Monday, December 28, 2009

School's Out Movie Day

Looking for something to do with the kids this week? Bring them to the Library to see the latest Disney DVD on our big screen. It looks like lots of furry fun, so I hope you can join us at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30th. (And because it's in our meeting room, snacks are allowed.)

Note: This movie is rated PG - the DVD case says the rating is "for some mild action and rude humor."

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Library Hours This Week

Time to stock up on books and movies for another holiday weekend, because whether you say 20 ten or 2 thousand 10, it's almost here. The Library will be closed Thursday, December 31st, and Friday, January 1st, in celebration of the New Year. We'll reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 2nd. Remember, our catalog and OWWL2go downloadable audiobooks are accessible 24/7.

I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Week Hours

During this holiday week, we'll be open

Monday, December 21st, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 22nd, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 23rd, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

We'll be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and will reopen Sunday, December 27th, at 2 p.m.

Our OWWL catalog and OWWL2go downloadable audiobook service are, as always, available 24/7.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Be Prepared

Want tips on how to be ready for a power outage or just need information on winter safety? We have a representative from the Red Cross here today. Stop by her table and pick up brochures and posters relating to these topics and others to help get you through the Winter.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bake Sale Results

Our Friends are like the battery-operated bunny you see on TV - they just keep going and going and going. The final total they brought in from all those yummy cakes, breads, cookies, rolls, etc. was $513.50! Thanks to all who baked, wrapped, sold, and purchased (and to Shirley P. for coordinating everything). You all helped to make this a record-breaking sale.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Friends Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Friends of the Sodus Community Library will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15th, in the Library's meeting room. New members are always welcome.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Let Us Help

There are so many things to do before the holidays - planning, cleaning, decorating, crafting, shopping, wrapping, baking. It's easy to get overwhelmed and too busy to enjoy the season. Let us help!

Our Friends are busy getting ready for their annual bake sale. Starting at noon on Thursday, December 10th, the meeting room will be filled with beautiful baked goods of all sorts, wrapped and ready to give as gifts, or as a treat for your family. The sale will continue on Friday until everything is sold.

(And if you have your holiday projects under control, donations of homemade cookies, candy, breads, etc. will be gratefully accepted starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday.)

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Library Board Meets Thursday

The December meeting of the Library's Board of Trustees will be held this Thursday, December 10th, at 4:15 p.m. Board meetings are open to the public.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Well, no, it's not quite that cold yet - but there was snow on the ground when I woke up yesterday! I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone that when the Sodus Central schools are closed because of inclement weather or impassable roads, the Library is also closed. The only exception to the rule is when the District closes because of extreme temperatures; in that case, we'll be open and offer a warm place for you to hibernate. Personally, I'm hoping for a beautiful white Christmas, and a nice mild winter starting December 26th!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holiday Week Hours

Library hours this holiday week will be:

Sunday, 2-5 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday & Friday, closed for Thanksgiving
Reopening Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Book Club Meets Tomorrow

Join us at noon tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th, for a discussion of Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain. Feel free to bring your lunch - also bring along suggestions for our next selection. We will be skipping December because of everyone's busy holiday schedules, and will plan to meet again in January.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friends Meeting

The monthly meeting of our Friends group will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, November 17th) at 1:30 p.m. in the library's meeting room. Come join us as we plan ahead for the Holiday Bake Sale.

Friday, November 13, 2009

We're Celebrating!

What an amazing sale our Friends group had - they brought in $1,959.50 at last week's used book sale! While there are still a couple of bills that need to be paid, for advertising, etc., this totally smashed all previous records. Thanks to Book Sale Chairman Shirley Patchett, Friends President Lynn Griffith, and all those who worked so hard. Thanks, also, to all of you who came in and shopped. As I always say, we *love* our Friends!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

For information on the history of Veterans Day, click here.

Library Board Meets Thursday

The monthly meeting of the Library's Board of Trustees will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 12th. Board meeting are open to the public.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Berlin Wall Anniversary

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Click here for more information, including videos from November 9, 1989, interactive maps of both East and West Berlin, and a slide show of the celebrations that took place today.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Holiday Closing

The Library will be closed this Wednesday, November 11th, in honor of Veterans Day. We will reopen at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Bag Sale Saturday & Sunday

There are still hundreds of great books left at our sale - stop by Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and pack a grocery bag full for just $2.

Lots of Happy Shoppers Today

What a great start to our book sale - people were lined up into the parking lot when I arrived at work this morning. Everything in the main room will be reduced by 50% tomorrow (Friday, November 6th); many of the specially priced books, plus movies and audiobooks, will also be available at reduced prices. We'll be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but come early for the best choices.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Don't Miss This Sale!

Our hard-working Friends have been working for a week setting up, sorting, and pricing thousands of books, videos, audiobooks, music CDs and cassettes, puzzles, etc. This is definitely going to be a sale you don't want to miss. For the best choice, be at the Library when we open at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, November 5th). Prices on this first day of our sale will be:

Adult books, $1
Childrens books, $.50
Music cassettes, $.25
Music CDs, $1
VHS tapes, $1
DVDs, $2
Audiobooks on cassette, $2
Audiobooks on CD, $5

We have a huge variety of titles, and this year are also offering many collectible titles, including two first edition novels by James Fenimore Cooper! Come early to shop for treasures for yourself or for gifts.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Extra Hours

We had an extra hour of sleep last night, and an extra hour of library time this afternoon - what a great weekend! Our new hours went into effect today, so tomorrow (and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) you'll be able to visit us any time between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

You might be wondering about the boxes that seem to be piled everywhere - they're full of great bargains you'll be able to buy at our Friends' Used Book Sale. Selling hours will be:

Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, 2-5 p.m.

Don't miss this sale - the Friends guarantee that it's the best one we've ever had! Thanks to all who have donated so many wonderful books for this event.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Services By Email

Do we have your current email address? We currently offer the following services by email:

  • Notification when your Holds have arrived and are ready for you to pick up
  • Reminder email two days before your items are due, and the opportunity to renew them online if you need to (remember, there are limits on the number of renewals, and those titles with other Holds are not renewable)
  • Most recently, we have added an email notification when your library card is about to expire. You'll have the option to renew your card online, and can even enter in new information if you've changed address, phone number, etc.
Next time you stop by the Library, ask us to check your record for a current email address so that you can take advantage of these services, another benefit of your OWWL library card.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Notice The Difference?

Do you see anything different about our blog today? Up near the top? Our new name!

We have received our new charter from New York State's Department of Library Development, which means that we are now recognized as serving all of the people who live within the boundaries of the Sodus Central School District. To better recognize this expanded service area and honor our commitment to meet community needs, our library will now be known as the Sodus Community Library. And that's not the only change.

Starting November 1st, we'll be adding an additional 14 hours to our weekly schedule. We'll be open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Feedback from our long-range planning sessions and recent survey showed that residents wanted us to be open longer and more convenient hours. We're excited to be able to offer these extra hours, thanks to your support at our June vote.

The staff and I hope that you will stop by the Library soon - we'll continue to provide the same helpful, efficient service as in the past. Some things will not be changing!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Have You Signed Up?

There are a couple of spots left for next Tuesday's Books-Sandwiched-In, which will feature our favorite book reviewer, Jean Seymour, discussing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. There are also openings for Dr. Teon Kowalyk's Thursday presentation on "Breast Cancer Prevention/New Detection Techniques." Call us at 483-9292 for more information and to register.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Holiday Closing

The Library will be closed Monday, October 12th, for Columbus Day. We will reopen at noon on Tuesday, October 13th.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Library Board Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Sodus Free Library Board of Trustees will be held at 4:15 p.m. this Thursday, October 8th, in the Library's meeting room. Board meetings are open to the public.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Celebrate Your Freedom To Read

Starting today, we join libraries all over the country in celebrating our freedom to read and the importance of our First Amendment. Held annually during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual and attempted bannings of books across the United States. Come in and take a look at the books locked up in our display case; they represent just a few of the titles that were challenged in 2007 and 2008.

Chad, Rustle, and Mooch, the Crash Pad puppets, misinterpret the meaning of Banned Books Week, trying to throw some books with objectionable content--including Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Joy of Cooking, and the phone book--out of the library, until Herb points out the error of their ways.

Friday, September 25, 2009

What's Next For Book Club?

We're all enjoying the great discussions at our book club! The next time we meet, we'll be discussing Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. This title has also been chosen as the 2010 Writers & Books "If All of Rochester Read the Same Book" selection. Join the fun - plan on joining us at noon on Thursday, October 29th.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Book Club Meets Tomorrow

Reminder: Our book club meets tomorrow (Thursday) at noon to discuss Water for Elephants. Feel free to bring your lunch along. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Big Switch

Be ready for The Big Switch! We're reversing the directions of our driveway starting Monday, September 21st. Our current exit will be our entrance; the current entrance will be your way out. The switch will offer
  • Better traffic flow
  • Easier access to our book drop
  • More efficient use of our parking lot
  • Parallel parking along the exit lane
In addition, drivers parallel parking along the exit lane will no longer have to step into snowbanks or bushes when getting out of their cars! And no more frustrating drive around the building because there are no parking spots in the back - or parking on the street when spots are available!

We hope that this new traffic pattern will make your visit to our Library more convenient. As always, we encourage you to drive slowly and carefully around the building.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


There are still a few spaces left for Tuesday's Books-Sandwiched-In. A delicious luncheon ($3 covers everything!) will be followed by John Cook speaking on "Local Government ... Or Not?" Reservations are required.

I hope to see you at noon on Tuesday, September 15th. After the luncheon, please join us for the Friends of the Sodus Free Library's monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Library Board Meets Thursday

The monthly meeting of the Sodus Free Library Board of Trustees will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 10th. Board meetings are open to the public.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Holiday Closing

The Sodus Free Library will be closed Saturday, September 5th, Sunday, September 6th, and Monday, September 7th for the Labor Day weekend. We'll reopen at noon on Tuesday, September 8th. See you then!

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Monday, August 31st, is the last day to turn in your completed Bingo sheets and Time Trackers. We'll be drawing for the Family Fun Pack on Wednesday, September 2nd. Good luck!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

400 Years Ago Today

Curious about Google's "l" today? Click here to find out more about what happened 400 years ago today, on August 25th, 1609. If you have time, click here to explore the subject in more depth.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Week 6 Prize Winners

We held our final drawing this morning, and the lucky winners are:

Nolan B., Moriah G., Max L., Shila O., Tessa Q., and Hannah T. Our adult winner was Jovan P.

Congratulations to all of you!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Library Board Meets Friday

There will be a special meeting of the Sodus Free Library Board of Trustees at 5:15 p.m. this Friday, August 28th. This is an additional meeting, and does not replace the regular monthly meeting, which will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 10th. Board meetings are open to the public.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Be Creative @ Your Library Finale

Your whole family is sure to enjoy tomorrow's storytelling performance by Cris Riedel (1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 20th). Everyone is welcome - you do not have to be a participant in our Summer Reading program.

If you have been a part of our Be Creative @ Your Library program during the last six weeks, you will be able to pick up your reading certificates and your camera-framed pictures plus enter one last weekly drawing.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wednesday is Game Day

Join us around the game tables at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19th. We have a bunch of board games ready for all ages, and you're also welcome to bring your favorite one along with you. See you there :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Friends Meeting

The Friends of the Sodus Free Library will meet Tuesday, August 18th, at 1:30 p.m. in the Library's meeting room. We'd love to have some new friends join us.

Week 5 Prize Winners

Congratulations to Jenna A., Heather B., Henry E., Elaine F., Triton O., Christopher W., and our adult winner, Gina M.

Keep filling out those tickets this week - we have one more weekly drawing to go. Good Luck!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Be Creative @ Your Library - Week 6

How did it get to be Week 6 already? Time really does fly when you're having fun (I hope you've all been having as much fun as we have!). Our finale week follows:

Monday, August 17 - Preschool Story Hour, 10:45-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 18 - Share-A-Book Reading Club, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 19 - Game Day, 1:30-3 p.m.
Thursday, August 20 - Grand Finale: Storytelling Performance by Cris Riedel, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

You don't want to miss this week's excitement!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Better Stay Up Late Tonight!

Tonight is our last best chance to view the Perseid meteor shower this year. If you've never seen this spectacular show, you have to stay up to watch the northeastern sky; if you have seen it in past years, you already know it's a don't-miss event. Click here for more information about the Perseids from National Geographic (this picture is from their website).


Check out the comment on the Week 5 activities posting :)

Library Board Meeting

The August meeting of the Sodus Free Library Board of Trustees will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, August 13th, in our meeting room. Board meetings are open to the public.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Be Creative @ Your Library - Week 5

Join us this week!

August 10
- Preschool Story Hour, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
August 11 - Share-a-Book Reading Club, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
August 12 - PJ Storytime, milk & cookies, 7-8 p.m.
August 13 - Fun Club, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
August 14 - Music Friday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
August 15 - Saturday Story Hour, 10:45-11:30 a.m.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Week 4 Prize Winners

Congratulations to this week's winners:

Preschool-9th Grade: Rose H., Camden M., Anna Rose M., Eva P., Matthew P., and Ryan W.
10th Grade-Adult: SallyAnn D.
There are two more drawings to come, plus the Time Tracker drawing for the Family Fun Pack.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Summer of Savings

Channel 8's Summer of Savings feature visited the Victor Free Library, highlighting OWWL2Go, our downloadable audiobook service. If you have an OWWL card, this service is totally free to you. Browse through the available titles here.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

This Week's Movie Is ...

Coraline, based on the award-winning book by Neil Gaiman. Show time is 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5th.

Please note: This movie is rated PG, and may not be appropriate for younger children.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Be Creative @ Your Library - Week 4

Monday, August 3 - Rock Painting, 10 a.m.-noon, 10th grade & up
Monday, August 3 - Preschool Story Hour, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 4 - Share-a-Book Reading Club, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 4th grade & up
Wednesday, August 5 - Movie Time, 1:30-3:30, all
Thursday, August 6 - Fun Day, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 1st-3rd grades
Friday, August 7 - Animal Draw, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 5 years old & up
Saturday, August 8 - Saturday Story Hour, 10:45-11:30 a.m.

Week 3 Prize Winners

Congratulations to Isabelle F., Nate L., Brittany R., Christopher R., Jair V., and Ashley W., our weekly prize winners, and also to our 10th grade-adult winner, Dezzeray S. The next time you come in, choose your prizes from the prize window, and be sure to continue having fun reading!

Also, make sure you continue to fill out your Time Trackers, as those are what we will use to draw the winner of our Family Fun Pack; that drawing will be held August 31st.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Scrap Art Day

We chose carefully.

We had help when we needed it.

And we were all very creative!