To the Editor:

The children’s and teen departments of the Plumb Memorial Library and the Huntington Branch in Shelton are delighted to announce that they have just completed their busiest summer ever! A record number of 643 children and 200 teens took part in our “Looking Back at Our Past and Looking Forward to Our Future!” Summer Reading Program.

We wish to thank the Shelton Public Schools, especially Dr. Christopher Clouet, principals, reading teachers, media specialists and the classroom teachers for cooperation in compiling summer reading lists. We are also grateful for their support in publicizing our summer calendars of events. The Shelton Library System would like to express their appreciation for the generous donations of the sponsors of our Summer Reading Program.

Our benefactors include: The Friends of the Shelton Libraries; Artan’s Pizza, Bob Boroski School of Art, Courtyard by Marriott, Deb’s Healthy Plate, DJ’s Pizza, Extended Stay America, Hawley Lane Shoes, Hyatt House, Plaza Diner; Monster Mini Golf, Bethel; RCF Rock Climb Fairfield; Bounce Town USA, Milford; Blue Spruce Farm, Monroe; New Britain Bees, New Britain; My Gym, Orange; Entertainment Cinemas, Seymour; Rabine Family Dental, Stratford; Next Dimension Gymnastics, SeaQuest Aquarium, Trumbull. We wish to extend an extra special thank you to the Shelton Parks and Recreation Department for their donation of the grand prize. It is a family membership to the Shelton Community Center pool for one year.

Many thanks to the entire staff at both the Plumb and Huntington libraries, especially Molly Smith, interim librarian at Huntington. Instilling a love of reading in Shelton’s youngsters is the main goal of the Shelton Library System. Together with the Shelton Public Schools, our local businesses and the library staff, we look forward to continuing our work in the months ahead.

After 13 years of service, I am retiring as children’s librarian at Plumb Memorial Library in mid-September. My position has provided me with a wealth of opportunities to support the literacy needs of Shelton’s youth in a wide variety of duties from conducting story times; helping children find the right book to stimulate their love of reading; and introduce them to the wide variety of resources and services offered by the library. I will definitely miss my interactions with families and staff, but now I am starting a new chapter in my life.

Thank you again for all your support.

Barbara A. Fritsch

Children’s Librarian

Plumb Memorial Library