Tuesday, December 19, 2017

You're Invited to a Party!

Fran Howe, who's been library director for a score of years or so, is retiring at the end of this year. To honor her service, and celebrate her retirement, the library is hosting a party - and you're invited.

Fran's Retirement Party will be Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm at the library. Drop in to share stories, partake of refreshments, and meet the new director, Marcia Enright.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Art @ the Library December 16 & 17

Take a break from the hectic holiday preparations and rediscover your artistic soul. This month Candor Free Library is hosting two art adventures for people of all ages.

On Saturday, December 16 the library hosts “Painting With Sandy” from 1:30 – 4 p.m. The workshop is geared for kids 9 and older and adults are welcome. This month’s theme will be painting a snow man, so come to the library, pick up a paintbrush, and splash color on canvas. Register in person or by calling the library at 607-659-7258 or call 607-659-4166.

On Sunday, December 17 the library hosts Art Splash! from 1-3 p.m. This month's focus is collage, so be ready to tear, cut, and glue to create cool artwork. The workshop is open to all ages from 8 to 108, though children under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult. All you need to bring is $5 to cover materials. To register, call 607-659-7375 or contact the library. Art Splash! happens on the third Sunday of every month.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

"Coding Academy" ~ Saturday, December 9

Wiggle your fingers and flex those coding muscles because on Saturday, December 9 we're hosting "Coding Academy". 

Coding with Anna and Elsa at Hour of Code
Join us for an afternoon of computer coding fun on and off the screen, creating games, and a chance to win a hot-off-the-press coding activity book.

What is coding? It's a way to talk to a machine in a language it understands. Coding is what makes it possible for people to create computer software, apps and websites. Without code, you wouldn't be reading this blog post.

So, is it hard to do? Well, have you ever told a friend how to make something? If so, you already know the basics of coding: communicate directions in the order they need to be followed.

Why learn about coding if you don't plan to program computers? Good question! Consider all the stuff in your life that is dependent on computer technology: cell phone, laptop, ATM at the bank, - even the robotic vacuum cleaner. The future is tech-oriented, so even if you don't plan to work directly with computers you'll need to know how to use them. And maybe even talk to them. Plus "coding" is good exercise for brains of all ages. It makes you think about how to solve a problem. 

So grab a friend, a parent, a grandparent - and head to the library for some coding fun.
When: Saturday December 9 from 1-3 pm
Where: Candor Free Library
Cost: free 
Coding Academy is open to kids of all ages from 8 to 80 (but those under 12 years old need to bring an adult).
To Register: drop by the library or call 659-7258

This event is part of “Hour of Code™”, a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Art @ the Library Saturday Nov. 18

On Saturday, November 18 ~ Come to the library to Paint With Sandy! This is a wonderful opportunity to pick up a paintbrush and splash color on canvas. Painting goes from 1:30 – 4 p.m. Register at the library, or call 659-7258.

Sunday's Art Splash workshop has been CANCELLED.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Johnny Only is Coming to Story Hour Nov 7!

On Tuesday, November 7, Johnny Only is coming to Candor Free Library! He's a kid's musician and presents an interactive mix of stories and music. Best of all - he gets kids up and moving and singing along. The program begins at 10:15 a.m. and is free.  You can find out more about him here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

In the Gallery: Postage Stamp Art

There's a saying that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Library treasurer, Don Weber has taken that to heart, turning junk mail into art - at least the stamps on junk mail. Not just the stamps on the outside envelope either; he uses the stamps on the return envelopes too. 

For the past 35 years Don has been collecting junk mail stamps. Now he's turning them into art. Don has painstakingly separated stamps from their envelopes and sorted them into collecting envelopes: apples, grapes, conestoga wagons, trolley cars, coffee pots, Navajo jewelry, mesas and plateaus of the Southwest, flags, flags, and more flags.

One spells out the word "art". Look closely and you see that every stamp portrays a work of art: quilt designs, tiffany lamps, decorated coffee pots, cool design features on cars, turquoise and silver. "Patriotism" is all red-white-and-blue, with a variety of flags, stars, and even Lady Liberty. “Transport” is composed of stamps featuring conestoga wagons, coaches, trolleys, trucks – things with wheels that spell out the word “wheels”. There are lots of clocks on that one. That's because trains and buses run on a schedule, and clocks themselves are wheels - at least the old ones, when you took them apart, had wheel gears of all sizes.

So come on down to the library and check out the stamps. Maybe you'll get inspired to do something with the junk mail that ends up in your box every week!