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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

Tech Explorers: Bristle Bots

Phillips Free Library will host a Tech Explorers activity on Friday, March 29th from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. We invite students in 3rd-8th grade to join us to make bristle bots. These bots use brand new toothbrushes, a vibrating motor, and battery to move around. After assembling the bots we will have races and make art. The 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade will meet at the same time but in separate areas. The two groups will come together at the end to discuss their results. Registration is required:

Featured Events

Sweet 60 and Up!

Join us for the last Sweet 60 and UP on Friday, March 22nd from 1-3 pm. The first hour of this program (1-2 pm) is for adults age 60 and up and requires registration. During this hour we will have a craft, games, a book talk, and food.

The second hour of the program (2-3 pm) is open to all ages. We will once again have live music, this time by a new group of musicians.

If anyone needs transportation to and from the event, please contact the library by Thursday, March 14th.

For registration or transportation email

Women's Suffrage

In Celebration of Women's History month, Phillips Free Library will be hosting a traveling exhibit from South Central Regional Library Council. The display, Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in NYS, will be at the library for the month of March. Take a few minutes to read the panels when you are looking for books!

New Books

Adult Fiction

Neighbors and Other Stories

by Diane Oliver

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A remarkable talent far ahead of her time, Diane Oliver died in 1966 at the age of 22, leaving behind these crisply told and often chilling tales that explore race and racism in 1950s and 60s America. In this first and only collection by a masterful storyteller finally taking her rightful place in the canon, Oliver’s insightful stories reverberate into the present day.

There’s the nightmarish “The Closet on the Top Floor” in which Winifred, the first Black student at her newly integrated college, starts to physically disappear; “Mint Juleps not Served Here” where a couple living deep in a forest with their son go to bloody lengths to protect him; “Spiders Cry without Tears,” in which a couple, Meg and Walt, are confronted by prejudices and strains of interracial and extramarital love; and the high tension titular story that follows a nervous older sister the night before her little brother is set to desegregate his school.

These are incisive and intimate portraits of African American families in everyday moments of anxiety and crisis that look at how they use agency to navigate their predicaments. As much a social and historical document as it is a taut, engrossing collection, Neighbors is an exceptional literary feat from a crucial once-lost figure of letters.

Picture Book

Time to Make Art

by Jeff Mack

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Awed by the endless possibilities, a young girl begins asking meaningful questions about creating art. Her questions are answered by a diverse group of artists throughout time and history: from the earliest cave painters to the most recent digital illustrators. Rethinking the familiar Western European timeline of art history, this book introduces readers to diverse works from every era and continent in a playful and inspiring way.

Coming in March

Phillips Free Library Science Fair

The Science Fair Prep Group has been meeting at the library since the beginning of January. The group of 4th-8th grade students are preparing to present their projects at the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair. Come take a look at their projects and ask them questions on Thursday, April 4th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Solar Eclipse

There is a solar eclipse that will be visible in our area on Monday, April 8th in the afternoon. We want to let you know that we have glasses that will be available on a first come first served basis starting Monday, April 1st. We are making plans for a couple activities that afternoon related to the solar eclipse. Stay tuned for more details.

A Glimpse from February

The K-2 Library Zoo book club participants read stories about letters in the mail in February. One of the stories was How to Send a Hug by Hayley Rocco. The children made Valentines that we shared with our next door neighbors at the Elizabeth Brewster House.

Did You Know...

Did you know ...

One of the free databases available to patrons is Mango Languages. Go to our website and select library services and resources. In the drop down box select Mango Language Database. On the next screen select Mango Languages. This will take you to the database where you can make an account. Newly added, you can now learn American Sign Language (ASL)!

Monthly Poll

What is the one thing you cannot borrow at Phillips Free Library?
a puzzle
a cake pan
an alphabet backpack
a caregiver backpack (for those caring for people with dementia)
a pencil
a cord to charge your phone
a hotspot

Results from our poll last month

Calendar of Events

March 2024

Friday, March 1 Science Fair Prep Group

Monday, March 4 Nifty Knitters 1:30pm

Tuesday, March 5

Yoga #4 of 5

Tioughnioga River Writers Book Study 6:45 pm on zoom

Wednesday, March 6

Knee High Story Time 9am Shapes

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

Friday, March 8 Science Fair Prep Group

Monday, March 11

Nifty Knitters 1:30pm

Family Book Club 6pm

Tuesday, March 12 Yoga #5 of 5

Wednesday, March 13

Knee High Story Time 9am Pirate Treasure

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

Friday, March 15 Science Fair Prep Group

Monday, March 18

Nifty Knitters 1:30pm

Board of Trustees Meeting 7pm

Tuesday, March 19

Yoga #6 of 5

Tioughnioga River Writers Book Study 6:45p on zoom

Wednesday, March 20

Knee High Story Time 9am Neighbors

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

Friday, March 22

Sweet Sixty and Up 1-3pm

Monday, March 25

Nifty Knitters 1:30pm

Tuesday, March 26

Points of View Book Club 6:30pm The Last Story of Mina Lee

by Nancy Jooyoun Kim email

Wednesday, March 27

Knee High Story Time 9am Bugs & Crawlies

K-2 Library Zoo 3:20-4:15pm Science - Eggs

Thursday, March 28

3rd & 4th gr Book Club 6pm

Friday, March 29

Tech Explorers 10:30am-12noon 3rd-8th gr Bristle Bots

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