Newsletter of the Friends of the Library & the Board of
Focus on the Library
Help us plan for our future by participating in one of six focus groups to be held in October. We need citizen input to help us plan for the library expansion. What is important to you? More space for books? People? Parking? A 24/7 bookdrop? Individuals interested in participating in the focus group interviews should call Library Director, Virginia Vocelli, 673-9712 (vvocelli @ avonctlibrary.info). We are also interested in people who are infrequent users of the library.
Summer is almost over, so that means it is time for the Friends of the Library Membership Drive. Since memberships are annual, it's time to renew your Friendship. Your membership is important to the Library as your contributions support and enhance the special programs and services that otherwise would not be possible. Additionally, only Friends receive the newsletter, The Library Times, which is published about every other month, This timely publication keeps you current on exciting programs and activities at the Library as well as new book, CID, and DVD acquisitions. As a member of the Friends of the Avon Library, you will be among the first to sign up for any Friends-sponsored programs requiring registration. You also will be admitted free of charge to the annual Book Sale on preview night.
Since September is our mernbership renewal month, why not take a moment to join the Friends of the Library. Over 650 of your friends and neighbors renewed their friendships last year, and we want you to help support one of Avon's finest assets, our Library. Become a Friend today.Barbara Leonard
President, Friends of Avon Library
BOOK SORTING SPACE NEEDED
The Friends of the Library are grateful to Reflexite for providing space this past year for book sorting for the annual Book Sale. However, they no longer have room for our sorting process. So, the Friends again are looking for about 1,000 square feet of space to sort and store the book donations that are the basis for our Book Sale. Any leads on available space in Avon would be appreciated. Just give Barbara Leonard a call at 673-3327.
Look for us! Sign up for a library card, join the Friends of the Library,or come by our booth for great giveaways!
FROM THE CHILDREN'S ROOM
Tuesday Aug. 29 - Sept. 16: Fall storytime registration period by form, then
Tuesday Sept. 12: Chess Club will resume for ages 7 and up only if a
willing parent can be found to supervise on a bimonthly basis, rotating
every other week with another parent.
Tuesday Sept 19: Bookmates Reading Club for grades 1-3: book discussion and craft 4:00-5:00 p.m. Sign up required.STORYTIMES:
Shillington's pre-school times: Wednesdays Sept. 6, 13 & 20 at 10:30
a.m. for ages 3 - 5. Sign up is required (pick one date).
Mrs. Brown's Music Time: Thursday Sept, 7 and Monday
Sept. 18 at 11:00 a.m. for ages 2 - 5. Drop-in with a sitting adult.
Dennis Bianchi's Fire Prevention Storytimes: Fri. Sept. 8
and Tues. Sept. 19 at 11:00 a.m. for ages 3 - 5. Sign up is required (pick
Mrs. St. Jean's Pajama Storytimes: Tuesdays, Sept. 12 & 19 from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. for ages 3 - 6. Sign-up required (pick one date).
SPECIAL SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS:
Saturday Sept. 9: The Tanglewood Marionettes present "A Fairy Circus"
for ages 4 and older ONLY from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Due to the delicate nature
of the puppets and the attention required for this show, no one under
5 admitted. Free. Drop in. Prepare children for quiet sitting.
Sponsored by Dr. Rubina Ali, Dental Arts of Avon. (Office opening Nov.
Friday Sept. 22: Families with 1 or 2 kids sign up to read to Tani the dog from 11:00 - Noon. Six slots are available, sign up is required. Parents: Prepare to read for 8 minutes only.
Sept. 25: New
Storytime Session begins for 7 - 8 weeks. Enrolled children only.
Tuesday. Sept. 26: Nutmeg Book Group for grades 4 - 6: Kensuke's
Kingdom from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Sign-up required and get the book.
Wednesday Sept. 27: Nutmeg Book Groups for grades 7 & 8: Mortal Engines from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. You MUST be registered directly with Mrs. McNulty for this.
Registered storytime session continues.
Thursday Oct. 12: Avon teacher Jan Brennan returns with a
fascinating book discussion group for grades 4-6, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Limit 25 students. Sign up and get the book after Sept. 11 .
Oct. 13: Kid's Scary
Movie Night for ages 4 and up from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Drop-in.
Tuesday Oct 17: Bookmates Reading Club for grades 1-3. Book discussion
and craft from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Sign up required.
Oct. 20: The
Avon Education Foundation presents David Costello, author and illustrator,
for ages 6 and up from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Here They Come, a Halloween
story, will be featured. Discussion, activities. Drop-in, no kids under 6
please!! Book signing.
Saturday Oct. 21: The Avon Education Foundation presents David Costello,
author and illustrator, for ages 3 - 5 with an adult from 10:30 a.m. until
Noon. Storytime with Here They Come, and discussion and activities
with the author. Book signing. Drop-in.
Tuesday Oct. 24: Nutmeg Book Group for grades 4 - 6 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Sign up and get a copy of Half And Half.
Wednesday Oct. 25: Nutmeg Book Group for grades 7 & 8 from 6:00 -
7:00 p.m. with pizza. Sign up with Mrs. McNulty directly is required. Get
a copy of Vampire High, and the chills!
Saturday Oct. 28: Mrs. McNulty's Scary Stories for grades 4-6 from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Drop in. Okay to wear a costume, light refreshments.
Dates to Hold:
Saturday Nov. 4: Annual Library Birthday Party!
Tuesday Nov. 14: Bookmates Reading Club.
Tuesday Nov. 7: Election Day: "Curious Creatures" live animals.
ZoomText Screen Magnifier. Thanks to a generous donation from the Avon Lions Club and the Library's Mitnick Trust, we have a new computer with a 21 inch widescreen monitor and ZoomText screen magnifier software to assist people with limited vision in using the computer more easily. You can enlarge text, change screen colors to eliminate glare and reduce eyestrain, plus enlarge the mouse pointer and text cursor so it's all easier to see. To reserve this computer and receive help getting started, call Reference at 673-9712.
HOLISTIC NUTRITION PROGRAM
Nourishing Your Child. Whole milk? Skim milk? Soy milk? Rice milk? Is milk
necessary? Is your child well nourished? Join in on a dynamic discussion
with Angela Sum, certified holistic health counselor, and learn about
nutrient dense foods for the growing child. Thursday, September 28,7:00
Beat The Sugar Blues. Do you have an urge to snack everyday at 3 p.m.? Do you feel like you're on an energy roller coaster that just won't stop? Attend this interactive workshop conducted by Angela Sum to learn how to help gain control over sugar cravings. Thursday, October 5, 10:30 am.
The Library is grateful for the donation of two copies of a book that served as the basis for a workshop on women and divorce last spring in Avon. Donated by Avon Junior Women's Club and Avon United Fund, the book is From Ex-Wife to Exceptional Life: a Woman's Journey Through Divorce by Donna F Ferber. (Call number: 306.89/ Ferber) The workshop will be offered again in October at the Avon Congregational Church.
|READ A CLASSIC A MONTH BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES|
Join a lively literary experience this fall at the Avon Public Library. Four classic works will be discussed on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. Each program will be led by a professor from the academic community,
September 21 Persuasion by Jane Austen with Professor Barbara Benedict of Trinity College.
October 19 Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky with Professor Paul Karpuk of Central Connecticut State University.
November 30 Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens with Professor Mark Schenker of Yale University.
December 14 The Sea Gull by Anton Chekhov with Professor Dianne Hunter o
Read a classic and attend one or all of the programs. Everyone is welcome.
Girls of Tender Age, a memoir by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, has been selected as the title for a one book discussion program sponsored by the public libraries of Avon, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, Granby and Simsbury. Scheduled for spring 2007, the project will culminate with an appearance and talk by the author on April 24 in Avon. Additional details will follow.
When you are looking up an item in the library's online catalog you may notice the location of STORAGE. This is just a location within the library. The item may still circulate. You can put it on hold or request that a staff member retrieve it. We are having to do this more and more as we are running out of room on the shelves. There are some titles and multiple copies of titles that we don't want to withdraw from the collection but we don't have the room anymore to keep them on the regular shelves. Please don't hesitate to ask the staff to get the item you want when it is in storage.
Supporting your Library is just one benefit of being a
Individual/Senior - $10.00 Basic membership: Library Times newsletter, one free admission to preview night of annual Book Sale, one Friends discount price on bus trips, early notification of Friends events and e-mail reminders of upcoming Friends events.
Senior Couple - $15.00
All the above benefits for two adults.
Family Bookworms - $25.00 All the basic membership benefits for two adults and children in family under age of 16, plus two free regular priced adult and two children's books of your choice at the annual book sale.
Book Lover - $50.00-$99.00 All the basic membership benefits, plus a gift pack of Library note cards.*
Bibliophile - $100 .00-$199.00 All the basic membership benefits, plus a Library Miniature.*
Book Collector - $200
up All the basic
membership benefits, plus a Library Miniature and Library note
memberships are for one year.
NEW MUSEUM PASSESThe Friends of the Avon Library announce three new Museum Passes:
Parks & Forests Day Pass 2006. This pass is valid at CT State Park & Forest
Recreation areas, including places like Gillette Castle, Hammonasset
Beach, Kent Falls, Rocky Neck, Talcott Mountain, and many, many more:
130 destinations in all! The pass waives vehicle admission fees at
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk: Pass offers $2 off combination ticket of IMAX & Aquarium for up
to 6 people.
The White Memorial Conservation Center Nature Museum in Litchfield, CT Pass secures free admission. This state of the art facility features hand painted and photographic murals, dioramas, interactive exhibits, a Children's Corner, live animals, plus unique exhibits on the "Art of Taxidermy", a working honeybee hive, and a fluorescent rock cave.
Need help setting up an e-mail account so you can communicate with your grandchildren out-of-state? Need some tips on better ways to search the Internet to find what you really want? Two Avon High School students have offered their volunteer services at the Avon Library, one-on-one by appointment, to assist anyone using a computer, from how to use a mouse to more sophisticated search methods. If you would like to set up a one hour appointment on a Library computer with one of the volunteers, please call Reference at 673-9712.
Help Us Save A Stamp!
The Avon Free Public Library can email your overdue notices to you. To receive your overdue notices by email, please call the Circulation Department at 673-9712. Have your library card number and email address ready! You can also email the information to Tina Panik, Circulation & Public Services Manager, at tpani k @ avonctlibrary. info.
Receiving email overdue notices is a separate service from Library Notice email alerts. Email addresses collected for overdue notices are used for that purpose only, and are not shared.
Cold Moon - Jeffrey
Friday, October 6 * 7:30
PM Miori Sugiyama, a
finalist in the 2006 CT State Music Teachers Association's Young Artists
Piano Competition. Sponsored by the Friends.
Tuesday, Sept. 19 4:45-6:30
Session II: Resources for Success and How to Use
Those Resources in a Marketing Campaign
Tuesday, Oct. 17 4:45-6:30
Session III: Creating Sales and Marketing Collaterals
Tuesday, Nov. 28 4:45-6:30
Seminars begin at 5 p.m. in the library's Community Room. Learn the fundamentals you need to achieve success. Call the reference department at 673-9712 for more information.
The Avon Free
Public Library and the Avon Historical
NEW YOUNG ADULT MUSIC
American Idol Season 5:
Twelve Gardens Live -
This is only a sample of the new items we have at the Library, Any of these items can be put on hold from home at wwwavonctlibrary.info, at the Library using the online catalog, or by calling us. We'll do it for you or walk you through the steps.
Bring your laptop. We're WIFI.
look to the library's website: