NY Shadow Chasers Investigation of the Harris House and Library

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to investigate the paranormal? With books, television shows, movies and the like covering paranormal stories there’s obviously a lot of curiosity. Come get your questions answered as the New York Shadow Chasers team talks about how they do what they do and teach you the basics (and show you some of their cool technology)! You MUST get your tickets in advance for BOTH the lecture (starting at $6) AND the investigation IF you want to be part of the investigation. Lecture tickets are for a donation of $5, and investigation tickets are for a donation of $15. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The investigation will start shortly after the lecture ends.

NY Shadow Chasers Lecture on the Paranormal

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to investigate the paranormal? With books, television shows, movies and the like covering paranormal stories there’s obviously a lot of curiosity. Come get your questions answered as the New York Shadow Chasers team talks about how they do what they do and teach you the basics (and show you some of their cool technology)! You MUST get your tickets in advance for BOTH the lecture (starting at $6) AND the investigation IF you want to be part of the investigation. Lecture tickets are for a donation of $5, and investigation tickets are for a donation of $15. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

World War II Book and Movie Club: THE MONUMENTS MEN

Join us for a last discussion on The Monuments Men book and a light lunch. Then, on the 20th we’ll watch the movie (and have a light lunch) and get our next book, the historical fiction book The Book Thief! Please call the library to let Shannon know you’ll be coming!

Sign Up! World War II Book & Movie Club with Light Lunch

Yes, it’s free. Yes, Shannon’s going to feed you, too. Come join us for our first-ever World War II-themed book and movie club! We’ll be reading a selection of acclaimed (and well-researched) books dealing with World War II, most, if not all, also having a movie we will view and compare with the book. As Shannon is currently doing her master’s degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, she is very familiar with the time period and a particular angle of the history. We will start with reading The Monuments Men and discussing one of the most significant art heists in history and the fact that we are still working to track down valuable works of art looted by the Nazis nearly 75 years ago!

POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH: World War II Book and Movie Club with Light Lunch

Did you know that next year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II? Join Library Director Shannon (whose current master’s degree work is in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and who has taught World War II topics previously) to kick off this unique book club in which we read a book, examine ancillary resources (like our own collection of Life magazines from the war’s early days), discuss the book, and watch a film based on the book. A light lunch of soup and salad will be offered. Participants must RSVP by 1 pm on Thursday 1/24.

A Little but Lively Library in the Heart of Upstate New York

Located in the small town of Otego, New York, the Harris Memorial Library has a rich history in large part thanks to the lovely and adventurous Daisy or “Dasa” Harris who willed her Victorian-Italianate-style home to the village of Otego–so long as it became, and remained, a library. Her house became known as the Harris Memorial House, and when it was realized that the small rooms were not conducive to a library’s organization, and that the weight of so many books and their shelves might collapse the historic structure, a modern addition was added to the back of the building to house the library.

We offer free computer and wi-fi access, and have a 3D printer  –  things Dasa likely never imagined being part of the library she was so intent on providing room for.

We invite you to explore our history and book shelves with us, and learn about our inclusive and varied programs. Like us and follow us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date listing of activities.