Monday Club for Teens and Tweens

If your kids are too old for Story Time, what can they do at the library?  This summer the answer to that question is to join the Monday Club.  It’s open to all children aged 9-16 and centers around a variety of activities.  The first meeting was held on July 9th.  Participants painted rocks to place around the community.  Each rock has directions to return it to the library, where the finders will be given a choice of a free book!

Monday Club will meet each Monday at 1:00 for the next five weeks.  Next week local photographer Mike Musante will demonstrate techniques for taking better pictures.  Puppetry, bell choirs, and playing with food are all in store for the upcoming weeks.  If you have a bored teen or tween at home this summer, give the club a try!

Free Dance Camp July 17-18

Our Dance Camp was so popular last summer that we are bringing it back!  Dance instructor / choreographer Beth Hesch will return to Deposit for two days of musical dancing fun.  And it’s FREE!  Classes will be offered for children aged 2-14.  Plans call for the following:  Creative Movement for 2-4 year-olds, Twinkletoes Class for ages 5-7, Fancy Feet Class for ages 8-10, and Future Stars Class for ages 11-14.  There will also be a special session for parents and their children on Tuesday evening, July 17.  All classes will be held at the State Theatre across the street from the library.

You don’t need to have any dance experience to join these classes.  All you need are enthusiasm, energy, and a desire to have fun dancing!  Pre-registration is required.  Classes are filling quickly.  Come to the library today to sign up.  Let’s Rock!

Lumberjack Festival Book Sale July 19-21

It’s that time of year again!  Every third weekend in July Deposit celebrates the annual Lumberjack Festival, and the library holds a three-day book sale.  Now is your chance to stock up on summer reading at bargain prices!  Most hardcover books will cost $1.00, while paperbacks will go for 50 cents.  There will be books for all ages and lovers of all different genres.  Mysteries, romances, non-fiction, and more.  Take your time looking for your favorite author, or try someone new.  There will also be a limited number of older (pre-1940) titles for antique / vintage buffs.

The sale will be held on Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, July 21.  Sales begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. each day.  Look for us under the tents on the library lawn.  We’ll see you there!

Register Now for the Summer Reading Challenge!

The annual Summer Reading Challenge has begun!  Sign up today and choose a number of books for your goal.  How many can you read before the ending date of August 15th?  5….10….20….or more?  You decide and fill out a registration form.  Take a tracking sheet home and record the titles of books you read.  Bring it back to the library each week so we can track your progress.  When you meet your goal, you are eligible for prizes! There are weekly raffles for kids and adults 🙂

Please note that this challenge is open to all who love reading – whether you are 8 months old and your parents read to you – or 80 years old and still love a good book!  Take the challenge and READ this summer.

Lego Club Meeting Expanded for the Summer – Two Meetings in August

Our Lego-maniacs have asked for more, and we are giving it to them!  Many families go on vacations during the summer and might be gone the one week we hold Lego Club.  To alleviate that problem, Mrs. Armstrong will be holding Lego Club TWICE A MONTH  during the summer.  The final summer lego Clubs will be held on Saturday, August 11 and Saturday, August 25.  They begin at 1:30 p.m.  Lego Club will return to once a month meetings in September.

All lego lovers age 6 and older are welcome to join us.  The adults often have as much fun building as the kids do.  Bring your imaginations!  Bring your friends!  Your creations will be displayed in the main lobby for all library visitors to enjoy.

Arabic Culture Program

The Deposit Free Library is offering a program about the History and Beauty of the Arabic Culture on Monday, June 25 starting at 5:30pm. Zain Darwish, a native of Syria, who earned his degree in Eastern Studies and Religions from Al-Azhar University in Egypt, will speak about the beauty and history of the Arabic culture and also describe life in an Arabic country.
Darwish worked for five years as an Arabic Language instructor for non-Arab students. If there is interest, he is willing to offer an Arabic language class. In a series of classes, students will be given a general idea of the Arabic language and study the writing and pronunciation of the Arabic alphabet with the goal of being able to conduct simple conversations in Arabic. If interested please contact the library at 607-467-2577.
There is no cost for the program or the class. Please feel free to contact the library for more information.

Our Website is Changing

We are in the process of updating and revising our website.  Please note the new feature added to the right-hand column.  Patrons can use this to search the 4cls catalog and check the status of their accounts.  As we continue to add features, we hope to make the website more informative and user-friendly.  Watch for more changes in the near future!

Toddler Time Programs Every Wednesday Morning

Toddler Time meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m.  All children aged 2-4 and their parents or caregivers are welcome to come.  We read stories, sing songs, and have supervised and free play.  It’s a great opportunity to introduce your little ones to the library and to have them interact with their peers.  Join the fun!  For more information, call the library at 607-467-2577.Toddler Time 005

Med Talk on Neurological Illnesses on August 21st

The Deposit Free Library is pleased to offer a talk by Dr. Richard Tenser on Monday, August 21st at 6:30 p.m.  Dr. Tenser has local ties, as he is a summer resident of Deposit.  He is also well-versed in the field of neurology with an extensive background in neurological medicine.

Dr. Tenser trained at SUNY Upstate, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, and Yale University.  He worked at Penn State University College of Medicine and the Hershey Medical Center from 1976-2016 and served as the Chief of Neurology from 1985-2003.  During this time, he was involved in teaching and patient care, as well as research on virus infections of the nervous system, emphasizing multiple sclerosis.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Hershey.

During the library talk, Dr. Tenser plans to begin with a discussion of the anatomy and function of the human nervous system and follow up with a discussion of common neurological illnesses such as stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and neuropathy.  There will be time for questions following the talk.

Dinosaur Dig at State Theater on August 17th

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?  These prehistoric creatures are an endless source of fascination for most children, as well as many adults.  If you are one of these people, you won’t want to miss the family program being presented at the State Theater on Thursday, August 17th.  Entitled “Dinosaur Dig”, it is the brainchild of field paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka.  The program begins with Mike’s interactive fossil talk, explaining where and how they find fossils.  He will also show some of the amazing discoveries they have made from the time of the dinosaurs to the time of the ice age.

Following the talk, kids age 5 and older will become junior paleontologists and go on their own dig to build a triceratops.  Roberta will identify bones the diggers discover in the digging pits and help them place the fossils on a triceratops cutout.  Voila!  The workshop participants will be building their own dinosaurs!

The Strakas are also bringing along some of their rare and unusual fossils for display.  All members of the audience, regardless of age, can enjoy looking at the fossil museum after the show.  **  Please note that the dig workshop can only accommodate 50 participants.  Get to the theater early if you want to be part of the dig.  The first fifty to arrive and sign up will get to build a dinosaur.

This program promises to be both informative and lots of fun.  It is also the grand finale of the library’s summer reading program.  Recognition will be given before the performance to all who completed the Summer Reading Challenge.  This program was made possible by a grant from the BOOKS program and Senator Fred Akshar.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 17th at 6:30 p.m.  Come one and all for a roaring good time!  (Did we mention that it’s free?)  If you have any questions, please call the library at 467-2577.