It’s been awhile, as our summer looked far different than we planned, with the repairs needed downstairs after the flooding this spring. We started the work in the lower level of the library, but the task is going to take longer than we anticipated. We’re reopening the small community for limited events, while we continue to do work as we are able. We hope to add more programs and open both rooms for general use soon. We’ve missed hosting, and look forward to getting back to a full schedule (and even expanding our programming schedule in the future).
A few other miscellaneous things I want to let you know about:
SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Even though we had to relocate/reschedule many of our summer reading program classes and events, we still had good turnout and a wonderful time! One of my highlights was the Eclipse America program in August when we watched the partial solar eclipse, learned about what's happening in the eclipse, and did some activities. I knew it would be exciting to see the eclipse, but it was far more awe-inspiring than I expected. I think as each person put on their eclipse glasses and looked up at the sun, every one said, "WOW." It was a great day. (Did you know the next solar eclipse in North America will be in April 2024? And did you know that Lowville will be in the path of totality?)
An event that's always a highlight is the Storywalk at Lowville DEC, which is funded by a grant from Elks Lodge 1605, Lowville. The children got to read the story along the trail, do crafts and activities (the most popular being fishing--some kids fished for hours), and had a picnic, all of which Elks members ran that afternoon. I also heard from many families who visited the Storywalk many times throughout the summer (the story is changed each month). Though the Storywalk is closed for the year, look for details next summer--as well as similar events during the year.
The library is very grateful to the organizations that give grants which make our summer reading program possible, including Elks Lodge 1605, Stewarts Holiday Match, North Country Prenatal and Perinatal Council, and Pratt-Northam. We also got to partner with WPBS and Cornell Cooperative Extension for some of our programs, which was wonderful. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Thanks to funding provided by Lewis County Legislators, we now have Chromebooks available for use at the library. They will supplement our public use computers for use in the library, and will also be used for digital literacy classes and other events.
If you haven't used one, Chromebooks are a small notebook with a web browser which you can use like any computer, and access many tools like a word processor, spreadsheet, and drawing program when you sign into Google. We hope to schedule a class soon, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
If you haven't heard, North Country Library System now has an app that holds your account information, a digital library card, mobile catalog, and library contact and event information. It's pretty great! Available for Apple and Android operating systems.
NOVEMBER CALENDAR RAFFLE
One more month to get your November calendar raffle! $10 for 30 chances to win, with over $1,500 of prizes from local businesses. Plus, you can win more than once! Pick up a ticket at the circulation desk of the library.
Thanks for continually supporting the library! Stay tuned for upcoming events!
director, Lowville Free Library
Due to flooding this spring, some cleaning and repairs are needed in the lower level of the library. Consequently, the lower level of the library will be closed for the next several weeks while work is being done. All regular community room use and the ongoing book sale will be suspended during this time.
However, we will still be holding summer reading program classes and events for kids ages 0-12. Tuesday classes will be moved to Lowville Baptist Church hall (you can still park at the library if you want!), and special event locations will be announced individually (check our facebook page for the most up-to-date information).
Tuesday summer reading programs-
Ages 0-5, 10:30-11:30
Ages 6-8, 12:00-1:00
Ages 9-12, 1:30-2:30
We've also rescheduled the Storywalk for Jul. 28! Hope to see you there for a great story, crafts, fishing, and a picnic.
Scheduled events are as follows:
7/11, SRP classes (Lowville Baptist Church)
7/18, SRP classes (Lowville Baptist Church)
7/19, 11:00-3:00 Face painting for kids (Lewis County Fair)
7/20, Book Club (location TBA)
7/25, 10:30-11:30 WPBS program for kids (location TBA)
7/28, 11:00-2:00 Storywalk (Lowville DEC)
8/1, SRP classes (Lowville Baptist Church)
8/8, SRP classes (Lowville Baptist Church)
8/12, 10:00-12:00 Exercise Extravaganza for kids (location TBA)
8/21, 2:30-4:00 Eclipse America for kids (location TBA)
No storytime Aug. 22 and 29.
Teen club will be held every Tuesday and Friday, located in Teen Zone upstairs at the library.
We'll also be holding a garage sale and book sale to benefit the library during the village-wide garage sales the first weekend in August. If you'd like to make a donation, give us a call! Otherwise, stop by that weekend to support the library.
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know! And I appreciate your understanding and patience while we complete the project downstairs. And keep reading-summer is a wonderful time to spend some time with a book (or ten)!
director, Lowville Free Library
Lowville Free Library
5387 Dayan Street
Lowville, NY 13367