Thursday, July 28, 2011

Angela Rigler Wins Award

Angela Rigler, a Library Clerk with the Canastota Public Library has been awarded a Public Transcript of the Quarter Award from the Western New York Library Resources Council, for her work through the program, “Ask Us 24/7”.

Rigler’s award was for the April/May/June 2011 quarter. She was presented the award at the library this month. As a member of the Ask Us 24/7 library community, Rigler won the award for outstanding work in assisting library patrons through virtual reference.

Rigler has been employed at the Canastota Public Library for nearly 12 years. She began her career at the library as a Library Page. Currently, Rigler purchases materials for the children’s area of the library. She also coordinates the weekly program, “Baby & Me Lap Sit with Miss Angela” for babies and their caregivers. On Wednesdays, Rigler assists patrons who are interested in learning new computer skills during the Canastota Library’s Wired Wednesday program. Rigler began working with Ask Us 24/7 in May of 2010.

Ask Us 24/7 is a virtual chat service that connects people with reference librarians. Ask Us 24/7 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The reference librarian may be from anywhere throughout the state. The librarian helps patrons with questions about their library and will help find answers to other questions by using a range of Internet sources and specialized databases. Ask Us 24/7 is a joint service of the following New York 3Rs Councils: Capital District Library Council ; Central New York Library Resources Council; Northern New York Library Network; South Central Regional Library Council and Western New York Library Resources Council.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

About Our Artist

Canastota artist, Erica Dale Strzepek is the featured artist at the Canastota Public Library during the months of July and August.  Her summer exhibit in the Lawson Community Room on the lower level of the library features original works in watercolor and ink.

Erica's subjects capture emotion and memories such as a cold winter walk, simple collected treasures from the beach, or the reach of a rose hip cluster.  She finds interest in the forgotten allure of a former treasure or the simple beauty of nature.

To learn more about Erica's work, you can connect with Erica through her art blog at

The Canastota Public Library is raffling an origianl 5X7 watercolor by Erica Dale Strzepek, "Blooms with Patience".  Tickets can be purchased at the circulation desk at the library.  All proceeds from this raffle will benefit the library.

In addition, for a limited time, patrons can save 30% on Erica's art prints, canvas prints and cards from her online store:  You will need to list Discount Code:  HPLZCF.  This offer ends on August 31, 2011.