This week, the Public Library of New London is beginning its annual "Adopt A Book" program, inviting residents to sponsor new books to help support the library.
The reception for the event will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. It will run in tandem with the display of artwork from those who participated in "I Draw New London."
Anyone who sponsors a new book may be the first person to check that book out of the library. The books may also be marked with name plates recognizing the person who adopts the book or someone they wish to memorialize. The program runs through Dec. 21.
According to the library, circulation of books and other materials has increased 10 percent in the past year while the use of public computers as gone up 30 percent. Over 17,500 people visited the library in September.
"We provide essential support for literacy, technology education and job seekers in New London, but we can't do it alone," the library said in a statement. "Help support us so that we can continue to support our community."