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 to our generous patrons for donating to our Great Give Back Food Drive in October.  Through your efforts, we were able to donate 127 canned goods, 30 boxes of pasta and 45 other non-perishable food items to the Opportunity Shop’s Food Cupboard.  These donated items will help families in need in our community.  Thank you!


 Ukulele classes with instructor Deb Guarneiri are scheduled through November.  Classes are on Saturdays from 10am – noon.  The club plays fun songs and adds new songs to their collection.  If you do not have a ukulele, the library has several that can be loaned out.  Children under ten must be accompanied with an adult.  There will be no class on Saturday, November 27th


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.  



A Huge Thank You to all our Veterans.  We may not “know you” but we sure do “owe you”.  The Library will remain open to meet the needs of the public and our great Veterans on Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11th.



Happy Thanksgiving!  The Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on the following days:  Thursday, November 25, Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27.  We will reopen on Monday, November 29th at 9am.


November is sign up month for 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. A short book report is required for each book read. Points are tallied from book reports by the youth and an appointment is made for each participating child to shop for friends and family.


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