Wonderful Wednesdays: The Children’s Museum Animal Show

The Children’s Museum Animal Show

The Children’s Museum of West Hartford, CT will do an animal show!  Come meet 5 mystery animals and learn all about “Animal Adaptations and Habitats.”  Study some of the Wildlife Sanctuary animals and determine the unique ways they have adapted to meet their specific needs.

Wednesday, July 10th at 3pm

Recommended for ages 5+, but all ages are welcome.

Drop in, no registration required.

Space is limited, on a first come, first served basis.

Program will be held Indoors in the 1st Floor Community Room.

Generously Sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library.


Wonderful Wednesdays: White Memorial Animal Show

White Memorial Conservation Center’s Animal Show

The White Memorial Conservation Center of Litchfield, CT will do an animal show!  Learn about the amazing biodiversity of animals right here in CT, and see a reptile, amphibian and a barn owl up close.

Wednesday, July 3rd at 3pm

Recommended for ages 5+, but all ages are welcome.

Drop in, no registration required.

Space is limited, on a first come, first served basis.

Program will be held Indoors in the 1st Floor Community Room.

Generously Sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library.


Author Reception for Carrie Firestone

When: Friday, May 31st from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Where: 1st floor, Community Room

Let’s shine a spotlight on Carrie Firestone’s latest accomplishment! Her novel Dress Coded has won the 2024 Middle School Nutmeg Book Award. Join us in recognizing and celebrating this achievement! We also want to recognize and thank Carrie for donating her award winnings to the Avon Free Public Library’s Pride Block Party! Let’s revel in the joy of literature and community support!

Carrie will be available for book signing and copies of Dress Coded + The First Rule of Climate Club will be available for purchase.

Registration required, all ages welcomed.

Rhythm & Brews Juneteenth Celebration

A free community event hosted by the five Farmington Valley towns of Avon, Canton, Farmington, Granby and Simsbury!

Featuring the music of Nekita Waller, Magic Soul Academy and Damian Curtis Afro-Cuban Jazz Project.

Channel your inner hero at the  full-sized LEGO® Black Panther™ Photo Zone and dabble in the LEGO® Black Brick play zone (courtesy of Lego Systems Inc)!

Quench your thirst with a variety of delicious beers, featuring Connecticut’s first Black female brewmaster! This is your chance to celebrate her historic accomplishment and support a local hero. All this and more!

For more information, visit https://www.simsburymeadows.org/events/rhythm-brews-juneteenth-celebration

Artist Reception: Sandhya Paladugu

ARTIST RECEPTION ~ Saturday, June 15th ~ 12:00-4:00pm




Meet our June artist, Sandhya Paladugu, at her opening reception on Saturday, June 15th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm in our Gallery.  Everyone is invited to come and see her beautiful and exquisitely detailed work.  In addition to the framed pieces that are on display in the Gallery, Sandhya will be bringing additional painted items including bottles, eggs and small seeds!




Artist statement: 

My name is Sandhya and I immigrated in 1992 to Windsor, CT, during which I studied to receive my masters at UConn in civil engineering. After finishing my studies, I traveled around the States, including Texas, Illinois, and Minnesota. However, my love for the New England seasons brought me back to Connecticut and I have loved being a resident of Farmington over the past two decades.  While working as a software engineer at Aetna, I discovered a new passion and hobby during the COVID. I became very interested in acrylic canvas art and miniature/jewelry art.  From last year I expanded my art to include painting on egg shells ( Pysanky) and also into painting on small seeds.

‘Annapurna Creations’ is dedicated to my maternal grandmother and after the Hindu Goddess Annapurna ( goddess of nourishment). My grandmother’s name translates to “full of food”, signifying her desire to ensure everyone that came across her path was taken care of and had the proper necessities.  Food is considered sacred in Hinduism, and prayers are offered before consuming it.  Annadanam, the donation of food, is highly praised in Hinduism.  I am planning to contribute some of my proceedings to charity.  In my art, I hope to translate the message of ‘Annapurna’ to others especially because it helped support and raise the majority of my childhood. I hope you enjoy my painting in your home as the values it represents contribute to a major part of my upbringing.  Please contact me at AnnaPurna.Creations.USA@gmail.com if you are interested in any of my art prints.

We Are Only Ghosts: Author Event with Jeffrey L. Richards (in-person)

Meet author Jeffrey L. Richards at the PRIDE Block Party!

We Are Only Ghosts: A stunning, lyrical, and emotionally powerful novel of historical fiction spanning World War II-era Europe to 1960s New York City, We Are Only Ghosts is a haunting portrait of survival, loss, love, and redemption in all its human complexity.

New York City, 1968: The customers at Café Marie don’t come just for the excellent coffee and pastries. They come for the sophisticated ambiance, and the illusion of being somewhere other than a bustling, exhausting city. Headwaiter Charles Ward helps create that illusion through impeccable service-unobtrusive, nearly invisible, yet always watchful.  It’s a skill Charles honed as a young Jewish boy in war-torn Europe, when avoiding attention might mean the difference between life and death. But even then, one man saw him all too clearly-a Nazi officer who was both his savior and tormentor. At seventeen, Charles was deported to Auschwitz with his family. There he was singled out by Obersturmführer Berthold Werden, who hid him in his home. Their entanglement produced a tortured affection mixed with hatred that flares to life again, decades later, when Berthold walks into Café Marie. Drawn back into Berthold’s orbit, Charles is forced to revisit the pain and the brief, undeniable pleasures of the life he once knew. And if he acts on his growing hunger for revenge, will he lose his only tether to the past-the only other witness to who he was and everything he endured-or find peace at last?

Jeffrey L. Richards is an author and playwright. Originally from Oklahoma, he moved to New York nearly three decades ago and began writing seriously while enrolled in New York University. He now lives in New Jersey with his rescue dog, Andi, and can be found online at JeffreyLRichards.com.

Books will be for sale at this event. Please register!

The PRIDE Block Party is held at the West Avon Congregational Church, 280 County Club Rd., Avon CT 06001–directly across the street from the library.


What’s the A in LGBTQIA+?

Monday, June 24, 2024, 6 – 7 pm

In Person – Community Room 1st Floor

For adults and teens entering Grades 9 and up

Please register below!


Cody Daigle Orians, creator of Ace Dad Advice and the author of the I AM ACE: ADVICE ON LIVING YOUR BEST ASEXUAL LIFE, and S. J. Taylor, author of “The Witch of Festa Falls,” part of BEING ACE, the first YA ace-centered anthology, lead a conversation that explores the asexual community: understanding what asexuality is, learning what asexuality teaches us about mainstream culture, exploring the value of ace representation in fiction and nonfiction, and teaching how to create ace-affirming space in our lives and communities.

Both I AM ACE: ADVICE ON LIVING YOUR BEST ASEXUAL LIFE and BEING ACE will be available for purchase at the event.


About Cody Daigle Orians

Cody Daigle-Orians (they/them) is a writer and asexuality educator living in Columbus, Ohio. They are the creator of Ace Dad Advice, a social media-based asexuality education project designed to support people exploring asexuality or questioning their sexual orientation. Their passion for education and supporting queer youth stems from ten years in the classroom and many more as a freelance teaching artist. For their online work, they are nominated for a 2023 British LGBTQ Award for Online Influencer. Cody also leads trainings and workshops focused on ace and aro inclusion, as well as on sex and relationships through an ace/aro lens. Their young adult book I AM ACE: ADVICE ON LIVING YOUR BEST ASEXUAL LIFE is out now, their second book, THE ACE AND ARO GUIDE TO RELATIONSHIPS comes out in 2024. They are queer, ace, and agender.

About S. J. Taylor

S. J. Taylor writes stories steeped in folklore and magic, where young protagonists tackle big adventures and bigger questions. Although she grew up in Arizona’s desert, her heart yearns for the Nordic lands. When she’s not writing, she can often be found knitting yet another sweater (sweater weather is the best weather). She lives in Connecticut with her family.

She is the author of the short story “The Witch of Festa Falls,” part of the Being Ace anthology (Page Street, October 2023) as well as the middle grade historical fantasy Madsi the True (Atheneum, Fall 2024).


Photo Credits:

S. J. – Sarah Cruz Photography

Cody –  Jake Olson

Local Author Festival Reunion: Catch up with our Original Mystery Authors!

It’s reunion time! Catch up with the mystery authors from our VERY FIRST author panel.  Enjoy a panel discussion with Cori Arnold, Steve Liskow, Chuck Miceli, and Carole Shmurak,

Cori Lynn Arnold, a true jack-of-all-trades hails from the icy landscapes of North Pole, Alaska. From hotel housekeeper to radio disc jockey, and from high school algebra teacher to ethical hacker, her journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. Now, as an electronic resources librarian in Maryland, she continues to weave her diverse experiences into her work.

Steve Liskow is an award-winning mystery writer and acclaimed workshop facilitator.  Several of Steve’s novels take place in the Greater Hartford area and focus on issues including teen trafficking on the Berlin Turnpike, a shooting at a public school and stalking at roller derby. The Kids Are All Right, the fourth in his series about Hartford PI Zach Barnes, was a finalist for the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. His other series, featuring PI and wannabe rock and roll guitar player Chris “Woody” Guthrie, is set in Detroit. Learn more at www.steveliskow.com

Chuck Miceli was born the son of a coal miner in Pittston Pennsylvania. He grew up one of eleven children in the East New York section of Brooklyn New York. He has served as Training Officer in a maximum-security prison, Chief of Curriculum at the Connecticut Justice Academy, Coordinator for the National Institute of Corrections Resource Center and as a platoon Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves. He lives with his wife, Judy, in suburban Connecticut. Additional information about Chuck and his literary projects can be found on his website at AuthorChuckMiceli.com

Carole Shmurak is Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University and author of eleven books. Deadmistress, her first mystery featuring professor/sleuth Susan Lombardi, was named a Notable Book of 2004 by Writers Notes Magazine. Other Lombardi mysteries include Death by Committee (2006), Death at Hilliard High (2009), and Most Likely to Murder (2012. As Carroll Thomas, she co-authored the Matty Trescott novels, one of which (Ring Out Wild Bells) was nominated for the Agatha Award for best YA mystery of 2001. Carole currently leads mystery groups at the Simsbury and Wallingford libraries and serves as the library liaison for Sisters in Crime Connecticut.  Read more at her website: carole-books.com

Please register!

Books will be for sale at this event.

LADY NIKI: Lady Gaga Tribute Artist

LADY NIKI: Lady Gaga Tribute Artist

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

In Person – Community Room

All Ages


Nickie Fuller, known for her dazzling tribute to Lady Gaga, is a Singer, Dancer, and Entertainer. She is known for her ability to reinvent her image, and her versatility as a performer. For over a decade she has been singing all over the New England area with her tribute to Lady Gaga. Follow her on instagram @ladynikigaga to stay updated on where she will be next!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library.


Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Connecticut (in-person)

Join us for a a Power Point presentation and book signing by author and historian Marty Podskoch and his book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.

This travel book encourages travelers to visit all of the towns and villages of our beautiful and unique state. The 169 Club will be in the same format as Marty’s popular Adirondack 102 Club.

The idea for the travel club guides began after Podskoch read about Dr. Arthur Peach in the December 11, 2005 issue of American Profile Magazine.  Dr. Peach, in a story in Vermont Life magazine, suggested the idea of an informal group, the 251 Club, to veer off the beaten path “…to discover the secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal.” He felt that every part of Vermont had its beauty, history, attractions, traditions, and interesting people.

After writing five books about the Adirondacks he decided to do a travel book to get people to visit all 102 towns in the Adirondacks. The result was his Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country in 2015.

Marty Podskoch was a teacher in the Catskills and came to Conn. in 2005. He decided to write a book on the Connecticut CCC camps. He traveled to over 100 towns in Conn. where he gave talks on the CCC and people shared their stories and photos. His Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories & Legacy of the CCC was published in 2016.

As he traveled throughout the state he marveled at the great diversity of villages, cities, rivers, lakes, mountains, and seashores. He realized that most of the residents of the state had not traveled as widely as he had and he wanted them to explore his beautiful state.

He created a book to be a guide and a passport. Podskoch got someone from each town to write a short description highlighting their town’s location, history, and interesting places to visit. Podskoch did this because local residents knew more about their town than he. The book has a space for travelers to journal about their experiences and a place to get the book stamped or signed by a resident or business.  Travelers will get to know the locals and perhaps learn about a good place to eat or an interesting local attraction. In this way they get to know a lot about Connecticut and its residents.

There is no membership fee, just a desire to experience all of Connecticut. Adults and children of all ages can be members. What a great adventure for families, grandparents, and their grandchildren, or go by oneself. Most members will travel by car while others might use a bike, motorcycle, or maybe a canoe!

People who visit all 169 towns will receive the “Leatherman Award” patch at a luncheon or dinner held at a different town each year. The award is named after the vagabond who lived in caves and traveled a route regularly (approx. 34 days) from the Connecticut River to the Hudson River during the late 1800s.

After Podskoch’s talks he and some of the writers and co-writers of the book will be available for a book signing. The hard cover 8.5 X 11 book has 376 pages with hundreds of photos & maps and sells for $29.95.

Please register!