Friday, October 30, 2015


As October is coming to a close, two remarkable events come to mind, Halloween and the change to standard time. I suppose the idea of Halloween, no matter how you derive its origins, was inspired by the stark realities of a lethal cold punctuated with the subsequent death of all apparent living things on the landscape, the flora. This protracted reality of quietly dying from a profusion of beautiful splendid colors into the bleakness of winter is only relieved by the hope of rebirth in spring.  Why not go out and dress-up in outrageous costumes and knock of stranger’s doors for soul cakes, candy or tricks for treats.

This abandonment of the green of summer to a stark, barren landscape is exacerbated by the incremental increase in darkness creeping most directly into the day each morning into a nighttime that has covered the familiar sunshine of recent months past. To wit, the best thing about the end of October to my mind is the time change that will return light to the morning yet alas, ying and yang, cloaking the afternoon ever closer to the emerging morning light.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The First Annual Appraisal Day, 2015

We produce hundreds of events here at the libraries, each having a certain twist however, our first Appraisal Day was very unique in both evocativeness and natural familiarity. Everyone, without exception, had a grand time, had a story and was glad they brought that special and sometimes not-so-special item or items to find the answers to: what it was, how much it was worth, where it was made and many other questions .

Our Apprasial Day team: John Teahan, Allison deVaux, Jorie Andrews and Lori Yu,  each were magnificent in their ability to work diligently and yet have fun. The net result of their efforts made the customers and our appraisers experience delightful giving a positive net result for both paying customers and especially our pro bono appraisers who are willing to come back in 2016 for the second annual event.

Finally, special shout out to Larry Shapiro, whom I worked with while directing Glastonbury's Welles Turner Library in the mid 1990's, for honchoing this great first event. Larry really made it happen! Also special thanks to Samuel Herrup, Tami Zawistowski, Kim Brewer, Michael Westman, Justine De Metrick, and Billy Voiers who volunteered their valuable time for the good of our parent, the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.

 FVGLA Appraisal Day 2015 
Sunday October 18th 10 AM - 1 PM 
Farmington Main Library 
6 Monteith Dr. 
Farmington, CT 
Samuel Herrup 
Sheffield MA
Furniture, paintings, clocks, folk art, Americana. 
Larry Shapiro 
Appraisals and Antiques - Glastonbury, CT 
Estate appraiser, generalist, toys, advertising, paintings, folk art, pottery. 
Tami Zawistowski 
Resource Books - East Granby, CT 
Books, manuscripts, post cards. 
Kim Brewer 
Kim Brewer Antiques - West Simsbury, CT 
Dolls, teddy bears, art, generalist. 
Michael Westman 
M.B. Westman Antiques and Fine Art - Newport, RI 
Cultural and ethnic art, oriental rugs, Asian objects, silver. 
Justine De Metrick 
Justine De Metrick Antiques - Peace Dale, RI 
Jewelry (modern, costume), decorative arts, collectibles. 
Billy Voiers 
William D. Voiers Fine Musical Instruments - South Egremont, MA 

Musical instruments. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Goodbye Joyce Godin, a person who lived for others...

The entire library community will miss Joyce’s good spirit and kindness. I shall always remember how gracious and hard working she was as a volunteer and how she appreciated, supported and believed in the importance of the libraries through her stalwart efforts as a friend, board member and patron. 

                   Joyce Godin enjoying an omlet at my 2014 Volunteers Breakfast.

Obituary for Joyce Godin
Joyce (Watts) Godin, 81 ,of Farmington, CT died September 21, 2015. Joyce was born in Northampton, MA on March 12, 1934 to Stanley T. and Edith (Smith) Watts. She is predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Raymond P. Godin, and their youngest son, Douglas S. Godin. She is survived by her sons Jeffrey P. Godin, of South Windsor, CT and Eric J. Godin of Lynn, MA, grandsons Aaron and Elijah Godin of Salem, MA, granddaughter, Kelly (Godin) Capponcelli and her husband Eric Capponcelli and great grandson, Noah Capponcelli of Southhampton, MA. She is also survived by brothers David Watts and his wife Karen of Denmark, and Stuart Watts and his wife Susan of Louisville, KY several nieces, nephews, and extended family. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Joyce grew up in Greenfield, MA and was a graduate of Greenfield High School. She earned her RN from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of nursing, Boston, MA and later a Baccalaureate in Nursing from the University of Hartford and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT. She studied Enterostomal Therapy or Ostomy Care at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo New York. Her nursing career was varied: in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and home care. For the last twenty five years of working, she specialized in Ostomy and Wound Care Nursing. She was a certified member of the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Society (WOCN) of the United Sates and of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapy Nurses. (WCET). Joyce and Ray enjoyed traveling to many states in the USA and to Canada, Mexico, South Africa, France, England, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, and Singapore for pleasure and to attend professional nurse conferences. She also made several vacation trips with sons and grandchildren, brothers and other family. She went to EI Salvador three times with a group of Eye Doctors and Dentists as an assistant in the Site and Bite Clinics they provided for people in two small towns. She also went to EI Salvador with another group to visits schools and families at home. Since retiring she has enjoyed swimming, gardening, and learning to quilt. She was an active volunteer with many Farmington, groups, First Church Congregational 1652, the Friends of the Libraries, Library Board, Land Trust, Food Pantry, and the American Red Cross. There are no calling hours. A Memorial Service and Buffet Luncheon will be held at First Church Congregational 1652, 75 Main Street, Farmington, 006032 on (Saturday) October 3, 2015 at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Church Congregational 1652, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032; the American Red Cross, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032,; or to the Remembrance Fund of the Friends of the Farmington Libraries, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, Farmington Food Pantry; or to a charity of donors choice.