Updated 7/1/2020

Dear Library Lovers,

The Burnham Library is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, June 23 for browsing, borrowing, and quick usage of computer, copier, and fax machine.

We are so excited to reopen our doors to our patrons! Due to the current circumstances, we must limit the number of patrons in the building.  We are only permitting two (2) children per family. Face coverings are required for all visitors and employees. In addition, our hours have changed until further notice. Curbside Pick-up will remain in service, and please take advantage of our Digital Branch for all things streaming!

Temporary Hours as of 6/23/2020

Tuesday and Friday 1-5, Wednesday and Thursday 9-4, Saturday 9-1

During this gradual reopening phase, the library will reopen under the following conditions and are subject to change as per Governor Lamont’s Reopening CT plan.

  • All visitors and employees are required to wear face coverings while in the public area.
    • If you are unable to wear a mask, curbside pick-up is available.
  • Only 5-8 visitors are allowed inside the building.
  • Visitors will be limited to one hour inside the library.
  • As of July 7th, children are permitted to return to the building for browsing and borrowing.
  • Children age 3 and older must wear a mask.
  • Only 2 children per family, with 3 persons max per family.
  • The use of hand sanitizer is requested before handling library materials.
  • Restrooms are closed to the public.
  • The Susan Beris, MD Youth Learning Center play area is closed.
  • Please see the Circulation Desk for a computer as there are only two computers available.
  • Lounge seating and study tables are unavailable.

Book Drop, Returns, and Book Donations:

  • The outside book drop is available 24/7 and will be checked at opening each day.
  • All library materials must be returned via the outside book drop. Please do not return materials from other libraries in the book drop.
  • We will continue to quarantine materials for 3 days. Items will then be discharged from a patron’s account.
  • Overdue fines are waived for the time being.
  • We are currently not accepting any book donations.

Library Programs, Summer Reading, and Meeting Space Reservations:

  • In-person programming, meeting space usage, and public gatherings are paused at this time.
  • Our youth Summer Reading Program has gone VIRTUAL. Visit the Project Summer page for all details.

Virtual Services and Curbside Pick-up

  • Please take advantage of our Digital Branch which offers Bridgewater residents downloadable digital materials, such as eBooks, eAudio, streaming videos, and more. All you need is a valid library card.
  • Contactless Curbside Pick-up is still available! Request items and schedule a pick-up via our library catalog, by phone, or by email.


Jean Kallay, Library Director jkallay@burnhamlibrary.org

Chris Fisher, Assistant Director cfisher@burnhamlibrary.org


Jean Kallay, Library Director

Chris Fisher, Assistant Director



UPDATE 5/7/2020

Dear Library Lovers,

By Executive Order, the Burnham Library building will be closed until further notice. Contactless Curbside Pick-up is available to Bridgewater residents, by scheduled appointment only on Monday – Saturday from 9:00 – 12:00. We continue to reassess the situation and hope to reopen as soon as we can!

Our staff will continue to be available during library hours via email and social media. Any phone calls will be answered by chance, Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 12:00.


Jean Kallay, Library Director jkallay@burnhamlibrary.org

Chris Fisher, Assistant Director cfisher@burnhamlibrary.org

Bridgewater residents can take advantage of our downloadable digital materials, such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, and stream movies and TV shows by visiting our Digital Branch. All you need is a valid library card!

Need a library card? Visit here or email our staff. We will create a library card for Bridgewater residents and email you a barcode that you can use to access our online resources.

  • As of Monday, May 11, the book drop will reopen. 
  • Overdue fines are waived during the building’s closure. Book drop policy
  • If you receive any overdue notices, please ignore!
  • All on-site programming and meeting space room reservations are canceled.
  • Inter-library loan service continues to be suspended until further notice.
  • Public WIFI available 24/7

Stay healthy and keep in touch with us on Facebook and Instagram!


Jean Kallay, Library Director

Chris Fisher, Assistant Director


We ask you to follow the recommendations of the CDC, which include washing your hands frequently.  For more information, you can read the below links.

AA Intergroup Meetings

Bridgewater Town Hall – updated information from our First Selectman, TOPS program and more …

COVID Act Now – Gathers and presents data from a number of reputable sources for US states and counties, using color graphics and simplified language.

The National Institute For Health

Resources Related to Coronavirus

CDC’s Guide to Coronavirus

CT Governor Ned Lamont’s Emergency Orders

Confirmed Cases in Connecticut

CDC’s Guide for Employers

CDC’s Recommendations For Cleaning and Disinfecting 

CDC’s Guidelines for Schools Workplaces and Community Gatherings

EPA List of Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

Executive Order on Preventing Hoarding and Medical Resources

First Draft Coronavirus Resources

Google Fact Check Tools for COVID-19

John Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 Map and Dashboard

PBS Parents – How you and your kids can distress during Coronavirus

Quarantine vs Isolation as defined by the CDC

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus

TaskandPurpose.com – Veterans benefits and financial help during COVID19

UN Coronavirus 

US Small Business Administration – Small business guidance and loan resources

USA Coronavirus Page

World Health Organization (WHO) 

WHO Myth busters

A Note From My First Selectman

To Bridgewater Citizens,

In response to the current health emergency, Bridgewater is forming the “Town Outreach Program” (TOP).

We plan to assist our older or vulnerable residents who may contract the novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19.

To be ready for any eventuality, the Town is asking that people call us at 860-354-2731 to register for help if it becomes necessary. There will be either a person or an answering machine on this line.

Bridgewater will create a database of your name(s), addresses, phone numbers and your current emergency contact person or family members. This will be a voluntary and confidential registry only for use in case of this emergency. Possible requests could include assistance with food, supplies, transportation or other situations. This TOP program will seek volunteers to help those in need. Our team includes town officials, the Emergency Management Director, a Registered Nurse and a Physician.

Most people are already aware of the seriousness of the current pandemic and the likelihood of rapid spreading. Each one of us need to practice “social distancing,” especially if you are over 60 or have serious health issues. If you get COVID-19 symptoms, such as dry cough and fever, you need to contact your health provider first and self-quarantine to avoid contact with others. Reliable sources of information can be found on the Center for Disease Control website: www.cdc.gov or the World Health Organization at: www.who.org

Town offices will remain open for only priority and necessary business starting on Monday, March 16th. The Senior Center will also be closed starting on Monday.  This is how a small town like Bridgewater can help take of our own citizens in a time of need.

I strongly recommend that part of your preparations include your registration in our TOP initiative by calling 860-354-2731 in the next few days, so people can be ready to help if needed. Volunteers are also needed. Please leave your name and phone number clearly and we will return your call.  You may also communicate via email to awagner@bridgewater-ct.gov .

Curtis S. Read
First Selectman
Bridgewater, CT
(860) 354-5250 (w)
(203) 470-2893 (m)