WRITER OF THE WEEK Octavia E. Butler was a visionary writer of science fiction. She drew inspiration from her local library and from the conviction that she could write better stories than the ones showcased by the then-popular B-movies.
SUMMER READING Now that school is winding to a close, don’t forget to keep your children reading over the summer break. We have prizes and raffles – featuring a variety of musical instruments – for children and teens who fill up their reading worksheets. Stop in for the details.
COLORING CIRCLE Join us for our monthly coloring circle for adults. Bring your supplies or use ours and enjoy a relaxing hour making art in good company this Thursday the 21st at 2 PM.
WRITER OF THE WEEK Dorothy West was a pioneering novelist, short-story writer, and editor. Her journal Challenge was an important part of the Harlem Renaissance.
TEEN CRAFT This Friday the 31st at 4:30 PM we’ll be making necklaces out of metal washers and other materials.
JUNE EVENTS We’ll kick the month off with a paper-plate craft for toddlers on Wednesday June 6th at 11 AM. The following week sees Social Hour on Wednesday at 2 PM and two crafts on Thursday the 13th: paper roses for adults at 2 PM and paper beads for teens at 4 PM. Movie night, featuring a film about a hungry rabbit and a stubborn farmer, is Thursday the 21st at 5:30 PM. For June’s Family Book Club we’ll be reading Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming and meeting to discuss it on Thursday the 28th at 5 PM. You can bring your computer questions to our drop-in help sessions on Saturdays the 2nd and 16th from 11 AM – 12 PM or Tuesday the 26th from 6 – 7 PM.
WRITER OF THE WEEK Syracuse native Bruce Coville is the author of many popular children’s and young adult books. One of his most famous, Aliens Ate My Homework, was recently made into a movie featuring William Shatner.
COLORING CIRCLE Join us for relaxation, camaraderie, and color this Thursday the 17th at 2 PM! Bring your colored pencils or use ours; we’ll provide the materials. All you have to do is show up and maybe bring a friend.
MOVIE NIGHT We’ll also be watching the sequel to a film about a talking bear in London this Thursday, at 5:30 PM. Bring your family and friends for popcorn and fun.
WRITER OF THE WEEK Gertrude Chandler Warner, creator of the beloved Boxcar Children series of books, was born April 16, 1890. She initially wrote the first volume to amuse herself and later revised the text so that it could be easily understood by the children she taught, who often did not speak English as their first language.
MOVIE NIGHT Join us in watching a recent animated film about the Day of the Dead (slightly out of season) this Thursday the 19th at 5:30 PM. We’ll have refreshments for you, your family, and your friends.
FREE CONCERT Join musician Marc Black for a sing-along of your favorite hits from the 1960s and 70s at the library at 3 PM on Friday, May 4th.
WRITER OF THE WEEK Born on Leap Day in 1920, Howard Nemerov was twice Poet Laureate of the United States, in the 1960s and the 1980s, and in 1977 both a National Book Award winner and a Pulitzer Prize winner. You can read some of his collected poems at the library, and also check out his son Alexander’s introduction to Frederic Remington: The Color of Night.
MARCH EVENTS Our adult craft this month will feature art on small canvases. Join us on Thursday the 8th at 2 PM. The following Thursday at the same time will be our relaxing coloring circle. Movie Night will be that same day, the 15th, at 5:30 PM. We’ll be watching a movie about a boy struggling to adjust to middle school. March will feature two of our most popular children’s events. Join us on Saturday the 17th at 11 AM for a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt, and come back on the 31st for our Ninja Easter Egg Hunt. In between, you can prepare for April Fool’s Day by reading Mac Barnett’s The Terrible Two for the Family Book Club. It will meet on Thursday the 22nd at 5 PM, when we’ll dream up some good pranks to use on friends and family. Finally, Social Hour will be on the 14th at 2 PM and computer help sessions will take place on the 3rd, 6th, 17th, and 27th.
REGULAR PROGRAMS Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM. Story Time for ages 3 – 6, with picture books and crafts, is on Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 AM. Individualized drop-in computer help will be tonight February 27th and next Tuesday March 6th from 6 – 7 PM and this Saturday the 3rd from 11 AM – 12 PM. Call the library or check out our website for all the details on all of our upcoming events.
WRITER OF THE WEEK Chaim Potok was a writer, editor, teacher, and army chaplain. His best-known novels include My Name is Asher Lev and The Chosen, both exploring the intersection of Hasidic Judaism and secular culture.
HOLIDAY The library will be closed next Monday the 19th in honor of Presidents Day. We will be open the rest of the week as usual.
VALENTINES Children can come make Valentines for family and friends this Tuesday the 13th at 3:30 PM.
WRITER OF THE WEEK Thornton Burgess created short stories for children featuring a variety of forest inhabitants, among them Peter Rabbit (no relation to the Beatrix Potter character,) Spotty the Turtle, and Old Mother West Wind.
MOVIE NIGHT Join us for popcorn, drinks, and fun this Thursday the 18th at 5:30 PM. We’ll be watching a Lego movie with ninjas! (That is to say: the ninjas will be on the screen, not in the room – we think.)
TODDLER PAINTING Bring your young children to the library this Friday the 19th at 11 AM to help us create flowers to brighten up the winter chill. No toddlers will be painted on purpose, but we suggest wearing older clothing.
TAX FORMS While the library may receive some Federal tax forms over the next week or two, we do not expect the New York State tax forms to arrive until late February.
WORD OF THE WEEK Thaumatology: the study of miracles
DREIDEL Learn how to play Dreidel and earn chocolate coins today the 12th at 3:30 PM. This traditional game is fun and easy to learn (and you can take home a dreidel to keep.)
MEET THE GRINCH It’s here! Join us this Saturday the 16th for a Who-bilation from 2 – 3:30 PM. We’ll be reading Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday book, munching on snacks, doing crafts, and even meeting the Grinch in person. Stop in for big fun!
SOCIAL HOUR We’ll be serving seasonal cookies and coffee this Wednesday the 13th at 2 PM. Stop in to chat with your neighbors (or just get in out of the cold.)
WORD OF THE WEEK Iceblink: A reflection in the clouds caused by light hitting a field of ice.
FAMILY BOOK CLUB Read and discuss books with your children in our Family Book Club. This month we’ll be talking about Grace Lin’s Year of the Dog and learning to use chopsticks while trying some traditional Taiwanese foods. Join us this Thursday the 30th at 5 PM.
DECEMBER PROGRAMS Help the library make a gingerbread house next Thursday the 7th at 5 PM – we’ll provide the materials. The following Tuesday, on December 12th, come learn how to play Dreidel and earn some gelt (otherwise known as chocolate coins) at 3:30 PM. Our monthly movie night is that same week, on Thursday the 14th at 5:30 PM. That Saturday the 16th join us for a Who-bilation – with snacks, stories, and a visit from the Grinch himself, all starting at 2 PM. Finally, join our family book club on the 21st at 5 PM. We’ll be reading Amulet: The Stonekeeper. For adults, we have computer help on the 2nd, 5th, and 16th, as well as social hour on the 13th and a craft on the afternoon of the 14th. The library will be closed on the 25th and 26th and January 1st.