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Final five programs for DEEDS NOT WORDS: 100 Years of the Vote for Women

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.

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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

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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

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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

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From the Hidden Women Series: The Black Suffragists, presented by Tammy Denease 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.

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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.


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


PressReader – 7,000 of world’s top newspapers and magazines always available

Avon Library has a two month trial of PressReader, a website that provides full-text access to thousands of magazines and newspapers from around the globe.  Access this trial with your Avon Library card and download their app or read right from your browser.

When you sign in, choose Library or Group and select Avon Free Public Library, then enter your library card number for complimentary access through early September.

Get the Android app

Get the iOS app


Summer Reading Book Talks for Grades 5-8

Summer Reading Program: check back here later this month to see more information for summer reading sign up!

How can you get access to book talk books?

Curbside pickup

You can request library items for contact-free curbside pickup.
Option 1: Call the Library at 860-673-9712 to request/place holds on items. Once items are ready, you can call the Library to schedule an appointment for pickup.
Option 2: Place a hold! 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.


Download the free Overdrive app. Download e-books, audio books and movies to your computer, mobile device, or eReader. You get a 3 week loan, with up to 10 checkouts at a time. Click here to learn more about Overdrive.


Download the free Hoopla app. Instantly borrow e-books and and audio books to your mobile device or tablet.  You get up to  to 6 checkouts per month. Checkout period is 3 weeks for books/audio books/graphic novels and comics. Click here to learn more about Hoopla.

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.

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

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
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 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.