Canastota Library Happenings

In the past few weeks, Madison County has seen an increase in the number of COVID Cases locally.  Due to these increases, we are asking everyone who visits the library, regardless of vaccine status, to please wear a mask.  We will be under a mask mandate here at the library until September 30th when we will re-evaluate our local situation.  Many thanks for your understanding.


Kicking off this year’s Canalside Talks on Wednesday, October 6th at 6:30pm is “Canal Water-Whiskey & Temperance.  Joe DiGiorgio, from the Canal Town Museum will present this story of how whiskey helped build the Erie Canal and also influenced the Temperance Movement.  DiGiorgio will use period glass slides as seen through the lens of a Magic Lantern of the 19th Century.


Join us Friday, October 15th, exactly 125 years after the signing of the library charter, four an Open House.  We will have raffles, giveaways and more….all day long.  Check out our Historic Display in the Lawson Community Room, as well.  Hope you can stop by to celebrate with us.



On Tuesday, October 19th at 6:30pm, “The Write Stuff,” our library teen writing group will offer a reading of their work from this year.  From poetry to short stories, this group has worked hard.  The community is invited to stop out and listen.  We will have a small number of Chapbooks available as well.



Our second Canalside Talk will be held on Tuesday, October 19th at 6:30pm.  Library Director, Liz Metzger will present, “The History of the Canastota Public Library.”  Included in the talk will be changes to the library, the Dewey and Carnegie connections, guests to the library and much more.  The event will take place on the second floor of the library.



The Canastota Library has a “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” initiative that can help your child prepare for learning! This initiative is a easy. Simply read to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 books before kindergarten. The library can help with books, handouts & tips on reading to your child. We provide ways you can track your child’s progress to 1,000 books and even offer incentive prizes along the way. 


Day By Day is a great website to use with your young child.  With interactive stories, songs and more, the site provides great early literacy opportunities.  Check it out with your child:  DaybyDayNY