News and Calendar

Beginning May 18, 2021, the library will re-opening for limited browsing!

We also offer Inter-Library-Loan (ILL) courier delivery & curbside service.
Please scroll down to read how to take advantage of this service!

Monthly News From Library
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Library Re-opening on May 18th to Limited Browsing!

New Haven Community Library will be reopening for limited browsing beginning on May 18th. Patrons will be able to stop by the library to browse the stacks, print copies or use our computers, meet our new librarian, and check out books--no appointment required!

  • In order to comply with state guidance, only 5 people will be allowed in the library at any time.

  • Computers will be limited to one person at a time.

  • We ask that patrons limit their time in the library to 30 minutes and to access the building using the side door.

  • No seating will be available.

  • We will also be encouraging all visitors to sanitize their hands prior to browsing or computer use.

  • Masks will be required to enter the building.

  • Front Porch pick-up will still be available.

Please note that our hours of operation changed this prior Tuesday, May 11th.

June News

I would like to start off by saying thank you for a warm welcome to New Haven. I’ve enjoyed learning about the community, the history of the library, and each patron’s reading style. I’m up for the task of providing a varied and exciting collection of materials for everyone to enjoy, recommending great books and, when the time comes, helping host a variety of programs for patrons of all ages.

There are a couple changes for NHCL. First, our library hours changed on May 11th. Summer hours will be Tuesday from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm, and Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Our next big change is reopening the building for limited browsing! Beginning May 18th, patrons will be able to stop by in-person to say hello, browse the stacks, use computers, make copies and/or check out materials. Visits will be limited to 30 minutes and 5 patrons at a time. Patrons can access the library using the side-door entrance and must wear a mask when inside the building. Hand sanitizer will be provided and encouraged. Front porch pick-up will still be available for patrons who would like to continue utilizing this service.

The trustees are transitioning monthly board meetings to in-person sessions as well. Our next board meeting will be held on June 3rd at 6:30 pm. Library board meetings are always open to the public.

I look forward to getting to meet you in person at our library’s reopening. Until then, please let me know if there are any books you’re looking for. The Library is always taking suggestions.

Happy Reading!

Katie Male-Riordan, Director

May 1st: We wish Deborah a fond farewell and welcome our new director Katie Male-Riordan, beginning in May!

From Deborah

What a perfect job this has been for me! I have loved being your Town Library director for these past seventeen years, and have treasured the chance to get to know and serve the New Haven community. As I said in the Town Report, my deepest gratitude goes out to so many - Trustees, Friends of the Library, volunteers, Ruth Penfield, Jack DeVoe, and all the patrons I've had the pleasure, and honor, to work with over the years.

And now I join the Trustees and Friends in warmly welcoming Katie Male Riordan to this position. I look forward to seeing all she will bring to the library and to your community.

My fondest farewell to you all.

Deborah Lundbech, retiring Directory (as of the beginning of May)

From the Trustees

Welcome, Katie!

The Trustees of the New Haven Community Library are pleased to announce that Katie Male-Riordan has been hired as the Library Director and will begin her work in May. She succeeds Deborah Lundbech who has shown extraordinary commitment in serving the library’s patrons and regional community members for decades. Katie is a cum laude graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College where she was Editor-in-Chief of the college’s newspaper and a Staff Assistant at the library.

Katie has recently moved to Vermont with her family following over four years’ experience as the Library Manager of the Hay Memorial Library in Sackets Harbor, New York. At Hay Memorial, she expanded their programming for all age groups, but especially children and teens, and accomplished technological improvements that were shared across the North Country Library System. When the library re-opens, we are confident that you will find Katie to be welcoming and knowledgeable.

April News

What a great joy it was to see snowdrops peeking through the ground this past week! It's been a long, long winter but soon we'll be welcoming daffodils!

In thinking back over the past year and high demand library take-outs:

  • Mysteries have held center stage. Their enormous popularity has really spiked, and within that genre the "series" books (that have new plots but recurring characters) are particular favorites. If you haven't tried any of them yet, we have many available!

  • Another frequent request has been for books that are "more uplifting than depressing", although concurrently there has been a very strong interest in World War Two era books, both fiction and non-fiction.

  • In non-fiction, books with a focus on racial justice have been in high demand, as well as biographies and histories written by people of color. As always, a reminder that if we don't have what you're looking for we will request through Inter-Library Loan or purchase it. Just ask!

The Trustees are currently interviewing candidates and have been very pleased with the strong pool of candidates. Next month's newsletter will be my last and at that time I will happy to announce your new library director.

Happy spring!

Deborah Lundbech, Director

March News

My warmest gratitude for the many kind responses to my retirement news. What a wonderful town this is. Thank you all so much!

We have a request for library information that perhaps some of you can help with. Our lovely website, created and updated by Ruth Penfield, has recently added a "History" to our "About the Library" drop down information bar at the top of the page. If you get the chance, please look over the library history and let us know if you see mistakes - or can give us more information.

Thank you!

Deborah Lundbech, Director

February News

After a great deal of thought and a lot of waffling, I have decided to retire from my position as New Haven Community Library's Director, effective in early May. Although I dearly love this job, there are many things that are calling me - my family, more free time, and (let's be honest) my aging self! It's time to step aside for another person's energy, fresh ideas, commitment to the New Haven community, to this library, and to library ideals. It's an exciting time for libraries to grow, diversify, and embrace new visions of service - and I look forward to seeing what the future brings to this library and libraries everywhere.

The Trustees and I will be putting together a job posting soon, and hope to start interviewing at some point in March.

I would love to know that the library might be open before I leave and that I can say goodbye to you all in person - but as we know, predictions on re-openings are still unknowns, and there have been more than a few "into the fall" predictions for normalcy. On rainy, damp days I do see many of you (masked and distanced) at the side door for pick-up, and that is really nice, but inside, face to face, would be so much better!

Well, fingers crossed for safe connecting sooner rather than later.

My best wishes to all for a sunny, blue-skied February!

Deborah Lundbech, Director

The library has a lot of new materials. New DVDs and many new books.

Remember, if you are looking for something we don’t have, I will be very happy to Inter-Library loan or purchase. Just ask!

New materials

As of January 2021: Here are a few of our latest!


  • White Ivy by Susie Yang,

  • All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny,

  • Troubled Blood: A Cormoran Strike Novel by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling),

  • Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

  • Archer Mayor’s newest book, The Orphan’s Guilt.


  • How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi,

  • All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung,

  • Too Much And Never Enough by Mary L. Trump,

  • Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

DVDs: Annie, The Hate You Give, 1917, Frozen 2, Little Women


  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Anxious People by Frederick Bachman

  • Ruth Ware’s newest book, One by One.

VERMONT GOLDEN DOME BOOK AWARD (formerly Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award for middle grade children):

  • ALL OF THEM! Thanks to Friends of the Library).


  • ALL OF THEM! (Thanks (again) to Friends of the Library).


  • Little Yellow Truck

  • Splish Splash Ducky

  • Have You Seen My New Blue Socks

  • Little Excavator

More are listed HERE on our website! And of course, there are many more new items on the shelf that I can tell you about!

Happy reading, viewing, and listening, in 2021!

Announcing Learning Express Library!

We are pleased to announce that the Vermont Department of Libraries has contracted for free, statewide access to Learning Express Library.

  • LEL offers many license prep tests, including many of the necessary components of the CDL, nursing, medical testing, SAT, LSAT, and GRE prep.

  • It also offers a wide range of academic and career-related solutions in one platform, including skill-building in reading, writing, math and science, college admissions exams, occupational licensing test, career exploration, and much more.

  • It includes information to help job seekers explore occupations, find career matches based on interest and skills, search for scholarships, and create effective resumes.

  • Additionally, Learning Express Library has a computer skills center where one can learn the fundamentals of using a computer and more with self-paced, easy-to-use tutorials - beginner to advance levels.

To access Learning Express Library, go to the link on our "Onsite & Online Resources" page here.

For more information, contact Deborah at the library! 802-453-4015

Our library is open for curbside pick-up service & Inter Library Loans!

How to Use Curbside Library Service

  1. Decide what materials you would like to check out: You can search the collection online or call during regular library hours for help at 453-4015.

  2. OR email Deborah at OR leave a phone message, with your name and contact number and up to 3 requests. Our director will get back to you to confirm your "order" and let you know the next pick up times. She is happy to help you choose something over the phone - and can check that you have not read it before.

  3. Your requests will be placed on a small table under the front porch. On very damp or rainy days, please come to the side door and I will hand out your materials - masked, of course!

  4. Please pick up as promptly as possible. Pick up will take place during library hours only.

Returning items: They can be placed in our drop box to the left of the library. All returned materials will be quarantined for seven days before they go back into circulation.

If you have any further questions about the process you can reach Deborah at the library during regular library hours.

InterLibrary Loans (ILLs)

If you're looking for something you don't see at this library, we can almost always get if for you, one way or another. Just let us know what you want. We can request in-state or across the country. ILLs usually take a week to come in and can nearly always be renewed. And it's always free!