Library News

Immigration: a series of films and discussions

All are welcome. Programs will be held in the Avon Library’s Community Room. Free, no registration required.

Tour a traveling exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute on Immigration that will be at the Avon Library from late September to late October, 2019.

Indian-Americans in Politics. (Panel discussion #2) Saturday, 8/17/19, 4:30-6:00 pm.

This program is designed by Meghana Annamaneni.  Meghana lives in Avon, CT. She is a rising Junior at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.  At Hotchkiss she is one of the editors-in-chief of Spectrum, a diversity and inclusion magazine. Additionally, She is co-heads the Council on Diversity and Inclusion.  The Council works with the administration to tackle issues of diversity and inclusion within the school community. Light refreshments  will be served. Panel members will be selected from our  Indian community.

Film Screening and Discussion: Ireland. Tuesday, 8/20/19, 1:30 pm: Brooklyn. Rated PG-13, 1h 59m

An Irish immigrant arrives in 1950’s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with an Italian- American plumber. When her past catches up with her, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Bob Kagan, discussion leader, is a Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford

Film Screening and Discussion: Nigeria. Tuesday, 8/27/19, 1:30 pm: Pretty Dirty Things.

Rated R, 1h 37m. Okwe is an illegal Nigerian immigrant struggling to survive in London’s underground. He works as a hotel receptionist in the nighttime and since he has a medical degree, he also practices medicine on the side. When he is offered a lot of money to perform illegal surgeries, he faces a moral dilemma. Bob Kagan, discussion leader, is a Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the          University of Hartford.

Nothing to Envy: North Korea. Tuesday, 9/3/19, 7:00 pm.  Join librarian Cyndi Larsen for a discussion of Nothing to Envy, a book that follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the rise of power to Kim Jong II and the devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population, illustrating what it means to live under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

Poles in their homeland and Connecticut: History and Culture. Tuesday, 9/10/19, 6:30 pm.      Presented by Renata Vickrey, University Archivist and Outreach Librarian at CCSU. A lecture on the history and culture of Poles who emigrated from Poland to the US, from mid-19th century until the   present. In addition to the reasons why this population immigrated, we will discuss the building of community, family traditions and customs, especially by the Poles who live in CT! Food from Little Poland (New Britain) will be served.

The Story of American Immigration as told through maps Saturday, 9/14/19, 2:00 pm.

Dr. Francis Coan, History Professor at Tunxis, and part of the Civic Engagement Institute on campus, will present the story of American immigration through maps. This is a very visual way to understand how the populations, cultures, and time periods have evolved throughout the geography of America.

How Does the Immigration Process Work? Wednesday, 9/18/19, 1:30 pm.  Erika Taylor, of the Hartford Field Office, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, will speak on how the current process of immigration works.

The Irish in Connecticut. Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:30 pm. Bruce Clouette, Senior Historian,  Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc., will speak on the cultural conflicts, economic experiences (or lack thereof), and political roles that Irish immigrants assumed as they entered Connecticut.

Completed programs:

Indian-Americans at the Workplace. (Panel discussion #1) Saturday, 7/20/19, 4:30-6:00 pm.

This program is designed by Meghana Annamaneni.  Meghana lives in Avon, CT. She is a rising Junior at  The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.  At Hotchkiss she is one of the editors-in-chief of Spectrum, a diversity and inclusion magazine.  Additionally, She is co-heads of the Council on Diversity and Inclusion.  The      Council works with the administration to tackle issues of diversity and inclusion within the school community. Light refreshments will be served. Panel members will be selected from our  Indian community.

Film Screening and Discussion: Mexico. Tuesday, 8/13/19, 1:30 pm: Frontera. Rated PG-13, 1h 43m.

A former Arizona sheriffs wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing the border is at fault. As the former, and current, sheriff searches for answers lives are changed forever.  Bob Kagan, discussion leader, is a Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford.

Italian-Americans in CT in the 1920s. Wednesday, 8/14/19, 2:00 pm.

Presented by Dr. Rafaele Fierro, History and Political Science Professor at Tunxis, and part of the Civic      Engagement Institute on campus. Dr. Fierro will use the 1920 Census to share the stories of criminal activity (non-Mob related) within Connecticut. At one point, 32% of the prisoners in the Wethersfield prison were   Italian! Why was this?? Refreshments provided by the Prince Thomas of Savoy Italian Club.

 

 

CHILDREN: Sign up for Children’s Summer Reading

How Children’s Summer Reading Works:

For children up to 6th grade

  1. Sign up for Summer Reading
  2. Choose your goal: How many books can you read?
  3. Read and log your books
  4. Get rewards!
  5. Come to the library. Each Library Visit = 1 Ticket For a Chance to Win a Prize. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 21st!

Sign Up for Summer Reading


For kids entering Kindergarten through 6th Grade

Choose your own goal: 6 books, 12 books, or 24 books – Grades K-6 Program Details


A new reading challenge for children not yet entering Kindergarten!

Super Under K’s 60 Book Reading Challenge – Pre-K Program Details

Questions? Call us at 860-673-9712 ext. 211

 

TEENS: Sign Up for Summer Reading

How Teen Summer Reading Works:

For teens entering 7th – 12th grade

  1. Sign up for Summer Reading
  2. Log the books you read all summer long
  3. Claim your rewards & Library Loot starting on Monday, June 24th
  4. Use your Library Loot to bid on prizes at the Summer Reading Prize Auction on Friday, August 9th

Prizes include gift cards to Starbucks, Panera, Amazon, & more! Get books signed by Sarah J. Maas, Rick Riordan, Neal Shusterman, John Green, Cassandra Clare, Victoria Aveyard, & more! Boston Red Sox Hector Velazquez signed baseball and New England Patriots Dont’a Hightower signed photograph.

Sign Up for Summer Reading


How to Earn Library Loot

  • Earn $1 in Library Loot for EACH VISIT TO THE LIBRARY (Loot is not real money)
    Starting Monday June 24th, visit the Children’s Desk and get $1 in Library Loot just for coming into the library. Maximum $1 per teen per day.
  • Earn $10 in Library Loot for EVERY BOOK you read & log online.
    Books must be teen reading level; what counts: fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, manga, eBooks, and audiobooks.

Log a Book

  • Earn $10 in Library Loot = SIGN UP & ATTEND A TEEN SUMMER PROGRAM
    Teen Tuesdays, Sugar Rush Teen Thursdays, Teen Readers Unite Book Discussion, Teen Movie Friday, and special events like the annual Teen Lock In, the Kids & Teen Craft Fair, and more. Sign up! Space is limited!

Delicious Rewards Just for Reading

Log and enter books you read. Come to the Children’s Desk to claim your rewards* by August 31st 2019!

  • Read 1 book = Cupcake from Taste by Spellbound, 5 Ensign Dr, Avon, CT
  • Read 2 books = Cheese pizza slice from Pizzeria Da Vinci, 427 West Avon Rd, Avon, CT
  • Read 3 books = Ice cream cone from J. Foster Ice Cream, 4 Bailey Rd, Avon, CT
  • Read 4 books = Smoothie or shake from b.good, 110 Albany Tpke, Canton, CT
  • Read 5 books = Bagel & cream cheese from Bruegger’s Bagels, 45 East Main St, Avon, CT
  • Read 6 books = A super day out at Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury, CT
  • Read 7 books = Ice cream cone from J. Foster Ice Cream, 4 Bailey Rd, Avon, CT
  • Read 8 books = $20 in Library Loot ($20 in Loot, instead of usual $10 in Loot)
  • Read 9 books = $20 in Library Loot ($20 in Loot, instead of usual $10 in Loot)
  • Read 10 books = Ice cream cone from Ben & Jerry’s, 110 Albany Tpke, Canton, CT
  • Read 11 to 100 books = Get $10 In Library Loot for each of your logged books.

*All rewards subject to change.
Questions? Email Miss Marisa, Teen Librarian: mhicking@libraryconnection.info

E-cycling at Avon Library

When you return your library books you can now also drop off small electronics like cellphones and iPods, along with empty inkjet printer cartridges, for proper recycling.  The library’s e-cycling bins are located at the end of the Gallery hallway, near the Community Room and right next to the Friends of the Library’s book donation closet and the VFW’s flag disposal bin.

While the library only accepts small electronics, Avon residents can recycle many other things free of charge at the Avon Transfer Station.  Visit their website at www.avonct.gov/transfer-station to learn more.

Online SAT and ACT test prep with your library card!

Designed to work seamlessly with students’ unique learning styles and busy schedules, Method Test Prep’s ACT and SAT prep programs help students raise their ACT scores an average of three points and their SAT scores an average of 150 points.  Diagnostic evaluations, lessons, quizzes, and full-length exams help students strategically navigate the SAT and ACT by focusing on both content and test-taking techniques. Students also build their fundamental reading comprehension, grammar, and math skills.

Each lesson is less than five minutes long and contains examples. After the lesson there is a short quiz prompting students to practice the strategies they have learned. All quizzes contain immediate feedback including a video explanation, an audio explanation, and a written explanation.

Check out one a one week access pass with your Avon Library card and start studying today!  After the week is up, just check it out again if you want to continue your lessons.  First time users need to register with RBdigital, unless you already have a login from one of our other RBdigital services.