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.