Your credit report can determine whether you’ll get a loan – and it can determine what interest you’ll pay, whether you can rent an apartment, even if you’ll be hired for a job. Learn how to read a credit report and understand its impact at “How Your Credit Report Affects You” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. Michelle Barber, assistant vice president at Five Star Bank, will unlock the mysteries of credit reports and credit scores. The program is free, and no registration is needed.
Friday, May 1, is First Friday, and that means free family fun in the Children's Room! This month features the movie “Planes: Fire and Rescue” (animated, PG, 1 hour, 23 minutes) at 5:30 p.m. When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter, or else his air strip will be shut down. Popcorn will be served. After the movie, make a foam flyer plane. Space is limited; please register by calling 252-2571 or stopping at the Children's Room Desk. The library will be open until 8 p.m.
One welcome sign of spring is the song of the spring peepers, the tiny frogs whose nighttime chorus signals that winter has come to an end. (That's a spring peeper, sitting on a leaf, at left.) Learn more about them, and all kinds of reptiles and amphibians that are beginning to stir, at our Signs of Spring program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Baltimore Woods Nature Center educator Tom Meier, accompanied by a creature from the nature center, will talk about herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians. See close-up photographs of native salamanders, learn how frogs freeze and thaw like a block of ice, and find out about the spring event that herpetologists call “Big Night.” The program is for all ages. The series is funded by the Friends of Seymour Library.
April is Autism Awareness Month, and one of the best ways to learn more about this complex disorder that affects one in 68 children is by reading about it. Seymour Library has many books on the subject of autism. Click on the title to go to our catalog to read more about the book or to place a hold on it.
This month’s Saturday Stories will make rainy days fun! Join us for stories, songs and a craft with a rainy day theme at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11. The program is for toddlers through kindergarten-age children. Space is limited; visit or call the Children's Room to sign up.
The Children’s Room will have activities every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the April school break. Make wind chimes on Monday, April 6, a clothespin butterfly on Tuesday, April 7, and a bookmark on Wednesday, April 8. We’ll bring out the Lego bricks on Thursday, April 9, and scratch art and cupstacking on Friday, April 10. Bonus activity: Wii games from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7!
Chloe and her human, Dawn Wolff, a volunteer with PAWS of CNY, will visit the Children’s Room at 6 p.m. on First Friday, April 3. Children can sign up to read or share a picture book with Chloe. Visit or call the Children’s Room at 252-2571 to register. We'll have a craft project with a dog theme, and the library will be open until 8 p.m.
Seymour Library is introducing a new service this month that offers online classes of all kinds, from office skills and career training to performing arts and crafts. It’s called Universal Class, and all of the classes are available, free of charge, right here on our website – you’ll see the link on the right. All you need is your Seymour Library card. There are more than 500 courses in the Universal Class catalog, with everything from accounting, technical writing and computer skills to cake decorating, flower arranging and soap making. Universal Class provides instructors who guide the learning, engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests and certificates of achievement. Some classes offer continuing education units, a recognized measure of training or experience in a specific subject area. Universal Class offers classes to the public for $20 to $150 per class - $45 to $175 per class with certificates and continuing education units – but we are able to provide it free to our cardholders, thanks to funding from the Friends of Seymour Library.