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:

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 CafĂ©

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, 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!