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Library Makerspace Naming Contest Rules and Guidelines

Library Makerspace Naming Contest
Deadline March 31, 2021

Rules & Guidelines

What it is:  The Terryville Public Library is developing a Library Makerspace.  This makerspace will be an inclusive community space that supports individual learning and creation through direct instruction and peer/intergenerational collaboration.

The contest winner will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card.

How to enter: 
1.     Submit your entry or entries by Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm to
2.     No more than 2 entries may be submitted by one entrant.
3.     Include your submission, name, mailing address and email address.

1.     The contest is open only to individuals. The contest is not open to companies, educational institutions, organizations, etc. or to groups associated with such institutions.
2.     Members of the Terryville Public Library Makerspace Working Group are welcome and encouraged to participate in this contest. However, any member who submits a name for consideration will not be eligible to participate in the final decision making process.
3.     All entrants must be at least 13 years of age.
Judging and selection of winner:
1.     The Working Group will decide on the top three submissions to be voted on by the Library Board of Directors.

2.     The top three submissions will be forwarded to the Library Board of Directors for voting by majority rule. The voting will be conducted between April 5-16, 2021.

3.    The Library Board of Directors reserves the right to not select a winner if, in their sole discretion, no suitable entries are submitted.
4.     The Working Group reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or entry at its sole discretion.
5.     The winning submission becomes the property of the Terryville Public Library (and Town of Plymouth) and may only be used for the winner’s portfolio of work.
6.     The winner of the naming contest will be required to sign a release giving sole ownership to the Terryville Public Library.
7.     Accepting the prize constitutes permission for the Working Group to make public and otherwise use the winner’s name for publicity purposes. Further personal data may be requested but is not required.

Participation constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules. By participating in the contest, the entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read and understood, and agrees to be bound by, these rules. Including the guides and rules referred to herein, these official rules constitute the entire agreement between the entrant and the Terryville Public Library Makerspace Working Group and Library Board of Directors in relation to the contest.

Winter Reading Program

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! The Children’s room Winter Reading Program runs through Saturday, February 20 (the last day to receive virtual tickets is Thursday, February 18). Visit or come into the library and receive paper logs.

This free program is open to children ages birth to 12. Children being read to, will participate in the “Read to Me” program. Children reading on their own will participate in the “Independent Reader” program. Children will receive small prizes weekly, and earn virtual tickets as they read and/or complete activities. You can enroll in the program at to participate virtually or you can grab paper logs. Both programs are identical so you can only chose one way to track your reading, the online program OR the paper logs. Even if you track your participation virtually you can still receive prizes weekly through curbside pickup or by visiting the library.

Each virtual ticket gives you a change to win one of two prize packs. There is a Movie Night Prize Pack and a Game night Prize Pack.

Independent Reader Game Pack

Independent Reader Movie Pack








Read-to-Me Reader Game Pack

Read-to-Me Reader Movie Pack


We also have a number of virtual events including, live animals, a Stuffed Animal Sleepover, a Music, Bubble and Comedy show and more! See all of the events planned here.

Everybody Learns Grant from the Office of the Governor Supports Enhanced Library Safety and Service

On October 7, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont was joined by Interim State Librarian Maureen Sullivan to announce that his administration was dedicating $2.6 million of Connecticut’s Coronavirus Relief Funds to support the state’s public libraries as they continue to make health and safety improvements and offer more services to residents amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor made the announcement at the Raymond Library in East Hartford.

The Governor said the funds would be distributed among 65 libraries across Connecticut based on their size and the number of residents they serve each year, which allows much of the funding to be allocated to target those that serve low-income urban and rural communities. The funds are anticipated to be largely used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, signage, and furniture.

The Terryville Public Library was awarded a grant in the amount of $28,564.00 to expand capacity and support reopening efforts.  At the Terryville Public Library, the funds were primarily used for safety improvements including hand sanitizer stations, air purifiers, touchless plumbing fixtures and contactless wave plates.  New furniture in the Children’s Room provides comfortable and easy to clean seating for families to share books together.  The Library also purchased a number of mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, Chromebooks, and Laptops to expand digital access in the community.

This funding is in addition to the Lamont administration’s Everybody Learns initiative to increase broadband infrastructure and to create public Wi-Fi hotspots that offer free internet access.  The Terryville Public Library will add a new outdoor wireless access point as part of this separate initiative.

“Libraries offer critical services for the public, including reliable Wi-Fi, access to computers and laptops, supportive learning materials and resources, and librarians who are trained in helping residents access key services,” said Governor Lamont. “Most importantly, libraries provide safe and quiet spaces for people to work and study, which is critical to many people who do not have the environment to do this at home. Especially during this difficult time, libraries and the work of so many generous librarians have played a critical role in supporting K-12 and post-secondary students with remote learning.”

“This investment in our public libraries will enable their leaders and staff to extend and enhance the services and programs that are so valued and important to their constituents and communities,” said Interim State Librarian Maureen Sullivan. “Public libraries have always been places that support education and self-directed learning. They are now a critical community resource for virtual learning.”

The Terryville Public Library is incredibly grateful for the Governor’s support of and investment in Connecticut’s public libraries.

For more information about the Library’s new mobile Wi-Fi hotspot program, visit:

For more information about the Library’s new wireless printing/print from anywhere service, visit:

We’re implementing Princh – our new printing solution

We are pleased to announce that we’ve installed Princh, a wireless printing solution. From now on you can use your own mobile device to print your documents! All you have to do is download the free Princh app form Google play or the App Store, and you are ready to print.

You can also print from your laptop by visiting, and you can still use the library’s computers as well!

Princh also allows you to pay via your credit card or different mobile payment options. The printing prices are $0.15 per page for black and white and $0.25 per page for color.

Read more about how to print with Princh here or Guide posters are also set-up in the library, and our staff will always be ready to help you.  Stop in, or call 860-582-3121 if you need help getting started!

Reference Librarian Lisa Bower Courtney is Retiring!

Lisa Courtney, our kind, quirky and indomitable Reference Librarian is retiring on Friday, November 6, 2020 after 26 years with the Terryville Public Library.  Traditional retirement send-offs aren’t possible right now, so we’re asking friends and patrons to visit the library and share well-wishes before she starts enjoying 7-day weekends!

 Please stop by the Library during our open hours between October 26 – November 6.  Share a funny memory, let her know how her help made a difference, (tell her she can’t leave yet!), and send her off with as much warmth and spirit as she has shown throughout her life.  Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Unable to stop by?  Patrons may also call 860-583-4467 to speak with Lisa.

Plymouth Historical Society’s “Passport to Plymouth” Available at the Library

The Plymouth Historical Society has created a fun activity to celebrate Plymouth’s 225th Anniversary called “Passport to Plymouth”.

The Passport to Plymouth is available at the Terryville Public Library Circulation Desk. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 5pm, and Tuesday and Thursday 1pm – 8pm.   The Passport is also available as a digital download for printing at home here.

The Passport to Plymouth brings you to 20 historic sites in Plymouth where you answer questions based on information found at that location. The question could be related to a sign, a gravestone, or an element or feature unique to that place.

On Labor Day, September 5, 2020, there was a Passport Party at the Lock Museum where completed Passports were stamped and FREE certificates for celebratory ice cream were distributed.

Adventurers with completed Passports to Plymouth may also have their Passports stamped at the Circulation Desk.

The Main Street Community Foundation awarded a grant to the Plymouth Historical Society for this fun activity.

Terryville Public Library Launches New Website

The Terryville Public Library has improved our website to make it easier for you to find and use Library resources.  The Library is grateful for the generous support of Main Street Community Foundation.  The website was last redesigned in 2008.  In 2019, they were awarded a $5,000 grant from the Bristol Brass General Grant Fund and the Betts Family Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation to support our website redesign project.

The Library conducted a focus group in Fall 2019 to ensure the new site would meet the public’s needs and expectations. The Library talked with users and non-users of the Library.  Most identified the need to improve access to library and community information, digital resources and media.

The new site provides better access to the Library’s collection of books and materials, programming and services for all ages, as well as librarian assistance. “The new site was designed to be flexible, intuitive and continue to evolve as patron needs change,” said Gretchen DelCegno, Terryville Library Director, which coordinated the project. She added that the new site works well with mobile devices, a feature that patrons have been asking for.