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 eplatz@farmingtonlibct.org 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: http://farmingtonlibctteen.blogspot.com/



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: http://farmingtonlibctchild.blogspot.com/
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: http://farmingtonlibctbarney.blogspot.com/

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.


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