Thanks to local businesses, you can do even more with your Seymour Library card in September: You can use it for discounts on food, entertainment, services and merchandise in a community- wide celebration of Library Card Sign-Up Month. The discounts are available to all current and new card-holders - so if you know someone who doesn’t yet have a library card, by all means, send them our way! Here’s a look at the offers:
Financial Advisors Eileen Price and Lisa D. Miller, CFP of PriceMiller Associates, AXA Advisors will return to the library after a summer break to continue their financial literacy series. Join them in a discussion on September 17 regarding year end tax preparation. Take a look at other topics they've covered in a recap of the library's popular monthly series.
It's the final week of summer reading activities in the Children's Room, so make sure you don't miss any activities! Storytime on the Lawn is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12. The craft project Wednesday, Aug. 13, is a bird feeder - drop in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to make one. Children should bring in their summer reading logs to show us by Friday, Aug. 22. They can take home a new book to keep, and they'll be entered in a drawing for a new bike.
The Auburn Doubledays are hosting the first-ever Seymour Library Summer Reading Night on Friday, Aug. 8. Children who bring their summer reading log to Falcon Park can join a pre-game parade on the field at 6:30 p.m. and get free admission to the 7:05 p.m. game. One child will throw out the first pitch, and one will be the honorary captain - you must order tickets before Friday to be eligible for either. More information and ticket order forms are available in the Children’s Room.
Our monthly writers' group is a great place to find support and encouragement for your writing projects. The group usually meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.; this month's meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4. Bring a current project and whatever you use to write - a laptop, pen and paper, etc.
A representative of SAVAR will present a program in the Children's Room at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, on personal safety for children. The program is designed for families with children 5 to 10 years old, and no registration is needed.
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.
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.