Thursday, October 27, 2016




The Farmington Libraries Support Great Art Fall Show was an exciting time. Having the ability to be with the artists and learn the specific techniques and methods used to create their work was both interesting and stimulating. Please make the time to stop by to enjoy this remarkable curation of subjects around the world. 

 Best Jay

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, Zack...

Happy Birthday, Zack... 

There is something very special about grandchildren. 
I suppose it is the promise they present 
in their incredible physical and intellectual growth 
or perhaps its just love. 

Friday, October 21, 2016


On October 20, 2016, the Farmington Village Gren and Library Association conducted its 100th semiannual meeting at the Barney Library where one of the principal topics was the celebration of 100 years of continuous service to our citizens. At the meetings end, I requested the Trustees, my bosses, to pose for a quick shot to document this exciting time in our history.

It is an honor to work with this amazing group of people, and I am very grateful for their support and direction. While, today is an especially important personal date for me as well, in that it is my tenth semiannual meeting at the Barney, how time flies!

Best, Jay


Terry Roberts, Michael Gurski, “CJ" Charles Thomas, Mike Schloss, Mike McLaughlin, Norma Hartley, Alan Sherman, Michael Bergin, Marion Slater, Evelyn Daly John Teahan, Michael Clark, “Skip” Henry Mason, Peter Bartucca, John Grocki, Maureen Bitner, Kurt Gozwick, Lisa Sweeney, Marie Dudley, Linda Chapron, Jadwiga Goclowski, Jorie Andrews, Jay Bombara, Katie Bradley, Allison deVaux, Ida Franklin, Jay Fraprie, Marie Lavendier, Lori Yu,  May B. Munson, Monique Schatten, Diane Tucker, Nate Morris, Brenda Gurski

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Character Mongers, or, Trading in People on Paper in the Long 18th Century shown with Perer Bartucca and James King

There is lots of history surrounding us in Farmington particularly in the Lewis Walpole Library, which possesses significant collections of 18th-century English literary manuscripts and books,  I especially enjoyed being invited to view the current exhibit featuring images by William Hogarth, James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, Thomas Patch, Edward Francis Burney, Francis Grose, and G.M. Woodward, excerpts from novels by Jane Austen, Henry Fielding, and Laurence Sterne, and examples of graphic collections published by Matthew and Mary Darly and Thomas Tegg that marketed caricature as entertainment.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Special Thanks to Our Master Gardners

Special Thanks to Our 
Master Gardners 
An outstanding season 
Working for the Library.  

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October 5th Farmington Libraries Manhattan Bus Trip

Manhattan from One World Trade Center's One World Observatory

Happy Birthday on way home

The best part of my job is the PEOPLE; it's all about the people and there is nothing I enjoy more than being together with our Farmington community. Therefore, it was the best treat ever to have the folks on the bus serenade me with the birthday song on our trip home from the City on a cool October 5th night.  

Thanks CJ

Tuesday, October 4, 2016