Storrs to provide ‘snapshot’ of library
LONGMEADOW – On April 11, Storrs Library will join libraries across the Commonwealth and the nation to provide a “snapshot” of what happens in a day in the life of libraries.
During Snapshot Day, libraries will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever.
There is always something going on at the Storrs, and April 11 is no exception. Library staff invite the public to join them at 10 a.m. for adult knitting or at 6:30 p.m. for an author panel, “It’s a Mystery to Me, Sisters in Crime.”
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room is also having an
Earth Day celebration, “Speak for the Trees,” for children in grades kindergarten and higher. Every participant will receive a sapling to plant at home. Storrs Library will also have a
birthday celebration with cake for everyone who checks out a book. New this year for Snapshot
Day is online participation. Patrons can go to mass.gov/libraries
and post comments about the ways they use the library. “With so many people using our online resources, we wanted to include them in the fun,” Karen Kappenman, library director, said. Last year, residents
downloaded more than nine million articles from trusted library resources.
“We’re looking forward to a
fun, day of activities and we encourage community members of all ages to join us,” Kappenman said.
Busy days are the norm at libraries across the state. Over the past decade, libraries in Massachusetts have experienced a dramatic surge in usage, including a 50 percent increase in library visits and a 29 percent increase in circulation.
Nationally, Snapshot Day is
supported by the American Library Association, which will compile state data to provide a national look at a day in the life of libraries. For more information, visit
or contact the Storrs Library at 565-4181.
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING LONGMEADOW – Kathleen Devlin-DeLisle of Longmeadow, a faculty member at the Willie Ross School for the Deaf (WRSD), has won an Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and other area organizations that form the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award program. Devlin-DeLisle began working at WRSD in 1997, as coordinator of Speech and Language Services. She has been a Licensed Speech Pathologist since 1986 and is also licensed in Massachusetts as a teacher of children with speech, language and hearing disorders. As coordinator of Speech and Listening Therapy and Early Intervention Services, Devlin- DeLisle provides speech and listening therapy to the school’s youngest children and develops appropriate listening therapy programs for students with cochlear implants. Other initiatives include instituting a music program for the younger children in the school and setting up sign language classes for Spanish-speaking families as part of the Early Intervention Services. According to Louis Abbate, Ed.D., president and CEO, “Kate’s expertise in the arena of Speech and Listening Therapy
and programming for children with cochlear implants allows us to continue to provide the comprehensive and individualized program that each of our students needs to be successful in school and beyond.” Devlin-DeLisle will be honored with other winners at the Log Cabin on April 26. Each year the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and other sponsors honor area teachers for excellence.
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contain a pledge sheet for additional donations. All proceeds go directly to help area children. To receive a registration form,
contact Blake at 426-8801 or AngelsTakeFlight@ymail.com
. Reminder Publications Assistant
Editor Chris Maza also has registration forms available via email. Those who register prior to April 10 will receive a free T-shirt. Registrations should be sent to P.O. Box 240 Agawam, MA 01001- 0240.
In addition to monetary
donations, Angels Take Flight will be accepting luggage donations at the race. Those who cannot attend the race but still wish to donate
should contact Blake. The website,
, will soon have an application for anyone in the area in need who wishes to take advantage of the services provided by Angels Take Flight.
The organization also has a
Facebook page at www.facebook.com/angelstakeflig
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