IGNITE = Inspiring Girls IN Technology Exploration

An awesome new tech project each month!

There are two sessions to sign up for:

Session 1: IGNITE club. Girls, grades 7-12. Do this month’s project yourself, then stick around and help other teens learn how to do it in Session 2!

Session 2: Open to boys and girls, grades 5-12. Do this month’s project!!

Sign up for IGNITE email notifications about future meetings

Find future IGNITE programs


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The Wright plane takes off!

If you’ve been following along, it has been a long journey from the Avon Library One Book series, based on David McCullough’s “The Wright Brothers” to making our very own 1:4 scale 1903 Wright flyer.

And now… drumroll please… it has taken off! Literally!! The plane is now on view for all to see in the Library atrium. Check out the view from the first floor, or take a peek from the Children’s Room windows for a bird’s eye perspective.

Wright plane being hung up in the library

An average of six builders met 93 times from November 2016 to June 2017 to complete this project in 1,405 hours! We could not have done it without the help of all of our community builders. Thank you all!

Thank you Avon Department of Public Works for climbing the height to help us hang the plane.

And thank you to the Avon Education Foundation for generously funding this community project.

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Staff Picks, October 5th

  • Circulation and Outreach Manager Patricia’s Pick:

    Jackie's GirlJackie’s girl : my life with the Kennedy family / Kathy McKeon (2017 biography, 92 McKeon)
    A coming-of-age memoir by a woman who was Jackie Kennedy’s personal assistant and nanny for more than a decade shares the lessons about life and love that the author learned from the glamorous first lady.

  • Reference Librarian Barbara’s Pick:

    You Don't Look Your Age

    You don’t look your age : and other Fairy Tales / Sheila Nevins (2017 audiobook biography, CDBK 92 Nevins)
    A famed television producer and president of HBO Documentary Films shares frank but lighthearted advice for today’s women on how to navigate the challenges of pursuing a career in a man’s world, balancing the responsibilities of a working parent, aging in a youth-obsessed culture and thriving as a feminist in a dynamic marriage.

  • Circulation Assistant Toni’s Pick:

    Hillbilly ElegyHillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis / J.D. Vance (2016 non-fiction book call# 305.562 Vance)
    Shares the story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

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Staff Picks, September 27th

Circulation Assistant Karen’s Pick:

Invisible EmmieInvisible Emmie / Terri Libenson (2017 children’s graphic novel, J Graphic Libenson)
The lives of two middle school girls, one a quiet artist, the other a popular overachiever, intersect on a day shaped by a misdelivered note, crushes, humiliations, boredom and drama.

Sunday Reference Librarian Liz’s Pick:

Spies of Revolutionary ConnecticutSpies of revolutionary Connecticut : from Benedict Arnold to Nathan Hale / Mark Allen Baker (2014 non-fiction, 327.12 Baker)
Covert intelligence played a critical role in the American Revolution. Connecticut produced an extraordinary number of spies on both sides of the conflict, from the infamous traitor and Norwich-born Benedict Arnold to Patriot Nathan Hale, executed by the British for espionage. Spying during the Revolution entailed coded messages, early submarines with the first exploding torpedoes and the penalty of death for those caught in the act. Despite the risk, some spies even played both sides as double agents, such as Edward Bancroft, who was never caught.


Reference Librarian Barbara’s Pick:

As Close to Us As BreathingAs close to us as breathing : a novel / Elizabeth Poliner (2016 fiction book call# F Poliner)
In 1948, a small stretch of the Woodmont, Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named “Bagel Beach,” has long been a summer destination for Jewish families. Here sisters Ada, Vivie, and Bec assemble at their beloved family cottage, with children in tow and weekend-only husbands who arrive each Friday in time for the Sabbath meal.

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From Harvey to Irma to Jose to Maria…

The hurricanes may have come and gone, but the relief and clean up efforts continue.


There has been a lot of weather-related news lately, and it can be tough to keep tabs. Here are some resources:

Stay Up to Date

Recent hurricane news from newspapers across the country: NewsBank: Access with your Avon library card


Support relief organizations


Learn about the science of hurricanes


Get prepared for natural disasters


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Website Tour & Feedback Form

Take a tour of what’s new and where things are on the new website.


This site is built for phones and tablets too! It is mobile-friendly and will resize to the size of your screen.

Avon Library building and new website


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You can search the website OR search Encore, the library catalog, all in one place from any page on the website.

It’s as easy as 1 — 2 — 3.

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Mobile view (in the Menu)

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  1. Type what you are looking for in the Search box
  2. Click on the button for where you want to search (This Site or Our Catalog)
  3. Click on the search icon searchbox go button to go



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Quick access to the things you need most:

  • Search the catalog
  • See featured events and library news
    • Want to see more library news? Go to Library News (located in the footer at the bottom of every page)
  • Connect with the Friends of Avon Library
  • Access Streaming & Downloadable collections with your Avon library card
  • Browse new books in New & Notable with a Netflix-style carousel
    • Want to browse more new titles? Go to Books & Media to see new movies, audiobooks, and more.
  • Support the library
  • Keep in touch! Sign up for library emails


Books & Media

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  • Get recommendations on what to read– we’ll add staff picks or news about our collections here.
  • Browse new titles by category with a Netflix-style displaynew item cover carousels



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Find out what the library has to offer, including:

  • Getting a library card
  • Reserving a meeting room
  • Borrowing a museum pass
  • Ask a librarian
  • Using library computers and technology



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  1. Browse through upcoming events. Click on an event to find out the full information.
    • Blue = Adult Programs
    • Pink = Children’s Programs
    • Green = Teen Programs
  2. Search for events by Date or Keyword: put in your search terms and click “FIND EVENTS”
  3. Change your view by clicking on “VIEW AS”
    • Week (Events for the week. Move your cursor over an event to get a quick summary)
    • List (All upcoming events, starting with the next event about to begin)
    • Month (This may take some time to load… We host a lot of events every month!)
    • Day (Just today’s events, or whichever date you limit to)
    • Photo (Browse events by photo and description)
  4. Narrow your results to a particular Event Category, Tag, Day of the week, Time of day, Venue location, or Organizer who planned the event


Upcoming events in a specific category are also listed on For Children, For Teens, and other pages throughout the website.


For Children and For Teens

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Looking for something age appropriate?

For Children and For Teens pull together helpful information by age category:

  • The latest library news
  • Homework resources and helpful links
  • Upcoming events
  • Contact info for your librarians



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The Research page lists all of our library’s research databases as well as recommended websites alphabetically.

It’s a long list, so if you have a category in mind, choose from the menu on the right side of the screen (toward the bottom of the page on mobile).

Don’t forget, if you know what resource you are looking for, you can search for it in the search box at the top of the screen (in the Menu on mobile) to jump right to it.


Your Account

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Go right to your library account in the Encore library catalog to place holds, renew items, and pay fines.

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Staff Picks, August 23, 2017

Substitute Reference Librarian Liz’s Pick

Middlesex / Jeffrey Eugenides (2002 fiction book, call# F Eugenides )

Calliope’s friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparent’s desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.

Circulation Assistant Gayle’s Pick

Off the grid : a Joe Pickett novel / C.J. Box (2016 mystery, call# M Box)

Nate is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They’re not there to threaten him, but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming’s Red Desert, and in return they’ll make Nate’s criminal record disappear.

But they are not what they seem, as Nate’s friend Joe Pickett discovers. They have a much different plan in mind, and it just might be something that takes them all down-including Nate and Joe.

Circulation Assistant Becky’s Pick

Nothing to envy : ordinary lives in North Korea/ Barbara Demick (2010 non-fiction, call# 306.0951 Demick)

Follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population, illustrating what it means to live under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

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Avon Library has a new website!

Welcome to the new website! (Yes, you’re in the right place.)

Take a look around and let us know what you think here.

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The Avon Newsletter, a World War II collection, is now available online!

The Avon Newsletter- WWII newsletter headlineExplore 14 pieces of WWII history.

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Avon Library, Katie Kukiolczynski, CCSU MA History graduate, was hired to process, scan, and summarize the World War II newsletter collection with the Marion Hunter History Room of the Avon Library.

This collection consists of 14 resident-created newsletters spanning the years 1943-1946. The newsletters were intended for Avon soldiers, and were sent to them wherever they were stationed, either at home or abroad, as well as to their families in Avon.

In addition to uploading the actual newsletters, Katie detailed military commendations and created highlights of each issue. Some of these highlights include personal accounts from soldiers experiences in battle, their military training, details of what it was like where they were stationed, and even their experiences to how drastically things changed after the war ended in places like Germany.

The newsletters also included some local town gossip and news for soldiers to stay up to date on current happenings around town, so Avon was always a part of them wherever they were.

View the collection here!

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