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COVID-19 Updates

All State Library buildings, including the Middletown Library Service Center, will be closed to the public and library patrons until further notice.

Connecticut Libraries Road Map to Re-Opening and Recovery

Connecticut’s Libraries have been closed to the public since Covid-19 impacted Connecticut and Governor Lamont issued the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Executive Order. Most libraries have posted, “Closed until further notice.” We all need to think strategically and plan accordingly about how to return to full service in a safe and healthy manner and in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders and local government directives. Libraries should be nimble in their planning and developing of  scenarios in the event of a virus outbreak flare up requiring quick response.

Resources for COVID-19 Information:
1. COVID-19 information specific to Connecticut
2. CSL/DLD’s COVID-19 LibGuide 
3. Institute of Museum and Library Services Research Partnership to Inform Safe Handling of Collections, Reopening Practices for Libraries, Museums 

We know that Covid-19 will continue to be a serious public health concern in Connecticut and nationwide.

The following is a recommended phased road-map for reopening Connecticut’s libraries in four stages. These recommendations are preliminary, and are subject to change as the situation develops as the Governor's Office issues updates and guidance. 

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Locations and Hours

Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
860-757-6665
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Closed Federal and State holidays

Middletown Library Service Center
786 South Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
MLSC: 860-704-2200
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Closed Federal and State holidays

Because DLD values your library as an essential service

Whom Do You Call?

DLD Staff Directory by Subject

Children's Services * Young Adult Services
Kymberlee Powe, Kymberlee.Powe@ct.gov
860-704-2207

Construction Grants * Public Library Statistics * State Aid * borrowIT CT
Maria Bernier, Maria.Bernier@ct.gov
860-704-2204
Construction Grants awarded prior to 2019: Dawn La Valle, Dawn.Lavalle@ct.gov
860-757-6665

deliverIT CT (Ccar)
Daily Operations: Melvin Resto, Melvin.Resto@ct.gov
860-566-1100 x306
Program Administration: Dawn La Valle, Dawn.lavalle@ct.gov
860-757-6665

LSTA Grant Program * E-Rate
Christine Gauvreau, Christine.Gauvreau@ct.gov
860-704-2224

Middletown Library Service Center
800-437-2313 in CT or 860-704-2200

Policy Development * Professional Materials
Dawn La Valle, Dawn.lavalle@ct.gov
860-757-6665

Professional Development and Continuing Education
Gail Hurley, Gail.hurley@ct.gov
800-437-2313 in CT or 860-704-2222

researchIT CT (iCONN) - Electronic Resources
Brad Bullis, Bradley.Bullis@ct.gov
800-437-2313 in CT or 860-704-2206

Statewide Library Catalog and Cataloging
Gail Hurley, Gail.Hurley@ct.gov
800-437-2313 in CT or 860-704-2222

Statewide Library Catalog Interlibrary Loan
Steve Cauffman, Stephen.Cauffman@ct.gov
800-437-2313 in CT or 860-704-2223

Trustees & Friends of the Library
Dawn La Valle, Dawn.lavalle@ct.gov
860-757-6665

DLD Staff Directory

DLD Staff


Dawn La Valle
Division Director
860-757-6665
Fax: 860-757-6503
Dawn.lavalle@ct.gov


Lynette Baisden
Administrative Assistant
Division of Library Development
860-757-6665
Fax: 860-757-6503
Lynette.Baisden@ct.gov

Maria Bernier
Statewide Data Coordinator
860-704-2204
Maria.Bernier@ct.gov

Brad Bullis
Digital Content and Innovation Coordinator
860-704-2206
Bradley.Bullis@ct.gov

Grace Burchard
Library Technical Assistant
860-704-2212
Grace.Burchard@ct.gov

Steve Cauffman
requestIT CT Coordinator
860-704-2223
Stephen.Cauffman@ct.gov

Judy Crooks
Circulation / ILL
860-704-2205
Judy.Crooks@ct.gov

Christine Gauvreau
LSTA & E-rate Coordinator
860-704-2224
Christine.Gauvreau@ct.gov

Gail Hurley
Library Development Consultant
860-704-2222
Gail.Hurley@ct.gov

Kymberlee Powe
Children's/YA Consultant
860-704-2207
Kymberlee.Powe@ct.gov

Melvin Resto
Supervisor of Transportation Operations
860-566-1100 x306
Melvin.Resto@ct.gov 

Diane Stielau
Library Aide
860-704-2208
Diane.Stielau@ct.gov

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