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Sign up to be a BIG BUDDY


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Teen Big Buddies, teens in Grades 7-12, read to their Little Buddy, a child in Grade K-2. Book Buddies will meet over 4 Thursdays in November. Big Buddies will volunteer from 4:15-5:45 PM.

What do I do to become a Big Buddy?:

NEW BIG BUDDIES need to sign up for a 30 minute orientation with the Teen Librarian. Click on one of the links below to register:

Orientation date: Mon. October 23rd, 5-5:30

Orientation date: Thurs. October 26th, 5-5:30 PM

RETURNING BIG BUDDIES don’t need orientation, but you do need to register:

Returning Big Buddy registration

Staff Picks, September 14, 2017

Technical Service Librarian Jessica’s Pick:

Not my father’s son : a memoir / Alan Cumming (2014 biography, 92 Cumming)
In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.



Circulation Assistant Holly’s Pick:

The peach keeper : A Novel / Sarah Addison Allen (2011 downloadable fiction, Overdrive downloadable)
Willa Jackson of Walls of Water, North Carolina, has lately learned that an old classmate–socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood–of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored her family’s Blue Ridge Madam home to its former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton, found buried beneath the lone peach tree on the property is found, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families.


Reference Librarian Cyndi’s Pick:

The playdate : a novel/ Louise Millar(2012 fiction book call# F Millar)
When Callie moved into her new neighborhood, she thought it would be easy to fit in. The other parents have been strangely hostile, though, and her frail daughter Rae is finding it impossible to make friends. Suzy, with her rich husband and her three energetic children, has been the only one to reach out, although their friendship has recently felt inexplicably strained. Now the police have suggested that someone dangerous may be living in their neighborhood, and the atmosphere feels even more toxic. Then there’s the matter of Callie’s ex-husband, and the shocking truth behind their divorce . . . a truth that she would do anything to hide.

Tour the new website

Take a tour of what’s new and where things are on the new website.


This site is built for phones and tablets too! It is mobile-friendly and will resize to the size of your screen.

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You can search the website OR search Encore, the library catalog, all in one place from any page on the website.

It’s as easy as 1 — 2 — 3.

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Mobile view (in the Menu)

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  1. Type what you are looking for in the Search box
  2. Click on the button for where you want to search (This Site or Our Catalog)
  3. Click on the search icon searchbox go button to go



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Quick access to the things you need most:

  • Search the catalog
  • See featured events and library news
    • Want to see more library news? Go to Library News (located in the footer at the bottom of every page)
  • Connect with the Friends of Avon Library
  • Access Streaming & Downloadable collections with your Avon library card
  • Browse new books in New & Notable with a Netflix-style carousel
    • Want to browse more new titles? Go to Books & Media to see new movies, audiobooks, and more.
  • Support the library
  • Keep in touch! Sign up for library emails


Books & Media

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  • Get recommendations on what to read– we’ll add staff picks or news about our collections here.
  • Browse new titles by category with a Netflix-style displaynew item cover carousels



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Find out what the library has to offer, including:

  • Getting a library card
  • Reserving a meeting room
  • Borrowing a museum pass
  • Ask a librarian
  • Using library computers and technology



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  1. Browse through upcoming events. Click on an event to find out the full information.
    • Blue = Adult Programs
    • Pink = Children’s Programs
    • Green = Teen Programs
  2. Search for events by Date or Keyword: put in your search terms and click “FIND EVENTS”
  3. Change your view by clicking on “VIEW AS”
    • Week (Events for the week. Move your cursor over an event to get a quick summary)
    • List (All upcoming events, starting with the next event about to begin)
    • Month (This may take some time to load… We host a lot of events every month!)
    • Day (Just today’s events, or whichever date you limit to)
    • Photo (Browse events by photo and description)
  4. Narrow your results to a particular Event Category, Tag, Day of the week, Time of day, Venue location, or Organizer who planned the event


Upcoming events in a specific category are also listed on For Children, For Teens, and other pages throughout the website.


For Children and For Teens

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Looking for something age appropriate?

For Children and For Teens pull together helpful information by age category:

  • The latest library news
  • Homework resources and helpful links
  • Upcoming events
  • Contact info for your librarians



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The Research page lists all of our library’s research databases as well as recommended websites alphabetically.

It’s a long list, so if you have a category in mind, choose from the menu on the right side of the screen (toward the bottom of the page on mobile).

Don’t forget, if you know what resource you are looking for, you can search for it in the search box at the top of the screen (in the Menu on mobile) to jump right to it.


Your Account

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Go right to your library account in the Encore library catalog to place holds, renew items, and pay fines.

Staff Picks, Sept. 6th, 2017

Sunday Reference Librarian Sara’s Pick:

The Devil Wears Prada book coverThe Devil wears Prada / Lauren Weisberger  (2003 fiction book, F Weisberger)

A small-town girl fresh out of an Ivy League college, Andrea Sachs is delighted when she is hired for her dream job as assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful, high-profile editor of Runway magazine, one of the world’s premier fashion publications, until she discovers that she has been hired by the boss from hell.

Administrative Assistant Leona Mae’s Pick:

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie book coverThe sweetness at the bottom of the pie : a Flavia de Luce mystery / Alan Bradley (2010 mystery, call# M Bradley)

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is murdered on the grounds of her family’s decaying English mansion and Flavia’s father becomes the main suspect.

Anonymous Reference Librarian’s Pick:

The Art Forger book coverThe art forger / a novel by B.A. Shapiro (2012 fiction book call# F Shapiro)

Boston painter Claire Roth has survived financially by painting reproductions, so when influential gallery owner Aiden Markel arrives with a bizarre proposal–her own show if she will forge a copy of a Degas, one of the pictures stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum–she says yes. As she works, Claire and Aiden become lovers, but she doesn’t tell him about her discovery that the stolen Degas is itself a copy. This knowledge is Claire’s lifeline when the finished forgery is discovered, Aiden and then Claire are both arrested, and only she can save them.

Help Wanted: Library Page

Library Page:

  • The Library Page shelves materials in the Adult Department.
  • Scheduled hours are on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (2 hours per day).
  • 6 hours per week, $ 10.10 per hour, no benefits.

Application deadline is Thursday, 9/21/2017.


Please send completed Town of Avon application (find it here) and letter of interest to:

Patricia Valsecchi
Avon Free Public Library
281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001

DEADLINE: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Staff Picks, August 23, 2017

Substitute Reference Librarian Liz’s Pick

Middlesex / Jeffrey Eugenides (2002 fiction book, call# F Eugenides )

Calliope’s friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparent’s desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.

Circulation Assistant Gayle’s Pick

Off the grid : a Joe Pickett novel / C.J. Box (2016 mystery, call# M Box)

Nate is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They’re not there to threaten him, but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming’s Red Desert, and in return they’ll make Nate’s criminal record disappear.

But they are not what they seem, as Nate’s friend Joe Pickett discovers. They have a much different plan in mind, and it just might be something that takes them all down-including Nate and Joe.

Circulation Assistant Becky’s Pick

Nothing to envy : ordinary lives in North Korea/ Barbara Demick (2010 non-fiction, call# 306.0951 Demick)

Follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population, illustrating what it means to live under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.