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Voting for the People's Favorite Award in our Glimpses of Greece Photography Contest is now closed and winners in all categories will be announced September, 25, 2017.  

In addition to the People's Favorite Award, other categories include: Youth (13-17), Adult (18+), and Supervisor's Favorite. The best in each of these catagories  will be selected by Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, and photographers Jim Montanus, Dick Bennett and Robert Bilsky.  

Winners will be honored at a November reception and the winning photographs will be framed and displayed in the library through the end of the year.  All of our winning photographs along with the "Honorable Mentions" will be featured in the 2018 Glimpses of Greece Calendar, available in limited quanities later this year.

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The Friends of the Greece Public Library announce their fall book sale to be held at the Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd., Greece, NY. 

The popular event kicks off at the Greece Public Library with a members-only Preview Night Wednesday, September 13; 4 pm - 7 pm.  Not a member?  You can join at the door with a $5 membership fee.

Public sale hours are:

September 14 - September 16

Thursday:   9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday:         9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday:    9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Selections include: Mystery/Adventure, Romance, General Fiction, LARGE PRINT, History/Biographies, Old and Collectibles, Cookbooks, Christmas & Children's Books, Puzzles & more.

Sponsored by Friends of the Greece Public Library

2016Winner min2Do you have a passion for digital photography?  Do you take pride in your town?  We invite you to enter the 3rd annual Glimpses of Greece Photography Contest!

Winners will be determined in several categories: Youth (13-17), Adult (18+), Supervisor's Favorite, and People's Choice.   Submissions will be accepted online through August 31 and will be judged by Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and photographers Jim Montanus, Dick Bennett and Robert Bilsky.

 Winners will be honored at a November reception and the winning photographs will be framed and displayed in the library through the end of the year.

Visit the Glimpses of Greece webpage for more details.

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.

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.

puzzle 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!


strPln 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!