Friday, December 30, 2011

Library Volunteers make the Difference...

It is always great fun to get together to celebrate success and  the 67 volunteers who attended our 5th annual volunteer celebration breakfast were no exception.  I too, had a great time in preparing and serving a well-deserved thank you Omelet to each wonderful volunteer.

And, special Thanks to 2011 volunteer award recipients: Pat Smith, who singlehandedly rearranged the main library’s adult nonfiction collection and Jessie Saxton, who worked tirelessly to keep our gardens beautiful throughout the years.  And, a special shout out to all the other  volunteers  who together are the great force which makes this the best library on the planet. All my best as we go forth to 2012... 

My entire best Jay.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Looking Ahead to Twenty Twelve

At this new beginning, I reflect upon the past and look ahead to the new with a keen eye for what can be. Looking there, I see many possibilities and challenges on the horizon. I hope you, too, see exciting possibilities and opportunities in the year ahead.  I shall look forward to sharing them as we navigate the libraries toward 2013.

All My Best,


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tinker Murphy's, Final Good-bye Tea

Farmington Libraries Director of Operations, Tinker Murphy's, 
 Final Good-bye Tea
Congratulations to Sidney (Tinker) Murphy on her decision to retire after giving over 34 years of outstanding service to the people of Farmington. 

We have relied upon her constantly for her expertise, enthusiasm, sense of humor and knowledge of the library and employees. It is because of Tinker that we were able to operate our outstanding organization beyond expectations. She is a great leader and professional. And, although we shall miss her, we are supremely happy for her because she is headed off on the adventure to which we all look forward. 

Tinker, will be terribly missed by all of us who have depended upon her knowledge and collegiality and especially her ability to deal with the many complex "issues" we face daily.

It is our distinct pleasure to have served with you. Thank you again for your service, kindness, humility, and intelligence, but, mostly, thank you for your humanity. You are the best! 



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Growing Up Armenian in Turkey

We are excited to  have Dr. John Balian bring his story to the Farmington community.  Please mark your calendar for February

John D. Balian, will discuss his first self-published novel "Gray Wolves and White Doves" here on Wednesday February 29th @ 7:00 pm.  Dr. Balian was born in a small village in Anatolia Turkey and grew up in several Middle Eastern and European countries prior to his emigration to to  United States.  Grey Wolves and White Doves relates his personal  experiences as a young Armenian boy in modern Turkey and the Middle East. He will discuss the process of writing his book and answer  questions regarding his experiences.  

Dr. Balian is a graduate of Columbia and Tufts University School of Medicine, and currently  a senior executive of a US-based global corporation

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ride 'Em Cowboy

We are just so excited with our newest acquisition, a gift, of an old fashion mechanical horse. Jane Maciel, our resident Artist, has hand painted it to Merry-go-Round specifications from official Carousel art. The children are able to ride it on special occasions upon completion of reading a book or other important children's matters.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Barney Bash! Thanking All Our Wonderful Donors

It is always special when people who share the same vision of community and commitment get together. It was just that occasion on last Friday evening, December 2, when about 400 library and museum donors got together to celebrate community, friendship and purpose. I am especially grateful to our hospitality co-chairs Monique Schatten and Jane Dalal along with Norma Hartley, creator of our fabulous evening table arrangements. Naturally, the many Trustees who cooked baked and poured all made the event one of a kind and a wonderful lasting Farmingtonian memory…

P.S. Please click on the picture for a slide show
Best J.