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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Do you know who the CT State Hero is?

Connecticut’s State Heroine – Prudence Crandall

She was born on September 3, 1803 in Hopkinton, Rhode Island.

Prudence Crandall’s family was part of the Quaker community, and unlike other communities at this time, they believed that education was important for men and women. 

Prudence Crandall opened a private girl’s academy in 1831 in Canterbury, Connecticut.

She taught the girls a rigorous curriculum, which made her one of the best schools in the state.

In 1833, Prudence Crandall admitted an African American student named Sarah Harris, who was studying to become a teacher for African American children.

Later, she even created a school specifically for African American girls.

Due to attitudes at that time, Prudence Crandall faced many struggles trying to run her schools, but she remained brave.

If you are interested in learning more about Connecticut’s state heroine, check out Prudence Crandall: Woman of Courage by Elizabeth Yates.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Silent Cal ~ Our 30th President

I was born on a farm in Vermont and studied at Amherst College.  

When I was elected president, my dad carried out the inauguration ceremony.  

During my presidency, I make pro-business policies, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was agreed upon, and my picture was printed on the half dollar.  

I was known to be a man of few words.  

I had two pet raccoons that would run around the White House.  

Who am I?

Calvin Coolidge
30th President of the United States
In Office
August 2, 1923 - March 4, 1929
Vice President - None (1923-1925)
Charles G. Dawes (1925 - 1929)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Have You Signed up for Summer Reading!

Summer means more time for all the fun activities you love to do, like going out for ice cream, hanging out with friends, and reading as many cool books as you want. 

To add even more excitement to your summer reading adventure, sign up for the Avon Free Public Library’s summer reading program and get awesome prizes for all of your hard work! 

Our program starts with choosing either a 6, 12, or 24 book goal to complete by the end of summer. As you read, you can log the titles online, and during your next visit to the library, you can claim sweet treats like a cupcake from Taste by Spellbound, a cookie from The Bee’s Knees Café, a J. Foster ice cream cone, and a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream cone. 

Once you’re full on sweets, it’s time to enjoy the other cool prizes, like a Bertucci’s kids’ meal, Yard Goats baseball tickets, and a pass to Quassy amusement park. 

Every visit to the library gives you another chance to win our summer prize packages. Just grab a yellow ticket from the bin on our desk, write your name and phone number, and place it inside one of our 14 prize jars. 

Prizes include a ukulele, Pokémon cards, a tea set, a LEGO Minecraft kit, a butterfly home, and more! 

At the end of the summer, one lucky winner will win each prize. If you can’t wait for all the excitement, enter your ticket into the Weekly Prize jar for a chance to win tickets to Old Sturbridge Village, the KidsPlay museum, and more. Weekly Prize winners are selected every Monday throughout the summer. 

If you love reading and earning prizes, our summer reading program is for you!

Ready to sign up yet? Here’s what you have to do:

2. Click on the icon for the number of books you want as your goal this summer (6 books, 12 books, or 24 books)

3. Click on the button that says “Sign me up” (just above the username and password fields)

4. Fill out the form with the information you are asked and hit save

5. Start logging your books!

6. When you log into your account and it tells you that you are eligible to claim your rewards, come to the library to pick them up!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jester Jim at the Avon Library!

Jester Jim

Jester Jim is coming to the library! 

See his beatboxing, juggling, balancing on top of tubes and boxes, and whatever else he happens to pull out of his special box.  

Not only will he entertain you, he’ll also keep you laughing the whole time. 

He will even JUGGLE FIRE!

 He’s so good, Entertainer America even voted him as the “Best Family Show” of the year. 

 Come see him perform!

Avon Library Community room at 3:00pm Wednesday July 27th!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library - Join now!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Do you know our State Insect?

 Connecticut’s State Insect – European Praying Mantis

This insect was originally from Europe.

In the 1600’s, they were imported to Connecticut to help farmers combat pests that would eat their crops.

The European praying mantis is light green in color.

They can grow to be 7-8cm in length.

The European praying mantis has wings, which allows them to fly.

They get their name from the stance that they take while waiting to capture prey. It looks as if they are praying.

If you are interested in learning more about Connecticut’s state insect, check out Praying Mantis by Rebecca Stefoff. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wobbly Warren ~ Our 29th President

I was born in Ohio as the eldest of 8 children and loved public speaking growing up.  

I have been known for being unprofessional, dishonest, and for being a part of the “Teapot Dome Bribery Scandal.”  

I ended World War 1 in 1921.  

I loved to golf, gamble, and play poker.  

I had a dog named “Laddie Boy” who got to sit in on my cabinet meetings.  

I died only 2 years into my presidency.  

Who am I?

Warren G. Harding
29th President of the United States
In Office
March 4, 1921 - August 2, 1923
Vice President - Calvin Coolidge

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yo-Yo Guy Returns!

The Yo-Yo Guy

The Yo-Yo Guy is coming on 
July 20th at 3 pm 
to put on a show like never before.

See some of his cool tricks like Walk the Dog, Rock the Baby, Boingy-Boingy, and Iron Whip.  

Yo-Yos will whiz through the air, fly across the stage, and do things you never knew a Yo-Yo could do.  

The Yo-Yo Guy holds 4 Guinness World Records and has been on Discovery Channel and PBS kids.

The library is where you want to be on this Wednesday afternoon.

All Ages
Avon Library Community Room