Library News: Adopt a cheetah, and visit to Bieneke Library

Young readers help ‘adopt a cheetah’
Milford Library’s first Young Adult Librarian Diana Preece challenged middle and high school students to read 40,000 minutes collectively during the summer vacation. The prize? A cheetah would be "adopted" through the World Wildlife Fund.

“We encouraged students to read any great book that interested them,” said Preece. “Over 60 students participated by logging the minutes they spent reading. We believe logging minutes, rather than the number of books read, was a more inclusive way for readers to participate.”

The library reported a total of 63,788 minutes spent reading by the students, passing the goal by more than 20,000.

“We are delighted our readers far exceeded the goal we set,” said Preece.

Janice Pellegrino, treasurer for the Friends of the Milford Library and Librarian at Joseph Foran High School, encouraged her students to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge.

“The Friends of the Milford Library are very interested in encouraging our middle and high school students to read. And we are happy to fund adopting a cheetah to mark this occasion,” said Pellegrino.  

Cheetahs are one of the fastest animals on land, sprinting up to 70 miles an hour. They were once widespread in Asia and Africa, but now the cheetah populations are isolated to the savannas and grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa and are threatened by hunting, habitat loss and the decline of prey populations.

Friends plan trip to Yale’s Bieneke Library

There will be a special Friends of the Milford Library tour  of the newly renovated Bieneke Library at Yale at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.

This 1963 architectural gem, one of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, will reopen in early September following a 16-month renovation.

Designed by Gordon Bunshaft, of the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the Bieneke is famous for its white, gray-veined marble ‘window’ panes which serve as beautiful, light filtering panels that allow rare materials to be displayed without damage.

“If you’ve never seen this remarkable building, now’s the time to see the renovated building with its restored original luster,” states a Friend’s press release.

The Friends will be treated to a one-hour tour by Moira Fitzgerald, head of the Beineke’s Access Services. The tour is free to Friends members, $15 for non-members (includes a membership). To join the tour, emailmilfordfriends.lib@gmail or call 203-783-3291.