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 […]

April Book Sale

Last Book Sale before Otego Days! We are very excited to be hosting the Unatego Class of 2024 Bake Sale as well. Come out and support Public Literacy and our local students by visiting your library.


August 21st Starting at 7pm…

Free hot dogs (thanks to Stewart’s), and free ice cream (thanks to Stewart’s) starting at 7–come hungry! We’re also grateful to have a free demonstration of a K9 unit (thanks to our amazing NY State Troopers)–if you want to know more about what it takes to be a police officer or state trooper, come and […]

Special August 21st Event and Special Guests

Free hot dogs. Free ice Cream. Special guests to educate and entertain us, dinosaur- and dragon-inspired activities and two great movies about dragons to end the day…? YES. It all happens Saturday, August 21st and is free for library patrons. Get your tickets in advance for this fun and final summer event! We want everyone […]

Looking Back on the Start of Summer and the Meaning of Libraries

This summer’s start has been like no other, with moments of remembrance and goodbye, of joy, of learning, creating, meeting, and planting good things with the faith that the future can always be brighter, that opportunities should not be missed, and life is sweetest when community comes together. People accidentally pigeonhole libraries and what they […]

Spend a Summer Saturday in Otego, New York

❤️ Spend a Summer Saturday in Otego, NY…❤️ Head to Otsdawa Berry right after dawn for some early morning blueberry picking. It’s beautiful and the fruits of your labors are sure to be sweet! Pop into the village and over to Muddy River Dairy at the far end of Main Street for raw milk, fresh […]

Lots Happening at YOUR Little but Lively Library

A new activity every day of our Summer Reading Program? Yes. THAT’s what’s happening at the library. We’ve hosted Coffee Klatsch, S.T.E.M. with Stickers, weekly Story Times, doodling/tangling, coloring zoo animal masks, creating poetry out of newspapers, doing gods eyes, and we’re setting up for our first Summer Saturday Movie Night in the library backyard, […]

Movie Night: If You Like to Surprise Your Family…

Saturday night (July 24th) we’re hosting two movies, themed activities and snacks. If you’re planning on coming but haven’t gotten your free tickets (please get them in advance, they’re cute AND help us judge how many people to expect), and haven’t told your family what’s showing this Saturday night, you can use the two mood […]

August 21st Food, Fun, and a Double-Feature of Super Creatures!

August 21st Food, Fun, and a Double-Feature of Super Creatures!

We’re doing double-features throughout summer on Saturday nights and August 21st will be our last one! And we’re saving the best for last! We’ll wrap up the Summer Reading Program by handing out certificates and prizes. We’ll play games… We’ll do some dragon- and dinosaur-related activities… We’ll eat some great food (hot dogs, chips, and […]

Hiring: Seeking Part-Time Library Clerk

We are hiring! Seeking library clerk for 15 hours a week during summer (and perhaps further), including 3 hours on many Saturday mornings. Clerk is expected to be friendly, organized, prompt, able to (with training) check resources in and out using two circulation databases, maintain a regular schedule, shelve books appropriately, assist in final stages […]