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The First Annual ‘Hu-eys! – Photo gallery

The 1st Annual Friends of the Elihu Burritt Library donor recognition reception, affectionately dubbed the ‘Hu-eys, was a great success!

On Friday, September 27, the Friends of Elihu Burritt Library joined the party to recognize long-time donors and supporters of the Burritt Library.

2019 Honorees:

The Consul Award:             David C. Skinner Jr.,  Sherrod E. Skinner, III, and Susann C. Bradley – In recognition of the most generous support of the Library.

The Activist Award:             Francis J. Gagliardi – In recognition of support of the Gender Equity Fund.

The Linguist Award:            Dr. Roger T. and Mary Ann Zieger – In recognition of Faculty support of the Library.

For more photos check HERE

President of Poland visits CCSU and the Burritt Library

The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and first lady,  Agata Kornhauser-Duda, visited New Britain on Sunday, September 22, to meet the local Polish community. While here, they stopped at Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library to tour the Polish-American archives and book collection and learn about the Polish Studies Program. 

While at CCSU, the President and his wife were hosted by Dr. Zulma Toro, CCSU President, Dr. M.B. Biskupski, the Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies, and Dr. Carl Antonucci, Director of LIbrary Sevices. 

They were joined by some Polish faculty and students from the CCSU Polish Club.

Their visit revolved around a large display that Ms.Renata Vickrey, University Archivist and Special Collections librarian, constructed illustrating the history of  the local Polish community and CCSU’s Polish Studies Program. President Duda was motivated enough to offer to send books and materials related to Polish history to CCSU to augment the collection when he returned to Poland.

It was a proud day for CCSU and the local Polish community – an opportunity to share our accomplishments and heritage with a sitting Head of State. It was indeed an historic visit for all of us.

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Please mark your calendar for The Elihu Burritt Library Donor Recognition event 5:30 – 8:00PM, on Friday, September 27th, 2019.  It will be a nice event with music, food, wine and time to socialize.

The Burritt Library is an  essential part of the CCSU campus and is instrumental in student success. The Friends of the Library has many wonderful donors from campus, alumni and the community.

During the DDD campaign one of the donors said: “It is essential that tweeting NEVER replaces reading! Three cheers for libraries!!!”

We want to give special recognition to our most dedicated and generous donors at this special event, and show our appreciation to all of you who use the Library.

More information and invitations will be forthcoming. Have a great Summer!

Friends of the Library Advisory Board

New exhibit: “People of Note… Caricatures and Quotations of Famous Musicians,”

Local artist, Robert Carley, will exhibit in the Elihu Burritt Library, 2nd floor.

The exhibit features120 caricatures and quotations of famous musicians, some will include information about their ties to Connecticut. Major musicians from Louis Armstrong to Mozart to Elton John to ZZ Top are on display. Each caricature is surrounded by their wit and wisdom quotations.

Meet the artist during a reception on Saturday, July 20 from 12 to 2 p.m. and listen to music of acoustic guitarist Jim Hett.

The exhibit can be viewed during the Library’s opening hours.

Liberty and grace in the Divine Comedy

The Italian Resource Center and the Friends of the Library invites you to Fall Lecture

“Liberty and grace in the Divine Comedy

by Prof. Giuseppe F. Mazzotta, Yale University

Monday, November 26, 2018 at 6:15PM

Special Collections, Burritt Library, 2nd floor.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information please contact Dr. Maria Passaro

World War I and those who fought it

Join us for a lecture by Dr. David Blitz, Philosophy Department, titled: World War I and those who fought it. 

The lecture is accompanied by an exhibit.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Special Collections, Burritt Library, 2nd floor

Celebrating October: Italian Heritage Month

The Italian Resource Center and the Friends of the Burritt Library invites you to attend

Music from the Heart

Performed by

Mario Tacca,  World Renowned Accordionist   


Mary Mancini, International Vocal Artist 

Monday, October 8th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

in  Founders Hall

Refreshments will be served.