Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Libraries Closed Thanksgiving Weekend

Just a reminder - The East Haddam Libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving Weekend.

Wednesday (11/25): Open 10:00-2:00
Thursday-Saturday: Closed

We will reopen on Monday, November 30th. Have a safe & Happy Turkey Day!

Monday, October 26, 2015

New Website Coming Soon!

The East Haddam Library System is proud to present:


The website will soon replace the individual blogs for Rathbun and EHFPL. Please take a look at our new site and let us know what you think!

The New EastHaddamLibrarySystem.org

Special Thanks to web designer and EHFPL branch manager, Maureen Heidtmann for all her hard work. If you have any feedback, please email Maureen at


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

EHLS Book Club Postponed

The EHLS Book Club which typically meets at the Town Tavern Restaurant has been postponed for this month. The next meeting will be Wed. Nov. 18th at 6:30pm at the Town Tavern Restaurant to discuss Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Friends of Rathbun Present Sustainability Expert Ma'ikwe Ludwig

Nathan Hale Ray High School

Sustainable is Possible: Creating Low Carbon, High Quality Lives... Together
Featuring Ma’ikwe Ludwig

This presentation shows how we can live high quality lives while using only 10% of the resources of the
average American. Using only 10% of the resources of the average American is the current scientific
estimate for the goal we need to reach in order to head off the worst effects of climate disruption. Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is achieving that goal, and thus is a timely, relevant and needed model as our society struggles to figure out what a livable, lowcarbon future might look like.

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, founded in 1997 in Missouri, has created one of the foremost sustainable living demonstration projects in the nation, and its impact is steadily increasing. This village of 60 children and adults is demonstrating social and physical technologies that have cut residentsʼ ecological impact by 90% compared to the average American. Through conservation, efficiency, re­localization, cooperation, and alternative technologies, Dancing Rabbit is showing that people can live rich, vibrant lives while leaving an ecological footprint that our planet can sustain.

Ma'ikwe Ludwig is the executive director of Dancing Rabbit Inc, the nonprofit arm of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage ( www.dancingrabbit.org ).

Maʼikwe Ludwig is a pioneering sustainability educator who heads up Ecovillage Education US, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community.

Her work integrates ecological, economic, social, political and personal approaches and technologies for a strongly holistic view of what real sustainability takes. Maʼikwe is a dynamic speaker, and was featured at TEDxCarleton in 2013 with her talk on sustainability.

Maʼikwe will be available to answer questions following the presentation.


Anyone who is concerned about the health of our planet and reducing our societyʼs ecological footprint should attend.

Light refreshments will be served.
A $5.00 donation is requested.

The Friends of Rathbun are proud to co-sponsor this event with the EH Land Trust and Friends of EHFPL.
Special thanks to Friends of Rathbun Treasurer, Roger Stube, for putting this marvelous program together. 

For more information, email: friendsofrathbunlibrary@gmail.com

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer Reading Success!

There are still a few weeks left of summer, and plenty of time to read some great books, but the events at the Rathbun have come to a close as we prepare for a new school year filled with American Girl Club, Science Club, Storytime, and more. Thanks to everyone who attended the Summer Reading events at the library this year.

Kids & Parents touching vehicles from EH Fire, Ambulance and Police

Special thanks to the East Haddam Police Department, Volunteer Ambulance, and Fire Department for joining us on Touch-a-Truck day! Parents and kids alike got to see firsthand the vehicles and tools used by East Haddam's Finest, Bravest and Best. On behalf of the library and the community, thanks so much for all you do. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Two Great Programs You Don't Want to Miss!

Feast like Percy and his friends at the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Party!

Crafts, Games, and Blue Food, what's not to like?

Percy Jackson & the Olympians Party
August 11th
Rec. Age: 8+


 James Bond, Ben 10, and Black Widow all have Secret Message Decoders, now you can have one too! 

Make a secret message decoder and be just like a cool super spy or superhero.

Make a Secret Message Decoder
August 12th
Ages 5+

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Featured Artist: Joe Sina

Local photographer, Joe Sina, has a beautiful display at the Rathbun Library from his recent trip to New Zealand. The picture above features two of many fascinating pieces from this fabulous display, Please stop by, support local art, and see the show in person.

For information about Mr. Sina's work, please contact the artist: jsina26@comcast.net