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Monday May 21, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Farmington Reads Book Group  
    Contact: Caroline Ford   860-673-6791   cford@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Hidden gems from our collection, chosen just for you by our staff! Join us to discuss, share, and laugh. Titles will include a mix of fiction and non-fiction. A limited number of copies of each book on the list will be available for loan at the library, or bring your own! All are welcome.

MAY'S BOOK: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

No stranger to the injustice of racial hatred, five-year-old Peekay learns the hard way the first secret of survival and self-preservation - the power of one. An encounter with amateur boxer Hoppie Groenewald inspires in Peekay a fiery ambition - to be welterweight champion of the world.

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday May 23, 2018
   7:30 AM  -  9:00 PM New York City, a La Carte! A Farmington Libraries Bus Trip  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Join Director, Jay Johnston on this traditional visit to New York City! Shop, see the sights, enjoy fine dining, culture, and more! Wherever you look there is something to do, so don’t miss out!

ITINERARY

Pick Up  7:30 AM – Farmington Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive

Drop off Locations (take your pick!)  5th Avenue in the 80th streets, Rockefeller Center (30 Rockefeller Plaza), 42nd Street, Battery Park (FINAL DROP OFF)

Pick Up  6:30 PM – 52nd and 53rd on 7th Avenue across from the Sheraton Hotel (expect to arrive back at Library around 9:00 PM)

HOW TO SIGN UP

$43 Per Person

Visit the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of the Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive to reserve your seat. Check, cash, and credit are accepted. PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT. No refunds will be given for cancellations.


Thursday May 24, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Get Financially Fit! Estate Planning: Don't Make These Mistakes  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Learn about Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Healthcare Representatives. You may think that drafting an estate plan is straightforward, but in reality, if you do it wrong, you are jeopardizing everything you have worked for. What is the difference between a Will and a Trust? Why won't a Will be sufficient by itself? Do you need a power of attorney and what should it say? What about health care directives? Should I add my children's names to my bank accounts? We will share real-life stories showing you the dangers of common estate planning mistakes such as using incorrect phrases in your documents or omitting important ones. We’ll also spend some time talking about the probate process.

Please register.

Attorney Brendan F. Daly is a Principal of Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri, where he practices in the areas of elder law, estate and disability planning and estate administration. Brendan has received the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. CELA attorneys have gone the extra mile to earn an in-depth working knowledge of the legal issues that impact the elderly. Brendan is one of only 13 CELAs in the State of Connecticut. He graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1997 with academic distinction.

    Location: Community Room

Tuesday May 29, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Community Issues Series: Talking to Teens About Sexual Harassment and Assault  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Join ForwardCT and Political and Proud at the Farmington Library for a timely forum on talking to teens about sexual harassment and assault. Teens and adults are welcome to join us as we define sexual assault and harassment, discuss issues and concerns on school campuses, places of employment, and beyond, understand how not to be a bystander, and learn ways to protect ourselves and our children. ForwardCT co-founder Eleni Kavros DeGraw and Political and Proud founder (and high school junior) Anna Szekeres will pose questions to our three panelists:


The Farmington Libraries and ForwardCT Community Issues Series brings together experts to shed light on issues facing Connecticut and its citizens and to discuss how to get involved and take action. ForwardCT is a grassroots organization focused on connecting, informing, and inspiring progressive local action.

    Location: Community Room

Wednesday May 30, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Director's College: Dolmens and Standing Rocks of New England  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of large and unusual megalithic structures deep in the forests of New England, New York and New Jersey. Join Geoffrey Whittum to explore the ways these standing rocks and dolmens may represent the work of ancient civilizations. While walking the woods of New England and Middle Atlantic states, presenter Geoffrey Whittum has been discovering and photographing many standing rocks  and dolmens.

Please register.


The Director’s College is an ongoing series at the Farmington Libraries, the aim of which is to present interesting and intellectual programs for our community. These events strive to cover a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, professorial lectures, performing arts events, travelogues, and topics of local interest.

    Location: Community Room

Thursday May 31, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Get Financially Fit! Long-term Care: Understanding Medicaid and Protecting Your Assets  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Connecticut has the second highest cost of long-term care in the nation. So, unless you are planning to leave the state, you need to protect yourself and your retirement assets from long-term care costs. Should you give your home to your children? How can you get assistance paying for a nursing home and home care? How can single individuals and married couples qualify for Medicaid benefits while protecting their children’s inheritances? What is the 5-year look back? How can you spend down? Is long-term care insurance a good idea? If you know the rules and plan ahead, you can still protect your hard-earned assets.

Please register.

Attorney Brendan F. Daly is a Principal of Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri, where he practices in the areas of elder law, estate and disability planning and estate administration. Brendan has received the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. CELA attorneys have gone the extra mile to earn an in-depth working knowledge of the legal issues that impact the elderly. Brendan is one of only 13 CELAs in the State of Connecticut. He graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1997 with academic distinction.

    Location: Community Room

Tuesday June 5, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Travel to the Antarctic with Sarah Bouckoms  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Escape the summer heat by joining adventurer Sarah Bouckoms on a trip to the Antarctic, all from the comfort of your local library! Sarah is a world traveler with a love for the harsh but incredible Antarctic weather. She will share her experiences through photography and lecture.

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth. This area is doubled during the winter, when the sea ice extends almost 1000 km from the coast. The ice on the continent can tell us how the climate has evolved over several hundred thousand years, and Antarctica is therefore an important reference area for international environmental research. [Source - Norwegian Polar Institute]

Sarah Bouckoms was born and raised in New England but has traveled extensively throughout the world visiting all 7 continents before turning 30. Her father was born in New Zealand and she has strong connections to her kiwi roots. Her sense of adventure, curiosity and scientific career has taken her to Antarctica, Alaska and the Arctic as she defies the stereotype of a lab scientist.  Her research gear includes skis, tents, ice axes and dehydrated meals.  Her expedition work includes working with the Juneau Icefield Research Project conducting one of the longest running Mass Balance Pit surveys. She has also conducted Geological Surveys, Seal Census, and a multitude of Citizen Science projects.  

Her teaching experience began at the Bridgeport Discovery Museum and Planetarium, and Hebrew High School of New England followed by a five year position at the prestigious Miss Porters School for Girls. Her expertise in teaching High School Physics, Conceptual Physics, Environmental Lab Science, Robotics, Astronomy, and Climate Change makes her an ideal Exploring Woman educator and role model. Sarah is also a certified EMT, WEMT and wilderness first aid instructor. She is a council member for Polar Educators International, a member of the Explorers Club and New Zealand Antarctic Society. She has her masters in astroparticle physics from the University of Canterbury working with the IceCube Neutrino Detector and her Post Graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies. She has been invited to present her curriculum on Climate Change at POLAR2018 in Davos https://www.polar2018.org/.

 

    Location: Community Room

Wednesday June 6, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Nursing Association FREE blood pressure clinic. No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Coffee & Canvas Painting Class  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791 x212   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Join us for coffee and painting lessons with certified art teacher and accomplished artist Jane Maciel. This program is for adults.

TO REGISTER: Please contact Leah Farrell at lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org or 860-673-6791 x212. 

PLEASE NOTE: You may only register for 2 classes per season (seasons are Spring (March-April-May), Summer (June-July-Aug), Fall (Sep-Oct-Nov), Winter (Dec-Jan-Feb).

    Location: Community Room

Monday June 11, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM YA Lit Lovers Book Group  
    Contact: Laura Horn   860-673-6791   lhorn@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Are you a little less Y and a little more A, but can’t get enough of YA books? It’s ok, no really, it’s okay. This book group is for you! Whether you first found yourself drawn to teen books when the Hunger Games hit the big-screen or if you have been a lifelong fan, this group is for you. Funny, heart-wrenching, time-traveling, world-bending, stereotype shattering YA books have been making a mark on society for decades and it’s time for us adults who love them to stop hiding in the shadows. We meet monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7PM at the Farmington Main Library. A limited number of copies of each book on the list will be available for loan at the library, or bring your own! Refreshments will be provided.
 
JUNE'S BOOK: Mosquitoland by David Arnold
 
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
 
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday June 13, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Book Circle  
    Location: Board Room 1

Thursday June 14, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Art Show Reception: Spring Art Show  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-830-7279   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
    Location: Community Room

Wednesday June 20, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Nursing Association FREE blood pressure clinic. No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe

Monday June 25, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Farmington Reads Book Group  
    Contact: Caroline Ford   860-673-6791   cford@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Hidden gems from our collection, chosen just for you by our staff! Join us to discuss, share, and laugh. Titles will include a mix of fiction and non-fiction. A limited number of copies of each book on the list will be available for loan at the library, or bring your own! All are welcome.

JUNE'S BOOK: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.

But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.

    Location: Board Room 1

Thursday June 28, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindful Movement: Where the Joy of Movement Meets the Stillness of Meditation  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-830-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Angela Mazur and Theresa Nygren return to guide participants through an experiential hour of participating in Let Your Yoga Dance combined with some time for guided meditation. Let Your Yoga Dance is a joyful and energizing session that will awaken your spirit and move your body. All are welcome. No experience of any kind is required. Wear loose and comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.

Presented by Angela Mazur, LCSW, LLC, and Theresa Nygren, LCSW. For more information on their groups and the practice of mindful self-compassion, visit their website: www.mindfulselfcompassionateway.com.

Space is limited. Registration required.

    Location: Community Room

Monday July 9, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM YA Lit Lovers Book Group  
    Contact: Laura Horn   860-673-6791   lhorn@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Are you a little less Y and a little more A, but can’t get enough of YA books? It’s ok, no really, it’s okay. This book group is for you! Whether you first found yourself drawn to teen books when the Hunger Games hit the big-screen or if you have been a lifelong fan, this group is for you. Funny, heart-wrenching, time-traveling, world-bending, stereotype shattering YA books have been making a mark on society for decades and it’s time for us adults who love them to stop hiding in the shadows. We meet monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7PM at the Farmington Main Library. A limited number of copies of each book on the list will be available for loan at the library, or bring your own! Refreshments will be provided.
 
JULY'S BOOK: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
 
San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday July 11, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Circle  
    Contact: Ruth Dorfman   8605234963   
    Location: Board Room 1
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Coffee & Canvas Painting Class  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791 x212   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Join us for coffee and painting lessons with certified art teacher and accomplished artist Jane Maciel. This program is for adults.

TO REGISTER: Please contact Leah Farrell at lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org or 860-673-6791 x212. 

PLEASE NOTE: You may only register for 2 classes per season (seasons are Spring (March-April-May), Summer (June-July-Aug), Fall (Sep-Oct-Nov), Winter (Dec-Jan-Feb).

    Location: Community Room

Thursday July 12, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ready, Set, Run! Running 101  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

READY, SET, RUN! is a series for beginner runners, weekend warriors, and beyond! Runners and non-runners alike are encouraged to attend.

New to running or curious about getting started? Then this is a workshop for you! Learn basic running essentials to help you get started, stay motivated and remain injury-free!

Presenter Andrea Buono is a USAT Certified triathlon and running coach with over 17 years of experience racing and competing in all levels of triathlon. She also holds an M.S. in Nutrition from University of St. Joseph.

Please register.

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday July 18, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Nursing Association FREE blood pressure clinic. No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe

Monday July 23, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Farmington Reads Book Group  
    Contact: Caroline Ford   860-673-6791   cford@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Hidden gems from our collection, chosen just for you by our staff! Join us to discuss, share, and laugh. Titles will include a mix of fiction and non-fiction. A limited number of copies of each book on the list will be available for loan at the library, or bring your own! All are welcome.

JULY'S BOOK: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

    Location: Board Room 1

Tuesday July 24, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ready, Set, Run! Find Your Flow with Meditation  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

READY, SET, RUN! is a series for beginner runners, weekend warriors, and beyond! Runners and non-runners alike are encouraged to attend.

Achieve a better running flow through meditation! Dr. Matthew Radier will discuss the research on exercise, diet, supplements and meditation, as well as how to unlock its benefits as a runner (or for everyday life!).

Presenter Matthew Raider, M.D., is a clinical physician and coordinating director of the Geriatric Teaching Program in Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut. He has been practicing meditation for over 30 years. Dr. Raider has a special interest in endurance training physiology and has been a distance runner for over 50 years. He has a strong interest in meditation and its relationship to health.

Please register.

    Location: Board Room 1

Thursday July 26, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Line Dancing for Everyone  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Sharyn Farrell is back to show you some new moves! Line dance is fun, great exercise, and a wonderful group activity. Receive an introduction to such popular dances as the Cha-Cha Slide, Lindi Shuffle, Cupid Shuffle and more. Kick your heels up and join us! Adults, Seniors, Teens are welcome.

No experience or partner necessary. Please consider leaving sneakers at home. Leather sole shoes or boots highly recommended.

Please register.

    Location: Community Room

Tuesday July 31, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM This Business of Fighting: A Human Face on World War II  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Early in 1942, a young man from Rhode Island, Tony Pritchard, who had rarely been outside New England, went into the U.S. Army. By the time he returned home more than five years later, he had been all over the United States and Western Europe, had led troops in combat, had nearly died, had worked with refugees, and in general had encountered a world far wider and far more brutal than anything he had known.

Years later his son Arnie inherited Tony's old army foot locker. It turned out to contain hundreds of letters, photos, and other documents from this time. These sources vividly portray the people, places, and events which he encountered. They also portray the hopes, fears, and passions which he and others struggled with as they played their parts in the largest conflict in human history. As Arnie became immersed in wartime material, a narrative began to emerge, and he put his father's letters into a presentation designed to entertain, to educate, and to enlighten.  Arnie is now an historical World War II storyteller, chronicling Tony's experience of the European campaigns of 1944-45.

Please register.


This program is part of the 2018 Farmington Libraries Summer Reading Program, which this year celebrates the book No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII by Robert Weintraub.

No Better Friend tells the story of Air Force technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in WWII and were POWs in a camp in the Pacific. Judy was loyal, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would interrupt by barking. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon for the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own. Judy was WWII's only canine POW, and when she passed away in 1950, she was buried in her Air Force jacket. Williams would never own another dog. Their story--of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstance--is one of the great undiscovered sagas of WWII.

Young Readers Edition (Grades 6 - 9)

Standard Edition (Grade 10 - Adults)

    Location: Community Room

Wednesday August 1, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Nursing Association FREE blood pressure clinic. No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe

Thursday August 2, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ready, Set, Run! Running on Full: Nutrition  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

READY, SET, RUN! is a series for beginner runners, weekend warriors, and beyond! Runners and non-runners alike are encouraged to attend.

Fueling properly is not just for the professionals. Learn the importance of proper nutrition as an athlete at any level, and how you can get started in making the best nutritional choices for you.

Presenter Andrea Buono is a USAT Certified triathlon and running coach with over 17 years of experience racing and competing in all levels of triathlon. She also holds an M.S. in Nutrition from University of St. Joseph.

Please register.

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday August 8, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Circle  
    Contact: Ruth Dorfman   8605234963   
    Location: Board Room 1
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Coffee & Canvas Painting Class  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791 x212   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Join us for coffee and painting lessons with certified art teacher and accomplished artist Jane Maciel. This program is for adults.

TO REGISTER: Please contact Leah Farrell at lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org or 860-673-6791 x212. 

PLEASE NOTE: You may only register for 2 classes per season (seasons are Spring (March-April-May), Summer (June-July-Aug), Fall (Sep-Oct-Nov), Winter (Dec-Jan-Feb).

    Location: Community Room

Thursday August 9, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Turkey, the Land of Surprises, with Jay Johnston  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Take a trip to Turkey, all from the comfort of your local library!

Jay Johnston will share his experiences from his 23-day journey through Turkey, a land of surprises, tradition, and the Silk Road. From Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, and Bosphorus Bridge; to the Hagia Sophia and Troy's treasures.  From the Libraries at Ephesus to the stories of the Cappadocian Cave dwellers, this travelog is filled with facts and figures, as well as experiences like swimming in the blue waters of Mediterranean at Antaya. Next, we will visit Ankara, the Turkish Capital, with its museums and political history. We will conclude our journey in Istanbul with a bit of Turkish Delight!

Jay Johnston is Executive Director of the Farmington Libraries. A former U.S. Navy submariner, he enjoys traveling the world with his wife and family.

Please register.

    Location: Community Room

Monday August 13, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM YA Lit Lovers Book Group  
    Contact: Laura Horn   860-673-6791   lhorn@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Are you a little less Y and a little more A, but can’t get enough of YA books? It’s ok, no really, it’s okay. This book group is for you! Whether you first found yourself drawn to teen books when the Hunger Games hit the big-screen or if you have been a lifelong fan, this group is for you. Funny, heart-wrenching, time-traveling, world-bending, stereotype shattering YA books have been making a mark on society for decades and it’s time for us adults who love them to stop hiding in the shadows. We meet monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7PM at the Farmington Main Library. A limited number of copies of each book on the list will be available for loan at the library, or bring your own! Refreshments will be provided.
 
JULY'S BOOK: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
 
The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

    Location: Board Room 1

Wednesday August 15, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Blood Pressure Clinic  
    Contact:    860-651-3539   
   

Farmington Valley Nursing Association FREE blood pressure clinic. No appointment necessary.

    Location: Main Library Cafe

Wednesday August 22, 2018
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Understanding Your Best Friend with Phil the Dog Listener  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

If you want to gain a much better understanding of your dog and its challenging behaviors, then this session led by Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener, is for you and your family! Learn the simple, dog-friendly changes in how to interact with your dog to transform its behavior in a kind and lasting way. In doing so, you will have a calmer, happier dog and a more enjoyable relationship with it. 

Topics covered will include:

  • How canines see the human world.
  • How canines communicate including the importance of eye contact and movement.
  • The underlying reasons for your dog’s behaviors like nervousness, toileting indoors, incessant barking, aggression, jumping on people, pestering for attention, destructive chewing, separation anxiety, pulling on the leash, etc. 

Bring your questions, (but unfortunately not your dog) for an informative, fun session!

Please register.

About Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener

Phil’s path to becoming a Dog Listener started when his family rescued a special dog named Abby from Labs4Rescue.  At the time, he had no idea about the journey he would be privileged to take with Abby.  Abby’s behavioral challenges were the motivation for Phil to learn a lot more about dogs and find a way to help Abby overcome her fears.  In the process, Phil discovered Jan Fennell, The Dog Listener who had developed a revolutionary method for training dogs based on their instincts.  In April 2009, Phil attended Jan Fennell’s Foundation and Advanced Canine Communications courses, thereby becoming a Certified Dog Listener.  Through in-home consultations, volunteer work with Labs4Rescue and other rescue organizations, and public talks, Phil has been honored to help over 1000 dog owners and their dogs.


This program is part of the 2018 Farmington Libraries Summer Reading Program, which this year celebrates the book No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII by Robert Weintraub.

No Better Friend tells the story of Air Force technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in WWII and were POWs in a camp in the Pacific. Judy was loyal, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would interrupt by barking. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon for the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own. Judy was WWII's only canine POW, and when she passed away in 1950, she was buried in her Air Force jacket. Williams would never own another dog. Their story--of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstance--is one of the great undiscovered sagas of WWII.

Young Readers Edition (Grades 6 - 9)

Standard Edition (Grade 10 - Adults)

    Location: Community Room

Monday August 27, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Farmington Reads Book Group  
    Contact: Caroline Ford   860-673-6791   cford@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Hidden gems from our collection, chosen just for you by our staff! Join us to discuss, share, and laugh. Titles will include a mix of fiction and non-fiction. A limited number of copies of each book on the list will be available for loan at the library, or bring your own! All are welcome.

AUGUST'S BOOK: 84, Charring Cross Road by Helene Hanff

This charming classic love story, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their common love for books. Their relationship, captured so acutely in these letters, is one that has touched the hearts of thousands of readers around the world.

    Location: Board Room 1

Thursday August 30, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Ukulele for Everyone!  
    Contact: Leah Farrell   860-673-6791   lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org
   

Join the ranks of ukulele players like Elvis, Jack Johnson, and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole! Instructor Julie Stepanek will lead beginners through a lesson, strum-along, and Q&A about the instrument. Feel free to bring your own instrument, but if you don’t have one, it will be provided for you! This program is for adults and teens.

Ages 16+ only. Space is limited. Registration required.

    Location: Community Room

Monday September 10, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM YA Lit Lovers Book Group  
    Contact: Laura Horn   860-673-6791   lhorn@farmingtonlibraries.org
    Location: Board Room 1

Saturday September 15, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Photo ID Workshop  
    Contact: Betty Coykendall   8606732853   bdcoyk@aol.com
    Location: Community Room

Monday October 15, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM YA Lit Lovers Book Group  
    Contact: Laura Horn   860-673-6791   lhorn@farmingtonlibraries.org
   
Are you a little less Y and a little more A, but can’t get enough of YA books? It’s ok, no really, it’s okay. This book group is for you! Whether you first found yourself drawn to teen books when the Hunger Games hit the big-screen or if you have been a lifelong fan, this group is for you. Funny, heart-wrenching, time-traveling, world-bending, stereotype shattering YA books have been making a mark on society for decades and it’s time for us adults who love them to stop hiding in the shadows. We meet monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7PM at the Farmington Main Library. A limited number of copies of each book on the list will be available for loan at the library, or bring your own! Refreshments will be provided.
 
OCTOBER'S BOOK: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
 
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
 
 
    Location: Board Room 1

Monday November 12, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM YA Lit Lovers Book Group  
    Contact: Laura Horn   860-673-6791   lhorn@farmingtonlibraries.org
    Location: Board Room 1

Monday December 10, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM YA Lit Lovers Book Group  
    Contact: Laura Horn   860-673-6791   lhorn@farmingtonlibraries.org
    Location: Board Room 1

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