Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Barney Branch Library Improvements and Renovations Project has received a green light from the Connecticut State Library for a $1,000,000


The Barney Branch Library Improvements and Renovations Project has received a green light from the Connecticut State Library for a $1,000,000 Library construction grant. Please come join us at the Barney Branch Library on Thursday Evening, December 6th, between 5:30 and 6:30 for an open house/press conference and celebration to better understand what is on the horizon and to meet and visit with Friends, colleagues and fellow citizens.


About the Project


The Barney Branch library constitutes an architecturally precious reminder of the past grounding us in those traditions which are Farmington today. The Library was built in 1918 with three levels serving patrons entering at the East side on the main level of the building. Architecturally, the building is Greek Revival with a grand pediment, generous cornice and frieze supported by four Ionic columns on a wonderful portico looking out over the historic green and on to Miss Porters School.

The principal rationale for the project is to meet current ADA requirements, and improve HVAC and other systems that are inadequate to current efficiency and ergonomic standards. Particularly, the current physical layout of the building presents difficulties for wheelchair users, the elderly, and mothers with strollers, and those who are physically challenged. Furthermore, the book stacks are often too close together to allow access to the physically challenged and the additional classes listed above.

The need for an elevator and the removal of the antiquated exterior iron fire escape and the addition of a safe interior stairway to provide access to both the upper and lower levels of the building is critical to the Library’s efficient operation. Currently, without an elevator the use of the upper level meeting room and the lower level program space in not feasible for public programming.


The project is estimated at three million with:


One million by a Connecticut State Library construction grant.*
One million by referendum.
One million by fund raising.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Come and help us celebrate Children's Book week on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4:00 - 6:00.


I am delighted to announce our Children’s department celebration of Children's Book week on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4:00 - 6:00. Five authors, sponsored by Jan from Millrace Books, will be here. This is a great opportunity to get autographed books for the little people on your holiday list. It is also a wonderful opportunity to introduce your children to a "real" author... someone who writes books. The authors are:

Barbara McClintock, ADELE & SIMON
Bethany Roberts - COOKIE ANGEL
Dana Rau, RISE AND SHINE
Doreen Hampton, I LIKE GUM
Jane Dyer, The RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF BEDTIME STORIES

Adele & Simon the Connecticut Book Award winner for best illustrated children's book will also available for purchase

The 2007 National Book Award Winners

November 14, 2007

The 2007 National Book Award Winners were announced live tonight during a black tie ceremony and dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, Times Square.
Young People's Literature
Poetry
Nonfiction
Fiction

Young People's Literature

Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
(Little, Brown & Company)
Photo © Rob Casey.



Poetry

Robert Hass
Time and Materials
(Ecco/HarperCollins)
Photo © Margaretta K. Mitchell, 2001.


Nonfiction

Tim Weiner
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
(Doubleday)
Photo © Jessica D. B. Doyle.


Fiction

Denis Johnson
Tree of Smoke
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Photo © Cindy Johnson.



For more information, including the list of Finalists, visit www.nationalbook.org.

Video, audio and pictures from this week's National Book Awards events will be featured on the Foundation's website over the coming month

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

We are celebrating the Liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp at the end of the Second World War




On Saturday November 10th we produced a wonderful program celebrating the Liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp at the end of the Second World War. Ben “Doc” Cooper, an army combat medic, attached to our 45th Infantry Division arrived at the Dachau Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945 just two days after its liberation. Neither he nor his combat buddies were prepared to witness, firsthand, the terrible cruelty, inhumanity and suffering that was inflicted upon over 200,000 prisoners from more than 30 countries of which nearly one-third were Jewish people killed and burned there by their Nazi captors. “Doc” held his story deep inside until 1992 when a school teacher implored him to share his story with his students. “Doc” was so moved by the care the teacher took and the student’s reactions that he set off over the next several years telling his moving and human story. The audience of 86 was deeply moved by “Doc’s” story, artifacts and the photos of his experiences. I have asked “Doc” to return next year to refresh our memories and learn from the experience of others. I am interested in your reaction to this program and look forward to presenting other timely topics for your benefit in the near future. There is a fine collection of books relating the Holocaust here at the library to bring the true meaning of Veterans Day to us all.