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Ferguson joins CT State Library Task Force to help Afghan refugees

Stamford, November 23, 2021 - The Connecticut State Library has formed a Public Library Task Force consisting of libraries in communities receiving Afghan refugees to identify ways that the Connecticut library community can support the organizations welcoming refugees and offer direct services. These libraries are Bridgeport Public Library, Ferguson Library in Stamford, New Haven Free Public Library, Public Library of New London, Phoebe Griffin Knowles Library, Norwalk Public Library, Old Lyme and Russell Library, Middletown.

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Ferguson Library to rename Main Library Auditorium after long-time trustee Dudley N. Williams, Jr.

The Ferguson Library Board of Trustees has voted to rename its Main Library Auditorium after the late Dudley N. Williams, Jr. to honor his longtime dedication and service to the library. The official renaming of the Dudley N. Williams, Jr. Auditorium will be celebrated December 12 at 2 p.m. during a reception featuring a performance by a Stamford Symphony quartet. It will be open to the public.
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Ferguson Library awarded grant to close digital divide

The Ferguson Library has been awarded a $96,400 Connecticut State Library (CSL) grant underwritten by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant will support the creation of the Digital Navigators program, an initiative designed to address existing digital inequity among Stamford constituencies that lack the tools and skills to effectively access resources available through internet.
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Ferguson Library awarded IMLS Grant for services to people with disabilities and reading barriers

The Ferguson Library Awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Through Its Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to Improve the Library’s Services for People with Disabilities and Reading Barriers

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Zakiya Harris

Friends of the Ferguson Library, in partnership with the Darien Library, to Host an Evening with Bestselling Author Zakiya Dalila Harris on Sept. 30.
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The Ferguson Library Awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Grant to Support its NEA Big Read Project Focused on Toni Morrison’s Beloved

STAMFORD, July 29, 2021 – The Ferguson Library is pleased to announce it was awarded a $12,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) to participate in the NEA Big Read this October. The grant will support community-wide reading, programming and conversation inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved by Toni Morrison.

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Author Susan Ronald

Friends of the Ferguson Library to Host an Afternoon with Author Susan Ronald
on Aug. 5 via Zoom

STAMFORD, July 23, 2021 – The prolific historian and biographer Susan Ronald will discuss her newest book, The Ambassador: Joseph P. Kennedy at the Court of St. James's 1938-1940, an exploration into Joseph Kennedy’s brief yet deeply controversial tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain as Europe hurtled toward World War II. The afternoon presentation will be streamed via Zoom on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.

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Denise Lyles named supervisor of Harry Bennett and Weed Memorial & Hollander branches

STAMFORD, June 24, 2021 – The Ferguson Library is pleased to announce the promotion of Denise K. Lyles to Supervisor of the Harry Bennett and Weed Memorial & Hollander branches. She replaces Erin Shea, who accepted a job as Director of the Mark Twain Library in Redding. In this new role, Lyles will oversee staff at both branches, and will focus on establishing new programs and services to welcome back and reconnect with patrons.
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Ferguson Library Named IMLS Finalist

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that the Ferguson Library is among 30 finalists for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
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Sexton Makes Gift to the Ferguson Library

Ann Sexton, a long-time member of the Friends of The Ferguson Library and four-time president of the organization, has generously donated funds to update the Board Room at the Main Library.
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Livingston Named Chair of Ferguson Board

The Ferguson Library Board of Trustees has elected Anderson R. Livingston as its new chair for 2020 – 2021. He succeeds outgoing chair Dudley N. Williams, Jr.
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Zucker Joins Ferguson Foundation Board

Ann Zucker, a partner at the law firm of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, has joined the board of The Ferguson Library Foundation.
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Bookmobile Back on the Road

The Ferguson Library’s Bookmobile is back on the road, visiting parks and other community locations in Stamford Saturdays and Sundays during August and September.
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Ferguson Library Co-Sponsors Mural

The Ferguson Library, along with other local nonprofits, cosponsored a successful community event last weekend, as people from all over Stamford came out to participate in the creation of a Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the library.
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Ferguson Library to Reopen

The Ferguson Library will begin a careful phased reopening beginning Monday, July 6 with walk-in service at the Main Library and Harry Bennett Branch. The South End and Weed Memorial & Hollander branches will follow later in the month.
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