- New Fiction: fiction and mystery books
acquired within the last six months
- Fiction: older novels
- Mystery: mystery and crime fiction
- Book Club: multiple copies of selected
titles read by Redding book groups
- Large Print
- Popular Paperbacks: paperback editions
of popular fiction
- New Nonfiction: nonfiction books acquired
within the last six months
- Nonfiction: older nonfiction
- Travel: guides to various destinations
- Reference: directories and indexes offering
authoritative information on various subjects
- Connecticut Shelf: books about Redding and Connecticut
Mark Twain Collection
This is comprised of two sections. The first is
the collection of the original books given by Samuel Clemens (a.k.a.
Mark Twain) to establish the first library in Redding. Only 300
titles remain from his original donation of about 3000 books, some
of them with marginalia written in his hand. These books are not
for loan. The second part of this collection contains over 150 books
on or about Mark Twain, including biographies, essays, humor, notebooks,
and literary criticisms. These books may be borrowed.
Donated by Reginald Massie, a former Georgetown
resident. It contains over 150 books about the Civil War, and about
300 books on art. All these books may be borrowed.
A collection of some 1,500 books representing
the lifetime interests of the late Redding resident Hester LaGallienne
Hutchinson, and given to the library by her husband, Robert, after
her death. The collection consists of material on Eastern religions,
beliefs and customs of ancient Egypt, and books on Islam, philosophy,
yoga, theosophy, and the occult. Translations of sacred books are
well represented. All these are available for loan.
The library subscribes to more than 75 general-interest
and special interest magazines; click
here for a list. Current issues, kept in plastic jackets and
displayed on shelves in the adult reading room, do not circulate.
Past issues, stored immediately behind the display issues (and accessible
by lifting up the display shelf) may be borrowed for one week. The
library keeps back issues of weekly magazines for 3 to 6 months,
and issues of monthly magazines for a year. Parenting magazines
are on display in the parent's waiting area. (Children's magazines
are kept in a wall rack to the left of the front door.) The library
keeps five years of Consumer Reports behind the front desk, and
also has a subscription to Consumer Reports' online site, which
can be accessed from your home computer; please ask for it when
you visit the library. Finally, the library has subscribed to National
Geographic since 1910. Bound issues from that date on are available
for browsing in the adult reading room.
Many magazine articles are also available online,
through the websites of individual magazines and through periodical
databases to which the Mark Twain Library subscribes. (see
list here). These periodical databases offer the ability to
search through multiple magazine archives for information on a specific
subject and are an especially helpful tool in doing research.
The library has print and in some cases digital
subscriptions to various specialized investment reports and a wide
range of business publications. (list).
The library has subscriptions to most local and
many national newspapers (list).
The newspapers are shelved in the adult reading room; the current
edition is on display, with past editions stored behind the current
one, and accessible by lifting up the display shelf. The library
keeps up to one month of a daily newspaper's print editions, and
up to three months of a newspaper published weekly. The library
has a complete archive of issues of the Redding PILOT since it began
publishing in 1966. It also provides access to past articles in
the PILOT in two additional ways: digital copies of PILOT articles
on CD, from 2003 on, and internet access to PILOT articles, also
from 2003 on, through the Newsbank database. (Click
here for access to Newsbank.). The library also has bound copies
of the REDDING TIMES, the precursor to the Pilot; it was published
from 1954 to 1966.
Almost all daily newspapers - worldwide - make
their current editions available on the internet, for free, for
24 hours. Search for your desired newspaper by proper name through
Google, or locate it in these newspaper directories (list).
Some newspapers provide free access to articles in their past editions,
though usually for a limited time.
In addition, the library's periodical database
provide access to ICONN
Newstand, which provides substantial access to the archives
to six of the country's leading newspapers: click
here for the list of the newspapers and the dates which can
be accessed. The archives can be searched by individual newspaper
or included as part of a subject search in the newspaper database.
Library users also have access to the historical
archives of three major news sources. The New York Times grants
free direct access to its archives from 1851 - 1980 (link);
the Hartford Courant offers access to its entire archive from 1764-1922
through ICONN Newstand (link);
and the Associated Press offers select access to its photographs
from the mid-1800s to the present, also through ICONN Newstand.;
and the Associated Press offers access to its photographs from the
mid-1900s to the present, also through ICONN
The library's extensive collection of audio books
includes titles in one or more of the following formats: audio CD,
audiocassette, playaway and downloadable. Search the library's catalog
under the tab "movies/music/audiobooks" for a complete listing of
the titles available in each format.
The library has a growing collection of lectures
on audio CD by The Teaching Company and other publishers. Language
learning materials are available in CD and audiocassette formats,
as well as in downloadable form.
The library has an extensive collection of music
on compact discs, which may be borrowed for three weeks.
The library circulates DVDs in the following genres,
with various loan periods:
- theatrical-release movies ("DVD" collection)
feature-length movies from independent producers ("DVD" collection)
- movies and miniseries broadcast on TV
("DVD in series" collection)
- TV-show collections ("DVD in series" collection)
- cultural broadcasts (opera, ballet, etc.)
("DVD in series" collection)
- instructional and travel videos (shelved
with nonfiction books)
A great deal of information is now available over
the internet. There are two categories of online information: proprietary
information sources to which access is limited to paid subscribers,
and information to which access is free.
are the proprietary information resources that the library offers
to its users; they include the databases the Library has chosen
to subscribe to specifically for the benefit of its patrons, plus
the databases Joel Barlow High School offers to its students and
town residents, and the databases the Connecticut State Library
makes available to state residents. To gain access to any of these
three sets of databases, patrons must log in with their library
There are also myriad sources of good online information
sources available for free. Please click
here for an extensive list of recommended websites.