Monday, October 29, 2018

I am saddened on this 29th day of October 2018...

October 29, 2018

I am saddened on this 29th day of October 2018...not by the gloomy rainy weather but rather by the senseless act of hate perpetuated by an individual who is poisoned with vitriol and guided by unfounded beliefs. Yesterday, in a Pittsburg Pennsylvania synagog, eleven people were massacred and now dead while many others were seriously hurt by the bullets of a person who knew nothing about his victims other that they were worshiping a new life and were Jewish. I feel nothing but numbness and regret that these types of crimes are increasing in my beloved country by people who do not understand civilized principles, humanity, or our American democracy. 
Please stand with me in my grief and sorrow.  


Jay Johnston

Friday, October 26, 2018

Spooky Time Halloween Celebration At The Farmington Libraries

I am always impressed with the activities I observed during the day and was especially delighted to visit  Children's Librarian Anna Eisen and her brood of scary kids having an exciting time while they strutted their stuff at Friday's "Tot's and Tunes" program at the Main Library.  You never know what you will find when you visit the Library.

Best, Jay

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Be the First to win the FVGLA Challenge Cup at our signature indoor mini-golf event on February 22, 2019.

We are all very enthusiastic about our
 February 22nd
 Challenge Cup
The FVGLA is planning an extraordinary event for our community; Farmington's first indoor MiniGolf Challenge Cup here at the Main Library on Monteith Drive.

 To secure your foursome’s place in the tournament, complete & return register online at www.farmingtonlibraries.orgor call 860.673.6791  X220
Foursome: $240 or $ 60 each player
Entitles 1 team of 4 golfers to compete in the Challenge Cup.  Includes food and beverages.

Our FVGLA Trustees are working hard to make this a fabulous event Team. 
L-R Andy Baron, Mike McLaughlin, Phil Guglielmo, 
Jadwiga Goclowski, Roberta Avery, Linda Chapron, 
Brenda Gursky, Norma Hartley, Mike Gursky

Friday, October 12, 2018

October 3rd NYC Bus Trip

Our October 3, 2018, Manhattan trip was memorable in many ways: seeing the incessant new construction of mega-buildings with no apparent hold on the architect's imaginations or owner’s pocketbooks; which has spawned a city spanning the 16th through the 21st centuries, into an even more fantastic montage of social-structural history. A favorite lunch stop is at four World Trade Center,  101 Liberty Street on the third floor at Eataly downtown, a great place to look out over the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, reflect, understand, and celebrate the courageous and resourceful with fabulous cuisine.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Farewell to all my friends and colleagues here in Farmington

              September 24, 2018

Dear Friends, 

It has become evident to me that I should prepare and chart a new course away from this beautiful place I have called home for the last 12 years; not an easy decision. However, I believe it is the best time for me to step down and let a new leader provide the energy, strength and, vision required to continue navigating this enterprise to the next level and beyond. 

It is more than an honor to be Farmington's Library Chief, and, in my career, I can think of no other assignment that has offered better opportunities to develop new, and, exciting initiatives to engage and prepare for the ever-changing future than Farmington has afforded me. I have had fantastic experiences with my Team and Town Hall, colleagues who have all been terrific, and, especially my Library Boards, FVGLA leadership and Town Councils each of whom have provided the great support I needed throughout these past 12 years to sustain my ever increasing commitment to Farmington’s success. 

I have had nothing but fun here at the helm, meeting so many beautiful people who have collectively created a community within one for me to enjoy and grow to 19,000 strong.  It has been a fabulous trip, and more fun than anyone will ever know. 

Finally, I am looking at January 4, 2019, as my termination date at which time I will hang out my full-time consultancy shingle and tread a new path in helping libraries discover their potential. 

Thank you for all your support and confidence through this last 144 months, I shall not forget.



Thursday, September 13, 2018

Farmington Libraries Computer Code Club Begins Premier Season

Inaugural Code Club meeting was a tremendous success

I am very excited to report our inaugural Code Club meeting was a tremendous success. Anna Eisen and Anna Boisvert have enchanted our Tween learners into the notion that they can have fun learning to write computer code. This program is an all hands on deck initiative and the roll-out has been superb. Let's look forward to the next generation of computer programmers learning their skills from the Farmington Libraries. These are collaborative classes designed to teach young learners the logic and skills required to become a computer programmer through fun and peer collaboration. Be there or be square..... Jay

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Thanks to Daisy Troop 66309.

Out Children's  Librarian, Anna Eisen,  alerted me to these two members of Daisy Troop 66309 who used their extra cookie sale money to buy books for the library, focusing on titles that align with the Daisy petals — such as “make the world a better place,” “be considerate and caring,” and “use resources wisely.” A set of mottos we all swhould live by!

These Daisies and their families frequently attend library programs and love using the library space. Just a LOVELY way to start my day.

Thanks. J

 for learning and fun.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

2018 Farmington Libraries Year-end Board meeting

Year-end Board meeting brings the finish to a great year and the anticipation of a greater future.  Special thanks went to departing secretary Maureen Bitner, and Chairperson Alan Sherman's final meeting as  Chair.  This was a fun and productive year for me and I wish to thank all team and board member who gave the support and energy required to drive this big ship.  Best Jay

Remembering Karen Zigler with her legacy flowers

Remembering Karen Zigler as a gardener, planter of seeds, consoler, friend and good person barely scratched the surface of who she was; but beyond all things, Karen was a giver. Thank you, Karen, and thank you, Ray, for continuing on your wife's tradition of beautifying the Library with the fruits of her toil.   Remembering Karen Zigler as a gardener, planter of seeds, consoler, friend and good person barely scratched the surface of who she was; but beyond all things, Karen was a giver. Thank you, Karen, and thank you, Ray, for continuing on your wife's tradition of beautifying the Library with the fruits of her toil.   

Monday, June 18, 2018

Farmington Libraries, Barney Library video; How wonderful to have such talented and astute children here in Farmington

Savi Agarwal,  an eighth-grader at Farmington Connecticut's Irving A. Robbins Middle School, has presented her eighth grade Paideia; history of the  Barney Library Project, to the libraries at the recommendation of  Mrs. Molloy, her social studies teacher. I am so impressed with Savi's scholarship and hard work that I am publishing it here for all to see. Savi, I am expecting to hear great things about you as you go forward in your life...  All my Best, 


Please click the link below

School may be out; but Farmington Library Teen Programs are In!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Centripetal force game, attracting family synergy, only at the Farmington Libraries

The Centripetal force game, attracting family synergy, only at the Farmington Libraries! 
It is important to make science live and explain the wonders of the universe. The family scene pictured below is repeated thousands of times during any given year since its 2013 installation.  

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Free College Proctor Sessions

It is always fun to review the various service metrics which define the libraries service performance at year-end.  As a result of that process, I thought it would be interesting to cull out and list our latest statistics. These numbers represent the diversity of services provided and demonstrate an added value lying far beyond those the beliefs of most when thinking of Library services. The following represent those findings: 

The libraries annual usage follows: 215,002 visitors, 325,959 loans, 1727 new card issued, 109,068 Website visits, 42,189 questions answered, 919 Main Library programs, 170 Library programs, 207 Adult programs, 141 Teen Programs, 741 Children’s programs, 79 Maker Space programs,13 concerts, 538 Passports, 161 Notary transactions 4,419 room reservations,61 technology training hours,9,950 E-Book reads, 4,721 Audiobooks hears, 439 Maker Space teaching hours, 19,812 computer uses, 135 Farmington Room uses, 737 Adult Reading program readers, 309 Teen summer Readers, 1,329 child Summer Readers, 546 Volunteer hours... 

And, 47 free college proctors examination sessions.