As of Aug. 25, 2014, the History Room will be open Mondays 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but Wednesday hours may be limited. Please call ahead to make sure someone will be available to help you if you plan to visit on a Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 21 - Friends of Seymour Library Annual Meeting 6 p.m. A short business meeting will be followed by an evening of fun. All current and prospective members are invited to socialize and enjoy refreshments. Door prizes will be awarded and there will be drawings for raffle prizes. More raffle details are available at the library. All proceeds from the raffle benefit the Friends.
Also at 6 p.m., Mother Goof the Storyteller visits Auburn Public Theater. Author and storyteller Mother Goof presents a fun-filled program for children ages 2 to 8. A free event sponsored by ABC Cayuga and Friends of Seymour Library.
7 p.m. - Pajama Storytime. Join us for songs and stories for preschoolers through early elementary age children.
The city of Auburn is seeking comments on its proposed Citizen Participation Plan, which covers programs that deal with housing, living conditions and economic development opportunities, especially for low- to moderate-income residents. A copy of the plan is available at the library, and it's also available on the city's website by using this link. The comment period on the proposed plan ends on May 28, and a public hearing on the plan will take place during the city council meeting Thursday, May 8, at City Hall.
Happy May! We're looking forward to seeing our garden grow and blossom, and to a month of reading, discovery and fun. Free entertainment for children and families starts the month off, with Mama Pajama's Playhouse performing at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the Children's Room. Also on First Friday: our teen book group at 6 p.m., with snacks and a discussion of M.T. Anderson's futuristic "Feed," and library services available until 8 p.m.
Also coming this month: a look at rare archival photos of the Seward family at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, a talk on Social Security at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, and an annual meeting that's really more of a celebration for the Friends of Seymour Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21. You'll find dates and times for all of our classes, book groups and Storytimes on our calendar, and if you'd like library news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up with the form at right for our monthly e-newsletter.
The author of a memoir about an American childhood spent in wartime Germany will visit Seymour Library at 1 p.m. Thursday for a talk and book signing. Marlies Adams DiFante, who now lives in Rochester, is author of “Queen of the Bremen.” DiFante’s family traveled to Germany in 1939 for what was expected to be a three-month visit to see family. But as World War II began, they were not permitted to leave the country and instead spent seven years under Nazi control. Her story offers an unusual perspective on life inside Germany during the war and tells a story of faith and determination. The library owns multiple copies of the book, and books will be available for sale at the event. No registration is needed.
The next workshops in our series on restoring old family photos and documents will provide an introduction to Photoshop. Classes are available at three times: at 5 p.m. Monday, April 21; 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23; and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24. Class sizes are limited, and registration is required. To register, call or stop at the Main Desk.
The project and classes are made possible by a grant from the Everett Trust.
There are no skeletons in our closet, but there are lots of things we bet you don't know about Seymour Library. Did you know about the Library of Electricity that once was located here? Or what became of the architects who designed our building after they finished their work in Auburn? Or what now-unthinkable activity was once a routine part of library housekeeping? Assistant director Danette Davis presents her always-popular illustrated talk, "Seymour Library: A History," in honor of National Library Week at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
National Library Week is this week, and Friends of Seymour Library know how to celebrate! Members of the group will provide refreshments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 14, through Friday, April 18.
Thinking about buying a house or taking out a home equity loan? Wondering if you'll have enough money to retire? Wishing you could save money on your utility bill? You'll find the answers to these questions and many more when Seymour Library celebrates Money Smart Week April 5-12.
We have several programs planned to help people make better financial decisions. Michelle Barber, assistant vice president at Five Star Bank, will talk about mortgages and home equity loans at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Financial planners Lisa Miller and Eileen Price will talk about personal finance issues that particularly affect women at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Becky Crawford of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County will talk about ways to cut utility bills at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12. People who attend the Saturday workshop will receive free compact fluorescent light bulbs. Registration is needed only for the Saturday workshop; if you're planning to come, stop by the Main Desk or call by Friday, April 11.
Money Smart Week was started by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002 to stress the importance of financial literacy and provide information to people at all income levels. A link to its list of information for consumers on earning, saving, investing and borrowing money is available here. The library also has many books and magazines on personal finance topics.
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.