Friday, June 26, 2015

Legos, Jugglers, A Magician and More!

Summer Reading Program Theme:  Every Hero Has A Story

          July is jam-packed with events for the entire family at the Canastota Public Library.  Our Summer Reading Program is in full swing this month with reading, activities and fun events.  We’ve planned two Dr. Seuss fun-filled evenings starring Vince Doty, a former Canastota School District teacher that many of our parents may remember.  As well, we’ve scheduled jugglers, a magician, teen craft events and so much more. 

          Our highlighted artists for the month of July are our library art clubs:  The Canastota Creates group, Tangles Club and two Knitting Groups.  All clubs meet here on a regular monthly basis to create and share their artwork.  We hope that you will stop by to see the creations and learn about these art groups.  New members are accepted to all of our groups regularly!
          Every Monday night, in July and August, we are scheduling Block Parties for parents and children. The parties will begin at 5:30 and end at 7pm.  In this time, parent and child can build items with our Lego Blocks.  Let your imagination take you away or take part in our Block Party Challenges!  This fun, drop in event will be held in the Lawson Community Room!

         Twenty-four students between the ages of 10 and 15 have signed up to be a part of the library’s Ready, Set Robotics program.  Every Wednesday evening beginning July 1, the group will meet to work cooperatively on building and programming NXT Lego Robots.  There is a waiting list for this program.  The program was made possible with the help of 4H of Madison County and Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as a grant from the Madison County Youth Bureau. 
          The library’s regular programming for children, including Baby Lapsit with Miss Angela and Pre-school Storytime with Mrs. Liz will begin again in July.  Baby Lapsit, for babies up to age 24 months and their caregivers will meet on Wednesdays beginning July 1 and running through August 5.  Storytime with Mrs. Liz will be held on Thursdays for pre-school aged children.  In this program, students will hear stories, play games, and make a craft.  Both programs will begin at 10 am.
          Family friendly events include the following:

            Tuesday, July 7:  Gravitational Bull Jugglers at 7pm.  Dave and Kyle Fultz are a father-and–son team of professional jugglers that have been performing in the Western and Central New York areas for the past several years.

          Monday, July 20:  Moreland the Magician at 7pm.  Join David Moreland the Magician as he searches for heroes – everyday heroes, famous heroes, and superheroes -- in our library.  His high-energy 45-minute show blends magic, puppetry, comedy, and audience participation, and culminates in a musical melodrama skit starring children from the audience! 

          Thursday, July 30:  Super Hero BINGO Party at 2pm.  Join Mrs. Liz in this special BINGO party where we’ll have lots of SUPER HERO surprises!

          You will want to bring the whole family to our Seuss Celebrations with Vince Doty.  On July 14 at 7pm, we’ll hear Mr. Vincent Doty tell the story of “Horton Hatches an Egg” followed by crafts and a snack.  On the next Tuesday, July 21 at 7pm, Mr. Doty will recite “Horton Hears a Who”.  A craft and snack will again follow that presentation. Doty has 47 years of experience in Elementary, Secondary and College classrooms. He began his teaching career in Canastota teaching and coaching there from 1968-1973. He spent the next 29 years in the same capacity at Hampton Bays Public Schools on the east end of Long Island. After retiring from the classroom in 2001 he became a National Consultant for Texas Instruments helping educate teachers across the nation on the use of graphics calculator technology. He was named Long Island Mathematics teacher of the year in 1983 by the Long Island Society of Professional Engineers. He was also named National Teacher of the year by Kentucky Educational Television in 1991.

          The teens (grades 6 – 12) will meet on Thursdays, beginning July 9 at 11am for a Lunchtime Book Club.  Students will discuss the assigned books and have lunch at the library!  This group meets in the Lawson Room weekly, July 9 through August 13.

          The teen program also has activities planned for the month including a Superhero Trivia Night, a Superhero Photo Booth, a Scavenger Hunt and Library Clue.  The group will also have two separate craft days and have planned a visit to the Canal Museum to learn about local heroes in our own community.

          The Book Chat of the Canastota Library will meet on Tuesday, July 28 at 1pm to discuss, “An Italian Wife” by Ann Hood.  “An Italian Wife” is the extraordinary story of Josephine Rimaldi—her joys, sorrows, and passions, spanning more than seven decades. The novel begins in turn-of-the-century Italy, when fourteen-year-old Josephine, sheltered and naive, is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't know or love who is about to depart for America, where she later joins him. Bound by tradition, Josephine gives birth to seven children. The last, Valentina, is conceived in passion, born in secret, and given up for adoption.

          Please note that the library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for Independence Day.  We will reopen on Monday, July 6 at 9am.  Calendars on Summer Reading Program events can be found on our webpage at or by calling the library at 697-7030.

Friday, May 22, 2015


               There is a lot going on this June at the Canastota Public Library.  We hope that local patrons will stop in and see us during this busy month.  Please consider one or several of our programs….
  • The Library’s Summer Hours Begin on June 1st.  Hours are as follows:  Monday through Thursday:  9am – 8pm; Fridays:  9am – 5pm; Saturdays 9am – 1pm.  The Canastota Public Library is closed on Sundays.
  • June Art Display:  The library is fortunate to be able to highlight two Canastota High School Senior Artists for their June shows!  Shelby McGlothlin and Amanda Fairfield will be displaying their work at the library.  Shelby’s work will be on display in the Lawson Community Room.     Amanda’s work will be shown in the Crow’s Nest and on the first floor staircase of the library.  An artist’s reception for these young women will be held on Tuesday, June 2 from 4 – 6 pm at the library.  The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. 
  • On Tuesday, June 16th at 7pm, come to the library to hear a local author talk!  Jeanne Wilhite Dunn will talk about her memoir, “Where Once There Were Thorns.”  Jeanne’s book is a true story of God’s faithfulness in restoring the relationship of a strong-willed daughter and her controlling mother.  The book is a page-turner and full of unbelievable events that only God could have orchestrated.  The book will be available for sale at the event for $12.99 and the author has agreed to autograph copies of the book.
  • ALL DAY SIGN-UPS—The week of June 29th, the Canastota Public Library will begin accepting self sign-ups for summer reading programs including grades k – 6 and the teen programs.  This year’s theme for grades k – 6 is “Every Hero Has a Story”.  “Unmasked” is the teen theme.  The sign-ups will take place on the second floor of the library! 

  • On Tuesday, June 30 at 10:30am, Puppeteer Nancy Sander will present, The Reluctant Dragons starring Dragonia, a female poetry dragon and her "all-boy" son, Rory. Rory has no interest in poetry and only wants to "smoke the town." You will laugh straight into next week! Sander was the principal puppeteer consultant, puppet builder, puppet creator and puppet script writer for the Emmy Award winning children’s televisions show, “Hickory Hideout,” produced by WKYC-TV and WNBC-TV.  She received an Emmy Award for her contribution to children’s television.  The show also won the Parent’s Choice Award, the National Education Association Award and received a silver medal in the International Film and TV Awards of New York.
  • The Book Chat will meet on Tuesday, June 30th   at 1pm in the Carnegie Room to discuss “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin.  The book is about A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books.  He has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession--a rare edition of Poe poems--has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people.  Even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. A most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew. Please consider picking up the book at the library and reading it so you can join the group in discussion. 
  • Scrapbooking is a group that meets at the library on the second Monday evening of every month beginning at 5:30pm.  Bring your projects to the library, including photographs and supplies and meet with other scrap bookers to learn new techniques.  The group meets in the Lawson Community Room.
  • Bone Builders, a program of Cornell Coop Extension meets each Tuesday at 1pm in the Lawson Community Room.  If you are interested in joining, come on Tuesday afternoon and speak to coordinator, Christine Crandall.
  • Party Bridge is looking for experienced Bridge Players to join in every Thursday afternoon at the library beginning at 1pm.  Party Bridge is an open group and welcomes players to attend whenever they are available. The group meets all year long!
  • Thursday Night and Friday Morning Knitting Groups welcome both new and experienced knitters to join in for fun and fellowship.  The Thursday Night Knitters meet at 6pm and the Friday Morning Knitters meet at 10am in the Lawson Community Room.  All are welcomed, knitters or knot!
  • The Afternoon Writer’s Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 3 pm until 5 pm.  The Evening Writer’s Group meets the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of each month from 6:30-8pm.   Both are uplifting groups that assist writers by offering constructive criticism and praise as each member shares their work. New members welcomed!       

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Exercise....At The Library???

 by New Ventures BOCES Intern, Savannah Souza de Lima

          Did you know that there is an exercise program that meets regularly at the library?  Christine Crandall is the instructor for the weekly "Bone Builders" program  The program targets more mature aged adults who are interested in maintaining their health and/or getting in better shape.  

          Research has shown that regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. It can delay aging and improve your appearance. Exercise can make you feel more confident and boost your self-esteem. Exercise helps improve both sleep and bone density, which lowers the risk of osteoporosis. Muscle mass diminishes with age. If you do not replace the lean muscle you lose the percentage of fat in your body will increase.

          Exercise can help control and lose weight. By burning more calories than the calories you consume, you can lose weight. It’s as simple as that; diet and exercise, smaller portions and longer walks. Exercise improves mood.  Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals called endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in the body, leaving you feeling happier and more relaxed. After a boring or overwhelming day at school or work, there is nothing more I want to do than take a long walk with my dog or spend an hour at the gym.

          Not sure where to start?  The library has exercise books like Kathy Smith's "Fitness Makeover:  A 10 Week Guide to Exercise and Nutrition" or Porter Shimer's "Too Busy To Exercise" which offers some great ideas on how to get exercise into your day.  The library also has DVDs on a myriad of exercise programs like yoga and the "Dance It Off Workout" with Jennifer Galardi.  And, if you want to try our Bone Builders Program, stop in on Tuesdays at 1pm and see Chris Crandall.

          You only get one body. Take care of it. If you don’t use your body then you will lose your body.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015



              Are you doing some spring cleaning and have some donations for the library?  The guidelines for donations of materials has changed recently.

            The Friends of the Library has determined that some items that have been accepted previously may no longer be accepted for the Annual and Ongoing Book Sales at the library.

            Canastota volunteers will gladly accept gently used books, music, books on CD and DVDs.  All these must be in good condition and free of donor stipulations. 

            Unfortunately, due to space and sales requirements, the library volunteers will not accept the following:
    • Textbooks
    • Old Magazines
    • Non-Fiction Books that are more than five years old
    • Books containing marks, underlining or other defacements
    • Soiled, damaged, discolored, moldy or torn items
    • Illegal, stolen or “pirated” copies of copyrighted materials
    • Encyclopedias
    • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books

If you have any questions, you may call and ask a staff member at the library about the new guidelines.  All donations may be left with library staff during any hours that the library is open.  The library is open currently on Monday through Thursday from 9am – 8:30pm; Friday from 9am – 5pm and Saturday from 10am until 4pm.  Library staff can be reached at the library or by calling 697-7030.   You may also email the library at

To volunteer your time to the Friends of the Library, feel free to leave your name at the library and a member of the Friends Group will contact you.  The Canastota Public Library is located at 102 W. Center Street.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


 By Savannah Souza de Lima
(Madison-Oneida BOCES New Ventures Intern)

The Canastota Public Library is interested in planning and planting a community garden in the village.  There are many reasons that a community garden can be beneficial to families and individuals in a community.  Our Madison-Oneida BOCES New Ventures Intern has highlighted some benefits of growing your own food. 

1.     Growing your own food saves money. The price of food (fruits and veggies especially) is becoming more and more expensive. With a minimal investment you can save hundreds off your grocery bill. Research shows that the average household will throw away $600 worth of produce every year. We are more likely to throw out mushy vegetables that have been bought at the store than something we ourselves have grown. Fresh homegrown vegetables also taste better which makes us less likely to let them sit and spoil.  We would much rather eat them sooner and enjoy them.

2.     Introducing your kids to vegetables makes it fun for them. There is a better chance of getting children to eat their veggies when they have grown and picked the vegetables on their own garden.  Children also learn more about our food sources when they are actively working in their own garden.  They have an invested effort in their own food.

3.     Working in your garden is therapeutic. Liz Metzger, Canastota Library Director, says, “I love pulling weeds! I feel like I am accomplishing something in such a small amount of time.” Planting seeds, nurturing them and watching them grow also gives a sense of accomplishment and pride like nothing else.  Harvesting and then canning, freezing or otherwise preserving your harvest allows you to enjoy your food all year long.

4.     Knowing what’s in your food is important. By growing your own food in your garden you’re in control of how you fertilize and control pests. Growing food without pesticides and herbicides cuts down on air and water pollution.  Many people are finding that they prefer to grow heirloom seeds or seeds that are not Genetically Modified Seeds (GMOs).  These heirloom seeds are the seeds that past generations have enjoyed for years.  They have a tendency to grow better in their “home” soil.

5.     Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is environmentally friendly. Producing food locally greatly reduces the greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation of food. Fruits and vegetables sold in supermarkets spend as many as 7 to 14 days in transit to arrive at their final destination. During this time, almost 50% of the transported food is lost to spoilage. Locally grown food reduces or eliminates this transit time, helping to greatly reduce waste.

6.     Spending time outside is healthy! Working in your garden gets you outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.  And, everyone knows that getting outside is a real boost for your spirit, outlook and attitude.  Just being in the sun helps to boost the Vitamin D that your body needs.

7.     Beautifying the neighborhood is beneficial. While vacant lots can be magnets for litter and criminal activity, community gardens are observed and managed by the gardeners, resulting in a cleaner space and more active local community.  Communities that have community gardens tend to have friendlier neighbors who look out for each other and for the neighborhood.  Community Gardens produce a great sense of self-worth or community worth!

8.     Exercising is Easy. Gardens can be areas for recreation and exercise. Gardening is considered a moderate to heavy intensity physical activity.  According to MyFitnessPal, a popular calorie counting application, if you weigh 150 pounds and work in your garden for an hour, you will burn about 270 calories.  Your total calories burned depends on several factors including weight, age, metabolism and gender.  The best part of exercising in your garden is you won’t find yourself watching the clock or counting the minutes until you are finished. 

The Canastota Public Library has been considering creating a community garden as a way of bringing the community together and lessening environmental strain. Get involved! For more information on the status of the community garden, visit the library located 102 W Center St, Canastota, NY or call (315) 697-7030.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Guest Blog by Savannah Souza de Lima

          Our blog today is by our student intern, Savannah Souza de Lima.  Savannah told us that her favorite book is "My Antonia" by Willa Cather.  We decided to ask her to write a short review about the book to encourage folks to read it....what follows is Savannah's Book Review!

My Ántonia is a story of a young girl who moved with her family from Bohemia to Nebraska in the early 1900’s. A childhood friend, Jim Burden, narrates the story and share memories of his close friend Ántonia Shimerda, who, after leaving his childhood home and town, had a profound impact on his life.
Growing up in the house next to Ántonia, Jim witnessed the Shimerdas’ devastation after they realized that Nebraska was not as friendly or as promising as they had hoped. Jim also saw Shimerda family experience great loss and heartbreak after Mr. Shimerda committed suicide. And again, Jim watched the cruel and unfair happenings hit the Shimerda family after a young Ántonia is abandoned by the father of her unborn child.
Through the story, Jim tells the reader all the unfortunate happenings that occur in Ántonia’s life and he expresses his admiration for her good spirits, her sense of life and her taking on the role of an unexpected and lonely motherhood. The story of Ántonia Shimerda leaves the reader with the image of a remarkable and unforgettable young woman.
Praised as one of Willa Cather’s best works, My Ántonia is a “must read.”

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Library Value Calculations

On this last day of the year, I was wondering if my life has changed for the better in the past year. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, I realized that my affinity for the library has actually resulted in some valuable benefits.

The website, actually has a Library Value Calculator.  At this site, you can see how much your library is saving you.  There is a list of library materials and services.  You enter in the left hand column the number of times per month you have used each service and the website calculator does the rest.

Since I couldn't remember exactly how many books, magazines, movies and newspapers I had borrowed, I estimated and I believe that my numbers were far below my actual usage.  I am an avid reader and rarely buy books anymore if I can borrow them from the library.  I estimated that I borrowed 19 hardcover books, 6 teen/children's books, 5 paperback books, 18 magazines and read at least 35 newspapers at the library throughout the year.  I borrow more than 2 movies and borrowed more than 24 audiobooks for my car trips to visit the family in West Virginia. I know that I used other library services such as Interlibrary loans, online resources, databases and classes but for my purposes here, I didn't include those items.

This past year, just using the above numbers that I listed, my library saved me about $150 per month or almost
$1,800 this year. The value of my library is even more than that.  I have met so many great people here at the library, including other writers, the staff and very knowledgeable tens who have taught me about sports, current events, and offered insight on many different aspects of my life. The teens that I work with enrich my life every week that I spend with them.

As we close 2014, you might want to check out the Library Value Calculator and see what you saved by using the library this year.  I'm sure you saved even more than the calculator will tell you.

I love my library.  And, not just because that's where I work!