After graduate school, I was finally drafted into the United States Navy in 1968 and subsequently applied to submarine school; It was not fun. However, it became a part of me that I shall never forget. I wish all my shipmates well and smooth sailing on this important day of remembrance. And pray for our soldiers, sailors, marines, and air forces fighting in foreign seas and lands.
Our children's program presents an infinite choice of creative activities for preschoolers providing a rich context for adults to share a greater understanding of their child's development through creative play.
We had a wonderful art event on October 7th at our opening reception with special music from the jazz ensemble sphere for a significant art show with Yves Parent, maritime painter and Melissa Imossi and Lacopo Pasquinelli, landscape artists. I hope to see you at our next event.
Shown above L to R are: Norma Hartley, Rita Johnson, Mike Gurski and Terry Roberts
The Farmington Village Green and Library, FVGLA, Association was founded in 1901. Its purpose is to serve the Farmington community through library and museum services in addition to maintaining Memento Mori and the Village Green at the intersection of Route 10 and four. This year the FGLA leadership decided to consolidate all of our programs into one booth celebrating the work of the FVGLA at the Unionville Festival. Everyone had a great time and the booths were magnificent. Special congratulations to our fearless team leader, Norma Hartley, for a job well done along with the whole Festival Team.
deVaux and Ida Franklin were both congratulated on a job well done and presented
with the D. Newton Barney Society designation on the occasion of their retirement from Farmington's library board at the September 17 meeting. We thanked them for their service and wish them well as they go on to other ventures.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Debbie over the past eight years
and have learned so much about Farmington through her intelligence and legacy
experience. Debbie has carried the responsibility of institutional
memory for quite a while and now that she is off to new exciting travels and
interests the batons is passed on to those whom she has helped understand the
nuances of the libraries and her post. I shall miss her and know that
leaving is always a double-edged sword. Debbie, I wish you smooth sailing and happiness
in your future endeavors.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States,
serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.
This oil painting of
Abraham Lincoln, a gift of Dr. Philip DePasquale, is a replication of a
painting by John Dennison Crocker, painted in 1865 and subsequently ripped from
its gilded frame and stolen from the Norwich City Hall in 1994. John Dennison
Crocker (1822-1907) was born in Salem, CT and spent most of his life in
Norwich, CT. He painted CT landscapes and portraits of local dignitaries.
Abraham Lincoln visited Norwich on March 9, 1860 and Crocker probably used
photography to record Mr. Lincoln’s image. Crocker subsequently painted this
portrait in 1865. The slater Museum in Norwich and Norwich City Hall have
Crocker’s paintings in their permanent collections.
Susan D’Amico, a
contemporary portrait painter, painted this portrait of Lincoln in 2011 in
response to a ‘Call to Artists’ to replace Crocker’s stolen painting. She
attempted to replicate the stillness and somber colors particular to nineteenth
century American portrait painters, based upon a sole photograph taken of the
original painting and Crocker’s other portrait paintings. Her challenge was to
copy the Crocker portrait as closely as possible, not adding any artistic
interpretation; to truly be a copyist rather than an expressive painter. This
was difficult for Susan, since Crocker’s interpretation was somewhat different
than existing photographs of President Lincoln and the only photograph of
Crocker’s Lincoln was taken at an angle, distorting the image. In the past,
Susan has drawn and painted Lincoln based upon his photographed image but she
had to do more studies in graphite and pastel based on Crocker’s image before
painting on the canvas.
It was just fun to pop my head in to this ad hoc Friends of the library meeting for a picture of several area library friends group representatives who got together to discuss strategies and tactics to increase sales and deal with the changing reading media. Special thanks to convener Linda Chapron for her leadership in bringing all these fabulous volunteers together.
1. "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
2. "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is your than you."
3. "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
4. "A person's a person, no matter how small."
5. "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
6. "Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."
7. "Maybe Christmas.." he thought "Doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."
8. "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go."
9. "You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut."
10."Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!"
11. "Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory."
12."You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!"
March 5, 2014 celebrating Green Eggs and Ham at the Farmington Libraries