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Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, please consider making a donation to Avon Free Public Library. Avon Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit that derives over 90% of its annual budget from the Town of Avon.


That last 10% funds things like educational and cultural programs for all ages, technology, staff training, and additional books for the collection.


Visit https://www.avonctlibrary.info/support-the-library/ and click the donate button to donate online via credit card or PayPal.   If you prefer, you may print out a paper donation form that you can return to the library with cash or a check.
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Finding Money, Understanding Expenses – presented by the Avon/Canton Chamber of Commerce

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

Studies show companies spend up to 30% more than they should on their business expenses. They pay for services they do not use or are not operating at an optimal level. Service contracts are not suited to their needs and billing errors result in overpayment.

In this program we will explore:

  • The most common errors/mistakes
  • The root causes for these mistakes
  • What you can do to avoid these costly scenarios

Presented by Jonathan Horn, Strategic Partner at Schooley Mitchell

Stream the presentation by clicking here

Visit the Avon/Canton Chamber of Commerce website

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Avon Library marks its 230th anniversary!

Avon Free Public Library traces its roots back to September 1791 when Rev. Rufus Hawley rode to New Haven to purchase books for a public library, open to subscribers from around Northington, as Avon was then known.  A portion of that original collection of books is housed in the Marian Hunter Local History Room here at the library.  Read more about the history of Avon Library in the September issue of Today Magazine or on the local history section of this website.  Happy Anniversary!

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The Story of the Toyen Piano

The Boston Globe’s coverage of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 included an article about Amy Toyen’s Kawai Parlor Grand piano and how it came to be a part of Avon Free Public Library’s children’s room.  Read the article here and then visit the library’s YouTube channel to see recordings of previous children’s programs featuring the Toyen piano, or just stop by the library and visit the piano in person!  Our sincere thanks and deepest sympathy to Dorine and Marty Toyen.

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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.

Events are free to attend. Webinars will be recorded; links appear at the end of this post and are available on the Avon Library’s YouTube Channel.

THIS SERIES WILL CONTINUE IN 2022!

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

View the full PDF here

Completed events:

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. View the recording 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. View Part 1 here. View Part 2 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. View the recording 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. View the recording here.

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:00 pm.  Connecticut’s Paleo-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 90 minutes with Q&A to follow.  October is Connecticut Archaeology Month! View the recording here.

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Masks Now Required for All at Avon Library

Effective August 10th, the Town of Avon implemented a new mask requirement for all Town facilities, including the Avon Free Public Library.

Employees and visitors will be required to wear a mask upon entering indoor Town facilities, regardless of their vaccination status. This action is being taken because of the increase in positive cases of COVID-19 due to the spread of the Delta variant; Hartford County has now reached levels of “high community transmission.” This requirement is consistent with the recommendations of the CT Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and is important because new data show that fully vaccinated people who are infected with the Delta variant might be infectious and might potentially spread the virus to others.

Please help us to protect our staff and your neighbors by wearing your mask at all times. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation.

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July 2021 HVAC Update

The library’s new geothermal HVAC system is now fully operational, cooling all areas of the building.  While some punch list items must still be addressed, the work inside the library is substantially complete.

With no more daily work in the attic and basement, access to the second floor of the library is no longer by appointment and more seating has been added on both floors.  Library hours are stable at 10-7 Mondays through Thursdays, 10-5 on Fridays, and 10-1 on Saturdays.

Our courtyard and grounds will be restored with additional features and amenities over the coming months, but both are usable now.

Thanks to all for their patience while this project was underway and we look forward to seeing you at the Avon Library!

 

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Making Your Marketing Dollars Work For You

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

What makes your business unique? If you asked your three closest competitors the same question about their businesses, would they give the same answer? Learn how to stand out from the crowd and market your business for real results.

Topics to be covered include:

  • How to differentiate yourself from the competition
  • How to write ads that work
  • How to cross-promote with other businesses

Stream the presentation here

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Overdue for a Change at Avon Library

Avon Free Public Library is excited to announce that most items in our collection are now fine free.  No overdue fines were assessed over the past year, while the library operated under limited services due to Covid, and the Library Board approved making this change permanent for most of our collections earlier this year.

Fines will still be assessed on certain high demand items, such as iPads, e-book readers, wifi hotspots, museum passes, and our Rapid Read and Quick Flicks collections.  Overdue items borrowed at other libraries may still be assessed fines as well.

Courtesy overdue notices will still be sent to borrowers and materials overdue for more than four weeks will be assumed lost.  Borrowing privileges may be suspended until those overdue items are returned.

We have put the FREE back in Avon Free Public Library, so come in and stock up for summer reading!

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June 2021 HVAC Update

Following over three months of construction, the library’s new HVAC system started to come online this week.  New geothermal wells and heat pumps began pushing cool air through the system just at the peak of the mini-heat wave on Tuesday afternoon.  Most public areas of the library are now air conditioned and work on the project is winding down, so the library’s open hours will be expanding soon.

Over the next weeks, contractors will work on balancing and testing the system, finish installing new thermostats and computerized controls, and address punch list items from the original scope of work as well as additional issues identified during installation.

Outside of the building, the wells and trenches have all been backfilled and topsoil is being spread in anticipation of reseeding the lawn.  The construction fencing will come down soon and work will begin on restoring the courtyard and lawn to a condition that will allow them to be enjoyed by the community.

Thanks to all library users and staff who have been patient with the disruptions this project has caused to library hours and services!

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