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Fletcher Memorial Library at 257 Main Street has served as Hampton’s Library since 1919-1920 when Austin B. Fletcher purchased the building as a memorial to his mother, Harriet, and to his aunt, Eliza Durkee, who had wished to donate her smaller home for a library building. Although updated to serve as a modern library, the Italian style Victorian still retains much of its period charm. A circulating library with a fine selection of both popular and literary fiction and nonfiction, the library has a charming children’s room, a young adult section, large print books, and audio books and DVD’s. New selections are posted on our facebook page as they come in.
It also has two special collections: the Jamie H. Trecker Comics collection, featuring bound volumes of classic and Silver Age comics and graphic novels, and the history room, a library time capsule which preserves the collection as it was in the early decades of the twentieth century.
The library sponsers a variety of special presentations, in addition to regular programing for children and adults that includes Baby Story Time on Friday mornings; a knitting group every Wednesday at noon; a book group, the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 P.m., and the Hampton Hoot, a musical gathering for singers and instrumentalists of all abilities, the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
One of the unique features of the library is a butterfly garden, laid out on the north side of the library. Handsome in all seasons, the garden reaches its peak between June and September. The Butterfly Garden link provides more information.
Recently, the library inaugurated The Top Shelf Gallery, a place where area artists can display their work. Information about current and future shows, as well as submission information for artists is available via the Top Shelf Gallery link.
Visiting the Library
The library is open Wednesday - Saturday.There is parking for the front entrance in a lot shared with the adjacent Congregational church, as well as a parking lot in the rear of the building. The rear lot has dedicated handicapped parking spaces, as well as handicapped access to the library's main floor. Staff will be happy to bring materials down from the second floor for patrons who cannot climb the stairs. Call ahead for quickest service. 860-455-1086.
The library has one part time librarian. The rest of the staff are volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome.
The library welcomes donations of gently used books and DVD's as well as cash. All monetary contributions go to the purchase of materials for the collection and can be sent to the library at PO Box 6, Hampton, CT 06247.