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Google for Business Event Cancelled

The Tolland Public Library Foundation has had to cancel a talk planned for Thursday, Oct. 5 on how to get your business on Google’s map due to a lack of advanced registration.
The Foundation regrets any inconvenience this has created for anyone who had signed up.
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Foundation has launched a $10,000 matching drive

To help make up for a drastic reduction in the Tolland Public Library’s books and materials budget, the Tolland Public Library Foundation has launched a $10,000 matching fundraising drive to encourage residents to make tax-deductible donations to the library.
The drive was launched Sept. 16 at the Celebrate Tolland festival. The town of Tolland is facing difficult funding decisions as its leaders and the state of Connecticut grapple with a budget crisis.
Due to the crisis, the library’s budget to purchase new books, dozens of magazine and newspaper subscriptions, DVDs, e-books, CDs and audiobooks was sharply reduced this fiscal year.
The Library Foundation is asking library patrons, Tolland residents and local businesses to consider making a donation of any size to the library to support the purchase of these books and materials. The newly expanded library is heavily used by patrons and these materials are considered a key public service.
The Foundation will match, dollar-for-dollar, every donation up to a total of $10,000. It has already given the library the first installment, of more than $350, to match early donations made since Celebrate Tolland. No donation is too small.
Donations can be made in person at the library at 21 Tolland Green or by mailing them to     Tolland Public Library, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084. Checks should be made payable to the Tolland Public Library.
For more information about the Foundation or its matching drive, call President Linda Byam at 860-875-1446.

Tolland Public Library


He took a look and won a Nook!

Congratulations to Ian Howe of Tolland, who won a Nook e-reader after entering the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s free drawing at Celebrate Tolland on Saturday.
Thanks to everyone who dropped by the Foundation’s booth to enter and to learn more about our fundraising drive to match, dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000, any donations to the library to support the purchase of magazine and newspaper subscriptions. The library’s materials budget recently sustained a drastic cut.
Tax-Deductible donations can be made at the library or mailed to Tolland Public Library, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084. Checks should be made out to the library.

Ian Howe

Nook E-Reader Drawing, Matching Drive Launched at Celebrate Tolland

Drop by the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s booth at Celebrate Tolland Saturday, Sept. 16. between 11 and 3 at the Tolland Recreation Center and enter a free drawing to win a Barnes & Noble Nook Glowlight Plus E-Reader.
The foundation is also launching a $10,000 matching fundraising drive at the festival. The books and materials budget of the Tolland Public Library was recently drastically reduced, so the Foundation is encouraging residents to make a donation of any size to support the library. It will match gifts dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. Donations will be accepted at Celebrate Tolland or checks can be made out to Tolland Public Library and mailed to the library at 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084, c/o of Library Director Barbara Pettijohn.

Put Your Business on Google’s Map!

The Tolland Public Library Foundation and Greater Hartford SCORE’s Small Business Academy will hold a free talk Oct. 5 on how businesses can make the most of a Google listing.
Richard English, owner of Studio360.Pro in Barkhamsted, will present “Put Your Business On Google’s Map!” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library at 21 Tolland Green in Tolland.
English is a web designer, an official Google Cities Partner and a Google Street View Trusted Photographer with more than 20 years of experience. The hands-on workshop will guide attendees in the process of claiming their Google business listing that appears on the right side of search results. It will also cover how to appear on Google Maps when people search for your business.
Businesses that have compete information online are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers.
Attendees should bring a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop and their Google user name and password. If they don’t have a Google account, they should create one ahead of the workshop.
The event is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register at
The Foundation was founded in 1996 to provide grants to the Tolland library to augment what is provided by the town budget.
Greater Hartford SCORE was started in 1964 with the mission of matching the experience of seasoned business owners and managers with small business owners. Its Small Business Academy was organized in 2016 to provide workshops to those clients.

Richard English