Updated 05/1/2021 items are in bold.

Dear Library Lovers,

The Burnham Library has reopened to the public as of Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Although the governor has lifted most restrictions on CT businesses and venues beginning on May 1, 2020, the following modified library services, established guidelines, and protocols will remain in effect for the time being. Safe-distancing protocol remains in effect. Face coverings are required for all visitors and employees while in public spaces. Curbside Pick-up remains in service, and please take advantage of our Digital Branch for all things streaming!

During this gradual reopening phase, the library is open under the following conditions and are subject to change as per Governor Lamont’s Reopening CT plan as well as best practices and recommendations from the State of CT, Connecticut State Library (CSL) ALA, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

  • As of November 24, 2020 library hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays will be reduced by one hour: 9:00 – 5:00 (reduced one hour).
  • 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.
  • Building occupancy is limited. Staff will monitor capacity.
  • Visitors will be limited to 1 hour inside the library (extended visits may be approved by appointment only)
    • Lounge seating and study tables are open, first come first served.
    • Computer usage is limited to 1 hour per day per patron.
  • As of July 7, 2020, children are permitted to return to the building for browsing and borrowing.
    • Masks are required for children 2 and older.
    • The dramatic play areas, located in The Susan Beris, MD Youth Learning Center, remain closed.
    • Makerspace and LEGO Bricks are not available until further notice.
    • Train table and ‘Tops are back! 
  • The use of hand sanitizer is requested before handling library materials.
  • Restrooms are now open to the public.

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.
  • Materials will be sanitized and reshelved within 24 hours.
  • Returned items will be discharged from a patron account on the day items are removed from the book drop.
  • Overdue fines have resumed as of October 1, 2020.
  • We are NOT accepting any book donations until further notice.

Library Programs and Meeting Space Reservations:

  • As of June 19, 2021, onsite programming will resume (with restrictions) for adults and children and/or will take place via Zoom or Facebook LIVE.
  • As of July 1, 2021, meeting space usage will resume with restrictions.
  • Visit our Events page for a calendar of virtual programming available for all ages.
  • In-person Tech Tutoring will resume by appointment only. Email Chris to schedule an appointment.

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.
  • Parents and Caregivers let us do the browsing for you! Request a themed book-bundle bag by emailing your request at staff@burnhamlibrary.org
  • Public WIFI is available 24/7.


Jean Kallay, Library Director jkallay@burnhamlibrary.org

Chris Fisher, Assistant Director cfisher@burnhamlibrary.org


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.

Let’s Talk Vaccines!

VaccineFinder –  VaccineFinder is a free, online service where users can search for locations that offer vaccinations. We work with partners such as clinics, pharmacies, and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services.

Dr. B The Standby List for COVID-19 Vaccine – Dr. B can connect you with local providers with extra doses using a standby system.

About the Three COVID-19 Vaccines – From the Public Health Communication Collaborative. Downloadable graphics and messaging that describe the available COVID-19 vaccines, emphasizing the safety and effectiveness of all vaccines the FDA has approved.

Why Get It, And What Happens Next – From the Public Health Communication Collaborative Downloadable graphics to promote factual information about the COVID vaccines. The first graphic explains why it’s important to be vaccinated and focuses on safety, and the second explains what people should do after getting vaccinated.

The Conversation: Between Us, About Us – is a campaign to provide Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 vaccines from KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) and the Black Coalition Against COVID (BCAC).

COVID-19 Informational Resources

CT COVID-19 Response Page – Phases and eligibility for vaccine distribution.

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

CT Recovers

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)