History of PPL

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  • 1739: The first public library in eastern Connecticut, “The United English Library for the Propagation of Christian and Useful Knowledge” was housed in the home of Rev. Ebenezer Williams.
  • 1882: Pomfret Hall Library was formed as a subscription library with books discarded from the original collection. Membership was $1.
  • 1911: The present building was constructed by Mrs. George Bradley in memory of her husband on land donated by Benjamin Grosvenor. original library 1911
  • 1928: The Pomfret subscription library became a public library, supported by town tax revenue.
  • 1976: An endowment from the estate of Abilene C. Averill was used to add the children’s room and office.
  • 1994: The Aicher Memorial Garden and deck was added in memory of Sarah Aicher.
  • 2006: The Friends of Pomfret Public Library was founded for the support of library programs and services.
  • 2008: The interior was renovated to accommodate lounge seating, public computers and an updated collection.

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This early 20th century library logo was designed by artist Beatrice Stevens.

Our current logo was designed by Rusty Kinnunen of Rusty & Ingrid Creative Company.