Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fundamentals to Football, Sports and Life

          My Dad is an exceptional guy!  He has worked hard throughout his life to support his wife and four kids.  Many times, he worked two jobs!  But, he always had time for his favorite activities--sports.  And, he took the time to be sure that his family enjoyed those pastimes as well.
          Dad was a little league coach, a Pop Warner coach and didn't miss a junior high or high school event that my brothers played throughout their academic times.  As well as being a coach, Dad was able to share life lessons with his family and his players.  He taught us responsibility, caring and how to support each other both on and off the field.
          This year, the Canastota Public Library is offering a program that my Dad would recommend to every young man or woman that he knows!  We are hoping that you and your teen athlete will join us for "Fundamentals to Football, Sports and Life."  Scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 2 at 6:30pm, this program is designed to help student athletes (in grades 7 - 10) achieve their best on the playing field and in life.  A parent is encouraged to attend along with their student.  Space is limited so please contact the library at 697-7030 to reserve your spot!  This program is free and refreshments will be served.

Monday, September 17, 2012

For Women Only! A Financial Presentation!

A newly released 2012 study by Prudential reveals that women are more in control of their finances than ever, but are facing challenges with financial decision making. The study finds that both younger and baby boomer women identify themselves as financial beginners, though they feel empowered to call the shots on their own. Additionally, the study noted that only one in ten women breadwinners said they felt knowledgeable about financial products and services.

If you are a woman who is interested in learning more about financial options regarding investments, savings, annuities, retirement accounts or just finances in general, the Canastota Public Library is offering a session entitled, “For Women Only! A Financial Presentation.” On Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm, financial planner, Richard McMahon will talk to women about the importance of financial decisions. McMahon, an attorney and financial planner, is a registered representative of and offers securities through MML Investors Services

Those planning to attend should register by calling the library at 697-7030. The library is asking that when you call to RSVP, you also indicate what specific questions you have so that the session can be tailored to those attending.

Monday, September 10, 2012

NYS Sets Standards for Digital Literacy

           New York State recently set standards for Digital Literacy and has asked libraries to assist in helping people become digitally literate.  Literacy represents a person's ability to read, write and solve problems using both spoken and written language.  Digital literacy is the ability to apply those same skills using technology such as computers, ebook readers and smartphones. 
          Being digitally literate allows people to interact using the tools and technologies that are increasingly being used at home, in school and in businesses.  For example, a digitally literate person can:
  • Communicate with family, friends, coworkers and prospective employers via digital technology
  • Search for information including advice related to health care 
  • Confidently engage in online banking and online shopping
  • Use technology to complete job applications and other online forms
  • Understand how information is accessed and transferred using various digital devices
          The Canastota Public Library can help you learn the technological skills to perform all of these activities.  With qualified staff and volunteers available, we hold regular classes or can tailor a specific training to meet your individual needs.  Please stop by and talk to one of our staffmembers or call us today! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Our New Dog Needs A Name

          Jessica Carrigan, is pictured with Canastota Public Library Director, Liz Metzger and the giant stuffed dog she donated to the children’s room. Jessica is a Chittenango graduate who currently works at Fayetteville Manilius Schools but will soon be relocating to another state. She won the dog at the NY State Fair at the Wacky Wizard Game and decided it was time to find him a new home. Jessica is a wizard at the game and has won a number of giant animals, all of which she is donating to local charities or organizations. The library is a grateful recipient of this nice gift that will be a fun addition to our Baby Lapsit and Pre-school Storytime programs.
          Our new Dog needs a name!  Please help us by either emailing us your ideas or stopping by our Circulation Desk and telling us what name you think fits our newest addition.  Dog joins our moose, Chocolate Mousse!