Town Hall Meetings

Update from Beth Crowley, Legistlative Committee co-chair: All of the CLA Town Hall meetings in each of the six regions have been completed.  I want to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to CLA’s Region Representatives who were instrumental in organizing the host location, refreshments and recruiting attendees!  I am in your debt:
Region 1: Travis Feder
Region 2: Susan Ray
Region 3: Leslie McDonough
Region 4: Geri Diorio
Region 5: Robbie Marshall
Region 6: Gale Bradbury

I addition want to thank the following Library Directors and their staff for hosting our meetings and providing refreshments and room set up.  Your hospitality was much appreciated: Claudia Cayne, Scoville Memorial Library; Sarah Morgan, East Hartford Public Library; Leslie McDonough, Mansfield Public Library; Karen Tatarka, Weston Public Library; Amanda Brouwer, Acton Public Library; Jennifer Miele, Groton Public Library.

I also want to thank the Executive Committee of CLA and my Legislative Co-Chair for attending the meetings with me and for supporting this idea.  Your willingness to follow me all around the state won’t be forgotten: Lisa Karim, CLA President; Tom Piezzo, CLA Vice President; Kate Byroade, CLA Immediate Past President; Mary Etter, Co-Chair, Legislative Committee.

And finally, to the approximately 70 library employees, school media specialists, and trustees who attended the meetings, my deepest gratitude for your willingness to participate and for your honest, respectful and immensely helpful feedback.  These meetings would have been pointless without you! 

I am now in the process of compiling all of the information we gathered and will be preparing a report to be presented at the CLA Board Meeting in December and shared with the new State Librarian when they are hired.  I will also share this report with the CT Library Community through the usual channels. 

And remember, CLA is committed to keeping an open dialog with our library community so if you have any information or news you would like to share at any time please reach out to your Region Reps by visiting the newly redesigned CLA website at this link:

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