Would you like to join the Library Board?

The Avon Free Public Library is seeking candidates to fill two upcoming openings on its volunteer Board of Directors.

If you are a (library) card-carrying resident of Avon and are willing to contribute some of your time and talent to this outstanding community resource, you just may be the right person to fill one of those openings.  A background in finance, accounting, or related areas is desirable, but not necessarily required.

Don’t miss this opportunity to translate your interest into action!  For more information, or to express interest, please contact Glenn Grube, Library Director, at ggrube@avonctlibrary.info or 860-673-9712 x207.

 

Returning to Work in Connecticut – sponsored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce

The Avon Chamber of Commerce and the Avon Free Public Library are pleased to offer business-oriented presentations free for interested area professionals.

Running a business is full of challenges; running a business during a pandemic brings a whole new set of directives and regulations to follow and operating decisions to consider, including rethinking workplace policies, and how to keep your employees and customers safe. In this presentation you will learn:

  • Considerations When Bringing Employees Back to the Workplace
  • Evaluating Employee Work Requests/Concerns
  • Common Employee Issues, including: Vulnerable Populations, Children & Travel

Returning To Work In Connecticut was presented by John Shea, Esq. of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Stream the presentation by clicking here

Visit the Avon Chamber of Commerce’s website

Bonus Borrows are Back!

Back by popular demand, Bonus Borrows from hoopla offers thousands of e-books, comics, tv shows, and movies, all with your Avon Library card.  And the best part is the Bonus Borrows do not count against your monthly borrows! Read, stream, and listen as much as you want this month.

Find Bonus Borrow collections in the Category section on the hoopla website or in the Genre section of the hoopla app.

Bonus Borrows will be available until November 30, 2020.  You can check out all of Avon Library’s digital content on our Stream & Download page.

Trademarks: Choosing, Searching & Registering Brand Names, Logos & Slogans – sponsored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce

The Avon Chamber of Commerce and the Avon Free Public Library are pleased to offer business-oriented presentations free for interested area professionals.   Whether you are running a successful business, looking to grow your company, or are just starting out — our presentations cover a wide range of topics and are designed to meet the needs of area entrepreneurs and business owners.

Choosing what to call your company and creating a corresponding logo that reflects your unique brand are two of the most important decisions you will make when starting a business. But before you get too attached to your choices there are some crucial first steps you need to take to protect your business’ brand identity. In this presentation you will learn:

  • How to Choose a Distinctive Brand Name
  • Why it is Important to Conduct an Availability Search Prior to Investing in a Brand Name, Slogan or Logo
  • The Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration
  • The Federal Trademark Registration Process

Presented by Jamie Sternberg from Saunders & Silverstein LLP

Stream the presentation by clicking here.

Visit the Avon Chamber of Commerce’s website

Writing a Winning Resume – sponsored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce

The Avon Chamber of Commerce and the Avon Free Public Library are pleased to offer business-oriented presentations free for interested area professionals. Whether you are running a successful business, looking to grow your company, or are just starting out — our presentations cover a wide range of topics and are designed to meet the needs of area entrepreneurs and business owners.

Presented by Bree Gurin

Do you ever feel like your resume goes into a black hole once you have submitted it for a job posting? In today’s competitive job market you want your resume to be computer-scan compliant and, once it reaches human hands and eyes, you want it to stand out and not get lost in the pile of nameless/faceless candidates. In this presentation you will learn:

  • What Actually Happens to Your Resume After You Submit It
  • The Resume Review Process
  • How to Formulate Your Document to Improve the Odds of It Reaching a Hiring Manager

Stream the presentation by clicking here.

Visit the Avon Chamber of Commerce’s website

Creative is King – sponsored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce

Watch a presentation by Gena Hamilton, of Exact Digital Media

Visuals are often the most striking way to leave a lasting impression in the viewer’s mind. That is what makes quality creative essential to grab the attention of your audience. In this presentation you will learn about:

  • Creative Best Practices
  • Industry-Specific Strategies
  • How to Effectively Leverage Visuals to Drive Conversations
  • Communication Ideas to Stay In Front of Customers
  • Examples of Effective Campaigns

Stream the presentation by clicking here

Visit the Avon Chamber of Commerce’s website

Acorn TV: the Best in British TV & Film!

We’ve recently added Acorn TV to Avon Library’s collection online content.

Access Acorn TV with your Avon Library card to binge on thousands of hours of commercial free world class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Great Britain and beyond.  You’ll find your favorites like Agatha Christie and Doc Martin, plus Acorn TV originals.  Register with RBdigital using your Avon Library card and then stream through the web or using the RBdigital app for Android or iOS.

Go to the Stream & Download section of our website for Acorn TV and all of our e-content.

Demystifying Digital Advertising – presented by the Avon Chamber of Commerce

Watch a presentation by Gena Hamilton of Exact Digital Media talk about digital advertising for your business.  This online class was co-sponsored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce and Avon Free Public Library.

Digital Media can help you grow your business. And Google My Business is one way you can drive local consumer traffic to your business. But if you don’t understand it or don’t know where to begin, you can miss this easy and accessible opportunity. In this class we will discuss:

  • How to Reach Your Customers Where They Are
  • Leveraging Google My Business to Help You Get Found by Your Customers
  • Google My Business Best Practices

Stream the recording of Gena’s presentation here.

COVID-19 and Library Services: Avon Library is offering limited services at this time

Avon Library is closely monitoring news about the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Connecticut and is in contact with the Town of Avon and the Farmington Valley Health District to plan our response.  As the situation is changing rapidly, our response may change as well, so please check our website, social media accounts, or call the library at 860-673-9712 for the most up to date information.

Effective Monday, March 16 the library building was closed to the public indefinitely.  This closure was in conjunction with the Avon Public Schools and the Avon Senior Center and intended to limit the community transmission of the virus.  Since then, we have been re-instituting limited services while ensuring the health and safety of the public and staff.

Our bookdrops remain open to return materials, but no overdue fines will be charged during the time the library is closed to the public.

Library staff are reporting to work so we can respond to your emails and phone calls.  We also began offering curbside pickup of library materials in mid-May.  Simply call the library at 860-673-9712 to request materials or place your own holds from home in the Library Catalog.  Once the items are ready, you will be notified, and you can call the Library to schedule an appointment for pickup.

Beginning Monday, July 27, appointments for computer use and curbside pickup of computer printing are available.  Call 860-673-9712 and press 4 for the reference desk to make a 60 minute appointment to use a library computer or arrange access to the library’s printing, scanning, copying, or faxing services.

Limited browsing hours are being offered, both inside the library and in fair weather, on the library’s courtyard.   Check current browsing hours here.

The library offers a variety of virtual services, including downloads of e-books, e-audio, digital magazines and streaming video.  Our online databases are available for research 24/7 with a valid library card and you may call or email the library with reference questions or other inquiries.  Avon residents should send an email to librarycards@avonctlibrary.info if they need to obtain or renew a library card.

Additional authoritative and up-to-date information about the COVID-19 coronavirus is available through the following websites:

Learn something new while you’re at home!

The Avon Library has two online learning options: Hoonuit and Universal Class.

Hoonuit offers on-the-spot training. With over 50,000 two-to-three-minute software and technology training videos on Microsoft, Adobe, Apple and Google products plus all kinds of other career and technical topics, Hoonuit helps you learn what you need to know when you need to know it. See the software products and other topics Hoonuit covers here.

Universal Class has over 500 online, self-paced continuing education classes in subjects like business, computer training, crafts, health, nutrition, writing and more. Whether you are starting a business, just bought a new camera, or are studying for the US Citizenship test, Universal Class has a class for you. See the course list for Universal Class here.

An Avon Library barcode is required to register for Hoonuit and Universal Class.  Find these, and all our other online learning resources, on the Learn Online page of our website. For help with these or any of our online resources, please email or call the Reference Desk at 860-673-9712 x203.