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Libraries change and evolve to meet the needs of their community and adapt to new technologies. At Phillips Free Library though, one thing is constant - we exist to create an equitable world. Our mission is to empower and inspire all people to grow and connect with one another to create a better world for all. Here are some ways to connect with your community at the library this month.

New This Month

Let's Have an Adventure!

Join us this summer for an adventure or two or three! We have scheduled three programs all on Tuesdays at 6 pm that are open to all ages, children, teens and adults.

On Tuesday, July 16th we will have an Adventure in Science with an egg drop, come build a container to keep your egg safe as we drop it from the roof.

On Tuesday, July 30th join us for a LEGO Adventure, find out the challenge when you arrive.

On Tuesday, August 13th join us for an Adventure with Paint! We will have pendulum paint and spin art and maybe even some squirt gun painting. All supplies will be provided.

Please register for each event:

Featured Events

FLX Library Road Trip

Phillips Free Library is excited to participate in the Finger Lakes Library System's Road Trip this summer. Read on for more information!

Take the #FLXLibraryRoadTrip this summer! Begin your journey with a map of all 33 FLLS libraries across Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. Start at any library, anytime, & explore the wonders of libraries. Remember to discover what each community has to offer! Participate in the #FLXLibraryRoadTrip from NOW-August 31, 2024. More info at

Lunchtime Tales

Lunchtime Tales is back for another summer of fun! The day and location has changed for this year. The Homer Recreation Department has moved their crafts to the Homer Community Building (behind the Fire Station and American Legion) and that is where we will meet for the Lunchtime Tales program. Ashley is excited to meet everyone and share stories, songs and more. Bring your own bag lunch and something to sit on. Each child will get a take home craft after the program. No registration necessary. Plenty of great parking! This program will run every Wednesday, rain or shine, from July 10 - August 21 starting at noon.

New Books

Adult Fiction

Stories From the Center of the World: New Middle East Fiction

byJordan Elgrably, Hani Kureishi, et al

place hold HERE

Stories from the Center of the World gathers new writing from the greater Middle East (or SWANA), a vast region that stretches from Southwest Asia, through the Middle East and Turkey, and across Northern Africa. The 25 authors included here come from a wide range of cultures and countries, including Palestine, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco, to name some.

In “Asha and Haaji,” Hanif Kureishi takes up the cause of outsiders who become uprooted when war or disaster strikes and they flee for safe haven. In Nektaria Anastasiadou’s “The Location of the Soul According to Benyamin Alhadeff,” two students in Istanbul from different classes — and religions that have often been at odds with one another — believe they can overcome all obstacles. MK Harb’s story, “Counter Strike,” is about queer love among Beiruti adolescents; and Salar Abdoh’s “The Long Walk of the Martyrs” invites us into the world of former militants, fighters who fought ISIS or Daesh in Iraq and Syria, who are having a hard time readjusting to civilian life. In “Eleazar,” Karim Kattan tells an unexpected Palestinian story in which the usual antagonists — Israeli occupation forces — are mostly absent, while another malevolent force seems to overtake an unsuspecting family. Omar El Akkad’s “The Icarist” is a coming-of-age story about the underworld in which illegal immigrants are forced to live, and what happens when one dares to break away.

Young Adult Fiction

We Shall Be Monsters

by Tara Sim

available after June 25

Kajal knows she is not a good person. If she were, she wouldn’t selfishly be risking her sister’s soul in a dangerous bid to bring her back to life. She would let Lasya rest in peace—but Kajal cannot stand the horror of living without her.

As Kajal prepares for the resurrection, the worst happens: Her sister’s soul warps into a bhuta—a murderous, wraith-like spirit—and Kajal gets sentenced to death for her sister’s rampage. There seems little hope of escape until two strangers offer to free her. The catch: She must resurrect the kingdom’s fallen crown prince to aid a growing rebellion against a tyrannical usurper. Desperate, Kajal rushes to complete her end of the deal . . . only to discover that the boy she’s resurrected, Tav, is not the crown prince.

Now Kajal—prickly, proud, admirer of the scientific method—must team up with Tav—stubborn, reticent, and fonder of swords than of books—to find the real crown prince. With only a scalpel and her undead dog, Kutaa, at her side, Kajal must work fast before her mistake is exposed or Lasya’s bhuta turns its murderous fury on the person truly responsible for her death: Kajal herself.

Coming in August

Summer Reading Celebration

Join us as we celebrate our Summer Reading Program. (please join us even if you didn't participate in the summer reading program). We will have a strolling story time, followed by the obstacle course competition between the library staff, village police and maybe more groups. We will announce the people with the highest number of pages read, and highest number of times reporting. The evening will end with ice cream sundaes. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Arm Chair Travel

Is traveling on your bucket list? Join us for an evening of Arm Chair Travel. We have 4-6 adults who will talk for no more than 10 minutes about a country they have recently traveled to. Travel vicariously with us to The Netherlands, England, Asia and Portugal. We will also have some refreshements reflecting the areas we visited. Registration preferred:

Here Comes the Sun!

Have you ever wanted to take a closer look at the sun? Here is your chance to do it safely! Join us on Monday, August 12th at 10 am as Mike Brady uses his Hydrogen Alpha Telescope to show us how to safely view the sun. We will also hear a story and make a craft. Children (rising 1st grade and older) and teens are welcome to join us. This program is endorsed by the Syracuse Astronomical Society. Please register:

A Glimpse from June

We had a blast, literally, at our Summer Reading Kickoff! Have you registered for our Summer Reading Program yet? All you have to do is keep track of how many pages you read and regularly report them online or on paper. Register HERE

Did You Know...

Phillips Free Library has a collection of classical music CDs that you may borrow? You may borrow them on the honor system, sign the CD out and bring it back. There is also some sheet music for different instruments and old records that you can borrow as well. Come check it out!

Monthly Poll

What is your favorite summer food?
Ice Cream
Fruit Salad
Fresh Peaches
Corn on the Cob

Results from our poll last month

Calendar of Events

July 2024

Monday, July 2

1st-3rd gr Book Club 5:30 pm

Tioughnioga River Writers 6:45 pm on Zoom

4th & 5th grade Book Club 7 pm

Thursday, July 4


Monday, July 8

Family Book Club 6 pm

Wednesday, July 10

Knee High Storytime 9 am

Lunchtime Tales 12 pm (community building behind fire station)

Games on the Green 6:30 pm

Tuesday July 16

Adventure in Science 6 pm please register

Tioughnioga River Writers 6:45 pm on Zoom

Wednesday, July 17

Knee High Storytime 9 am

Lunchtime Tales 12 pm (community building behind fire station)

Saturday, July 20

Pop Up Book Sale 10am - 1 pm

Tuesday, July 23

Points of View Book Club 6:30 pm What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by

Claire Jimenez email

Wednesday, July 24

Knee High Storytime 9 am

Lunchtime Tales 12 pm (community building behind the fire station)

Thursday, July 25

Jr High Book Club 6 pm

Tuesday, July 30

Adventure with LEGOs 6 pm please register

Tioughnioga River Writers 6:45 pm on Zoom

Wednesday, July 31

Knee High Storytime 9 am

Lunchtime Tales 12 pm (community building behind the fire station)

unless otherwise noted email to register for programs

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