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).]   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)].   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).]

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)].

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)].

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].

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].  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].   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].   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].

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].

Monday, September 15, 2014

October 11th is coming soon!!

Did you know that there are TWO big events coming to your Andover Public Library in less than four weeks?  Saturday, October 11th is the date to circle on your calendar for library visiting!  

From 10:30-11:30 on the morning of the 11th, we're celebrating Star Wars Reads Day III.  There'll be stories, crafts, giveaways, and costumed characters from "Star Wars" here at the library!  Be sure to bring your camera and your favorite young fan of the "Star Wars" galaxy, as we expect this will be a fun time.

On that same day, from 10AM 'til 3PM, the Andover Friends of the Library will host a Book & Bake Sale for the first time in almost 10 years!  Funds raised from sales that day will go toward a project to refurbish the Children's Room downstairs, so we sure hope you can stop by and take home an item or two.  In addition to books and baked goods, we're planning to have some brand-new Andover PL book bags AND even a few copies of the 2015 Book Lover's Calendar available for purchase, so be sure to get to the sale if you'd like to pick up a copy or two!  

At this time, we're still taking donations of your gently-used books and DVDs and CDs for our sale.  If you have some items to donate, by all means, please bring 'em to the library during our open hours.  (Please don't ever consider leaving books outside the library when we are not open). We ask that you bring your donations for the sale to the library by Wednesday, October 8th so that we'll have time to sort things and get them ready for Saturday's sale.  Thanks!

Friends President Janice Bazzani will be looking for volunteers to bake and/or work a couple of hours at the book sale on October 11th.  If you are interested, kindly let us know, and we'll pass the word to Janice.  

Let's make this sale a tremendous success, shall we?    

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BIG weekend for Friends on the way -- August 22nd AND August 24th!

We've got not one but TWO fabulous events happening that involve our wonderful Andover Friends of the Library on the weekend that includes August 22nd and August 24th!  Sure hope you're going to be part of each of 'em!

On Friday, August 22nd, the Friends are the sponsors for our outstanding end-of-summer concert at the Andover Gazebo, and the featured performers this year are AMY GALLATIN & STILLWATERS!  This fabulous Connecticut-based band has been performing their brand of Bluegrass/Folk/Country music all over the world, and we'll get to enjoy them right here in Andover!  The band features powerful duet singing from Amy Gallatin (guitar) and Roger Williams (resophonic guitar), as well as stellar musicianship from JD Williams on the mandolin and Eric Levenson on bass.  For more info on the band, visit their website by clicking here.  

Bring your chairs and blankets for this free event.  In the case of inclement weather, the show will move inside to the Town Hall Community Room.  The Andover Gazebo is located adjacent to the Andover Town Hall, 35 School Road, Andover.  The Friends will be selling ice cream donated by Highland Park Market, and there will be a 50/50 drawing, too.  Join us, and bring a friend!
Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters
(photo by Marla Singleton)

Then, on Sunday afternoon, August 24th, between 4PM and 7PM, we sure hope to see you at the Subway Restaurant located inside the Xtra Mart, 497 Jonathan Trumbull Highway (Route 6) in Andover.  Subway is giving the Friends 50% of all of their sales that take place during those three hours, so we'd be delighted to see EVERYONE in Andover eating Subway that night!  You'll even see lots of Library Friends helping out at this great event, so start thinking about what tasty Subway sandwich you'd like to eat on August 24th, won't you?  

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

LOTS of Summer Programs for You -- SIGN UP!!

Our Summer Programs schedule at Andover Public Library is in full swing, but we surely do need YOUR support!  While we've never wanted to require folks to sign up in advance for programs, this summer, it is super-important, as we need to know that attendees are coming, especially for paid programs.  (The programs marked below with *** are paid programs, and are in danger of being cancelled if attendees don't sign up by July 11th).   Please take a look at these summer offerings, and sign up soon.  Most programs are free to attend, unless noted otherwise.  There is a link to the Facebook event page for each program, should you wish to look at a bit more information.  Bring a friend or two! Everyone is welcome!  Give us a call with questions: 860-742-7428

Tuesday, July 8th – 1-2PM – Cathy’s Creative Nails

Wednesday, July 9th – 10-11AM – Teddy Bear Tea Party

Friday, July 11th – 10:30-11:30AM – Sing Along with Song-A-Day's Ruth O'Neil

Friday, July 11th – 3-4PM - Make Your Own Paracord Wristband ($3 materials fee payable at program)

Tuesday, July 15thThursday, July 17th - 6:30-8PM – Traditional Archery (off-site program; $8 per child for both classes, due at program registration)

***Wednesday, July 16th – 10:30-11:15AM – Inventing with the Children's Museum of West Hartford  [NEED 10 PEOPLE TO SIGN-UP BY JULY 11TH OR PROGRAM WILL BE CANCELLED]

***Friday, July 18th – 10:30-11:15AM – Mr. Gym Gets the Kids Movin' & Groovin' [NEED 10 PEOPLE TO SIGN-UP BY JULY 11TH OR PROGRAM WILL BE CANCELLED]

Wednesday, July 30th – 3-4:15PM – Reptiles and Amphibians with Brian from Riverside Reptiles

In addition, we have U2 Can Hoop ( – a program for all ages with Cindy Lukaszewicz – on Monday nights (July 7, 14, 21, 28) from 6:30-7:30PM.

For more information on all of these programs, visit our library Facebook page: or call 860-742-7428.  Everyone is welcome!  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Andover Friends of the Library Goods & Services Auction - Friday, April 25, 2014

Make plans to join us THIS Friday night at the Andover Elementary School Cafeteria for the 14th edition of the Friends' Goods & Services Auction!  So many wonderful items have been donated -- you know you're going to want one (or more!) of 'em!  See you at AES on Friday night -- preview starts at 6PM, auction begins at 6:30PM...

1.         Beardsley Zoo - Bridgeport, CT admission for a family of 4 - Donor Value $44
2.         Bridgeport Bluefish 4 reserved seats to any game in 2014 season
3.         Boston Day Trip - 2 tickets for Boston Duck Tours and 2 tickets for the Boston Swan Boat
4.         Day trip to East Windsor, CT - Family admission to the Connecticut Trolley Museum and dinner at Cracker Barrel
5.         Pewter Coffee Pot, Tea Pot, Sugar bowl with cover, creamer and tray
6.         Admission for 4 to the Children's Museum West Hartford, CT
7.         $300 Gift Certificate to Kaoud Oriental Rugs
8.         5 ultimate car wash certificates at Connecticut Car Wash in Willimantic
9.         Oil Change at Dubois Automotive Andover
10.       Autographed copy of Profit from the Positive written by Margaret Greenberg of Andover            _ Donated by Margaret Greenberg
11.       $50 Gift Certificate to Dimitri's Restaurant - Coventry
12.       $25 Gift Card to Kloter Farms - Ellington
 13.      Admission for a family of 4 to the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
14.       $25 Gift Card to Frank Pepe's Pizza
15.       Basket with blue glass vase, ladies cologne, blue glass perfume bottle, sun catcher, dead             sea mineral bath salts.
16.       10 Jumping sessions at Jumpin Jonnies in Vernon
17.       $25 Gift Card to Highland Park Market
18.       Ladies night gown (L), cosmetic case, tote bag, bath scrub & glove, manicure & pedicure            set
19.       Boston Red Sox Koji Uehara signed photo
20.       Champagne, 2 wine glasses, Girl Scout Thin Mints in a decorative metal basket - Donated by Elaine Buchardt
21.       Birthday party for 8 at John Casablancas
22.       Admission for 4 to American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol
23.       Picture frame, friends plaque, candle, necklace and etched glass dish
24.       Admission and train ride tickets for 4 to the Danbury Railway Museum
25.       Hand made blue knit scarf and wristlet purse
26.       $100 off a party for 15 at Funcraft in Darien
27.       New York Giants hooded sweatshirt (L)
28.       Admission for 5 to Fun Factor in Brookfield, CT
29.       2 tickets to a 2014-2015 production at Huntington Theatre Company in Boston
30.       Ceramic Turtle trinket box, notepad and ten assorted Sonshine Stampers handmade        greeting cards
31.       $25 Gift Certificate to J. Gilberts in Glastonbury
32.       Tea for Two basket - Teapot, cup, cookies, herbal tea and plate
33.       Admission for 4 to Imagine Nation in Bristol, CT
34.       Admission for 2 to Lake Compounce in Bristol
35.       Two tablet sleeves, one Otter phone cover, eight CD albums
36.       Admission for 4 to Lutz Museum in Manchester
37.       Summer Party - Large paper plates, dessert plates, napkins, cutlery, wine glasses and      snack dishes
38.       Admission for 2 to MASS MoCA
39.       MELT Fitness South Windsor - 1 Month Membership with 30 minute work-out
40.       Ladies Blue Bead earrings and necklace set
41.       Two Simple Wills Donated by Attorney William Dakin
42.       MedSpa1064 in Glastonbury - Consultation, High Definition Digital Skin Analysis and a     gift card good for a Microdermabrasion facial or a chemical peel
43.       $100 Gift certificate for camp services at Camp Bow Wow in South Windsor with a dog   dish, toys and accessories
44.       4 Tickets to the Season Finale for the Trans-Am Series at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT             America's fastest, most powerful production-bodied sports cars are in the Trans-Am             Series.  The winning bidder will enjoy an exciting weekend at the track
45.       Two ceramic kittens in a basket
46.       Full Service Oil Change at Economy Oil
47.       Tea for Two - teapot, cup, serving dish, herb tea and cookies
48.       Admission for 4 to the New England Carousel Museum & 10 ride tickets for the Carousel             in Bushnell Park
49.       Admission for 2 to the Newport Mansions Tour in Newport, RI
50.       Floral Wreath Donated by It's So Ranunculus in Marlborough
51.       Beautiful Pink Beaded Necklace and Earring Set donated by Suzanne Heise One-of-a-       Kind Jewelry Designs
52.       Sewing Notions Basket
53.       Family admission to Ecotarium in Worcester, MA
54.       Admission for a family of 4 to Old Sturbridge Village
55.       Shower Basket for a baby gir with plates, cups, napkins, favors and ribbon
56.       Admission for 2 to the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford
57.       Storage basket with note cards, picture frame, glasses, kitchen towels, hand towel and    incense
58.       "Cars" Boys Birthday party with plates, napkins, candles, invitations, stickers, toys and     frisbee
59.       Sunset Cruise for 4 on Massachusetts Bay Lines, Inc in Boston
60.       Naughty but Nice Lover's Game Basket
61.       2 Tickets for a Scenic Narrated Cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen III in Burlington, VT
62.       2 Lift Tickets for the 2014-2015 Ski Season at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, CT
63.       Summer party basket with plates, napkins, wine glasses, two serving plates and one         serving bowl
64.       Painters Certificate for 2 at Muse Paint Bar in West Hartford
65.       Rock Star frame and teen accessories
66.       Admission for 4 to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA
67.       Wooden Photo Serving Tray
68.       Annual Family Membership to the New Britain Youth Museum
69.       Ghost Walk for 4 in Newport, RI
70.       Andover Lake Beach 2 hour Beach Party for up to 20 people - Donated by Naida Arcenas
71.       Beautiful Blue iridescent necklace and earring set donated by Suzanne Heise One-of-a-   Kind Jewelry Designs
72.       Annual family membership to the Noah Webster House in West Hartford
73.       Blue Willow antique serving platter
74.       Two tickets for any show at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford
75.       Beach theme basket with candle, box of shells, decorative towels and much more
76.       $30 Gift Certificates to Pottery Piazza in Plainville, CT
77.       Yellow Vase, taper candles, floating candles, etched glass dish and magnetic necklace
78.       Admission for a family of 5 to the Providence Children's Museum
79.       4 private 30 minute piano or guitar Music Lessons at Song a Day Music Center with Ruth            O'Neil in Coventry, CT
80.       46 X 70 Table throw with red glass vase and 6 crystal roses
81.       4 reserved seats to any May or June 2014 New Britain Rock Cats game
82.       Admission for 6 to Ron-A-Roll in Vernon
83.       Hand made all occasion greeting cards box of 34
84.       $100 Gift Card to Bob's Discount Furniture
85.       Insulated picnic cooler with freezable glasses, stackable storage containers, plates,          napkins, cutlery and 2 ice packs
86.       Ride with a Friend Package at Rye Airfield skate and bike park
87.       Admission for 6 to the Salem Witch Museum
88.       Admission for 2 to Six Flags New England
89.       Admission for 3 to the Skyscraper Museum in New York
90.       Baby girl gift basket with 2 blankets, onesie size 6 months, 2 headbands, 2 pacifiers,        toothbrush and laundry bag
91.       Bowling party for 6 at Spare Time Lanes in Vernon
92.       Box of Munson's Milk Chocolates Donated by Hillside Self Storage
93.       Box of Munson's Nuts & Chews Chocolates Donated by Hillside Self Storage
94.       Ladies cologne, romantic plaque and album
95.       1 day climbing pass & gear rental at Stone Age Rock Gym in Manchester for 3 people
96.       Admission for 2 to Southwick Zoo
97.       Hand Carved Blue Heron Donated by John Neumuth
98.       5 - 1 hour certificates to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Boston
99.       Shower gel, cream bath and loofah soaps
100.     Admission for 2 to Santa's Village in New Hampshire
101.     $25 Gift Certificate to Ted's IGA in Hebron
102.     Vodka Sampler donated by Mike Wallace - The Package Store Hebron
103.     Purple bracelet and earrings donated by Suzanne Heise One-of-a-  Kind Jewelry Designs
104.     Pittsburgh Steelers #43 Troy Polamalu autographed picture
105.     Say it Sees Bilingual Family Language Learning Program
106.     New York Giants signed Eli Manning Poster
107.     Beautiful Hand Made Full Size Quilt Donated by Mary Smith
108.     Four Course dinner for 2 on the Nina's Dandy restaurant cruise ship in Alexandria, VA
109.     VIP Boarding passes for 4 on the Alexandria National Harbor Water Taxi in Alexandria VA
110.     New York Jets #74 Nick Mangold signed poster
111.     Halloween Basket with decorations and plastic serving bowls
112.     Round Trip ferry ride for 2  to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard from Hyannis on Hy-Line Cruises
113.     Passage for 2 on the Essex River Queen for a river cruise
114.     Patriotic Picnic Basket with placemats, star plaque, serving baskets, red, white and blue star garland, dinner plates, dessert plates, cups and napkins
115.     2 tickets to any performance at Theater Works in Hartford
116.     Admission for 2 to de Cordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, MA
117.     Baby boy gift basket with booties, diapers, pacifier, stuffed duck, rattle, wipes and baby wash cloths
118.     Mom's  gift basket with photo brag book, photo key chain, mother & child photo frame, $20 Shutterfly gift card and a quilted basket with handle
119.     Christmas Tree certificate with decorative candy dish and Snowman stuffed animal with             blanket Donated by Scott's Tree Farm
120.     Front-end thrust angle wheel alignment with tire rotation, computerized balancing and   air pressure check
121.     Admission for 4 to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ
122.     Admission for 4 to a Friday or Saturday tour and taste event at Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield
123.     $50 Gift Certificate to Stars of Avon for any in stock dress or accessory
124.     White and Black Fringed Scarf
125.     5 - 1 hour passes to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Boston, MA
126.     Brunch for 2 at A Villa Louisa in Bolton, CT
127.     Admission for 4 to the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven
128.     Hand Crochet blue and red afghan Donated by Donna Jones
129.     $20 Gift Certificate to Willimantic Brewing Company
130.     $50 Gift Certificate to Willington Pizza
131.     4 Cross Country Ski Trail Passes that include rental equipment at Winding Trails, Inc in    Farmington, CT
132.     Girls Gift basket with Inflatable bean bag toss, stickers, hair barrette and bracelet
133.     Admission for 4 to the Crime Museum in Washington, DC
134.     2 all day passes to Water Wizz in E. Wareham, MA
135.     China tea set in a basket
136.     Admission for 5 to the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven
137.     1 lazer tag game, 1 open skate, 1 fun bowl, 4 game tokens, miniature golf for 4 and 1     batting cage token at the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton, CT
138.     Gift Basket with wallet  and matching key chain, magnets and note book with pen
139.     Dolphin Figurine
140.     $20 Gift Certificate to Kids Quest in Uncasville, CT with t-shirt, toys and novelties
141.     Pair of Timex Watches
142.     UCONN Thermos and 2 mugs in travel case
143.     4 tickets to Wadsworth Atheneum
144.     Admission for 4 to Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, MD with book, t-shirt    and sticker books
145.     Certificate for a Wreath with a bow, Christmas decorations and candle Donated by          Scott's Tree Farm
146.     Set of 3 Norman Rockwell Collector Plates
147.     Boston Red Sox basket with Stuffed animal, hat and telephone cover
148.     Butterfly napkins and plates with a woven basket
149.     Beautiful black, white and gray hand knit scarf  with organizer wristlet and decorative     water ball
150.     Frank Family 2008 Zinfandel wine donated by Mike Wallace - The Package Store in          Hebron with set of 4 vintage wine glasses donated by Joan Foran
151.     Baby gift basket with stuffed bear, pacifier, photo key chain, rattle, diapers, wipes and    $20 Shutterfly gift card
152.     Gift basket with towels, soap dispenser and guest soap
153.     Annual family pass to Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, NY
154.     Admission for 2 to Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH
155.     VIP Car Pass to the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, OH
156.     Spafinder $50 gift card donated by Ed & Sarah Shapiro
157.     2 Night stay at Avi Resort & Casino in Laughlin, Nevada
158.     2 tickets to any 2014 season play at the Shakespeare Theatre in New Jersey
159.     Admission for 4 to the Old State House
160.     4 trail passes to Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH
161.     Family membership to Earthplace in Westport, CT
162.     2 tickets to the Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 3 p.m. CT Youth Symphony Concert at the           University of             Hartford
163.     2 tickets to the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble Concert at the University of         Hartford on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3 p.m.
164.     UCONN women's championship t-shirt (L), with 2 seat cushions and glasses
165.     UCONN men's championship t-shirt (XL), with 2 seat cushions and glasses

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