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Holiday Giving Tree

Christmas treeThe Ledyard Public Libraries and the Friends of the Ledyard Libraries are sponsoring a Holiday Giving Tree.

Please return UNWRAPPED book and tag by Monday December 3.

Gift tags will be hanging on trees at both Bill and Gales Ferry Libraries. You may purchase a book for a child or make a $12.00 donation and the library will choose and buy a book. The books will be given out during the annual toy drive to Ledyard and Gales Ferry families in need.

If you have questions, please call Bill LIbrary at 860-464-9912 or Gales Ferry Library at 860-464-6943.

Books and More Sale

Christmas tree9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
November 17
Bill Library

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Friends of the Ledyard Libraries Books and More Sale. We will be offering quality books for sale, suitable for winter reading or gift giving, as well as crafts and baked goods.

In addition, we will be holding a silent auction featuring many items donated by area merchants. Bid sheets will be in Bill Library beginning November 1.

Complimentary hot and cold apple cider and candy canes will be provided at the sale!

Creativebug-Free Trial Until December 1

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Technology Tuesday Lessons

image of hand holding Kindle FireAppointment times available are 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
October 30
November 6,13,27
December 4,11,18

Bill Library
Please make an appointment by calling the Bill Library at 860-464-9912.

Bring your own phone, IPAD, tablet, or laptop for instruction or tech support.

Laptops, Kindles, and IPAD2s are also available at the Bill Library for check out.

Nicolas Bellantoni, Archeologist and Author

book cover "The Long Journeys Home"7:00 p.m.
November 13
Bill Library

Professor Nicholas Bellantoni will discuss his new book The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ‘Opukaha’ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk. Henry ‘Opukaha’ia (ca. 1792—1818) and Itankusun Wanbli (ca. 1879—1900) lived almost a century apart and came from different Indigenous Nations – Hawaiian and Lakota, yet the circumstances of Western imperialism that led them to leave their homelands and come to Connecticut where they died and were buried have striking similarities. Both young men died while on their “journeys” to find fulfillment and both were buried in Connecticut cemeteries. In 1992 and 2008, descendant women had visions that their ancestors wished to “come home” and started the repatriation process of their remains.

Connecticut State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni oversaw the archaeological disinterment and forensic identifications in returning these men to their respective Native families. The Long Journeys Home chronicles these significant stories as examples of the wide-reaching impact of colonialism and the resurgence of Hawaiian and Lakota cultures.

Nicholas F. Bellantoni is an associate adjunct professor in the anthropology department at the University of Connecticut and Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ledyard Libraries, this program is free and open to the public. Copies of The Long Journeys Home will be available for sale and signing.