Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reminiscing at the Library

The Farmerettes, the opera house, Saturday night concerts - all these and more were remembered when this lively group came together at the Library. Town Historian Sandy Hopkins and Library volunteer Shirley Patchett arranged the gathering in the hopes that we can preserve these memories for future generations. (Shirley even baked an apple pie and some of her delicious cookies!) Watch this blog and Shirley's "Shhh" column for an announcement of the next time this group will meet.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Please Share With Us

Our Library is conducting a community survey. I hope you'll take time to share your opinions with us, either by filling out the orange survey in today's issue of the Sodus-Williamson Pennysaver, or by clicking on the survey link in this blog's right column.

There are only 7 questions to answer, so we're asking for just a minute or two of your time. Additional comments are also welcome, and boxes are provided for those. Thanks for your help as we plan our future services; your feedback is valuable to us.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween Story Hour

Preschoolers and their parents are invited to a Halloween Story Hour at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, October 27th. Costumes are optional, but fun is guaranteed!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Book Club Meeting

The Friends of the Sodus Free Library are ready to start a new book club session. Come to the Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 23rd, to help plan for some great Fall reading. The first title will be The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick, this year's Writers & Books "Big Read" choice; book discussion on Ozick's book is scheduled for 7 p.m. on November 20th. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

2008 Pioneer Award

Each October, people from throughout our Pioneer Library System gather for an annual meeting and banquet, an inspiring program, and the presentation of County awards and a Pioneer Award. This year, I was extremely honored to receive the latter, which is an award for library advocacy and support. Joined last Wednesday evening by my family, staff, and Trustees, I was (and still am!) totally overwhelmed by this recognition.

Thank you to those who nominated me, those who made the award decision, and those who have been so generous with their congratulations, including the Williamson Public Library's Board, Director, and staff for this beautiful white and green floral and gourd arrangement, and the trio of gentlemen who sent me Candy Kitchen chocolates. The biggest "Thank You!" goes to my staff and Trustees for their day-to-day support as we work together to continually improve our Library in its mission to meet the needs of our community.

And now, Mom, Jeff, Carol, Pauline, and Christina, I have blogged about the award!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Are You Overdue?

The Friends of the Sodus Free Library will be meeting at 1:30 this Tuesday, October 21st, following the Books-Sandwiched-In luncheon. Come join us - it's National Friends of Libraries Week!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Have you signed up for next week's Books-Sandwiched-In? Everyone's favorite book reviewer, Jean Seymour, will be reviewing Patriot Hearts: A Novel of the Founding Mothers by Barbara Hambly. The luncheon, sponsored by the Friends of the Sodus Free Library, will start at noon on Tuesday, October 21st. A great time, the book review, plus a sandwich, beverage, and dessert are all covered by your $3 donation. I hope to see you there!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, Paddington Bear!

Time to have a marmalade sandwich and a hot cocoa in honor of Paddington Bear's 50th birthday. This bronze statue is found at Paddington Station in London.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Holiday Closing

The Library will be closed Monday, October 13th, for Columbus Day, and will reopen at noon on Tuesday, October 14th.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Voter Registration

The deadline for voter registration is tomorrow, Saturday, October 11th. Kass Vande, the president of our Friends group, is helping people fill out their forms today at the Library. If you haven't yet registered, stop in before 5 p.m. to make sure you're eligible to exercise your right to vote in this year's election.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

HAPLR Ratings Announced

HAPLR 8, the 2008 Hennen's American Public Library Ratings, has been published, and your community library has once again placed #1 among U. S. libraries chartered to serve a population between 1,000 and 2,499! Hennen's study compared 15 input and output measures, using the 2005 Federal data submitted to their states by all American libraries. For a copy of the final report, which will be published in the November edition of American Libraries, click here or stop by the Library.

Thanks to our staff, Board, and patrons for making this recognition possible!


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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Library Board Meeting

The October meeting of the Library's Board of Trustees will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 9th, in our meeting room. All Board meetings are open to the public.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

It's Time for the SAT

Get your pencils sharpened - this Saturday is SAT day.

Don't panic - be prepared! Take a free full-length practice test by clicking on the Learning Express link in the right-hand "Links" column. Through this site, generously funded by our Central Library in Geneva, you can also practice writing those essays.

Good luck!