The Children’s Room will welcome a special visitor - Mickey Mouse! - on First Friday, Dec. 5. Mickey will visit with children and pose for photos from 6 to 7 p.m. (It’s a great opportunity to get a photo for Christmas cards and holiday gifts!) The library will be open until 8 p.m. First Friday programs are funded by the Kiwanis Club of Auburn.
Join the Friends of Seymour Library for an evening of holiday cheer from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Cosentino’s Florist, 141 Dunning Ave. Sample regionally made wines, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cheese and homemade fudge, while getting lots of holiday ideas. Watch a tree-trimming demonstration, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the floral shop, and browse the shop’s Christmas collection. Discounts and door prizes will be provided, too! Tickets are $10 in advance at the library or from any member of the Friends, and $12 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Friends.
The History Room at Seymour Library is now open two Saturdays a month, beginning Saturday, Nov. 1. Saturday hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Come in and explore a treasure trove of books, maps, newspapers and other materials for research. The History Room continues to be open 3 to 7 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
It’s time to start thinking about a favorite book - and how you could use that book as inspiration to decorate a little tree. Seymour Library’s second annual Story Tree Gallery is returning in December, and now’s the time to buy a tree and get working on the decorations. Last year’s event featured dozens of tabletop trees with decorations inspired by books -- everything from Dante’s Inferno to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! You can choose any book in our collection to inspire you -- a children’s book, a reference book, fiction, nonfiction. The trees will be part of a raffle to benefit the Friends of Seymour Library. Trees and entry forms are now available at the library. The entry fee is $10 and covers the cost of the tree. Quantities are limited, and trees will be available while supplies last. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations are invited to enter. The trees will be on display Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14.
Seymour Library director Lisa Carr is this year's recipient of the 2014 Outreach Award from the Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Council. She received the award at the annual meeting of the Finger Lakes Library System earlier this month. The award recognizes outstanding service to underserved groups and people with special needs. Lisa was selected from nominees throughout the library system, which has 33 libraries in five counties including Cayuga County.
If you're a frequent patron of the library, you've seen the result of many of Lisa's efforts in reaching people with visual and physical disabilities and those who might not ordinarily use the library. Her achievements include acquiring adaptive technology for visually impaired individuals to use at the library, relocating the large type collection and biographies for better access, developing computer classes for adults 55 and older, and instituting field trips for third-graders in the Auburn Enlarged City School District.
Lisa also is active in many community organizations, including ABC Cayuga, Literacy Volunteers, Auburn Education Foundation, Rotary and Kiwanis.
"Lisa Carr was hired two and a half years ago and has developed a 21st century transformation of culture change at Seymour Library,” says Patricia Messina, president of the Seymour Public Library District Board of Trustees. As a result of her work, Messina said, circulation is up 20 percent in the past year.
Lisa has been on the library staff since 2003 and was named director in March 2012.
That's how many people signed up for library cards in September, during Library Card Sign-Up Month - a new record! Thanks to our sponsors who encouraged people to sign up - and congratulations, new card-holders! We hope to see you often.