Saturday, December 29, 2012

Library Offering Free Concert with PBS-Aired Pianist

Mark Your Calendars for an extraordinary afternoon concert sponsored by the Friends Remembrance Fund and the Friends of the Farmington Library.
Paul Bisaccia, a prolific, versatile and renowned recording pianist will be performing from his vast repertoire which includes the great piano classics. He was the first artist to record the complete solo piano music of Gershwin. His PBS television show “Gershwin by Bisaccia" has been seen by millions and was dubbed into Mandarin Chinese for broadcast in Asia. Michael Feinstein calls "Paul Bisaccia and the Great American Piano," his second television show for PBS, imaginative, fun, well played and totally satisfying.”
The Hartt School, from which he graduated first in his class, honored Paul with the Alumnus of the Year Award and the Governor of Connecticut proclaimed Paul Bisaccia Day in the State of Connecticut.
Paul has recorded over 300 individual compositions covering a wide range of composers including the music of Chopin and Liszt.
The Friends Remembrance Fund sponsoring this concert receives donations from contributions which honor or are in memory of loved ones. Also funds are received for special occasions which include birthdays, anniversaries etc.
With these funds, the Friends Remembrance Fund Committee offers free cultural experiences throughout the year to the communities of Farmington and Unionville.
This concert is being billed as a family event and welcomes children who must be accompanied by a parent. It will take place on January 13, 2013 from 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Farmington Main Library 6 Monteith Drive. This concert is offered free to the Farmington and Unionville Communities. Refreshments will be served.
Please call 860 673-6791 for reservations.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Friends of the Farmington Library Seek Donations to the Annual Giving Tree

The Friends of the Farmington Library are collecting books to be given to an area charity to provide children with the gift of reading.

Donations are requested of books for birth through high school age children, and may be brought to the Barney Branch or the Main Library beginning on Monday, November 19 until Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

 Suggestions include soft baby books, multicultural picture books, stories of holiday celebrations in other countries, fiction, non-fiction for older children and positive ethnic stories and poems. We ask that you take a tag from the tree with a suggested age group and include it with your new unwrapped book donation.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Nearly New and Older Treasures Book Sale



The Friends of the Farmington Library will  hold their “Nearly New & Older Treasures” Book Sale Saturday November 17, 2012 9:00am - 2:30pm at the Main Library, 6 Montieth Drive.
The “Nearly New & Older Treasures” sale includes a wonderful collection of like-new books suitable for holiday gift-giving. Thanks to some terrific donations this year, the sale will also include current hardcover fiction & non-fiction, large print books, holiday books, gift books and greeting cards, CD’s, DVD’s & puzzles for adults and children. There is also a large collection of LP record albums and vintage books and special collections of books on aircraft (including WWI & WWII) and art techniques.
The sale is an excellent opportunity to stock up with winter reads and holiday gifts.   
Purchases must be by cash or check.
In addition to book sales, the Friends of the Library Book Nook (located in the hallway to the right of the circulation desk) is well-stocked with books for all ages & interest levels including current hard cover fiction, children’s books and seasonably appropriate materials at very reasonable prices.

The Friends also welcome book donations throughout the year. We do not accept magazines, textbooks or musty & mildewed books. Tax donation letters are available upon request

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Support the Friends of the Farmington Library at Panera Bread's Farmington Opening Event


The Friends of the Farmington Library has been selected to be the charity beneficiary of Panera Bread’s food tasting and fundraising event, ‘Raise the Dough Preview Party’. You are invited to attend the event, to be held on Friday, November 9, 5:00-7:00pm as part of the opening of its new Farmington location. The restaurant is located at 1600 Southeast Road in the West Farms Shopping Center. For a $5.00 donation, guests will receive a salad or sandwich, drink and bakery item. The Friends will receive all the proceeds from the event
For over 60 years, the Friends of the Farmington Library have financially supported library programs and services through a variety of fundraising events, including book sales and the annual Garden Tour. The Friends fund Children’s and Adult programming at the Main and Barney libraries, including story hours; and assist the libraries with purchases such as eBooks, Nooks, computers and more.
For more information about joining the Friends, please contact the Library at             860-673-6791      , by email at: friends@farmingtonlibraries.org, or visit the Friends website at farmingtonlibraries.org/friends.htm.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Friends of the Farmington Library to Hold Book Sale


November 17 9:00am - 2:30pm “Nearly New & Older Treasures” This sale, as always, will include a wonderful collection of like-new books suitable for holiday gift-giving. And, because of some terrific donations this year, will also include current hardcover fiction & non-fiction, large print books, holiday books, gift books and greeting cards, CD’s, DVD’s & puzzles for adults and children. New to this sale with be a large collection of LP record albums & vintage books. Also we will have 2 special collections of books on aircraft (including WWI & WWII) and art techniques.
   These sales are an excellent opportunity to stock up with ‘winter reads’ and holiday gifts. We especially welcome parents and teachers to come in to their resupply and update their home and school libraries!
   Purchases must be by cash or check.
   If you are unable to come to these sales, our Book Nook (located in the hallway to the right of the circulation desk) is well-stocked with books for all ages & interest levels including current hard cover fiction, children’s books and seasonably appropriate materials at very reasonable prices.
   The Friends also welcome book donations throughout the year. We do not accept magazines, textbooks or musty & mildewed books. Tax donation letters are available upon request.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Friends of the Farmington Library Announce their Fall Book Sales


The Friends are excited to announce their fall book sales! There will be books, bargains and treasures for everyone!
   October 13 9-2:30 Kids & Cookbooks’. This sale will feature our largest collection of children’s books (for all ages, infant to teen) and finest cookbooks that we have ever sold at this fall sale. We will also include CD’s, DVD’s, Books on CD, puzzles, children’s holiday books, adult trade paperbacks (fiction), greeting cards plus a large collection in Chinese of books, CD’s & DVD’s.
   November 17 9-2:30 “Nearly New & Older Treasures” This sale, as always, will include a wonderful collection of like-new books suitable for holiday gift-giving. And, because of some terrific donations this year, will also include current hardcover fiction & non-fiction, large print books, holiday books, gift books and greeting cards, CD’s, DVD’s & puzzles for adults and children. New to this sale with be a large collection of LP record albums & vintage books. Also we will have 2 special collections of books on aircraft (including WWI & WWII) and art techniques.
   These sales are an excellent opportunity to stock up with ‘winter reads’ and holiday gifts. We especially welcome parents and teachers to come in to their resupply and update their home and school libraries!
   Purchases must be by cash or check.
   If you are unable to come to these sales, our Book Nook (located in the hallway to the right of the circulation desk) is well-stocked with books for all ages & interest levels including current hard cover fiction, children’s books and seasonably appropriate materials at very reasonable prices.
   The Friends also welcome book donations throughout the year. We do not accept magazines, textbooks or musty & mildewed books. Tax donation letters are available upon request.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Friends of the Farmington Library Kitchens and Gardens Tour


The 14th annual Friends of the Farmington Library Kitchens and Gardens Tour will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 16, 2012.
In addition to the six private homes on the tour, two public gardens/museums will be open: The Stanley Whitman Museum’s Herb Garden, and Noah Wallace School’s Childrens’ Garden.
The ticket price is $20.00 in advance and $25.00 on the day of the tour.  Tickets can be purchased at both the Main and Barney Libraries. Proceeds support Library programming. 
For more information please call 860 673- 6791.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fabulous Friends of the Farmington Library Annual Spring Used Book Sale Begins Today


The Friends of the Farmington Library Annual Spring Used Book Sale begins Thursday, April 12, 2012, 2:00-9:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 on Thursday; free Friday, April 13, 9:00am-8:00pm and Saturday, April 14, 9:00am-5:00pm.
A “bag sale” will be held from 3:00-5:00pm Saturday, when books can be bought for $6.00 per bag.
The sale will be held in the Community Room of the Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Dr.
Payment is by cash or check and scanners are welcome.
Book Sale Chairperson Linda Chapron encourages the community to shop early and stock up. “We have thousands of fabulous books at bargain prices” she said.
There are over 25,000 books carefully pre-screened and sorted into categories spread out on tables lined end to end in the library’s community room.
Signs pop up from the piles of books announcing what you’ll find there - “Antiques”, “Travel”; “Health” and many more.  From Art & Architecture to Local History; Business & Politics to Cooking; Literature & Classics to Gardening there are books for everyone.
There are children’s books and paperbacks and CD’s, and DVD’s, and books on CD and puzzles and games.
“We have an entire table of “specials”, culled from the thousands of books donated to the Friends during the year for our book sales because of their value” said Friends of the Farmington Library member Norma Hartley. “These books really are special” Hartley explained. “Some are rare; some are one of a kind.”
“New to the sale this year are 16 mm films” added Chapron.
The Friends of the Farmington Library, with 700 members and a working committee of 35, has provided financial support to the library for programming and materials for 65 years. Membership is open to everyone. The annual fee is $15 for an individual and $20 for a family. The Friends invite everyone to join them by bringing completed Membership Applications to the Circulation Desk at the Main or Barney Library. For more information email: friends@farmingtonlibraries.org.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Games Friends Fund

The news that the opening of the movie, The Hunger Games, based on Hartford native Suzanne Collins’ novel, broke records this weekend for several categories of ticket sales came as no surprise to members of the Farmington Library Teen Advisory Group.
“The book has been very popular, especially since receiving the Connecticut Teen Nutmeg Awardsaid Laura Horn, Teen Librarian at the Farmington Library.
The Teen Advisory Group suggested March programs including a Wii Archery Tournament, The Hunger Games Jeopardy, and The Hunger Games Cornucopia Challenge in advance of the release of the film. All Teen programs are funded by The Friends of the Farmington Library .
The Hunger Games was on the New York Times Bestseller List for over 100 weeks. Along with the two sequels, “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay”, the trilogy made Collins the best-selling Kindle author to date.
Farmington High School 10th grader Francesca Caruso said about the books “I loved them. They were amazing. I’ve read each of the three books at least twice and would definitely recommend them to others.”
Horn explains the book’s appeal, “The Hunger Games trilogy is, despite comparisons with the Twilight Saga and the Harry Potter Series, popular for reasons that are entirely unique to the trilogy. Most YA books either appeal strongly to male or female readers depending on the gender of the protagonist. Series like Harry Potter do particularly well, because of the presence of a strong female character alongside a male lead and also because teen girls are typically willing to read a book with a male lead. Whereas, teen guys typically want to read books with male leads and not those with female leads. Of course these are generalizations and not hard and fast rules.
 What makes the Hunger Games unique is its universality; it successfully obliterated this stereotypical reading trend. Readers don’t associate with Katniss because she is a girl with typical teen girl issues; they associate with her because she is a force of strength and hope in a world that is oppressive and brutal. She is fighting for her life because she is forced to, but it is the decisions she makes along the way that make her different from the other character. Her decisions make her human, they breathe life into what could have just been another character in a book, but instead she becomes a rallying point for change in society.”

The Friends of the Farmington Library are always seeking new members or volunteers for activities such as book sales and the Garden Tour. Please contact the library at 860-673-6791 or email: friends@farmingtonlibraries.org.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Book Donations Sought for Spring Book Sale


The Friends of the Farmington Library still welcome book donations for the upcoming book sale.
The annual Spring Book Sale, scheduled for April 12, 13, and 14, supports library programs for children and adults, museum passes and additional resources for the community such as the Nook ereaders.
The sale will begin on Thursday, April 12, 2-9 pm (admission $5 this day only)Additional hours are Friday, April 13,9am-8pm andSaturday, April 14, 9am-2pm and 3-5pm for our bag sale ($6 per bag).
There will be over 25,000 books carefully pre-screened and sorted into categories.
Donations may be brought to the circulation desks at the Barney Library or main Farmington Library. 
For further information, view the library’s web site, www.farmingtonlibraries.org, contact the staff at 860-673-6791, or e-mail the Friends at friends@farmingtonlibraries.org
We look forward to seeing you at the sale!
Friends of the Farmington Libraries

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spring Used Book Sale


Dear Customers, Dealers & Friends                          
     The Friends of the Farmington Libraries are pleased to announce their annual “Spring Used Book Sale! The sale begins on Thursday, April 12, 2-9 pm (admission $5 this day only), Friday, April 13, 9am-8pm and concludes on Saturday, April 14, 9am-2pm and 3-5pm for our bag sale ($6 per bag) at the library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington 06032
There will be over 25,000 books carefully pre-screened & sorted into categories:
     
    • Health, wellness & fitness, self-help
    • Cooking and gardening
    • Religion & spirituality
    • Politics, history, Americana
    • Reference books (dictionaries, atlases)
    • Antiques & collecting
    • Travel, foreign language
    • Literature, poetry, classics, essays, humor, biography & memoirs
    • Art, photography, music (including sheet music), entertainment
    • Home d├ęcor, crafts, sewing, building projects
    • Sciences & nature
    • Sports, fishing (specials)
    • Business, finance & computers
    • Children’s books & materials for all ages
    • Huge collection of paperback fiction (mass-market and trade paperbacks)
    • CD’s, DVD’s, books on CD, puzzles & games
    • 16 mm films, including Disney
Your patronage is important to us and has certainly been a contributing factor to the success of all our sales for which we are most grateful. (If you are unable to attend, our “Book Nook”, re-stocked 2-3 times weekly, is open year round during regular library hours at our main branch at 6 Monteith Drive.) 

Scanners are welcome. Payment is by cash or check

For further information, view the library’s web site, www.farmingtonlibraries.org, contact the staff at 860-673-6791, or e-mail the Friends at friends@farmingtonlibraries.org
We look forward to seeing you at the sale!
Friends of the Farmington Libraries

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Alta, A Renaissance Wind Trio to Perform at Farmington Library

Mark your calendars for an exciting afternoon concert sponsored by the Friends’ Remembrance Fund Committee and the Friends of the Farmington Library.

Alta, A Renaissance Wind Trio will be performing on Sunday afternoon, February 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington.

Alta’s unique sound and innovative programming has been delighting audiences throughout the Northeast for over twenty- five years.

Alta was founded as La Primavera Consort in 1983 when founding members Gwen Winkel and Paul Flight (currently with The Concord Ensemble) discovered their love of recorder music. Currently Alta performs a regular concert series at Trinity Episcopal Church, sharing their love of early music with the greater Hartford area.

The Friends of the Farmington Library invite the Farmington Community to come and listen to these extraordinary sounds produced from an expanded collection of renaissance wind instruments presented by Alta.

Refreshments will be served. The program is free. Please register online at www.farmingtonlibraries.org or call the library 860-673-6791.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Friends of the Farmington Library Seek Donations for their Annual Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Farmington Library are seeking donations for their annual spring book sale which will be held April 12-14, 2012 at the Main Library. All of the proceeds from the book sale are used to support library services and programs.

Book sale organizer Linda Chapron said “We are very happy to receive your donations! Without your generosity, we would not be able to raise as much money as we do at our yearly book sales & BOOK NOOK which benefit the many library programs we all enjoy.”
We especially like to receive the following:

  • Materials & books about Farmington & New England
  • Recent bestsellers for adults and children
  • All ages children’s books, hardcover and paperback
  • Hardcover and paperbacks published in last 5 years for adults and children
  • Clean copies of classics, poetry, literature & foreign language
  • Non-fiction books on science, business, parenting, self-help, history, politics, religion, travel, etc.
  • Cookbooks & Gardening books
  • ‘Coffee Table’ or other special interests books (antiques, collectibles, art, etc)
  • CD’s, DVD’s, books on CD

We do not need:

  • Books in poor condition
  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines
  • Readers Digest condensed books
  • Dated information such as travel guides, business books & computer books & programs prior to 2008
  • LP’s (records!), VHS tapes, cassettes & books on audio cassette

Tax Statements:

If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please ask at the circulation desk.

Other helpful suggestions:

If possible, please limit your donations to one or two boxes or bags at a time. Donations may be brought to the circulation desks at the Barney Library or main Farmington Library throughout the year.

Don’t forget to ‘shop’ our BOOK NOOK throughout the year!