Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Good Bye Emily ......Smooth Sailing.

Teen Librarian, Emily Platz, is a dynamic and exciting individual who brought high energy, caring and the psychology of youth to our Teens.

Emily has captured the hearts and minds of our young and old people alike with her intelligence, forthrightness and great sense of humor. Emily’s legacy is rich in understanding, intelligence, kindness and technology. She helps us understand why Teens need an advocate and how to reach and help them make the right choices. Emily is off to new and exciting ventures in her young life as a graduate student at George Washington University. I wish Emily well and thank her for giving me a chance to know her and benefit from her professionalism and success here at Farmington. Good Bye Emily and smooth sailing.

Why do retirement plan assets make good charitable gifts?

Via A. Garafola, The Development Director of the Farmington Village Green and Library Associaton, has developed a precise and persuasive argument to give this year to our association.

Why do retirement plan assets make good charitable gifts?

During December we can be inundated with appeals for money from myriad nonprofit causes which need our support. Some we have donated to in the past. Others are similar to our favorite causes. Still others we may not have a personal interest in, but they are hoping that our charitable nature will extend to them, too.

An important consideration before you give is what to give. Most people give from their discretionary funds by writing a check or donating by credit card. But giving another type of asset may make better sense for you.

Recently, when President Bush signed the economic bailout bill (H.R. 1424), he included in it a two-year extension of the IRA Rollover Provision.
The provision will be made retroactive to Jan. 1, 2008 and apply to gifts made from that date through Dec. 31, 2009. The provision exempts from taxable income any funds transferred (“rolled over”) from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a charitable organization.*

Why give a gift from your IRA rather than leave it in your will for your loved ones? Because the IRA balance may be doubly taxed at your death. It can be subject to estate taxes (at an assumed rate of 45%) and state and federal taxes (at an assumed rate of 35%). This makes it an effective gift for your charity of choice, while leaving other, less heavily-taxed assets to heirs.

If you are at a point where you need to take minimum distributions, using your IRA to make a donation may be the perfect answer.

For specific examples or more information, contact Via A. Garafola, Development Director, at 860-673-6791, ext 214. Or, email All calls are held in strictest confidence.

* Some limitations apply: The donor must be age 70½ or older; the cap on annual IRA rollovers is $100,000; the contribution must be a direct gift to a charity (no planned gifts); the provision expired at the end of 2007, but plans are to reinstate it and make it permanent.

The Farmington Village Green and Library Association, established in 1901, helps to preserve the quality of life and cultural history of Farmington through an endowment that supports the Farmington and Barney Libraries, Stanley-Whitman House, the Village Green, and the Memento Mori Cemetery on Main Street. You may direct your charitable gift to benefit one of these, or designate it to the FVGLA endowment which allows its Board of Trustees to use your gift where there is the greatest need in any particular year.

This E-News is published by the Farmington Village Green & Library Association, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032, (860) 673-6791, ext 214. Email The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal or tax advice. For advice in your specific case, contact your attorney or tax planning professional.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Teens at work at the Farmington Library

It is such fun to work with young people. This group of high school students are assisting in the assembly of Barney Library Renovation fund raising informational brochures. They each gave an hour of their time to help our project. Thank You.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, the great All-American holiday in my book, is just a great time to be together and remember what life has brought us: family, friends, high school and college football games and a great deal of wonderful food spread out on a wonderful table all defined by Turkey size and aromatics.
I wish you all the best holiday and hope we all can celebrate the joys of life and feel safe in these uncertain times. Thanksgiving, always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, Celebrates the Pilgrims first harvest in 1621 with a feast. Pilgrims should not to be confused with Puritans who established Massachusetts Bay Colony, Boston, in 1628.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Goodbye Jan Whitcomb

Library Assistant Jan Whitcomb is leaving Farmington for new challenges in Avon. We wish her the best in her new endeavors….. Good Bye Jan.

Friday, November 14, 2008

“Whispers at the Library.”

November is exciting at the Farmington Library! Artist Doris Weiner has transformed the library’s community room into a surrealistic garden with her major site-specific art installation titled “Whispers at the Library.” Visit soon to experience this extraordinary exhibit.

Martin Schiller remembers his experiences in Buchenwald

Author, Martin Schiller, gave a compelling account of his experiences as recorded in his book, "Bread Butter and Sugar: A Boy’s Journey through the Holocaust and Postwar Europe".

Friday, October 31, 2008

Joe Entenmen, working in the Media Lab

Happy Halloween

Master Gardner’s Final event

Master Gardner’s Final event before winterizing the Library Garden. These people are just great. And the beauty of the garden is inspiring." />

Farmington Hookers present a special Hooked rug to the Library

It is just amazing to see the fellowship and team work generated by the Thursday Hookers, a group of dedicated rug hookers who create beautiful folk Art here every Thursday. If you are a hooker, or wish to learn how to hook, pleas join them soon. They are just a wonderful group of people.

SOPAC version 2.0., an open source solution

We are happy to have co-sponsored another exciting Library technology seminar, SOPAC version 2.0. with the Connecticut Library Consortium. John Blyberg, Darien Public Library, developed an open source code tool expressly for libraries. Mr. Blyberg’s exciting and robust portal tool is written in open source code and will be available free to any library in the near future. His new web site tool is called SOPAC version 2.0. Over 50 library professionals from throughout the state attended this exciting seminar.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Betty Coykendall, Sara Porter Society Recipient

Working with volunteers is an especially rewarding experience. We are very lucky in Farmington to have so many wonderful volunteers who: work as Friends of the Library, work in the library on a set schedule, Work at the various book sales, and organize and work the garden tour and server as master gardeners in our garden. Betty Coykendall is a super volunteer, someone who has worked as a volunteer at the Libraries for over 35 years. Betty has given and continues to give tirelessly to better the library. She has served as President of our parent organization the FVGLA, president of the Library Board, President of the Friends, and all the while has worked as a key leader in the Friends Book Sale. It is for all the reasons stated above, that Betty was awarded the meritorious Sara Porter Society award. Congratulations Betty, you are the Best.

Monday, September 29, 2008

RE: Annual Report Fiscal Year 2008 (July 1, 2007/June 30, 2008)

Farmington Libraries
Since 1901

August, 2008

RE: Annual Report Fiscal Year 2008 (July 1, 2007/June 30, 2008)

Dear Resident: Farmington’s 2008 fiscal year was phenomenal with overall performance up by 8.5% or 61,644 transitions. As a learning-centered organization devoted to appreciative inquiry, we focused on increasing the social, economic, and educational opportunities the Libraries deliver. A need for increasing program variety and diversifying demographic appeal was discovered through identifying new changes in technology, society, and economics. We subsequently developed a program reflecting the structural elements Farmington people need or desire to better understand or appreciate life. These elements are incorporated into our program. i.e., we now have departmental Blogs to disseminate programming and events and have developed a curriculum for FY-09 to teach software applications through Computer U, one of Farmington libraries newest service elements. As a result of these and many other foci, we have increased participation and added value in each service area where the 2007-08 total Service unit count increased by 8.5% or, 61,644 transations , when compared to the 2006-07 fiscal year.

Furthermore, we have worked toward modernizing the Barney Branch library through a one million dollar State Grant, A one Million dollar fund raising campaign, and have secured a one million dollar ballot question from the Town Council for Farmington voters to decide by referendum on November 4, 2008. The project is anticipated to bring the building up to code and architectural correctness in the following areas:

· An elevator to provide access to all three floors
· New computers for classes and research
· Climate control and fire safety updates
· Aesthetic improvements to restore historical accuracy

I am excited and enthusiastic to report these impressive and important data and accomplishments for your understanding. I am very proud of the good work your libraries do and the dedicated professional staff who all together make it happen. I suggest you view the departmental Blogs @ to further understand the magnitude of our program. The following provides a small picture of the programs and events which summarize the year departmentally:

Adult Services

1. Leveraged the New DVD collection by decreasing the loan period and collection to accommodate demand.
2. Winter Films and Afternoon Bijou are just two of the numerous
programs that have been instituted . Author programs have also dramatically increased
3. Physical Layout of computers and reading areas has been improved.
4. Successful partnering with Metro Bistro restaurant for expanded yearlong Chefs and Books program.
5. Started Adopt-a-Shelf program/club for shelf reading volunteers; volunteer hours in department have increased to new record.

Teen Services
Here are 5 interesting/important facts about the Teen Department in the last year:

1. We fused technology and literature in our "Teen Video Booktalks" to increase circulation and provide current book recommendations to other teens. These "Teen Video Booktalks" won Honorable Mention at the CLA Publicity Awards 2008.
2. We partnered with local schools and the Farmington FOCUS Prevention Counsel to provide FHS senior girls with advice about college. Hillary Bennett, 2007's Trinity College Violence Prevention Coordinator was our guest lecturer and discussed tips to stay safe on a college campus. She also covered personal safety issues, alcohol and drug use and sexual assault prevention. A panel of recent FHS grads was also present for a question and answer session.
3. We have partnered with the Farmington Historical Society and the Farmington Oral History Project to provide FHS students with the opportunity to experience local history through members of our community. Teens from FHS and the Farmington Alternative School are currently learning the interview process and will begin to conduct interviews with local community members by the end of October. These interviews will be recorded and then archived to preserved our local history.
4. We provided 154 Teens with volunteer experiences this summer with our Summer Reading Club. These teens were given the opportunity to volunteer and help librarians conduct programs, mend library items and keep the library clean. All of the Teens that participated in the program were awarded a certificate of accomplishment for their hard work.
5. We have increased the circulation of all Teen Department materials as well as Teen participation in programs and events at the library in the past year.

Children’s Services

1. Summer Reading Program – Get A Clue 2007 broke all records: 1,099 school-age children participated & recorded 24,653 books on their school reading log, an 22% increase in participation over last year’s program.

2, Third-grade visits in June - All third grade students in Farmington visited the library and received library cards. These highly applauded visits were appreciated by children, teachers and families. Mrs. Mary Beth Peterson, whose son Andrew was in 3rd grade at West District School, raved about her son’s excited reaction to his behind-the scenes visit to the library. She hadn’t expected him to be so impressed, since they are regular library visitors. He was thrilled that he got to put a bar code on a book and had a sneak peek at the Teen Area. She hopes that the library visits will be continuing so that her daughter, Catherine, who is in third grade this year, will be able to come.

3. Continuing outreach to many groups. New this year, visits by Farmington High School’s health classes – Seven classes visited and learned about the composition of children’s books in preparation for an innovative project of writing their own picture book, illustrating a health theme & aimed at an elementary audience

Lending Services

1. Lending up to 439,061 circulations which highest ever that is 10% over 2006/2007
2. 262,552 visits; up 5% over 2006-2007
3. The introduction of Self Checkout
4. Continued successful bus trips
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Greenwich Village Bookstore Tour
Boston Museum of Fine Art- El Greco exhibit
5. Chinese language collection added
6. Forgiving Tree --One ton of food collected for needy people
7. Virtual Museum pass registration initiated

Branch Services

1. Established Village Vibrations summer series of musical concerts on the front lawn of The Barney Library
2. Offered Conversational English Classes to individuals from other countries wishing to have an opportunity to practice English
3. Doubled our homebound library service to citizens who are unable to come to the library.
4. Increased use of The Barney library’s Hoppin Gallery through multiple bookings of artists, scouts, clubs, and reading groups
5. Expanded one-on-one computer training for adults

Unionville days 2008 was a great experience for all.

Unionville days 2008 was a great success and experience for all who participated or attended. I especially wish to Thank FVGLA president Ed Preneta and his wife Barbara for their help with the Barney Project communications. I also would like to acknowledge Paula Montes for her children’s programming and Steve McMahon for his overall assistance. The Friends of the Library were on duty at their booth with Nancy Nickerson, Paula Ray and Gloria Dinkins. Special thanks are also due for Tery Matava who displayed a Barney Tag sale poster on her Tractor for the October 4th event at the Barney Branch Library.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Who said it isn’t cool to be in the library after school?

Who said it isn’t cool to be in the library after school?

Farmington Libraries Aquarium Dedication September 25th at the Aquarium in the Children's department

It was just great to see the curiosity and involvement our salt water aquarium evoked during the September 25 dedication program. Our Angel, Mary-Kay Newell, attended as did Rochambeau Essay contest winner Erin Kelly. Complementary Refreshments by Apricots were delicious and a good time was had by all.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Lobster Fest was a great success in more ways than One!

Robert Putnam extols the importance of community involvement through volunteerism and community in his book “Bowling Alone”. Putnam could use the Farmington Rotary’s “Lobster on Main Street" event as a spark of hope and example for the revival of that important social fabric he believes has passed by in today’s society.

The Event was held on Saturday September 13 on the Barney Library and First Church lawn and engaged over 200 revelers. I wish to congratulate the Rotary Club and those members and friends who worked to make this event such a great success by serving 168 lobsters, 38 steaks, 22 Hot Dogs (Kids' Meals) to a well connected group from all over Town. Special thanks to: Rotarians Peter Antigiovanni, Jean Atwater-Williams, Ednalou Ballard, Norm Ballard, Dave Barrett, Bill Beckert, Jr., Ron Bernard, Dave Chalker, Frank Chase,Mike Cheshire, Mike Clark, Ben Davol, Jason Jastrzebski, Doug Kartsen,Ken Kaufman, Carole King, Joe Kintschi, Brad Lutz, Bill Mastrogiovanni, Jr.,
John Pecora, Kevin Ray, Howard Rosenfield, Augusto Russell, Matt Vendetti.
and Stephen Wasley. Special thanks to Karen Wasley and Paula Ray.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Digital Scanning for Future Generations

It is just great to see exciting and productive projects going on throughout the library. Here, Teen volunteer Joe Entenman methodically scans and edits original historic photos for the Farmington Room collection in the Media Lab.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Working Together

Working Together is easy and fun when you have a good team. I have to applaud Barbara Knibbs, Hal Bright, Judy Guglietta and Terry Matava on their recient reorganization project of our adult computer cluster.

Giving Tree; a chance to convert overdue library materials into food

We have instituted our first Giving Tree which has netted over 1,500 lbs of nonperishable food in the first 10 days. Farmington people are very generous. Library fines a good thing??? Your library fines can turn into a great thing! If you return your overdue items between June 2 and June 28, they can help fight hunger in Farmington! The following was contributed by Jeanne Johnson: “Even though I was just contribution and didn't owe any fines, I think your Food For Fines Program is a great idea. I also like the idea that non food items--tooth brush, paste--- were accepted items. "

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Third Graders Visit The Farmington Library

One of our best new initiatives is the third grade visit... This program had its maiden voyage on Monday June second.. where children from Noah Wallace and West District schools visited and were just great to have visit. These vital youngsters learned a good deal about how the Library operates behind the scenes and what the library is all about. East Farms and Union Schools will visit within the next few days and I look forward to meeting each of them as well.

Friday, May 30, 2008

<30 social networking game; Farmington Libraries Response

ComScore, Inc. recently reported “The number of worldwide visitors to social networking sites has grown 34 percent in the past year to 530 million, representing approximately 2 out of every 3 Internet users. MySpace and Facebook are in a tight battle for the global leadership position, each attracting more than 100 million visitors per month”.

The application of social networking tools in libraries is a critical element to 21st century success. While digital communications via Web 2.0 are new, community collaboration has always and will remain the fundamental building block for all civilizations past and future.

The important question here is: how does the library become a recognizable resource in this new electronic social venue? To answer this question, we must test our minds over the next several months and develop methods and technologies to project the libraries into social networking. The harsh fact today is that twenty-somethings use library information less than 1% of the time, while relying 99% of the time on other sources: friends, Google etc.

Natural logic leads me to conclude that this age group will continue to increase, not based solely on the passage of time, but rather by the necessity of communicating in an increasingly more digitally-centric society.

Stamford University has recognized digital social networking as a viable communications channel by developing and offering graduate MBA classes in Facebook Marketing. These changes in communications models and in basic resource findings require significant alterations from the current library model of maintaining that the only reliable information source is a vetted information source.

The library’s card catalog is competing at a great disadvantage to the optimized commercial web, and although OCLC, the global library card catalog, and Google have collaborated to include library collections into its search string; fundamental change must be invoked at the local library level to provide equal access channels to library information. The utilization of statistical logic tables, artificial intelligence models, and total integration of resources into a seamless library catalog will provide the important window necessary to give people an impetus to use the information available.

This basic structural and transformational change to information access has placed a great opportunity before us. The library must become an even more important player in the traditional physical social network within its geographic communities where people can actually meet face-to-face to continue on-line conversations. The library is the twenty-first century agora where technology groups, economic groups, and many others come together to have fun, and to review opinions to better understand topics as they develop.

With that in mind, The Farmington Libraries have pushed the tiller alee, capturing a new breeze with which to fill our sails--more programs for children and adults, a Media Lab for inter-generational use and discovery, a new look at teens, and how to engage this age group who are already adapted to these new technologies.

The current development of a high-powered learning environment that stretches the imagination and works to solve or clarify many important questions that are difficult and should be considered as follows:
(1) How to operate your new digital camera.
(2) How to convert analog materials such as VHS and audio cassettes to digital media.
(3) How to discover a place to visit and enjoy your neighbors and friends at public forums.
(4) Where to go in your neighborhood for the most current book talks, concerts, author lectures, bus trips, travel programs, and gaming.
(5) Checking the important date for the “Second Annual Taste of Farmington” or one of many other exciting opportunities in the Farmington Libraries future planning and events.

Yes, we are working very diligently to provide the services and materials in which you are interested and need. One of the major differences between Web 1.0 and web 2.0 is the social interaction and participation. In that regard, Farmington Libraries are practicing the Library 2.0 model as well……….. please let me know how we are doing and what we can do to make things better for Farmington………..

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Media Lab..... A place to remember the past with new technologies

One of the initiatives we have been developing here is the Media Lab, a place where you can edit a digital movie, convert an old analog; VHS, audio tape, 35mm film, and vinyl recordings. This is a service vision I have charted in last year’s annual report. We are on the cusp of Media Lab opening over the next several weeks ands look forward to seeing you stop by for a nostalgic make over…

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Summer is approaching and the lure of idle time

Summer is approaching and the lure of idle time, the beach, and catch-up reading is on the minds of most. In that regard, Peter Boxall’s book “1001 Books You Must Read before You Die”, NYT 5/23/08, Weekend Arts Section, is a reminder of how lists are affected by, nationality, culture, and age.
My best suggestion for great reading is to go the memories of friends, colleagues and family. This type of synthesis may be carried out in Facebook, where friends will ask, suggest, and promote various books to each other; Farmington Libraries is currently in the process of starting a bibliofacebook account for the purpose of gathering the book groups, we have over ten, and individual readers together to discuss what to read in the "CLOUD"…. I suggest, Robin Knox-Johnston’s “Robin Round the World: The single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the world…" this account of a great single-handed circumnavigation is inspiring, poetic and something I read while at sea myself, a guy's book.

I am very excited about several projects and programs that have been initiated @ Farmington Libraries over May 2008: Campus Safety Lecture for Farmington High School SeniorsThursday, June 5th9:00 a.m to 10:30 a.m.Hillary Bennett, 2007's Trinity College Violence Prevention Coordinator will lecture and discuss tips to stay safe on a college campus. She will cover personal safety issues, alcohol and drug use and sexual assault prevention. A panel of recent FHS grads will also be present for a question and answer session. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided for those who attend the lecture, and gift card door prizes will be awarded at the end.

To register for this lecture, please contact Teen Services Librarian Emily Platz at or 673-6791 or you may sign up at Ms. Ruzek's office.
This is an excused absence for all FHS graduating. Check out Teen Blog here:

Legos at the Library = Creativity The Lego Club met today and the members were astounding in their creativity!Sharing ideas and comparing notes the satisfied builders displayed their creations!
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High School Students are Learning to be Authors
Students from the Health Classes at the Farmington High School met with Suzanne Maryeski to learn about the components of a good picture book. The students are planning to incorporate what they've learned in school into a picture book, about health, geared towards fourth graders.
Monday, April 7, 2008. check out children's bolg here:
Bus trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston May 20th - All Aboard!
Join us on a trip to view the groundbreaking exhibition "El Greco to Velazquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III" which examines the period 1598-1621 with masterpieces by these two giants of Spanish painting and their contemporaries. The trip is scheduled for Tues., May 20. The bus will leave the main library at 8:30 and will return about 6:30. Cost is $55 which includes the bus and admission to the museum. Guided tours are an additional $10 and audio guides are $5. Lunch is on your own in the Museum's full-service cafeteria. We will hold your reservation upon receipt of your check made out to the Farmington Library.
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Read To Your Bear!
Taking advantage of the oversized blue chair at The Barney Library, these bears are modeling more than their beautifully crafted hats from story hour. These bears are a reminder to parents that reading to their children should be the most important twenty minutes of their day. By scheduling time with books, families foster bonding, encourage imaginative activity, strengthen listening and language skills and develop strong readers. Reading is important to success in school and work, opening new worlds and increasing communication.
To assist parents in this important undertaking, the library is ready to help with a selection of quality reading materials all available for check-out. By checking the books out at the library and sharing them for twenty minutes a day with their youngsters, parents will be giving their children a priceless gift. Read To Your Bear! Posted by Farmington Libraries since 1901 at 5:04 PM 0 comments
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Practice English!

The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington has been the scene for Practice English, an informal conversational group for speakers of other languages. Over the years, people from Pakistan, Turkey, India, Korea, Japan, China, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Ecuador and Iran have participated. The sessions have been an excellent opportunity to meet people, learn about cultures, explore American life, and gain fluency in The English Language.
This summer, the program will be held at The Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, on Friday mornings from 10-11 a.m., from July 11-August 15. Adults are welcome to register by calling Information Services at 673-6791. All are welcome. Check out Barney blog here:

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Gone Fishin'

A special 3-class Fishing Instruction Series will be led by Stan Grabowski, Chief Instructor for the DEP CARE classes. Stan is a Unionville native and a graduate of Farmington High School. He has been fishing the Farmington River his whole life. Come enjoy this unique opportunity to learn from a local expert. These classes are open to adults and children ages 9 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. They are free but space is limited. Dates are Thursday May 22nd 7pm –8:15pm, Thursday May 29th 7pm—8:15pm, Wednesday June 4th7pm –8:15pm. Call 673-6791 to register.
The CARE program offers a special deal on beginner’s Spincasting Fishing Rods. - which may be ordered for $13 at the time of program registration.

Check our Blogs for forthcoming information on our exciting programming….

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Keeping Mentally Fit at the Library

NYT contributor Kate Hafner revealed a good deal of collected wisdom in her Saturday May 3rd NYT article “Exercise Your Brain, Or Else You’ll…Uh…”. The focus of the article revealed the fear middle age people experience with forgetfulness and its connotations to dementia. The general wisdom was to realize that fear, anxiety, and other psycho-traumatic events directly affect cognitive processing and are directly correlated to apparent mental dysfunction. Why am I posting this on my Blog? Because the Library has the answers to these concerns in a new program we are rolling out, “Stress Relief 1.0 Kit” these kits will contain computer games such as: Brain Age 2, MindFit and other computer based games. It is also helpful to participate in board games and read noniction materials. The Farmington Libraries are just a great place to find methods to help exercise your mind in so many ways. Keep posted.

Monday, April 14, 2008

What's going on at Farmington Libraries? From Chefs & Books on May 21st to Jane and Michael Stern of Road Food on May 28th... a lot to do!

Check Out everything from Children's Programs to Adult Programs.. From Barney Branch Programs to Teen Programs.. It is all New, Fresh, Salient and tailored just for you.. Please let me know how we are doing... 673.6791 X 123

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Friends Book Sale.. "The Best Deal In Town"

Have you heard the Buzz... The 36th Friends Book Sale is taking Place Thursday, April 3, 6-9 p.m.($4 admission,this night only) Free Admission Friday, April 4, 9 a.m. - 8p.m. Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bag Sale - Saturday, 3-5 p.m.
(fill our grocery bag for $5).. This is a great time to pick up real bargains and help the Friends help the Libraries... See you There....

The Rotary Club of Farmington

I was inducted along with Edna Nolan, Met Life Insurance, into The Rotary Club of Farmington on April first. President Ken Kaufman & sponsor Steve Wasley flank me in the photo.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Go Fly a Kite

Steve McMahon is busy installing the latest accoutrement to the Teen Center.......

Blu-ray this

The continuous dynamics of technology driven by what the Japanese coined as KAIZEN (KY’zen) or continuous improvement requires us to learn how to change on a regular basis. In that regard, the next-generation optical disc Blu-ray format was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD)
Along with five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs. Blu-ray can be made backwards compatible with CDs and DVDs through the use of a BD/DVD/CD compatible optical pickup unit. We will be providing a limited amount in the Blu-ray format soon and as the price and market change will have not choice than to purchas everything in the new Blu-ray Standard.

Farmington in Connecticut, Second Revised Edition

The Farmington Historical Society‘s "Farmington in Connecticut, Second Revised Edition" was presented to me here by Farmington Room Librarian, Ann Arcari. Ann is a long standing Farmington History authority and a member of the Farmington Historical Society. The book is a wonderful gift and may be purchased from any society member. Furthermore, while talking history with Ann, the concept of Farmington Libraries sponsoring an essay contest on the importance of lieutenant general, comte de Rochambeau, commanded the French expeditionary army sent to help the American Revolution during 1780 to 1782 was raised. Since Rochambeau passed through Farmington, I believe this can become a wonderful way to give our students a better understanding of local history’s global meaning.