The Goodwin Library is a public library that serves as an information center for the personal, cultural, and social growth for the community of Farmington. The Library maintains collections and implements programs that address the community’s changing informational and recreational needs for education and literacy. The collections, materials, and programs are offered in a variety of formats to ensure equitable access for all. The Library believes that free and open access to information and resources will establish the framework for an informed and involved community.
September is library card sign up month!
Get a library card or renew the one you have and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win our awesome prizes!
Libraries are more than just books. Come check our our selection of the hottest DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. You can use our computers whether or not your have a library card. Museum passes are available for anyone living in Farmington. We also offer many free programs for anyone who wants to attend.
Prepare to get spectacularly messy at our fourth annual Messy Art Night!
Enjoy sponge bombs, fly swatter painting, slinky painting, and more messy activities!
Due to expected rain on the 13th Messy Art Night has been moved to the 20th.
This month the Bookies are reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. We have multiple copies available for check out. Contact Donna at email@example.com for the Zoom link.
Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.
Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new “emancipation” bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. It is 1953 and he and the other council members know the bill isn’t about freedom; Congress is fed up with Indians. The bill is a “termination” that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. How can the government abandon treaties made in good faith with Native Americans “for as long as the grasses shall grow, and the rivers run”?
Since graduating high school, Pixie Paranteau has insisted that everyone call her Patrice. Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Patrice, the class valedictorian, has no desire to wear herself down with a husband and kids. She makes jewel bearings at the plant, a job that barely pays her enough to support her mother and brother. Patrice’s shameful alcoholic father returns home sporadically to terrorize his wife and children and bully her for money. But Patrice needs every penny to follow her beloved older sister, Vera, who moved to the big city of Minneapolis. Vera may have disappeared; she hasn’t been in touch in months, and is rumored to have had a baby. Determined to find Vera and her child, Patrice makes a fateful trip to Minnesota that introduces her to unexpected forms of exploitation and violence, and endangers her life.
Thomas and Patrice live in this impoverished reservation community along with young Chippewa boxer Wood Mountain and his mother Juggie Blue, her niece and Patrice’s best friend Valentine, and Stack Barnes, the white high school math teacher and boxing coach who is hopelessly in love with Patrice.
In the Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich creates a fictional world populated with memorable characters who are forced to grapple with the worst and best impulses of human nature. Illuminating the loves and lives, the desires and ambitions of these characters with compassion, wit, and intelligence, The Night Watchman is a majestic work of fiction from this revered cultural treasure.
This month is an Engineering Challenge Kit! Stop by the Children’s Room to pick it up!
Drop in to explore with Indi the Robot Car!
If you like using social media, being around people, and planning and organizing; then we want to hear from you for our Adult/Teen Program Coordinator position. Click the link below for the full job description.
Resumes and cover letters should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off in person.
If you or someone you know is interested, please attend a Trustee meeting held the 3rd Thursday of every month. Next meeting is SEPT 15 at 6PM.
Those wishing to be on the board should be a resident, employee or representative of a business in the Town of Farmington. A non-resident can be a member with a majority vote of the board.”
A new story is up on the story trail! Walk along and read We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins. This story was sponsored by Energy Resources Group! Thank you so much!
A big thank you to our 2022 story sponsors: Miss Kathie’s Childcare LLC, Birdbox Bakery, Chestnut Hill Chimney, Energy Resources Group, PIP Rental
Stop in for some Lego building fun! We have all sorts of Legos for you to see what you can create with!
We even have Duplo blocks for the little ones!
The library’s Accessible entrance is located at the rear of the library, off the bank parking lot.
Books! Books! Books! We’ve got a lot of them. Come see how many you can stuff into a bag. We have a lot of DVDs too!
Stuff a plastic bag for a donation ($1 minimum) or buy a beautiful new Goodwin Library bag for $12 and stuff it full at no extra charge.