Food for Fines Week Helps the Local Food Pantry

The library will hold its annual Food for Fines event from April 11 through April 18. All fine money collected during that week will be donated to the Deposit Food Pantry. In addition, patrons can choose to pay off their fines by donating non-perishable food items. Guidelines for this donation include the following: Each food item will pay off $5 worth of fines. Items cannot be past their expiration date. Items must be presented to the clerk on duty. They may not be dropped off in the book drop. Food items cannot be used to pay off fines for libraries other than Deposit or for lost or damaged materials. They can be used ONLY to pay off Deposit Free Library fines. Food for Fines Week is an opportunity to locate long-lost library materials, return them with a food donation, and help the community food pantry!

Open House Kicks Off National Library Week

The library will be holding an open house on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several activities are planned to celebrate the beginning of National Library Week. New manager Justin Seitz will be on hand to meet Deposit’s patrons. Library personnel will demonstrate how to use the new microfilm reader/printer. There will be library tours, drawings for free book baskets, and a special story time for kids at 1:00 p.m., followed by a craft activity. The winner of the “Guess the Number of Legos” contest will also be announced at story time. Join us as we break out of our winter hibernation and greet the spring!

Weekly Toddler Times are Back!

Toddler Time is a program planned especially for children aged 18 months to 4 years old and their parents or caregivers. During the winter months we held Toddler Times only once or twice a month because of the inclement weather. Beginning in April we are back to our weekly schedule. Toddler Times are held every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Children listen to stories, sing songs, play with puzzles and Legos, and sometimes create a simple craft. It’s a great way to introduce your little ones to books and the library. Join us for the fun!

LEGO Club

Are your kids crazy about LEGOs? Then this is the place for you! The Library LEGO club meets once a month under the supervision of Donna Armstrong. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 are invited to come and express their creativity. Children will have the option of building whatever they choose or trying to create a structure that meets the challenge of the month. All children will have a chance to share what they built with the group. Builders also have their creations displayed in the library until the next club meeting. Bring your imaginations! Bring your friends! The next club meeting will be Saturday, April 18th at 1:30 p.m.

Toddlers Went Home with Gingerbread!

The homemade smell of gingerbread was wafting through the library as our toddlers repeated, “Run, run as fast as you can…you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread man!” After their story, a delightful gingerbread song, and an interactive reading of another gingerbread story, the toddlers each received their own ball of homemade gingerbread playdoh! They let their creativity run wild – from hearts and flowers to their own gingerbread people. Then they each took their playdoh home with them.
If you know anyone who stays at home with children 18 months to 3 years old (give or take) please let them know about Toddler Time. We meet the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 9:00 at the Deposit Free Library.

Stories with Santa

As the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season approaches, take time to share the wonder of Christmas stories with your children. On Wednesday evening, December 4th Santa Claus will be visiting the Deposit Free Library at 6:30. Bring your children to hear him read classic Christmas stories along with some new holiday favorites. You may also like to bring along your camera for a picture with Santa.

Presentation by MaryEllen Decker

The Deposit Free Library was proud to host a presentation and discussion led by Board Member MaryEllen Decker on the mission of and her involvement with the Center for Donation and Transplant. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and to take home literature, and MaryEllen was able to speak on this topic in her home town for the first time.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and make the evening as wonderful as it was.

Organ Donation Program at Deposit Free Library

The Deposit Free Library is hosting a talk about organ donation Friday, October 5th, at7:00 p.mGuest speaker will be MaryEllen Decker, who is a local donor mom.  Organ donation is a topic that often comes up during the most stressful times, such as when a loved one has died unexpectedly.  This was the case when MaryEllen lost her son Seth seven years ago.  The Decker family decided to donate several of Seth’s organs to help others in need.

The Deckers worked closely with personnel from the Center of Donation and Transplant (CDT).  Over the past seven years, MaryEllen has kept in touch with CDT.  Through them, she has participated in many activities for donor and recipient families, the most exciting being the 2012 Rose Bowl Parade. CDT chose her to represent their organization last January.  She flew to California, helped to decorate the Donate Life Float, and then rode on it in the parade.  She will give a short presentation about the CDT organization and her experiences with them.  She’ll also be available to answer questions following the talk.

To raise donor awareness and to honor the memories of past donors, CDT has a traveling exhibit called the Memories Quilt.  There are two quilts that travel around New York State for display in various libraries.  The Deposit Library is currently hosting the quilt that features a patch for Seth Decker, created by his mom.  It will be on display through October 15th.  The public is encouraged to stop by the library during any of its open hours to view the quilt or to attend the talk on October 5th.

Center for Donation and Transplant Quilt

The Deposit Free Library is honored to host the CDT Kaleidoscope of Memories Quilt through October 15th, 2012. The quilt can be viewed in the library during regular library hours. Please stop by to visit this beautiful collection of memories and to learn more about the work the CDT does.