Thursday, February 27, 2014

MARCH Into the Library

Technology changes all the time and often makes our lives richer.  Want to make your life a little easier?  Why not consider signing up for e-mail notices from the library?  E-mail notices include notification that an item you requested is available for pick-up, notification three days before an item is due at the library and notification that items you have checked out are overdue.

It’s very easy to get your email address added to the MidYork site for these notices.  Just send an email to: with your name and library card number.  Then, watch for MidYork’s reply to your email within five business days and you are set to begin receiving email notices from the library. 

Users who decide to receive notices via email should alter span or junk mail filter settings to allow mail from  To get current information on things you have requested, you can check your account by signing into the e-library catalog at or follow the link from  Please be assured that the library will never use your email address to send you other information without your specific permission.

The library offers books, periodicals, DVDs and so much more to the community.  When was the last time you stopped into the Canastota Public Library?  Perhaps one of these upcoming programs will have you marching into the library in March!

Therese Gena is the artist for the month of March. Her display is titled, “Art without Rules.” Therese works with a variety of mediums and styles from realism to abstract and continually explores new techniques, styles, and methods. “When it comes to creating, re-making, discovering, or learning a new technique, I am pro-active.  I think of myself, both as the learner and the teacher.” This experimentation, trial and error, and a “never afraid to fail attitude” provides valuable lessons which Therese readily teaches to her students or shares with other artists.   An Artist’s Reception will be held on Tuesday, February 4 at 7pm.  At the reception, Therese will provide an art demonstration.  The reception and show will be held in the Lawson Community Room.  The art will be on display there all month long.

On Monday, March 10, at 7 pm, the Canastota Canal Town Museum and the Canastota Public Library will host an enjoyable and meaningful Canalside Talk by Madison County Historian, Matthew Urtz entitled “The Contribution of Madison County Women to History” at the Canastota Public LibraryIn honor of women’s history month, Urtz will showcase Madison County’s history of progressive women who worked to better the world they lived in.  Hannah Palmer, a distinguished Civil War nurse, is just one of many women highlighted.  The talk is free and open to the public. 

On Tuesday, March 11 at 7 pm, Susan Goodier will visit the library to discuss her book, “No Votes for Women:  The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement.”  “No Votes for Women” explores the complicated history of the suffrage movement in New York State by delving into the stories of women who opposed the expansion of voting rights to women.  Goodier is a Scholar-In-Residence at Hamilton College and also is also a museum consultant at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, NY.  Books will be available for purchase at this event.

If you love writing short stories, songs and poetry, why not attend our Open Mic Night on Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm.  An open microphone format will allow anyone who writes to join in by reading or performing their poetry, songs and short stories.  Master of Ceremonies Glenn Miley will begin the festivities with a performance of some of his writing.  This is the second year that the Evening Writer’s Group has hosted an event such as this.  If you plan to participate, please contact the library so we can add your name to our roster of speakers.

The Canastota Central Schools is hosting their annual Heath and Wellness Fair on Thursday, March 20th from 6 – 8pm.  Stop by and visit us at our booth.  We’ll be giving some items away and want to talk to you about the library!  And, you will want to check out all the other businesses and programs that will be attending.  There will also be student displays and presentations that night.  Hope to see you there.

On Tuesday, March 25 at 1pm, our Book Chat will talk about the book, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker,” by Jennifer Chiaverini. The novel explores how the former slave, Elizabeth Keckley bought her freedom and came to Washington and became a famous dressmaker to the important women in the city.  The novel also probes her relationship with both President and Mrs. Lincoln.  We hope you will stop in and join the Book Chat discussion.  The group meets in the Carnegie Room on the library’s second floor.  It is accessible by the elevator.

“CNY Reads One Book Initiative” is reading the book, “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri.  Anyone participating is asked to read the book between January and March 2014.  The book, named a “Best Book of 2003” by The New York Times, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly includes themes of the immigrant experience, culture clashes and difficulties between generations.  The Canastota Public Library will show the movie, “The Namesake” on Monday, March 31 beginning at 6pm in the Lawson Community Room.  If you’ve read the book, you might want to stop in and watch the movie!

If you are interested in learning about other programs at the library, please refer to our website at or call us at 697-7030.  Our website features our weekly programming as well as special monthly programs.

The library is located at 102 W. Center Street in Canastota and is a place of community pride and service.  It is a living treasure and has been providing services to the community since 1986. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Be A Friend

           The Canastota Public Library is is still working on it's ongoing “Friends of the Library” 2014 Membership Drive.  This annual “Friends Membership Drive” helps to support our library both financially and through the talent and work of the Friends!  By joining the Friends you indicate your support for the Library as a community resource available to everyone.  While the library does receive funds from government entities, not all of the library’s financial needs are met.  Membership dues from the Friends of the Library help the library to purchase additional resources and to provide programming for the entire community. 

          For more than thirty years, the Canastota Public Library has had tremendous support from it’s’ “Friends of the Library” group.  The Friends help the Library in a variety of ways.  They conduct the “on-going” book sale in the Public Access Computer Room, keeping the bookshelves stocked and attractive.  In the spring and summer months, the Friends group helps with the garden by planting new flowers, as well as weeding and mulching in the garden.  Friends’ members assist the Library staff with public programs when needed and hold a large annual book sale in the fall.  During 2013, the Friends continued to support the “Library Knitters” who meet Friday mornings in the Lawson Room and the Thursday Evening Knitters.  Both these groups continue to attract new members.   Due to their success with this year’s Annual Fall Book Sales, the Friends contributed money to the Library’s Endowment Fund, purchased new computers for the Public Access Computer Room, donated additional money to support the local efforts of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and sent money to the Mid-York Library System for the purchase of eBooks.  The eBooks would be available for borrowing to any patrons through the Mid-York System. 
            Yearly membership dues for the Canastota Public Library Friends Group are $3.00 for an individual or $10 per family – of course, additional gifts are always welcome.  The Friends of the Canastota Public Library welcome program suggestions and volunteers.  The Library needs a strong group of Friends!


 The Canastota Public Library is located at 102 W. Center Street in Canastota.  To join the Friends of the Library, stop into the library and fill out one of our “Friends” forms.  Or, call the library at (315) 697-7030.