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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Fundraiser


Dear Community Member,

We are pleased to begin our third year participating in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library being offered in ALL of Madison County.  As you may know, the Imagination Library provides an age-appropriate book to each registered child, mailed to their home every month until their 5th birthday.

Many parents have shared with us the excitement their children express when they get "their own book in the mail."  Research has shown again and agian the importance of having books in the home to foster school readiness and later success in school.

The cost of the books for this program is underwritten by Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, with support from local sponsors and individuals.  All of our local fundraising is matched 5 to 1 by Dolly Parton's Foundation.

$30 provides one book each month for one child for one year.

Reading is the pathway to a righter future for the children and the entire community.  At the Canastota Public Library, we have set up a Giving Tree for those interested in making a donation.  A donation box with envelopes is at the Circulation Desk.   Or, if you would like to make your donation online, you can go to the following web address: http://literacycoalitionmadisoncountyny.org/donate-imagination-library/   There, you can either donate to all of Madison County or select your specific area to target your gift.  For instance, the Canastota Public Library coordinates the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for children living in the Canastota Central School District area.  

Thank you for your help in making this program a possibility in our community.  Your gift will help us to continue our early childhood literacy program, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library!


December Events--Come to the Library

            We know that December is a busy time for families.  It’s also a great time for family gatherings.  Interested in doing a family read aloud for the holidays?  Stop in and see us and we can recommend some wonderful books depending on the ages of those “listening”.  We also have a nice collection of holiday DVD classics and holiday romance novels!  If you are still looking for things to do, here is a sampling of what’s happening at the library in December.

            Loreen Collins is our Artist of the Month in December.  Loreen describes herself as a “late blooming artist” who uses many mediums including photography, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and painting.  She studied at Mohawk Valley Community College in their Fine Arts Department.  Loreen’s display is comprised of her paintings in oil and acrylic.  Loreen’s work has appeared in juried student shows at both SUNYIT and MVCC.  As well, in November, some of her work appeared in the Kirkland Public Library in Clinton with the Community Arts Guild.  An Artist’s Reception for Loreen Collins will be held on Wednesday, December 9 at 7pm at the library in our Lawson Community Room. 

            Can you hear the bell?  Hop aboard The Polar Express” at the Canastota Public Library on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm.  Vince Doty will be your conductor!  Let the story transport you to the North Pole where children can hear the story, make a craft and enjoy a holiday snack!  Please reserve your place by calling the library so we know how many to expect for this special event!

            Looking for a nice Christmas book for the kids?  Erin Conley Nelson, who is originally from Canastota, has written a second book in her Bibletoon Series.  Erin will be at the library all day on Saturday, December 11th selling this book, titled The Miracle at Bethlehem.  She will even autograph your copy!  So stop by the library and meet this wonderful author!

The library will be closing at 4pm on Thursday, December 24.  We will also be closed on Friday, December 25.  The following week, we will close at 4pm on Thursday, December 31 and we will be closed for New Year’s Day on January 1. Watch the mail for our Newsletter during the first week of January.

 The staff of the library wishes all of our patrons and neighbors a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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.