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Join us for the final five programs in the “DEEDS NOT WORDS: 100 Years of the Vote for Women” series.
Final programs provided and funded by the Avon Free Public Library, Avon Historical Society and Avon Senior Center to commemorate the 100th anniversary of suffrage in America.
The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote
Virtual Book Talk via Zoom with author Brooke Kroeger
Tuesday, 8/18/20, 7:00 pm.
The story of how and why a group of prominent and influential men in New York City and beyond came together to help women gain the right to vote. Presented by Brooke Kroeger.
The Suffragents is the untold story of how some of New York’s most powerful men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, which grew between 1909 and 1917 from 150 founding members into a force of thousands across thirty-five states. Brooke Kroeger explores the formation of the League and the men who instigated it to involve themselves with the suffrage campaign, what they did at the behest of the movement’s female leadership, and why. She details the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s strategic decision to accept their organized help and then to deploy these influential new allies as suffrage foot soldiers, a role they accepted with uncommon grace. Led by such luminaries as Oswald Garrison Villard, John Dewey, Max Eastman, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and George Foster Peabody, members of the League worked the streets, the stage, the press, and the legislative and executive branches of government. In the process, they helped convince waffling politicians, a dismissive public, and a largely hostile press to support the women’s demand. Together, they swayed the course of history.
Votes for Women!
Virtual Lecture Event via Zoom
Wednesday, 8/26/20, 3:00pm
Join us to learn about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. Be inspired by their stories to use your vote to give voice to women! August 26th is the date of certification of the 19th amendment by the US Secretary of the State.
Presented by The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. This program is jointly sponsored by The Friends of the Avon Public Library and The Friends of The Farmington Public Library.
A Conversation with Meredith Bergmann, sculptor of the “Woman’s Rights Pioneers” Statue in New York’s Central Park featuring Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Monday, 9/14/20, 6:30 pm
Virtual Event via Zoom
Register here: https://www.avonctlibrary.info/event/meredith-bergmann/
For over 40 years, Meredith Bergmann has been making sculpture that deals with complex themes in an accessible, beautiful, and provocative way. Working within the tradition of narrative sculpture, she draws on her love of the history of art, literature, and mythology to make the past speak to the present. Blending the sensuality and power of representational sculpture with her own subtle sense of mischief, her work evokes multilayered responses.
She works both on public monuments and on a private scale, exploring issues of history, social justice, race, human rights, disabilities, and the power of poetry and music. Her work has been shown in more than two dozen exhibitions and appears in 10 institutional collections. Her largest public commission, unveiled in 2003, was for the Boston Women’s Memorial on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay. Her FDR Hope Memorial for New York City’s Roosevelt Island will be unveiled this year and she is currently sculpting the first statues of historic women for New York City’s Central Park.
Meredith Bergmann, sculptor of the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument, the first statues of real women for New York City’s Central Park, commissioned by Monumental Women and recently unveiled on August 26th, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Meredith will describe the process of creating a public memorial commission and will discuss the issues involved with representing history in art now.
Meredith lives in Connecticut with her husband Michael Bergmann, a writer and director, and their son.
From the Hidden Women Series: The Black Suffragists
Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 6:30 pm
Virtual Presentation via Zoom
From the Hidden Women Series: The Black Suffragists, presented by Tammy Denease
www.hiddenwomen.org. The very definition of Women’s suffrage is the right for women to vote. So one could conclude that the Suffrage Movement should have included women from all walks of life – But did it? This is a pre-recorded lecture; live Q&A will follow.
“Deeds Not Words” Series Finale: Meet Susan B Anthony, “Failure is Impossible”
A virtual dramatic event by Sheryl Faye
Wednesday, 10/14/20, 7pm. Program is 45 minutes; all ages welcome.
Please register and a link to view the performance will be sent to you on the day of this event.
Susan B. Anthony was a women’s rights activist, and she devoted her life to racial, gender, and educational equality. She is one of the most famous women in American history, playing a prominent role in the women’s suffrage movement; the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote and she also was in support of women’s labor organizations and for a woman’s right to own property. In 2020 we celebrate not only 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we’re also celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday!
Sheryl Faye is a full-time actress, a goal she has worked her whole live to achieve. Besides performing a variety of historical women for schools, libraries, historical societies, senior centers, and others, she also writes and performs with StageCoach Improv. She has been the voice of several characters for Sony Play Station games and for a variety of medical CD ROMS. She recently shot a national print ad for Vicks cold/flu and continues to keep busy working on films, television and theater throughout Boston and New York.
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The Children’s and Teen staff missed our annual summer reading visits.
We have created book talk videos about some of our favorite books.
Realistic Fiction books for kids and teens in Grades 5-8.
Science Fiction and Fantasy books for kids and teens in Grades 5-8.
Graphic Novel books for kids and teens in Grades 5-8.
Nonfiction books for kids and teens in Grades 5-8.
2021 Intermediate Nutmeg nominees for kids and teens in Grades 4-6
2021 Middle School Nutmeg nominees for kids and teens in Grades 7-8.
Mystery books for kids and teens in Grades 5-8.
Historical Fiction books for kids and teens in Grades 5-8.
Do you love to read teen books but you have run out of new things to read? Read what the teens of Avon Free Public Library recommend.
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.fmClick here to listen via Spotify
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See your work in print in AFPL's art and literary magazine for tweens and teens! Accepting submissions from grades 5-12. Flash fiction stories may be up to 1000 words. Art, poetry, games, and more must be 1 page or under. 28 creators will be featured! Submissions are open to participants in the Teen Writing Block, TRU, TAB, Tween Art, the Creative Circle, the Book-ish Club, and Open Art Studio. Sign-up by August 31st deadline to feature your artwork and or…Find out more »
Rescheduled to Thurs. 8/13 due to power outages. All those who signed up and attended first workshop on 7/23 were emailed on Wed. 8/5. Cultural Humility Workshop with Kamora's Cultural Corner for adults and teens 16+ (teens are encouraged to participate with a parent) A two part series on July 23, and then July 30 or August 13th (rescheduled due to power outages) August 6, with Kamora Herrington and Chris Pressley from Kamora's Cultural Corner. Please plan to attend BOTH…Find out more »
DUE to widespread power outages the new date for Friday Trivia is Friday 8/14, 3-4 PM. All registrants have been notified 8/7 about this date change. Teen Trivia Friday! This month's theme will be: Random Fandom Trivia Question categories will be: Marvel movies, DC movies, Pixar movies, Disney movies, TV Cartoons, and a totally random category. Open to teens entering Grades 7-12 in Fall 2020. This meeting will be held via Zoom. Registered teens will get a link to…Find out more »
Want to hear about some good books? Want to share what you’re reading? Sign up to share what you’re reading and hear what other teens are reading. Miss Marisa will book talk some of her favorite books available via Hoopla and Overdrive too! For teens entering Grades 7-12, and Class of 2020 Seniors! What will we do? Each teen can briefly talk and share about a book they are reading or have recently read. 8/18: Dark Fantasy books & LGBTQ+…Find out more »
He's (virtually) back! Juggling ~ Beatboxing ~ Comedy! When: Wednesday, July 1st, 3 pm will be the live interactive show BUT if you missed it OR want to replay the video 1,001 times you can still use the link to re-watch the recording on YouTube until the end of August 2020. Who should watch: Ages 3 to 103 years old. What is this man doing??? Juggling fire and spinning iPads is just the start. With a background in film making and…Find out more »