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.

 

 

Charge up at Avon Library!

Avon Free Public Library now offers an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the library’s parking lot. The dual port, ChargePoint level 2 charging station is a paid service, accessible through the ChargePoint app for EV drivers.

Funding for this charging station was provided by the Town of Avon, the Avon Free Public Library, Eversource and a VW Settlement Grant administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Special thanks to the Board of Directors of the Avon Free Public Library, the Avon Town Council, and the Avon Clean Energy Commission for their support for this project.

Check out our new library card options!

Beginning this summer, your Avon Library card just got a lot cooler!  Check out the six new designs available to choose from when you apply for or renew your library card.  Your card still provides you all the same great benefits, including free access to books, DVDs, and more inside the library, the ability to download e-books and e-audiobooks from our website and apps, and a free login to our online learning platforms and research databases.  But now you can choose from six exciting library card designs in addition to our “classic” card.  All six versions of the card were designed and created by Avon residents.

Stop by Avon Library today to get or renew your card.  While you are here, be sure to check out our summer gallery display of more than 50 designs entered in our Art on a Card contest earlier in the year.

Congratulations to our winners Aishwarya Balaji, Sara Curran, Shadan Gadkarim, Lidia Kapylova, Dagny Tang, and Shriya Vinodh!

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.

Art on a Card contest results

We are excited to announce the winners of our Art on a Card contest!  We had so many great entries, that we have named six winners and four runners up.  Congratulations to all who entered.  The judging panel had a very difficult time narrowing down all the beautiful creative designs to just these 10.

The six winning designs will be turned into library cards available for Avon residents to choose as their library card.  Please note, these cards are NOT available yet!  It will take some time to get them printed and available to use.

We hope to showcase all of the wonderful art submitted in a gallery display at the library later this spring, but below are the winners and runners up.  Stay tuned for more information on when these designs will be available as library cards and when all the art will be on display at the library.

Winners

Aishwarya Balaji
Sara Curran
Shadan Gadkarim
Lidia Kapylova
Dagny Tang
Shriya Vinodh

 


Runners up

Caleb Park
Abhirami Srivel
Shriya Vinodh
Jia Yeum

 

 

COVID-19 and Library Services

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, 2020 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 remained open to return materials, but no overdue fines were charged during the time the library is closed to the public.

Library staff continued reporting to work so we could respond to your emails and phone calls.  We also began offering curbside pickup of library materials in mid-May 2020.  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, 2020 appointments for computer use and curbside pickup of computer printing began.  Call 860-673-9712 and press 4 for the reference desk to make a 60 minute appointment to use a library computer.

Effective June 16, 2021, most open hours have been restored.   Check current library hours here.  Limited seating is available and some meeting and study rooms remain closed.

Effective March 7, 2022, masks are recommended but optional for staff and members of the public, regardless of vaccination status, when inside the library.

The library also 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: