The Library Building Is Open to the Public
- Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED
The Wallingford Public Library will continue to require that its patrons and staff wear masks in all public areas, including the Book Seller.
Children—for whom vaccinations are not yet available—will be especially at risk in our library if we stop wearing masks.
Please do your part to protect our community and continue to wear a mask in the Wallingford Public Library until further notice.
Computer appointments are no longer necessary. Simply stop in at your convenience. You may have a 60-minute session, with 2 additional 15-minute extensions if nobody is waiting.
The Book Seller is open! Their hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to noon and Wednesday and Thursday, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In addition, the Book Seller is accepting donations of up to 2 bags or boxes of gently used books, textbooks, DVDs, and CDs during store hours. Please, no books that are yellow, soiled, moldy, or torn.
The Collaboratory has resumed full-service hours. Our staff is available to assist you during these hours:
- Monday: 9:30-1:00 & 1:30-9:00
- Tuesday: 1:00-9:00
- Wednesday: 9:30-1:00 & 1:30-9:00
- Thursday: 9:30-1:00 & 1:30-9:00
- Friday: 1:00-5:00
- Saturday: 9:30-1:00 & 1:30-5:00
Check out our calendar to see what’s going on!
Wednesday, November 3rd, 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Zoom & in the Community Room*
The pandemic gave The Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust the “creative pause,” if you will, for a reinterpretation our historic properties, all of which have ties to New England slavery. The Trust oversees the Nehemiah Royce House (1672), the Franklin Johnson Mansion (1866), and the Yale Homestead (1790), which traces its origins to Yale University founder, Elihu Yale, and his family’s ties to the East Indian slave trade. According to historian Anne Farrow, “In Connecticut and elsewhere in New England, ‘All the best families owned ‘captives.’” And the histories of the Royce, Johnson, and Yale homes all bear out this statement. Rebuilding the historic record of enslaved Blacks, as a group and as individuals, can provide insight into this “buried truth.” With Wallingford’s 350th celebration postponed to 2022, the Trust has embarked on the “Black Stories Matter history project” to provide the colonial history of a significant population of free and enslaved black Americans in Meriden and Wallingford who were responsible for building the prosperity of our towns, a chapter that has heretofore remained unexplored in our written history.
Chris Menapace is an educator and independent researcher of northern enslavement. He received his Master’s degree in Public History from Central Connecticut State University and has done extensive research into Connecticut’s enslaved population. Chris works with the history of enslavement and Connecticut at both the Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust as Vice President and Discovering Amistad as their Senior Educator.
ATTEND VIRTUALLY: The program will be streamed live from the library straight to your home through Zoom. Once registered, you will be contacted prior to the program with participation instructions.
ATTEND IN-PERSON: Masks are still required to be worn in the library at all times. Attendance will be limited.
WATCH THE RECORDING: Can’t make it? The program will be recorded and uploaded to the library’s YouTube the day after.
*WPL is closely monitoring the current public health situation, and may require masking during the event or may move all sessions to Zoom. You will be notified of our final decision no later than one week in advance. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Leah Farrell at (203) 284-6425 or email@example.com.
It can be easy to think of history as the past. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that history happens every day. This is why we have launched an archival project called Letters to the Library, where we are gathering and sharing community members’ responses about this historic time. We need your help with this project! You could even win a gift card to the Wallingford business of your choice. Learn more…