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OWL Secures Grant to Make Important Energy Upgrades

We are thrilled to share that OWL secured grant funding from Eversource to insulate the Colonial House portion of the library. By insulating this section of the library, we anticipate being able to reduce our fuel usage by about 30%.  

At a time of skyrocketing fuel costs, being able to reduce our fuel usage will greatly assist us in mitigating this rising financial burden, freeing up more funds to contribute to the programs and offerings we want to share with you and our greater community. This project not only presents financial savings, but it will also support OWL’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.

Brief Closure: August 1 through August 3:

In order to complete this very important project, OWL will be closed from Monday, August 1st through Wednesday, August 3rd. We plan to re-open at 10 AM on Thursday, August 4.

While our doors will be closed, OWL can still be accessed through the following programs and services:

Meet us for Books on the Beach at Bantam Lake: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (August 1 through August 3) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Stop by to check out books to bring home or just grab one to read on the beach! Both adult and children's books will be available.

OWL Box open at Bantam Market. Borrow physical books, DVDs and audio books. It's easy- all you need is your library card.

All regularly scheduled zoom programs will be running as scheduled.

Digital contents can be accessed and downloaded 24/7 through your online account. E-books and e-audio are at your fingertips including all of our instant picks!

We look forward to completing this project, and continuing to serve you and all of our community members during our brief closing.

Thank you for loving your library!

 

Updated 03/01/2022

Oliver Wolcott Library has updated its mask policy.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, wearing a mask at the library is optional.

 

In other news...

  • The Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Art Gallery
    We have re-opened the Art Gallery and patrons may view the art on exhibit whenever the library is open and the room is unoccupied.  We are not accepting any reservations for meeting in the Community Room. 
  • The Emslie Room is once again open
    We have re-opened the Emslie Room, our quiet room located on the first floor of the colonial house section of the library. For the safety of our community, we are limiting use to four patrons at one time.
  • Curbside Service is still available by request only
    See below for details

 

What you can expect when visiting the Library during these times:

  • Masks are optional for all patrons and staff.
  • Staff and patrons are expected to observe a standard 6 foot social distancing around the library and 3 foot distance at the circulation desk.
  • The library is not limiting the number of patrons visiting the library at one time.
  • Patrons may freely use our public access computers. No reservation or appointment will be necessary. Use is limited to one hour. Patrons should use the supplied hand sanitizer before and after use of the computer as these areas are only cleaned once per day.
  • Patrons may freely access our Wi-Fi network both inside and outside the library.
  • Catalog computers are available for patron use. As with the other patron pc's, the provided hand sanitizer should be applied before and after each use.
  • Patrons may sit and study at the library at the provided study tables and chairs in the computer area as well as in the stacks.
  • Patrons may enter and exit the same door.

For complete details, and up-to-date information about OWL and Re-Opening Progression Plans, please subscribe to our e-newsletter, visit our website, and follow us on social media.

 

Curbside Service continues by request only

As we are pleased to move toward greater accessibility to our physical library for our community, Curbside Service continues but by special request only. If you have any questions about Curbside Service, please email us at forpickup[at]owlibrary.org or call us at 860-567-8030.

And don't forget about the OWL BOX

The OWL BOX located inside Bantam Market in Bantam is open. The OWL BOX is a vending machine filled with physical books, audiobooks, DVDs and Blu-Rays. Any library card holder may use the OWL BOX.

 

Your Safety is a Top Priority

The safety of our community is a top priority.

The Library has adopted a number of safety procedures and purchased supplies to safeguard our staff and patron including but not limited to: upgrading the air filter on our main air handler unit to a MERV15 filter, installing safety shields at the circulation desk, establishing strict cleaning protocols, increasing the frequency of cleaning high-traffic areas, and quarantining of returned materials.

The Library has commissioned an HVAC Engineering firm to study the Library’s air circulation and air filtration issues with a particular focus on the Jamie Gagarin Community Room and the 1799 Colonial House sections. Recommendations will be closely reviewed by the Library in order to ensure the high standards are community expects and deserves. As a result, the Jamie Gagarin Community Room will remain closed to events at this time, and we have limited use for the 1799 Colonial House.

Our main library area in the modern building designed by Eliot Noyes has a recently upgraded air handler system that is equipped with a MERV15 filter and is set at its highest fresh air capacity. The air handler and air conditioning systems are both Trane systems and are maintained by Trane. All of the ceiling fans and bathroom fans in the main library area have also been reviewed by an electrician to ensure they were operating properly and according to standards.

 

FAQ About Our Re-Opening:

To help you in visiting the Library, we have prepared a list of anticipated questions and provided our answers. Please note that at this time of great uncertainty, we may modify our plans as needed. If you have additional questions, please call us at 860-567-8030. or email us at owlibrary[at]owlibrary.org. We welcome you back!

Below are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about our Re-Opening for OWL

What are the library’s hours?

The Library will be open for library services six days a week:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 9 PM
  • Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM


Will Curbside Pick-Up remain available? And what are the hours for Curbside Pick-Up?

Yes. Curbside Pick-Up will remain available! It is safe, convenient, and contact-less.

Curbside Pick-Up is available any day the library is open, from opening until one hour before the library closes. Click here for more information about Curbside Service.


Do I need to wear a mask? What else am I required to do if I visit?

No. Wearing a mask inside of the library is now optional. However, 6 foot social distancing is expected, 3 foot social distancing at the circulation desk.


What has the Library done to keep staff and patrons safe when checking out or asking a question?

The Library has implemented several measures to keep you and the staff safe. We have installed safety shields at the circulation desk. All staff are required to monitor their health daily. Our air handler system that works in the main library area is serviced by Trane and has met the standard set by the State for air circulation systems. We also instituted other procedures to increase air circulation such as keeping overhead fans operational. These are just a few examples of the many measures we have implemented.


What should I do if I touch a book/item and decide I don't want it?

We ask that you try to limit the number of items you pick up. We also ask that parents strictly monitor their young children to avoid having them handle or pull books/items off the shelf. If you do touch a book or media item and then decide not to borrow it, please leave it on a table for staff to re-shelve. Items left on tables will be automatically re-shelved by staff.


Can I return books and other materials when I visit?

Yes, materials may be returned either inside the library in at the circulation desk or they may be returned outside the library in the outdoor drop box located on the north side of the building. 


Can I bring my children?

Yes!


Can I access the catalog when I am at the library?

Yes. We have one catalog computer set up for use at the library. We ask that you sanitize your hands before and after, using the hand sanitizer supplied by the library since these areas are only cleaned once per day. We also strongly encourage you to use your own smart phones or other devices to access our catalog while visiting the library. If you do not have or do not wish to access the catalog this way, library staff is more than happy to assist you by looking up anything you need in the catalog.


Can I access your public computers?

Yes, we have public computers available for use. We ask that you sanitize your hands before and after, using the hand sanitizer supplied by the library since these areas are only cleaned once per day.


Can I access the library's WiFi?

Yes. You may access the library's fiber Wi-Fi network inside or outside the library.


Do I need to make an appointment to visit? Can I make an appointment?

There are no appointments required to visit the library.


Where do I enter and exit?

You may enter or exit either the main door located on the south side of the building or the parking lot door located on the west side of the building. You may enter and exit using the same door. We do ask that you always maintain social distancing when entering and leaving.


Will there be staff available in the library to assist me?

Staff will be able to help you select materials by searching the catalog for you, if needed, and offering reading or viewing suggestions. 


Will a bathroom be available?

Yes, all bathrooms are available for use.


If I am disabled, is there an accessible bathroom?

Yes, please ask one of our staff to direct you.


Will a water fountain be available?

Yes.


Can I reserve your meeting room?

No. At this time our meeting room is unavailable for meetings.


Will the Library be offering program events?

Yes. The library is now offering in-person and remote accessible program events. Visit our Adult, Teen, and Children’s Program Event pages on the website for more details.


How can I stay up-to-date on what is happening at the Library?

Regularly visiting our website and subscribing to our e-newsletter are the best ways to stay up-to-date on Library events and news. Our e-newsletter is free. To subscribe, click this link. You may also wish to follow us on Instagram or Facebook.


If I have a question about Curbside Pick-Up or want to place a Curbside Pick-Up Order, how do I do this?

If you want to place a Curbside Pick-Up order or have questions about Curbside Pick-Up, then please email us forpickup[at]owlibrary.org or call us at 860-567-8030.


If I have questions, whom should I call?

If you have questions, feel free to email us at owlibrary[at]owlibrary.org or call us at 860-567-8030.