A Volunteer’s Perspective

By Ariene G.  As I listened to Mozart’s Symphony #40, I realized that the library is like a musical theme repeated throughout my life. It began when I was a little girl, at my local Chicago library, and I eagerly joined the summer reading group. Fast forward to Penn. State University, where I was a student and a clerk in … Read more


By Chris H.  My name is Chris and I have worked at the Hagaman Memorial Library for the past 20 years. I have many library stories to share and could write pages and pages filled with memories. One story I’ll share is about the children’s librarian, Carolyn, who worked at the library for about 30 … Read more

Special Space

By Ronald W. 

My very first trip to a public library was in my hometown of East Haven CT, the “Hagaman Memorial Library”. It was on a field trip in grade school, I was no older than 7. I still remember the experience, starting with the entrance to the building at the time; the steps leading up to the huge doors and once inside the marble floors, the huge staircase, oak furniture and the portraits on the walls. I knew I was inside a special space.
The class attended “story hour” that day in the Children’s section; we were told that “story hour” would occur every Wednesday after school for those who wished to sign up to attend. The whole class received library cards that day.

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