Get To Know Paula Gajewski and the Community Family Learning Center!

Get To Know Paula Gajewski and the Community Family Learning Center!

Paula Gajewski is the Torrington Public Schools Librarian and Coordinator for the Community Family Learning Center located at KidsPlay Children's Museum.

Paula, certified K-6 teacher, literacy consultant, and library media specialist, taught kindergarten and first grade in Maine for several years before moving to Connecticut. She has worked for Torrington Public Schools for 12 years as a family liaison, educator, and Community Family Learning Center (CFLC) Librarian and Coordinator. She has two wonderful teenage daughters with her husband of 19 years.

The CFLC Library is a Torrington Public Schools family outreach project in partnership with KidsPlay Children’s Museum. Established in 2011 at Forbes School, the library moved to KidsPlay Children’s Museum in 2016. The library serves the Torrington Public Schools and KidsPlay community by connecting families to library and community resources. Topics and resources include but are not limited to educational information, parenting issues, social and emotional needs, disabilities, and parenting challenges and celebrations.

We recently asked Paula some questions:

What do you love about the CFLC Library being located at KidsPlay?

I love the exposure to families we have at KidsPlay! It’s a fun and safe place to meet. Drawing on my expertise as an educator, literacy specialist, and librarian, I meet with families at KidsPlay with the goal to strengthen school and family relationships, offer support, and connect families to community resources as needed. I work with a wonderful team of people who also support families as I do. We help answer educational questions and connect families to Litchfield County community resources.

What kind of resources would families find in the CFLC Library?

The CFLC Library offers a variety of materials for children and parents/caregivers on various topics such as parenting strategies, family challenges, educational information, child development, celebration of differences, and physical and emotional health. There are books, audiobooks, DVDs, games, and kits available in English and Spanish for all families to borrow. Included with print and media resources, I help families connect with community resources and advise on educational learning tasks and questions. I love helping families!

What is special about the CFLC Library?

As far as I know, there is no other partnership like this in Connecticut! A public school partnering with a children’s museum to reach families through a community-based library is an idea that began more than 10 years ago and is still going strong. We hope to grow as KidsPlay grows in the future and continue strengthening our special and fantastic partnership. The CFLC Library also partners with other community resources such as the Torrington Library, Birth to Graduation, local preschools, and other non-profit agencies.

Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?

I hope to continue serving families over the years and to watch children grow into strong and confident citizens of the future!

We hope that you enjoyed this interview and you are able to take some time to visit the CFLC Library and get a chance to talk with Paula!

Community Family Learning Center monthly hours are posted on their website: bit.ly/torringtoncflc and library materials can be viewed by visiting bit.ly/cflcsearch

Families can follow the CFLC library on Twitter: @torringtoncflc and Facebook: torringtoncflc 

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