Friday, September 28, 2007

Jay Johnston welcomes Emily Platz

Farmington Libraries, Executive Director, Jay Johnston welcomes Emily Platz to Farmington.
Emily was selected from a national pool of over 30 candidates. The selection panel consisting of Farmington Libraries Hal Bright, Leader for Information Services, Veronica Ruzek, Dean of Students Farmington High School, and Christine Bradley, Executive Director of the Connecticut Library Consortium. The panel was very impressed with the enthusiasm, energy, intelligence, and knowledge Emily has and will bring to Farmington. She also brings a solid understanding of how to work with and motivate young people. I expect and look forward to great things coming through Emily's work as she progresses through her career here at Farmington.


Babies Tessa & Phillip enjoy Baby Rhyme Time, a special program for infants ages birth to 12 months & their parents.
Language & literacy skills begin at birth and Mother Goose rhymes, board books & music provide a language rich program.
Baby Rhyme Time will be held Tuesday mornings in October from from 10:45 - 11:30 (October 2, 9, 16 & 23) & the last Thursday evening of the month from 6:45 - 7:30 pm.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

EqualAccessLibraries Institute @ the Farmington Libraries

I am especially excited to host the EqualAcess Libraries Institute here at Farmington on September 26-7. Kathy Lesco and Hal Bright attended this Two day seminar on the Future of Libraries providing new and innovative methods for delivering outstanding and salient library services in the 21st century.

Children's Depatment staff meeting

I stopped by the children's department staff meeting yesterday and took this photo. Our children’s staff is the most creative and wonderful people I have ever worked with. And, I can tell you, with the utmost certainty, that the children of Farmington are very fortunate to have the services they provide.

It requires a great deal of planning and preparation to provide the high quality services they deliver and I am most happy to be affiliated with them. Please stop by and see all the great things happening here.

Unionville Festival September 30th Noon Till Five

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Unionville Festival on September 30th from Noon Till Five. The Farmington Village Green and Library Asociation's (FVGLA): Libraries, Stanley Whitman House, and the Friends of the Library will all be there to answer questions and especially to sign up new people for free library cards.. See you there.

Master Gardners Appreciation Brunch

In recollecting the summer I am compelled to share this photo of the Master Gardner’s appreciation brunch. These people are just the best! They work diligently to maintain our world class flower gardens and continually prune our trees and mulch and maintain our shrubbery. Keep on the outlook for their new web page that will have listings of all the plants in our garden along with planting and maintenance instructions. Furthermore, did you know that the master gardeners are here every Friday from around 9 till 11 in the morning to work on the garden and answer any gardening questions you may have about plants and plant care.
Please strop by to learn about growing beautiful living things...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Perennial Garden Project

I want to acknowledge the Collection management Team for their positive efforts in beautifying the south east corner of the main library with a lovely perennial garden. This project is ongoing so please notice its dynamics over the next few years. They are left to right: Lucille O'Connell, Karen Ziegler, Bernadette Dostaler and Debbie McGuinness.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Reluctant Reader Help Project

This is a very exciting Fall Programming season highlighted by Time With Tucker this past Saturday when Tucker, a very well behaved and compassionate dog, listened to children read. Tucker has no opinion only love, appreciation and a wagging tail, for those who read to him. Therein is the secret, Tucker allows young minds to work as hard as they can without the fear of making mistakes or criticism. It works Tucker is a great tutor.. Bring your reluctant reader to visit the next time he comes to the Library. Please check the Children's blog and calendar for up to date information.I have listed a few of the upcoming events which may peek your interest and hope you visit the library soon. Tue, Oct 2, Learn Pastel Painting (a free class/workshop) 6pm.Wed, Oct 3, Chefs and Books, Shelburne Farms author and chef, 7 pm. Cosponsored by Metro Bis Restaurant.Thu, Oct 4, Afternoon at the Bijou Classic Movie, 2pm.Thu, Oct 4, "Garden Earth" lecture with The English Lady, 7pm.Sat, Oct 6, Passport Day, Get your Passport Application processed, 10am-2pm. No registrationThur, Oct 11, A Passion to Lead, UConn coach Jim Calhoun book talk and signing 7pm.
Tue, Oct 16, Bonsai Basics lecture and demo. 1:15pm. at the Barney Branch. Register at 677-6866
Kids Events Sat Oct 6, Daddy and Me Daddy and childen enjoy games, music and play time! Ages 3-6 with an adult. 10:30am.
Bus trip
"Greenwich Village Literary Prowl", The library will sponsor a trip on Saturday, November 10, 2007 to NYC to visit 21 independent bookstores within one square mile. Register by Oct 17th. Call the library for more info.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Friends of the Farmington Library's 60th Anniversary Bash

1946-1947: In the Beginning

In November 1946, having learned that the endowment was no longer sufficient to cover the operating budget of the library, the Trustees of the Farmington Village Green & Library Association
appointed a special Public Relations Committee. Its functions were to publicize library services and conduct a financial campaign.

The original members of the committee were:
Lydia Hewes, Chairman
Sally Smith, Secretary
Mrs. Walter Wilson
James Soby
William Camp

This group solicited 750 First District families by a letter in
December, followed by another one in January 1947. Anyone who responded with a contribution was designated as a “Friend of the Village Library”. There were 477 individuals from 119 families who became the first “Friends”. Memberships were $1, $5, $10, and
25 cents for children. The committee received $1545 from the first appeal, then another $1486 from the second letter. With that money, they balanced the budget, built the outside fire escape stairway, and fixed up the basement.

The committee sponsored its first public program in January 1947, a lecture by Mabel Hurlburt on “Old Farmington Houses”, with colored slides, held at the Porter Memorial. They also decided to hold annual open houses at the Village Library, each one to have a popular theme. The first one was March 1, 1947, and featured exhibits on “Old and New” in books, travel, and occupations.
There was also a newsletter, untitled, edited by Lydia Hewes, and published in May 1947. A contest was held to name future
issues; and when the second one appeared in October, it was called “Book Ends”, the name it still bears.

The Entire History of the Farmington Friends will soon be posted on the Friends web page. This history was compiled and written by Betty Coykendall

Farmington Library Volunteer Celebration

Library volunteers are acknowledged for their service during the annual Volunteer appreciation breakfast.

Library staff prepared a fabulous buffet for the volunteers and a great time was had by all. Well done everyone, volunteering is key to great community services and a hearty appreciation always goes well in acknowledging our wonderful Volunteers.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Library Volunteers: who they are and how you may become involved

Farmington Libraries including the Main library on Monteith Drive and the Barney Branch Library on Main Street are actively seeking new volunteers and are volunteer friendly. During the fiscal year 2006-2007 over 2,000 volunteer hours were given to the libraries, we need more help and invite you to learn more about library volunteering the next time you stop by the library.

Volunteer opportunities fall into several categories and present various challenges: 1. The Friends Book Sale is a tremendous undertaking and provides great camaraderie and fellowship. 2, Master Gardner’s are expert in their work and dedicated to beautifying the library garden 3. Adult Volunteers do many tasks in the library to support the staff including returning materials to the shelves and item repair 4. Teen Volunteers read to pre-K children, and work at the children's desk for program sign-up and special tasks.

On September 20th, we are celebrating with our Adult Volunteers at a special breakfast buffet provided by the library Staff. Over the past nine months we have produced three appreciation breakfasts for the many adult volunteers and a special Pizza lunch for our Teen volunteers. So whether you volunteer to shelve books, or sell books at the Friends Book Sale, those who spend their time here make a tremendous difference to the library and benefit by knowing they have done a good thing for the community. I hope those of you who have considered helping the library will step forward this year and become part of our tremendous volunteer corps. I have posted a few pictures of past volunteer appreciation events for posterity.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Children's Puppet Theater Grand Opening Celebration

We are celebrating creativity and the application of art to spontaneous learning during the opening of our new children’s Puppet Theater, designed and created by Artist Ted Esseltine, pictured above. The celebration begins at 5:30 on Friday evening September 14.

Theater donor, Mary-Kay Newell is extremely happy to have brought this wonderful addition to the library and believes in the importance of Art and culture to the library’s mission. Director Jay Johnston is excited to see that imagination and creative spirit held within all of us manifest in many forms when children have the opportunity to become a part of the theater's magic. "Children of all ages will benefit from the experience encountered upon viewing this remarkable space".

The Theater is open for use during regular library hours and everyone is encouraged bringing their youngsters to the library to experience this powerful experience.

The Farmington Library’s Puppet Theater dedication

The Farmington Library’s Puppet Theater dedication was spectacular with over 100 attendees including: Library Board members, Town Council, FVGLA officers, Friends, children and a host of other members of our library community. Everyone gathered at the Theater on Friday evening September 14th to celebrate imagination and the creative spirit fostered through the spontaneity that resides within all of us. Our Benefactor, Mary-Kay Newell and artist Ted Esseltine were on hand to receive kudos from the thrilled audience while Champagne and refreshments were provided by Apricots… This is an important new element to our children’s program which I expect to provide a great deal of energy and enjoyment to our children.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Emily Platz joins Farmington Libraries as Teen Librarian

For Immediate Release:
Farmington Libraries, Executive Director, Jay Johnston is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Platz as the Teen Librarian. “I am supremely excited to have Emily join our team; she is intelligent, knowledgeable and well seasoned in the discipline of Teen programming. “ Ms Platz comes to us with successful Teen service experiences from her positions at the Columbus, Ohio, Metropolitan Libraries and the Grandview Heights Public Library where she has successfully established an effective and popular Teen program. “We have centered our efforts on the importance of winning over Farmington’s Teens in order to enrich their lives and assist them in the pursuit of knowledge, Emily is the right person to take us to the next level.” Johnston said. Ms Platz graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in Art History, and Kent State University with the Master of Library Science degree. Emily will begin her duties here on September 28.