Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Jeremi Suri Speaks on Sat. March 29th 2pm

The Farmington Library is honored to host an author talk and book signing with Jeremi Suri, on Saturday March 29th at 2pm.

Jeremi Suri is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of the prize-winning book, Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente (Harvard University Press, 2003) and the recently published Henry Kissinger and the American Century (Harvard University Press, 2007). He is also the author of numerous scholarly articles published in International Security, Diplomatic History, Reviews in American History, Cold War History, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and other journals.

Suri has written numerous articles for scholarly publications and major newspapers, including The San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Times, the Wisconsin State Journal, and Chosun Ilbo (South Korea.) Suri is the co-editor of a major book series on "America in the World."

The History News Network has named Suri as one of the nation's "top young historians." He is also one of the Organization of American Historians' "distinguished lecturers." Suri's research and teaching have received numerous prizes, including the Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award.

Suri’s work is re-shaping views of how political power is forged in a globally connected age. Most recently, Suri has recently been named as one of Smithsonian Magazine’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences.

For more information about this event, contact Hal Bright, Head of Adult/Information Services at: (860) 673-6791. The author talk is free and open to the public. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

Author Talk with Billie Alban: Wed. March 19th, 7pm

“Creating Change in Organizations and Communities”
Author-Talk & Book Signing with Billie Alban
Special Library Event in Honor of Women’s History Month in March

On Wednesday March 19th at 7 pm, the Farmington Library will host an author talk and book signing with Connecticut author Billie Alban. Alban is author of The Handbook of Large Group Methods, published in 2006 by Jossey Bass.

In addition to being an author, Billie Alban is business leader, and role model for women in business. Alban is President and Senior Partner of Alban and Williams, Ltd., Consultants to Organizations. From 1960 to 1965, she was Vice President, and General Manager of Transpetroleo Corporation in South America. Since 1965, she has won distinction as a national and international management consultant.

Some of her activities include: strategic planning and organizational re-design. She has worked with joint ventures and helped in the development of international management teams. In recent years, her practice has been focused on working with organizations and communities on large-scale change efforts, using highly participative methods, which increase the ownership of the new strategies, direction, and structure.

Some of Alban's clients include ITT, General Electric, Kraft General Foods, Bankers Trust, Johnson and Johnson, NASA, Mount Sinai Hospital, NY, National Health Service, UK, The Kings Fund, UK (Think Tank for British Health Care), Exxon/Mobil Corporation, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Equitable Life, Hewlett-Packard, and INTEL. In addition, Billie has consulted to non-profit and government organizations. Some of these clients include: The Protestant Welfare Organization in New York City, The United Way, the city of Danbury, The Department of Social Welfare in New Zealand, and the IRS. She does pro-bono work in her community, and for various church organizations.

Billie Alban’s book “The Handbook of Large Group Methods” is a MUST READ for anyone interested in the fields of community and organization Change. “This book is ideal for people doing work in their communities…” says Alban. “The book highlights methods for building a better future for organizations and communities in a changing environment.” The Handbook offers a comprehensive review of cutting-edge Large Group Methods currently being implemented to address twenty-first century challenges in organizations and communities.

For more information on this author talk, contact Hal Bright, Head of Adult/Information Services at: (860) 673-6791. Advance registration is required for this program. The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

March Art Exhibit: Local Artists at Farmington Library

The Farmington Library Hosts Art Exhibit:
Local Artists in Farmington

The Farmington Library is honored to showcase a group exhibit of artwork in the community/programming room & first floor gallery/hallway. This art exhibit will be showcased through the entire month of March. The exhibit features the work of several local Farmington Valley artists – John Squire, Chris O’Herron, Kris Dezzani, Debbie Leonard, Heidi Olson and Carol Lowbeer.

A reception for these featured artists will be held from 6:30 – 9pm on Thursday March 27th. The reception will include a performance art piece by artist Heidi Olson. The reception will feature hors d’ouvres and drinks. Artists will be available during the reception to talk with guests and discuss their work. More information about the artists is listed below:

John Squire (aka Jon Art) is a Collinsville based tattoo artist and cartoon/art teacher. A graduate of Walt Disney’s California Institute of the Arts, John has freelanced in Hollywood and New York. He currently resides in Collinsville where he runs Jon Art Tattoo Studio.

Chris O’Herron is a Simsbury native who works out of his art studio in the Collinsville Axe Factory. Chris graduated from the Illustration Program at Syracuse University. He also studied art in Florence, Italy. Chris specializes in creating stunning portraits in charcoal or oil. His portraits of people and pets/animals will be featured in the Farmington Library.

Debbie Leonard is co-founder of the annual Farmington Valley City and Country Canvases event with the Hartford Symphony. She is Vice President of the Avon Arts Association, and a member of the West Hartford Art League. Her work has appeared in many juried shows including Mystic Arts, DOG DAZE- Parade of Dogs in New Hartford, the Avon Library, Simsbury Library, Gifts of Love Rocking Chair Auction and WHAL ARTWALK 2005 & 2007. She has been a featured artist at Seasons in Avon Old Farm Hotel and is part of a permanent collection in the Children’s Room at the Simsbury Library. Debbie welcomes opportunities for commissioned work.

Kris Dezzani was born and raised in the Nepaug area of New Hartford, CT. He learned to paint from his greatest mentor – his grandfather Roland Dery. (Roland Dery was a prominent CT artist, and member of the CT Artist’s Association. Dery’s artwork hung in Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum in the 1960’s.) Kris inherited his grandfather’s talent for painting, and studied art and art education at CCSU. Kris Dezzani’s paintings are primarily abstract and impressionistic landscapes of the wilderness around the Nepaug Reservoir. His paintings (in oil & acrylic) involve texture, depth and rhythm. Kris has previously showcased his work in Torrington’s Artwell Gallery and at the Bloomfield Art League.

Heidi Olson is a visionary painter and sculptress. She has formal training in fine arts and psychology from Alfred University. She works extensively with Tibetan singing bowls and gongs as part of the group Himalayan Voices. Most recently, Heidi’s artwork has been exhibited in Passiflora Tea Room in New Hartford, CT. A common theme of all the colorful directions of Heidi is her work in oil paint on canvas, fully expressed, always spontaneous and intuitively driven.

Carol Lowbeer is a photographer & , photographer & creator of the hallway gallery exhibit titled “Winters Transition into Spring”. Photograph’s in this exhibit include images of the gentle rain and melting snow, characteristic of March and April. Poetry and quotes about winter and spring by well-known authors are included with the photographs.

Carol Lowbeer is a member of the New England Professional Photography Association, the Charter Oak Photographic Society of West Hartford and several other organizations. She owns Caroleena Photography & Visual Arts llc in Farmington. Her work has been featured in community newspapers and various exhibition venues including the Audubon Society annual exhibition in Glastonbury and the Pond House Gallery in Elizabeth Park. Photos in the “winter into spring” exhibit at the Farmington library may be viewed at her website:

For more information about this exhibit, contact Hal Bright, Head of Adult/Information Services at: (860) 673-6791. The artists reception on Thursday March 27th from 6:30 – 9pm is free and open to the public. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

Chefs & Books - Wed. March 12th 7pm

On Tuesday March 12th 2008 at 7pm, the Farmington Library will present the March “Chefs and Books” event, a unique adult series that features chefs and restaurateurs, culinary literature and yummy samples.

Hailed as "an anthropologist of the human soul as revealed through food" (, Nancy Harmon Jenkins has written frequently about Mediterranean cuisine (The Essential Mediterranean, Flavors of Tuscany, Flavors of Puglia, The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook). She has lived and traveled extensively within the region and divides her time between homes in Maine and Tuscany.

She also writes for national publications, including the New York Times and Food & Wine, and she works closely with the Culinary Institute of America, leading tours to Italy and Spain for the CIA's Worlds of Flavor program.

Most Italian-American cooking derives from southern Italian fare, yet few cookbooks offer the parent cuisine in all its delicious variety. Nancy Harmon Jenkins's Cucna del Sole does so expertly. A collection of 200 approachable recipes from Sicily, Calabria, Bastilicata, Puglia, and Campania, the dishes include the likes of Pasta with Tomato and Toasted Almond Pesto; Swordfish in Lemon Caper Sauce; and Slow-Cooked Lamb with Wild Mushrooms. There's a comprehensive section on breads, pizza, and calzone, and a brief but attractive chapter of desserts, such as ricotta tart, Frozen Coffee Pudding, and, of course, cannoli. Good ingredient notes and traveler's advice are present, too.

Food and samples for this library event will be provided by Metro Bis Restaurant. The Farmington Library “Chefs and Books” Series is generously sponsored by Metro Bis Restaurant. Following her March 12th Farmington Library appearance, Nancy Harmon Jenkins will be featured at an author dinner at Metro Bis. More information about this dinner can be obtained by contacting Metro Bis directly.

For more information on the Chefs and Books series, contact Hal Bright, Head of Adult/Information Services at: (860) 673-6791. Advance registration is required for this program.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Holidays With Trader Joe's

Unique holiday fare will be highlighted on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 pm at the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington. Manager Tim Kudrle of Trader Joe’s in West Hartford will bring special gift ideas and tasty samples to introduce you to what is available at Trader Joe’s and give you ideas for gift giving and entertaining during the holidays. To register for this program, please call the Adult Services Dept. of the library at (860) 673-6791.