Support BML with your emailed public comments!

Dear Friends and Patrons of the Bill Memorial Library,

We want to let you know that the Town of Groton has decided to go ahead with their budget hearings while avoiding people congregating. This means that the public comment is closed to the public attending in person.

 

Groton Public Hearing for FYE2021 Proposed Budget is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 PM. Here is how you can participate:

 

Last year there was an impressive show of people speaking in favor of all the Groton Libraries, and this show of support made a big difference. This year, that support must come in written form to the Town Council. Please be sure to include: 

 

  • Your name and address

  • Name of the meeting - Proposed Budget Public Hearing on 3/26

  • The item – Bill Memorial Library funding

  • Share your story about why our Library is important to you and your family (and the community!), and your support of this funding request.

Send to:

Via email (**preferred method**): Council@Groton-ct.gov

 

Regular mail: Groton Town Council

c/o Town Manager's Office

45 Fort Hill Rd.

Groton, CT 06340

 

This year we are seeking $30,000. The Town Manager's Proposed amount is $25,000 which is the same amount we received this fiscal year. While we are very grateful for this (last year’s proposed budget included a 25% cut in funding for BML), we are facing steep increases in our payroll with the Governor’s minimum wage increase. We’ve asked Town Council to help with approximately half of that increase, which is the $5,000 difference between last year’s amount and this year’s. While we have great programs and a wonderful collection of books and other materials, it comes down to hiring and keeping the right staff people to make it all happen.

 

The amount we’re requesting is just $0.75 for every resident of Groton. For just seventy-five cents per person, Groton gets a full-service library located in the City of Groton that works in conjunction and cooperation with the other Groton Libraries. We think that is a good investment for the people of Groton.

 

Thank you for your support!

In keeping with Groton Public Library and Mystic & Noank Library,

 

The Bill Memorial Library will be closed indefinitely starting Saturday, March 14.

 

  • Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines are available on our website by navigating to "Books & More" and then to "eBooks & Downloads."

  • Need a library card for downloadable materials? Groton, CT residents can click here.

  • Tax forms and FREE BOOKS are available in our foyer!

  • The Book Drop is closed. Please hold on to your Library material for now.

  • All materials due while we are closed have been renewed to 5/1/2020. You will not accrue fines until after that date. We will reassess that date as needed.

  • Items that were due before we closed will not continue to accrue fines while we are closed. Fines will begin to accrue again when we reopen.

  • We are not currently accepting holds.

  • If you received a notice that a hold was available, it will be available for pickup once we reopen.

  • All programs have been cancelled or postponed through April 30th, 2020.
     

2019 - The Year in Review

THIS MONTH'S NEWS

March 9, 2020

Bill Memorial Library Presents “The Bill Family of Groton and Ledyard”

Frederic Bill’s donation of the beautiful Bill Memorial Library in Groton still welcomes the public and will provide the setting for a telling of the Bill family story on Saturday, March 28 at 11 am by local genealogist and historian Carol Ganz. Patriarch Gurdon Bill of Ledyard brought his children up to be industrious and generous members of society and his sons made their mark wherever they settled. Frederic was not the only son to establish a library, and their list of accomplishments and donations would have made Gurdon proud.

Carol Ganz’s interest in genealogy and local history came together in her research of the Bill family as the Church Historian at Ledyard Congregational Church.  She is a retired reference librarian who has worked at the Connecticut State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit as well as the Bill Library in Ledyard.

This program is free of charge but registration is required—please call the libr...

March 9, 2020

Teens—Tabletop Game Night

Game on! Join us for Tabletop Game Night at Bill Memorial Library in the City of Groton on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to meet game experts and play games ranging from Munchkin to Sushi Go. This event is free and registration is required. Please call the library at (860)445-0392 to reserve your space.

Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

February 28, 2020

SPRING INTO STORYTIME!

The Bill Memorial Library in the City of Groton is now taking registration for our Swingin’ Spring Story Time program for children ages 5 and under and their caregivers. Story Time takes place on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning March 23 and continues through May 18, 2020. Story Time at the Bill Memorial Library meets in our Children’s Room and features classic stories as well as new favorites, song time with live music, finger plays, puppets and simple crafts. For more information or to register please stop by the library or call 860-445-0392.

Library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

February 27, 2020

From the lush floral kingdoms of the Pacific to the arid gardens of Australia, Dr. Richard Benfield introduces 80 unique gardens of the world in this interactive presentation at the Bill Memorial Library on Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m. Known for his expertise and sense of humor, Benfield takes attendees through the three-acre gardens in the Singapore Changi Airport and the tropical gardens of the Seychelles and the Canary Islands. The program culminates with the beautiful English country gardens of Benfield’s home country.

Benfield is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. This event is free but registration is required. Please call the Bill Memorial Library at 860-445-0392.

February 25, 2020

The Bill Memorial Library in the City of Groton invites children in grades 1 through 5 to our first art program in a monthly spring series presented by the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. On Saturday, March 21 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Sophia Gipstein from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum will lead kids in an Assemblage Art project inspired by Louise Nevelson. Assemblage is art that is made by assembling various elements, often everyday objects, scavenged by the artists or bought specifically for their projects.

All materials are supplied. This program is free but registration is required; to register or for more information, please stop by the library or call 860-445-0392.

December 12, 2019

The Bill Memorial Library in the City of Groton is now taking registration for our Wonderful Winter Story Time, a story program for children ages birth through age 5, with a caregiver. Story Time meets every Monday at 10:30 a.m., beginning on January 6, 2020 through March 16, with no session on Martin Luther King Day, January 20 or President’s Day, February 17. Story Time features stories, songs with live music, and finger plays in the Children’s Room. Registration is required and room capacity is limited; please stop by the library or call 860-445-0392 for further information or to register.

October 26, 2019

If you have a collection or artwork that you would like to be displayed, The Bill Memorial Library has a secure museum display case available.  Please call the Library at 860-445-0392 for more information.

October 8, 2019

Girls Who Code empowers girls to learn to code while having fun!  Open to students in grades 6 - 12.  Registration is required, please call the Library at 860-445-0392 to register!

May 23, 2019

Visit driving-tests.org on our website to study the Connecticut Drivers' Education manual and then take practice tests.  Take the practice tests as often as you would like, for free.  Study at your own pace until you are ready to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles to take the actual test!

January 17, 2019

The Bill Memorial Library will host the Creative Writers of New London County on the second Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30, beginning on Thursday, February 14, 2019.  Bring a pen, paper, all of your best ideas and work of your own (several copies please).  The Creative Writers of New London County are a group of writers who meet up to share, discuss and critique one another’s work using constructive criticism. Whether your goal is to publish, have personal work reviewed or just to meet writing friends, all are welcome.

Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

October 1, 2017

The Bill Memorial Library, in partnership with the Riverfront Children’s Center in Groton, is pleased to announce the commencement of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Beginning Monday, September 18, families are invited to come to the library and pick up a registration packet containing program information and reading logs. This free program encourages parents to read 1000 books with their newborn, toddler, or preschool child before he or she starts kindergarten, with the library providing small incentives for each milestone met. This program is designed for children from birth to age 5 and is partially funded by The Friends of The Bill Memorial Library. For more information, please stop by the library or call 860-445-0392. For more information, check out our flyer here.

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THE BILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

240 Monument Street / Groton, CT 06340

860-445-0392

 

Library Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10-8
Wednesday & Friday: 10-5
Saturday: 10-3
Closed Sunday