Library Services Update
Appointments are not required to enter the library. However, all visitors must sign in for contact tracing and everyone over the age of two must wear a mask. Outside pick up will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays by request only.
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A valid adult or juvenile Connecticut public library borrower card must be presented by the borrower each time materials are borrowed. A library card may be used only by the person to whom the card was issued and may not be transferred to another person.
Connecticut residents obtain a library card in the town where they reside and/or pay property taxes. That card can then be used at any public library in the state.
Your first card is FREE. There is a $2.00 replacement charge for lost cards.
HOW DO I GET A LIBRARY CARD?
a) IN PERSON:
Adults: Present a valid photo ID with a Bolton address (driver’s license or passport, for instance). If you are new to Bolton and have not yet changed the address on your license, you may use the license for photo ID purposes and also bring in a piece of official mail—not personal letters—addressed to you at your Bolton address, such as an electric bill, bank statement, credit card bill, etc.
Children under the age of 17: A parent or guardian must accompany a minor and present their ID as outlined above. The adult will sign the child’s card agreeing to be responsible for any overdue fines and lost or damaged material accrued on the child’s card.
b) ONLINE AND THEN IN PERSON:
Access our online form here. Fill in the form and then see staff at the library to complete your registration and pick up your card. You must present valid identification as described above. The information from your form will remain in our system for 14 days.
Renewals: Our library cards are valid for a three-year term. At that time, you may bring in your card and have it renewed for another three years. If we have your e-mail address, you will receive advance notification of your card’s expiration.
hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone — and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. hoopla has hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Bentley Memorial Library provides you with six instant borrows per month.
Go to www.hoopladigital.com and set up your account. Then choose ‘Bentley Memorial Library,’ enter your library card number (no spaces) and get started! (If you encounter problems, return to hoopladigital.com after setting up your account.) You can search by title, author, etc., or browse genres. There’s even a KIDS filter you can choose.
Our new subscription to this service offers over 1,000 titles for grades K–6 including unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, nonfiction books, playlists, and books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a favorite! Follow the directions to connect and enjoy! This link will log patrons in automatically, no login information needed: https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/autologin.aspx?UserID=Z8LX1aEmOsydQ8Mcpx9Y%2fQ%3d%3d
Please Note: You need a valid Bentley Memorial Library card to access OVERDRIVE. The Connecticut State Library's collection is now available without a library card, for the duration of the COVID-19 library closures (see below).
Bibliomation offers eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive. Download ebooks and digital audio books 24/7 to your PC, smartphone, iPad, eBook reader, and many MP3 players from the convenience of your own home or office space. Choose from a number of best selling titles. Now your library never closes! http://bibliomation.lib.overdrive.com
CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY
In addition to the OverDrive downloadable collection, patrons with a valid library card now have access to even more titles. The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce its statewide E-Audio and E-Books service. The collection is one service of researchIT CT, the State Library's research engine, and is made possible by a PEGPETIA grant from the Department of Public Utilities. The service is targeted to schools and public libraries, but is available to all. https://researchitct.org/eaudioebooks.
DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR VARIOUS DEVICES:
Please Note: You need a valid Connecticut library card to access these resources.
The Connecticut State Library has subscribed to hundreds of titles for your enjoyment and information. To access these full text resources just click on the link below and enjoy!
You can search and print articles at home from a number of collections aimed at audiences from elementary school students to professionals. Some highlights: full-text journals, maps, almanacs; full-text bilingual periodicals; Business and Company Resource Center; Health & Wellness Resource Center; Wilson Biographies; History Resource Center; AP Photo Archive; newspaper collection with full-text coverage of The Christian Science Monitor, The Hartford Courant (including Historical Archives), The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
New Addition to researchIT CT -- November 2019
Connecticut State Library’s amazing (and free!) information center, researchIT CT, has added yet another collection in the category ‘Authors, Books, and Reading.’ MagillOnLiterature Plus contains biographical essays of the 2,500 most-studied authors. More than 8,500 writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and essays are featured. More than 400 comprehensive essays on specific literary genres, themes and settings round out the collection. Included is a cross-referenced glossary of 1,800 literary words and phrases. The collection also includes “Masterplots” (12 volumes), “Masterplots II” (58 volumes), and “Magill’s Book Reviews.” Check out the treasure trove of information available to you at http://researchitct.org, under the heading “Resources for the Public.”
Bentley Memorial Library is pleased to offer this program in cooperation with Bolton Senior/Social Services. Through this program, library materials will be delivered to Bolton residents who are permanently or temporarily homebound due to disability or health problems. Senior citizens or others who are unable to drive also qualify for our home delivery service. Materials will be delivered and picked up by Social Services staff.
Are you hosting a book discussion or attending one with friends and neighbors? Let us help. We can obtain multiple copies for you. Designate one person from your group to be the "library liaison" and we will notify them when the books arrive. The library also has a number of catalogs with suggestions of book titles to help your group decide on its next selection. Contact us to explore the possibilities.
Bentley has the following museum passes available for you to borrow. Please be sure to check the museums' websites for details prior to your visit. As other passes become available we will update our website. A valid library card and $20 deposit are required. One pass per family, two day circulation.
Eric Carle Museum
Florence Griswold Museum
Do you have a collection that you would like to showcase? Would you like to exhibit your own work? Are you a member of an organization that would like to display information about its activities? Please sign up for either of our two display cases or our display wall for a month. Stop by the library for details about the display areas and a contract.
We have a small meeting room available. At this time one person may use the room at a time. If you are looking for a quiet place to study, tutor a student, or hold a meeting, give us a call and reserve it.