Canastota Library Happenings

Madison County is seeing 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 further notice.  




We wish the very best of the season to all of our patrons!  Please note our holiday hours.




The CPL Knitters are holding a Snuggle Baby Sweater Auction in November and December.  This silent auction will run through December 17 and you can offer bids or there is a “buy it now” option. Stop in to bid.  All proceeds will benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library partnership with the library. You can view the sweaters here: Sweaters 1 to 20  &  Sweaters 21+


The Art Exhibit for November & December in the Lawson Community Room is the work of The Swamp Snappers. This photography club meets at and is sponsored by the Great Swamp Conservancy.  If you are interested in learning more about their program or purchasing some of their wonderful nature photography, please stop by the library to see their display.  


December is shop month for those youth who participated in Our Annual Holiday Gift Shop For Kids.  This program, for youth ages 5 – 12, allows kids to read new books and earn points for each book read. Get your short book reports turned in soon. Points are tallied from book reports by the youth and an appointment is made for each participating child to shop for friends and family.


On Tuesday Dec 7th at 6:00 pm, the Library will host a special interview with WWII Veteran Robert Stokes and Matthew Urtz, County Historian. Stokes will talk about his experiences in the European Theater, working as a chauffeur and as a member of the occupying force following World War II. There is no charge for this event. 


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