If you’ve been meaning to research your family history, this month is a great time to start. We’re offering an introductory genealogy class in the History Room, and we have a series of programs planned in the coming months that will add a new dimension to your research.
The introductory class, “Discover Your Roots,” will be offered at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26; and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. The class will cover genealogy charts, books, websites and organizations. Space is limited and registration is required; stop at the Main Desk or call to sign up for one of the sessions.
If winter's cold temperatures and high energy bills have you worried, learn how to reduce your energy bills with no-cost or low-cost energy conservation projects. Cornell Cooperative Extension Cayuga County will present the workshop "Save Energy - Save Money" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 14. Those who attend will receive three free compact fluorescent light bulbs.
You may know a lot about Seymour Library - but do you know where the Library of Electricity was located? Or what's so special about the architects who designed our building? Or what now-unthinkable activity was once a routine part of library housekeeping? Find out in an illustrated talk, "Seymour Library: A History," by assistant director Danette Davis at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Two chess masters are offering free classes in February at the library. Thomas McKellop, a master of correspondence chess through the United States Chess Federation, and Gary Scaildone, a candidate master in the Italian Chess Federation, are the teachers. The first class, “Learn to Play Chess,” is at noon on Saturday, Feb. 8 and will cover how chess pieces move and the rules of the game. The library’s Chess Club will meet at 1 p.m. that day. The class “Improve Your Chess” will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. No registration is needed.
Tulip, a registered therapy dog, will visit the Children’s Room for First Friday on Feb. 7. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to bring a book or use a library book to read to Tulip, who works with Therapy Dogs International and Tail Waggin’ Tutors. The event begins at 6 p.m. Registration is required. The library will be open until 8 p.m., with all library services available. To register, call the library or stop by the Children's Room Desk.
Go on a blind date with a book in February! Take a look at our blind date display at the library: You'll find wrapped books with their titles hidden, and with a brief description of what they're about. Pick one that sounds interesting and take it home. It just might be love at first sight!
Sue Walker will teach a class on using the Windows 8 operating system at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the library. The class is two hours and will provide an introduction to Windows 8. Space is limited, and registration is required. If you're using Windows 8 on a portable device such as laptop, bring it to the class. To register, stop at the Main Desk or call the library at 252-2571.
Is this the year you're going to write a short story? Start (or finish) a novel? Get serious about the family history you've always wanted to write? You'll find support for your work at Seymour Library's monthly Writers' Group, meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3. Everyone is welcome. No registration is needed, just bring your laptop, pen and paper, or whatever you use to write.
Grants information Seymour Library is no longer a Foundation Center member, but you can find information about grants at the Finger Lakes Grants Information Center, located in downtown Auburn, by clicking on the link above.