News and Calendar

Service Update - 7/28/2021

With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, New Haven is requiring masks while inside the Library, regardless of vaccination status. Masking will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable patrons, including young patrons who are unable to get vaccinated at this time.

Thank you for helping us keep our community safe!

Author Talk with Caroline Ailanthus

Join us virtually on Wednesday, August 18th at 6:30 pm for a live author talk with Caroline Ailanthus. Caroline will be discussing her latest novel Ecological Memory—a story set 20 years after a global pandemic. Ecological memory is part scientific detective story, part post-apocalyptic travelogue. This timely novel is hopeful exploration about what happens after you lose everything. 

Our evening discussion will focus on exploring Caroline’s book including the process of creating a fictional pandemic versus living through a real one as well as how the science of ecology can be a source of perspective and hope in the face of loss.

Copies of Caroline’s books are available at the library for checkout. You can also purchase a copy of her book by
visiting her website.

To register for the program, please email the library at We will send you a Zoom link to the program.

About the Author: Caroline is a science write and author of the Climate in Emergency blog. She grew up in Delaware, and attended school in New England, earning a BA in Environmental Leadership and an MS in Environmental Studies. She lives in Maryland with her husband and assorted animals.

July News

It's hard to believe that summer is almost here. For me, summer means getting excited about Summer Reading!

Beginning June 28th, parents will be able to sign their children (ages 2 - 17) up in person or online to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge. Children and Teens will be encouraged to read or complete a literacy activity for 20 minutes each day to earn prizes (children 2-10) or enter a weekly raffle (tweens/teens 11 - 17). 

The Library will also host a weekly outside storytime for the month of July on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, beginning July 7th. I'll be sharing stories, songs, and rhymes at the Village Green and will also have a limited number of craft kits available. 

On July 24th, I hope you'll join us for our Tails on the Trails event in collaboration with the Watershed Center. This one-day program will feature a Storywalk along the trail at the Center's Plank Road location. Families are welcome to bring their leashed pets to the property to enjoy the walk. When you're done, swing by the library for snacks (for humans and animals) and a craft. The Storywalk will be available all day, with library activities taking place from 9 am - 12:30 pm. 

If you're looking for other ways to get outside and explore, don't forget the library has Vermont State Park and Historic Site passes available for 3-day loans. Give the library a call to reserve a pass for your next family excursion!

Looking forward to a summer of reading and learning!

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.

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!

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