Have your children or grandchildren read 1,000 books before kindergarten? If not, join the 500+ families of Greece who are enrolled in our early literacy reading incentive programs and they'll be well on their way! Sign-ups for Baby Bugs and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten are ongoing and we encourage all families with little ones to get involved!
Since the launch of these programs in late 2015, more than 500 children have enrolled. In less than two years, participants have read a grand total of 112,632 books. The library has also expanded into a 1,000 Books Gold program for children who wish to continue after completing their first 1,000 books.
We want to extend huge congratulations to all of our littlest readers and their families on these amazing milestones! More information on 1,000 Books programs can be found here.
February is "Love Your Library" Month, and we want to know why YOU visit the library! You'll have the perfect opportunity to let us know this month.
Please visit the whiteboard that will be stationed near the lobby all month, and jot us a quick response. Were you studying for your math exam? Were you checking out a book to take on vacation? Maybe you were participating in story time? Whatever your reason, we'd love to hear it!
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce the library's 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, now available at both branches of the Greece Public Library and on our website. The plan serves to provide a framework for fulfilling the library's mission - to engage, inspire, and inform - in ways that are meaningful to the community.
Plan development began in December 2015 and involved community input gathered during three community focus groups held in June 2016, as well as from a survey completed by nearly 1300 Greece residents.
In addition to the four service priorities which are identified and outlined in the plan, new enhancements have already been made to library services including a coffee, tea, and hot chocolate bar, and a new catalog kiosk. Hold fees have been reduced from $1 to 50¢ per item.
We encourage you to take a look at our new Strategic Plan to find out more about our upcoming goals and our library mission. Each of these priorities has been developed with you in mind. Many thanks to those who participated in the survey and in our focus groups!
Read the States & Reading Across the States encourages readers of all ages to read one book that takes place in each state. These programs are offered for children in grades K-5, teens, and adults. Reading lists will be available, or choose your own titles! Prizes and incentives will be offered along the way for reaching certain milestones.
Read the States K-5 is open to children in Grades K through 5.
Here's how it works:
- Commit to reading 10 books for each state for a total of 500 books.
- For each state, at least three of the 10 books must be about the state, takes place in the state or is written by an author from that state. The book may be fiction, non-fiction, chapter book, picture book, etc.
- There is no end to the program. Once the child is registered, the goal is to finish by 5th grade.
- Prizes will be awarded as a child reaches 10 states, 25 states and 50 states.
- For a booklist of suggested titles, click here
Read Across the States is open to adults and teens. Here's how it works:
- Commit to reading one book for each state for a total of 50 books.
- The books may be fiction or non-fiction and may be read in any format (CD, eBook, etc.)
- There is no end date for the program. Once registered, the goal is to finish all 50 states.
- Prizes will be awarded as the reader reaches 10 states, 25 states and 50 states.
- For a booklist of suggested titles, click here.
There is no deadline to complete these programs and sign-ups can be done at any time. For more information or to register you can click on the buttons below, contact the library at 225-8951, or visit during library hours.
For more information about Read the States for K-5 and Read Across the States for Teens & Adults please log in below, or contact the library at 225-8951.
Over 75 photographs were submitted for the 2nd annual Glimpses of Greece photography contest. Judges for the contest were Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, photographer Jim Montanus and photographer Robert Bilsky. Judges chose a first place, second place and “Hometown Favorite” award in two age categories – Youth (ages 13-17) and Adult (age 18+). A “People’s Choice” award was also chosen in each category through an online vote on the Greece Public Library’s website.
First Place (Adult): Brian Pink for “The Beauty of Lake Ontario”
First Place (Youth): Abigail Heckman for “Summer Day in the Fields”
Second Place (Adult): Stasia Melones for “Sawyer Park”
Second Place (Youth): Juliana Pye for “Braddock Bay Beach”
Hometown Favorite (Adult): Patty Singer for “Braddock Bay Marina Summer Sunset”
Hometown Favorite (Youth): ): Juliana Pye for “Braddock Bay Beach
People’s Choice (Adult): Scott Borden for “Lightning Strike over Elementary School in Greece”
People’s Choice (Youth): Abigail Heckman for “Summer Day in the Fields”
Winning photographs will be unveiled to the public at an Exhibit Opening Reception on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2 pm in the Welsh Room of the Greece Public Library and will remain on display at the library through December 31, 2016. The winning photos as well as eight honorable mention winners will appear in the 2017 Glimpses of Greece calendar. A limited amount of calendars will be available at the library in November.
Honorable Mention Winners:
1. Joe Morgante for Braddocks Bay Marina Dock
2. Patty Singer for Summer Afternoon at Crescent Beach
3. Michael Keaton for Misty Island Pond at 390 (Black & White)
4. Lou Dodd for Braddock Bay Dock (Black & White)
5. Mark Papke for Red Barn Sunset
6. Laurie Webb for Snowy Sunrise at Shore Acres
7. Jim Callahan for Kayaking at Sunset at Braddock Bay
8. Bill Sauers for “Wow – Greece Water Park”
3D printing services are now available, by appointment, at the Greece Public Library.
3D printing allows users to create tangible objects from a computer file. With our Ultimaker 2+ printer, library users have created cookie cutters, keychains, figurines, and more. The 3D-printed objects, which use PLA filament, cost .10 per gram. Time and cost estimates will be given by staff prior to printing.
“We are pleased to offer this exciting service to our residents,” said Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich. “Providing access to new and emerging technologies and helping our residents express their creativity are important priorities in our library.”
Prior to working with the printer, users ages 16 and older must complete an orientation session and sign a user agreement. Orientation sessions are offered on a monthly basis, and group classes, like our popular holiday cookie cutter class, are offered periodically throughout the year. Those who have completed the orientation sesson and would like to make an appointment to use the 3D printer, may submit their digital file for review by clicking the button below.
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love! TumbeBooks are created by taking existing picture books and adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic book which a child can read, or have read to him or her. The TumbleBook Library also includes National Geographic videos and games.
Visit www.greecepubliclibrary.org, click on the “eBooks and More” icon and get started exploring TumbleBooks for Kids!
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
The library offers two ongoing reading programs for pre-kindergarten children: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and Baby Bugs.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten asks parents and caregivers to commit to reading 1,000 books with their children before entering kindergarten. Progress can be tracked on provided worksheets or online, and books may be counted multiple times for each re-read. Incentives and rewards are given upon reaching certain milestones in the program, and markers are placed on our banner each time a child completes 100 books. Upon completing the program, children will receive a book, a graduation certificate, and will have their photo placed on our Wall of Fame. They will also be invited to a celebration party.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Gold is open to children under the age of 4 that have completed the 1.000 Books Before Kindergarten Program and are ready for another challenge. To reach a Gold Reader status, each child must
- Read 2,000 books to receive the Bronze Medal
- Read 3,000 books to receive the Silver Medal
- Read 4,000 books to receive the Gold Medal
Rewards will be given for reaching each reading goal and there is no end date to the program. Once a child is registered, the goal is to finish before he or she enters school.
Baby Bugs is the precursor to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, and is designed for children who are under two years old at the time of enrollment. Baby Bugs participants commit to reading 100 books with their babies by the time they turn two and offer similar incentives and rewards. Upon completing Baby Bugs, children will be enrolled in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten with a 100 book head start.
There is no deadline to complete the programs and sign-ups can be done at any time. For more information or to register you can click on the buttons below, contact the library at 225-8951, or visit during library hours.
For more information about 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and Baby Bugs please log in below, or contact the library at 225-8951.