Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sposato Clock Dedication and Tween's Only space grand opening.



The  October 30th Farmington Libraries dedication of an 1830 Orton, Preston & Company clock, given to the Libraries by Bob And Maureen Sposato  combined with the Tween Space grand opening was a smashing success. We are very grateful to all those who attended and particularly to our young cheerleaders and Tween's who showed the way to their bright future. In that regard, we had  our wonderful harpist, Pearl Rourke,  who played during  the program. Congratulations to Pearl, cheerleaders  and all the wonderful tweens, parents, and Board members who attended for a job well done!












Farmington libraries receive outstanding response for new Tween Space and Sposato Clock


It was very exciting to have our double dedication of the Sposato Clock  and Tween Space.  Below,  State Representative Mike Demicco,  congratulates Dir. of branch and children's services, Sarah Morgan, on an outstanding Tween  program. 




Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dr. John Smayda installs a circa 1830 Orton, Preston & Company clock, given to the Libraries by Bob And Maureen Sposato, in preparation for the dedication of the Clock and Tween Space on Tuesday October 30th at 5:00 PM. The clock was made in Farmington Connecticut. Please come in to view this remarkable antique and enjoy the promise of the future through our new Tween Space in the main library rotunda and subsequently at the Tween Space.


Dr. John Smayda installs a circa 1830 Orton, Preston & Company clock, given to the Libraries by Bob And Maureen Sposato, in preparation for the dedication of the Clock and Tween Space on Tuesday October 30th at 5:00 PM. The clock was made in Farmington Connecticut.   

Please come in to view this remarkable antique and enjoy the promise of the future  through our new Tween Space in the main library rotunda and subsequently at the Tween Space.


Shelf Clock Facts

The “Orton, Preston & Company” clock; now held by Farmington libraries ,was made in Farmington circa 1830-40.
These clocks were marketed as improved clocks with brass bushings, wooden movements selling at around $10 each.
The majority of Connecticut clock companies made wooden shelf clocks between 1820 and 1840.
Clocks that were made utilizing wooden movements sold for less than $10
Through innovation mass-produce brass movements became the industry standard.
The Farmington Canal was completed in 1829 and allowed companies such as Williams, Orton and Preston to transport their wares to New Haven and beyond.
Peddlers using horse and wagon also sold clocks throughout New England.
Connecticut clocks were found in most of New England, as far west as Ohio and into the Canadian markets.
After the demise of the Williams Company in 1840 new clock manufacturers were established in Farmington such as “George Marsh” and “Seymour Williams and Porter” to continue on affirming his manufacturing history.



Monday, October 28, 2013

WOW! The arts are alive and well in Farmington; over 200 people...attended Sundays Bach concert with a surprise solo by Astrid Lazur of Munich, Germany while 100 enjoyed Tuesday’ Sweet Adeline’s concert. I lok forward to seeing you soon at the Library.



PLEASE JOIN US AT THE NEXT RICHARD P. GARMANY CONCERT

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Performances

Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers
Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m., Barney Library
Old New England style of group playing by ear in a fun filled performance for all ages.
Rhythms of the World with Judy Handler & Mark Levesque
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m., Barney Library
Passionate and lyrical music from around the world for guitars and mandolin.
Airborne Jazz Trio
Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 p.m., Barney Library
Sensitive, intimate jazz standards from the great jazz legends of yesterday and today.
Violin Recital with Shreya Sachdev
Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 p.m., Farmington Main Library
Please Register Here
A conservatory student performs a classical arrangement.
Classical Guitar with Dave Giardina
Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 p.m., Farmington Main Library
Please Register Here
A range of classical guitar music with Spanish influence, from the renaissance to more modern standards.
Sweet Adelines
Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m., Farmington Main Library
Please Register Here
Women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance.
Bach Organ Concert
Sunday, October 27, 4:00 p.m., First Church of Christ
Please Register Here
An afternoon of Bach with organist Ed Clark.

This event will take place at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT.

Cole Porter Tribute with Jazz Pianist John Brighenti and Vocalist Gail Lumpkin
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m., Farmington Main Library
Please Register Here
The duo will perform an arrangement of timeless Cole Porter classics.
Les Julian Presents: A Little Bit of Broadway
Thursday, November 14, 1:15 p.m., Barney Library
Please Register Here
Singer, songwriter, entertainer and fun guy, Les Julian, recreates the magic of Broadway music.
Survivors Swing Band Concert
Tuesday, December 3, 1:00 p.m., Farmington Main Library
Please Register Here
The Survivor’s Swing Band is a 7-piece ensemble made up of recent retirees and senior citizens. Come celebrate the nostalgic 1940s with hits from Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, and other favorites.
A Musical Holiday Tea
Thursday, December 12, 1:15 p.m., Barney Library
Harpist Pearl Rourke entertains during this traditional afternoon tea.
Children’s Choir – TBD
December
Dana Lauren Jazz
Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m., Farmington Main Library
Please Register Here
Jazz standards with fresh arrangements and classic swing.
World Cafe with Judy Handler & Mark Levesque
Sunday, February 23, 2:00 p.m., Farmington Main Library
Please Register Here
Passionate and lyrical music from around the world for guitars and mandolin.
Dublin in Song and Story with Tom O’Carroll
Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m., Farmington Main Library
Please Register Here
An Irish singer tells the tales and sings the songs of his native city.
Music from the Sherman Brothers with CabareT
Sunday, March 23, 2:00 p.m., Farmington Main Library
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A family concert with songs from many favorite children’s movies and musicals.
Coast Guard Ensemble – TBD
April
Baroque Organ Concert
Sunday, May 18, 4:00 p.m., First Church of Christ
Please Register Here
The divine sounds of baroque music with organist Ed Clark. This event will take place at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT.


http://farmingtonlibraries.org/richard-p-garmany-music-series/

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mr. Feehan Learns Electronic Tablet Communications Plus...

 One of the Farmington Libraries signature services is one-on-one tutelage for individuals who need assistance in navigating newly acquired electronic devices. The whole information team is well-versed in assisting people who need help using  a wide range of devices.   please call for an appointment the next time you're  stumped.