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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

2024 Summer Reading Registration

Registration for the summer reading program at Phillips Free Library starts on June 3 and will run through July 31. Children, teens and adults of all ages are encouraged to register for summer reading. After you register (online or in person at the library), please keep track of how many pages you read. You can report them weekly, daily or multiple times a day (there will be a link sent to you after you register or you can call us with your numbers). There will be prizes every Friday in July awarded to people of all ages (more on this in the weekly newsletter you will receive after registration). This link to register will go live on June 3

Summer Reading Kickoff

This year the kickoff will be at the library on Saturday, June 8th from 10am - 12pm. You can register for summer reading, go on a treasure hunt, and listen to a story with Martsje. The Science Heroes will present Adventure of the Lost Treasure at 11 am. This is a brand new show featuring experiments all about chemical reactions, the transfer of energy, physical explosions, and more as the audience helps act out a story about a lost treasure deep within the jungle.

Summer Reading Celebration

Our goal this year is to read 280,000 pages as a community. When we hit this goal you will get to see the library staff compete against other community groups, including the Village Police Department, in an obstacle course on The Green. The Celebration will be on Friday, August 2nd at 6 pm.

Featured Events


Phillips Free Library is hosting a Naloxone Training on Thursday, June 13th from 6:30-8:30 pm. This training by the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports is for anyone age 16 and older. This program will help you understand the impact opioids have on a community, risk factors for overdose and how to use naloxone. 

Please register by June 6 (we need to have 20 people to run the program):


Come meet Marley from WSKG the PBS station in Binghamton. She will show a short episode of the PBS show Alma's Way and then have a few activities including a craft. This program is geared toward preschool-elementary age children. This fun program will be great to get out of the heat and have some family fun! No registration necessary.

New Books

Adult Fiction

Home is Where the Bodies Are

by Jeneva Rose

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After their mother passes, three estranged siblings reunite to sort out her estate. Beth, the oldest, never left home. She stayed with her mom, caring for her until the very end. Nicole, the middle child, has been kept at arm's length due to her ongoing battle with a serious drug addiction. Michael, the youngest, lives out of state and hasn't been back to their small Wisconsin town since their father ran out on them seven years before.

While going through their parent's belongings, the siblings stumble upon a collection of home videos and decide to revisit those happier memories. However, the nostalgia is cut short when one of the VHS tapes reveals a night back in 1999 that none of them have any recollection of. On screen, their father appears covered in blood. What follows is a dead body and a pact between their parents to get rid of it, before the video abruptly ends.

Beth, Nicole, and Michael must now decide whether to leave the past in the past or uncover the dark secret their mother took to her grave.

Picture Book

Gina Kaminski Saves the Wolf

by Craig Barr-Green

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Gina enters into the fairy-tale world of Little Red Riding Hood to fix what she's decided are the Wolf's three big mistakes. With fantastic illustrations and clever use of pictorial emojis, this adventure with the plucky, neurodivergent Gina is one readers will find irresisitible.

Coming in July

Lunch Time Tales

We are excited to bring you Lunch Time Tales once again this summer! This story time will follow the Homer Rec Department's craft time.


This year the Homer Rec Crafts will be in the community building behind the fire department. Lunchtime Tales will meet at the community building on Wednesdays at noon. Bring your lunch and enjoy some stories. The program will start on July 10 and run every Wednesday through August 21. Contact the library with questions. No registration necessary.

FLX 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 July 1-August 31, 2024. More info at

A Glimpse from May

The children and adults at our May Family Book Club had a great time learning about bees from our guest beekeeper!

Did You Know...

Phillips Free Library has a scanner. If you need to scan and email a document you can bring it to the front desk and we can do that for you. You may want to call ahead so we can get the equipment ready. 607 749 4616.

Monthly Poll

What is the top thing on your bucket list?
Travel to Europe
Learn a new language
Climb a mountain
Finish that quilt (or other project)
See the Northern Lights
Run a marathon (or 10K or 5K)
Read all the books in a series
Learn to play an instrument
Go scuba diving
Have a family reunion

Results from our poll last month

Calendar of Events

June 2024

Monday, June 3

Summer Reading Registration begins

Nifty Knitters 1 pm

Tuesday, June 4

Yoga #1 of 4 10:30 am

Spanish #5 of 12

Wednesday, June 5

Knee High Story Time 9 am Kings & Queens

K-2 Library Zoo 3:20-4:15 pm Story Time

Thursday, June 6

Spanish #6 of 12

Saturday, June 8

Summer Reading Kickoff!!

summer reading registration*treasure hunt*stories*

Science Heroes: Adventure of the Lost Treasure 11 am

Monday, June 10

Nifty Knitters 1 pm

Family Book Club 6 pm

Tuesday, June 11

Yoga #2 of 4

Spanish # 7 of 12

Wednesday, June 12

Knee High Story Time 9 am Bath Time

K-2 Library Zoo 3:20-4:15 pm LEGO Club

Thursday, June 13

Naloxone Training 6:30 pm

Spanish #8 of 12

Monday, June 17

Nifty Knitters 1 pm

Board of Trustees 7 pm

Tuesday, June 18

Yoga #3 of 4

Spanish #9 f 12

Wednesday, June 19

Library Closed

Thursday, June 20

Spanish #10 of 12

Monday, June 24

Nifty Knitters 1 pm

Tuesday, June 25

Yoga #4 of 4

Spanish #11 of 12

Points of View Book Club 6:30 pm Memorial by Bryan Washington

email to register or with questions

Wednesday, June 26

Knee High Story Time 9 am Berry Delicius

Thursday, June 27

Spanish #12 of 12 6:30 pm

WSGK PBS program 2pm

unless otherwise noted email to register for programs

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37 South Main St

Homer NY 13077

607 749 4616