Monday, January 31, 2011

Programs Begin Again at Canastota Public Library

This week, several regular programs will begin at the Canastota Public Library! Baby & Me Lap Sit, Storytime with Mrs. Liz and the Librateens all resume this week after a January Break.
Baby & Me Lap Sit with Miss Angela will begin again on Wednesday, February 2 through Wednesday, May 25. This program for babies up to age 24 months and their caregivers is an excellent way to introduce your child to the library. Miss Angela prepares songs, finger plays and books around various themes. And, there is an opportunity for your child to socialize with other babies while you socialize with the other caregivers! Baby & Me Lap Sit is held every Wednesday morning at 10am in the Children's Area on the Second Floor of the Library.
Storytime with Mrs. Liz is scheduled to begin on Thursday, February 3 through Thursday, May 26. This group of pre-schoolers meets each Thursday at 10am in the Children's Area on the Second Floor of the Library. Your child will enjoy stories, games, crafts and a snack during this fun morning program.
The Canastota Libra-Teens is a group of students in grades 6 and up who meet at the library on Wednesdays after school. The group will begin again on Wednesday, February 2 and run through Wednesday, May 25. Speakers, games, crafts and speakers are planned for this spring session of the Libra-Teems. The group meets in the Lawson Community Room from 3pm until 4:30 pm whenever school is in session!
No sign-ups are necessary for these three regular program of the Canastota Public Library. The library is located at 102 W. Center Street in Canastota!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

February's Artist of the Month Named

Amber Brown will be the Artist of the Month for the Canastota Public Library!  Brown, a 2005 graduate of Canastota High School.  She studied Art Education at Syracuse University with a concentration in painting.  After graduating in 2009, Brown stayed on at SU and received her Masters in Art Education.  She enjoys working with all mediums which is why art education is such an interest to her.  Brown is currently working as a substitute teacher for the Canastota Central School System. 

Brown's artwork will be on display for the entire month of February in the Lawson Community Room.  Her display will include ceramics, paintings, prints and mixed media.  An Artist's Reception will be held on Wednesday, February 9th at 7pm in the Lawson Community Room..  Light refreshments will be served and the reception is open to the public. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Friends of the Canastota Public Library Membership Drive

          January is Membership Month for the Friends of the Canastota Public Library.  We hope that you will show your support for the library by joining the Friends Group!  Forms are available at the circulation desk on the first floor of the library. 
          As well as organizing the Annual Autumn Book Sale and On-going Book Sale in the library, the Friends of the Library decorate the library for the holidays.  They also work diligently tomaintain our library gardens.  Each year, the Friends donate a portion of their proceeds to library programming and special needs. 
          Do you have ideas for Friend's activities?  If you have suggestions or are interested in becoming more involved with the library, please talk to a staff member and we can connect you with a representative of the Friends of the Library group!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sleepy Time Stories Begins This Month!

Please join Mrs. Jen for monthly Sleepy Time Stories at the Canastota Public Library!  Come in your pajamas, bring your blanket and pillow or your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy some milk and cookies along with some great stories!  There will be fun giveaways each monthSleepy Time Stories starts at 6:30pm and lasts approximately one hour for children.  If school activities are canceled due to weather, Sleepy Time Stories will reschedule for the listed snow date!  Mrs. Jennifer Milligan will be the librarian for this special series!

First Session: 
January 19 - Enjoy The Weather (snow date January 26):  We can have fun in all kinds of weather--rain, snow and sun!!  Enjoy some great stories about experiencing the best of all season including:  The Snowy Day and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever!

Second Session:
February 16--All About Animals (snow date is February 23):  What's your favorite animal?  Do you love puppies, horses, aardvarks, elephants?  Come and listen while we read about silly and interesting animals!  We'll read some favorites like A Giraffe and a Half and If You Give A Pig A Pancake!

Third Session:
March 9--All About Dr. Seuss!  (snow date is March 30):  Everybody loved Dr. Seuss.  Time for some silly rhyming stories that will make us all gigle and twist our tongue!  Who likes Green Eggs and Ham? Or how about The Cat in the Hat? 

Fourth Session:
April 13--Our Amazing Universe (snow date April 27):  Celebrate Earth Day and the arrival of Spring with stories about our amazing Earth and the Universe beyond!  Learn about saving our planet with The Lorax and follow the first trip to the moon with The Moon Over Star.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 and 2011 Nicaragua Medical Mission Talk

          On Tuesday, January 18 at 7pm, members of the 2010 Nicaragua Medical Mission will provide a presentation on their journey to assist the poor of that country. The presentation will be held at the Canastota Public Library in the Lawson Community Room. It will include a slide show as well as questions and answers from members of last year’s team. The Nicaragua Medical Mission is looking for help in making this year’s mission a reality.
          The Away Team for the Nicaraguan Medical Mission in 2011 will be leaving for Nicaragua on February 11 and return on February 22. Greg Wright, a Physician Assistant will be the Medical Director of the team. The team will consist of twenty-two people from Central New York who will set up medical clinics in remote areas near Jinotega and Managua. Last year, the group served almost 1300 people in five treatment days. Each patient was given a three month supply of vitamins and women also received calcium and folic acid. According to the Medical Mission team leader, Sue LaBarre, patients were also treated for high blood pressure, diabetes, infections and musculoskeletal pain. At each clinic, the group strives to hand out shoes, school uniforms, toothbrushes, vegetable seeds and other needed items.
          “Patients walked for miles, often barefoot, to be seen at our clinics. They sometimes waited hours to be seen by one of our providers and then gave us handshakes, hugs and blessings for the help we brought,” LeBarre noted.
          A second part of the mission is to support Children of Destiny, Nicaragua, part of Globe International Nicaragua mission which includes three orphanages. The orphans and housemothers open their homes to allow the mission team to live safely while in Nicaragua and so the team tries to bring the school and orphanages donations as well.
          The Away Team roster for the 2011 trip has not been completely filled, nor has the goal to raise $13,000 for the trip been raised. All of the Away Team does not need to have medical training. There are needs for gatekeepers, people movers and donation clerks as well.
          If you are interested in learning more about the Medical Mission to Nicaragua, please plan to attend this presentation. Light refreshments will be served following the 45 minute slide show and talk. A question and answer period is also a part of the presentation.