Monday, December 29, 2014

Seasons greetings and Happy New Year 2015

Kids do the darndest things and many times the most creative. It's really fun to see graffiti  take on new forms and how clever our young artists are who adorned our garden statuary with  seasonal caps.  
Happy New Year  2015...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

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.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The creativity of children's play is captivating.

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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Opening Reception for Art Exhibition with the Lyme Art Association

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.  

All my best, Jay

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Three cheers for the FVGLA

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. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Library trustees, Allison deVaux and Ida Franklin were presented with D. Newton Barney Society designation

Allison 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. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Goodbye Debbie Godiksen

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. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 SPRING FLING 2014

Our first spring fling was a tremendous success. Please click the link below for a short photo essay of the event.  Cheers! I  hope to see you at our next event coming soon.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was added to our collection at the main stairwell of the main libraryl

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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A friends of the library Summit at the Farmington libraries

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. 

Green Eggs and Ham

Special thanks to our great and creative children’s team: Sarah Morgan, Jane Maciel
, Trish Hart, Paula Montes
, Eva Markuszka, Angela Delaney,Vida Lashgari, Vivian Young, and Pat Sidlovsky   for making this and all  children’s programs special and fabulous beyond expectations.

Dr. Seuss quotes:
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