May 2021 HVAC update

Excellent progress has been made on the Library’s HVAC project.  All new geothermal wells have been drilled and contractors are now working on trenching and horizontal piping to connect those wells to a manifold in the basement.  Work in the basement is substantially completed but work in the attic to connect additional heat pumps continues.  This work will necessitate some disruption of public access to the children’s and teen sections of the library for several more weeks, but do call 860-673-9712 x211 to book a browsing appointment in the children’s and teen collections or to request curbside pickup of children’s or teen books.

 

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 hoopla 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 or just click here for a complete list of Bonus Borrow titles.

Bonus Borrows will be available until May 31, 2021.  You can check out all of Avon Library’s digital content on our Stream & Download page.

Don’t Be A Zoombie: Virtual Etiquette & Presentation Skills

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

Professionals are connecting online now more than ever; and with this new world comes a unique set of challenges and expectations. This presentation is for anyone currently using Zoom who wants to get their message out there more effectively. We will cover basic points of proper Zoom etiquette, as well as tips and tricks to being your best in the Zoom setting. (Participants must have a basic knowledge of how to use Zoom — No technical platform aspects will be provided)
Topics to be covered include:

  • Making a good first impression
  • Your physical set-up
  • Professional etiquette and personal style
  • Tips for effective virtual communication

Presented by Dana Culligan, Director, National Team Development for Tocara Jewelry

Stream the presentation here

Visit the Avon/Canton Chamber of Commerce’s website.

April 2021 HVAC Update

Work continues on the new geothermal HVAC system at Avon Library.  Over 2/3 of the 36 new wells have been drilled and some trenching has been completed.  A new manifold is installed in the basement to connect the geothermal wells to heat pumps.

Demolition of 13 old heat pumps, either associated with wells that have failed or that could be turned off due to the locations they serve in the building, has been completed, and prep work is underway to install new heat pumps in the basement and attic of the library.

 

 

6 Steps to a Better Business

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

We will teach a process for building your business, focusing on common challenges of business owners around TIME, TEAM and MONEY. This simple and easy to understand model works with any type of business in any phase of its lifecycle. Topics to be covered include how to:

  • Implement systems that will free up your time
  • Get the right people on your team to handle increased demand
  • Ensure that your team delivers to the quality standards that you and your customers expect
  • Build marketing that delivers results to your bottom line
  • Create a plan to expand your business
  • Develop an exit strategy for when you’re ready to retire

Stream the presentation here.

Visit the Avon/Canton Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Introduction to QuickBooks Online

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

This interactive presentation is designed particularly for businesses that manage their own financial records. QuickBooks Online is one option for your business when it comes to accounting and bookkeeping. Learn how to use the power of this program to take control of your business accounting and make your life easier come tax time. In this presentation you will learn how to:

  • Get Started with QuickBooks Online
  • Navigate the Program
  • Create Transactional Entries
  • Generate Reports
  • Tips & Tricks

Stream the presentation here.

Visit the Avon/Canton Chamber of Commerce’s website.

February 2021 HVAC Update

Work on Avon Library’s HVAC replacement project is underway.  Tree work on the library grounds is complete and fencing is up around the exterior work site.  Drilling of the bore holes for new geothermal wells has begun and will likely last through March.

On the interior of the library, new equipment is being delivered and will be stored in the basement until ready for installation.

Periodic updates will be posted on the Library and Town websites (www.avonctlibrary.info and www.avonct.gov).  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Glenn Grube, Library Director at 860-673-9712 x207 or ggrube@avonctlibrary.info.

Need more e-books? eGO has got you covered!

The Connecticut State Library provides a collection of over 25,000 e-books and e-audiobooks available to state residents through the free SimplyE app.

Many of Avon Library’s e-books are also available through SimplyE app, making it a great first spot to search for your next read.

Visit the eGO website or checkout Avon Library’s Stream & Download page to learn more.  The SimplyE app is available for iOS in the Apple app store or for Android in Google Play.

January 2021 HVAC Update

Avon Library’s geothermal HVAC system, installed during the renovation and expansion project in 2012, has experienced multiple failures over the past five years and will be replaced with a more conventional and robust version of geothermal technology this year.  At the January 7, 2021 meeting of the Town Council, a contract was approved with All State Construction to execute this project.

We expect work to begin in February.  The most immediate and noticeable aspect of this project will be the need to take down several trees on the Library’s grounds and trim several others.  Additionally, fencing will go up around the work site, which will be on the south side of the library building and along the Sunnybrook Drive side of the grounds, while crews dig the new geothermal wells for heat exchange.

While some of this work will occur outside the library, there will also be extensive work inside the building, predominantly in the basement and attic.  Every effort will be made to avoid impacting library programs and services during this project, but inevitably there will be some disruptions that may require a change to library operations.  When possible, that will be communicated in advance.

Periodic updates will be posted on the Library and Town websites (www.avonctlibrary.info and www.avonct.gov).  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Glenn Grube, Library Director at 860-673-9712 x207 or ggrube@avonctlibrary.info.

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.