On Tuesday, July 11 Supervisor Bill Reilich unveiled an exciting new feature at the library - our new paludarium.
A paludarium is a part aquarium, part terrarium ecosystem composed of such plants as Malaysian driftwood, moss, and orchids. This biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment are becoming popular as a tool to teach biology and earth science. Being the first of its kind in the area, the Greece Public Library’s paludarium features technology that allows it to simulate weather events, including lightning storms, fog and rain. It holds about 350 gallons of water and features a waterfall on each side. The paludarium contains several fascinating specimens, one of the most interesting being the freshwater fish from Lake Malawi in Africa. A unique feature of these fish is that they are mouth brooding, which means that the mother fish protects her young by keeping them in her mouth. The paludarium is an ideal habitat for mouth brooding fish, as the terrarium elements provide hiding spaces for the mother fish.
The library’s new paludarium was previously an aquarium. Most of the fish that were in the aquarium now live in the paludarium, along with some new friends. A few of the larger fish that were in the aquarium – including the fish that visitors to the Greece Public Library affectionally named “Nemo” – have retired to bigger homes at ABC Aquarium.
You love to read, why not win prizes for doing it?
Sign up for our annual Summer Reading Program for your chance to win! Prizes provided by the Friends of the Greece Public Library
When: Main Branch - Monday, June 19th - Friday, August 11th
Barnard Branch - Friday, June 23 - Friday, August 4
Where: Both branches of the Greece Public Library
Who: Babies, Children, Tweens, Teens & Adults
- Babies & Children will continue to participate in Baby Bugs, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and Read the States programs at the library. Achieve milestones and win prizes! If your child is not yet registered for these programs, you may stop in to the library or register online here.
New this year: Children can visit the library to enter drawings for weekly prize baskets designed just for kids. And while they're here, they can search for Readbot, our very own summer reading mascot. Follow the clues and find him hiding in the Children's Room to win daily prizes.
- Tweens (10-12), Teens (13-18) and Adults (19+) Read books for chances to win fabulous prize baskets. Log your books online here or stop in to the library and fill out paper entries for each book read. Themed basket raffles will be awarded weekly.
Barnard Crossing Branch:
The Barnard Branch Summer Reading Program has been especially designed for our Barnard patrons and differs in format. Please view the details here.
The Friends of the Greece Public Library invite you to their annual Spring Book Sale.
Want to be famous and have your artwork seen by thousands? During the month of May, the library is inviting all area teens to enter our Teen Bookmark Contest. Two winners will be selected from each of the following age groups: 12-15 and 16-19. Winners will receive a Greece Public Library prize basket and 10 copies of their bookmark.
Winning designs will be printed and distributed at the library this summer. Hurry! The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2017. Entry forms and instructions for submissions may be found here.
We are pleased to announce our new monthly Sensory Sensitive Story Time for children ages 3 through 8. This new program is free and open to children of all abilities, but
is especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges. Children will be invited to sing, play, and move with us. If your child has struggled to sit through other story times, they may find this to be a better fit.
This unique and fun story time will be held once a month on a Wednesday evening, with our first program being held on April 26 from 6:30 - 7:30. Please register here to let us know you'll be coming, or call us at 225-8951.
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!
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”
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!