Friday, March 15, 2013

2013 Friends of the Farmington Library Spring Used Book Sale to be Held April 4-6

The 2013 annual spring used book sale at the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, promises to be the best ever! It will be held this year April 4-6.  Dates and hours are: Thursday, April 4, "Opening Day", 12-3 pm ($10) & 3-9 ($5); Friday, April 5, 9am-8 pm; and Saturday, April 6, 9 am-2 pm, followed by the bag sale, 3-5pm.  There will be an admission fee on Thursday only.
As always, books are carefully sorted into categories including health & wellness, cookbooks, gardening, crafts & hobbies, history & politics, business, arts & entertainment, spirituality, children’s books (for all ages, fiction & non-fiction), adult fiction (hard covers & paperbacks), biography, literature (poetry, classics, essays), humor, travel, foreign language, large print, games & puzzles, Americana, sports, nature, audio books, CD’s, DVD’s and our very special ‘Collector’s Corner’.
Most books and AV materials are priced from $.50 - $3, some higher. Books in the ‘Collector’s Corner’ are individually priced. Payment is by check or cash only.
The book sale will conclude with a bag sale on Saturday, April 6 from 3-5. The charge is $6 per bag, which we will supply! This is a terrific opportunity to stock up for summer reading for the entire family.
We look forward to seeing you at our sale. There are books and bargains for everyone!
If you are unable to attend this sale, the Friends of the Farmington Library have an on-going sale in the “BOOK NOOK” (located in hallway to right of circulation desk) with books and other materials for adults and children. This area is continuously re-stocked.
For more information, please call the Farmington Library at 860-673-6791.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

15th Annual Friends of the Farmington Library Garden Tour to be Held on June 8, 2013

Once again several Farmington homeowners will open their unique gardens to the public to support the Farmington libraries. The 2013 Garden Tour will be held Saturday, June 8, 10:00am – 4:00pm, rain or shine. This year an optional lunch will available at the Barney Library and there will also be a plant sale.

Thanks to the generosity of the homeowners and local businesses that sponsor the event, the Friends are able to fund the adult and children’s programming at the libraries.

The Friends invite local businesses to advertise in the ticket book which is given to all tour attendees. Sponsoring businesses will also be promoted online on the Friends website and Facebook page. Please email for more information on purchasing a Garden Tour ad.

Additionally, a “mini-book sale” of gardening books in the Book Nook at the Main Library, "Think Spring". The sale will be held beginning Tuesday, March 5 through March 23. There are hundreds of books on gardening, container gardening, pruning shrubs, perennials, annuals, gazebos, walkways, trees.

The tour is sponsored by the Friends of the Farmington Library Committee.  All proceeds support Library programs and activities and are used to purchase items such as computers, e-books, DVD’s, and furniture for the libraries.  Tickets will be available in June at both libraries and will be $20.00 in advance and $25.00 on the day of the tour. For more information, please call 860 673- 6791.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Farmington in the Civil War Exhibit & Program

 There will be an exhibit of Civil War items from four historical organizations in town on Sunday, February 10, 2013 starting at 1:00pm, in the Community Room of the Main library.  The exhibit will adjourn at 2:00pm for a program presentation on "Farmington in the Civil War", then resume when the program is finished at 3:00pm.
   The exhibit will feature a uniform, a John Brown pike, a piece of the 16th Regt. flag, enlistment certificates, photos of soldiers, canteens and other small items, currency from the period, GAR records, and several items recently donated by families with ancestors who served in the war.
   The program is the fifth in the "Our Town" series sponsored by the Friends in cooperation with the Farmington Heritage Alliance. It will focus on local connections to national events of the time, the men who served, and the effects of the war on the town.  Speakers will be Cliff Alderman and Betty Coykendall, who said, "I hope that many residents will come and see what these organizations own; everyone has a few things, and collectively it is quite an impressive show.  We also have several interesting stories to tell about local people and their experiences related to the war".

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Local Native American Artifacts Program

The ‎"Our Town" program this Sunday, February 3, 2013 will be " Local Native American Artifacts", presented by Bob Palazzo.

Selected artifacts collected in the 1880’s by Dr. Frederick Williams of Bristol will be discussed. Items include arrowheads found in Farmington, Bristol, and Plainville.

Our Town is a  series of  six programs on local history,  sponsored jointly by Friends of the Farmington Library and the Farmington Heritage Alliance. All programs are held Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm, January & February 2013, in the Community Room of the Farmington Main Library.

Please register online or contact the Adult Desk at 860-673-6791.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Discovery of ‘Mammut’ Proportions

Our Town,  a series of  six programs on local history,  sponsored jointly by Friends of the Farmington Library and the Farmington Heritage Alliance continues this Sunday, January 20, 2012  at 2:00pm with "A Discovery of ‘Mammut’ Proportions."

Hill-Stead Museum is known for its architecture, French Impressionist art, Poetry Festival, and Farmer’s Market; but not many know of the museum’s prehistoric connections of the “Mammut” kind.  Learn about the 1913 unearthing of an American Mastodon skeleton on the Pope estate, view reproduction photographs of the original find, and discover the differences between a mastodon and its distant cousin the Woolly Mammoth.  

The program will be presented by Hill-Stead Museum in the Community Room of the Main Farmington Library.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Farmington Secrets Revealed

To celebrate the addition of Sunday afternoon hours at the Main Library, January through March, 2013, 1:00pm to 4:00 pm, the Friends of the Farmington Library have created a series of programs, themed “Our Town”.

The first program, “Treasures: Library Books from 18th and 19th Century Farmington”, with Paul Kramer, will be held this Sunday, January 6.

Kramer explained “Lest we forget, every few decades it can prove helpful to remind ourselves of those tangible elements of Farmington’s ‘social fabric’ that underlie this unusually old, unique and noteworthy community.  While residents of Farmington leave their ‘mark’ and pass from our lives, many material elements of our Town’s fabric and culture – its churches, homes, schools, belongings, cemeteries and, importantly, its books have been lovingly preserved so they can inform and inspire the lives of future generations.  They serve as constant reminders of who brought us to the ‘dance’ and what kind of people and thinking placed us front and center among Connecticut’s colonial Towns.   This presentation is aimed at re-discovering very unique books, some over 300 years old, owned by both historic Farmington libraries and Town residents.  They have informed our Townspeople from the earliest of times and deserve our utmost respect”
Learn about our oldest books, dating back to 1702 – tangible treasures that are part of the fabric of our historic community and now in the Farmington Room collection of the library.  Many were owned by members of our most illustrious families; a few were inscribed by famous people.  In addition, there are beautifully-illustrated children’s books in the collection.

This program will be followed by a scavenger hunt in the library for items related to local history. 

This is the 1st in the "Our Town" series of six Sunday afternoon programs on various facets of local history, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Farmington Library and the Farmington Heritage Alliance.  For more info: 860-673-6791.