Beyond Bookends the

Newsletter of the Friends of the Library & the Board of Trustees
Summer 2014
Tuesdays @ 7:00pm ~ July & August
JULY 8 ~ “How to Get Published” with Brian Jud
JULY 15 ~ Mystery Authors
JULY 22 ~ History & Non-Fiction
JULY 29 ~ Children’s Literature
AUGUST 5 ~ LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK FAIR!! Featuring 30 authors!
AUGUST 12 ~ Biography & Memoir
AUGUST 19 ~ FINALE! “The Audiobook Experience” with Johnny Heller
Letter from the Presidents of the Friends of Avon Public Library
Children’s Specialist Tim Guay
recently hosted a Minecraft Party for
kids in grades 3-6 as part of ScreenFree Week, an initiative encouraging
families to enjoy all manner of nondigital entertainment and activities.
June 2014
Dear Friends,
We have come to the end of our fiscal year, which runs from July 1 - June 30. Thank you for keeping programming
lively and varied by supporting the Friends of AFPL!
In May, we celebrated YOU with a very successful Wine and Cheese Social, exclusively for Friends. Over 100
members enjoyed piano music and lively conversation, and a good time was had by all. If you missed this great
event, look for it next year!
The Book-tique has been a great success! Thanks for your positive comments and patronage. In the first two
months, we earned almost $1400, which will go towards more programming for everyone to enjoy! Many thanks for
the unbounded energy and enthusiasm of our chairs, Susan Reboul and Lisa Berman, and their dedicated, efficient
team of Sorters.
Our Annual Ice Cream Social will be held Wednesday, July 16 at 1:30 pm. See inside for details!
Many thanks to Garden SWAT Team, for doing such a wonderful job keeping our gardens looking beautiful! Be
sure to “stop and smell the flowers” which are beginning to bloom near the parking lot.
It is you, as a member of the Friends, who make our library a better place with great programming and events
everyone can enjoy. Check out the great summer offerings on these pages and on the website!
See you around the stacks!
Peggy Beauregard and Linda Jordano, Co-Presidents,
Friends of the Avon Library
Navigating the Different
Ways to a Green Card
Thursday, June 26th @ 7:00pm
The Friends of the Avon Library will host
its Annual Ice Cream Social on
Wednesday, July 16th @ 1:30pm! Each
summer, patrons of all ages enjoy
delicious, locally made J. Foster’s ice
cream. Please join us outside in the
beautiful courtyard or inside in the airconditioned community room. This
event will be held rain or shine, but we
are all crossing our fingers for shine!
Join us for a free public forum on the
various ways an aspiring American can obtain permanent
legal residency and ultimately citizenship. Presented by
Milagros Immigration, Hartford.
Thursday Evening Conversational
English Group at the Avon Public
Library is on summer break
and will resume Thursday,
September 18, 2014, 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
Book collection continues! We
are especially in need of
children’s hardcovers and
cookbooks. The books can be
placed in the donation closet at
the end of the Gallery hallway.
Receipts for donation are in the
pocket on the door. Thank you!
Summer Events for Adults
Wednesdays: Technology Showcase!
A mix of classes and demonstrations from Staples,
Best Buy, Verizon, local experts and Avon High
School’s Uberbots!
History of Magic Gallery & Exhibit ~ June to Labor Day
This summer, we invite you to visit our special History of Magic
display in the History Room and Gallery Hall of the Library, created by
Avon residents Chris and Michele Tabora, and their company, Mind
Scramblers. This unique collection features autographed photos,
props and programs from many famous magicians, and colorful magic
posters from contemporary magicians to vaudeville-era performers.
Foodie Film Fridays!
A special series of food-themed films with food-themed
snacks from area restaurants! Join us @ 1:30 pm in the
Community Room - no registration required.
Please visit for more information.
Red Velvet & Chrome, The Experience ~ August 21st @ 7:00pm
Is the show magic, mind-reading, or mentalism? Yes, yes, and yes! It’s
all of that, and much, much more. This show is appropriate for ages
high school & up. Sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library.
From the Desk of the Director
By now, you have probably noticed some big changes to our online catalog. Avon Library, along with 29 other libraries in the greater
Hartford area, upgraded to an entirely new library services platform in early June. This upgrade affects not only the catalog, but also
the software that runs our self-checkout stations, staff computers, and the reporting tools that help us understand how our collection
is being used. The new catalog is called Encore, and provides a number of exciting features.
The Google-like, single search box offers a simple interface that can search all 30 libraries plus numerous online databases at once,
or you can easily narrow your search down to just books available at Avon Library using the choices in the left column of your search
results. Encore automatically switches to a mobile-friendly interface when you access it on a tablet or smartphone, and provides the
ability to pay your overdue fines with a credit or debit card right from the catalog. Users
can build custom reading lists that can be saved to your account, emailed or printed and
there is an “opt in” feature that allows you to track which materials you have borrowed.
Coming in the near future will be better e-book integration and options for text message
notifications of holds and overdue materials.
As with any change, there will likely be some issues during our transition, so please be
patient as staff work to become experts with the new system and we continue to
introduce additional features to the catalog. If you have any questions or comments on
the new interface, or just want a guided tour, please stop by our reference desk and
speak with a librarian.
Glenn Grube, Director, Avon Free Public Library
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Be a part of our 2014 Summer Reading Program!
Children ~ up to grade 6
Teens ~ entering grades 7-12
Register today! Visit our website @ for all the details!!
Bach 2 Rock!
Kick off the Summer in Irish Style!!
Tuesday, July 1st @ 11:00am & 3:00pm
Electric Violinist CARYN LIN
for ages 4 – 12
The Scoil Rince Luimni Irish Dance Academy will provide
lively jigs and reels followed by a demonstration. All
attending children will be given the chance to learn a step
or two and try it with us!
Drop-in, no registration required!
Wednesday July 9th
@ 2:00pm
for ages 5 and up
Presented by Courtney Jay
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Special events for TEENS!
Uberbots Robotics Super Show
presented by
Avon High School
Wednesday July 2nd
@ 2:00pm
for ages 5 and up
To register for these programs, or for
more information, please visit our
Fri. 7/18 @ 8:00pm-Midnight – Mad Science Lock In!
Games, Food & Fun
Wed. 7/30 @ 10:00am-2:00pm – Kids & Teen Craft Fair
Sign up early to be a seller! Come shop the day of!
Thurs. 8/14 @ 6:00pm-7:00pm – Sea Tea Improv Show
Laugh until it hurts!
Fri. 8/15 @ 2:00pm-3:30pm – Summer Reading Prize Auction!
Prizes, gift cards, signed books! Bring all your Library Loot!!
For a complete list of upcoming programs, visit
website @
The Yo Yo Show
Wednesday, July 23rd @ 2:00pm
Wednesday, August 6th @ 2:00pm
for ages 5 and up
for ages 5 and up
The amazing John Higby will show
off new and bizarre yo-yo tricks!
Casey Carle will WOW you with his
spectacular bubble show!! You will not
want to miss this!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Summer Celebration with Zoodle!
FRIDAY AFTERNOONS ~ 2:00-3:30 pm ~ Teen Room
for children of all ages
July 11: Disc”ART”ed Books - Cut, paint, and create.
July 25: Tie Dye - *Bring your own prewashed items*
August 1: DIY Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream - Delicious!
August 8: Papercraft / Minecraft - Creature & Land Creation
Wednesday, August 13th ~ 2:00pm to 5:00pm
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Fizz, Boom, Read! Celebrate the End of
Summer Reading with Zoodle Face Painting &
Balloon Twisting! All are welcome to join us
on the floor of the Children’s Library.
Non Profit Org
U.S. Postage
Avon, CT 06001
Permit No. 6
FRIENDS of the
Avon Free Public Library
281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
Free Blood Pressure
Screenings @ Avon
Public Library
4:00 pm— 7:00 pm
July 7 — August 25
in the library
parking lot
For a complete list of vendors, please
visit our website @
Craft & Hobby Workshops for Adults
Thursdays @ 2:00pm in the library’s Atrium
Registration required for all programs, class size is limited. Register
online at or call 860-673-9712 x 4.
June 26
David Ryan
Maple Syrup Making (featuring Pancakes!)
July 3
Ariel Nathan
Personalize Your Stationery
July 24
Holly Greer
Re-purposing Your Old Sweaters
July 31
Tim Guay
Board Gaming: Beyond Monopoly
August 14
Cyndi Larsen
Decorative Picture Frames
Summer Dates:
Thursday, June 19: 12:00-1:30pm
Friday, July 18: 12:15-1:45pm
Friday, August 1: 12:15-1:45pm
Friday, August 15: 12:15-1:45pm
A Community Program of
Farmington Valley VNA Visiting
Nurse Association
8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury CT 06070