Canastota Library Happenings!


The Canastota Public Library’s Seed Exchange is open and has over 200 seed varieties.  Stop by anytime the library is open to browse our free, open-pollinated seeds!  Coming soon:  Earth Day Seed Balls.  Stop in and made a seed ball.  You can then easily transform a bare patch of your lawn or neighborhood.  You can even toss a seed ball in remembrance of a loved one!



Tech Connect is a new service at the Public Libraries in Madison County.  Caren Bertrand,our Tech Connect Trainer, can assist patrons who want to download ebooks or use Hoopla or other library services. She even offers basic computer, cell phone and tablet assistance.  Caren is here every Monday from 10 – 1:30pm and several other days each month.  Call to make an appointment or just drop in and see Caren!



Tax help for seniors is available on Friday mornings beginning February 15.  It’s first come, first served from 9am until noon each Friday.  Please bring your last year’s return as well as ID, health insurance verification and any other pertinent materials.  These sessions will run from February 15th through April 12.




S.C. Mott is our artist of the month. His mixed media artwork will be on display all month. An artist’s reception will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 7pm in the Lawson Community Room.  




Ukulele classes are offered every Saturday in March for free with instructor Deb Guarneiri.  Sessions begin at 12:30pm and include Introduction to Ukulele, Basic Ukulele and Hawaiian Song Class.  Musical lyrics and chord tabs are provided for the songs and the library does have ukuleles for patrons to borrow. 




On Tuesday, March 19th at 7pm, author Elizabeth Martina will be at the library to talk about her historical fiction book, “The Ragman Murders.”  Elizabeth Martina is a local author who grew up near Rome, NY.  Copies of her book will be available for purchase.




Baby and Me Lapsit is held on Wednesdays at 10am.  Bring your baby, up to age 24 months, for an introduction to the library!  You’ll read together, sing and enjoy acting out the songs.  There is even time to engage with other babies!




Storytime with Mrs. Liz is held on Thursdays at 10am.  Preschoolers will enjoy read-aloud stories, songs, crafts and a snack.  Storytime is held from February 14 through May 23, weekly.  





Walk with us at the library every Wednesday at 4pm.  Grab a walking partner, a water bottle, good shoes and comfortable clothing and join us with some of our favorite walking DVDs.  We’ll be walking on March 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 4 – 4:45pm.




Canastota Eats is a program for kids, ages 10 and up.  We meet once a month to learn the basics of cooking a meal.  Join us on Wednesday, March 27 beginning at 2:30pm.  Sign-ups are necessary.




Our next Canalside Talk is scheduled for March 27 at 7pm.  Norman Dann will speak about his book, “Peter Smith of Peterboro:  Furs, Lands and Anguish”  These talks are a collaborative effort of the Canaltown Museum and the Canastota Public Library.