Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July is a CRAZY busy month at the library!!

Hello all, and Happy Summer!

Hope you're all enjoying your summer, so far.  July is, by far, our biggest and busiest programming month of the year, and to that end, we want to make sure you're aware of several wonderful events that are happening over the next couple of weeks, a couple of which were not included in our Summer Programming flyer that went out to the Andover Elementary School kids.  There's a long list, but we hope you'll be sure to read on...

Wednesday, July 13th -- 3PM:  Living Dragons with Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles.  This program is sponsored by the 
Andover Friends of the Library.

Thursday, July 14th -- 7PM:  Our Connecticut Authors Trail contribution for 2016 will be a visit with Connecticut native, Lauren Acampora, who will speak about her highly-acclaimed debut collection of linked stories, The Wonder Garden.  Ms. Acampora will sign copies of her book post-book talk, so make plans to be here!
**ADDED**  Thursday, July 21st -- 7PM:  Justin Mazz Magic Show!  This magical evening of FREE entertainment will be held at the Andover Town Hall Community Room, 17 School Road, Andover.  Somehow or other, we did not get this program into our final Summer Programming flyer for 2016, but we hope to see you at the Community Room on July 21st ~ along with several of your friends and neighbors!  Kindly share info about this magic show with folks you know.  Thanks!  

Monday, July 18th -- 5:30PM:  Chess For Beginners!  This is a new program we're trying out, and is being sponsored by the Andover Friends of the Library.  However, if we do not have enough participants signed up by July 14th, we may have to cancel.  Please sign up TODAY:  860-742-7428.

Monday, July 25th -- 1PM:  Flip-Cam Filmmaking!  This is also a new program we're trying out, and the program is being sponsored by the Andover Friends of the Library.  Again, we NEED to know that there will be participants, so sign up as soon as possible:  860-742-7428.

Thursday, July 28th -- 6:30PM:  The Hot Flashes in concert at the Andover Gazebo!  This free concert is sponsored by the Andover Friends of the Library, and is the 9th time we've presented a FREE summer concert for the community in Andover!  Grab your chair and blanket and be there!  (In the event of rain, the show will be held in the Andover Town Hall Community Room).

**ADDED** Sunday, July 31st -- 4PM to 7PM:  Friends' fundraiser at Subway on Route 6, Andover!  For the third year in a row, the Friends will become Subway sandwich makers for three hours, and for their efforts, a percentage of the profits will go directly back to the Library Friends!  Help 'em raise a lot of money during those three hours, won't you?

We would LOVE for you to be part of as many of these activities as you possibly can!  Call the library if you have questions:  860-742-7428.

We would also very much appreciate you sharing this email with these many events with as many friends as you can.  The more, the merrier!

Thanks again, and enjoy July!!

Amy O.

Monday, March 28, 2016

100 book discussions and counting at Andover PL!

Book #1
Book #102
It has been a while since we updated our Andover PL blog, but tonight, it seems that we are celebrating a momentous occasion at the library -- of sorts, anyway! Initially, we thought that tonight our group would be discussing the 100th book we've read together.  However, it turns out we miscounted, and tonight, we're actually reading our 101st book!  Beginning in April 2003, this group met quarterly, but over the years, we've adopted a more consistent schedule, expanding from quarterly to bimonthly to 8-10 times a year to monthly in 2016!  We hope you'll consider joining us for a future discussion.

In the meantime, here's a look at the first 101 books we've read for our group...

  1. Falling Angels - Tracy Chevalier (April 2003)
  2. Hostage - Robert Crais (August 2003)
  3. The Wind Done Gone - Alice Randall (October 2003)
  4. Spilling Clarence - Anne Ursu (January 2004)
  5. Future Homemakers Of America - Laurie Graham (March 2004)
  6. Big Stone Gap - Adriana Trigiani (May 2004)
  7. Confederates In The Attic:  Dispatches From The Unfinished Civil War - Tony Horwitz (June 2004)
  8. When The Emperor Was Divine - Julie Otsuka (October 2004)
  9. Clay's Quilt - Silas House (January 2005)
  10. The Hazards Of Good Breeding - Jessica Shattuck (March 2005)
  11. The Secret Life Of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd (April 2005)
  12. 24 Hours - Greg Iles (May 2005)
  13. Lucia, Lucia - Adriana Trigiani (June 2005)
  14. In The Land Of Second Chances - George Shaffner (September 2005)
  15. The Coal Tattoo - Silas House (November 2005)
  16. The Christmas Box - Richard Paul Evans (December 2005)
  17. The Song Reader - Lisa Tucker (January 2006)
  18. Under The Banner Of Heaven:  A Story Of Violent Faith - Jon Krakauer (March 2006)
  19. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons - Lorna Landvik (May 2006)
  20. The Five Quarters Of The Orange - Joanne Harris (June 2006)
  21. Girls Of Tender Age:  A Memoir - Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (September 2006) EAST OF THE RIVER READS SELECTION
  22. Masters Of Illusion - Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (September 2006)
  23. Lucy - Ellen Feldman (November 2006)
  24. One Part Angel - George Shaffner (January 2007)
  25. Having Our Say:  The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years - Sarah L. & A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (March 2007)
  26. March - Geraldine Brooks (June 2007)
  27. The Tall Pines Polka - Lorna Landvik (July 2007)
  28. Mr. Emerson's Wife - Amy Belding Brown (September 2007) EAST OF THE RIVER READS SELECTION
  29. Nickel And Dimed:  On (Not) Getting By In America - Barbara Ehrenreich (October 2007)
  30. The Photograph - Penelope Lively (November 2007)
  31. The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler (January 2008)
  32. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom (February 2008)
  33. Stones From The River - Ursula Hegi (April 2008)
  34. The Next Thing On My List - Jill Smolinski (June 2008)
  35. Tallgrass - Sandra Dallas (July 2008)
  36. Billy Boyle - James R. Benn (September 2008) EAST OF THE RIVER READS SELECTION
  37. The Master Butchers Singing Club - Louise Erdrich (October 2008)
  38. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (February 2009) HARTFORD AREA BIG READ SELECTION
  39. A Northern Light - Jennifer Donnelly (March 2009)
  40. Bridge Of Sighs - Richard Russo (May 2009)
  41. Keeper And Kid - Edward Hardy (June 2009) AUTHOR VISIT
  42. A Walk In The Woods:  Rediscovering America On The Appalachian Trail - Bill Bryson (July 2009)
  43. Outside Valentine - Liza Ward (September 2009)
  44. Widows Of Eden - George Shaffner (November 2009)
  45. Christmas Train - David Baldacci (December 2009)
  46. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (February 2010)
  47. The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain (April 2010) HARTFORD AREA BIG RED SELECTION
  48. The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (May 2010)
  49. Tell Me When It Hurts - Christine M. Whitehead ANDOVER AUTHOR
  50. Dating Jesus:  A Story Of Fundamentalism, Feminism, And The American Girl - Susan Campbell (August 2010) CONNECTICUT AUTHOR TRAIL VISIT
  51. A Redbird Christmas - Fannie Flagg (December 2010)
  52. No! I Don't Want To Join A Book Club - Virginia Ironside (January 2011)
  53. Traveler - Ron McLarty (March 2011)
  54. My Antonia - Willa Cather (May 2011)
  55. The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (June 2011)
  56. Lost Rights:  The Misadventures Of A Stolen American Relic (August 2011) CONNECTICUT AUTHOR TRAIL VISIT / ANDOVER AUTHOR
  57. The Help - Kathryn Stockett (November 2011)
  58. A Dog Named Christmas - Greg Kincaid (December 2011)
  59. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - Betty Smith (January 2012)
  60. Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout (March 2012)
  61. Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet - Jamie Ford (April 2012)
  62. East Of Eden - John Steinbeck (June 2012)
  63. Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson (July 2012)
  64. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie (August 2012)
  65. The Lifeboat - Charlotte Rogan (October 2012) EAST OF THE RIVER READS SELECTION
  66. The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien (November 2012)
  67. Wishin' & Hopin':  A Christmas Story - Wally Lamb (December 2012)
  68. Moloka'i - Alan Brennert (January 2013)
  69. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Louise Shaffer (February 2013)
  70. The Violets Of March - Sarah Jio (March 2013)
  71. Nothing To Declare:  Memoirs Of A Woman Traveling Alone (April 2013)
  72. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern (June 2013)
  73. A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (July 2013)
  74. The Accidental Genius Of Weasel High - Rick Detorie (August 2013)
  75. The Paris Wife - Paula McLain (October 2013)
  76. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway (November 2013)
  77. Matchless - Gregory Maguire (December 2013)
  78. What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty (January 2014)
  79. Loving Frank - Nancy Horgan (February 2014)
  80. Nothing Daunted:  The Unexpected Education Of Two Society Girls In The West - Dorothy Wickenden (March 2014)
  81. The Other Typist - Suzanne Rindell (May 2014)
  82. The Three Miss Margarets - Louise Shaffner (June 2014)
  83. Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks (July 2014)
  84. The Rosie Project - Graham Simsion (August 2014)
  85. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn (September 2014)
  86. The Worst Hard Time:  The Untold Story Of Those Who Survived The Great American Dust Bowl (October 2014)
  87. The Autobiography Of Mrs. Tom Thumb - Melanie Benjamin (November 2014)
  88. Christmas At Harrington's - Melody Carlson (December 2014)
  89. The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin (January 2015)
  90. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson (February 2015)
  91. Mud Season:  How One Woman's Dream Of Moving To Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens And Sheep & Running The Old Country Store Pretty Much Led To One Calamity After Another - Ellen Stimson (March 2015)
  92. The Age Of Innocence - Edith Wharton (April 2015)
  93. The Art Forger - B.A. Shapiro (May 2015)
  94. The Last Summer Of The Camperdowns - Elizabeth Kelly (July 2015)
  95. Travels With Charley:  In Search Of America - John Steinbeck (August 2015)
  96. The Last Days Of Dogtown - Anita Diamant (October 2015)
  97. Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple (November 2015)
  98. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (December 2015)
  99. Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow (January 2016)
  100. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman (February 2016)
  101. One Hundred Years Of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (March 2016)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Two BIG Friends events on the way...

Hope you're making plans to join us for two very special events coming up on on July 31st and August 2nd!  

On Friday, July 31st, the Andover Friends of the Library are sponsoring a top-notch Bluegrass show for the whole family featuring the Feinberg Brothers!  These teenage brothers from the Bluegrass hamlet of Long Island have been performing all over the Northeast for the past several summers, and in June, they celebrated the release of their very first band CD.  Rourke (fiddle) and Patrick Feinberg (mandolin) have a classical music background, but they've been able to create their own classic brother-duet sound with a fine band that includes their dad, Ronnie Feinberg on guitar, Terry McGill on the banjo, and Peter Elegant playing the bass.  Bring your chairs and blankets for a FREE outdoor show at the Andover Gazebo, 35 School Road (located between the Andover Town Hall and the Andover Elementary School).
 Showtime is 6:30PM, and the show will be inside the Andover Community Room in the Town Hall in the event of rain.  The Friends will be selling ice cream that has been donated by Highland Park Market.  For a bit of a preview of the Feinbergs' sound, watch this YouTube clip of their appearance last summer on the Wheeling (WV) Jamboree:

You may also learn more about the Feinberg Brothers by visiting their website:  http://feinbergbrothers.com/

Another big event happens for the Library Friends on Sunday, August 2nd when members will become sandwich makers at the Andover Subway (inside the X-Tra Mart on Route 6) from 4-7PM.  A full FIFTY (50!) PERCENT of any sandwich, drink, salad, cookie you buy between 4:00 and 7:00PM on August 2nd will be donated to the Andover Friends of the Library!  Last year, the Friends raised more than $400 during that three-hour time period, and we hope to top that amount this year.  With your help -- and your appetite! -- we can!  

If you'd like any information about either of these events, visit our Facebook postings on them here for the Feinberg Brothers show and here for the Subway fundraiser.  You can also call the library:  860-742-7428.  

Thanks for supporting these two great events -- we'll look forward to seeing you and several of your friends!!  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

**NEW** LIBRARY HOURS starting June 1st!!

In case you've not heard, the Andover Public Library will be adjusting our operating hours beginning on Monday, June 1, 2015.  Please take note of the new schedule:  

Monday - 10AM-8PM 

Tuesday - 3-8PM
Wednesday - 10AM-8PM
Thursday - 3-8PM
Friday - CLOSED
Saturday - 10AM-2PM

While the library will no longer be open on Fridays (for the foreseeable future, at least), the closed-for-a-couple-hours-in-the-midday gap has been eliminated on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Also -- and perhaps, more importantly -- our Saturday hours will run all year round.  This means that the library will not be closed on Saturdays in July & August!  We feel like these hours are slightly easier to remember, and we sure hope you agree!

Should you be confused, though, remember to look for the outside lights near the front door to be ON when the library is open!  The "Open" flag also flies when the library is open.  

In the fall, we'll likely add some hours to the Tuesday & Thursday schedule, but for June, July, and August, we're going with the hours you see above in blue.  

Visit us -- and bring a friend!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The preliminary Friends' auction list is here!

Coming up this Friday evening -- April 24th -- we sure hope to see you at the Andover Friends of the Library's annual Goods & Services Auction!  This wonderful event will be held at the Andover Elementary School Cafeteria and features wonderful baked goods, drawings, and lots and lots of wonderful items up for bid!  The preview begins at 6PM and the auction at 6:30PM.  Hope you can be there to support this terrific fundraising event for the Andover Public Library! 

See you there!


1.)   Dubois Automotive – Oil Change

2.)   Baby gift bucket with picture frame, bib, feeding bowls, spoons, training cup, teether, pacifiers, and toys

3.)   MASS MoCA – Admission for 2

4.)   New England Carousel Museum – Admission for 4 and 10 ride tickets for the Historical Carousel in Bushnell Park

5.)   1 hour full-body massage with Molly DeGemmis

6.)   Town Fair Tire – Computerized factory alignment

7.)   Westport Country Playhouse – 2 tickets to any 2015 performance

8.)   Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, CT – Family admission and R&B Sportsworld, Winsted, CT – 4 rounds of mini golf

9.)   Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI – Admission for 4 and Newport Mansions – 2 guest passes and 2 all-activity passes with 2 water wiz passes to Adventure Land in Naragansett, RI

10.) Purple & gold necklace, iridescent beaded bracelet and 5 pairs of 14K gold earrings

11.) Gardener’s Delight Basket with kneeling pad, towel, hand cultivator, gardening gloves, 5 “Garden Wheel” planning systems, flower arranger, wild bird indentification wheel “Eight” insect control spray and a $25 gift certificate by an anonymous Friend of the Library

12.) Mohawk Mountain, Cornwall, CT – 2 2015-2016 season lift vouchers

13.) Graduation Gift Basket with 4 night passes to Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury, CT and $45 in gift cards to Barnes & Noble, autograph book, and candy, complete with a card – just sign it & your gift is ready

14.) Beautiful lap quilt donated by Positive Images (the Magic Carpet) – Jean Mamonas

15.) Pez Visitor Center, Orange, CT – admission for 4

16.) Willimantic Brewing Co. -- $20 gift certificate, Rein’s Deli in Vernon -- $25; Hungry Tiger in Manchester -- $20; Monet’s Table in Tolland -- $20

17.) CardioExpress – 3 month membership

18.) Mark Twain House & Museum – 2 passes (includes a guided tour)

19.) Economy Oil Change – full service oil change

20.) Children’s Museum, West Hartford, CT – admission for 4

21.) Block Island Ferry, New London, CT – 4 ferry passes

22.) Coco Key Resort, Waterbury, CT – 4 all-day water passes

23.) Crime Museum, Washington DC – admission for 4; Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA – admission for 4; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA – admission for 4

24.) Old Sturbridge Village – family admission for 4

25.) Perrier-Jouet Champagne with 2 champagne flutes donated by the Package Store – Hebron, CT

26.) Warner Theater, Torrington CT – 4 tickets to a main stage performance

27.) Make Me A Martini – 9 crystal and blue martini glasses with a bottle of Vermouth and a bottle of Vodka.  Vodka and Vermouth donated by Andover Package Store

28.) Rhode Island Orchestra – 2 tickets to Amica Rush House Concert, 2015-2016

29.) New Bedford Whaling Museum – admission for 4

30.) American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol, CT – admission for 4; and ImagineNation, Bristol, CT; and Jump N Jammin, Bristol, CT – 4 open jump passes

31.) Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ – admission for 2

32.) Goodies – Earl Grey tea & mug, chocolate raspberry truffles, and chocolate chip cookies

33.) Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA – admission for 4; and Massachusetts Bay Lines – sunset cruise for 4

34.) Take Me Out To The Ball Game – 1,000 piece Fenway Park puzzle, 2 Boston Red Sox ball caps, 2 Boston Red Sox t-shirts, Pair of tickets for Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, and Pair of tickets for Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – Donated by the Savings Institute in Hebron, CT

35.) Essex Steam Train – admission for 4

36.) KidCity, Middletown, CT – admission for 4 and Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester, CT – admission for 4

37.) New Britain Youth Museum – family membership; and New Britain Museum of American Art – admission for 4; and Subway -- $50 gift card  

38.) Father’s Day Gift Basket with “On Lake Time” mug, cologne, candy bars, calculator, and word puzzle books

39.) Luray Caverns, Luray, VA – admission for 2; and Potomac Riverboat Company, Alexandria, VA – National Mall Water Mall taxi cruise for 4

40.) New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, CT – admission for 2; and CT Trolley Museum, East Windsor, CT – family admission; and Cracker Barrel – dinner for 2; and Fairways – South Windsor, CT – 4 rounds of mini golf

41.) Old Fart box with “Old Fart” mug, “Over The Hill” necklace, and stuffed dog whoopee cushion

42.) Boston Duck Tour – admission for 2

43.) Skyscraper Museum, NYC – family admission for up to 5 people

44.) Lia Sophia amber necklace

45.) Pale pink necklace & earring set donated by A Closer Look

46.) New York Water Taxi – admission for 2

47.) Dangerfield’s Comedy Club, NYC -- $100 value for 4; Skyscraper Museum, NYC – family admission up to 5; and New York Fire Museum, NYC – admission for 4; and Top of the Rock Observation Deck – admission for 2

48.) Happy Father’s Day basket with morning blend coffee, coffee mug, leather travel kit, bi-fold wallet, calculator, roasted almonds, candy bars, Axe cologne body spray, and 2 word puzzle books.  Just sign the card, and your gift is complete

49.) Two simple wills for a couple sharing identical distribution objectives – donated by Attorney William Dakin

50.) Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT – family membership

51.) Mother’s Day basket with green crystal bracelet, shower gel, body lotion, hand lotion, body spray, and luxury soap

52.) Santa’s Village – Jefferson, NH – admission for 2; and Story Land – Glen, NH – admission for 2; and Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT – family admission

53.) Landon Tire, Willimantic, CT -- $30 gift certificate

54.) Soups on Basket with soup mix, soup recipe book, magnetic recipe frame, and a teddy toast impression press

55.) Majestic Theater, West Springfield, MA – 2 tickets to any performance

56.) Historic Deerfield, MA – admission for 4

57.) Summer picnic basket with paper dinner plates, dessert plates, napkins, acrylic salad on ice covered salad bowl, glass cheese plate, 3 piece-barbeque set, marshmallow roasting sticks, “Outdoor Entertaining” book, and “Totally Picnic Cookbook”

58.) Mystic Seaport – admission for 2

59.) Hand-carved cardinal donated by John Neumuth

60.) Willington Pizza -- $50 gift certificate

61.) 8 foot Christmas tree donated by Scott’s Tree Farm with a Winter Welcome plaque, Santa soap dispenser, snowman novelty socks, and 2 crystal kissing balls

62.) Don’t Sweat Basket with Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women book, comfy bedroom slippers (size M), 4 coffee mugs, gourmet hazelnut coffee, and candy bars

63.) Wedding Shower gift basket with 2 private dance lessons at Fred Astaire, West Hartford, CT; wedding photo album; invitations; key to my heart; and green wedding planner book

64.) Columbia Ford – oil change

65.) Pride of Susquehanna, Harrisburg, PA – 4-45 minute sightseeing cruises

66.) Lake Compounce, Bristol, CT – admission for 2

67.) Between Rounds – 1 dozen bagels per month for 6 months

68.) Autographed Harlem Globetrotters photo

69.)        Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth, MA – admission for 2

70.) Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT – admission for 4

71.) Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT – admission for 4

72.) Jewish Museum, NYC – family membership

73.) Song-A-Day Music Center, Coventry, CT – 2 music lessons

74.) Camp Bow Wow, South Windsor, CT -- $100 gift certificate for services

75.) Columbia Ford – oil change & $25 gift card to Thunderbird Café

76.) Bolton Veterinary Hospital -- $75 gift certificate

77.) Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL – admission for 4

78.) Bath gel, lotion, fancy soaps, soap dish, and scrubbie

79.) Bob’s Discount Furniture -- $100 gift card

80.) Boston Red Sox – Craig Breslow autographed baseball

81.) New York Giants – Victor Cruz autographed poster

82.) Galaxy Roller Rink, Groton, CT – admission for family of 4

83.) Shoreline Trolley Museum, New Haven, CT – admission for 4

84.) Launch Trampoline Park, Hartford CT – 2 jump passes

85.) Hebron Family Chiropractic – consultation, complete set of structural correction radiographs, structural spinal analysis, orthopedic, and neurological tests and review of all findings with the doctor

86.) $50 gift card to Cork & Brew in Southington, CT

87.) Spooky from head to toe with Salem Witch Village & Wax Museum admission for 4 with Halloween booties, boo sign, and black hair bows

88.) Wreath with a bow and boughs to be used as swags or for other decorating purposes donated by Scott’s Tree Farm with 2 Nikko vintage tea cups, Love Never Melts plaque, a mistletoe kissing ball, and a kissing angel

89.) Lunch basket with Ramen noodles, mac ‘n cheese, tuna with crackers, soup mug, and gift cards for Subway, Burger King, Panera Bread, and Dunkin Donuts.  Donated by Naida Arcenas

90.) Black & cranberry necklace and earrings set donated by A Closer Look

91.) Blue necklace & earrings set donated by A Closer Look

92.) Baby boy gift box with play blanket, plush blanket, photo album, teether, and huggable teddy bear

93.) Cherry blossom toiletries, slippers, and a scrunchy

94.) Baby girl gift basket with photo album, plush baby blanket, teddy bear, 2 receiving blankets, pacifier, and wrist rattle

95.) Profit from the Positive autographed book and Live Happy Magazine donated by Margaret Greenberg

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Coming to your Andover PL during School Vacation Week -- April 13-17, 2015...

We've got some dandy programs lined up to keep the kids (and their adults) busy during April Vacation Week:  April 13-17.  Check 'em out...and be here!  If you have questions about any of these activities, give us a call at the library:  860-742-7428...

 Needle Arts:
Monday, April 13 -- 11:30AM-1PM

We can work on our current projects together.  If you would like to learn to knit or crochet, let us know ahead of time so we can match you up with a volunteer tutor. Bring either a crochet hook or knitting needles, plus yarn, and a willing spirit for beginners. Let us know you are coming so we can save you a seat, call the library at 860-742-7428.

Wednesday, April 15 -- 10:30-11:30AM

We will spend an hour reading, share something for Show’N’Tell, and coloring a page or two. All children are welcome, so come and enjoy a story with us.

Mr. Magic Returns:
Wednesday, April 15 -- 6:30-7:30PM

Guest entertainer, Mr. Magic (also known as Attorney Richard Rothstein) returns to the library for an evening of magic and fun!  Mr. Magic has been performing magic shows for more than 35 years, entertaining children of all ages.  Bring a friend or two to this fun, FREE evening!  

Imagination ‘n Creation:
Friday, April 17 -- 10:30AM-12:30PM
This promises to be a fun morning of making things out of a huge pile of “stuff.” Mrs. C. has lots of paper, scissors, yarn, stickers, chalk, toothpicks, pompoms...you name it!  She's hoping to see some kids out there that just want to have fun and see what can be created out of the things we've collected. It's fun to recycle things from home and work and make them into something completely different.  If you have things at home and would like to decorate them, i.e. used coffee container, cans. milk or juice jugs, sticks, cardboard boxes, etc., bring them along to work on here. There are no rules on our creating, we’ll only be limited by our imaginations.  As a bonus, there will be snacks for all crafters!  

Monday, December 29, 2014

Museum passes? Come and get 'em!

Are you looking for something to do during school vacation?  Why not stop by the library and borrow one of our many museum passes which can be used for reduced or free admission?  We've got quite a few, and would LOVE to loan 'em out to folks this week...or anytime!  Stop by the library and inquire, or give us a call:  860-742-7428...

Ø  American Clock & Watch Museum – Bristol – Free admission for 2 Adults & 3 Children.  [Regular admission prices:  $6 Adults; $5 Seniors (ages 60+); $3 Children (ages 8-17); free (ages 7 & younger).]  www.clockandwatchmuseum.org   FRIENDS OF ANDOVER LIBRARY GIFT.

Ø  The Children’s Museum – West Hartford – Pass allows for one free admission for every paid admission, adults or children (maximum four free admissions per day).  [Regular admission prices:  $14.75 (ages 13-62); $13.75 Children (2-12); $13.75 Seniors (age 63+); free (under age 2)].  www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org   FRIENDS OF ANDOVER LIBRARY GIFT.

Ø  Connecticut Science CenterHartford - Limited number of coupons available to be used for 20% off general admission for up to 4 people.  Coupons are available on a first-come, first-serve basis – one coupon may be used per family per week.  [Regular admission prices:  $19 Adults; $16.50 Seniors (ages 65+); $14 Youth (ages 3-17); free (ages 2 & younger).]   www.CTScienceCenter.org

Ø  Connecticut State Parks & Forests – Waives parking fees at any of the state’s 137 parks and forests.  The pass is valid for any private passenger vehicle carrying fewer than 12 passengers.  Also valid for free admission for 2 Adults & 4 Children at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull, and Gillette Castle State Parks.  We own TWO separate State Parks passes – one is FRIENDS OF ANDOVER LIBRARY GIFT.

Ø  Connecticut’s Old State House – Hartford – Free admission for 2 Adults & 2 Children.  [Regular admission prices:  $6 Adults; $3 Seniors (ages 65+) ; $3 Children (ages 6-17); free (ages 5 & younger)].  www.ctosh.org

Ø  Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk – Norwalk - $2 off admission for each ticket for up to 6 people.  May be used for Aquarium admission or Daytime IMAX. [Regular admission prices – Aquarium only:  Adults $19.95; Seniors $11.95 (ages 65+); Youth $17.95 (ages 13-17); Children $17.95 (ages 3-12) – IMAX only:  Adults $9.50; Seniors $8.50; Youth $8.50; Children $7)].   www.maritimeaquarium.org

Ø  Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration – Mystic – Discounts for admission for
2  Adults & 2 Children.  With the pass, save $5 off per ticket for admission for four people. [Regular admission
prices:  $29.95 Adults; $26.95 Seniors (age 60+); $21.95 Children; (ages 3-17);  free admission for Children ages 2
& younger].   www.mysticaquarium.org

Ø  Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame – Springfield, MA – Discounted admission for up to 3 Adults ($12 each ticket) & 3 Children ($8 each ticket).  [Regular admission prices:  $21 Adults; $17 Seniors (age 65+); $15 Youth (ages 5-15); free admission for Children ages 4 & under].   www.hoophall.com  FRIENDS OF ANDOVER LIBRARY GIFT.

New Britain Museum Of American Art  –New Britain – Free admission for any 4 people (no age restrictions).  [Regular admission prices:  $12 Adults; $10 Seniors; $8 Students; Admission for Children ages 11 & younger is free].   www.nbmaa.org   FRIENDS OF ANDOVER LIBRARY GIFT.

Ø  New England Air Museum – Windsor Locks – Reduced admission of $6 each for 2 Adults or Seniors and free admission for 2 Children (ages 4-11).  Children age 3 and younger always receive free admission.  [Regular admission prices:  $12 Adults; $11 Seniors (age 65+); $6 Children (ages 4-11); free admission for Children ages 3 & younger].  www.neam.org   FRIENDS OF ANDOVER LIBRARY GIFT.

Ø  U.S.S. Constitution Museum – Boston, MA – Free admission to the museum; parties must consist of 9 or fewer guests.  [Regular admission prices:  $5-$10 suggested donation for Adults; $3-$5 for Children; $15-$20 for Familes].  www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org

Ø  Wadsworth Atheneum – Hartford – Free general admission for 2 Adults & 2 Children (ages 6-17).  [Regular admission prices:  $10 Adults; $8 Seniors (age 62+); $5 Students (ages 13 through college students with ID); Free admission for children age 12 and under].   www.TheWadsworth.org