Author Archives: Ledyard Library

Ledyard Historical Society: Open Archive

Ledyard mapMonday, January 25th from 2 PM to 5 PM
Janice W. Bell Historical Resource Room at Bill Library

Contact: Andrea Buka 860.464.9912

Share your 2020 experiences with future generations!

Please submit photos and written accounts of you and your family or Ledyard business during the COVID19 pandemic. Did you start new traditions? How did your business adapt? What did your family do to cope with quarantine, recovery, virtual school, or work? Are you an essential worker? What is that like for you?

Donations of materials related to the people, buildings, and events of Ledyard and Gales Ferry are gratefully accepted for preservation and inclusion in the collection for future researchers, either as digital copies of the items themselves.
Your Gales Ferry and Ledyard memories will be added to the archive in the Janice W. Bell Historical Research Room at the Bill Library. We will scan them and return them to you with a digital copy placed on your flash drive. Digital copies are easy to share with far-flung family members or to use as a back-up if the original is lost or damaged.
We are always adding newly scanned items to our Online Collections, which are available at

Social Security and Retirement Income Maximization Workshop

Wednesday, January 27 at 6 PM
On Zoom

If you are approaching or in retirement, this free virtual workshop is for you.
Learn how to:

Protect yourself from retirement’s greatest threats
Increase your Social Security retirement income by up to 76%
Receive Social Security income from ex or deceased spouse’s earnings
Replace Social Security income lost after spouse’s death
Understand the biggest tax law and fiscal stimulus change in decades.
Are you eligible for benefits?
All attendees will receive a FREE personalized Social Security Maximization analysis.

Sponsored by AAA Retire and the Ledyard Public Library. You MUST register using this link:

Once you register, you will receive the link to this event.

Holiday Code Club Challenge

Submissions due January 31
Ages 8 to 18

You are invited to join in a free coding contest Prenda is hosting this holiday season. This is for kids ages 8-18 of all skill levels. Never coded before? Not a problem! Participants will create accounts in Prenda Code Club where you can learn how to code and build a special holiday robot project. The best projects will be awarded a drone, Sphero Mini robot, or Makey Makey kit! Contest runs Dec 15 – Jan 31.

When you sign up, you will receive an email that will help you get into Prenda if you do not already have an account.

Sign up by clicking here.

Virtual Cookbook Club

Tuesday, February 2 at 12:30 PM
On Zoom
Book: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

The group meets on the first Tuesday at 12:30 PM. Each month, we choose a topic of a type of recipe to try. Group members prepare the recipe in advance and then talk about their experience at the meeting. We meet for about one hour. See the Zoom information below:

Meeting ID: 508 133 5825
Passcode: Lib7727

LitLoot! Registration: Winter Box

Register Here:
I want LitLoot!
For 7th-12th graders

7th – 12th graders are invited to register to receive the first of four “LitLoot!” boxes. These boxes will be offered seasonally and each box will contain one library book, a freebie book to keep, and an assortment of goodies to enjoy. Registrants will pick up their box, enjoy the books and treats, and the only thing that needs to be returned is the library book. Everything else is yours to keep!

Registration opens January 4th and includes one box of LitLoot! – you must register separately for each box offered throughout the year. The Winter Box will be available to be picked up February 1, 2021. All boxes must be picked up within ten days of the distribution date. This means if you don’t pick up your box by February 10th, it will go to the next person on the waiting list. Registration is limited to 12 so don’t hesitate to reserve your box.

Once you register for your box, you will receive a Google Form to fill out that will help Mrs. Burt know what types of books you are interested in, if you have any allergies, or any other pertinent information. Please email Mrs. Burt at if you have any questions. Special thanks to the Teen Advisory Board members for their help in the planning and implementation of this program.