Sidney Memorial Public Library

8 River Street Sidney, NY 13838

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Featured Artist for May – Kevin Klumpp

The featured artist for the month of May is Kevin Klumpp. Mr. Klumpp has dealt with many challenges in his life, including being unable to speak and learning to communicate through sign language. He is very passionate about drawing and photography. Many of Kevin’s drawings take several days to complete and the inspiration for his work is not always known. Please stop in to the Smart Community Room and view his work any time our library is open.

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Unusual Perennials Presentation 5/5

Do you like perennials for their low maintenance, but want something new to add to your garden? Join us on Tuesday 5/5 at 6:30pm in the Smart Community Room as Tony Antes shares information about some unusual perennials that grow well in our planting zone. Mr. Antes is a master gardener for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County. This program is free to the public and we hope you will join us!

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Computer Classes for May

Our free computer classes for the month of May will teach the following topics:

  • Basic Budgeting with Excel – learn the basics of Microsoft Excel including how equations work and how to format cells. Leave with a personal or family budget that will automatically recalculate totals as new information is entered. Monday 5/4 @ 4pm
  • Pinterest for Crafters, Cooks, and Teachers – Learn the basics of website Pinterest, including how to save recipes, patterns, and photos for future reference. Wednesday 5/20 @ 4pm

These classes require registration since there is limited space. Please call 563-1200, stop in to the library, or reserve your spot online by clicking here.

We also offer Open Hours, when you can get one-on-one help with your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. You are also welcome to stop by and use our scanner or try an iPad. The dates for May and June are:

  • Wednesday 5/6, 4-6pm
  • Saturday 5/16, 2-4pm
  • Monday 6/1, 4-6pm
  • Tuesday 6/16, 4-6pm

No registration is required for Open Hours – just stop in at our Public Computing Center, in the basement of the library.

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Meet Author Avi 5/12

The Sidney Library is extremely excited to host award winning author Avi on Tuesday 5/12 at 6:30pm. Avi has written dozens of books for younger and middle grades including the well-known True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. He will be speaking here in our Smart Community Room.

Avi will entertain with readings of his work, discuss his writing life and how some of his characters came to be, and finish off with a book-signing. We will also have copies of several of his books available for sale for $5-$10, including his newest book Catch You Later, Traitor.

We encourage you to click here to see the official flier for the event and share it with your friends!

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Wildflower Identification Program 4/28

Are you curious about some of the flowers you see growing wild? On Tuesday 4/28 at 6:30pm, come learn more about wildflowers and how to identify them. Martin and Mary Ann Cuff of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County will share tips and help you set up an identification kit. We hope you will join us for this program, which is free to the public.

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Book Sale – 4/23 to 4/25

Our big book sale is coming up this week. This is a three day sale featuring books, movies, magazines, and more at extremely low prices. Come join us in the Smart Community Room on the following dates:

  • Thursday 4/23, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Friday 4/24, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday 4/25, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Thanks to the Friends of the Libraries for running this event.

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Book Discussion – Tues 4/21

The Friends of the Libraries will hold their monthly book discussion group on Tuesday 4/21 at 11:30am. They will discuss the book The Daring Ladies of Lowell by author Kate Alcott. All are welcome at these meetings.

If you would like to start reading for the May book club meeting, you can pick up a copy of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty from our circulation desk.

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Children’s Program Changes

If you enjoy attending one of our many children’s programs, or would like to start, please be aware of the recent changes that have been made. You can find all updated descriptions on the Children & Teens page of the library website, or pick up a copy of the kids’ calendar (with notes on the back) at our circulation desk.

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Seed Swap This Spring

The Sidney Library will be part of a county-wide Seed Swap program now through the end of May. Look for the old fashioned card catalog, which will be full of seed packets (flowers, vegetables, and herbs). You are welcome to take what you will use for your own garden.

In addition, if you have leftover seeds from 2014 or 2015, you can bring them in to share with others. It is a fun and free way to see what types of seeds are out there, and to add some variety to your garden. We hope you enjoy them!

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National Library Week – 4/12 to 4/18

Help us celebrate National Library Week, which was designed to acknowledge the contributions of our nation’s libraries and promote library use. What can you do? Invite a friend to sign up for a free library card, or come visit us yourself.

Did you know:

  • Our library has a large selection of DVD’s to borrow. This ranges from big blockbusters like The Avengers to independent and foreign films. Many of these titles are not available on streaming sites like Netflix. Come see what we have to offer.
  • We get new books almost every week. Whether you’re looking for cookbooks, historical biographies, picture books for your kids, or something to read on vacation, we have an excellent variety. If you’d like something we don’t have, we can almost always request it from another library for you.
  • If you prefer listening to books, we have a large selection of audiobooks (books on CD) that are alphabetized by author. We have audiobooks for all reading levels: children, young adult, and adult.