Tuesday, July 26, 2016

August 2016 Director's Message

Beat the August Heat at Newark Public Library

            The heat of August is now upon us, but fortunately your local library has many ways to cool down. 
            Firstly, we are air conditioned and serve as a designated public cooling station for anyone in need of escaping dangerously hot weather.  Of course, everyone is welcome to enjoy our air conditioned facility whenever we are open.  While you are here you can read one of our many magazines or newspapers in our comfy reading area, play a board game or Chess, or use one of our many public computers. 
            Gone are the days a librarian will yell at you for having food or drink in the library.  You can now get both while at the library.  We have a refrigerator full of cold non-alcoholic beverages, iced-coffee from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, and some snacks in our vending machine.  On Friday August, 26, at 3:30pm you can even buy a cold beverage and watch a live music concert by the wonderful VB Duet in our Community Room!
            Along with comfy reading spaces for adults, we have an AMAZING Children’s area.  If you have little ones and worry about them overheating outside, bring them to the library.  We have little shopping carts, bean bags, a play-room, Lego and Lego Duplo walls, computers, and many other toys to entertain them with.  And, of course, we have a smorgasbord of books. 
            Have a great end of summer and stay cool!

August Programs and Events

 Beat the heat at Newark Public Library with our programs and events for adults, kids, and teens! In addition to our every day operations, the library also offers a variety of fun and informative programs throughout the year. Sign up for one of August's events by either clicking on the link, or by calling the library at (315) 331-4370.

Adult Programs:

Mah Jongg - Tuesdays at 5 P.M.


Everyone is welcome to play Mah Jongg, a tile game that originated in China.

Adult Craft Class - August 1st at 6 P.M.

Craft maven Becky Sloane will guide you through the steps to create your very own Leaf Relief painting! Space is very limited, so make sure you preregister. In addition, a small fee for supplies is required, and is payable at the class

Resume Help - Wednesdays at 1 P.M. and 4 P.M.

Need help spicing up an existing resume or creating a new one? NPL is here to help! You can either call ahead to schedule an appointment, or just stop by.

Cards in the Library - Thursdays at 4 P.M.

Every Thursday, we host a different game of cards. The first week of the month is Euchre, the second is Cribbage, the third is Hearts, and the last is dealer's choice.

Gadget Guide - August 8th and August 22nd at 6 P.M.

If you're having trouble using a device or gadget, let our technology experts take a look and teach you how to use it.

Board Meeting - August 11th at 6:30 P.M.

The monthly meeting of the Newark Public Library Board of Trustees is open to the public. If you are interested in the issues involved with running the library, feel free to stop by!

Adult Writer's Group - August 12th and August 26th at 4 P.M.

Join a group of writers to share ideas, critiques and skills. All writers are welcome, regardless of their form or genre.

Board Game Night - August 15th at 4 P.M.

We have a variety of board games in the library, from classics such as Scrabble and Chess, to newer games such as Settlers of Catan. Join us to play!

Beyond the Covers: Book Discussion - August 15th at 6:30 P.M.

Join our monthly book discussion! August's book will be Persuasion, by Jane Austen, and the book will be available at the main desk.

Child and Teen Programs

Children's Dance Party - August 1st and August 8th at 10 A.M. 

Learn some new dance moves and get moving! 

Preschool Story Time - Tuesdays at 10 A.M.

An hour of stories, songs, dancing, and crafts with Miss Krystina!

Kids Free Lunch - Monday through Thursday the first two weeks of August

Kids and teens up to age 18 can receive a free lunch while they read or use the computers.

Master Gardener - Compost Stew - August 1st at 1:30 P.M.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will join us to learn about composting with a story and a fun activity.

Kids Cooking Class - August 2nd at 1:30 P.M.

Learn the basics of cooking! This class is for grades 3-5, and space is very limited.

Teen Cooking Class - August 9th at 1:30 P.M.

Learn the basics of cooking! This class is for grades 6-12, and space is very limited.

Moon Sand Factory - August 3rd at 1:30 P.M.

Kids can learn how to make their own Moon Sand!



LEGO Night - August 3rd at 6 P.M.

Exercise your creativity with our large collection of LEGOs!


LEGO WeDo Robotics - August 4th and August 11th at 10 A.M.

Help create real robots using LEGOs.


Yoga for Kids - August 8th at 1:30 P.M. 

Learn some new yoga poses, just for kids!

Rainbow Paper Factory and Invisible Ink - August 10th at 1:30 P.M.

Make some magical rainbow paper and try writing with invisible ink!

Minecraft Club - August 10th at 6 P.M.

Play Minecraft on our computers

Marlin James Magic Show - August 17th at 1:30 P.M.

Come and see a magic show by the amazing Marlin James!

Pokemon Club - August 24th at 6 P.M.

Bring your cards to battle and trade with your friends. 

Pokemon GO Walk - August 16th at 1 P.M.

Playing Pokemon GO? Bring your parents and your device and we will walk around town to different PokeStops! A snack will be included when we return to the library.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

March Programs and Events

Welcome to spring! Well, okay... it doesn't feel like it quite yet, but we are more than ready to welcome some warmer temperatures and longer days of sunshine. If you haven't stopped by the library yet this year, now's the perfect time! We've got plenty of programs for adults, children, teens, tweens, and everyone in between. Check out what we have planned for March!


The Psychic Highway  I  March 2 from 7-8pm
Author Michael Keene presents his new book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, all about the origins of the Erie Canal intertwined with the historical, religious and social issues of the day.

Adult Writers Group  I   March 12 at 1:30  
Do you write? Interested in sharing your ideas, critiques, and skills with others? Whether you write novels, short stories, scripts, or more, we'd love to have you!

Adult Craft Class  I   March 7 from 6-7:30
Make a beautiful and fun craft project under the guidance of our own Becky Sloane, craft maven extraordinaire! Becky will help you create your own magical Fairy Door. Open your own door to crafting fun and excitement at the Newark Public Library. Join us at 6:00 pm. Register at newarklibrary.org or by calling the library at 315-331-4370. Hurry, reservations are limited! 

**There will be a small fee for supplies, payable at the class.

Gadget Guide  I   March 14th & March 28th from 6-7pm
Have a device that's giving you trouble? Let us take a look and teach you how to use it!

Chess Club  I  March 21 from 4-6pm
Every 3rd Monday, come play chess with us. Meetings will be upstairs, by non-fiction.

Mahjongg Club  I  Every Tuesday from 5-7pm
Join us for a few rounds of Mahjongg!

Resume Help  I  Every Wednesday from 1-2 pm and 4-5 pm
Looking for a job? Looking to advance your career? Then you need a stellar resume to show off your skills and abilities. Whether you are stating from scratch, or looking to punch up something you've already got, we can help. Come see Graham on Wednesdays from 1-2 or 4-5 in the Fayetta Hall Small Meeting Room. Call ahead to schedule an appointment to be first in line.

Cards in the Library  I  Every Thursday from 4-6pm 
Join us on Thursday afternoons to play cards! 
1st Thursday: Euchre
2nd Thursday: Cribbage
3rd Thursday: Hearts
Dealer’s choice


Some of last month's creations!

LEGO night  I  March 2 from 6-7pm
Get creative with our Legos, and display your creation in the children’s room!

Gadgets & Games  I  March 7 & 21 from 6-7 pm
Featuring our PS4 and other new games and gadgets such as MaKey MaKey, Lego WeDo Robitics, and more! 

Minecraft Club  I  March 9 from 6-7pm         
Play Minecraft with your friends on our computers (Limited number of spaces available).

Girl Scout Literacy Night  I  March 14 from 6-7:15pm 
Join us for an evening of stories and activities led by Girl Scout Troop 40530!

Pokemon Club  I  March 23 from 6-7pm  
Bring your cards to battle and trade with friends.

Ultimate Building  I  March 29 from 1-3pm
Ultimate building with Minecraft and LEGOs!

After School Snack  I  Mondays & Wednesdays from 3-4:30pm
Enjoy a snack while you hang out at the library after school (18 and under please).

Preschool Storytime  I  Every Tuesday from 10-11am   
An hour of stories, songs, dancing, and fun!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Out of the cold at NPL

In February, after months of cold, dreary weather, many of us start to feel cabin fever set in.  But there is good news! Here at the Newark Public Library, we have many programs coming up to help you get out of your house and escape both the cabin fever and the cold.  We offer programs for all ages.
Each week, our Youth Services staff will offer their always-amazing Tuesday morning Story-time, featuring read and sing-a-longs, and, of course, a good amount of dancing to really shake off that chill. Tech Night and Little Engineers programs on Monday evenings offer children and teens some hands-on experience and fun with technology.  Other programs for children and teens this month include a Teen Cooking Challenge, Minecraft, Legos, and Pokemon clubs, After School Snack, and a showing of the very popular Minions movie during the winter school break. 
"Revolution Army" from Legos night

We offer adults both practical programs, like weekly resume help, and fun programs, like our Mahjongg, Chess, and Cards in the Library programs.  On the second and fourth Monday of every month, our Adult Services Librarian, Graham Tedesco-Blair will offer Gadget Guide — an open Q&A session about topics relating to computers, iPads, smart phones, tablets, and more.  You can craft with Becky Sloane on Monday, February 1st, or attend one of our book discussion programs: Friends of the Library Author Luncheon on February 12, or “The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed American History” presented by author Michael Keene on March 2nd

February's featured craft

This February, get out of the house and the cold and into the library.  For more details about these programs, click the program name to go to our online calendar. Please note that some programs require registration, which you can fill out if necessary by clicking on the program name (registration form will automatically come up).

See you soon!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


It's all about new at Newark: new year, new programs, new faces... all better ways to serve the community in 2016. You'll see some new staff around to help you:

Kari (left), Graham, and Jami.

And a new coffee bar brewing local coffee from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters:

Didn't get that new book you wanted for Christmas? It's okay, we have plenty of new titles to choose from:

And if we don't have it, be sure to suggest that we get a copy.

Our January calendar is full of programs for kids, teens, and adults - all the old favorites are back, as well as some new additions!

NOTE: a  *  indicates that registration is required because space is limited. Click on the program name to go to the registration page.

Ongoing events

Mondays and Wednesdays @ the Community Room: If you are 18 or under, join us for After School   Snacks from 3 to 4:30 pm.


@ the Children's Room: Song, stories and fun for little ones! Join us at 10 am for Preschool Storytime*!

@ the Community Room: Mahjongg Club* meets for a few rounds from 5-7 pm.

Wednesdays @ Fayetta Hall Meeting Room: Come to the library for Resume Help from 1-2 and 4-5 pm.

Thursdays @ the Community Room: Cards in the Library from 4 to 6 pm features a different card game each Thursday. Come for your favorite, or learn something new!
  • Jan 7th: Euchre
  • Jan 14th: Cribbage
  • Jan 21st: Hearts

Jan 4th

@ the Community Room: Join Becky Sloane for Adult Craft Night* from 6 to 7:30 pm - a different craft project each month!

@ the Teen Room: Play around with different technologies with fellow nerds at Tech Night from 6 to 7 pm.

Jan. 6th @ the Community Room: An Upstate New York Frame of Mind: Fiction Set in the Empire State reading & book discussion series facilitated by Joe O'Toole.  EVENT IS FULL.

Jan. 8th @ the Community Room: Six times a year, the Friends of the Newark Public Library host a luncheon. They invite a presenter to discuss books or areas of local interest. Retired minister Tim Johnson will present at this month's program. Hosted from 12-1 pm. Click here to register.

Jan. 11th @ the Community Room:  Join us for Little Engineers: An hour of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities for kids! Starting at 6 pm.

Jan. 13th @ the Teen Room: Join your friends for Minecraft Club* from 6-7 pm. Space is limited

Jan. 20th @ the Community Room: Art Project* night features a different art project each month, beginning at 6pm.

Jan. 25th @ the Community Room: Little Engineers meets again for an hour of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities for kids! Starting at 6 pm.

Jan. 27th @ the Children's Room: Pokemon Club! Bring your cards to battle and trade with friends. Starting at 6 pm.

The Fayetta and Community rooms at the Newark Public Library are available for use for any member of the public. Call us at 331-4370 if you'd like to reserve either. 

We always love to hear suggestions from the community on what you'd like to see the library do for you. Drop us a line anytime or leave us a note in the suggestion box. 

Happy 2016!