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Our Library is an Open Book

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 Book Club Registration

Phillips Free Library is excited to announce that we will have Summer Book Clubs for children and teens again. The book clubs will meet once in July and once in August. You can register for one session or both. There are book clubs available for rising preschool - 12th graders. Registration starts May 6th. You can use this link or find the link on our website or Facebook page. Direct questions to Sarah -

Featured Events

Easy Español

Would you like to learn some basic Spanish phrases and everyday words? Aaron Lener, a recent Homer grad and current SU student will be offering Easy Spanish at the library starting May 21 and ending June 27. This 12 session course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm at the library. It is open to people age 8-108! Please plan to attend all the classes (if you have to miss 1 it will be fine). Registration is required:

Jr High Writing Workshop

Phillips Free Library is offering a one time writing workshop for students in 6th-8th grade. This creative writing workshop will focus on adding humor to your writing. The class will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 6-7 pm. Registration is required:

Smokey Bear Reading Challenge

This year is Smokey Bear's 80th birthday and he is celebrating with a Reading Challenge. Stop at the library to pick up a copy of the challenge - open to all ages. The Challenge will run from May 1-31.

New Books

Adult Biography

The Rulebreaker: The Life and Times of Barbara Walters

by Susan Page

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In The Rulebreaker, Susan Page conducts 150 interviews and extensive archival research to discover that Walters was driven to keep herself and her family afloat after her mercurial and famous impresario father attempted suicide. But she never lost the fear of an impending catastrophe, which is what led her to ask for things no woman had ever asked for before, to ignore the rules of misogynistic culture, to outcompete her most ferocious competitors, and to protect her complicated marriages and love life from scrutiny.

Page breaks news on every front—from the daring things Walters did to become the woman who reinvented the TV interview to the secrets she kept until her death. This is the eye-opening account of the woman who knew she had to break all the rules so she could break all the rules about what viewers deserved to know.

Middle Grade Fiction

A Little Bit Super: With Small Powers Come Big Problems

by Gary D Schmit et al.

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The kids in these humorous short stories each have a minor superpower they’re learning to live with. One can shape-shift—but only part of her body, and only on Mondays. Another can always tell whether an avocado is perfectly ripe. One can even hear the thoughts of the animals in the pet store! But what these stories are really about is their young protagonists “owning” a power that contributes to their individuality, that allows them to find their place in the world, that shows them a potential they might not have imagined.

Because if you really think about it, we all have something special and unique about ourselves that makes us a little bit super. We all have the power to change as an individual, to change our communities for the better, to have a voice and to speak up.

Coming in June

2024 Summer Reading Program

Summer reading is coming back to Phillips Free Library this year! The theme is Adventure Begins at Your Library. Registration starts on Monday, June 3 and the Kickoff Party is Saturday June 8 from 10am-12pm at the library. People of all ages are encouraged to join us for a summer of reading. More information soon.

Naloxone Training

Phillips Free Library is hosting a Naloxone training on Thursday, June 13th at 6:30 pm. This training offered through the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports is open to anyone age 16 and over. Participants will learn how to recognize a suspected overdose and will practice the steps to take with naloxone to prevent death. Registration is required:

A Glimpse from April

In April we had 13 adults join us to learn the art of book folding. The math was a bit tricky but after that we were able to move right along. Here are a few of the finished pieces.

Did You Know...

Did you know ...

Phillips Free Library subscribes to 4 children's magazines. You can find them in the children's room near the new middle grade fiction but they will be on the desk at the bottom of the stairs for a couple weeks. You can check out copies of the magazines or look at them in the library.

Monthly Poll

What do you do on a rainy day?
Read a book
Take a nap
Clean the attic/basement/garage
Watch a movie
Curl up by a fire
Stomp in the puddles with children/grandchildren
Go to the mall
Work on a puzzle
Be crafty

Results from our poll last month

Calendar of Events

May 2024

Wednesday, May 1

Knee High Story Time 9am Peekaboo! Hide & Seek

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

Monday, May 6

Summer Book Club Registration Begins! online and in person

Nifty Knitters 1 pm

Tuesday, May 7

Yoga # 1 of 4 10:30 am please register

Tioughnioga River Writers 6:45 pm on zoom

Wednesday, May 8

Knee High Story Time 9am Monkeys

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

Monday, May 13

Nifty Knitters 1pm

Family Book Club 6pm

Tuesday, May 14

Yoga #2 of 4

Wednesday, May 15

Knee High Story Time 9am Hats

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

Thursday, May 16

3rd & 4th grade book club 6 pm

Monday, May 20


Nifty Knitters 1pm

Board of Trustees Meeting 7pm

Tuesday, May 21

Yoga #3 of 4

Easy Español #1 of 12 6:30 pm please register

Wednesday, May 22

Knee High Story Time 9am Parade

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

Thursday, May 23

Jr High Writing Workshop 6-7pm please register

Easy Español #2 of 12 6:30 pm

Saturday, May 25-Monday, May 27 - Library Closed

Tuesday, May 28

Yoga #4 of 4

Easy Español #3 of 12 6:30 pm

Points of View Book Club 6:30pm Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

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Wednesday, May 29

Knee High Story Time 9am Caterpillars

K-2 Library Zoo 3:20-4:15pm Games

Thursday, May 30

Easy Español #4 of 12 6:30 pm

unless otherwise noted email to register for programs

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