Showing posts with label Friends of the Library. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Friends of the Library. Show all posts

Monday, February 18, 2013

February Break!

February Vacation Activities
First up, the weather. According to the NOAA, the 7-day forecast is looking good. After a blizzard, partly this or partly that is welcomed news so please do join us during vacation week! Regular and special events are planned.

Regular Story Hour and Story and Craft Programs
Have some fun with your little ones:
Tuesday Evening @ 6:30 p.m. : Story and Craft, Ages 4-7
Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m. : Story Hour 2 year-olds and Story Hour for 3 year olds
Thursday @ 10 a.m. : Time for Two's story, craft, and play for 2 year-olds
Friday @ 10:00 a.m. : Wiggle and Giggle for ages 12-24 months

Tuesday Film Night : February 19, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for first in a three-part series of films set in Paris. Vincente Minnelli's charming 1958 musical, which won a best-picture Oscar, starts the fun.  The movie comes complete with songs by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Lowe and stars Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan as friends who become more. Maurice Chevalier adds panache. No registration required.

Woof! The Basics of Caring for and Training Your Pooch : Thursday, February 21, 1:00 p.m.
It's wonderful to welcome a new dog to the family but building a foundation to keep Fido friendly, Rover a push-over, and Rosie to a mosey, does takes work. Michelle Larson, member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors will be ready to give you some tips. Also meet Michelle's beautious Bernese Mountain Dog! Click here to register.

Henna Art : Saturday, February 23, 2:00 p.m.
Mehndi, also known as henna tattoo, is a traditional Middle Eastern art used to adorn the body for weddings and other special celebrations. Local resident Jamilah, of Jamilah Henna Creations, will talk about the cultural significance of henna designs and demonstrate the ancient art of Mehndi. For teens and adults. Space is limited; tattoos temporary. Click to register.

Museum Pass Program
Use your library card and our museum pass program to explore a super selection of our area's premiere attractions! Our pass program is funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library. Please do watch for the FOL's membership drive in March 2013. For as little as $10, you can give back to a program that has saved you at least $10... or more...

Friday, December 21, 2012

For Holiday Vacation Week Day-trippers

Museum Pass Fun
If you plan to stay close to home during the holiday vacation period, you can use our library's museum pass program to add a little money-saving spice to your day-tripping schedule.

Museum passes may be reserved up to 24 hours in advance of the day you plan to check out the pass or use it. Passes circulate for 2 days and are funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Library.

Passing Along the Fun : Places to Go and Things to Do
Here's a quick list of holiday places to go and things to do using a library pass. Special event charges may apply.

Mystic Aquarium (Mystic CT)
Winter Waterland : Saturday's and Sundays in December; Thursday, December 27 and Tuesday, January 1.

Peabody Museum (New Haven, CT)
Seasons of Change : Visit the interactive traveling exhibit about climate change. Don't forget the Discovery Room, which comes equipped with "Please Touch" exhibits for ages 5-12.

Connecticut River Museum (Essex, CT)
Make tracks to the 19th Annual Holiday Train Show, always extraordinary.

New England Air Museum (Windsor Locks, CT)
Take flight! Enjoy family vacation fun December 26-30. Special event program fees may apply.

Roger Williams Park & Zoo (Providence, RI)
Winter Wonder Days : "Into the wild" you'll go; exhibit opens New Years Day, January 1, 2013.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT)
Typically open on weekends only, enjoy Child's Tour during vacation week and a kids-eye view of life in the Stowe household. Tour's start time is 1:30PM, December 26-28.

Old State House at Hartford (Hartford, CT)
If you plan to attend Hartford's First Night Celebration, kid-friendly activities begin at 2PM and end at 8PM.

Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme, CT)
Check out The Magic of Christmas, including free and for-fee events.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Second-Hand Prose

In For a Quarter...
If you fancy an inexpensive read -- more expensive than borrowing a library book for free but still absolutely, certainly inexpensive -- do check out the Second Hand Prose book shelves located in the library's lobby.  Paperback books sell for a quarter; hardcovers for a dollar. 'Special' books are often featured and are priced separately, as are occasionally donated DVDs.

Books for Kids
Children's books fans may also find inexpensive reads in the Children's Services area's book sale bins.  Most books sell for a quarter; some for a dime.

Friends of the Library
Proceeds from used book sales help our Friends of the Library group. The Friends annually fund the library's Museum Pass Program, summer reading activities and prizes, plus other special programs and projects.

If you have ever benefited from the museum pass program, please do consider volunteering your time to staff the Friend's Book Store on a Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up at the library or contact us at (860) 267-6621 for more information. It takes many dimes, quarters, and dollars to get you to a museum at discount or for free...

Sunday, August 05, 2012

The Next Best Thing to Being There...

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -- 1884
Georges Seurat
Google Art Project
Art lovers will surely appreciate Google's latest collaboration with museums from around the world and the endeavor to make great art more accessible to real people. The images are delivered in super high resolution; so much so that you can often use a 'zoom' function to see a master painter's brushwork details.

Featured museums include The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d’Orsay (Paris). For some museums, you can even take a virtual tour, similar to the street view feature used on Google Maps.

Though online comments indicate not everyone loves virtual reproductions and there is surely a little cumbersome clunk in the project's search engine, truth is many of us won't be flying to Paris anytime soon. Have some fun with this one.

Regional Museums
Good news is the MetMuseum, MOMA, the Whitney, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are not that far away.

Connecticut Art Trail and Library Passes
Also good news is you can enjoy the Connecticut Art Trail. The library offers discount admission passes to three museums on the Trail: Florence Griswold Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, and Wadsworth Atheneum. These plus discount passes to the nationally renowned homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe...

Passes are funded by the Friends of the Library. Join the Friends today for as little as $5 to keep the program going.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Friends of the Library Book Shop Re-Opening Soon

A Little Bit Smaller But Just as Mighty!
It's official!  The Friends of the East Hampton Public Library's Book Shop will re-open for business on Monday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Saturday hours will resume March 3 with open hours set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What's Featured?  Secondhand Prose
Though a little bit smaller, the Friends Book Shop will still feature a mighty variety of gently used books offered at very affordable prices.  Most hardcover books will sell for no more than $2 and most mass market paperbacks for 25 cents a piece.  "Special books" will be priced to sell though at a modestly higher cost.  Book lovers and bargain hunters are sure to find great deals here.

When the Book Shop Is Closed
You may also visit the library's lobby to select from a similarly great collection of secondhand prose, donated or withdrawn from the East Hampton Public Library's collections.

Like Books?  Want to Serve Your Community? Volunteer at the Book Shop!
If you have a few hours to offer to the Book Shop, please consider volunteering your time on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's a great way to meet neighbors, fellow-readers, and to help the Friends help the library.  For example, proceeds from the Book Shop have fully funded our Museum Pass Program for well more than a decade!  This program passes on significant savings to East Hampton families every year.

If you would like to volunteer, visit the library or phone us at (860) 267-6621 to sign up.

What About Donations?  Still Groovy But Changing
Our very hard-working, all-volunteer Friends continue to organize the new Book Shop so both the Friends and the library staff will ask for your assistance.  Owing to a smaller but still mighty space, donations are very much welcomed but can only be accepted in smaller quantities.  Call or phone the library for information and for Friends contact information.  We'll work with you with many thanks.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Museum Pass Deals

Take Two!
Planning a day trip?  You may now borrow the following museum passes together, subject to availability:

The Mark Twain House & Harriet Beecher Stowe House are located next door to each other.  Borrow the passes together and explore the private lives of these two highly influential American authors.

Make a day of it in Hartford by borrowing the Wadsworth Atheneum pass and the Old State House pass at the same time.  Subject to availability, you may also request a discount coupon for the CT Science Center.  Add to your trip list a visit to the Museum of Connecticut History (also in Hartford) where admission is always free.

Take a trip to Mystic and enjoy the Mystic Aquarium & Institute of Exploration and the Mystic Seaport.

Reserves and Loan Periods
Each pass may be reserved by phone 24 hours in advance of the day you plan to check out the pass or use it.  Passes circulate for 2 days and are funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Library.

Combination offers are suspended during school vacations and July/August.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Next New Museum Pass Added

Save Cash, Borrow a Pass!
If you would like to visit the Mark Twain House & Museum, located in Hartford, you can borrow a pass from the library and save money in the process. Pass admits one adult or two children with the purchase of one adult pass. Guided tours are available of this 19-room, Tiffany decorated mansion, where Mark Twain raised his family and worked from 1874-1891, writing many of his famous stories.

Also check out special events at the Twain House, many of them free or affordable.

The pass is funded via used book sales offered by and membership dues to the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library. Check out the used book sale shelves located in the library lobby for good deals on good reads! 

Monday, September 12, 2011

New England Air Museum Pass Now Available

Lockheed Electra, built
at the same time as
as Amelia Earhart’s plane
Family Fun at an Affordable Price
The latest addition to our menu of museum passes has arrived! Borrow a pass to the New England Air Museum and take advantage of discounted admission to New England's largest aviation museum. Enjoy regular exhibits and activities for families.

This pass brings the total number of library pass offerings up to 17 with three more on their way: Mark Twain House House & Museum, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and Imagine Nation Children's Museum.

Save Some Cash and Borrow a Pass!
Our pass program is funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library. You can help support the program by joining the Friends; an annual family membership costs $10.  

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Museum Pass Program Expands

Borrow a Pass and Save Some Cash!
In September, the library will add three new passes to its list of money-saving circulating museum passes. Other than Middletown's Kid City (pass unavailable for purchase), these are the three most-requested passes we've been asked to add to our menu.

New England Air Museum
The New England Air Museum has two huge display hangars housing more than 70 aircraft from all periods of history as well as an outdoor exhibit area. Discounted admission for 2 adults and 2 children (ages 6-11) free.

Mark Twain House & Museum
Guided tours are available of this 19-room, Tiffany decorated mansion, where Mark Twain raised his family and worked from 1874-1891, writing many of his famous stories. The pass admits one adult or two children with the purchase of one adult admission.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
The Stowe Center is the home of the author of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It includes three historic buildings surrounded by gorgeous gardens: the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Carriage House, and the Katharine Seymour Day House. Pass admits two.

More to come on new passes and do watch for forthcoming combo deals which will allow you to check out two complementary passes at a time.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011


Say What?
Experts at the Mark Twain House & Museum describe "steampunk" best:

"Steampunk"? Steampunk is the future as imagined through the eyes of the past. It is mechanical gears and boilers, dirtiness mixed with shininess of brass and copper with the deep red of cherrywood. It is a time for tea and gadgets, airships and ether. Steampunk is a trip to the moon through the barrel of a cannon. It is progeny of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells finding their voice in fiction, fashion and music. Steampunk is all of these things, none of them and more. Steampunk is "punk".

Coming this Fall to the Mark Twain House and Museum
Beginning October 1, 2011, visit the Steampunk Bizarre exhibit at the Twain House. Thanks to your ongoing support for the Friends of the Library "Second Hand Prose" summer book sale rack, we'll be adding the Twain Museum pass to our menu of money-saving pass options in early September, if not before.

Steampunk Art
If you are interested in the how-to end of steampunk art or the glory of major steampunk artists, click here and enjoy.

Steampunk Fiction and Films
Steampunk owes more than a short salute to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Time Machine.  Since you've asked, expect follow-up recommendations for steampunk books and films, both classic and contemporary...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Road Trip! New Britain Museum of American Art

One World, Many Stories: East Hampton Library Takes a Road Trip
On August 4th, 2011 the East Hampton Public Library will sponsor a field trip to the New Britain Museum of American Art.

East Hampton kids entering grades 3-6 in Fall 2011 are invited to join us for a guided tour of the museum's paintings, sculptures, pictures, and illustrations from a wide variety of American artists. Works from numerous times periods and styles will be on display. Kids may even get to try their hand at some art of their own as they learn how people have told stories through pictures over the years.

About the Museum
The New Britain Museum of American Art was established in 1903 and was the first institution in our country devoted to collecting and exhibiting American art. The museum has a substantial permanent collection, but also hosts visiting pieces. The museum prides itself as an institution of learning and conservation.

Trip Details and Registration Information
This field trip is open to East Hampton children entering grades 3-6 in Fall 2011. Transportation is provided. The bus will leave the library at 9 a.m. sharp for a 10 a.m. tour and return at approximately 12 noon.

The program is free to participating kids with museum admission funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library, who also fund our circulating Museum Pass Program.

Registration is required and may be done in person, by phone at 860-267-6621, or by using our online Events Calendar. Parents interested in chaperoning are encouraged to volunteer; contact the library for more information.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Library's Museum Pass Program

Save Some Cash This Summer
Use our museum pass program this summer to visit premiere attractions that are less than a ga$ tank away.  Each pass offers discounted or in some cases free admission to great places including art museums, aquariums, state parks, children's venues and more.  Pass conditions vary; click here for a list of current pass offerings.

How to Reserve a Pass
Passes may be reserved up to 24 hours in advance of the day you plan to use or checkout the pass.  Passes circulate for 2 days and may not be renewed.  One pass at a time per family.

Thank the Friends of the Library
For more than a decade, our museum pass program has been funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Library.

If you would like to help support the pass program, join the Friends.  Membership costs as little as $5 or less than what you save when you use a pass!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Field Guides

From Backyard to the Sea
If you don't always know the difference between one tree or another; which tweet is serenading you from a backyard nest; or what creature called your latest beachcombed shell home, you may enjoy any of the following generously illustrated field guides.

The Book of Leaves by Allen J. Coombes
This five pound wonder includes actual size photos of 600 leaves from around the world. New England's trees are not short-shrifted.

The Books of Shells by M. G. Harasewych & Fabio Moretzsohn
You'll find another 600 entries here, most about familiar mollusks and the geographical regions in which they live.  Among others, DK's Shell, a kid's title by Alex Arthur, may serve as useful companion.

A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes by Valerie A. Kells & Kent Carpenter
If you fish marine waters, this guide may be for you.  The guide will also appeal to rod and reel lovers who are looking to plan a fishing vacation trip to an east or gulf coast locale.

The Book of Fungi by Peter Roberts and Shelley Evans
Due out next week, this guide showcases both the beauty and role of fungi in the natural world. Location maps show each species’ known global distribution.

Birds of North America [American Museum of Natural History]
Any novice or avid birder is likely to enjoy this armchair reference book.  Also try the Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America or Bird Songs Bible.

Field Guides and Your Family
Field guides can offer a useful way to plan and forward exploratory outings with your kids.  Pair any of the above guides with how-to books by Richard Louv, who also hosts a website about keeping not just city kids in touch with the natural world.

The library also offers money saving passes to CT's state parks, as part of the statewide No Child Left Inside initiative.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Books 'On the Cheap' In Good and Hard Times

Friends of the East Hampon Library
Bargain hunters, book lovers, and a collector or two, regularly enjoy browsing the hundreds of used adult and children's fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback available at the Friends Book Store. Most books cost $2 or less; mass market paperbacks sell for a quarter. It's a great place to shop, save, and support the library all at the same time!

If you have ever donated to or purchased a book from the Friends Book Store, you've met any one of 25 volunteers who manage and maintain the enterprise. Book store volunteers include active older adults; moms and dads who work with their children as a way to teach volunteerism, and other folks who just like adding value to library services.

The book store's major movers and shakers are (l to r) Claire Spiess, Kendra Hough, Lucy Blair, and Harriet Nightingale (not pictured). Marlene Karavolis also volunteers her time managing the empty-full-empty-full popular paperback sale rack located in the library's lobby.

Thank a Friend Be a Friend!

Next Up

Summer Reading : a Friendly Kind of Thing

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thank a Friend... Be a Friend!

Friends of the East Hampton Public Library
The Friends of the Library -- an all-volunteer group of people who share our passion for books, learning, and high-quality recreational opportunities -- have for over a decade operated a used book store located in the East Hampton Community Center.

The Friends Book Store is one of the few regular library book store operations located in our state.
Proceeds from book store sales have for years supported a variety of public library programs.

Over the the course of the last snowy days of February (here's hoping) and throughout March, we'll post about what the Friends do as library ambassadors in our community and how their book store benefits you. First up...

Museum Pass Program
This program offers free or discounted admission to 13 premiere 'staycation' attractions located in our area. Though pass conditions vary, we offer one example: fully using our Mystic Seaport pass (2 adults, 2 children) saves your family $65-$70. Last year alone, 82 individual adults borrowed this pass for a total savings of $1,636 and needless to say, none of the 82 used the pass to visit the Seaport alone...

On the compound savings front, and since the Seaport pass is not the only one we offer, the book store-funded pass program annually yields major savings to our community's families. Thank a Friend... Be a Friend!

Coming Next Week:
Books 'On the Cheap' in Your Good and Hard Times

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Perilous Seas

Sea Stories You May Have Missed...
The following books are true "man against the sea" stories that highlight the personal valor of the participants, amidst tremendous odds of failure and risk of life.

Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman's The Finest Hours : The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue tells of the sea rescue of the men from two oil tankers that split open during a horrific nor’easter on February 18, 1952.

Also by Michael Tougias is Fatal Forecast: an Incredible True Tale of Disaster & Survival at Sea. On November 21, 1980 two small lobster fishing boats set out only to sail into rough waters and a fight for the lives of the crews.

Peter Maas’ The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History recounts the story of the Squalus and Navy Officer Charles 'Swede' Momsen’s original rescue techniques that made all the difference between death and survival to the doomed sub crew.

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder relates the September 1857 story of the SS Central America and the hurricane off the Carolina coast that sent the ship to the bottom and resulted in the terrible loss of 400 lives.

Frank Delaney’s Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea is the story of the freighter, SS Flying Enterprise's December 1951 rescue at sea from the dreadful Force 12 winds.

When the Dancing Stopped: The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster & Its Deadly Wake by Brian Hicks examines the sinking of a passenger liner in the summer of 1934, a tale that includes the story of the on board murder of its captain and the fire that followed.

Post by Bev Simmons

Saturday, April 18, 2009

No Child Left Inside 2009

The Pass Is Back!
CT has 800 miles of hiking trails; 2,000 miles of rivers and streams; 1,300 campsites in 14 parks; 9 historic sites, and 237 lakes and ponds. Combine these recreational, educational, and natural features with 139 state parks and forests and you've got No Child Left Inside 2009, a free way to enjoy CT's great outdoors with your family.

State Park Pass @ your library
The Connecticut Library Consortium and the CT DEP have partnered to provide one CT state park day pass to public libraries across the state, yours included. Beginning April 18th, you may borrow the pass to obtain free parking at state parks where fees are charged and free admission to any museum located within a park. This summer, we'll be using donated funds to purchase a second pass to help meet local demand for free recreational opportunities.

Other Museum Passes
The Friends of the East Hampton Public Library, an all-volunteer organization, have been funding our museum pass program for more than a decade. Check out library pass offerings and please consider joining the Friends or patronizing the Friends Bookstore, which features gently used materials that you may purchase at very low cost.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bags 'O Goodies

One-Stop Fun from the Children's Services Area
Next time you visit the library, check out one of our theme bags. Each bag contains an assortment of materials related to the theme, such as books, videos, puzzles, games, and puppets.

Several of our most popular theme bags are titled Food, Dogs, Farm, Friends, Beach and of course, the famous "Potty" bag!

Enjoy a bag 'o goodies for two weeks and then bring it back to try another! There are 21 different bags to choose from; our theme bag program is sponsored by the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Off the Beaten Track Surprises

Where to Eat During Your "Staycations"
We can't help but notice that many of you are "staycationing" this summer. Our museum passes, funded by the Friends of Library, are getting a very rigorous workout. Not to mention the CT State Park Pass, which is yet another great "freebie".

In the few weeks left before school starts, match your next staycation trip to a list of "colorful and inexpensive" CT restaurants, courtesy of the team at

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Coming This Summer to the Library

Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero
Owing to generous support from the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library, the library will soon be the proud owner of a Nintendo PlayStation 2 game system and two of its more popular games: DDR and Guitar Hero.

Expect summer surprises as we launch a series of pilot game day programs with intention to offer a regular game day program beginning in Fall 2008. Your smooth DDR attack or Guitar Hero rock star moves are all you'll need to participate in any season.

About the Friends of the Library
The Friends are an all-volunteer, non-profit group who raise money to fund programs the library would not otherwise offer using taxpayer support. You can support the Friends efforts to support the library by shopping or volunteering at their used bookstore located in the Community Center complex, by becoming a member, or by making a tax-deductible donation.