CFLC Library Monthly Newsletter

JUNE 2022

A message to families

A week ago a terrible tragedy unfolded in Uvalde, Texas that shook the nation. Many parents & caregivers are still searching for words to explain and comfort their children amidst this tragedy. We have decided to dedicate the June newsletter to sharing resources with families to help with the unfortunate task of explaining traumatic events to children.


Check BELOW each month for updated parenting articles and videos on a variety of helpful topics.

CFLC Librarian Favorite Book Pics for JUNE!

Whimsy's Heavy Things
What Do You Do With A Problem

Check out a few of our parenting and children books on the topic of emotions and trauma

CFLC Resource Library Catalog

Search our library catalog for parenting and children's book titles as well as kits and educational games


Each month we will highlight a Torrington community agency/non-profit business that supports our families.

Center for Youth and Families

Click on the picture to connect Center for Youth and Families website

The Charlotte Hungerford Center for Youth and Families is a professional mental health service that assists children, adolescents and their families with emotional, behavioral, developmental and family difficulties.

The center offers the most comprehensive and experienced treatment for young people in northwest Connecticut.

The center's approach is wide-ranged, beginning with thorough and sensitive evaluation of the "whole " child, in the context of the family, school and the community.

For more information contact:

Center for Youth and Families

50 Litchfield Street (across from Torrington Library)

Torrington, CT 06790

Call: 860-489-3391


Check BELOW each month for an update of Torrington Public School and Community Family Learning Center programs.

Mark Your Calendars!

This is a FREE Back to School event will take place on Saturday, July 30th from 9am-12pm on Franklin Plaza on Franklin Street. This will take place rain or shine.

In this event, parents and caregivers will connect with community agencies and learn more about what Northwest Connecticut has to offer. There will be fun activities for the whole family! Free backpacks will be available for families in need of additional school support. See more information about backpacks below.

FREE Back to School Supply Event – July 30, 2022

TORRINGTON, CT May 27, 2022 The Torrington Police Activities League (PAL) in partnership with area organizations will be holding the 15th annual Northwest Connecticut Free Back to School Supply Event on Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at Franklin Plaza on Franklin Street, Torrington.

This event allows for over 400 area families to receive school supplies to prepare for school. Back to School supply shopping costs the average American family over $683 per child between school clothes and supplies, according to American Express. “This is simply a cost that most families with multiple children cannot bear” says Donna Labbe, Torrington Public Schools Event Coordinator.

Executive Director Chris Smedick notes, “All of the agencies on our council have been working hard to see this program help so many low-income, hard working families in our area. Members of our council like Baroco and Community Systems, Inc. have even held fundraisers to donate all of the school supplies. But we are coming down to the wire and it’s critical that as a community, we come together to help too—donations of backpacks, school supplies and volunteers to help the day of the event are still needed.” Says Smedick, “The more we can do now, together, the more we can ensure a great year for all children. Any support is greatly appreciated.”

A stuff a bus for donated school supplies is scheduled for June 11 at Wal Mart from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Monetary donations be made out to the Torrington Police Athletic League (please note Back to School Event on check) and can be sent to the address below:

Torrington Police Activities League

Attn: Chris Smedick

16 School Street, Suite 106

Torrington, CT 06790

CFLC Resource Library Hours

Please Note: Hours are subject change so check back on this site for current hours before visiting. Back Door of KidsPlay is off of Water Street, in back parking lot of KidsPlay.

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Meet the Community Family Learning Center Librarians

Paula Gajewski

CFLC Coordinator, Educator, & Resource Librarian

Paula has worked for Torrington Public Schools since 2011 as an educator, coordinator, and librarian for the Community Family Learning Center located at KidsPlay Children's Museum. Paula loves to read and loves to help families find books and resources that will be helpful to them. Prior to working for TPS, Paula was a K & 1 classroom teacher and Literacy Specialist. Currently Paula works with incoming kindergarten children and families for Torrington Public Schools by connecting families to the schools and community providers. She supports the kindergarten registration process by coordinating programs such as the Kindergarten Fair, Meet & Greet at KidsPlay and more! Please feel free to contact Paula with any questions or for educational support.

Meet the Community Family Learning Center Librarians

Kristin Ercoli

CFLC Library Services Specialist

Kristin is a resident of Torrington, and is excited to join the CFLC team! She has five children, four that are currently enrolled in Torrington public schools. She is an avid reader. Before being a mom, she enjoyed the time she spent working in bookstores. She just started learning Spanish in hopes to soon communicate better with more families in the community.

Community Family Learning Center Resource Library

Located at KidsPlay Children's Museum (up the back steps)

61 Main Street

Torrington, CT 06790