Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving



November 2017

Dear Friends,

Thanksgiving is a special, universally American Holiday, where we have an opportunity to be gourmand without guilt, hug friends and family, feel the warmth of a cozy fire, after being at the high school football game. Indeed, a time for forgetting all those confounding events around us with isolated-focused time with family and friends. As I sit at my desk writing this, I can vividly remember Thanksgiving, 1970; while on submarine patrol in the North Atlantic, how lonely I was and how each of my shipmates longed to be home. I hope we all remember that people, in our armed forces, are away from home; regardless of Skype, Facebook etc., and alone, without the touch of family and loved ones. Let them, no matter where deployed, have the solace to know they will have Thanksgiving when they return to home and wish them all smooth sailing.  

Happy Thanksgiving,

Jay





Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 Library Team Retreat



It is a privileged to work with the highly talented and creative team I have the pleasure of working with here at the Farmington Libraries.  Our 2017, in-service, Team Retreat, was productive, exciting,  and informative.  Chairman, Alan Sherman made opening comments on the strategic plan and the libraries mission. Followed by presentations by; Police Chief, Paul Melanson, international marketing consultant, Phil Lauria, Educational consultant, Richard Brooks, Virtual Reality consultant, Palo Pierce, and the department heads each adding essential elements with successful outcomes. 






Monday, August 28, 2017

Good Bye Farmington Libraries Children's Librarian, emeritus, Nancy DeSalvo


Goodbye Nancy...

I first meet Nancy in the late 1970's and witnessed her great passion and commitment to reading and children's literacy. Nancy lived a life filled with those memories each of us cherishes: children's joy, great stories, and testimonies from children who became amazing adults partially because of her work.  She is, for each of us,  an excellent model of how to live a meaningful life, and I shall miss her; although I shall always remember the joy she developed each day she worked to live the good life.   Smooth Sailing beyond the sea Nancy,  Jay






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Monday, August 21, 2017

We as a community watched the Solar Eclipse!



We as a community came together to watch the Solar Eclipse; when the moon was passing in front of the sun during the day revealing its outline piercing around the moon's shadow.    Yes, over 800 people unexpectedly came to see a partially occluded solar eclipse, with only 100 glasses available, we were surprised but acted quickly distributing each pair of glasses to six people, who were asked to share with their fellow sextet, thereby allowing everyone to see the celestial phenomena without a hitch. I am especially proud to work with  an innovative and  talented library team who each pulled together to make this a super event; one which everyone will remember, not necessarily because of the celestial phenomena, but rather because of the kindness and understanding everyone afforded to each other in the act and synergy of sharing and being together.





Monday, July 31, 2017

An interesting rationale for active reading being important..


New Train Table is a Big Hit!






Thanks You Friends of Farmington Libraries! 

Our First Day of Train Table operations have proved to be wonderful. Our Kids need 3-D experiences and  diversions from exclusive digital environments to develop the imaginations and intelligence require for future successes. Your support and understanding of the importance these essentials is greatly appreciated, thank you for your support. 



Friday, July 7, 2017

Welcome Children's Librarian Anna Eisen



We are thrilled to have Anna Eisen on board as our 
Children's Librarian! 
She and her team are just the best!



Thursday, June 1, 2017

We Celebrated 100 years of library service in style at the Farmington Club


The April 28th Platinum Dinner Dance was simply fabulous in all respects but particularly the great synergy developed by a group of fabulous people who each brought fun, conversation and most importantly community to a well-known venue  The "Sharades"  played  Music of the 60s and 70s on all night and it was just a blast! I just wish to thank everyone for attending.
Best Regards,
Jay




























Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Judge, John Caruso,UNICO President, Frank Dole Present the Story of Mathew Caruso, a Korean War Silver Star Recipient


Judge, John Caruso,UNICO President, Frank Dolce Present the Story of Mathew Caruso, a Korean War Silver Star Recipient to Director, Laura Horn and me in front 
or the UNICO display on the second level in the Main Library



emper Fi, Padre, The Matthew Caruso Story was written by one of Farmington UNICO's Charter members, John Caruso.
     
UNICO National is the largest Italian-America service organization in the U.S.  The name UNICO translated from the Italian language, means "unique", "one", "only", or "only one of its kind.  Additionally, the letters are interpreted as U- Unity, N-Neighborliness, I-Integrity, C-Charity, O-Opportunity.  UNICO was first organized in Waterbury, CT in 1922.  The Farmington Chapter was founded in 1970.  Fundraisers including  the annual Italian Sunday Dinner, Taste of Italy Wine Tasting and Joe Filomeno Memorial Golf Tournament make it possible for Farmington UNICO to grant scholarships to local high school graduates and grants to local charities and service organizations.  UNICO's motto is "Service Above Self."  Further information about Farmington UNICO and potential membership may be found at www.famington-UNICO.org

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Late Spring Book Reviews from Winter Readings, Jay Johnston

Late Spring Book Reviews from Winter Readings, Jay Johnston

If you are excited about the rigorous procedural, olfactory, and logistical preparation required to become a sommeliers along with great science and delivered with  keen sense of language and art. You will enjoy Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork  (641.22 BOS)

If you are in management or aspire to it, Tevi Troy’s, Shall we Wake the President,
(973.099 TRO) is a well written cookbook for disaster planning providing a keen insight into the importance of knowing how to respond and correct disastrous situations.

The Age Of EM,   by Robin Hanson (303.483 HAN) is a economics projection to a future of a cyborg run world by an economist who has done a great deal of thinking and modeling to hypotheses a very different future. This book is only for the serious social scientist or critical thinker,


Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy (362.582 PAR)  If you became engaged in reading EM then,  Basic Income is for you! This book is textbook like but popularly presented as an economic alternative or enhancement to current economic models.