Spanish for Kids!

Join us on Saturday at 11am for a brief beginning Spanish lesson for young people (and the young at heart)! We’re building a basic vocabulary including colors, numbers, animals, and basic phrases through kinesthetic learning. We meet every other Saturday this month (so we meet on 2/8 and 2/22 this month to allow our Tuesday group to catch up).

Paint & Sip Saturday!

This Saturday afternoon (2/8/2020), starting at 4pm, join Kathy Knox for another fun Paint and Sip fundraiser for the library!

We still have some spots open, and for a donation of $35 you get all the supplies and instruction you need to create a painting like this one, plus snacks and beverages! Please RSVP at 988-6661, but if you can’t due to timing, come out anyway and we’ll make room! Your donation in exact change will be greatly appreciated and used to provide more great things for YOUR little but lively library!

Santa Visits for the 2nd Annual Stuffed Animal Slumber Party!

That’s right, Santa Claus is coming to town! He’s let his beard grow out a bit and has rested up since this picture–he looks much younger, but he’s going to be coming for story and cookies, and PICTURES! Children can bring a favorite stuffed animal to join in the celebration and then leave their stuffed animal for a stuffed animals-only sleepover party in the library! Shannon and Anne will get photos of their adventures to share when children come back to the library Saturday to pick up their stuffed animals. You must RSVP by either reaching out on Facebook or leaving a message at 988-6661.

The Annual Silver Tea: Sunday 12/8 at 2pm

We love our traditions and community here in Otego and the Annual Silver Tea is a great event to enjoy.

Due to concerns about some of our valued Senior community members not feeling safe driving at night, the time of the Tea is 2pm.

What exactly IS our Silver Tea? It’s a tradition started by Miss Dasa Harris (who once owned the Harris Memorial House and library property). We all gather together to enjoy tea and other beverages and delicious snacks in the historic Harris Memorial House (which is decked out in holiday splendor). The piano starts up (thanks to the nimble hands of Irmabelle Sheldon) and we sing a bit, thank our volunteers, and announce the winners of the Silver Tea Baskets. It’s all about kindness and good cheer and maintaining a sense of community and connectivity. Granted, it’s an old-timey thing, but some of the best things are sweet traditions that we can pass along.

Inclement or Hazardous Weather Policy

As the first “Snowpocalypse” of the season approaches, we thought it might be smart to share our full and complete “Inclement or Hazardous Weather Policy” here. Shannon has taken a moment to place in bold the most pertinent (in her mind) parts for our patrons. In short, if Unatego closes, the library will very likely close, no fines will accrue, and patrons may call 988-6661 and leave a message to renew resources.


Harris Memorial Library

Inclement or Hazardous Weather Policy

Weather-related situations may occasionally require altered hours of operation or complete closure of the Harris Memorial Library. Although all reasonable attempts will be made to keep the library open during regularly scheduled hours in order to best serve the public, the safety of our patrons and staff are of utmost importance.

The library will be closed if the Unatego School District closes due to inclement weather, and programs/events already scheduled for the library on that day will be cancelled. The opening of the library will be postponed for the day if the Unatego School District postpones their opening, and the library may close early, especially on days the Unatego School District closes early due to weather concerns.

In some cases library staff will attempt to open, or remain open, if circumstances, locality, and availability of staff or Board members allow.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page (@HarrisLibrary) for details.

The library will close, delay opening or close ahead of schedule when the weather becomes hazardous to the health and/or safety of the public and/or library staff.  Emergency/inclement weather closings will be authorized by the Director and/or the Board of Library Trustees with observance of local conditions and in accordance with National or New York Weather Service Warnings, Watches, and Advisories. Early closures may be announced at any time during the work day to ensure the safety of patrons and staff traveling in the evening hours.

During questionable weather, please do not attempt to travel to the library without first listening to the local radio station and checking our Facebook page to ensure the library is open.

The public will be notified of postponements, closing, or changes in hours of operation through the following means:

  • Facebook posting @HarrisLibrary
  • Local television announcements
  • Local radio announcements

Library resources can be renewed over the phone (messages left during closure will be honored), and fines will not accrue during closures, so use caution when travel is concerning.

If severe weather and/or emergency conditions arise during the day and the library is to close early, library patrons already in the building will be notified immediately.

In the case of suddenly arising severe weather (microbursts/tornados, etc.), patrons and staff currently inside the library will take shelter until the danger has passed in either the office closet, or in the basement, depending on circumstance, mobility, and number of people.

Thank you and stay safe!


In the event of needing to issue a closing or delay, the Library Director and Board members should be in contact via email or phone the evening prior to an expected problem, with a vote being made by Board members by 8:30pm that night, so that the appropriate media groups/outlets may be notified by 6:30am the morning of the potential delay/closing.

If a super-local member of the Board volunteers to open the library instead, they must make that clear before a vote is issued and responded to.

Board approved February 20, 2019.