Library News

April 2021 HVAC Update

Work continues on the new geothermal HVAC system at Avon Library.  Over 2/3 of the 36 new wells have been drilled and some trenching has been completed.  A new manifold is installed in the basement to connect the geothermal wells to heat pumps.

Demolition of 13 old heat pumps, either associated with wells that have failed or that could be turned off due to the locations they serve in the building, has been completed, and prep work is underway to install new heat pumps in the basement and attic of the library.

 

 

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.

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 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 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

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

6 Steps to a Better Business

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

We will teach a process for building your business, focusing on common challenges of business owners around TIME, TEAM and MONEY. This simple and easy to understand model works with any type of business in any phase of its lifecycle. Topics to be covered include how to:

  • Implement systems that will free up your time
  • Get the right people on your team to handle increased demand
  • Ensure that your team delivers to the quality standards that you and your customers expect
  • Build marketing that delivers results to your bottom line
  • Create a plan to expand your business
  • Develop an exit strategy for when you’re ready to retire

Stream the presentation here.

Visit the Avon/Canton Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Introduction to QuickBooks Online

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

This interactive presentation is designed particularly for businesses that manage their own financial records. QuickBooks Online is one option for your business when it comes to accounting and bookkeeping. Learn how to use the power of this program to take control of your business accounting and make your life easier come tax time. In this presentation you will learn how to:

  • Get Started with QuickBooks Online
  • Navigate the Program
  • Create Transactional Entries
  • Generate Reports
  • Tips & Tricks

Stream the presentation here.

Visit the Avon/Canton Chamber of Commerce’s website.

February 2021 HVAC Update

Work on Avon Library’s HVAC replacement project is underway.  Tree work on the library grounds is complete and fencing is up around the exterior work site.  Drilling of the bore holes for new geothermal wells has begun and will likely last through March.

On the interior of the library, new equipment is being delivered and will be stored in the basement until ready for installation.

Periodic updates will be posted on the Library and Town websites (www.avonctlibrary.info and www.avonct.gov).  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Glenn Grube, Library Director at 860-673-9712 x207 or ggrube@avonctlibrary.info.

Need more e-books? eGO has got you covered!

The Connecticut State Library provides a collection of over 25,000 e-books and e-audiobooks available to state residents through the free SimplyE app.

Many of Avon Library’s e-books are also available through SimplyE app, making it a great first spot to search for your next read.

Visit the eGO website or checkout Avon Library’s Stream & Download page to learn more.  The SimplyE app is available for iOS in the Apple app store or for Android in Google Play.

January 2021 HVAC Update

Avon Library’s geothermal HVAC system, installed during the renovation and expansion project in 2012, has experienced multiple failures over the past five years and will be replaced with a more conventional and robust version of geothermal technology this year.  At the January 7, 2021 meeting of the Town Council, a contract was approved with All State Construction to execute this project.

We expect work to begin in February.  The most immediate and noticeable aspect of this project will be the need to take down several trees on the Library’s grounds and trim several others.  Additionally, fencing will go up around the work site, which will be on the south side of the library building and along the Sunnybrook Drive side of the grounds, while crews dig the new geothermal wells for heat exchange.

While some of this work will occur outside the library, there will also be extensive work inside the building, predominantly in the basement and attic.  Every effort will be made to avoid impacting library programs and services during this project, but inevitably there will be some disruptions that may require a change to library operations.  When possible, that will be communicated in advance.

Periodic updates will be posted on the Library and Town websites (www.avonctlibrary.info and www.avonct.gov).  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Glenn Grube, Library Director at 860-673-9712 x207 or ggrube@avonctlibrary.info.

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.

Stream the presentation by clicking here

Visit the Avon Chamber of Commerce’s website

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

Stream the presentation by clicking here.

Visit the Avon Chamber of Commerce’s website