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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

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!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall Book Sale October 5, 6, 7

This post has been edited to reflect that there will be no bag sale this time. Instead, plan to be pleasantly surprised that you choose how much to pay for all the delightful reading you'll stock up on.

The annual Fall Festival Book Sale happens in just two weeks, starting Thursday, October 5 and going through Saturday, October 7. The Friends of the Library have been hauling boxes and bags of book donations downstairs and organizing the books. Already the shelves are overflowing and there are still boxes and boxes of books.

This is Great News if you are looking to stock up on winter reading at basement-level prices. There are histories and mysteries, sci-fi and romance, books about cooking and travel and pets, picture books and teen reads. If you're homeschooling, this is the place to fill your books bags without breaking the bank. There's always a great selection of nonfiction, from dictionaries to maps, biographies to animals, gardening, and even some books aimed at educators. There are usually DVDs and CDs.

  Fall Book Sale hours are:
        Thursday, October 6 - from 10 am - 6 pm
        Friday, October 7 - from 10 am - 6 pm
        Saturday, October 10 - from 10 am - 4 pm
            Bag Sale Saturday, from 2-4 pm, $2/bag
There's a Bake Sale on Saturday starting at 10 am and ending when everything is gone. Come early because people line up for the pies.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Art @ the Library

Remember how fun elementary school art class was? You’d walk in and find stacks of manilla paper, pots of paint, or maybe clay at your table. Every class was an adventure.

Now you can reclaim that feeling of artistic exploration through a series of art workshops offered at Candor Free Library. 

Local artist and book illustrator, Johanna Husband is offering ART Splash workshops for ages 8 to 108, though children under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

“We’ll paint, draw, sculpt, make collage, and create fiber art,” says Johanna. “It’s an opportunity for adults to rediscover the artistic kid inside themselves, and for younger people to try new things.”

ART Splash workshops will be on the third Sunday of each month, beginning September 17,  from 1-3 p.m. There is a nominal $5 to cover materials, and participants are asked to bring their own smocks or aprons. To register, call Johanna at 659-7375.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Eclipse Party @ the library

Monday, from 1 - 3 pm we'll have an eclipse-viewing party at the library. Bring your special solar eclipse glasses (we've got a few to give out) and if you made a cereal box or shoebox projector, bring it, too.
We had fun sharing eclipse science and art on Saturday at the "Feed the 5000" picnic. Don't we look cool in these shades? Regular sunglasses won't do for solar eclipse viewing - they have to have special filters.

The safest way to watch the eclipse is to not look at the sun at all, but use a projector. You can make them out of boxes, mailing tubes, chip cans, paper plates, pizza box from the recycling bin, post card, a spiral notebook cover...

Want to make a projector out of a cereal box? Here's how.

Want to make a projector out of a mailing tube?
Or a chip can? Here's how.

We'll be doing hands-on science stuff down at the library as the moon passes between the earth and the sun. How can a small body (moon) block out such a huge sun? Come find out.

IF you are looking for activities to do at home, you can download a copy of the Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer booklet.

Be safe!
Have fun!
See you @ the library!
Thank you to Anne Stout for photos.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Eclipse is Coming!

On August 21 the sun will go out. At least part way, and for a couple hours (unless you head south to where they will experience total eclipse). So Candor Library is getting ready to celebrate this not-everyday event. We have new books about stars and eclipses, folk tales and science... even Curious George!

To get ready for the eclipse, the library is hosting two events:
 Saturday, August 19 - we'll be at the “Feed the 5,000” event at the Candor Fire Hall pavilion. From 12 noon to 2 p.m. you'll find us at a table sharing activities and information about the solar eclipse. Come decorate your own solar-viewing glasses, make a pinhole viewer, learn what the eclipse is all about, and take home some prizes.

Monday, August 21 - join us for a Solar Eclipse party at the library from 1 – 3 p.m. If you have solar eclipse glasses and viewers, bring them – or make some here. Decorate solar cookies, watch the eclipse, and do some hands-on science. If it rains, the party will move inside and we’ll watch the eclipse via a feed from NASA. 

Cool eclipse links:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Get Building @ the Library

There's a bunch of building going on inside the library - at the back table "Maker Space". Right now you'll find a kit of electrical snap-together units that you can use to make circuits, alarms, and other fun projects.

There's also a big box of blocks for very young architectural engineers to experiment with and lots of other new things to explore.

And there's still time to get involved in Summer Reading. So drop by, check out some books, rearrange the magnetic letters, and do stuff at the Maker Space.

No time to be bored @ the library.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Summer Reading Starts Monday July 10!

It's Summer Reading time at the Candor Library! This year's theme is "Build a Better World".

Candor Free Library's Summer Reading program begins Monday, July 10 and goes six weeks. Readers of all ages, from just-beginning-to-read to high school senior are eligible to participate. All you need is a library card to get started, and a book bag to carry home all those literary treasures.

Each week there will be an activity at the circulation desk and all participants win a prize at the end – an ice cream cone!

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.