September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and this year’s celebration is bigger than ever! Show your Seymour Library card at participating businesses, and you’ll receive a discount during the month of September. People who get a library card for the first time will receive a welcome packet, and yard signs will go to the first 30 households with a person who receives a new card. Participating businesses are Arby’s, Crème della Crème Copywriting and Communication, Holiday Inn, Liberty Store, Mesa Grande Taqueria, RJ Jewelers and Seward House. The special offers are available to all card holders, existing and new. You'll find all of the details on the discounts here.
If you have a question about technology, we can help. Every Wednesday evening in September, teacher and volunteer Sue Walker is staffing a tech help desk at Seymour Library. She'll answer your questions about your smartphone or tablet, show you how to use Windows 8, tackle some basic tasks such as setting up an e-mail account - whatever you need. Stop in between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 4.
Seymour Library's History Room is a treasure trove of information and curiosities, and now it's easier than ever to find out what's new there. Visit the History Room's new Facebook page and get regular updates on additions to the collection, upcoming events and tidbits of history.
Starting this month, everyone in Cayuga County with a library card will have access to an easy-to-use device that can help cut energy use - and energy bills.
Thanks to a grant from the Cayuga Community Fund, Seymour Library has purchased 10 Kill A Watt EZ power meters. The meter plugs into an electrical outlet, measures the energy use of any appliance or device that is plugged into it, and shows the cost of the energy consumed. The devices are available to anyone with a library card at any library in Cayuga County. They may be borrowed just the same as a book, and can be checked out for three weeks. The meters are listed in the online catalog as "Kill a Watt electricity usage monitor"; use all or a few words of that term to find and place a hold on one.
The library also has purchased a number of new books on sustainability, covering such subjects as gardening, housing and energy conservation. The collection is being shared among all of the county libraries. A full list of books is available here.
Wednesdays are craft days in the
Children’s Room for the next few weeks. We'll have a drop-in craft available all day; children are invited to stop in any time we're open and work on a project. This week's craft: Decorate a pot and plant a seed.
Our first Storytime on the Lawn of the season is at 11 a.m. Tuesday - weather permitting, that is! If the skies clear, we hope to have Storytime outside. (You might think about bringing lawn chairs rather than blankets for seating, since the lawn is looking pretty wet.) If it's raining or just too wet, we'll be indoors.
One of our most popular events over the summer is Storytime on the Lawn, and it starts soon! The first Storytime on the Lawn of the season is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 2. There's no need to register - just bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating.
We'll have events for children every Tuesday at 11 a.m. through the second week of August. Most weeks will be Storytime on the Lawn, and on alternate weeks in July, we'll have a children's entertainer across the street at Sts. Peter and John Episcopal Church. Next week - July 9 - brings a performance by the always popular Bubble Man. He'll perform at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. To keep track of everything that's going on, just check the calendar or pick up a children's newsletter in the Children's Room.
Summer vacation is here! Before your calendar fills up too quickly, be sure to take a look at our updated summer calendar with lots of activities for children. We have live theater at 11 a.m. every Saturday from June 22 through July 13, events at 11 a.m. every Tuesday from July 2 through Aug. 13, and drop-in crafts all day every Wednesday from July 3 through Aug. 14. Some highlights: performances by the ever-popular Bubble Man and Moreland the Magician, a visit from the WCNY Mobile Learning Lab, and stories with Captain Jack the Pirate! Check the calendar, and save some dates for us!
newest theater venue in Auburn
is the lawn of Seymour Library! The
library will host “Theater on the Lawn” at 11 a.m. every Saturday, June 22 through July
13, with performances by the Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre. The event is part of
Library’s summer reading program for children, “Dig Into Reading.” The
performances will feature children’s stories, music, and activities for
children. Each week will feature a different aspect of the “Dig Into Reading”
22: Dig Into Reading with Dinosaurs, featuring the book “Daniel’s Dinosaurs” by
Mary Carmine, and a visit by a T-rex and a stegosaurus! Children will have the chance to create their own dinosaur characters and tell a dinosaur story.
29: Dig Into Reading
with Gardening, featuring the books “How the Groundhog’s Garden Grew” and “One
Potato, Two Potato.” Children will plant their own mini-garden.
6: Dig Into Reading with Worms,
featuring the books “Diary of a Worm” and “Yucky Worms.” We'll also have guitar music and a rousing game of Wiggle Worm.
13: Dig Into Reading
with Rocks, featuring the book “Everybody Needs a Rock.” Children will go on a hunt to find their own special rock and make a pet rock!
performances are free, and registration isn’t needed. The series is funded by a
grant from the Rosen Library Fund.