2 Bank Street, Candor, NY 13743 / 607-659-7258

Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons from 2-5 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am-noon, 2-5 pm, and 6-8 pm
Saturdays from 10 am-noon and 2-4 pm
FLLS loan delivery days will be Tuesday and Friday.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Back to Regular Hours!

So far, the re-opening is going well and so the library is going back to our "Regular Hours":
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 2-5 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am-noon; 2-5 pm; and 6-8 pm
Saturday mornings 10-noon and afternoons 2-4 pm

We all would like to see the library resume its normal programming. So here's a reminder about the Library Rules as we go into the fall:
  • Masks are required
  • Please observe social distancing
  • Use hand sanitizer before handling materials.
  • If you look at an item and decide you don’t want to borrow it, please put it in a large wicker basket to be cleaned
Got Questions? Give us a call at 659-7258 or email

Monday, August 17, 2020

Yes – you can now come inside and browse. We are keeping our shortened hours Mon-Fri 3-6, Sat 10-12 for the time being.
If you want to come into the library:
  • Masks are required
  • Please observe social distancing
  • Use hand sanitizer before handling materials.
  • If you look at an item and decide you don’t want to borrow it, please put it in a large wicker basket to be cleaned.
Also, this is the last week of summer reading. Readers of all ages can turn in reading slips and other contest entries till the end of the month.

Got Questions? Give us a call at 659-7258 or email

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Inter-library Delivery, Summer Reading, and MORE!

Good News ~ Inter-library loans and book deliveries are back at last!  You can now place holds for books at different libraries, and have them delivered to Candor. Our delivery day will be Tuesdays, with first delivery on July 28th.

Even though the building isn't open (yet) - the lobby is, and we've got tons of SUMMER STUFF happening. Please check our Summer 2020 page for more details, and of course we'll be posting events on our FB page.

Summer Reading goes through August 22. You’ll find a sign-up sheet in the lobby. Grab a reading log from the folder, pick up a free book, and take one of the weekly prizes. There will be a prize-drawing at the end of summer.

If you want to join the Summer Book Club, there are still books available. The club is for incoming or exiting 4th- through 6th-graders (ages 9-12), and the book is The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair, by Amy Makechnie. There will be two Zoom meetings: July 29 and Aug 29. Please contact the library to join the book club and arrange a book pick-up.

Drop by each week to pick up a STEAM Grab-and-Go project in the lobby. The projects are provided by 4H and activities include constructing an FPG-9 Glider and building a marshmallow bridge.

Page Turner Adventures begin Monday, July 13 and you may join any time. Think: circus + story + larger-than-life props in a mad alchemy of storytelling and imagination. The audience becomes the HERO in the story, interacting directly with the actors on stage. There are adventures five days a week for 6 weeks. Each adventure lasts 30 – 45 minutes. To participate, you will need to join the facebook group Page Turner Adventures at Candor Free Library’s facebook page. More info on our Summer 2020 page.

Wed. July 15 ~ Didgeridoo Down Under, at 6:30 pm. Didgeridoo Down Under is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation.You can find the link on Candor Library’s facebook page, or you can email the library for a link.

Tuesday, July 28 ~ The Dirtmeister at 7pm. This is a fun blend of science, mirth and merriment. Candor is providing this program in cooperation with three other libraries, so you may participate in any of them. Check back for links; here are the dates and times:
Candor 7/28 at 7pm
Waverly 7/29 at 10am
Coburn 7/29 at 6pm
Spencer 8/3 TBD

Saturday, June 13, 2020

We're Re-opening

Huzzah! The library is re-opening on Monday, June 15. This is great news for those of us who have been chomping at the bit for some new books.

I feel like we should have some fireworks to celebrate.

Things will be a bit different for awhile. As you can see from the Hours posted above, the library will be open only in the afternoons,
Monday - Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Also, the main library building will not open. The only service available at the moment will be "Lobby Pick-up" - or, if you prefer, "Library take-out".

How to Get Books:

  • Go to the library’s website ( and click on the link for PowerPAC – it’s a blue icon with a person reading a book. OR click on the Candor Library Catalog link over in the right hand column.
  • Request items.
  • When your materials are ready, the library will call you to come pick them up in the library lobby. 
  • Wear a mask!

If you need help finding materials, call the library, at 659-7258 or e-mail to

There is no Interlibrary Loan at this time. If you really want something from another library, then click on the "library" tab up top of the catalog. You will have to go to that library to pick up and return materials.

How to Return Materials:
 Please drop all your materials through the book return. The library has instituted a “book quarantine” so all materials will be held for 7 days* before re-shelving or checking them out to other patrons. If you have a backpack, call the library and arrange for a drop-off  in the lobby.

New Books!
At this time, Candor patrons are limited to requesting materials available in Candor Free Library’s collection. The good news is that the library ladies have just processed a selection of new children’s books and fiction, nonfiction, and mysteries for adults. And there’s a new collection of Large Type books available to patrons.

Summer Book Club
This summer we're hosting a virtual summer book club for any incoming or exiting 4th- through 6th-grader (ages 9-12). Candor Elementary library teacher, Wendy Bruttomesso is leading the club. Participants will read The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair, by Amy Makechnie. Plan on picking up your copy the week of June 29. To register: email the library at or (with a parent’s or guardian’s permission for kids) leave a private Facebook message.

*this reflects new recommendations from the North East Document Conservation Center as of 6-17-2020.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

More resources for At Home Families

Looking for story time books and nature activities? Here are a few more to add to your bag of tricks:

Storyline Online~ stories to listen to

Science & Nature activities for Cooped up Kids ~ from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Resources for the Stay-At-Home Family

This month every family is a homeschooling family. If you are looking for resources to help keep kids (and adults) learning and having fun, here are a few resources - check our FB page for more.

The Finger Lakes Library System has lots of electronic resources including audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, and streaming video via Hoopla. These are all available with your library account number.
Access the FLLS catalog here.
Across the top you'll see a tab for Online Databases and Digital Downloads.
Online Databases include periodicals, homework help, and MANGO language learning
Digital Downloads is where you’ll find e-books and e-magazines
Looking for Tumblebooks? click here.

STEM Activities:

STEAM Team 2020 has a list of STEM and Arts-related sites at their website.

Bedtime Math has fun math problems for all levels here.
Archimedes Notebook has weekly nature breaks and Friday book reviews and STEM activities here.

Take a walk outside. Try to work in those #1000hoursoutside by creating some outdoor BINGO sheets or scavenger hunts.
One resource with downloadable seasonal BINGO cards is Mass Audubon

Engineer and Construct and Build with Legos or blocks or toilet paper tubes, sticks, stones, mud, and other things from nature. Building things taps into the Engineering, Arts, and Math part of STEAM.

Got Legos?
You can download a 30-days of Lego Play calendar here.

Literacy Activities

Day-By-Day Literacy has activities at their website.

Virtual Field Trips here's a link to 20 virtual field trips you can take - to zoos, aquariums, and museums. Have fun!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Library Closed through April 13

Effective 3/16 through 4/13 Candor Free Library will be closed.

  •  All public activities at the library are cancelled, except that the Village of Candor elections will happen as scheduled this Wednesday, March 18.
  • All items currently on loan have been renewed until May 1.
  • If you have any questions you may contact the library through this Facebook page or president of the board of trustees, Melvin Foster at

Friday, February 28, 2020

Writing, Coffee, and Conversation @ the Library

If you like to write - whether it's letters to the editor, memoir, romance, poetry, or picture books - Candor's got a space for you. Our WRITE NOW writing group meets every month, on the first Wednesday, from 10 am - noon. This is where writers gather to to learn more about the craft of writing, share ideas, support each others work, offer positive critiques, and catch up with news. The next WRITE NOW meeting happens Wednesday, March 4. Bring your work-in-progress.

For the past month, local writers have been meeting on Wednesdays for "write-ins". Perhaps you've noticed people busy writing in notebooks or tapping on their laptops. The write-ins provide energy and encouragement for writers to get their words on the page. The last write-in of CaFeWriMo (Cabin Fever Writing Month) is Wednesday, Mar. 4 from 2 - 4 pm. So if you've been procrastinating at getting that chapter/poem/outline done, join us. Chocolate provided (always!).

 Coffee and Conversation @ the Library!
If you had dropped by the library on a recent Thursday morning, you would have found the local coffee klatch sharing conversation and mugs of coffee and tea. From 10 - 11:30 am you are invited to drop in and set a spell at the round tables by the newspaper rack.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Artful Sundays @ the Library

 There are two opportunities for exploring art this month at Candor Free Library.

Sunday, February 16 ~ ArtSplash! happens from 1-3 pm. The medium: collage. Participants can choose to make three mini-collages: a tissue paper collage, something inspired by architecture, and a freestyle. Johanna will bring lots of fun collage papers, and people can make their own pattern papers for use in collages. The class is a  hands-on art exploration with gentle guidance. Emerging artists from 8 to 108 are welcome to come, though children younger than 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.  The class is free and materials are provided. Space is limited to 15 participants, so please call 659-7375 to register.

 Sunday, February 23 ~ Painting with Sandy for Adults begins at 1:30 pm. If you've been wanting to splash paint on canvas, this class is for you. The theme is "deer on a snowy night". There is a $15 fee to cover materials (canvas and acrylic paints). Space is limited to 15, so call the library at 607-659-7258 to register.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Cabin Fever Write-ins at the Library

Winter write-ins return. Cabin Fever Writing Month ~ CaFeWriMo ~ starts this week!

This is Candor's "gosh, we were too busy preparing for Thanksgiving" answer to NaNoWriMo. So - if you are looking for some writing companionship, here's your chance.

The Wednesday write-ins are free and provide a perfect opportunity to work on your novel, short stories, poems, or children’s books in the company of other writers. Bring your coffee, your laptop, your pencils and spiral-bound notebooks. Chocolate will be provided.

CaFeWriMo kicks off on Wednesday, January 29, at 10 a.m. with local author Carol Henry and some of the Write Now writers. Come ready to write and with an idea of what you hope to achieve over the month.

Writers are always welcome to hang out and write at the library any time it’s open. But during CaFeWriMo, the back table will be reserved for group writing at these times:

January 29, 10 a.m. – noon
February 5, 2 – 4 p.m.
February 12, 10 a.m. – noon
February 19, 2 – 4 p.m.
February 26, 10 a.m. – noon
March 4, 2 – 4 p.m.

If the weather is bad, we won’t meet. To register, and for more information, contact Carol Henry at 607-659-7661 or