Sunday hours are back! The library will be open 1pm – 5pm on Sundays from December through April. Don’t miss our Sunday program lineup, including music concerts and computer classes!
Looking for a good book to read? Try BookBrowse! They have a ton of suggestions for both new and classic reads, and you have free access with your Avon Library card.
Check it out @ https://www.bookbrowse.com/afpl today!
Did you know that your Avon Library card entitles you to free online access to some of the most popular newspapers and news sources, including the Washington Post and the New York Times? Simply visit our online newspapers and exercise your freedom to know!
An awesome new tech project each month!
There are two sessions to sign up for:
Session 1: IGNITE club. Girls, grades 7-12. Do this month’s project yourself, then stick around and help other teens learn how to do it in Session 2!
Session 2: Open to boys and girls, grades 5-12. Do this month’s project!!
Register for these IGNITE programs now:
If you’ve been following along, it has been a long journey from the Avon Library One Book series, based on David McCullough’s “The Wright Brothers” to making our very own 1:4 scale 1903 Wright flyer.
And now… drumroll please… it has taken off! Literally!! The plane is now on view for all to see in the Library atrium. Check out the view from the first floor, or take a peek from the Children’s Room windows for a bird’s eye perspective.
An average of six builders met 93 times from November 2016 to June 2017 to complete this project in 1,405 hours! We could not have done it without the help of all of our community builders. Thank you all!
Thank you Avon Department of Public Works for climbing the height to help us hang the plane.
And thank you to the Avon Education Foundation for generously funding this community project.
Circulation and Outreach Manager Patricia’s Pick:
Jackie’s girl : my life with the Kennedy family / Kathy McKeon (2017 biography, 92 McKeon)
A coming-of-age memoir by a woman who was Jackie Kennedy’s personal assistant and nanny for more than a decade shares the lessons about life and love that the author learned from the glamorous first lady.
Reference Librarian Barbara’s Pick:
You don’t look your age : and other Fairy Tales / Sheila Nevins (2017 audiobook biography, CDBK 92 Nevins)
A famed television producer and president of HBO Documentary Films shares frank but lighthearted advice for today’s women on how to navigate the challenges of pursuing a career in a man’s world, balancing the responsibilities of a working parent, aging in a youth-obsessed culture and thriving as a feminist in a dynamic marriage.
Circulation Assistant Toni’s Pick:
Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis / J.D. Vance (2016 non-fiction book call# 305.562 Vance)
Shares the story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.
Circulation Assistant Karen’s Pick:
Invisible Emmie / Terri Libenson (2017 children’s graphic novel, J Graphic Libenson)
The lives of two middle school girls, one a quiet artist, the other a popular overachiever, intersect on a day shaped by a misdelivered note, crushes, humiliations, boredom and drama.
Sunday Reference Librarian Liz’s Pick:
Spies of revolutionary Connecticut : from Benedict Arnold to Nathan Hale / Mark Allen Baker (2014 non-fiction, 327.12 Baker)
Covert intelligence played a critical role in the American Revolution. Connecticut produced an extraordinary number of spies on both sides of the conflict, from the infamous traitor and Norwich-born Benedict Arnold to Patriot Nathan Hale, executed by the British for espionage. Spying during the Revolution entailed coded messages, early submarines with the first exploding torpedoes and the penalty of death for those caught in the act. Despite the risk, some spies even played both sides as double agents, such as Edward Bancroft, who was never caught.
Reference Librarian Barbara’s Pick:
As close to us as breathing : a novel / Elizabeth Poliner (2016 fiction book call# F Poliner)
In 1948, a small stretch of the Woodmont, Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named “Bagel Beach,” has long been a summer destination for Jewish families. Here sisters Ada, Vivie, and Bec assemble at their beloved family cottage, with children in tow and weekend-only husbands who arrive each Friday in time for the Sabbath meal.
The hurricanes may have come and gone, but the relief and clean up efforts continue.
There has been a lot of weather-related news lately, and it can be tough to keep tabs. Here are some resources:
Stay Up to Date
Recent hurricane news from newspapers across the country: NewsBank: Access with your Avon library card
Support relief organizations
- NBC Connecticut: How to Help Victims of Hurricane Maria, Sept. 20
- CBS Connecticut: Hartford Fundraiser Planned To Assist Storm-Damaged Puerto Rico, Sept 21, 2017
- NY Times: How to Help Puerto Rico and Other Islands after Hurricane Maria, Sept. 22, 2017
Learn about the science of hurricanes
- National Hurricane Center
- For Kids: Hurricanes! — Downloadable Video | 2016: Access with your Avon Library card through Hoopla
- For Kids: Extreme weather / [by] Ann O. Squire — Digital Media | 2015: Access with your Avon Library card through ScienceFlix
Get prepared for natural disasters