Monday, October 29, 2007

How modern communications can impact business through social networking


I had a very good experience this morning speaking to the Farmington Chamber of Commerce regarding: “The Changing English language, from instant messaging to blogging: How modern communications can impact business through social networking”. The talk included myspace.com and facebook.com. The information below, as promised to the Participants, will allow all of my participants, plus any guests who wish to join in, the Webnar listed below. Please let me know how you enjoyed the experience. jj

http://www.movabletype.com/ click Webinar Registration to participate, Tuesday October 30th at 10:30 PST or 12:30 EST…..

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Farmington Rug Hookers celebrating their second anniversary meeting here @ the Library

It is very impressive to see the fellowship and camaraderie expressed in the Farmington Hookers group. If you are interested in rug hooking stop by and join this great group of artisans. Stop by on Thursdays @ 10:00 in the morning to join in the fun.

Don’t miss the latest film releases on your way home from work or on a rainy weekend.


We have concentrated on collecting the “best” recent film collections possible. In order to serve you in the most productive way, new DVD’s are loaned on a 24 hour basis, this way we are able to serve many more people with the same collection.
New DVD’s are available for three day periods as well. These Fast Views and Fast Books are located in the Lobby by the Lending Desk.

October 23, 2007 view from the West Wing of the main building


Sometimes, pictures say a thousand words.



Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Farmington Village Green and Library Association Board Members convened for the semiannual meeting on October 16th.


The Farmington Village Green and Library Association (FVGLA) has been in existence since 1901 as a non-profit corporation. It manages the village green, the libraries, the old Main Street cemetery, and the Stanley-Whitman House.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

2007 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS

2007 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS

FICTION
Mischa Berlinski, Fieldwork (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End (Little, Brown & Company)
Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Jim Shepard, Like You'd Understand, Anyway (Alfred A. Knopf)
NONFICTION
Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I'm Dying (Alfred A. Knopf)
Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (Twelve/Hachette Book Group USA)
Woody Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (Hill and Wang/Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Arnold Rampersad, Ralph Ellison: A Biography (Alfred A. Knopf)
Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Doubleday)
POETRY
Linda Gregerson, Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Robert Hass, Time and Materials (Ecco/HarperCollins)
David Kirby, The House on Boulevard St. (Louisiana State University Press)
Stanley Plumly, Old Heart (W.W. Norton & Company)
Ellen Bryant Voigt, Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 (W.W. Norton & Company)
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown & Company)
Kathleen Duey, Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
M. Sindy Felin, Touching Snow (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic Press)
Sara Zarr, Story of a Girl (Little, Brown & Company)
MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICAN LETTERS: Joan Didion
LITERARIAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE AMERICAN LITERARY COMMUNITY: Terry Gross

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Dr. Frost presents a memoir to the Farmington Libraries


James A. Frost Ph.D, father of the Connecticut State College System, presents me with "Life with Elsie" a fascinating memoir.

Hang out with Your Toddler at the Library


Reading and emulation of people who are significant in a young person’s life are directly correlated. Look at this mother with her child. They are connected and learning together. It is very simple yet not happening enough. Although young people do learn differently to day due to Medias influence. Basic reading, language comprehensions, and abstract thought are all linked to the behavior shown in this picture I shot this morning. It is earsy, free and fun to connect to your child in this most profound manner.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Increase your SAT scores @ Farmington Libraries


Good news fore college bound farmington high school students.

SAT Prep Software available to Farmington students
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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Library Closed in celebration of Columbus Day October 8th 2007



Portrait of Columbus: The Mariners' Museum: Newport News, Virginia


Columbus Day: New York City first celebrated Christopher Columbus’ 300th anniversary in 1792.

We have celebrated the Italian Explorer’s discovery of the New World consistently in the United States on the second Monday of October since 1971.

Learn more about History a @ Farmington Libraries and read David West’s , 2005 biography, Christopher Columbus : the life of a master navigator and explorer.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

New Look and content for our Web Portal

The web portal and pages will continue to be in the process of improvement and change over the next several months. I am interested to know if you have noticed changes for the better and if you have any suggestions regarding future changes. We have worked to create a graphic, natural logic approach to access and need your input for the continuation of this process. Please comment here.

I wish to congratulate Barbara Knibbs and Terry Matava on their work toward this end and a job well done.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Archaeological Assessment, FVGLA Library Connection




Farmington Libraries parent organization, the Farmington Village Green and Library Association was founded in 1901 as the result of a land grant from Sarah Porter, The founder of Miss Porter's School. The Association has grown in scope and purpose over the years and now stands as an amalgam consisting of four entities: The Stanley Whitman House, The Village Green, Memento Mori, and Farmington Libraries. I work directly for this non-profit association parochially referred to as the FVGLA.

Since, the Village Green is historic ground and will somehow be affected by the road work, the State is required to have an archaeological assessment of the land affected to proceed with the route 4 realigninment project. I stopped by to photograph archaeologists: Jolene Karpinski, Ray Harris, Project Archaeologist Nichole Gillis, and Becky DiAngelo at work.

Knitting at the library. What, other than knitting, do you suppose these children are learning?



Knitting is a skill and craft which has waned over the years. However here @ the Library the joy knitting and making something from scratch is reemerging through the efforts of children's programmer Paula Montes. Bring your children, grand children and great grand children to the library to learn many more skills than knitting.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

ESL at the Farmington Library


As I stopped by the English as a Second language (ESL) class today, I was stricken by the energy, enthusiasm and determination the students displayed as they convened to learn our language. Kudos to them and their teachers.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Teen Librarian Emily Platz visits with Principal, Curt Pandiscio and Assistant Principal,Veronica Ruzek at Farmington High Schoo l
















Teen Librarian Emily Platz visits High school to meet studentrs, teachers and administratiors to better understand how to help our youth.

Weekend notes: from the virtual and roving Farmington Library







A few snapshots from the Unionville Festival held on Sunday September 30 2007. It was a great event showcasing the Unionville section of Farmington. And, special thanks to George and Carol Reider, Norma Hartley and Holly Walden for all of their help and collegiality during the event.

Emily Platz in action with our Teens on her first day

Welcome Emily..........