In 2017, New Zealand officials added new words to the Maori language for mental health and disabilities. The word for Autism is “‘takiwatanga,” meaning “his or her own time and space.”
Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that commonly appears in children before the age of three. It is a disorder that impacts typical brain development in the areas of social interaction, communication, and cognitive function. As a spectrum disorder, autistic behaviors and traits are unique to each individual. That is why awareness, acceptance, and understanding are critical to helping people on the spectrum and their families.
This April, the Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY celebrates Autism Acceptance Month. We encourage our community to think about how we can make small changes to support and include people on the spectrum.
Skywoman, Iotsitsisen (Mature Flower), from the Haudenosaunee Story of Creation, by John Fadden, colorized by David Fadden.
The Tsi ietsenhtha Plattsburgh Art Project and CEFLS libraries are presenting a series of events this fall to help build a bridge between the more than 4,000 Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people who live in Northeastern New York, and those who may be unfamiliar with their rich culture. The events, to be hosted by various local libraries, include storytelling, film, crafts and singing, are designed to foster communication and understanding of diverse cultures.
Thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan and in partnership with the Northern New York Library Network, the libraries of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System are excited to bring Senior Planet programming to the region. Librarians and library staff from 5 libraries have been trained in providing Senior Planet’s tried-and-true technology classes to their communities. Senior Planet’s curriculum has been specifically designed to aid seniors in 5 key areas: Financial Security Civic Engagement and Advocacy Social Engagement Health and Wellness …[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Have some fun “Making Music with RiverJack Z” this summer! Sixteen area libraries will be hosting this free songwriting workshop for children and families. RiverJack Z (a.k.a. Jack Zucchini, the guitar-playing singer/songwriter from The Zucchini Brothers) will guide participants through the craft of songwriting by composing and recording a song that is uniquely their own. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in this event that is fun for the whole family.
Each library will receive a high-quality audio file with the song to share. Participants will also be provided with an art activity that will be created at the event or sent home as a make-and-take project. The workshops will be held in outdoor spaces as an added precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We invite residents in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties to participate in our “Gnoming Around” event for a chance to win a prize bag. Our bookish gnome will travel to 20 member libraries starting May 5th. He will visit each location for about a week, so watch for his appearance outside of your local library. To be entered for a chance to win a prize bag, just snap a picture with him and post it on one of our social media pages (facebook.com/cefls or @cef_librarysystem) or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do it for you. One winner will be selected from each location.
The prize consists of a drawstring bag containing a variety of goodies including a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut for ages 12 and under, a single scoop of ice cream from Stewart’s, a decorative mini clipboard, and more! We would like to express our appreciation to Pizza Hut and Stewart’s Shops for their generous donations.
The gnome’s itinerary will be: Dannemora Free Library, Wead Library in Malone, Lake Placid Public Library, Keeseville Free Library, Paine Memorial Free Library in Willsboro, Belden Noble Memorial Library in Essex, Keene Public Library, Wilmington E.M. Cooper Memorial Library, Au Sable Forks Free Library, Peru Free Library, Rouses Point Dodge Memorial Library, Mooers Free Library, Akwesasne Library and Cultural Center, Plattsburgh Public Library, Saranac Lake Free Library, Wadhams Free Library, Hammond Library in Crown Point, Black Watch Memorial Library in Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake Public Library, Keene Valley Library Association, and Chazy Public Library.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System! Please join us in celebrating by attending one of the free events taking place across our service area. Fun activities will take place from 2:00 – 4:00 pm with gifts, cupcakes, and ice cream while supplies last! Tuesday 8/6What: An 18′ inflatable slide will be part of the fun at this event!Where: Schroon Lake Beach Tuesday 8/13What: Face painting/balloon sculptures with Pipsqueak the Clown and karaoke will be featured!Where: …[CLICK TO READ MORE]
The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will be visiting twelve member libraries in August to present “My Mother the Astronaut: To the moon and beyond!” which ties in with our summer reading theme, A Universe of Stories. In this show, Aquarius’ mom is an astronaut and today is “Take your child to work day”. Aquarius can’t wait to go to NASA and find out what it’s like to be in space! They visit Mission Control where she meets scientists and engineers …[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Libraries across the 3 counties are preparing for a Summer Reading Program of astronomical proportions this year! “A Universe of Stories” is this year’s theme, meaning that libraries will be setting up events and activities revolving around science, technology, and imagining about what lies in the final frontier. Keep your eyes on the events calendar to see what libraries have in store and check our Summer Reading page for more information about the program overall and how you can encourage …[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Nearly 80% of females reported experiencing at least one incident of physical or sexual aggression by the age of 22. Get involved and change the stats! Attend free events for teens featuring nail art, temporary tattoos, snacks provided by Stewart’s Shops, and a movie. These events are brought to you by CEFLS and STOP Domestic Violence. They were made possible through generous funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 …[CLICK TO READ MORE]
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