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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

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.

Acorn TV: the Best in British TV & Film!

We’ve recently added Acorn TV to Avon Library’s collection online content.  Access Acorn TV with your Avon Library card to binge on thousands of hours of commercial free world class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Great Britain and beyond.  You’ll find your favorites like Agatha Christie and Doc Martin, plus Acorn TV originals.  Register with RBdigital using your Avon Library card and then stream through the web or using the RBdigital app for Android or iOS.

Go to the Stream & Download section of our website for Acorn TV and all of our e-content.

Listen to The Book Jam, the new teen and middle grade podcast!

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.fm
Click here to listen via Spotify

One-on-One Virtual Tech Help

Need any help learning Zoom, Slack, Google Drive, or any other technology that you and your family have been using more regularly these past few weeks?
Set up an appointment with Victoria for a half-hour long session for one-on-one tech help! You pick the time that works best for you and get help with the things that you most need help with.
Email Victoria at vkiszka@avonctlibrary.info to set up an appointment with the times that work best for you as well as a short description of what you need help with.

Demystifying Digital Advertising – presented by the Avon Chamber of Commerce

Watch a presentation by Gena Hamilton of Exact Digital Media talk about digital advertising for your business.  This online class was co-sponsored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce and Avon Free Public Library.

Digital Media can help you grow your business. And Google My Business is one way you can drive local consumer traffic to your business. But if you don’t understand it or don’t know where to begin, you can miss this easy and accessible opportunity. In this class we will discuss:

  • How to Reach Your Customers Where They Are
  • Leveraging Google My Business to Help You Get Found by Your Customers
  • Google My Business Best Practices

Stream the recording of Gena’s presentation here.

Gather around, it’s time for a story!

We are happy to bring you a new podcast produced by the Farmington Valley Podcast Network, we invite you and your children to follow along or practice listening skills as Kari Ann reads “The Bird with Golden Feathers: a story from South Africa,” by Barbara Baumgartner. Click here to listen to the story.

This story is from Good As Gold: stories of values from around the world / Barbara Baumgartner, Illustrated by Amanda Hall.  London: DK, c1998. 

 

Support Farmington Valley Farms open during COVID-19

It’s too early for our farmers market, but you can still support our Farmington Valley Farms (and avoid the grocery store!) Click on the farm’s name for a link to their homepage/website.
Their farm store is open at 510 Main Street in New Hartford from 12-5pm. Check their facebook page for the latest details.  The farm itself is closed to the public
They have Sweet Pea Cheese in stock!
Text orders to 860-294-9812
Accepting orders for the Easter holiday season.
Menu is show to the right, as is the contact information.

 

Offering free delivery!

 

Sub Edge Farm (from the early years of our market)
The farm-shop at Sub Edge Farm, 199 Town Farm Road, Farmington, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6. Right now we have our pasture-raised eggs, forest raised pork, stew hens and honey. We also have local milk, cheese, pickles, pasta, jam and other items. CSA shares are also available. More info can be found on our website at subedgefarm.com/csa

 

The farm is open 7am-7pm
151 East St., North Granby

 

Doing curbside pickup, at their 418 Milford Street, Burlington, store, plus delivery for Bristol and Burlington right now. Here is the site for online orders.