The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. The Library Bill of Rights affirms that libraries should provide books and other resources to meet the needs of all people of the communities that they serve. In addition, they should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. When individuals or groups attempt to remove or restrict materials, it is called a challenge. A banning refers to the removal of those materials.[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Get in Your Element this September—sign up for a library card! From borrowing books, ebooks, and museum passes to getting homework help, learning new skills, or attending story time, a library card helps you do more of what you enjoy. Get a library card and dive into a new hobby. Use your library card to tinker in a makerspace and spark your creativity. A library card is your most important school supply—it’s elemental, really—and everyone should have one!
Celebrate and spread the word
Visit your library to see what’s new and take part in the celebration. Libraries across the country are participating. Do you have friends who don’t have a library card? Invite them to sign up during September.
How do you library? Enter for a chance to win![CLICK TO READ MORE]
Made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County
Create your own batik painting
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Belden Noble Memorial Library
2759 Essex Road
Essex, New York 12936
Upper Jay, NY
Create your own watercolor painting
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Wells Memorial Library
12230 Route 9N
Upper Jay, New York 12987
Create your own acrylic painting
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Westport Library Association
6 Harris Lane
Westport, New York 12993
Please call 518-962-8219 to register
Create your own batik painting
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Wilmington E.M. Cooper Memorial Public Library
5751 Route 86
Wilmington, New York 12997
Create your own watercolor painting
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Keeseville Free Library
1721 Front Street
Keeseville, New York 12944
Rhonda is a descendant of Johnny Appleseed, and everyone calls her Ronnie. When she learns about her great great uncle’s story, she grows fascinated and then proud. Ronnie decides that she wants to follow in his footsteps. She decides she will protect nature and all the creatures on our planet from climate change. But how? She takes a journey to visit one of the beautiful, kind, wise old apple trees that Johnny planted so long ago to ask how she can help. The tree teaches her that her voice is needed to bring people together to do the right thing.
Support for this work is from Generous Acts at Adirondack Foundation – a force for good that pools gifts from generous donors who love the Adirondack region and care about our communities. Adirondack Foundation enhances the lives of the people in the Adirondacks through philanthropy. To learn more, visit adirondackfoundation.org/GenerousActs.
Dannemora Free Library
40 Emmons Street
Dannemora, New York 12929
Peru Free Library
3024 Route 22
Peru, New York 12972
Plattsburgh Public Library
19 Oak Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12921
Chazy Public Library
1329 Fiske Road
Chazy, New York 12921
Summer Reading at New York Libraries is an annual program that brings children and families into public libraries for reading and activities. Throughout Clinton Essex and Franklin counties, a total of 1,041 children registered within our member libraries for Summer Reading 2022. The total number of minutes read by participants was 157,591 and those who recorded by book read a total of 5,396 overall. Libraries offered many grab-and-go craft activities with a total participation of 1,672. The grand total of all programs that included parents and caregivers saw 1,761 participants.
In preparation for this year’s Summer Reading, we hosted two full day workshops with several presentations and hands-on craft activities focusing on the All Together Now reading theme of kindness and community togetherness.
Some of the hands-on activities included making seed bombs with native wildflower seeds, creating heart shaped birdfeeders, and a fine motor pollination transfer activity done by building honeycombs, and demonstrating how bees pollinate with the use of craft pom-poms and homemade tongs.
We also partnered with organizations such as Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, and a master gardener in Clinton County to present on how to “bee” kind to pollinators. Both presentations were engaging, informative, and taught about beekeeping and native bee identification.
Pictured: Master Gardener, Betsy Brooks discussing native bees, Kim Trombly from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County talking about pollinators and beekeeping, and Chelsie Russo and Karlee Martin from Wead Library in Malone presenting on their personal care pantry.
Additionally, we also hired an outside presenter for attendees to learn the benefits of using signs with babies and toddlers, as well as ways to incorporate signs into their program and educate parents. Kathy MacMillan (she/her) from Stories by Hand, is a writer, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and signing storyteller. Kathy has worked in school and public libraries for over 25 years. Since founding Stories by Hand, Kathy has presented American Sign Language programs for thousands of children and parents in public libraries throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
Our member libraries are planning some amazing things this year, and you and your children are invited to join your library’s Summer Reading program and attend the fun events they are planning for children of all ages.
The public libraries care about your children and have planned programs to keep them reading and learning all summer. Whether you keep track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they have read this summer, children who join the Summer Reading program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.
And remember, you are your child’s first teacher. Look at picture books with your younger children and point out people, animals, and objects in the pictures. Read to your children and ask them to read to you. Your librarian will be happy to help you find books that are just right. We hope that you and your family enjoy looking at books and reading. Together, you can discover the treasures of your library.
Summer Reading at New York Libraries – New York’s site that contains a ton of summer reading-related materials including reading lists for various age groups.
During the month of May, our tri-county service area typically sees the final frost of the spring season. Whether you are new to gardening or have years of experience, the libraries throughout our system offer many resources to help nurture your green thumb. If you’re interested in eating fresh food but don’t want to start a garden, we also have information about eating local. Either way, you can enjoy the many benefits of fresh and nutritious food. Check out our guide that highlights books and videos on gardening that you can borrow, local organizations that you can contact, and how to find fresh, locally grown food in our area!
On May 1, 2023, the legacy OverDrive app will be discontinued on both Android and iOS devices. But don’t worry, the newer Libby app – also available for Android and iOS devices – is still accessible with your library card. Libby allows you to borrow ebooks and e-audiobooks to read and listen to on your phone or tablet. You can even send and read your borrowed ebooks to your Kindle! It’s free and easy to get started for new users and for those who have already used the OverDrive app in the past. Want to read on a computer? You can still use the browser version of OverDrive at cefls.overdrive.com!
Want to get to know Libby better? Sign up for a free Getting Started with Libby webinar. This webinar will show you everything you need to know to get started with Libby or to make the switch from the OverDrive app. From downloading the app and signing in, to searching and borrowing titles, placing holds, adjusting your reading settings, and more, Libby experts are here to get you started. The session will even close with a live question and answer portion.
From our friends at the Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY:
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.[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Anyone can advocate for their public library! We need many voices to tell leaders in the Legislature why libraries are essential.
Advocacy helps to inform people about library services and their value to the community. It can influence important decisions about legislative and budget priorities in order to strengthen libraries in New York State and ensure that they have the resources to continue offering these important services.
The New York Library Association suggests various ways to tell your story about why libraries are important:[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Celebrate and learn more about Black History month with all of the great resources available to you for free with a library card. Find books and DVDs you can check out from your local library via our online catalog. Browse all of the ebooks and e-audiobooks available about African American History or check out African American Fiction titles. Visit our own Black History local guide to find out more about organizations and projects like the North Country Underground Historical Association (NCUGRHA), as well as educational resources.