Canastota Public Library News

By Elizabeth TottenBeth Totten

(Canastota, NY – Feb. 2013) February is a very busy month at the Canastota Public Library. The library will hold several talks and a tea and the library will also begin its regular children’s weekly programming this month.

Ev Thompson is our Artist for the month of February.  Ev will be displaying her stained glass creations in the Lawson Community Room.

Twenty-five years ago, Thompson attended a six-week community college art course to learn the art of stained glass and she has been producing items ever since then.  She can make stained glass windows and objects of all shapes and sizes. Thompson will even do commission pieces based on a photograph.  Her subject matter ranges from flowers to animals to abstract pieces.  Making stained glass items requires skill and precision as well as the eye of an artist.  Thompson’s talent is displayed in this beautiful exhibition.

Author Nariman Jiries will read her book, “Grace-a-Lena Learns the Meaning of Self-Esteem” at a Fairy Tea to be held at the Library on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. The tea is open to Mothers, Daughters, Grandmothers and Aunts who would like to attend.  The program is geared for girls up to age 10.  Festivities will include tea and lemonade, cookies, a craft and a reading of “Grace-a-Lena.”

Please contact the library to reserve your space.  Girls should feel free to come dressed as fairies or princesses or dressed in their best clothes. The book, “Grace-a-Lena” will be available for purchase.

The Canaltown Talks will continue at the library on Monday, Feb. 11 with “History of Manufacturing in Madison County” by Matthew Urtz, Madison County Historian.  This hour-long program will begin at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the library.  A question and answer period will follow.  Light refreshments will also be served.  This program is sponsored by The Canal Town Corporation.

Kelly Hyland of The Bee Man Candle Co. will speak at the library on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Her topic will be the European Honey Bee.  She will speak about the honey bee including its biology, activities and colony life.  Hyland will also talk about the current plight of the honey bee and why it is at risk.  She will touch upon how we can all do things that can help in that plight.  Hyland will also offer a brief overview of the Bee Man Candle Company including the company’s organization, products and educational programs.

Forks Over Knives—the book, the film, the movement—is back again in a Cookbook.  On Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. join us for a cooking demonstration by our own Angela Rigler.  Angela, who will be assisted by her husband Karl, has been working her way through all of the recipes in The Forks Over Knives Cookbook.  She will explain this plant-based cookbook and its importance and create two entrees for taste-testing. Thousands of people have cut out meat, dairy, and oils and have seen amazing results using these recipes.

Baby & Me Lap Sit with Miss Angela will begin Feb. 6 through May 22.  The program will run every Wednesday morning for parents and/or caregivers and their babies to age twenty-four months.  This spring session will include numbers, letters, colors, zoo animals and the farm.  Baby and Me Lap Sit begins at 10 am and includes story reading, finger plays, songs, rhymes and more to stimulate your baby.

Thursdays at 10 .m. is our Preschool Story Time.  Bring your preschooler for stories, games, crafts and a snack.  This hour-long program is definitely a favorite of children and parents who attend.  This program will be held Thursday morning’s beginning on Thursday, Feb. 7 and will continue through Thursday, May 23.

The Canastota Libra-Teens will begin meeting every Wednesday afternoon after school. This group (grades 6 and up only) will create fiction, hear speakers, make crafts and a whole lot more. The group meets from Feb. 6 through May 22 each Wednesday afternoon until 4:30 p.m.  If school is not in session (for vacation or for weather reasons), there is no librateen meeting.  All are welcomed.

On Feb. 18, The Library will be closed to honor past Presidents for President’s Day.

The Canastota Scrapbookers meet the second Monday evening of every month at the library in the Lawson Community Room.  The group meets at 5:30 p.m.  The Scrapbookers hope that you will consider joining them.  Bring your own photos and supplies and come out to work with us. It’s a great time to meet with other Scrapbookers and it’s free.

The library is home for two Writer’s Groups.  One group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday afternoon (3 to 5 p.m.) of each month and is hosted by Tish and Dean Dickinson in the Lawson Community Room.  The second group meets on the second and fourth Monday evening of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Carnegie Room.  Beth Totten coordinates the second group.  Writers of all ages and abilities are welcomed.

If you love to knit or would love to learn to knit, we have two knitting groups that meet at the Canastota Public Library.  The Night Time Knitters meet every Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.  The Friday Morning Knitters meet each Friday at 10 a.m. to noon.  Just feel free to join either group.  Bring your needles and your latest project.

The last Wednesday of every month is the library’s Book Chat.  The book discussion begins at 1 p.m. in the Lawson Community Room.  February’s meeting will be on February 27.  The discussion will be featuring, “My Name is Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliviera.  Books are available at the library.

Elizabeth Totten provides public relations for the Canastota library. For more information on these events and our regular weekly programming, go to and click on the Mid-York Calendar of Events or call the library at 315-697-7030. The library is located at 102 W. Center Street, Canastota.

By martha

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