Library News

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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Learning to read at home: the Sundance Collection

The Avon Free Public Library Children’s Department is happy to announce that our beginning readers “dot books” (orange, pink and purple) also called the Sundance Collection is now available on the Avon Free Public Library website under For Children. It’s the first link on the top! Remember these books? You can now access them digitally!

orange dot, easy to read basket      pink dot, easy    purple dot, hardest

In order to correctly gain access to the Sundance Collection,you will have to go to this link and click the blue registration button. You will be asked to set up your own account with the usual information, but make sure to put in our Sundance registration ID, 01621528 before entering everything else in and clicking continue. If you did everything right, you should be able to login to your account and read this awesome collection of easy reading books. Read on and enjoy!

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The Power of Possitivity: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

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

Everyone will always experience good moments and not so good moments in life. After facing a global pandemic for the past year, there has never been a better time to seek ways to incorporate happiness into your plan to grow your business.

A positive attitude reflects to your co-workers, employees, and customers; and choosing to develop and maintain a positive mindset to guide your responses to life’s events is a must for identifying new opportunities and realizing more positive outcomes.

This presentation is designed to give you simple tools and practices for developing, maintaining and sustaining a positive mindset that will benefit you professionally and help you turn obstacles into opportunities.
Topics to be covered include:

  • How do your thoughts influence your success
  • How to counteract the natural tendency toward negative thoughts
  • How to fill your mind with positive input
  • How to stop complaining, assume responsibility and choose your response

Stream the presentation here.

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May 2021 HVAC update

Excellent progress has been made on the Library’s HVAC project.  All new geothermal wells have been drilled and contractors are now working on trenching and horizontal piping to connect those wells to a manifold in the basement.  Work in the basement is substantially completed but work in the attic to connect additional heat pumps continues.  This work will necessitate some disruption of public access to the children’s and teen sections of the library for several more weeks, but do call 860-673-9712 x211 to book a browsing appointment in the children’s and teen collections or to request curbside pickup of children’s or teen books.

 

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Don’t Be A Zoombie: Virtual Etiquette & Presentation Skills

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

Professionals are connecting online now more than ever; and with this new world comes a unique set of challenges and expectations. This presentation is for anyone currently using Zoom who wants to get their message out there more effectively. We will cover basic points of proper Zoom etiquette, as well as tips and tricks to being your best in the Zoom setting. (Participants must have a basic knowledge of how to use Zoom — No technical platform aspects will be provided)
Topics to be covered include:

  • Making a good first impression
  • Your physical set-up
  • Professional etiquette and personal style
  • Tips for effective virtual communication

Presented by Dana Culligan, Director, National Team Development for Tocara Jewelry

Stream the presentation here

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

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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