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'Visit' The Lyman Allyn Art Museum At Fairfield Library Through Skype

Skype-a-Docent comes to Fairfield Public Library May 11. Through Skype, visitors to Fairfield Public Library's Rotary Room can take a tour of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London.
Skype-a-Docent comes to Fairfield Public Library May 11. Through Skype, visitors to Fairfield Public Library's Rotary Room can take a tour of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Through Skype, visitors to Fairfield Public Library's Rotary Room can take a tour of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the main library, 1080 Old Post Road.

A docent will take participants on a private tour via Skype. While the Skype video call is projected onto the large screen at the library, exhibits can be viewed up close and viewers can converse with the docent during the tour.

Established by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Lyman Allyn Museum opened in 1932. Today, it houses a collection of more than 16,000 objects from ancient times to the present; art works from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.

Skype-a-Docent is an extension of the library’s homebound service that has been delivering library books and other materials to residents for more than 20 years. Last year, more than 1,200 items were delivered by volunteers to five senior living facilities and to individuals living in their own homes.

The library is now able to “deliver” tours of cultural interest to seniors and others who may not be able to travel out of town. In addition to the monthly presentation at the main library, Skype-a-Docent tours are brought to two senior living facilities in town. Tours are open to all.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free.

Registration for the program is requested.To register, or for more information about this and other programs, click here or call 203-256-3160.

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