- Spring 2017 Grant, Launchpads for Kids @ The Avon Library, Kari Ann St. Jean, Children's and Teen Services Librarian: This grant award will purchase a core collection of 26 Launchpads, secure learning tablets pre-loaded with at least 10 high quality, ad-free learning apps grouped by age, grade level, subject area and theme and into six learning categories; English language arts, math, science, language learning, creativity, and critical thinking. Tablets are created specifically for library circulation and locked down without camera or Wi-Fi access.
- Spring 2016 Avon Reads: Build a 1903 Wright Brothers Glider, Tina Panik, Reference & Adult Services Manager, and Jessica Palmer, Technology & Technical Services Librarian, received a grant for the purchase of a 1/4 scale model kit of the 1903 Wright Brothers Glider to be built by community members. This activity is part of the Library's Fall 2016 Avon Reads town-wide project, which will bring David McCullough's book, The Wright Brothers, to life with a series of programs from scientists, historians, and experts that will extract the details of the age of American innovation at the beginning of the 20th century. Click here to read more about this amazing program in the Hartford Courant: AT THIS LINK
Fall 2015 The Avon Education Foundation Chairman’s Grant in honor of Joanne Beers and Beth Zweibel, LyndaLibrary, Glenn Grube, AFPL Director.LyndaLibrary builds upon the Library's LyndaKiosk, and allows access to Lynda.com's vast array of online courses that teach business, technical and creative skills to all users. LyndaLibrary’s course selection will put industry experts on various topics directly into Avon classrooms, offices and homes via the Internet. Multiple simultaneous use of Lynda’s content will be available 24/7/365 to anyone with an Internet connection and an Avon Free Public Library card.
Spring 2014 CreeBeers Family Mini-Grant, Local Author Festival, Tina Panik, AFPL, Adults, Reading - The 2014 theme for adult summer reading is “The Magic of Local,” and will feature a program theme that repeats for seven weeks. Focusing on local talents, businesses, and families, the programming includes a farmers market, computer classes, two magic shows for adults, afternoon hobby and craft sessions, a series of Friday films with cinematic themed food and a Local Author Festival on Tuesday evenings in July and August to showcase the talents of area writers. This grant will fund the grand finale event for the festival featuring Johnny Heller, a the narrator for the professionally recorded audiobooks produced by Recorded Books, Inc. He will share stories and anecdotes from his career. His program is titled, “The Audiobook Experience.”
- 2012 AEF Service Award, Richard Kisiel, Ed.D., Retired Superintendent, Funds will support the library’s “2013 One Book” initiative. This is a community read project. Funds will be used to acquire additional copies of Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and to support other aspects of this project.
- 2011 Hyatt Family Grant, Avon to Appomattox: Lives and Legacy of the Civil War, Patrice Celli and Tina Panik, AFPL, All Ages, History – Through diverse displays and events, demonstrate the role of CT in the Civil War and its impact on CT’s citizens, economy and social fabric. Examples: the portrayal of William Webb, an African American soldier from CT, to be performed in the schools; letters of Pvt. Eugene Hawley from Avon who served for 3 years.
- 2009 Program, Promoting Peace, Tina Panik and Patrice Celli, AFPL, Grade 7-Adult, Humanitarianism – This program will host authors Alepho Deng, Benson Deng and Benjamin Ajak, three “Lost Boys” whose autobiography, They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky, recounts their survival of the ongoing genocide in Darfur. The high school, middle school and Senior Center are collaborating. Middle schoolers will read a less graphic companion book. The event is scheduled for October 2009.
- 2006 Avon United Fund Mini Grant, Here They Come! The Creative Author Process, Karen McNulty, AFPL, Grade K-3, Reading, Writing, Illustration – Bring children’s book author David Costello to explain the book writing and illustration process to young readers.
- 2006 Mini Grant, Susan B. Anthony: The Invincible!, Tina Panik, AFPL, Grade 7-Adult, Women’s History – Actress Sally Matson portrays Susan B. Anthony in a one woman play during Women’s History Month in March 2007.
- 2005 Avon Junior Women’s Club Mini Grant, Children’s Author Visitation, Carol Randolph & Karen McNulty, AFPL, Grade K-4, Reading – Bring a children’s author to visit the library during National Children’s Book Week.