Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Blast from the Past

Back in 1954, the centennial of Windsor Locks, running a library was a simpler, but just as important, task as it is today.  Pictured below are the Library Board officers and Librarian Mae Egan, who served in that capacity for many years.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Closing early!

We are closing at 2:30 PM on Saturday to to inclement weather.  Drive safely!

New book bonanza!

We have quite a few new books this week, fiction and nonfiction, including these!  It's great reading weather!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Thank you!

The funding for our roof repairs has been approved!  Our sincere thanks to all of you who ventured out in the rain to attend the town meeting and vote on Tuesday night, including members of the Library Board, who were there in force to support this much needed project.  We also appreciate all of you who were there in spirit and support us in every way that you can.  THANK YOU!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


A town meeting will be held in the Ella Grasso Conference Room at the town hall this evening 12/5, 7:30-8:30 pm. 

The topic? Appropriating funds for desperately needed repairs for the leaking library roof! If you are a registered voter in Windsor Locks, please plan to attend and vote YES

If you need more information on the state of the roof we will be happy to provide you with visuals and anecdotes about many soaked and collapsing ceiling tiles and dripping and falling light fixtures! We appreciate your support!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Wndsor Locks History

Many of you may be waiting anxiously for your copy of the recently published Windsor Locks History by Melvin D. Montemerlo.  Mel, the son of Lena and Leo Montermerlo, was born in 1943 and grew up on Grove Street in Windsor Locks.  He earned his PhD in Educational Psychology from Penn State in 1969, then worked as a psychologist and in other capacities in the aerospace industry for 10 years.  The remainder of his career was spent at NASA.

After retiring Mel was able to indulge in his favorite hobbies: woodworking,  antique clock restoration, and genealogy, eventually taking up the ukulele as well.  During  his annual trips to Windsor Locks with his wife, Mary Beth, Mel enjoyed revisiting happy memories of the 40's, 50's, and 60's.  When he started researching the town's history he realized that not much had been written about Windsor Locks in the 20th century.  This inspired him to begin writing a series of nostalgic articles about the people, places, and events that have made Windsor Locks what it is today.  These articles eventually led to this memory-packed book, Windsor Locks History.

Mel has generously made a digitized copy of his book available to Windsor Locks Public Library.  The book, in three parts, is available for free download from the library's history site, All you need is Adobe Acrobat Reader and some time to sit down and enjoy this wonderful compendium of memories.  The three parts of the book can be accessed through the BOOKS or LOCAL CONTRIBUTIONS links at the top of the page.  If you didn't grow up in Windsor Locks this book might make you wish you had!

We would like to thank Mel Montemerlo for allowing us to offer Windsor Locks History to our library patrons and friends!  Be sure to visit and take a look!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel, author of more than 100 novels, has a new one out this week!  It's the story of 2 families living in the same house 100 years apart, yet somehow they become friends.