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January 2018

The Amazing Castle™

Thursday, January 25 - Saturday, May 12

Come experience The Amazing Castle™: an interactive medieval exhibit on the floor of the Children's Room! ** The Amazing Castle™ Exhibit will close 1/2 hour before the library closes ** The free exhibit will be open:  Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays - 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays - 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays -  10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Sunday - 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (through April 29th)   The Amazing Castle™ exhibit was created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum…

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April 2018

AvonCon 2018!

Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Throughout the Library, 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001

Year Four! It's time for AvonCon 2018: A Celebration of Fairy Tales Logo created by Jessica Kennedy, Avon, CT

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Prince and Princess Tea Party!

Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Children’s Storytime Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States
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Join us at the Avon Library for a Prince and Princess Tea Party! There will be stories, art and of course a tea party! Ages 3-6 Children sit alone. Come in Costume if you Wish! Saturday April 21 from 11:00- 11:45 AM

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Family Movie Night

Monday, April 23 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Community Room, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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Join us for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! Bring your family and a picnic dinner and come and enjoy an evening of entertainment in our community room! No sign up needed- just drop in! Running time is 88 minutes.

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Early Art for 2’s and 3’s

Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 am - 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Children’s Art Studio, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, Connecticut 06001 United States
colored pencils

Join us for Early Art for 2's and 3's Skills for Little Artists Tuesdays 10:30am in the Art Studio February 6, 13, 27 March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3, 17, 24 Children and caregivers explore together We will be painting a lot this session...please dress for mess! Sign up online

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Children’s News

  • Children’s Manager Kari Ann’s Pick

    Dazzle ships : World War I and the art of confusion / Chris Barton ; illustrated by Victo Ngai (2017 children’s non-fiction, J 940.4)

    In working to protect their ships from German U-Boat attacks, the British Royal Navy created camouflaged Dazzle ships to confuse the enemy of their location and destination.

  • Calling all Pianists & Students! Want 15 minutes of fame?

    Sign-up to show off your musical talents by playing our grand piano at the

    Community Piano Recital

    Saturday, June 23, 2018
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Join the fun!

    •  Excellent opportunity to play your choice of music
      (or your own composition) in front of an audience
    •  Pianists of all ages & abilities are invited to perform
    •  15 minute slots available for experienced pianists;
      5 minute slots for novices
    •  Performances are not restricted to piano solos but
      must include use of the piano
    •  Sign-up required, call 860-673-9712 #4 to register
    •  Invite your family & friends; the recital is open to the public 

  • Teen Librarian Marisa’s Pick

    Wolf Hollow : a novelWolf Hollow : a novel / Lauren Wolk (2016 children’s book, MDL Wolk)
    Growing up in a rural Pennsylvania town in the aftermath of two world wars, Annabelle confronts a violent new bully and must defend a traumatized World War I veteran who is wrongly implicated in the bully’s disappearance.

  • The Amazing Castle™ Comes to Avon Library

    PRESS RELEASE FROM: The Avon Free Public Library

    Contact: Kari Ann St. Jean Date: January 30, 2018

    Phone: 860-673-9712 x 209

    The Amazing Castle™ Comes to Avon Library

    The Avon Free Public Library is pleased to announce the arrival of The Amazing Castle™ – a magical place where visitors can become inhabitants of a castle village! Created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum and making its first appearance in Connecticut, families and children can learn community values while playing in this interactive exhibit.

    The free exhibit will be open 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. through April.

    “Bringing this exhibit to Avon gives families the opportunity to experience something unique, imaginative and creative in a library setting,” Children’s and Teen Services Manager Kari Ann St. Jean said.

    The exhibit features eight themed areas where children can don costumes and engage in role-playing by becoming lords and ladies, villagers and even a court jester. Visitors can try their hands in royal workshops where a blacksmith, tailor, gardener, cook and others work and visit a tower where a sleeping dragon resides.

    Upon entering the castle, visitors will find graphic panels that introduce Lord Ben and Lady Evolent and the castle community. A large book that tells the castle’s story is nearby for visitors to read.

    Children can play with a castle-inspired dollhouse and build their own fortress out of “stone” blocks. Friends and family can take a seat at the royal table in the Great Hall while children prepare a meal using food from the royal pantry and garden. Then they can become castle entertainers in the royal puppet theater and dress up in costumes to model in a distorted mirror. Before leaving the library, children can try to wake Herald the Dragon. If successful, Herald will greet visitors before falling back asleep.

    The Amazing Castle™ exhibit was created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum with funding from Curtis and Marjorie Nelson and The Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation. It’s appearance at Avon Library is sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library and Carmon Funeral Home with special thanks to the Town of Avon Public Works Department.

    For further information, please contact Kari Ann St. Jean on 860-673-9712 or log onto

  • Children’s Manager Kari Ann’s Pick

    The drawing lesson : a graphic novel that teaches you how to drawThe drawing lesson : a graphic novel that teaches you how to draw / Mark Crilley (2016 children’s graphic novel, J Graphic Crilley)
    An accomplished graphic novelist with a huge YouTube following due to his drawing instruction videos presents this one-of-a-kind instruction experience in a narrative graphic novel format that follows one aspiring young artist and his reluctant mentor who provides step-by-step lessons and drawing exercises.

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