CFLC Library Monthly Newsletter



Happy September to all families! Every month the Community Family Learning Center resource library newsletter highlights and shares information about an agency or non-profit business in our community. Our hope is to bring awareness to families of the wonderful resources we have in and around Torrington.

In this month's CFLC newsletter, you will find information about our community partner, Friendly Hands Food Bank. There is information about how to access food and supplies and information about ways to help. There are also a few back to school articles to help with the transition back into school in this newsletter. As always, please look through the community events at the bottom of this newsletter!

The Community Family Learning Center Resource Library

The Community Family Learning Center (CFLC) is a community family outreach resource library through the Torrington Public Schools designed to support parent/caregivers and educators in early childhood .


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

Friendly Hands Food Bank

Friendly Hands Food Bank is a non-profit, community based food center for families who struggle with food insecurities. Friendly Hands is the largest food bank in Northwest Connecticut which serves around 40,000 meals a month. Friendly Hands offers a friendly, all welcoming and confidential atmosphere and offers the only pet food pantry in Northwest Connecticut! Friendly Hands also has specific toiletries available as well. There are plenty of opportunities to donate and volunteer as well.

Click on the picture to connect to Friendly Hands Food Bank!

Hours of Operations:

M, Tu, Th, F 8:45am - 3:15pm

Wed 12:00-6:00pm

Walk-in's are welcome but appointments are suggested. To make an appointment call 860-482-3338. Bring a photo ID and bags for food

To donate food drop off anytime at Friendly Hands (24/7) or make a monetary donation by visiting

Please see the information guide below to help your child understand food insecurity

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

CFLC Librarian Favorite Book Pics for SEPTEMBER!

Saturday At the Food Pantry Trailer
Free Lunch by Rex Ogle Book Trailer
Maddi's Fridge

Check out a few of our parenting and children books focused on food insecurity available at the CFLC Resource Library

CFLC Resource Library Catalog

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


Check BELOW each month for an update of Torrington Public School and Community Family Learning Center programs and/or Torrington community programs and events
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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