Friday, September 30, 2016

Getting Ready for the Annual 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 27, 28 and 29, is a highlight of autumn in the Canastota community.

       “We’ve had many local residents donate books to us this year.  Our Friends have been working almost daily to sort and catalog these for the sale,” noted Liz Metzger, Director of the library.  The last day for donations for this annual sale will be October 15 to ensure that volunteers will be able to sort through the donations. 

       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 some volunteers 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.   

       Although the library has an ongoing book sale, this sale offers shoppers a chance to meet with old friends and purchase from a great selection of books, VHS tapes, Audio Tapes and CDs.  Library commemorative items, such as book bag totes and note cards will also be available. We even have homemade cookies and coffee on hand while you shop! 

       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.  In previous years, the money raised has been used to purchase new blinds and curtains for the Carnegie Room, a dishwasher for the community kitchen and assistance in purchasing the laptop computers that patrons may use throughout the library.  A portion of the funds raised during last year’s book sale was also earmarked for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to offset the cost of mailing books to those youngsters in the program.
        Times for the sale are October 27:  9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; October 28: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; October 29: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Friday, August 12, 2016

1000 Books--You Can Do It!

The Canastota Public Library is joining hundreds of other libraries who offer the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” Challenge!  As parents, we all want to see our children succeed.  A great way to do that is to read to your child.  Studies have shown that reading to children activates the parts of a preschooler’s brain that helps them with mental imagery and understanding narrative—both of which are key for the development of language and literacy.
The concept is simple and the rewards of this challenge are priceless!  Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant or toddler.  The goal is to read 1,000 books together before your little one begins kindergarten.  If you read just one book a night to your child, at the end of the year, you will have read 365 books.  That is 730 books read in two years and 1,095 books read in three years.  Since children generally begin kindergarten at age 5, there is plenty of time to meet this challenge.  Since this challenge is self-paced, you decided how often you will read together and what books you will read.
Reading together with your child helps to develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation which is a key to school and learning success.  By reading together, you can create great memories for both of you as well as facilitating a great opportunity to bond in another way with your child.  If you have more than one child who hasn’t entered kindergarten, consider reading as a family to meet the challenge!

Pick up an enrollment kit at the Circulation Desk of the Library.  The kits offer instructions, a reading log, book suggestions as well as tips for reading to your child.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Movies, Popular Passtime @ The Library

          Movie watching is becoming a popular activity at the Canastota Public Library.  So, we've decided to add more movies to the schedule.

          On Saturday April 9, bring the kids with their lunches to watch The Peanuts Movie! The movie will start at 12:30pm in our Lawson Community Room.  The Peanuts Movie is rated G and stars your favorite Peanuts character, Snoopy with Charlie Brown, Lucy and the rest of the gang!

          For our more mature audiences, on Tuesday, April 12 at 6pm, we will be showing Spotlight.  Spotlight is rated R and stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Keaton.  This is the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the child abuse, molestation scandal and subsequent cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.  This is the scandal that shook the entire Catholic Church to its core!  This movie runs two hours and eight minutes.  

          If there are other movies you would like to see, please let us know!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Warm Programs and Tax Assistance

          We love quilts in the winter months, don’t we?  The beauty and warmth of a handmade quilt reminds us of everything good in the world.  During the months of February and March, you can warm up at the Canastota Public Library while taking in the beautiful artful exhibit displayed by the Thread Bears Quilters Guild.  The Guild meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm at St. Helena’s Church in Sherrill, NY.  These lovely ladies have created the heart-warming quilts that you will find on the walls of the library!  According to their Facebook page, new members are always welcome.

          The month of February also brings back our regular children’s programming including Baby & Me Lapsit with Mrs. Angela on Wednesday at 10am and Storytime with Mrs. Liz on Thursdays at 10am.  Both programs are opened to anyone interested in attending.  Baby & Me Lapsit is geared to children from birth to twenty-four months of age while Storytime is for the toddlers and preschoolers in your life.  No reservations are necessary.  You can attend every week or as often as you would like to attend.

          Our volunteer tax consultant, Harry Hood, will be at the library again this year to help those who are 60 and older with tax services.  The hours for tax help will be Friday mornings beginning February 5th from 9am until noon.  Help is offered on a first come, first serve basis. Select appointments will be available for Friday afternoon time slots. 

For those who prefer to prepare their own taxes, we do have a very limited quantity of New York State Tax forms and expect to receive some federal tax forms as well.  As in previous years, the state and federal government are encouraging people to file online.  You can always use our available bank of computers to prepare your taxes online or if you’d prefer, tax forms can be viewed and printed here at the library. Printing costs are ten cents per page.

The library will be closed on Monday, February 15 for President’s Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday, February 16 for regular hours. 

On Wednesday, February 17, we’ll be offering a movie day for teens and tweens in grades 6 and up.  We’ll be showing the film, “The Scorch Trials” at 2pm which is the second movie in the Maze Series.  Then, stay for some activities and crafts until 4:30m. 
Our Book Club is always looking for new members!  We meet monthly, generally on the last Tuesday of the month at 1pm to discuss the selected book.  On February 23rd at 1pm, we’ll be talking about “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson. The book is about The Lusitania. It was called the “magnificent ship” standing seven stories from dock to bridge and consuming 140 tons of coal each day while just standing still. While some of Britain’s private steamships had been converted for the war, the Lusitania had no connection with the war. Yet, being an ocean liner for passengers wasn’t the reason it became an important part of world history.
          If you are interested in seeing us offer a particular program, please stop by the Circulation Desk and let us know.  We serve the community and want to be sure we are meeting the needs of our community!  Whether you visit the library for tax assistance, for a program or to pick up a book to read, we love seeing you. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

CNY Reads One Book; Canastota Shows the Film


      The Canastota Public Library will show the film, “To Kill A Mockingbird” on Wednesday, January 27 at 6pm in the Lawson Community Room.  The movie, shown free of charge, will be shown this month as a part of the CNY Reads One Book program.

          “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a 1962 American drama film based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name.  It was directed by Robert Mulligan.  The film was considered to be one of the best films ever made and earned many positive responses from film critics.  A box office success, the film won three Academy Awards including Best Actor for Gregory Peck who starred as Atticus Finch.  Scout was played by Mary Badham.   “To Kill a Mockingbird” will run just over two hours.

          “To Kill a Mockingbird” is this year’s book pick for all of CNY to read.  There is a flurry of activity planned throughout the region surrounding some of the current themes of this classic novel from January through March of 2016.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Much More Than Just Books

Libraries are so much more than a building full of books.  A lot of learning and a lot of living happen here.  As staff at the library, we find that the library has become a community place.  It’s a safe place where people can find help, change their lives for the better and learn about ways to improve their lives. Here are just two examples of ways the Canastota Public Library impacts the lives of the people in our community….
                This fall, a young father with a 16 month old baby stopped into the library. He was faxing paperwork to the County Social Services Department so he could receive food stamps for his family.  One of our library staff started a conversation with him.  She told him about our Baby and Me Lapsit program.  A session was just starting on the second floor.  It’s a great program for introducing little ones to the library.  Miss Angela along with the caregivers provide finger plays, songs and stories to the tots. These are great early literacy lessons designed to help parents and their children become more comfortable with the library.  The young Dad stayed and he and his baby had a great time!  They had never attended the program before that day and didn’t even know it existed.
                On another brisk autumn day, a husband and wife came to the library for help.  Both have disabilities and had just received legal documents from their attorney that they needed to read and understand.  Since neither could read well, they brought the documents to the library and asked if someone could read the documents to them.  After we found a private room, a staff member took about forty minutes to sit and read the documents.  She read slowly and re-read portions, ensuring that the couple understood the documents.

                While we do offer the opportunity to borrow books, movies, magazines and other resources, we find that we offer so much more everyday….most importantly, we offer the chance to provide support, help and hope to many in our community. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?

           Have you made any resolutions for the New Year?  Have you always wanted to be more creative? Have you decided to learn about local history or genealogy?  If so, you will want to stop at the library for some great resources.

           The Rebecca Eddy Memorial Writing Contest is back!  The library is now accepting poetry and short stories for this contest.  Entries will be received until March 31st at the close of business.  This contest, organized by Joan and Doug Eddy, is a memorial to their daughter, Rebecca.  Ms. Eddy was a graduate of Canastota High School and John Hopkins University.  The contest is to encourage creative works in writing for all ages.  Entry forms are available at the Circulation Desk.  Entry requirements indicate that one entry of a poem or short story (500 – 5,000 words) may be submitted. There are four age categories for submission and entries of those age categories will be judged in both poetry and short stories.  The age categories include:  Age 10 and under, 11 – 14 years old; 15 – 18 years old and over 18 years old.  Entries may be in any style, genre or subject and the contest is free to enter.  There are no residential requirements. An awards ceremony will be held in April.

           Are you interested in looking up information about your ancestors?  Are you interested in the people, places and events that have made the Canastota area such a great place?  We have interesting files of local history in our Archive Room that are from the year 1806 until today.  Local historical resources housed here include information on early businesses, inventors, settlers and events in the area.  The Archive Room is open to the entire community whenever the library is open.  We hope you will take some time to browse our diverse and interesting files.

           Throughout the month of January, we will be displaying the YWCA Mohawk Valley’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivor’s Art Exhibit.  More than one dozen pieces of artwork and literature make up this display which tells a compelling story of survival shared by women, children and men who have experiences domestic and/or sexual violence.  The story mirrors their individual journeys from fear, to rage, then relief and finally, elation.  The Mohawk Valley Survivor Art Exhibit is a traveling exhibit which is scheduled to appear at a new location each month for awareness purposes.

          On Tuesday, January 26 at 11am, Jean Ryan the Consumer Frauds Representative of the New York State Office for the Attorney General will talk about “Identity Theft & Ways to Protect Your Identity”.  This informative talk will last about one hour.  Please RSVP as a light lunch will be served to all who attend.

          The Book Chat group invites you to join them in 2016 for a year of interesting reads. On Tuesday, January 26 at 1pm, the group will be discussing “Bittersweet” by Miranda Beverly-Whitenmore.   The book introduces us to Mabel Dagmar.  On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour.  We hope you will join us for reading and the discussion.

          During the months of January, February and March, Central New York communities are hosting a CNY Read. They have selected the book, “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee as the book everyone will be reading and talking about during that time period.  At the Canastota Public Library, we have decided to show the movie, “To Kill A Mockingbird”.  This 1962 American Drama stars Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch and Mary Badham in the role of Scout. We will show the movie at no charge on Wednesday evening, January 27 beginning at 6pm in our Lawson Community Room.

          If you want to try your hand at learning to knit you will want to consider joining one of our knitting groups.  Join either our Thursday Evening Group which meets at 6pm each Thursday or our Morning Group which meets each Friday at 10am.  We currently have about 30 members who meet in the morning and 15 who attend evening group meetings.  Both groups meet in the Lawson Room. Members knit, crochet and there are even some loom workers in the groups.

          The library is here to help you make a great start with all of your resolutions for 2016. Don’t have a library card?  They are free…stop in and see us today.   The library is located at 102 W. Center Street in Canastota, NY.