Every research project runs into obstacles now and then, and perhaps your genealogy project has stalled because you can’t find the answers you need. Learn the tips, tricks and research strategies to find those answers with this month’s History Room class, “Breaking Through Your Genealogy Brick Walls.” Three times are available: at 6 p.m. Monday, June 23; 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 25; and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Classes are small to allow time for individual questions, and registration is required. Sign up at the Main Desk or call the library at 252-2571.
The StoryWalk in Hoopes Park is open! Take a walk and read a story at the same time - just follow the signposts through the park. Each signpost has the page of a children’s book. When you’ve finished the walk, you’ve read a book! This month's book is "Diary of a Worm," written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss. Look for new books in July and August.
Until further notice, Seymour Library is not accepting book donations. We've received many, many donations recently, and we haven't been able to keep up with them. If you have books you need to donate, please consider a local thrift store or St. Joseph's School, which has an annual book sale. We appreciate you thinking of us, but at the moment, we are out of storage space.
Seymour Library is hosting a panel discussion on student loans that will include local experts on financial aid and student loan repayment. The discussion, “All About Student Loans,” is at 7 p.m. this Wednesday evening.
Speakers are Cathleen Patella, director of financial aid at Cayuga Community College, who will talk about “How to Borrow and When to Borrow”; Tami Gilbeaux, strategic business partner at Inceptia, who will talk about “Options on Repaying Student Loans”; and Financial Advisors, Eileen Price and Lisa D. Miller, CFP® of PriceMiller Associates, AXA Advisors, who will talk on “The Value of an Education.” The discussion will allow time for questions and answers and is designed for prospective and current college students, college graduates and families.
No registration is needed. Refreshments provided. See you there!
Summer officially begins on Saturday, June 21, and that’s also the first day of our biggest, best, summer reading program ever! Our Children’s Room is offering stories, crafts and performances through the middle of August, and we’ve added hundreds of new books to our collection just in time for summer reading. The Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre will help us kick off this year’s event, with stories on the lawn at 11 a.m. Come a little early, enjoy games on the lawn, and pick up a summer reading log. Everyone will definitely want a reading log this year – children who bring it back to show us at the end of summer get to pick out a new book of their own to keep. They’ll also be entered in a drawing for a new bike. This year’s theme – “Fizz, Boom, Read!” – features science, so we’ll have lots of stories and projects about sound, motion, weather and animals. Other activities this month:
- Tuesday, June 24: Theater on the Lawn, 11 a.m. Theme: Sound.
- Wednesday, June 25: Children’s craft. Drop in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to make a musical instrument.
- Saturday, June 28: Theater on the Lawn, 11 a.m. Theme: Bugs.
For a look at all of our summer events, pick up a “Fizz, Boom, Read!” brochure at the library, or check our online calendar. Major funding for the summer reading program comes from the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund. Funding for Theater on the Lawn comes from a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant. The grand prize bicycles are donated by Five Star Bank.
We’re expecting wild things – literally! – in the Children’s Room on First Friday! Wildlife Defenders, a wildlife education outreach program based in Canandaigua, will be visiting with their animals at 5 p.m. Friday, June 6. Wildlife Defenders visit schools, youth groups, nursing homes and community organizations with live native and exotic species. They provide interesting and stimulating information about their animal ambassadors and encourage environmental and wildlife conservation awareness. The Wildlife Defenders program is run by the day program members of Bridges for Brain Injury, all of whom are adult survivors of brain injuries. Members also share their personal injury and rehabilitation stories and discuss the importance of safety and prevention practices. While running this community based program, members work on personal goals such as socialization, organization, communication, memory retention, planning and pre-employment skills in addition to improving their self-esteem and confidence. This year alone the Wildlife Defenders have been seen by over 6,000 school children and hundreds of others in the community. First Friday programs are funded by a grant from the Kiwanis Club of Auburn. The library is open until 8 p.m. on First Fridays, and all library services are available.
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.