Talcott Free Library Celebrating 125 Years in Rockton with Open House

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ROCKTON (WIFR) -- Talcott Free Library will turn 125 years on August 22, 2014. Talcott, known as “the local library on the corner of Main Street”, has been an important part of Rockton’s history. Talcott will be hosting an open house anniversary celebration on August 24 from 1 pm-3 pm. Festivities will include a visit from “Mr. and Mrs. Talcott”, cake and refreshments, and a special “welcome” at 2 pm. The community is invited to join the Library Board and staff as they celebrate 125 years of service.

Library Director Bonnie Estrada has been at the library for 40 years since 1974 and has been director since 1986. “It has been by privilege to be part of the Talcott Library’s rich history. There have been many changes through the years, but what has not changed is the desire to serve our community in the best way possible. I enjoy the people I work with and the wonderful patrons who I have known through the years and am thankful for the support that the community has provided.

The original Talcott Library building was built in 1854 and used as a feed and grain store. In 1989, Wait Talcott gave the building to Rockton Township to be used as the first town’s library. Talcott has expanded several times over the years and continues to look at new options to meet the needs of the community. Some potential expansion plans will be displayed at this open house.

The library originally started with 60 volumes and now offers an expansive collection of books, DVDs, CDs, and much more. Talcott offers a free eBook/audiobook service, OMNI that can be accessed through their website. Online research databases are available for Talcott’s patrons to use at the library or from home. Talcott offers public computers and free Wi-Fi for the community’s use.

Talcott’s popular Toddler Time and Story Hour are a weekly event with stories and crafts. Many local residents remember going to Talcott’s story hour as children and now enjoy bringing their families. The library has provided many enjoyable memories for multiple generations.

Talcott offers book clubs, computer classes, Lego Club, Summer Reading Club and special events for all ages as part of their service to the community. Every December, Talcott hosts the “Chocolate for the Talcott Soul” event. Staff and volunteers donate time and chocolate treats for this open house that provides the community an opportunity to celebrate with the library.

The Friends of the Talcott Library are also big supporters. The Friends hold two large book sales annually and help with the “Chocolate for the Talcott Soul” event. These fundraisers provide assistance for Summer Reading Club and other much needed services.

Stop by Talcott and congratulate them on their 125th Anniversary during the open house! Talcott is located at 101 East Main Street, Rockton.

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