3D Printing is Back!

3D printering has returned!

We are doing things a bit differently than we did it before for patrons. Before, patrons had to take an orientation class on the 3D printer to learn  how to use it on their own.

This time around, we’re only allowing patrons to submit their files to us and one of our staff members will print it out for them.

If you are interested in sending in files to be printed, please fill out THIS FORM and we can get that process started!

If you have any specific questions, please email Victoria at vkiszka@avonctlibrary.info 🙂

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Join us for these programs

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Join us for these programs

QPR: Suicide Prevention, Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

QPR: Question. Persuade. Refer.

Three simple steps  that anyone can  learn to help save a  life from suicide.

Just as people  trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver  help save thousands of lives each year, people  trained in QPR learn how to recognize the  warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to  question, persuade, and refer someone to  help. Each year thousands of Americans, like  you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a  friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR  can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as  little as one hour.

As a QPR-trained  Gatekeeper you  will learn to:

  • recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • know how to offer hope
  • know how to get help and save a life

This free 90-Minute training will be run by Justine Ginsberg,  BSN, RN Justine is the Community Health Coordinator and  Program Director – RGH for Farmington Valley Health District.

If you are a Parent, Caregiver, Veteran, Educator, Teenager, or compassionate human,  you are welcome to  attend this workshop.

Please register; this session is limited to 30 people. If we exceed capacity we will offer another session.

Reminders will be sent out before the program.  Register here.

Mental Health First Aid Training, Saturday, June 1 at 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

What this course covers: 

• Common signs and symptoms of mental illness
• Common signs and symptoms of substance use
• How to interact with a person in crisis
• How to connect the person with help
• NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care

Who should take this course: Employers, Police officers, Hospital staff,  First responders, Faith leaders, Community members, Caring individuals

Please register. This is a full day of programming. Please bring a bag lunch; the community room refrigerator and microwave will be available for use.

Class size is limited to 30 students.  View a pdf on this course here.  Register here. 

This course will be taught by Justine Ginsberg,  BSN, RN Justine is the Community Health Coordinator and  Program Director – RGH for Farmington Valley Health District.



Book Clubs

The Avon Library has a variety of book clubs and book discussion groups that meet throughout the year.  The basics are outlined below.

Author events are listed on our Local Author Page

For Adults

Contact the reference department for details on these book discussions.

If your book club needs help selecting books, or would like us to borrow titles for you, let us know!

International Book Discussion

One Monday each month at 2 pm

A librarian-led group discussing fictional books set internationally.

Silent Book Club

One Monday each month at 6 pm

For adults and teens in grades 10 and up (Spring meetings) & adults and teens in grades 11 and up (Summer and Fall meetings).

A low pressure group that meets for silent reading time with a book of your choosing. Feel free to stay and chat about your book after the meeting if you’d like!

For upcoming dates: https://www.avonctlibrary.info/events/tag/silent-book-club/

Psychological Thriller Book Discussion

One Tuesday each month at 7 pm

A librarian-led group discussing psychological thrillers.

*On break until April 2024*

Morning Book Club

One Wednesday each month at 10:30 am

A self-led group discussing a variety of genres.

For upcoming dates: https://www.avonctlibrary.info/events/tag/morning-book-club/



For Kids & Teens:

Nutmeg Narwhals

For grades 2 – 3.

Kids read and discuss elementary Nutmeg nominees and engage in an activity related to the book.

Kid Readers Unite (KRU)

For grades 4 – 6.

Kids read and discuss advance reader copies (ARCs) of teen books!


Teen Readers Unite (TRU)

Teens in grades 7 – 12.

Teens read and discuss advance reader copies (ARCs) of teen books!

Online test preparation resources from Avon Library

Avon Library is excited to announce a new online test preparation resource available with your Avon Library card.  Mometrix e-Library has the largest catalog of any test preparation publisher, now offering over 3,500 products covering over 1,500 different standardized exams.  With your Avon Library card, you can access a curated collection of 50 different online test preparation resources for college admissions and placement, graduate and professional schools, occupational licenses, and career advancement.

Test prep tips, digital flashcards, and sample exams area available for a variety of standardized tests including the ACT, AP, and SAT college entrance exams, the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT graduate school exams, and various professional exams for careers in fields such as public safety, social work, teaching, and transportation.  Mometrix e-Library also has employment resources including interview and resume tips.  Your Avon Library barcode from your library card is required to login to Mometrix e-Library from outside of Avon Library’s network.

See all of Avon Library’s online job and career resources by clicking here, or go to the Research tab of our website to browse all of our online databases and learning platforms.



Download our new Library Connection app!

The Library Connection Mobile app gives you access to many of Avon Library’s resources, all in one place.  Store a digital copy of your library card, search our catalog and place holds, check your library account, see upcoming library events and more!  Download the app by going to the Android Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and search for Library Connection Mobile.

Launch the app and then enter your library card number and PIN to get started. For assistance, please ask at the Reference Desk or reach out by phone (860-673-9712 x4) or via email.


eGO is the Connecticut State Library’s statewide library eBook platform. Gain access to digital resources for all ages, including eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Choose from more than 25,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks on the Palace Project app, the Connecticut State Library’s free app, with any Connecticut library card.  For Avon Library cardholders, the Palace Project app will also provide access to Avon Library’s collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks available from Overdrive.

Please note, the SimplyE app is no longer available for use with the State Library’s e-content collection.

For most items in the collection:

  • 3 week loan period
  • Up to 3 checkouts and 5 holds at a time

Get the Palace Project app


What Do I Read? Teens Suggest Titles For You

Teen Tuesday Book Talks happen every Tuesday from 4/14-5/19.

Here are the teen recommended books & recommendations from Miss Marisa, the Teen Librarian from a past Book Talk Tuesday.

If you have questions or want to suggest a title to add to Overdrive email mhicking@libraryconnection.info

Teen Recommend Titles & Readalikes By Miss Marisa: 

Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. Available via Hoopla (audio) Overdrive (ebook & audio). 3 different points of view. Written for adults. 

The teen reader says: 

  • A story of 3 female spies in WWII
  • Mystery, danger, and deception
  • There is a little bit of romance

IF you liked Lost Girls of Paris…because of the spies and WWII, you might also like: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein  (she has a prequel and a sequel to Core Name Verity). Available via Overdrive (ebook)

  • WWII Paris, France: two young women set off on a spy mission from England
  • Plane crash and Nazis take one of the women for interrogation
  • Find out the past, who is who and whose story can you trust?

If you like historical fiction in general, you might like The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee. Available via Hoopla (audio) Historical fiction, action, and romance. 

  • 1840, Georgia: Chinese girl named Jo secretly lives in a basement, with a mysterious past
  • She dreams of a better life, and not that of a lady’s maid
  • What if she she secretly starts an advice column for the newspaper challenging fixed ideas about race and gender. 

As Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco. Available via Hoopla (ebook & audio). Sequel comes out in 2021!

From the teen reader:

  • Subtle gay/queer
  • ICE (immigration) crosses magical lines
  • Prophecies…

IF you liked As Wicked As You Wish…you might like: Havenfall by Sara Holland. Available via Overdrive (ebook). LGBTQIA+ fantasy.

  • An inn: safe haven between four magical realms
  • A girl sworn to protect it — at any cost
  • A murdered body is found, she’s now in charge of the Inn and of finding out long buried secrets…

IF you liked As Wicked As You Wish…you might like: The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski. Available via Overdrive (ebook & audio).

  • LGBTQIA+ romantic fantasy
  • Lower status girl keeps a dangerous magical secret
  • Learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (book 2 in Letters to the Lost series). NOT owned in Hoopla or Overdrive, BUT if it sounds interesting, email me OR look it up in Overdrive and recommend we buy! 13+

Teen readers says:

  • kids who are dealing with family issues
  • realistic fiction
  • romance

IF you liked More Than We Can Tell….you might like: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. Available via Overdrive (ebook)

  • A beloved used bookstore where people leave mysterious love letters….
  • A love story between a boy and a girl
  • Then a girl moves away, and comes and back grieving her brother’s death

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. Available via Hoopla (ebook & audio) Overdrive (ebook). Nonfiction, written for adults, but a great read for all.

Teen reader says:

  • This is NOT a textbook AND it has comics & pictures
  • Started from  the author & a friend arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and they agreed” it needed to be resolved. The author liked questions like this so much he started What If.

Listen to The Book Jam, the new teen and middle grade podcast!

Do you want to hear about great middle grade and teen books recommendations?
Listen to The Book Jam! It features our own Marisa, the Teen Librarian from Avon Free Public Library and Mary, the Adult and Teen Services Librarian from Colchester Public Library. 
They talk about books! What kind of books? Young Adult, Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, and genres of all different kinds: realistic, science fiction, fantasy, LGBTQ+, and more! 
Where can you listen? More options will be added in the future! Search for “The Book Jam”
Click here to listen via Anchor.fm
Click here to listen via Spotify