ALA Libraries Transforming Communities Grant Prompts Great Discussion

Posted on: October 19th, 2021

SBL would like to thank all of the participants that took place in our George Washington Rules of Civility discussion.  Meeting Oct 14, we had a great discussion!  We talked about manners, civility, rules to live by and most important, the role of respect.  In today’s world, we have a lot of fear.  But having civil discussions can make the world a better place.  

RBdigital Changing to Libby (Dec. 2020)

Posted on: December 11th, 2020

In case you missed it, our RBdigital eBook/eAudiobook platform is changing!

RBdigital was recently bought by another company, OverDrive, and we’ve been notified that our digital materials will be migrated on Monday, December 14th, much sooner than we anticipated.

What this means for you:

Starting the morning of December 14th (around 8:00am), RBdigital will turn off access to ebook and audiobook content in the RBdigital app as they move the titles to OverDrive. The content transfer itself may take a few hours and once complete, it could take up to 24 hours for titles to fully populate. RBdigital will post a message in the RBdigital app and on the site one week before the transfer and will redirect users to OverDrive after it’s completed.

Once the transfer is complete, you’ll need to download the new Libby app (OverDrive’s digital platform), create a new account with your library card, and check out materials there.

We’re sorry for any frustrations or inconvenience this change causes. This change was a result of a corporate buy-out, and neither SBL nor any other RBdigital library had any choice in this matter or the timing of this event. We will do our best to assist and make this an easy transition, but please note it’s all new to us also and much of it is out of our control.

Click here to check out the special edition of our newsletter with more information and an FAQ, and email Cait at with any additional questions.

Covid 19 Information

Posted on: April 6th, 2020

(Information on Covid 19; Last updated 5/5/2020 – new items on the bottom)


CDC website specifically regarding Covid 19 information:


National Institution of Health Covid 19 page:


CT Gov Covid Info page :

(Click here to sign up for CT Alert System)


Article on Pharmacy Checker “Coronavirus Update: Warnings on Potential Treatments”


CT Dept of Labor: Unemployment

CT Dept of Labor: FAQ on Covid and Unemployment


Legal Alert Article on Information regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act


Dr. Jeffery Van Wingen’s PSA on safe Grocery Shopping in Covid-19


CDC Guide: What to do if you are sick


Wellness Through Answers Newsletter:

Linking Connecticut Patients, Families, and Residents to Reliable Health Information


CDC guide – Daily Life and Coping


A super easy DIY quick fix mask using coffee filter, cloth and elastic bands on You Tube.

Tips for talking with kids about Covid 19: PBS News article and Healthy Literacy Article


Picture Book about Covid 19


NY Times article:  how to wear a mask correctly (may require free registration)


Disaster Distress Helpline which provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support by phone and text to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.


Contact sheet for Free Wellness and Mental Health Support contacts in CT


COVID-19 economic impact payment scams targeting taxpayers


Connecticut’s COVID-19 Mortgage Relief Agreement Q&A

(Also, Ct Dept of Banking, which has additional information and a list of currently participating mortgage companies)

Covid info from:  

American Association On Health and Disability,   World Federation of the DeafNational Federation of the Blind and Disability Rights Fund.


Non Tax Filers Economic Stimulus Package Request Filing Form

New HSA Eligibility Expenses (page provided by Cigna)


American Society of Addiction Medicine, Support Group Information page


National Eating Disorders Association Covid Support


List of National Alliance of Mental Health CT’s helpline phone numbers



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Local Information During Covid 19

Posted on: April 6th, 2020

The following is information that has come our way that we think you may not have heard….

(last updated 5/5/20 new on top)


PUBLIC HEARING ON THE 2020-2021 PROPOSED ANNUAL TOWN BUDGET: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 7:00 PM-9:30 PM. Click here to see the proposed budget. Write comments to the town on a dedicated email for your input: Come to the public hearing via Zoom. Get Zoom code here.



We know not having access to the Library is hard.  We know that although there are many electronic resources we offer, for many of us it is not the same as having a good book in hand.  We remind you to not forget your old book shelves.  Maybe it’s time to return to that classic?  Or your kid’s reading list?  If budgets allow, there are several online book sellers that could offer you inexpensive purchases to tide you over:  See Book Outlet { },  Hamilton Books { } a CT company, and  Daedalus Books { }.  These companies may or may not have immediately published materials, most of their stock are “seconds”, but the materials while they may be shelf worn, are new.  They have a wide variety, are trustworthy companies and are very inexpensive!  There are other places on line that sell used books, also inexpensively to tide you over.  Rest assured, when we return, we will have the newest titles for you!

Federal Charitable Giving Incentive: The CARES Act contains a one-time, above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300 made to certain qualifying charities. All taxpayers would be eligible to take the deduction, even people who use the standard deduction. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year. The new deduction would not apply to non-cash gifts or to gifts contributed to donor advised funds. For those who itemize their deductions, the bill would suspend for 2020 the normal limit on deductions for contributions, ordinarily 50 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) or 60 percent for cash.


Town Meetings, including Town Budget meetings have gone online. You can join the meeting via Zoom.  The town is also soliciting feedback which you can provide via email.  The email address for this is:

Columbia’s April Town Newsletter —  includes information on budget process and town functions.


Be on guard:

HealthNewsReview, a website affiliated with the Univ. of Minnesota School of Public Health, that provides guidance to news organizations on how to responsibly cover health news, highlights a new COVID-19 danger: physicians who seek to profit by promoting unproven treatments for this virus.  Read and listen carefully and fact check!



The FBI is warning about emails claiming to be from CDC and other organizations offering info about the virus. The Better Business Bureau has details about rip off schemes at The state attorney general offers coronavirus cyber safety tips at People who receive suspicious emails, phone calls or social media posts are asked to call Atty Tong’s office at 860-808-5000.


Mountain dairy is delivering milk, eggs and more to Columbia on Fridays. Click here to visit their website for more information.


Hertz is offering free rental cars to NYC health care workers. Click here for more information.



Stop & Shop has announced changed in hours varying by store. But the company has announced that they will open all stores between 6 am and 7 am for those over age 60 to shop prior to the masses.


All major internet/phone providers have announced that they will keep internet on regardless of payment during the Covid shut downs.

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Saxton Working From Home

Posted on: April 6th, 2020

(Saxton’s adventures are posted here oldest at the top!  Looking for Saxton Line drawing? Click here!)

Last updated 5/5/20

While the Library is closed, Saxton is working from home too. Though he was spotted resting by the fire with his friend, Lilly. This is NOT social distancing!! But it is nice to see cats and mice in harmony. A lesson that is good for all of us.

Perhaps feeling a little guilty for not actually working, Saxton made his host family a wonderful pancake dinner! Of course, he had to have some himself too. Saxton really likes maple syrup. The batch he’s enjoying was made right here at Wilkinson’s Farm, in Columbia.



In his new farmer outfit, Saxton has begun to do some chores.

He prefers to farm that which he also likes to eat and is looking forward to taking on online class in Cheese Making.




To keep up his spirits, Saxton isn’t just helping out on the farm. He also has been spending time expanding his mind….


While home,  Saxton has been also doing his school work and engaging in creative projects.   He’s created a line drawing of himself and would love for you to use it as creatively as possible!  Click here to get your copy!

Like many of us, Saxton has been trying to do some DIY projects!


Like many, Saxton took a much needed break to celebrate Easter.  He even wore his special bunny suit!
On these days at home, Saxton has hoped to make some new friends.
In anticipation of the future when SBL’s puzzles will return, Saxton has been practicing!
Taking a break from mental stimulation,  Saxton has been taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather!
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Saxton Visits Paris

Posted on: October 2nd, 2019

Saxton Mouse has recently returned from a visit to Paris.     He had a wonderful time, visiting cheese shops


and cafes,


book stores and 


seeing a few shows.


Watch for his upcoming calendar!

What does Belize, Colorado, Lucas Films, and Veal Schnitzel have in common?

Posted on: April 25th, 2019

Saxton Mouse!  Over the past few months he’s been jet setting all over.  Here are some pictures from his recent adventures!

Saxton catching some rays in Belize.



Visiting Hollywood!  Did you see him on TV?

He also was spotted getting some advice from Yoda…   


He tried veal schnitzel and visited St Steven’s in Budapest….


Went to Colorado….



And is now looking forward to summer…


Saxton’s Summer

Posted on: July 11th, 2018

We all know that summer is a busy time.  This is very true for globe trotting mice.  Saxton has already been on a couple of adventures and is planning more.  His friends are available in the Library for checking out and Lingo tickets are available to those who read to them.  If you want, take pictures of them on their travels too and we’ll try to post them!

In the meanwhile, watch for more Saxton travel updates and a special surprise for Saxton fans in the Fall!

A quick trip…

Posted on: May 14th, 2018

Not wanting to miss Summer Reading, but still wanting to visit the castle of Edinburgh,  Saxton made a quick trip to Scotland.

scotland 2  scotland 1     He reports having an excellent time….





hopes to go back soon.

Saxton’s Adventures continued…

Posted on: April 11th, 2018

We have more pictures from Saxton’s exciting visit to South Korea.

He’s visited museums…

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Historic landmarks…

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Made new friends…       s with cambodian tourists

And enjoyed the cuisine and his host Jong Gil Lee.

He cannot not thank him enough for his hospitality!

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