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Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 2 pm-5 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am- noon; 2 pm- 5 pm; 6 pm- 8 pm (no Tuesday morning hours in summer)
Saturday: 10 am- noon; 2 pm- 4pm

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer Reading: bug books (and more) for kids

 This is the time of mayfly hatches, cricket symphonies, swallowtails and bumble bees. Also a great time to explore bug books in the collection. Here are a few:

Creepy crawlies : tiny creatures, amazing powers
by Richard and Louise Spilsbury.
There are some amazing creatures in these pages. The book is just bursting with fascinating facts and bold photographs - some larger than life-size! It's a wonderful guidebook to the miniature world of  insects and arachnids and features close-ups, cutaways, and informative captions.
Bug off! : creepy, crawly poems
by Jane Yolen
 Meet thirteen bugs in playful, humorous poems and wonderful photographs. Things you will learn about: how bees make honey; that many butterflies can taste food with their feet; that some bugs can fly higher than the Empire State Building. You may already know some of these bugs - a fly, praying mantis, honeybee, butterfly, daddy longlegs, dragonfly, grasshopper, ants ... but the poems, photographs, and nonfiction passages present them in a new way. Back matter includes an author’s note that encourages readers to write their own bug poems.  

The ant's nest : a huge, underground city
by Miriam Aronin.
Ants create huge underground nests - a complex system of tunnels and chambers that may be home to as many as 500,000 ants. The insects are highly organized and surprisingly strong when they all work together. They cooperate in tasks like building and protecting the colony, gathering food, and caring for the colony's young. This book includes great photos and a habitat map.   

Insect detective
by Steve Voake
Right now, all around us, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things: wasps are building nests, ants are collecting food, and dragonflies are readying for the hunt. But it’s not always easy to catch sight of these six-legged creatures: you have to know where to look. Guided by this book, readers will happily become insect detectives and find out just what those bugs are up to.

 Beyond Books: Candor Free library offers more ways to investigate  nature. Check out the Museum Pass - a family pass to the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca.  The museum pass is also good for a trip to the Cayuga Nature Center where you can explore exhibits, citizen science centers, and butterfly garden.

There are also backpacks - perfect for 4 - 6 year-olds - and one focuses on bugs and birds. Older kids can check out a Science explore bag with a magnifying lens. The library also has cameras available for loan - perfect for snapping photos of the creepy (and not-so-creepy) crawlies you discover.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Spring Book Sale May 19 & 20

“The Reader (Young Woman Reading a Book),” Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1876


The annual Spring Book Sale happens May 19 and 20, and the shelves are overflowing with books. This is the perfect time to stock up on beach reading, riding-in-the-car books, rainy day novels, poolside paperbacks and more.

Whether it's histories or mysteries, sci-fi or crafts to try, you're sure to find something to fill your book bag. Over the last few weeks the Friends of Candor Free Library have been busy sorting and shelving and stacking to make it a bit easier for you to find what you're looking for.

Spring Book Sale hours

Friday May 19, 10am-6pm 
Saturday May 20, 10am-4pm. 
Bag Sale Saturday May 20, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Quilt Scavenger Hunt

There's a wonderful quilt on exhibit right now. "It Takes a Village" is a collaborative work by the members of New Quilters on the Block. Drop by during library hours to take a closer look at the fun houses and trees.
  • look for a square with buttons
  • find a cat
  • find the school
  • look for the sugar house
  • check out the ice cream shop
  • find one that looks like something near you
  • how many different ways did quilters make trees?
  • what do all the squares have in common?
Also - remember that the library has a visitor's pass to the Museum of the Earth, in Ithaca - you can check it out for a week. More here.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Museum Passes and Bunny Baskets

Did you know you could check out a museum trip at the library? Candor Free Library now has a family pass to the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca. You can check out the pass for a week and then go discover the museum.

What you'll find up there: a huge whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling, a wonderful mural on the walk down into the earth, and more fossils than you thought possible. Take a tour through the ages, and check out the dinosaur activities.

The museum pass is also good for a trip to the Cayuga Nature Center with exhibits, citizen science centers, and butterfly garden (once the flowers bloom).

Add reading and games to your museum exploration week with some of the "Literacy on the Go" backpacks. Number 7 features rocks and dinosaurs, and number 10 focuses on bugs and birds.

Easter Reading and Activities at the library. There are a bunch of children's books about Easter, spring flowers, and Passover. While you're at the library, add a flower to the mural at the circulation desk and check out the activities on the back Maker Space table.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Blind Date with Books

 Tired of the same old relationships? Looking for something new and exciting to read?

Why not go on a blind date with a book?

Drop by the library through Valentine's day and pick up a wrapped book to take home. Like online dating sites, you'll have do decide whether what they say on the cover reveals enough of their personality for a long-term reading relationship. But why not take a chance?

 Books for adults and young adults are labeled with clues (and come with a sweet). Just pick one up and take it home. Unwrap, read, enjoy. Show it your favorite places to read. Take it out for coffee or to the park (or bleachers where the two of you can wait for practice to end). Introduce it to your friends. And if it's not the right book for you, perhaps it is for someone else.

Assistant library director Marcia Enright got the idea for blind book dates from her daughter and library colleague Natassia (known to her fellow Candor alums as Tasha) who works at the library in Johnson City. Marcia wrote the valentine descriptions and Linda wrapped up the books.

They also whipped up some lollipop valentines for younger readers. And if you're in the mood to make your own valentines, remember that there's a maker-space on the back table where you can create all kinds of things.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Become a Friend of the Library

Looking for a way to help the community?

If you love the library and are wondering what you can do to help its mission, consider joining Friends of the Library. The group holds two book sales, one in October during the Fall Festival and one in May. Funds raised by the sales are used to purchase new books and support library programs.

The Friends meet on the last Thursday of each month at 7pm, except for November and December. They gather in the downstairs community room and, after meetings, often sort books for future sales.
For more information contact president Anne Stout at 607-659-5681.