Avon, Connecticut

Newsletter of the Friends of the Library & the Board of Trustees

September 2006


Writers Forum:
A Panel Discussion on Writing
and Publishing within the
Mystery, Romance, Memoir,
and Children's Genres.

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Join this moderated discussion featuring Pat Sheehy, general fiction writer; Frances Gilbert, the pen name of Gillian Collings, a special educator and author of five books for children; Sandy Greenberg, author of three books and teacher of introductory memoir writing classes; and Jan Mann, author of Cruising Connecticut With A Picnic Basket.
Breakfast refreshments will be served.
Please register by calling the Reference Department at 673-9712. Attendees are encouraged to contribute questions when registering.

Sunday Hours Are Back
We are happy to report that the Library will be open again on Sundays beginning October 1 and will continue through May. A mandated budget reduction two years ago forced us to eliminate three months of Sunday hours and we had many unhappy residents. The Library budget proposal to reinstate those hours was approved by the Avon Town Council this past spring. So, see you in October. Library hours for all Sundays are 1:00 to 5:00 pm.


Focus on the Library

Help us plan for our future by participating in one of six focus groups to be held in October. We need citizen input to help us plan for the library expansion. What is important to you? More space for books? People? Parking? A 24/7 bookdrop? Individuals interested in participating in the focus group interviews should call Library Director, Virginia Vocelli, 673-9712 (vvocelli @ avonctlibrary.info). We are also interested in people who are infrequent users of the library.

President's Letter

Summer is almost over, so that means it is time for the Friends of the Library Membership Drive. Since memberships are annual, it's time to renew your Friendship. Your membership is important to the Library as your contributions support and enhance the special programs and services that otherwise would not be possible. Additionally, only Friends receive the newsletter, The Library Times, which is published about every other month, This timely publication keeps you current on exciting programs and activities at the Library as well as new book, CID, and DVD acquisitions. As a member of the Friends of the Avon Library, you will be among the first to sign up for any Friends-sponsored programs requiring registration. You also will be admitted free of charge to the annual Book Sale on preview night.

Since September is our mernbership renewal month, why not take a moment to join the Friends of the Library. Over 650 of your friends and neighbors renewed their friendships last year, and we want you to help support one of Avon's finest assets, our Library. Become a Friend today.

Barbara Leonard
President, Friends of Avon Library


The Friends of the Library are grateful to Reflexite for providing space this past year for book sorting for the annual Book Sale. However, they no longer have room for our sorting process. So, the Friends again are looking for about 1,000 square feet of space to sort and store the book donations that are the basis for our Book Sale. Any leads on available space in Avon would be appreciated. Just give Barbara Leonard a call at 673-3327.



Look for us! Sign up for a library card, join the Friends of the Library,or come by our booth for great giveaways!





Tuesday Aug. 29 - Sept. 16: Fall storytime registration period by form, then lottery.

Tuesday Sept. 12: Chess Club will resume for ages 7 and up only if a willing parent can be found to supervise on a bimonthly basis, rotating every other week with another parent.

Tuesday Sept 19: Bookmates Reading Club for grades 1-3: book discussion and craft 4:00-5:00 p.m. Sign up required.


Mrs. Shillington's pre-school times: Wednesdays Sept. 6, 13 & 20 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 - 5. Sign up is required (pick one date).

Mrs. Brown's Music Time: Thursday Sept, 7 and Monday Sept. 18 at 11:00 a.m. for ages 2 - 5. Drop-in with a sitting adult. Sing-along.

Dennis Bianchi's Fire Prevention Storytimes: Fri. Sept. 8 and Tues. Sept. 19 at 11:00 a.m. for ages 3 - 5. Sign up is required (pick one).

Mrs. St. Jean's Pajama Storytimes: Tuesdays, Sept. 12 & 19 from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. for ages 3 - 6. Sign-up required (pick one date).


Saturday Sept. 9: The Tanglewood Marionettes present "A Fairy Circus" for ages 4 and older ONLY from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Due to the delicate nature of the puppets and the attention required for this show, no one under 5 admitted. Free. Drop in. Prepare children for quiet sitting. Sponsored by Dr. Rubina Ali, Dental Arts of Avon. (Office opening Nov. 1st)

Friday Sept. 22: Families with 1 or 2 kids sign up to read to Tani the dog from 11:00 - Noon. Six slots are available, sign up is required. Parents: Prepare to read for 8 minutes only.

Monday Sept. 25: New Storytime Session begins for 7 - 8 weeks. Enrolled children only.

Tuesday. Sept. 26: Nutmeg Book Group for grades 4 - 6: Kensuke's Kingdom from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Sign-up required and get the book.

Wednesday Sept. 27: Nutmeg Book Groups for grades 7 & 8: Mortal Engines from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. You MUST be registered directly with Mrs. McNulty for this.



Registered storytime session continues.

Thursday Oct. 12: Avon teacher Jan Brennan returns with a fascinating book discussion group for grades 4-6, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Limit 25 students. Sign up and get the book after Sept. 11 .

Friday Oct. 13: Kid's Scary Movie Night for ages 4 and up from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Drop-in.

Tuesday Oct 17: Bookmates Reading Club for grades 1-3. Book discussion and craft from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Sign up required.

Friday Oct. 20: The Avon Education Foundation presents David Costello, author and illustrator, for ages 6 and up from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Here They Come, a Halloween story, will be featured. Discussion, activities. Drop-in, no kids under 6 please!! Book signing.

Saturday Oct. 21: The Avon Education Foundation presents David Costello, author and illustrator, for ages 3 - 5 with an adult from 10:30 a.m. until Noon. Storytime with Here They Come, and discussion and activities with the author. Book signing. Drop-in.

Tuesday Oct. 24: Nutmeg Book Group for grades 4 - 6 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Sign up and get a copy of Half And Half.

Wednesday Oct. 25: Nutmeg Book Group for grades 7 & 8 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. with pizza. Sign up with Mrs. McNulty directly is required. Get a copy of Vampire High, and the chills!

Saturday Oct. 28: Mrs. McNulty's Scary Stories for grades 4-6 from 4:00-4:30 p.m. Drop in. Okay to wear a costume, light refreshments.


Dates to Hold:

Saturday Nov.
4: Annual Library Birthday Party!

Tuesday Nov. 14: Bookmates Reading Club.

Tuesday Nov. 7: Election Day: "Curious Creatures" live animals.


Summer Intern

Lexie Clinton, University of Wisconsin sophomore and Avon resident, was the summer intern at the Library this year. Full-time for 11 weeks, Lexie worked in the Children's Room, Technical Processing and at the Circulation Desk. This position has been funded by the Friends for over 25 years.



ZoomText Screen Magnifier. Thanks to a generous donation from the Avon Lions Club and the Library's Mitnick Trust, we have a new computer with a 21 inch widescreen monitor and ZoomText screen magnifier software to assist people with limited vision in using the computer more easily. You can enlarge text, change screen colors to eliminate glare and reduce eyestrain, plus enlarge the mouse pointer and text cursor so it's all easier to see. To reserve this computer and receive help getting started,  call Reference at 673-9712.



Nourishing Your Child. Whole milk? Skim milk? Soy milk? Rice milk? Is milk necessary? Is your child well nourished? Join in on a dynamic discussion with Angela Sum, certified holistic health counselor, and learn about nutrient dense foods for the growing child. Thursday, September 28,7:00 pm.

Beat The Sugar Blues. Do you have an urge to snack everyday at 3 p.m.? Do you feel like you're on an energy roller coaster that just won't stop? Attend this interactive workshop conducted by Angela Sum to learn how to help gain control over sugar cravings. Thursday, October 5, 10:30 am.



Women and Divorce

The Library is grateful for the donation of two copies of a book that served as the basis for a workshop on women and divorce last spring in Avon. Donated by Avon Junior Women's Club and Avon United Fund, the book is From Ex-Wife to Exceptional Life: a Woman's Journey Through Divorce by Donna F Ferber. (Call number: 306.89/ Ferber) The workshop will be offered again in October at the Avon Congregational Church.




Join a lively literary experience this fall at the Avon Public Library. Four classic works will be discussed on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. Each program will be led by a professor from the academic community,

September 21
Persuasion by Jane Austen with Professor Barbara Benedict of Trinity College.

October 19 Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky with Professor Paul Karpuk of Central Connecticut State University.

November 30 Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens with Professor Mark Schenker of Yale University.

December 14 The Sea Gull by Anton Chekhov with Professor Dianne Hunter o

Trinity College

Read a classic and attend one or all of the programs. Everyone is welcome.




Girls of Tender Age, a memoir by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, has been selected as the title for a one book discussion program sponsored by the public libraries of Avon, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, Granby and Simsbury. Scheduled for spring 2007, the project will culminate with an appearance and talk by the author on April 24 in Avon. Additional details will follow.


When you are looking up an item in the library's online catalog you may notice the location of STORAGE. This is just a location within the library. The item may still circulate. You can put it on hold or request that a staff member retrieve it. We are having to do this more and more as we are running out of room on the shelves. There are some titles and multiple copies of titles that we don't want to withdraw from the collection but we don't have the room anymore to keep them on the regular shelves. Please don't hesitate to ask the staff to get the item you want when it is in storage.



Supporting your Library is just one benefit of being a Friend.
There are more reasons:

Individual/Senior - $10.00 Basic membership: Library Times newsletter, one free admission to preview night of annual Book Sale, one Friends discount price on bus trips, early notification of Friends events and e-mail reminders of upcoming Friends events.

Senior Couple - $15.00
All the above benefits for two adults.

Family Bookworms - $25
.00 All the basic membership benefits for two adults and children in family under age of 16, plus two free regular priced adult and two children's books of your choice at the annual book sale.

Book Lover - $50.00-$99.00 All the basic membership benefits, plus a gift pack of Library note cards.*

Bibliophile - $100 .00-$199.00 All the basic membership benefits, plus a Library Miniature.*

Book Collector - $200 .00 & up All the basic membership benefits, plus a Library Miniature and Library note cards.*

All memberships are for one year.
Pick up these special Thank You gifts at the Library.



The Friends of the Avon Library announce three new Museum Passes:

State Parks & Forests Day Pass 2006. This pass is valid at CT State Park & Forest Recreation areas, including places like Gillette Castle, Hammonasset Beach, Kent Falls, Rocky Neck, Talcott Mountain, and many, many more: 130 destinations in all! The pass waives vehicle admission fees at these locations.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk: Pass offers $2 off combination ticket of IMAX & Aquarium for up to 6 people.

The White Memorial Conservation Center Nature Museum in Litchfield, CT Pass secures free admission. This state of the art facility features hand painted and photographic murals, dioramas, interactive exhibits, a Children's Corner, live animals, plus unique exhibits on the "Art of Taxidermy", a working honeybee hive, and a fluorescent rock cave.



Computer Help
Available at Avon Library

Need help setting up an e-mail account so you can communicate with your grandchildren out-of-state? Need some tips on better ways to search the Internet to find what you really want? Two Avon High School students have offered their volunteer services at the Avon Library, one-on-one by appointment, to assist anyone using a computer, from how to use a mouse to more sophisticated search methods. If you would like to set up a one hour appointment on a Library computer with one of the volunteers, please call Reference at 673-9712.



Help Us Save A Stamp!

The Avon Free Public Library can email your overdue notices to you. To receive your overdue notices by email, please call the Circulation Department at 673-9712. Have your library card number and email address ready! You can also email the information to Tina Panik, Circulation & Public Services Manager, at tpani k @ avonctlibrary. info.

Receiving email overdue notices is a separate service from Library Notice email alerts. Email addresses collected for overdue notices are used for that purpose only, and are not shared.



Cold Moon - Jeffrey Deaver
Everyman - Philip Roth
Telegraph Days - Larry McMurtry
Break No Bones - Kathy Reichs
Dispatches from the Edge - Anderson Cooper
Judge & Jury - James Patterson
The Messenger- Daniel Silva
Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night



Friday, October 6 * 7:30 PM Miori Sugiyama, a finalist in the 2006 CT State Music Teachers Association's Young Artists Piano Competition. Sponsored by the Friends.

Sunday, October 8 0 3:00 PM Resident artists from Connecticut Opera Express will perform a preview of Carmen.

Friday, October 27 0 7:30 PM "Noteworthy" a musical quartet, will perform music by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

Sunday, November 12 0 3:00 PM Tri-M (Modern Music Masters) of Avon High School will perform vocal and instrumental selections.



    The Avon Public Library and the Avon
    Chamber of Commerce present a three
    part marketing series:


Session 1: Marketing 101
Sept. 19 4:45-6:30

Session II: Resources for Success and How to Use
Those Resources in a Marketing Campaign
Tuesday, Oct. 17 4:45-6:30

Session III:
Creating Sales and Marketing Collaterals
that Sell
Tuesday, Nov. 28 4:45-6:30

Seminars begin at 5 p.m. in the library's Community Room. Learn the fundamentals you need to achieve success. Call the reference department at 673-9712 for more information.



The Avon Free Public Library and the Avon Historical
Society will celebrate "Family History" month in October by
co-sponsoring a workshop on genealogy on Saturday,
October 14, 10:00 to 1:30. The speaker will be Celia
Roberts, genealogist and reference librarian at the
Simsbury Public Library. Registration will not be required.



American Idol Season 5: Encores
Every Man for Himself - Hoobastank
The Inevitability of a Strange World - Halifax
New Amsterdam - Counting Crows
Now That's What I Call Music 22
Sacred - Los Lonely Boys
St. Elsewhere - Gnarls Barkley


Twelve Gardens Live - Billy Joel
Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae
Drowsy Chaperone - Broadway soundtrack
Jason Aldean - Jason Aldean
Jersey Boys - Broadway soundtrack
Feels Like Today -Rascal Flatts
Me and my Gang - Rascal Flatts
No Boundaries - 5 Browns
Piece by Piece - Katie Melua
Suitcase - Keb'Mo
Thunderbird - Cassandra Wilson
We Were Here - Joshua Raclin
Real Fine Place - Sara Evans

This is only a sample of the new items we have at the Library, Any of these items can be put on hold from home at wwwavonctlibrary.info, at the Library using the online catalog, or by calling us. We'll do it for you or walk you through the steps.


Bring your laptop. We're WIFI.

Coming Soon!

A new look to the library's website:
(www.avonctlibrary. info) packed with more
information and interactive sign-up forms for
storytime, card registration and interlibrary loan
will soon be in place. Let us know what you think.