Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tea Party, Art and More in November

One of our favorite events of the year happens in November.  It is our Children’s Doll Tea Party.  This year will be our third annual Doll & Tea Party at the Library.  We’ll be gathering on Saturday, November 14 from noon until 2pm to enjoy tea, punch, cookies and fun with our favorite dolls.  Everyone comes dressed in their nicest finery and we have crafts and activities for everyone who attends.  Reservations and pre-payment will be necessary for this event as space is always limited!  The cost to attend is $2.50 per person.  Please visit the library in person to reserve space for you and your child.  No telephone reservations will be accepted and children must be accompanied with an adult during this afternoon tea!  This program is geared towards children ages 5 – 12 with an adult.

In the art department, in addition to our Canastota Creates and Tangles Club meetings, we have art scheduled for the Lawson Room, a special craft night with Mindy and leather crafts on sale for the holidays. The Canastota Creates group meets on the

The Featured Artists in our Lawson Community Room for the months of November are the Swamp Snappers.  The Swamp Snappers are the Great Swamp Conservancy’s photography group.  Their beautiful photographs of wildlife, flowers and landscapes will also be available for sale during the duration of their exhibit.  These photographs make great holiday gift items for those who love the outdoors!  A reception for the Swamp Snappers will be held on Monday, November 9 at 7pm.

Come and decorate ceramic tiles with us on November 17 at 7pm.  Mindy Snyder will host this event where you can use acrylics, markers, colored pencils, glitter pens and watercolors.  The ceramic tiles are stamped with designs and have a unique absorbing surface that allows for fast, yourself and your creativity.  Please sign up at the library!

          Our display cases on the first floor will hold creations of beautifully hand-made leather purses as well as jewelry and more!  The creations are made by Shirley Thomas and Sandy Ziegler. These crafts will be available for purchase from the display cases through December. 
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we generally do not hold a Book Chat during November.  However, our December meeting is held early in December.  This year’s December meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1 at 1pm in the Carnegie Room on the second floor of the library.  The book the group will read for this meeting is “From Here to Eternity” by James Jones. Set in the summer and autumn of 1941 at the Schofield in Barracks in Hawaii, the story follows several members of G Company, including Captain Dana “Dynamite” Holmes and Frist Sergeant Milt Warden.  The book will be available in early November if you’d like to read and discuss the book with our Book Chat.

The library staff wants to wish all of our patrons a very Happy Thanksgiving.  The library will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  We will reopen on Saturday, November 28 at 10am. 
We hope you’ll stop in to see us…anytime!  The Canastota Public Library is located at 102 W. Center Street in Canastota. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Great Sale--The Annual Friends of the Canastota Library Book Sale

     The Friends of the Canastota Public Library are busy preparing for this year’s annual Book Sale.  The sale, which will be held October 29, 30 and 31 is a great adventure for those searching for good bargains in gently used books and movies!

     Times for the sale are:

Thursday, October 29 from 9am – 8:30pm
Friday, October 30 from 9am – 5pm 
Saturday, October 31 from 10am – 4pm

     This year, bargain shoppers can find gently used books, both fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages; books on CD and cassettes; movies on DVD and VHS tape; puzzles, library totes and note cards and a large variety of raffle baskets.  Individuals and families can also show their support by joining the Friends of the Library Group.  Forms for this will be available at the sale. 

     Volunteers make this event a special one for the library.  The Friends of the Library is made up of volunteers who have helped to prepare for the sale and also work the many hours for the sale.  Raffle baskets are designed by several members of the Friends of the Library and donated in an effort to earn additional revenues.  As well, a local organization, Ralston Supply Company will provide the tables needed to hold this event. 

     The money raised through this sale is always used to benefit the library’s programs, collection or enhance the building and services that the library offers. 

                 The Canastota Public Library is located at 102 W. Center Street in Canastota.  

Friday, October 16, 2015

October Is A Screaming Good Time at the Canastota Public Library

          The Canastota Public Library is very busy this month.  Come and join in on the rest of our October events!  With our booksale, a canalside talk and more, there is something for everyone at the library.

          The second Canalside Talk for the year will be held on Thursday, October 22 at 7pm.  Tony Wonderley, Ph.D., curator of collections at the Oneida Community Mansion House will talk about the Oneida Community.  He will provide an illustrated introduction to the most radical utopia in American history.  The talk will delve into why the Perfectionists of Oneida were the scandal of Victorian America and why they called themselves communists while achieving success as industrial capitalists.  The talk showcases the Oneida Mansion House and their company that eventually became the world’s largest manufacturer of silverware. Wonderley is a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow and a Fellow of the New York State Archeological Association.  He publishes widely on New York archology, Native American mythology and the Oneida Community.  Canalside Talks are done in cooperation with the Canastota Canal Town Museum and the Library.  These events are always free and open to the public.

          “The Girl You Left Behind,” by Jojo Moyes is the book for the October Book Chat.  The Book Chat group will meet to discuss this book on Tuesday, October 27 at 1pm.  This is a story of love, loss and sacrifice told with Moyes’ signature ability to capture our hearts.  Light refreshments will be served.

          Return to the library at 7pm on Tuesday, October 27 for “Perfectly Petrifying Poe”.  Join Vince Doty as he shares his favorite Edgar Allan Poe pieces to get you in the spirit of Halloween.  Learn about this famous author, poet, editor and literary critic whose works like The Raven have mesmerized readers for 175 years.  This program is geared towards middle school and older as it may include some of Poe’s more frightening tales! 

          Please remember to patronize our Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale which will be held on October 29, 30 and 31.  The sale will operate in the lower level of the library on those days.  Our inventory is large and includes gently used books in hardcover and softcover in many genres.  As well, we will have books on CD, movies on both VHS and DVDs, puzzles and much more.  There are currently over six raffle baskets on display on the first floor which will be raffled at the end of the book sale.  The sale will be held at the following times:  Thursday, October 29:  9am – 8:30pm; Friday, October 30:  9am – 5pm and Saturday, October 31 from 10am – 4pm.  We hope you will stop by and stock up on your reading materials.  The prices are very reasonable! All proceeds will be donated to the library for library and programming needs.

          The Canastota Public Library is a place of community pride and service.  The library has been providing services to the community since 1896.  

Monday, September 28, 2015

October Comes to the Library

          October is traditionally a very busy month at the library.  This year is no different for us. This month, we’ve got our Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale, our children and teen programs are starting and we’ve added in some special programs for your enjoyment.  We hope that you get in to see us at the library this month.

          The Friends of the Canastota Public Library will hold their annual sale at the end of the month.  The sale will be held in the lower level of the library on the following days:  Thursday, October 29:  9am – 8:30pm, Friday, October 30:  9am – 5pm and Saturday, October 31 from 10am – 4pm.  The Friends have a nice variety of gently used books in all genres, books on CD, DVDs, VHS movies, music CDs and much more for this sale.  As always, these items are priced very reasonably.

          Our regular children’s programming begins again this month.  Baby & Me Lapsit with Miss Angela will be held each Wednesday morning beginning at 10am from October 7 through December 16.  This is for babies, up to age 24 months and their caregivers.  
          Storytime with Mrs. Liz will begin on Thursdays in October.  Preschoolers will enjoy read-aloud stories, games, crafts and a snack.  The fun begins at 10am in the Children’s Area.  Storytime will run from October 8 through December 17.

          For teens, our Anime/Manga group begins again on Friday, October 9 at 3:30pm.  This group watches anime, reads manga and enjoys related activities.  The group is open to students in grades 6 and up.

          If you love baseball, you’ll want to be at the library on Tuesday, Oct 6 at 7pm for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with Vince Doty.  We’ll open with a little Ernest Thayer, then we’ll talk about Works Series history, baseball card history and some of the greatest players of the game!  We’ll also have Cracker Jacks! 

The library will be holding an Artist’s Reception on October 7 at 7pm for our Artists of the Month, Maria and John Seely.  This couple loos at subjects in very different ways.  Maria is an abstract artist who is constantly exploring new materials and techniques to create while her husband John relies on realistic interpretation of what the eye sees.  Join these two artists, who happen to be husband and wife for their Artist’s Reception.  Meet them and see their wonderful artistic expressions.

Most of these programs are in the first two weeks of October.  There will be more to come!  We hope to see you at the Canastota Public Library.

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 www.canastotalibrary.org 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.