Monday, July 31, 2006

This Week's Prize Winners

Our third week's Books: A Treasure! prize winners are: Preschool-9th Grade -- Larissa G., Nate L., Triton O., Leena S., Jacob T., Gracie Y.; 10th Grade-Adult -- Shirley P.

Congratulations to all of you, and we look forward to seeing you when you come in to choose your prizes.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Booker Can't March Tonight

Between the heat and weight of the costume and the heat of the day, we're cancelling Booker B. OWWL's appearance in tonight's Kiddie Parade. We really appreciate our local ambulance squad, but don't know if they've had training to handle an owl with heat exhaustion! We're sorry for any inconvenience this might cause any of you, and promise to try again on a cooler day. Stop by the Library today if you'd like to see the costume, and to pick up a candy and a bookmark.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

July 27th Tales on the Porch

Join us on the porch at 7 p.m. this Thursday evening for Antje Dirksen-Post's reading of Soup with Dumplings. Antje's published short story is a reminiscence of her childhood in post-World War II Germany, and will be enjoyed by the entire family. Don't miss this opportunity to gather together for a treasure of a story.

Come March With Booker B. OWWL

Booker B. OWWL, the official mascot of the Pioneer Library System, will be marching in the Sodus Kiddie Parade tomorrow night. Children of all ages are invited to join us in passing out bookmarks and candy. Call the Library for more information, or meet us at the Methodist Church at the corner of Belden Avenue and Ridge Road at 6:45 p.m. Small children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Books: A Treasure! Prize Winners

This week's Summer Reading prize winners are:

Preschool to 9th Grade -- Kilah A., Jade P., Dezzeray S., Megan T., Jair V., Ashley W.

10th Grade to Adult -- Janet A.

Congratulations to our second week prize winners!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Rained Out at the Olde Tyme Country Faire

We tried. We set up the tent, unloaded the van, unpacked the books, put up our signs, and patiently (?) waited for the rain to stop. After 3 1/2 hours, the rain was coming down harder, thunder could be heard in the distance, and we had taken in a grand total of $5.25, plus a $4 donation. A quick vote resulted in taking down the signs, repacking the books, reloading the van, and leaving the Faire before the Oscar Fuerst Field became flooded. What a disappointment!

We are hoping that the Sodus Chamber will try this again next year, and that we'll be able to participate in a great Faire on a beautiful, sunny day!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Olde Tyme Country Faire This Weekend

Come down to Sodus Point's Oscar Fuerst Field this Saturday and visit our Friends' booth. We'll have a good assortment of paperbacks and children's books, all selling for 25 cents each. All of the money raised this year will be put toward new desks for the library's public computers. Local meteorologists are predicting a beautiful day, so head down to the Point to scoop up some great bargains for a great cause!

July 20th Tales on the Porch

Are you working on Family Bingo and don't have a clue what a 3 Apples book is or why you need to read one? Come "set a spell" with us Thursday night and find out. The program will start at 7 p.m. on the Library's front porch. We hope to see you there!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Congratulations To This Week's Prize Winners

We held our first Books: A Treasure! prize drawing this morning, and the winners are: Preschool-9th Grade -- Marissa B., Anna L., Matthew M., Christina M., Hope V., and Sierra W.; 10th Grade-Adult -- Jennifer B.

Congratulations, and remember to Keep READING!

Summer Reading Update

Our first week of Books: A Treasure! was a huge success, with 183 people attending our first five programs - definitely a record-breaker! Our Readers' Wall of Fame is growing daily. As people register, their picture is placed on a treasure chest, to which a sticker is added each time they visit the Library. It's not too late to join in the fun - stop by to sign up anytime this week.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Magic at the Library

With a little help from burnt cork, rouge, eyeliner, tooth black, and a lot of imagination, Moreland the Magician turned into Moreland the Pirate.

Here are a few of the 83 enthusiastic people attending today's program.

Chester the Rabbit presents Moreland with the magic he discovered during his visit: an OWWL library card!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Summer Reading Prizes

Our Books: A Treasure! prize window is filled and waiting for our first weekly drawing on Monday, July 17th. We will draw two winners from each team, and the winners may pick any prize from the bottom three shelves. We will also be drawing one winner from our 4Rs group; this winner will pick from the top shelf. To be eligible to win a prize, you need to be registered for Summer Reading, so visit the Library ASAP! Once registered, you will be able to enter the drawing with one ticket for each library visit, one additional for attending any of our programs, and two for turning in a Time Tracker. To be fair to others, once you have won a prize, we ask that you not enter for subsequent drawings. Of course, you would still be eligible to earn a prize by completing one of our Bingo cards. It's definitely time to choose a book and get reading!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Perennial Planter Update III

In the month since our last update, the perennials have grown so well that the pot is no longer visible! The sedum is asserting itself, and we're looking forward to seeing it bloom next.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Johnny Who? We have our own pirate!

While the national news is focusing quite a bit of attention on that other pirate this week, at our Library we're busy preparing for a visit from our very own pirate, Moreland the Magician. At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11th, David Moreland will present his "Books: A Treasure!" magic program, followed, after a short break, by a 20-minute magic workshop. We'll all be able to learn a bit of pirate magic!

Moreland has worked as a professional actor and magician for almost twenty years. Before moving to Ithaca in 2002, he lived in Los Angeles for six years. "I worked as a children's magician on the weekends, doing three or four private birthday parties, and pursued film and television acting work during the week," he says. In all, Moreland has appeared in over forty films and television series, including Legally Blonde, Seinfeld, Friends, Will & Grace, The X Files, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Practice, and Donnie Darko. For three seasons, he played Ted Danson's obnoxious next-door neighbor Mr. Grenquist on Becker.

Scheduled to perform his show at over 40 libraries in New York State this summer, Moreland says he finds special satisfaction in promoting summer reading. "I spent many summer days as a child at the Elma Public Library. I would walk a mile there from home and read about magic and theatre for hours at a time. It's a great pleasure to share my love of reading with children."

It is our pleasure to be able to offer this program to Sodus families. While Moreland's program is geared to children ages 4 - 10, all ages are welcome (I thoroughly enjoyed the small - and hysterical! - sampling of the program which we librarians were treated to at a March workshop.) Registration is not required for any of the programs during our six-week Books: A Treasure!, and they are all offered free of charge. Registration is required to participate in our reading clubs, weekly prize drawings, and Bingo games. Come on down to the Library and join in on the fun!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Summer Reading Registration Began Today

Registration for our six-week Summer Reading Program, Books: A Treasure!, started today. Stop by any day this week to join a reading team, have your treasure chest added to the Readers' Wall of Fame, and to be included in all the fun we have planned. Teams are divided into age groups: The Ruby Team is for children from preschool through Kindergarten, the Diamond Team is 1st grade - 3rd grade, the Emerald Team is 4th grade - 6th grade, and the Sapphire Team is 7th grade - 9th grade. Programs are scheduled for each age group, sometimes in combination, for a six-week period starting Sunday, July 9th, the day when we all officially start reading. Team members will enter weekly prize drawings by filling out prize tickets: one for each library visit, one for each program attended, and two for turning in a Time Tracker (tracking minutes read each week). There are also Reading, Family, and Vacation Bingo games to play, making prizes available both by winning a drawing or by earning one "the old-fashioned way." Don't feel left out if you're beyond 9th grade; 10th graders up through any age adult are invited to join our 4R's program - Read a book, fill out a Reader's Recommendation form, and fill out a Raffle ticket for your own weekly prize drawing. Make sure to stop by the Library soon - you don't want to miss the Treasure!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."
~ Erma Bombeck

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Register For Summer Reading

This is the week! Come in to the Library starting at noon on Wednesday, July 5th, and register for six weeks of fun, books, and prizes. We've planned activities for every age group, and are looking forward to seeing more people participate than we've ever had. When you come in to register, you'll receive all of the information you'll need to participate, but if you'd like a sneak preview of what's coming, click on our Calendar of Events.