Celebrate National Library Week with us!


Great programs all week (plus a couple the following week, because we love to over-achieve!) Special thanks to the Friends of the Avon Library, Mitnick Trust, and an anonymous donor for sponsoring these events! No registration. All ages welcome. First come, first seated.

Saturday 4/6/19, 10:30 am: Celebrate Holi, the spring festival of India

One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of March. Our Avon celebration is in April.  Enjoy dance, music, gulal* and food. *Gulal is the colored powder used to      celebrate during Holi  festivals. Please bring a change of clothes if you want to participate in this part of our event!

Sunday, 4/7/19, 2:00 pm: The Beer Snob returns to celebrate National Beer Day

Author Will Siss aka “The Beer Snob” returns to celebrate National Beer Day. The author of “Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing” will be here to talk about local breweries, the history of beer in CT, and how to drink like a “Beer Snob.”  Copies of the book will be for sale following the presentation. Must be age 21+ for samples.

Monday, 4/8/19, 6:30 pm: Why we care about Ruth Ware

A literary discussion about the rise of women telling stories about women with an edge! Discussion led by Nels Highberg, Associate Professor of English and Modern Languages at the University of Hartford. Read one, or all of Ruth Ware’s books before attending.

Tuesday, 4/9/19,  7:00 pm: Canada book discussion led by Cyndi Larsen

This is a book discussion featuring fictional books set in Canada led by Cyndi Larsen. Copies will be available behind    the reference desk. No registration. This month’s title is Consumption  by Kevin Patterson 

Wednesday, 4/10/19, 2:00 pm: Author talk and book signing with Debbie Levison,

Connecticut journalist and publicist Deborah Levison, will discuss her award-winning debut true crime book, The Crate:    A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice.  The program is sponsored by the Avon Public Library and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford.  Books will be available for purchase at the event for $20. This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society.

Thursday, 4/11/19, 2:00 pm: A Dolley Madison Squeeze

Mix and mingle with first lady Dolley Madison. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity offers you  the chance to have a tête-à-tête with the Presidentress. Let Dolley regale you with tales of escaping the White House during the British attack on Washington City and protecting the portrait of His Excellency George Washington. Ask questions no one else could     answer but the First Lady herself!  Mingle with fellow dignitaries, nibble on delightful, inventive treats of the era, swap   recipes, make a paper fan, and create a calling card. Program presented by History at Play.

Monday, 4/15/19, 6:30 pm: Photography of Wild Alask with Gary Melnysyn

Presented by local Photographer, Gary Melnysyn. Gary, a Granby resident, world traveler and award winning             photographer, will be offering a stunning and spectacular look into Wild Alaska as seen through the photographer’s eye.

Tuesday, 4/16/19, 2:00 pm: An afternoon with Zora Neale Hurston

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti will present a dramatic performance as Ms. Zora Neale Hurston, reminiscing about slices   of her life and the Folktales. Zora Neale Hurston “was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist whose fictional and factual accounts of black heritage remain unparalleled.” She framed the lives of southern black folk with all their juices, drama, creativity, wit, and humor intact. Her folktales weave a vibrant tapestry that celebrates African American life in the rural South and represents a major part of her literary legacy.



Freedom of the Press Lecture Series: full line up!

The Bill of Rights for High School Students Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 3:00 pm

What can students say and do to exercise the First Amendment right of free speech and freedom of religion in schools?  How has the Supreme Court ruled on these issues, and what avenues of redress are open to students if they think that their rights have been violated?  These and other questions will be explored in this session. Geared for teens, adults are welcome too! This program will be led by Stephen McGrath, CCSU History Department.

The Popularity of Alexander Hamilton Thursday, September 13, 2018, 3:00 pm

Discover the inspiring story of the Alexander Hamilton, who stood for American ideals. Bev York, Education    Director for the Windham Textile and History Museum, will share an illustrated talk about his contributions, struggles, and tragic death.  After years of being perceived as having only a supporting role, Hamilton’s star has risen, confirming his belief that “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”

Social Media, the Press, and Us        Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:30 pm

The everyday reality of media use around the globe is changing rapidly due to the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and multiple screens that allow access to, and immediate dissemination of, the news. The US President prefers to communicate via twitter feed while labeling mainstream journalism as “fake news”; Facebook data has been hacked to access personal information about users’ likes and dislikes. Many teenagers communicate via text messages rather than in person, let alone speak on the phone. This talk will focus on the way social   media is not only shaping our human relationships in a digital age but also our understanding of the world around us. How does user-generated content allow for new participatory energies to develop while also deeply affecting cultural identities and generating new types of intimacies. Lecture and discussion led by Dr. Karen Ritzenhoff, CCSU Communication Department.

A PDF of additional reading materials for this series is available on the library’s website. Find it by visiting www.avonctlibrary.info, and typing Freedom of the Press Reading into the search box. The first result contains the PDF.

Completed lectures:

Inside the Inaugural Address: Lessons in the Great American Experiment    

Parties, the Press, and Political Politeness: Well, Not Really! 

The Alien and Sedition Acts

The Enigma of Benjamin Franklin

Discovering Katherine Graham 

“We Hold These Truths”: The Declaration of Independence;  A Single Page that Changed the World 

Celebrate Jane Austen with us this spring!

Join our celebration of Jane Austen this spring!

Literature discussion with Cyndi Larsen: Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd

Tuesday, March 6, 2018,  7 PM
An irreverent retelling of Mansfield Park transforms the meek Fanny Price into a spoiled, condescending and generally hated heiress while depicting Mary Crawford as a sweet-natured neighbor who comes into her own when the vindictive Fanny is murdered.

The World of Jane Austen Through Paintings of the Period with Patricia Carr

Wednesday, March 13, 2018,  2 PM, (snow date: March 20, 2018, 2 PM)

This program will focus on the world in which Austen grew up, mainly rural England.  With the aid of beautiful slides, including many of paintings of the time, Carr will help us enter that world and learn a little more about what life was like for the country gentry

Literature discussion with Cyndi Larsen:  Eligible: a novel, by Curtis Sittenfeld  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018,  7 PM

Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts challenges in the form of her younger sisters’ football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin’s unwanted attentions and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon.

Jane Austen Movie Series: Mansfield Park 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 1:30 PM, (2000, 112 min., Rated PG-13)

 Jane Austen Movie Series: Northanger Abbey

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 1:30 PM (2007, 86 min., Not Rated)

Literature discussion with Cyndi Larsen:  Emma: a modern retelling 

by Alexander McCall Smith

Tuesday, April  3, 2018, 7 PM
Presents a modern rendering of Jane Austen’s classic that follows the experiences of a college graduate who returns to the side of her health-nut father and interferes in the personal lives of her friends.

Fashion in Fiction: Clothing Speaks Volumes in Jane Austen’s Regency Novels with Kandie Carle 

Saturday, April  7, 2018, 2 PM

Presents a modern rendering of Jane Austen’s classic that follows the experiences of a college graduate who returns to the side of her health-nut father and interferes in the personal lives of her friends.

Jane Austen Movie Series: Persuasion

Tuesday, April 10, 1:30 PM, (1995, 104 min., Rated PG)

Why Jane Austen is still relevant today: Lit Lecture with Dr. Catherine Hoyser, University of St. Joseph

Thursday, April  19, 2018, 7 PM

Series sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library. 


“Four Freedoms” Lecture series this winter!

Co-sponsored by the Avon Library and Avon Senior Center, this series of five programs explores the themes of Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” paintings.  Join us we welcome the Norman Rockwell Museum to kick off the series, and then invite our favorite professors to lecture and discuss each of the freedoms individually.  Attend one, or all of these events. Look for a bus trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum in late winter to conclude this series!

All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Avon Taxpayer’s Association and the Mitnick Trust.

There are no upcoming events at this time.