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Have you attended a library program lately? Every month we plan dozens of story times, classes and special events and we want your feedback.

What did you like best? What can we do better? Will you be back? Answers to all of these questions help us plan, design and deliver exciting and informative programming with our community in mind.

After each event, you now have the option to give us your feedback either with the paper form distributed at the time of the program or online through the library’s website.

Submitting your feedback online is easy; just look for the Program Evaluation form under the “Events” tab on our website.

We hope to hear from you often!

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After careful consideration and study, the Greece Public Library is replacing the Freegal downloadable music service with a product called Hoopla Digital.  

Hoopla Digital offers nearly 700,000 downloadable movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows.  Instead of single song downloads, you can borrow entire albums of new releases and other music content that was not available on Freegal.  These are just some of the features of this fantastic service.

Freegal will cease to be available as of 01 March 2019.   We are in the process of preparing Hoopla Digital for release.  Please visit the following sites for information and updates about this and our other services:

 www.greecepubliclibrary.org

 https://www.facebook.com/GreeceLibrary

 https://twitter.com/greecelibrary

springIt’s 2019 and we’re introducing Spring into the Classics, a brand new reading challenge for adults 18 and over.

We’ve chosen 100 of our favorite classic works of fiction and we’re inviting you to challenge yourself to read one or two of these titles each month from January through May, 2019.

The process is simple:

  • Register online through Beanstack or come in and sign up at the library.
  • Pick up a copy of the 100 Classic Novels list at any of the library's service desks.
  • Log your books online or, if you prefer,  on paper at the library.
  • Win prizes for reaching your goals.

We can’t wait to see what you choose!

Log into Beanstack

 

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Hundreds of photographs and other images depicting places and events in the Town of Greece are now available to the public through a searchable online database.

Spanning over 150 years of the Town’s history, the images feature familiar landmarks, famous residents, historical maps and traditional celebrations. Photographs of trolleys, ice storms and lakeside hotels from the 19th century are all part of Greece’s rich history that is captured in this collection. 

Commissioned by Supervisor Bill Reilich and developed by Town Historian Keith Suhr, the database was built to be feature-rich. Users can select to view an image in a variety of sizes, zoom in and out for detail, download and even share the files on social media. Additional information is attached to each photograph or map and includes a description, date or date range, category, source and names of those pictured (when known).

Pictured at right is an image from a 1920's promotional booklet for the Manitou Beach Hotel.

More images continue to be added and Supervisor Reilich has invited residents to contact the Town Historian through his email at keith.suhr@libraryweb.org if they have historical photographs or documents relating to the Town of Greece that they would like to make available.

The database can be viewed at https://greeceimages.org/

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Greece Public Library is looking for teen volunteers interested in helping library users with technology.  

Teen Tech Tutors will provide 1-on-1 tutoring sessions and other tech help.

If you're a motivated, tech-savvy student looking for a flexible volunteer opportunity please:

  • Download, fill out, and drop off your TTT application at the library's Information Desk, or
  • email Sean at sean.greif@libraryweb.org, or
  • call (585) 723-2479

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

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 We now have graphics drawing tablets available for check out! They are simple to use and enable you to create amazing digital art. You hook the device up to your computer, "draw" on the tablet with the special pen included, and see your image appear on your computer screen. Check out this drawing  -- one of our patrons, Natalya, drew that with a tablet! Ask for one at the check out desk, or go to our catalog and place a hold on one today.

 

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.

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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!

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Year Round Reading Programs for Children

The library offers two ongoing reading programs for pre-kindergarten children: Baby Bugs and 1,000Books Before Kindergarten.

Baby Bugs is a head start towards 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. There will be rewards along the way, as well as giving your child a head start for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. Upon completing Baby Bugs, children can be enrolled in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten with a 100 book head start.

Sign-ups can be done at any time. For more information or to register you can contact the library at 225-8951, or visit during library hours. You may also register and log your child's reading online by clicking the blue Beanstack button below.  A printable reading log for the Baby Bugs program is available for download.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten asks parents and caregivers to commit to reading 1,000 books with their children before entering kindergarten. You will receive rewards along the way.  Once you have finished the program, your child is featured on our reading wall of fame and will be part of a reading celebration!  

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

A printable reading log for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available for download.

Children will receive rewards and incentives for each reading level. There is no end date to the program.  Once a child is registered, the goal is to finish before he or she enters Kindergarten.

  Log in to Beanstack