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Unearthing History: 2021 Virtual History Series

Unearthing History: The discovery of a 12,500 year old Paleo-Indian site along the Farmington River in Avon. Join us for a virtual series of lectures, sponsored by a grant from Farmington Bank Community Foundation, that will cover the archaeology, geology, and anthropology of life along the Farmington River, including the Brian D. Jones Paleo-Indian discovery in Avon.

This 2021 VIRTUAL HISTORY SERIES  is sponsored by Avon Historical Society, Avon Free Public Library and Avon Senior Center.

Thursday March 4, 7:00 pm  -Digging into Deep History: Archaeology, Artifacts and Avocation. Presented by Scott Brady, President, Friends of the State Archeologist & Paul Wegner, Assistant Director, Institute for American Indian Studies Museum (IAIS), Washington, CT.  They will provide answers to questions such as what does an archaeologist actually do? How do they find the things they find, and what happens to these objects once they are recovered? They will discuss archaeology, its practice, and how avocational archaeology helps to involve the public while bringing much needed assistance to archaeologists in the field. Scott and Paul will share stories of excavations and important finds that contribute to Connecticut’s deep history. Register here

Thursday, April 8, 7:00 pm  – A Rift, not the River, made the Farmington Valley: the Geology of western Connecticut along US RT 44.  Presented by Howard Wright, Renbrook School Science Department Head.  This will be a first ever photographic journey focused on the geology of Route 44 in western CT and adjacent areas.  Understanding the geology of the area will help everyone “read” the local landscape with greater awareness and appreciation of why early people came here. Register here

Thursday, May 6, 7:00 pm – Connecticut Before History: The Deep Story of Human Settlement of the Farmington Valley.  Presented by Dr. Ken Feder, Archaeologist, Central Connecticut State University.  The Farmington Valley was originally settled by human beings more than 10,000 years ago. The Farmington River Archaeological Project, led by Feder, has revealed remains of the villages, hunting encampments, and quarries used by these first settlers. Much in the way the police investigate the scene of a crime, archaeologists locate, recover, and examine evidence that reveals the scene of a life lived in the past. Feder will discuss some of the sites his crews have excavated and share the stories that can be told of the lives of the people who lived, worked, and died in those ancient Farmington Valley communities. Register here

Thursday, September 9, 7:00 pm – Connecticut Native American Communities Past and Present. Presented by Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections, Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington CT.  She is author of Connecticut’s Indigenous People. What Archaeology, History and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures, Yale University, 2013. She will explain how these indigenous communities were the first environmental stewards, astronomers, mathematicians, zoologists, botanists and geologists.  In reality these “pre-contact” tribes have been, and still are here, for more than 10,000 years. Register here

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:00 pm.  Connecticut’s Paelo-Indian Sites. This final webinar will feature Dr. Zachary (Zac) Singer, Research Archeologist, Maryland Historical Trust and Dr. David Leslie, Archeological and Historical Services, Storrs, CT. Dr. Singer will present the excavations at the Templeton Paleo-Indian site in western Connecticut and Dr. Leslie will provide an update on the Brian D. Jones Paleo-Indian site in Avon as they begin their fourth year of analysis of the artifacts found there. Note: this event will run for 1 hour with Q&A to follow.  October is Connecticut Archaeology Month! Register here

Questions? Email Terri Wilson, President Avon Historical Society, president@avonhistoricalsociety.org

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Gather Around, it’s time to hear a story!

Hello Everyone! We invite you and your children to gather around and listen as Kari Ann shares story.

Presented by the Farmington Valley Podcast Network.

fox family

Why the beetle has a gold coat

Night of the Tatu

Mother Frog and her 12 children

Juan Tamad and the rice pot

I Stink

Don’t Fidget a Feather

Maria and Stingy Baker

Tops and Bottoms

King Midas and the Golden Touch

Why Cats and Dogs are not the Best of Friends

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes  

The Bird with Golden Feathers

 

What Do I Read? Teens Suggest Titles For You

Teen Tuesday Book Talks happen every Tuesday from 4/14-5/19.

Here are the teen recommended books & recommendations from Miss Marisa, the Teen Librarian from a past Book Talk Tuesday.

If you have questions or want to suggest a title to add to Overdrive email mhicking@libraryconnection.info

Teen Recommend Titles & Readalikes By Miss Marisa: 

Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. Available via Hoopla (audio) Overdrive (ebook & audio). 3 different points of view. Written for adults. 

The teen reader says: 

  • A story of 3 female spies in WWII
  • Mystery, danger, and deception
  • There is a little bit of romance

IF you liked Lost Girls of Paris…because of the spies and WWII, you might also like: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein  (she has a prequel and a sequel to Core Name Verity). Available via Overdrive (ebook)

  • WWII Paris, France: two young women set off on a spy mission from England
  • Plane crash and Nazis take one of the women for interrogation
  • Find out the past, who is who and whose story can you trust?

If you like historical fiction in general, you might like The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee. Available via Hoopla (audio) Historical fiction, action, and romance. 

  • 1840, Georgia: Chinese girl named Jo secretly lives in a basement, with a mysterious past
  • She dreams of a better life, and not that of a lady’s maid
  • What if she she secretly starts an advice column for the newspaper challenging fixed ideas about race and gender. 

As Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco. Available via Hoopla (ebook & audio). Sequel comes out in 2021!

From the teen reader:

  • Subtle gay/queer
  • ICE (immigration) crosses magical lines
  • Prophecies…

IF you liked As Wicked As You Wish…you might like: Havenfall by Sara Holland. Available via Overdrive (ebook). LGBTQIA+ fantasy.

  • An inn: safe haven between four magical realms
  • A girl sworn to protect it — at any cost
  • A murdered body is found, she’s now in charge of the Inn and of finding out long buried secrets…

IF you liked As Wicked As You Wish…you might like: The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski. Available via Overdrive (ebook & audio).

  • LGBTQIA+ romantic fantasy
  • Lower status girl keeps a dangerous magical secret
  • Learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (book 2 in Letters to the Lost series). NOT owned in Hoopla or Overdrive, BUT if it sounds interesting, email me OR look it up in Overdrive and recommend we buy! 13+

Teen readers says:

  • kids who are dealing with family issues
  • realistic fiction
  • romance

IF you liked More Than We Can Tell….you might like: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. Available via Overdrive (ebook)

  • A beloved used bookstore where people leave mysterious love letters….
  • A love story between a boy and a girl
  • Then a girl moves away, and comes and back grieving her brother’s death

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. Available via Hoopla (ebook & audio) Overdrive (ebook). Nonfiction, written for adults, but a great read for all.

Teen reader says:

  • This is NOT a textbook AND it has comics & pictures
  • Started from  the author & a friend arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and they agreed” it needed to be resolved. The author liked questions like this so much he started What If.