, 2022 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Windsor, CT
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Recent News

Coming Up From The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - November 28, 2022

We’re getting ready for the holidays! Story Corner Book Club Monday, December 5, 10:00am - 12:00pm Ages 6-12 are invited to join us for our Story Corner Book Club. We will be reading an interesting story together, discussing the book…

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Coming Up From The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - November 21, 2022

Thankful! Thursday, November 24 & Friday November 25, All day. At this time of year our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation for your patronage and loyalty. Best wishes to you and yours this Thanksgiving! The Main Library…

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Coming Up From The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - November 14, 2022

Volunteer to Tutor Weekly on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday after school The Tutoring Program at the Wilson Branch Library is looking for volunteer tutors. Work with students in Grades 1-8 to give extra help in math, reading, writing and general…

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Coming Up From The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - November 7, 2022

Computer Basics Every other week 10:45 – 11:45am Do you want to be technologically independent, but don't know where to start? Stop by the Wilson Branch Library to learn Computer Basics. Together, we will go over basic tasks to get you…

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Kidspace At Windsor Public Library: November 2022

A note about program registration: Please only register for a program if you plan on attending. By registering and not attending a program you are potentially taking a spot from someone else. If you have registered for a program and can no longer…

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Coming Up From The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - October 24, 2022

Nightmare on Broad Street! Monday, October 31, 5:30 – 7:30 pm First Town Downtown and Windsor Federal Savings present “Nightmare on Broad Street.” Get your picture taken with a Halloween ghoul. See a Halloween movie showing on a…

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Coming Up From The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - October 10, 2022

Re-Envisioned Parent Workshop Monday, October 17, 6:30pm - 8:00pm Have you found yourself providing care for your aging parent? Struggling with the transition into this next phase of life? Caught in a cycle of inner drama and old habits? Discover…

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Coming Up from the Windsor Library and Wilson Branch - October 3, 2022

Play & Learn Monday, October 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm Play is an important part of learning and growing! Join us in Kidspace on Mondays for the month of October. Ages 5 and under with caregivers. Drop in. Sing & Stomp Tuesday, October 11,…

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Coming Up From The Windsor Library and Wilson Branch - September 26, 2022

Self-Defense Class Sunday, October 2, 3:00pm - 4:00pm The Main Library welcomes Villari’s Martial Arts Center for a Self-Defense Class. Learn the basics of self-defense in this fun hour long session. Sign up Story Corner Monday,…

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Kidspace at Windsor Public Library: October 2022

Kidspace Events Check out our calendar to see a full listing of events! Register for a program Monthly Afternoon Art welcomes school age children 6-11 years old to the Windsor Public Library from 4:00 PM -5:00 PM. At each session we will be…

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Coming Up From The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - September 12, 2022

Special Storytimes in Kidspace Pirate Day Storytime Monday, September 19 10:30 - 11:15 am Math Storytime Tuesday, September 20 11:00 - 11:45 am National Elephant Appreciation Day Thursday, September 22 10:30 - 11:15 am Each…

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All Booked Up from the Windsor Library : September 2022

The Best Books of Fall 2022 from Esquire 10 Good Books to Get You in the Mood for Fall from Real SImple See all of our new materials this month! While You're Waiting for Hotel Nantucket Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet While you…

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Windsor Public Library : Coming Up From The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - August 22, 2022

Help Birds on Their Journey Monday, August 29, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Listen to Ken Elkins, of the Bent of the River Audobon Center, give a lecture about fall migration. During this presentation we’ll learn how to turn your yard or park…

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Coming Up From the Windsor Library and Wilson Branch - August 15, 2022

New Library Calendar Starts Monday, August 15 We are launching a new event calendar and program registration system! You'll be able to add events to your digital calendar, get program reminders, and manage all of your registrations. As always, staff…

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Kidspace At Windsor Public Library: September 2022

Important Announcements! We switched over to Library Calendar today, August 15. What does that mean for you? Registering for programs and checking our calendar is now a lot easier! Check out our new calendar here. Play around to see all of our…

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Kidspace at Windsor Public Library: August 2022

A note about program registration: Please only register for a program if you plan on attending. By registering and not attending a program you are potentially taking a spot from someone else. If you have registered for a program and can no longer…

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Windsor Public Library: Coming Up from the Windsor Library and Wilson Branch - July 25, 2022

Sing & Stomp (Wilson Branch) Tuesday, August 2, 10:30 - 11:15 am Dance with us outside at the Wilson Branch Library for Sing & Stomp. This music and movement based program is for children ages 5 and under and their caregivers. Sign up…

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Windsor Public Library - A Reminder About Program Registration

We have been noticing a lot of people registering their children for programs and then not attending the programs they're signed up for. We'd like to take this opportunity to remind people to please ensure you are only signing up for programs that…

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Coming Up From The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - July 5, 2022

Printmaking Series (Wilson) Mondays, July 11, 18, 25 & August 1 4:00 – 5:00 pm For four weeks, we’ll explore the process of Printmaking using different materials. Materials and supplies provided, but feel free to bring your…

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Windsor Public Library : Coming Up from The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - June 27, 2022

Holiday Closing Monday, July 4, All Day The Main Library and the Wilson Branch will be closed Monday, July 4 in honor of the Independence Day Holiday. Computer Basics (Wilson) Tuesday, July 5, 10:45 – 11:45 am Do you want to be…

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Windsor Public Library : Coming Up from The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - May 30, 2022

National Donut Day Storytime Monday, June 6, 10:30 – 11:15 am Enjoy a special storytime with Miss Bonnie celebrating Donut Day. Funny stories, jokes, activities and crafts are planned! This free program is for ages 2-5 years old. Sign up…

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Windsor Public Library : Summer Reading 2022

Summer Reading kicks off on June 24th! Save the date! What to expect for Read Beyond the Beaten Path It's almost summer again! Another school year is in the books, but we know reading adventures can't stop at the final school bell in June. Join…

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Windsor Public Library : Coming Up from The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - April 25, 2022

Butterflies @ WPL Monday, May 2, 10:00 - 10:30 am Come watch our butterflies grow in Kidspace! We’ll be raising caterpillars into beautiful butterflies. Come visit regularly to see them slowly grow and change. Once they’ve emerged…

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Windsor Public Library : Coming Up from The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - April 11, 2022

Easter Sunday Closing Sunday, April 17, All day The Main Library will be closed Sunday, April 17 in honor of the Easter Holiday. The Wilson Branch is always closed on Sundays. Bring your Apple Devices to the Wilson Geek Tuesday, April 19,…

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Windsor Public Library : Coming Up from The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch - March 14, 2022

Pets Storytime Monday, April 11, 10:30 - 11:30 am Join Kidspace for a Pet Themed Storytime! We will be sharing stories, songs, rhymes, and jokes all about pets for National Pet Day. All ages. Pets and Caring Kids Monday, April…

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Windsor Public Library Newsletter - April 2022

A note about program registration: Please only register for a program if you plan on attending. By registering and not attending a program you are potentially taking a spot from someone else. If you have registered for a program and can no longer…

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Windsor Public Library Newsletter - March 21, 2022

Play & Learn Playgroup Mondays, Weekly, 10:30 - 11:30 am Play is an important part of learning and growing! Join us in Kidspace for a fun drop in program. Ages 5 and under with caregivers. Sing & Stomp Tuesdays, Weekly, 10:30 –…

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Windsor Public Library : Coming Up from the Windsor Library and Wilson Branch - March 14, 2022

VITA Tax Preparation Monday, March 21, 5:00 – 8:00pm VITA Volunteers will be at the Main Library for one evening to assist patrons preparing and filing taxes. By appointment only. Call 860-285-1920 or email Andrea O'Shea to get your…

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Windsor Public Library News - Kidspace Survey

Kidspace Survey Open Until March 24! We love our patrons and event more, we love to hear from you! Please take this survey and tell us all about patron servies in Kidspace! This survey is open until March 24! Take the survey by clicking here!…

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All Booked Up from the Windsor Library's Newsletter : March 2022

Click here to view the All Booked Up from the Windsor Library's Newsletter : March…

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Windsor Public Library: Coming Up from the Windsor Library and Wilson Branch February 28, 2022

National Parks Lecture Monday, March 7, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Join the Main Library and Professor Richard Benfield, former Chair of the Department of Geography at CCSU, for America’s Best Idea: the US National Parks and their translation around…

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Windsor Public Library Kidspace - February 2022

A note about program registration: Please only register for a program if you plan on attending. By registering and not attending a program you are potentially taking a spot from someone else. If you have registered for a program and can no longer…

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Windsor Public Library: Coming Up from the Windsor Library and Wilson Branch

CONN Men A Cappella Sunday February 27, 3:00 - 4:30 pm The Main Library welcomes The UConn Conn-Men who are the University of Connecticut’s men’s a cappella group for a concert filled with a broad repertoire. These gentlemen have a few…

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Windsor Public Library Teen Newsletter - February 2022

It's February which means not only is Valentine's Day right around the corner, but the entire month is Black History Month! During the month of February, we celebrate Black and African Americans. We use this month to recognize all of the things…

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News - Coming Up From The Windsor Library And Wilson Branch

Drop in Card Making(all ages) Monday, February 7, All Day Create a card for a friend or family member to celebrate National Send a Card Day! Drop in to Kidspace at any time. All ages. (Postage is not included.) Bring your Apple Devices to the…

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All Booked Up from the Windsor Library: February 2022

The library currently offers curbside service for all of your holds and checkouts. Call 860-285-1910 to schedule a pickup. Sometimes the things we think are lost are only hidden, waiting to be rediscovered. Zeno, Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr…

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Windsor Public Library Kidspace - February 2022

A note about program registration: Please only register for a program if you plan on attending. By registering and not attending a program you are potentially taking a spot from someone else. If you have registered for a program and can no longer…

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