The History Room at Seymour Library is now open two Saturdays a month, beginning Saturday, Nov. 1. Saturday hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Come in and explore a treasure trove of books, maps, newspapers and other materials for research. The History Room continues to be open 3 to 7 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
It’s time to start thinking about a favorite book - and how you could use that book as inspiration to decorate a little tree. Seymour Library’s second annual Story Tree Gallery is returning in December, and now’s the time to buy a tree and get working on the decorations. Last year’s event featured dozens of tabletop trees with decorations inspired by books -- everything from Dante’s Inferno to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! You can choose any book in our collection to inspire you -- a children’s book, a reference book, fiction, nonfiction. The trees will be part of a raffle to benefit the Friends of Seymour Library. Trees and entry forms are now available at the library. The entry fee is $10 and covers the cost of the tree. Quantities are limited, and trees will be available while supplies last. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations are invited to enter. The trees will be on display Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14.
Seymour Library director Lisa Carr is this year's recipient of the 2014 Outreach Award from the Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Council. She received the award at the annual meeting of the Finger Lakes Library System earlier this month. The award recognizes outstanding service to underserved groups and people with special needs. Lisa was selected from nominees throughout the library system, which has 33 libraries in five counties including Cayuga County.
If you're a frequent patron of the library, you've seen the result of many of Lisa's efforts in reaching people with visual and physical disabilities and those who might not ordinarily use the library. Her achievements include acquiring adaptive technology for visually impaired individuals to use at the library, relocating the large type collection and biographies for better access, developing computer classes for adults 55 and older, and instituting field trips for third-graders in the Auburn Enlarged City School District.
Lisa also is active in many community organizations, including ABC Cayuga, Literacy Volunteers, Auburn Education Foundation, Rotary and Kiwanis.
"Lisa Carr was hired two and a half years ago and has developed a 21st century transformation of culture change at Seymour Library,” says Patricia Messina, president of the Seymour Public Library District Board of Trustees. As a result of her work, Messina said, circulation is up 20 percent in the past year.
Lisa has been on the library staff since 2003 and was named director in March 2012.
That's how many people signed up for library cards in September, during Library Card Sign-Up Month - a new record! Thanks to our sponsors who encouraged people to sign up - and congratulations, new card-holders! We hope to see you often.
Voters in the Seymour Public Library District voted 121-7 Tuesday to approve a 2015 budget. The budget, which will take effect in January, calls for a tax levy of $754,000 and is expected to result in a tax decrease.
The levy of $754,000 is an increase of 1.6 percent over the current levy of $742,000. The current library tax for a house with a market value of $100,000 is about $46.60 a year, but under the 2015 budget, the tax would be about $46.55, a decrease of 5 cents a year.
The proposed budget will enable Seymour Library to maintain current services and cover modest increases in operating costs since voters last approved a budget in 2012. The library did not seek any increase in property taxes last year.
Most of the remaining part of the library’s $896,311 budget proposal comes from non-public funds, including an estimated $101,091 from the Seymour Library Foundation. Voters in Auburn and in Fleming also elected trustees to the library district board. Voters in Auburn elected Ginny Kent, and voters in Fleming elected Ellen Dello Stritto and Joan Smrtic. All three of the trustees currently serve on the library board.
Get your reading year off to a great start with free digital downloads of magazines! Seymour Library has subscribed to Zinio, a service that provides cover-to-cover digital editions of popular magazines. Use your Seymour Library card to set up an account, then stream magazines onto your computer or download them onto a smartphone or tablet. Any number of patrons can download a copy of a magazine, so there's no need to place a hold and wait. There's no return date - keep the magazine as long as you want. And there are no limits on the number of magazines you can take out.All the information you'll need to set up your Zinio account is here. If you need help, call and make an appointment for one-on-one help. The library is providing technical assistance by appointment every weekday in January. A listing of the dates and times available is on our calendar. We can show you how to download a variety of digital materials available at the library, including e-books, audiobooks and magazines.
From the staff of Seymour Library - Happy New Year!