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

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.

Be a Dancer for a Day

The time is fast approaching for the summer dance camp sponsored by the library, the BOOKS program, and Senator Fred Akshar.  It will be held on Tuesday, July 18th and Wednesday, July 19th at the State Theater, across from the library on Front Street.  Dancer / choreographer Beth Hesch will hold classes for ages 5-14.  You don’t need dance experience or special clothing or shoes.   All you need is a desire to have fun!

You must register for these classes no later than Friday, July 14th.  If you’re interested, call the library at 467-2577 or stop by during open hours.  It’s fun!  It’s free!  Join us next week!

Get Your Vacation Reading at the Library

Vacation time is the perfect time to relax with a good book.  The library is the place to go to find your summer reading.  We have so many options.  Use your library card to borrow a book.  You can keep it for three weeks.  Have a long road trip ahead?  Borrow a book on CD.  Keep it for three weeks.  If you only want to carry your electronic devices on your trip, check out the Download Zone to see its offerings.  Borrow instead of buying books.  Save your cash for souvenirs!

Brownstone Books Have Arrived – 100 New Children’s Titles!

The children’s collection has just grown by 100, thanks to a very generous gift.  The gift of 100 new children’s books, ranging from pre-Kindergarten through early readers, were a donation from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City.  Diane Brownstone, director of the foundation, became addicted to books at an early age.  She often visited the public library.  As an adult, she set up the foundation with the goal of fostering early reading and a love of books in other young people.  She hopes the new books will encourage parents and children to read together.

The Deposit Free Library was one of a hundred libraries chosen to receive this gift.  The collection includes classics such as Make Way for Ducklings, Horton Hears a Who, and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, as well as current favorites like Fancy Nancy, Giraffes Can’t Dance, and Knuffle Bunny.  There is something for everyone in this group of books.  Come to the library and enjoy our new collection.  And a huge THANK YOU to the Brownstone Book Fund for this extraordinary gift!

Welcome to Our New Clerk

Join us in welcoming the newest member of the Deposit Free Library family!  Deborah Stever has recently joined the library staff.  Many Depositonians know Deb from her volunteer work at Deposit’s Closet or her work at the Assembly of God church.  For the past fifteen years Deb has been the reporter for the Deposit Courier.  She brings teaching, writing, and organizational skills, as well as lots of enthusiasm to our library.  We are thrilled to have her join us!  Stop by the library sometime soon to welcome Deb and to check out some of our newest materials.

Stories with Santa on December 16th

indexSanta is taking time from his busy schedule to make a visit to the Deposit Free Library.  On Friday, December 16th at 6:30, the jolly old elf will stop by to read Christmas stories.  All children and their parents are invited to join us for this annual event.  Take some time out from the hectic pace of the holidays to enjoy a quiet time with your kids.  If you’d like, wear your pajamas and get a photo to preserve an old-fashioned holiday memory.  Merry Christmas from the library!

Check Out the Library’s Research Center

You may not be aware of a large selection of online sites available with your library card.  Many of the libraries in the Four County Library System subscribe to the Research Center, and Deposit is one of them.  There is a large and varied selection of online resources, including children’s encyclopedias, digital archives for several local newspapers, and practice tests for the DMV.  Geneology buffs can use the library’s version on Ancestry.com available with the Research Center subscription.  Jobseekers can use JobNow to get tips on a successful hunt for employment.  All of these resources and more are FREE with your library card!  To get to the Research Center from this website, go to the QuickLinks section on the toolbar.  Happy researching!