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:

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,, contact the staff at 860-673-6791, or e-mail the Friends at
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,, contact the staff at 860-673-6791, or e-mail the Friends at
We look forward to seeing you at the sale!
Friends of the Farmington Libraries