Mark Twain Library

Warm Reception as Library Reopens

Its been a long two weeks for Redding without the use of its comfortable living room.

The furnace at the Mark Twain library malfunctioned and the building had to be closed during the coldest weather we have had this winter. Collections had to be removed to guarantee their safety. Even the book return slots had to be sealed to keep the cold outside air from making the situation worse.

Reddingites were concerned about the safety of one of our favorite gems. Many felt lost without the centerpiece of Redding life.

Board President Jennifer Wastrom, Library Director Beth Domminiani and their team worked tirelessly to protect our treasures while working with suppliers to get the furnace replaced.

After a chilly couple of weeks, the doors of the Mark Twain library opened today.

The parking lot was constantly full with residents coming and going to return overdue books – fines were waived during the closure. They happily used their cards to take out new books and movies.

Coffee, cocoa and cookies were offered as a small celebration for customers today.

It may have been a day off from school, but local high school students used it as a study day for midterms. A quartet of Barlow students expressed their relief that the library was open for them to gather and study together. Hayden Beach, Melissa Kontogiannis, Kate MacDonald and Grace McDonald said that they always study at the Mark Twain library. The young women thought the library was conducive to learning together and the environment was really pretty. And, it didnt hurt that they were able to get hot cocoa and cookies.

A different kind of seniors were using the computers. Long time Reddingite Richard Mullins said that he missed the library terribly. He remarked that it was impossible to really appreciate what we had until it was gone.

Beth Dominianni said that she was grateful to the community for their patience and support. She thought it was lovely so see so many community members come in to visit on the first day.

Click here to donate to the Mark Twain library to help allay the costs of the new furnace


Circulation Assistant Ken Rietschel displays the donation box for the Furnace Fund.

Mark Twain Library Closed Until Further Notice

by Mark Twain Library

The Mark Twain library has been without heat for three days. It was determined yesterday (Wednesday) that the furnace will be replaced.

The library will remain closed for at least a few days while this situation is being addressed.

Patrons registered for upcoming programs. Please keep an eye out on your email from further updates. The Sunday Hermes Art Series Program, Glass-ical Music, has moved to the First Congregational Church in Redding (25 Cross Highway, Redding, CT).

Patrons wishing to return items while we are closed: The Library drop has been sealed to prevent further cold air from entering the building. Please hold onto your items until we are able to re-open. All fines for overdue items will be forgiven when we re-open. We very much appreciate your patience and look forward to welcoming you back into the building as soon as possible. Thank you, Mark Twain Library

Library closed for furnace repair

The Mark Twain Library has been without heat for two days. It was determined yesterday that the furnace will need to be replaced; MTL will be closed for at least a few days while this serious situation is being addressed.  We very much appreciate your patience, and look forward to
welcoming you back into the building as soon as possible.