Monday, July 31, 2006

More gifts from the Friends...

Here's an updated list of items purchased with money donated from the Andover PL Friends group. We added some books, some DVDs, and some books on CD. Again, we say thanks to the Friends for their generosity!

BOOKS - Titles on the RHAM High School reading list, listed in call number order:
  • Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia / Shattered Mirror / JYP Atw pb
  • Flannery, Tim F. / The Weather Makers / 363.738 Fla
  • Holmes, Hannah / Suburban Safari / 577.5 Hol
  • Sullivan, Robert / Rats : Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants / 599.35 Sul
  • Homer / The Odyssey / 883.01 Hom
  • Arvin, Nick / Articles of War / FIC Arv


  • Alcott, Louisa May / Little Women / AUDIO CD FIC Alc
  • Brooks, Geraldine / March / AUDIO CD FIC Bro
  • Golden, Arthur / Memoirs of a Geisha / AUDIO CD FIC Gol
  • Hockensmith, Steve / Holmes on the Range / AUDIO CD FIC Hoc
  • McManus, Patrick F. / The Blight Way / AUDIO CD FIC McM
  • Robotham, Michael / Lost / AUDIO CD FIC Rob
  • Twain, Mark / The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / AUDIO CD FIC Twa
  • Twain, Mark / The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / AUDIO CD FIC Twa
  • Swanson, James L. / Manhunt : the 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer / AUDIO CD 364.152 Swa
  • Goodwin, Doris Kearns / Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln / AUDIO CD 973.7093 Goo

A word from the Friends' President re: Entertainment Books...

Here's a note from Friends' President, Dianne Grenier:

Dear Friends of the Library,

Just a friendly “tip” for those of you who purchased the “2006 Entertainment Coupon Book” that the Friends were selling last fall/winter.

In the Coupon book are coupons for such things as $5.00 off your bill if you spend $50 or more at a ‘this or that’ grocery store. Some of these stores are not very local or may not be grocery stores you frequent …BUT ... Stop and Shop will honor all coupons from their competitors.
I’ve used coupons for IGA’s in East Hampton or from Lunt’s which is out of business. This will make that coupon book a whole lot more valuable.

For those of you who didn’t purchase a book last year, the Friends will be selling them again this fall. Watch for them at the Library or our advertisement in the Rivereast.

Coupons in the 2006 Entertainment Book are good until November 2006. There’s still lots of time to save.

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer and staying

Dianne Grenier
Friends, President

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Yet another museum pass...

We have added one more museum pass to our long list. Reduced admission prices are now available to the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, New Haven. As with most of the others, this pass comes to us courtesy of the Andover Friends of the Library.

For a complete list of museum passes we have to offer, as well as the borrowing rules, click here.

Adult Book Discussion - Monday, September 18th

In case you haven't heard, Connecticut author Mary-Ann Tirone Smith's memoir, Girls of Tender Age, has been chosen as the book to read in this summer's East of the River Reads! program. This is a community-wide program that encourages residents in the region to read the same book, and then, in the fall, those readers will get together to discuss the book with its author. In addition to Andover, other towns participating in the program include Bolton, Columbia, Glastonbury, Hebron, Manchester, Marlborough, and Portland. Mary-Ann Tirone Smith will be speaking about her memoir on Wednesday, October 4th at the Douglas Library in Hebron. That discussion will begin at 7PM. Members of our Andover PL reading group will be taking a "field trip" to this event at the Douglas Library.

At Andover PL, though, we're trying something a little bit different. In addition to reading Smith's memoir (of which, the library has several copies), we will also be reading her 1994 novel about the Hartford Circus Fire that happened in 1944: Masters Of Illusion. We have borrowed several copies of that book, as well, for our reading group.

We would like participants to read both books for our book discussion to be held at Andover PL on Monday, September 18th at 6:30PM. Please ask for copies of these books at the library circulation desk. They are ready and waiting for you.


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

One way to beat the heat...

Follow the lead of our resident primate at Andover PL...get yourself a good book and find a nice shady spot under a tree!

Wondering what this guy's name is? So are we. If you've got any suggestions, please let us know.

A special invitation from Friends' President, Dianne Grenier...

Have you ever wondered what it's like "behind the scenes" at the Bushnell in Hartford? If so, here's an invitation for all of the Andover PL Friends from the group's president, Dianne Grenier:

Bushnell Backstage Tour for Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Andover Library officials are organizing an “exclusive” backstage tour of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford for members of the Friends of the Library.

The tour will take you backstage of both the old Mortensen Hall and the new Belding Auditorium.
See the Projection Booth, Green Room, Electrician Room with the “stars signature wall” and the Horace Bushnell Suite. Learn about the historic one-of-a-kind ceiling mural, the Dale Chihuly “Ode to Joy” and much more.

Your Tour Guide will be Dianne Grenier, president of the Friends group and a 10 year veteran of the volunteer corps of Bushnell ushers and tour guides.

A considerable amount of walking is required and the tour will take approximately 1½ - 2 hours.

There is no charge for the tour, but participation is limited so reservations are required.
The Friends of the Library are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to its members.

The Friends' Bushnell tour date is set for Saturday, August 26 at 2:00pm.

To reserve your spot on the tour call Dianne Grenier at 742-3033 or e-mail at

Monday, July 10, 2006

Storytime with activities and a craft

Monday, July 24th from 3-4pm
Storytime with activities and a craft
at the Andover Public Library
Brought to us by
Girls Scouts, Ct. Trails

Come and enjoy a story with your friends. Afterward we’ll be doing a craft that relates to the topic in our story Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
Boys and girls are encouraged to sign up at the library,
recommended for ages 5-8 or grades K-3.
Call the library for more information 742-7428.

Friends' BJs promotion due date extended to August 1st...

The recent promotion sponsored by the Andover PL Friends group in which you can renew or sign up for a new membership at BJs Wholesale Club will continue through August 1st. This offer allows you to save $10 on your membership fee for BJs (pay $35 vs. $45 for a "regular" renewal or new membership), as well as extends your membership by 3 months (15 months vs. 12 months). Another benefit: the Friends will receive $5 from BJs for each application that is submitted. If you'd like to help the Friends (as well as yourself) with this deal, stop by the library before August 1st and fill out an application.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Lots of museum passes -- yours to borrow!

As you may know, the Andover PL Friends group has purchased some museum passes for our library patrons to use this year. These passes entitle the bearer to free or reduced admission to some area museums, and be borrowed by any Andover PL patron who has a library card in good standing with no outstanding fines. If you're looking for a place to take the family on one of the muggy, rainy, or even sunny summer days, why not check out one of these passes?

Here's what the Friends have purchased for you:

  • The Children's Museum (formerly known as the Science Center of Connecticut) - West Hartford -- Pass allows for one free admission for every paid admission, adults or children. [Regular admission prices: $7 Adults & Children over the age of 12].
  • Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism -- Free admission for 2 adults & 2 children to four Connecticut state museums, including Henry Whitfield State Museum in Guilford; the Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine in East Granby; the Sloane-Stanley Museum in Kent; and the Prudence Crandall Museum in Canterbury.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center - Hartford -- Pass admits 2 people for a free tour of the Stowe House OR a seasonally-offered Garden Tour or Nook Farm Walking Tour. [Regular admission prices: $8 Adults (ages 13-64); $7 Seniors (age 65+); $4 Children (ages 5-12)].
  • Mark Twain House - Hartford -- Admits one adult OR 2 children free with the purchase of one adult admission. [Regular admission prices: $13 Adults (ages 17-64); $11 Seniors (age 65+); $8 Children (ages 6-16); Free admission for children under 6].
  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center - Mashantucket -- Pass is valid for $5 off admission for up to 2 adults & 2 children. [Regular admission prices: $15 Adults (ages 16-54); $13 Seniors (age 55+); $13 Children (ages 6-15)].
  • New Britain Museum of American Art - New Britain -- Free admission for 4 people (no age restrictions). [Regular admission prices: $9 Adults; $8 Seniors; $7 Students; Free admission for children under 12].
  • Peabody Museum of Natural History -- Yale University, New Haven -- Pass is valid for $5 off up to 4 admissions (no age restrictions - one adult must accompany children under age 16). Admission applies to Museum galleries only. Special exhibits, events, and programs may require a fee. Pass is not valid in February. [Regular admission prices: $7 Adults; $6 Seniors (age 65+); $5 Children (ages 3-18)].
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence -- Reduced admission for any combination of 4 Adults, Seniors, and/or Children. During January-June & September-December, the discounted rate is $6 Adults; $4 Seniors; $3 Children. During July & August, the discounted rate is $9 Adults; $6 Seniors; $5 Children. [Regular admission prices: $12 Adults; $8 Seniors (age 62+); $6 Children (ages 3-12)].

In addition, the library offers these passes, which are provided free to the library by their respective organizations:

  • Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration - Mystic -- Reduced admission for 2 Adults & 2 Children. From September 5th through June 30th, the discounted rate is $13.50 per Adult & $9.50 per Child. From July 1st through September 4th, the discounted rate is $15.75 per Adult & $11.25 per Child. Please note: this is the first year the Aquarium is offering any discount on their summer rates. [Regular admission prices: $17.50 Adults; $16.50 Seniors (age 65+); $12.50 Children (ages 3-17)].
  • New England Carousel Museum - Bristol -- Free admission for 4 people (no age restrictions). [Regular admission prices: $5 Adults; $2.50 Children (ages 4-14); Children under age 4 are admitted free.]
  • Wadsworth Atheneum - Hartford -- Free general admission to the museum 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 12 & under].

We encourage you to borrow these passes frequently this year. They may be checked out the day before your planned visit, and must be returned one day after your museum visit. In general, we do not allow passes to be reserved -- they are first come, first served. If you have any questions, please call the library at 742-7428 or email