Please help the East Haddam Library System by completing this brief survey. Your responses will help us as we grow our libraries.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Libraries Closed 8/30 - 9/1

Just a friendly reminder, the East Haddam Libraries will be closed Saturday & Monday in honor of Labor Day Weekend. Please have a safe and happy holiday.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Story Time & Baby Time Registration Now Open!

Join Ms. Karen for another year of Story Time fun!  

Storytime (ages 3+) -  Starts September 8 at 10:30 – for Mondays Song, stories and craft

                   Starts September 11  at 10:30  - for Thursdays Song, stories and craft

Babytime (ages 0-3) – Starts September 10 at 10:30 – Wednesdays – Songs, Fingerplays, story and musical instruments

Please call (860) 873-8210 to register or visit Ms. Karen in the Children's Department. :)

See you in September!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Friends of Rathbun Present Fridays at 5:30

with Terry & Deborah Borton
of The American Magic-Lantern Theater

Join us for an informative and entertaining presentation with the Bortons as they discuss their new book:
Before The Movies –
American Magic-Lantern Entertainment and the Nation’s First Great Screen Artist, Joseph Boggs Beale”

Magic Lantern shows were very popular Victorian-era big screen extravaganzas that led to the modern movies. They consisted of a combination of projected color images, live drama, live music, hilarious comedy and boisterous audience participation. The shows were "the great grandfather of the cinema" -- what the movies developed from 100 years ago.

Before the Movies is a comprehensive survey of the American artists who created early magic-lantern stories and songs for the screen. The book emphasizes the work of Joseph Boggs Beale, a pioneer in the field, and demonstrates that Beale almost single handedly created American-made screen entertainment for the generation before the movies.

The American Magic-Lantern Theater has authentically recreated the traveling theater using antique equipment, and the content, music, and dramatic style of the 1890s. During the last 20 years, the Bortons have given over a thousand performances in 38 states and 6 different countries, entrancing over a million people.

Terry Borton is the director of The American Magic-Lantern Theater, holds a doctorate from Harvard, and is the author of two previous books.

Deborah Borton holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and is President of the Magic Lantern Society of the U.S and Canada.

The authors will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

A $5.00 donation is requested. All proceeds benefit the Rathbun Library.

For more information -
Please visit:

or email

Monday, August 11, 2014

Library Survey Now Online

Please help the East Haddam Library System by completing this brief survey. Your responses will help us as we grow our libraries.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

From Fossils to Footprints

Learn about the creatures that roamed the Earth in prehistoric times with the Children's Museum and make a fossil to take home with you!

Create your own fossil! 
August 11

All ages, please call (860) 873-8210 to register.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PJ Movie Night

Pick out your favorite PJ's and come on down to the library Tuesday, August 5  for movie night from 6:00 - 7:30.  

There will be snacks. :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Let's Make an Airplane!

The summer reading fun continues! Kids are invited to join us on Wednesday, June 16 at 11:00am as we make airplanes. Please call (860) 873-8210 to register.