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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Milford Public Library

"Bridge Stories," Milford Public Library

Milford Public Library will host quarterly story sharing events with local residents and will share individual stories through posters displayed in the library, online, and on social media. All stories will be gathered in a permanent book of "Bridge Stories" published by the library.

Project Details

Project Name: Bridge Stories: Connecting community one person at a time

Purpose: To give Milford residents a safe space to share their stories and build new relationships while expressing their uniqueness.

Grant Funding Amount: $1,800

Key Elements:

  • Quarterly story sharing events
  • Volunteer recorders will capture the stories and photograph interviewees
  • Four stories chosen each time to highlight
  • Large posters displayed in Library
  • Posters shared on social media, library website, newspapers
  • Gathered in permanent book to be made available at the library

Target Audience: Milford residents

Community Support: Milford Public Schools, Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut, Friends of the Milford Library

Use of grant funds: marketing materials, poster holders, sandwich board, digital cameras and audio recording devices

Team Members

EXCITE team from Milford Public Library

Nancy Abbey, Suzanne Harrison-Thomas, and Christine Angeli

The Milford Public Library has 17.5 FTE employees.

Presentation Slide

Bridge Stories presentation slide


This pilot of EXCITE Transformation for Libraries and the seed grants awarded to pilot libraries were funded by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.

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