Saturday November 9th from 10-11:30am we’re happily welcoming back genealogist Laura Lee of Digging Roots as she teaches us about new discoveries in DNA and how they can impact your understanding of your family’s past! This educational opportunity is free and coffee and snacks will be available for a small donation to the library. Come and connect with science to better understand your own history!
Have you wanted to try healthier foods on the way to living a healthier lifestyle, but don’t know where to start?
Join Neida Suto for a free demonstration and sampling of healthy plant-based foods on Tuesday, October 29 at the Harris Memorial Library’s Harris House from 4pm-6pm!
The program will touch on lifestyle-related diseases and how to achieve healthy living practices, being a combination of health seminar plus cooking class designed to motivate and educate on the power of healing by natural laws of health. Neida will emphasize the importance of a wholesome plant-based diet and nutrition to achieve prevention, treatment and reversal of lifestyle diseases. She will also demonstrate recipes to show that plant-based foods are delicious and easy to prepare. And, at the end of the session, there will be food samples for the attendees.
There will also be related books available to look at and consider purchasing, and attendees will receive a sample of recipes to take and try at home!
We are so excited about tomorrow night’s visit by the NY Shadow Chasers! They’ll do a brief lecture, starting at 6pm, about the paranormal and the scientific equipment they use to document and sometimes debunk situations, as well as their personal experiences investigating the paranormal. Then, if you’ve got your tickets for the investigation, we’ll break into groups and explore the space ourselves! It promises to be a wonderful and unique event–perfect for the Halloween season! Tickets for the lecture are for a donation of $5 each and for the investigation the donation is an additional $15. Tickets must be gotten in advance so we don’t outdo our capacity.
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 the basics (and show off some of their cool technology)! This is one of our fall fundraisers. 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, attendees will be seated in different spots in the historic Harris House and the library, lights will be turned off, observations will be made and recorded, and then, approximately 30 minutes into the investigation, lights will come on and people will shift to a new location, and observe and record another 30 minutes. We’ll do a final chat about what we found (or didn’t) and post our results.
This fundraiser will be on October the 25th with the lecture starting at 6pm. You MUST get tickets in advance as they will be very limited.
In 2019 72 mini-grants were awarded throughout the United States by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Harris Memorial Library was fortunate to win one and immediately started getting things together to creatively empower participants in the creation of their own handmade book. Many books by Ezra Jack Keats were read to stimulate thought and conversation about artistic styles, process, and voice, and to help build empathy by exploring our differences.
Volunteers made a world of difference (as they always do) although Shannon didn’t manage to catch photos of all of them in action.
Children from the community from age eight to fifteen participated, some in family groups, some as part of the Unatego Summer Program (hats off to Carrie Hewlett for all her hard work!).
Children had books read to them and then engaged in creative activities including Acrylic Pouring/Paint Pouring, Character Design, Storyboard Creation, Matching Colors to Mood, and finally constructing their own book. There were many moments that children were deep in thought, considering their options–which was wonderful because art and literature are highly subjective things.
As a published author herself, and an award-winning artist, Shannon was very excited to see so much artistic and creative ability in the program’s participants. The project was capped off with an exhibit of the children’s work which was open to the public.
A few samples of work children did are included below, along with photos of the participants in different stages of the program. Thank you to all our amazing volunteers and very talented participants–keep creating–your voices matter!
That’s right! It’s nearly fall, many kids are headed back to school, and, to accommodate our town’s people better, we’re adjusting our hours!
We are CLOSED Labor Day, and closed regularly on Fridays and Sundays. In September we will also be closed Wednesday the 11th, and Thursday the 12th to focus on 4 County automation.
We will be OPEN:
This means we’re open an additional hour AND that kids can pop in for books or homework help after school Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Library Director Shannon will gladly help you succeed in the new school year if she can!
As many of you are aware, our hours are variable as the seasons change, and public needs and interests arise. To be as up-to-date as possible, please check our Facebook page at @harrislibrary (which will include any sudden changes in the schedule such as delays and closings, too).
Through August our hours will remain the same they’ve been since February:
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10am-3pm
Are you ready for some exciting magic and memory tricks, and to enjoy a visit from Animal Adventure? We sure hope so because we’re winding up our Summer Reading Program with a visit from The Amazing Great AND some of the curious creatures from Animal Adventure. We’ll have games in the backyard, stargazing, and popcorn, so bring the family! And, if you participated in our Summer Reading Program make sure and turn in your Intergalactic Passport by noon on Saturday the 10th so Shannon can tally your points and award you prizes. So much will be happening @ YOUR little but lively library we hope you ALL can be a part of it!
We have so many Summer Reading Program prizes this year that EVERYONE who participated can win at least a couple cool things!
The fun starts at 6pm, so make sure you’re ready to join us!
Laura Lee presented a great workshop for people interested in learning about their family’s past–and and she did it all for free! She came with great resources to share with attendees, and a level of knowledge that impressed Shannon (even though Shannon only had time to pop in and out of the room briefly!). She talked about how to start your search, genealogical research scams and pitfalls, and gave some information on some of the hurdles in history (like the Orphan Trains) that people encounter in their quest to dig into their roots.
In fall Laura Lee hopes to come back to Harris Memorial Library to present about the emerging information DNA research can add to a person’s genealogical research. If you have any questions about your family’s past, or how to better research your family members’ histories and mysteries–you’ll definitely want to check out Laura Lee’s upcoming workshop.
If you’d like to reach out to Laura Lee with a question (or maybe you need a family tree done but don’t have the time) you can stop by the library for a card with her contact information.
What a fun day!
We started our Ezra Jack Keats mini-grant project at the library. Director Shannon had participants close their eyes and imagine the images used to illustrate the story “Kitten for a Day” while it was read aloud. Then the kids were handed storyboard worksheets with the text from the story they’d just heard and encouraged to illustrate (or describe in words) their interpretation of the action. They had fun (and spent a good amount of time thinking) as they devised their own illustrations. Shannon was impressed by their curiosity and their willingness to give it a try. After they spent some time working on their own interpretation of EJK’s words, Shannon read the book again, this time showing them the pictures, and they discussed what they thought they’d gotten “close” and what they’d envisioned much differently. It was neat to hear what they thought the words meant! Shannon stressed to them that having different ideas or different interpretations isn’t bad or wrong–it just means they imagine things differently. She even pointed out that in problem-solving having more (and different) ideas is really helpful so you come to the best answer possible. Then the group got journals to write and draw ideas in–maybe story ideas, maybe character ideas…pretty much anything they like! Shannon can’t wait to see the group again Monday for the next step in their book-making.