Thursday, July 24, 2014

Arcade Red Hot Readers and Fizz, Boom, Read! Week 4

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Arcade Red Hot Readers with Miss Sue @ 12:30
Come and decorate your own "Red Hot Cupcake"!!!

Red Hot Fizz, Boom, Readers with Miss Dona @ 1:30
Come and check on your crystallized sugar (rock candy) and finish your Pizza Box Solar Oven!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer 2014 at Arcade Free Library

Folklore Workshop

Thursday, June 26th at 6:30 p.m.

 Join us as Celes Tisdale professional actor, a published poet, a national and international storyteller, and a lecturer on the arts and culture, presents world stories and poems!

2014 Summer Reading Program

                                          to be a 

                                                            Reader! "

 Tuesdays in July for children entering K - 6th grade in the Fall.
Find us on Facebook for more information. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

6th Annual Poetry Contest!

1. Write a poem!
     2. Pick up an official entry form at the Arcade Free Library.
         3. Submit your poem between
                            March 3rd - March 31. 

The winners will be announced at the
"Poetry Reading and Reception" on April 28.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Preschool Storytime

The library's Preschool Storytime continues regardless of the challenging winter we are all experiencing.  Storytime is Wednesday mornings at 10am.  No sign-up is necessary.  The program does not run if the schools are closed due to inclement weather.  If you have any questions, call the library at 585-492-1297.

Monday, May 20, 2013

This Week @ Arcade Free Library

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Thank you everyone who supported the Annual Friends of the Library Basket Auction on Saturday, May 11!!!

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Come to the Puppet Show - toddlers/pre-school children - Wednesday, May 22 @ 10 a.m.  FREE!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fifth Annual Poetry Contest Winners!

Last Thursday, April 25th, 2013, twenty-one poets, families and friends gathered to share poetry and find out who won this year's Poetry Contest.  The contest is held every April to highlight National Poetry Month.

Adrianna Pichardo is the 2013 Grand Prize winner as well as the first place winner for ages 6 - 10.  Her poem is entitled The Different Animals
All the animals
In the world I can see,
All of them different
Looking at me.

First there’s the sky
Kings and queens,
Which are the birds of course
That glide and lean.

Next there’s my little friends
Down by the pond,
                                    Which are the frogs and fish
                                    That all swim along.

                                   Now let’s take a visit to the woods
                                   So please look up, up in the trees.
                                   There are my friends
                                   The squirrels and bees.

                                  So many animals
                                  Big and small,
                                  They have so many different names
                                  I love them all!

                                             © March 2013.Adrianna Pichardo

First place among 11-15 year olds went to Eva Gingerich for her poem Beautiful.

Beautiful is an interesting word.
It means pleasing the mind aesthetically
But DOES that mean cosmetically?
As I look at the common things
I give beautiful, different meanings:
Beautiful is holding the power of the stars in
Your hands and never letting go;
It's shining brighter than everyone else around you
Even if it’s just a glow.
It’s rebelling against what’s wrong
And taking a stand for what’s right.
It’s singing like birds of song
And dancing with flames.
It’s flying with dragons; it’s daring to dream
It’s making the world your canvas
And building your own bridges supreme.
It’s loving the lost and living your life
It’s friendship and memory making
It’s giving a smile despite all the strife.

© 2013 Eva Marie Gingerich

Jessica Betts was our next winner. 

Her poem What Is Fear won among 16-20 year olds.

Becky Allen and Steve Bernard tied for first place in the 21+ category of poets.  Sorry we have no photo of Steve but his poem, Liquid Gold, appears after Becky's Epic Poem of Ireland.
 Shadows of Things Still There

Our land is so green and so fine
It yields to each slane and tine
Where shamrocks can grow
And there are new things to know
It’s not much – but by God it’s mine

To strangers went our souls and our things
We once had the language of kings
Sure they took our religion
Then left us a smidgen
We lived with the hurt that it brings

They saw us as small and weak
We had a world and a new life to seek
But they were loud they were gruff
We didn’t know we were tough
Till we looked at what they did wreak

The Times As They Were

We looked at what had gone before
The vision burned our souls raw and sore
We had no muscle no sinew
Yet we had to continue
Till our spirit could stand no more


The times they were hard in sixteen
Like nails if you know what I mean
For they had taken our land
Sure each woman and man
Fought till they were pale and lean


With our hurt – our sorrow our pain
We looked at the horror and shame
With our own soul to gain –
But no national name
We turned to the call of Sinn Féin*
*say [shin fane]


But by the summer of ‘21
At least there was something we won
A place of our own
Where new dreams could be grown
But still we could not see the sun

A Cause in Ruins

Michael Collins gave it a try
For our twenty six counties did die
Shot by his own kind
No peace could we find
De Valera at fault and no lie

A House Divided

In the depression we died on the vine
The war came in late thirty nine
Some talked of conscription
‘Twas a losing prescription
It tasted like bad sour wine


As we toiled with plow and with slane
A republic our men did proclaim
De Valera was head
At least we made our own bread
But the past dulled our national brain

Bloody Sunday they call it – it’s true
Unarmed youths back in ‘72
But each Ulsterite man
And the Black and tan
Saw it as what their God told them to do

They shot every one of them down
Brought glory to queen and to crown
‘Twas a peaceable march
How it makes the mouth parch
Their blood still stains the hard ground

Then Ulster volunteer force
Had a sacred duty of course
What they did on that day
Formed a new IRA
And Paisley rode an orange-saddled horse

The Past

There is no present and no future time
Just the past – a continuing line
Each torture each pain –
With each victory a stain
It’s the past – over and over again

Some day you’ll come home from the sea
If I’m dead as I well may be
Find the place where I lie
And don’t be one to cry
Just tell me the land is free.

© 2013   Becky Allen


A wonderful fluid that’s deep in the ground,
It comes once a year, and you boil it down.

With the smell of the fire, and the steam in the air,
And the sounds of spring, the excitement is clear.

In warm wet weather, they hustle all day,
To collect all the buckets, and move on their way.

The cold brisk night, helps keep up the flow,
And the very next day, they start all over you know.

Time and time, they boil it all down,
To that end result, it’s a beautiful brown.

Above, bottles of maple syrup in East Montpelier. Four international classifications for syrup are being considered.It’s maple syrup, and it’s all done here,
It’s so very good, this time of the year.

It’s our liquid gold, and it may cost a bit,
But the price doesn’t matter, we buy all we can get.

Pancakes or popcorn, are favorite things of mine,
Just add that golden syrup, it’s great every time.

© March 2013 Steve Bernard

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Are You There?

LEGOs @ the Library! Thursday, August 30th - Summer's last hurrah. All ages welcome from 1 - 3 p.m. We have the LEGOs; you bring your imaginations. Children under 6 will need a parent/guardian etc. to stay with them - - thanks... Hope to see you here!

Just wondering if anyone reads this - - or do you spend your time on facebook? Let me know if you are out there and I will update this more frequently! Thanks, Dona

Thursday, April 19, 2012

From Limericks to Haiku...


Come to our 4th Annual Poetry Reading and Reception!

Thursday, April 26th @ 7:00 p.m.

Poetry Contest Winners will be announced.

We will read some poetry and share refreshments.

All are welcome at this FREE event!

Last month, several Library Literati lived large on limericks. We laughed and laughed.

There once was a group in Arcade,
all writers, though not too well paid.
They met at a table
and shared as best able
their writings, in sunshine and shade!

Unlucky Leprechaun

I t'wasn't so lucky today
when a lass stole me wee self away
'cause the gold that she found
where the 'bow touched the ground
was the funds from me 401K!!!

There was a young lady from Cork
who never used knife, spoon or fork.
She ate with her finger;
few boyfriends would linger

'cause who wants a gal wearing pork?

Happily, we hopped to Haiku in April. (Whew!)

He is coming home
Eighteen steps for him to climb
Strength growing daily

anxiety turned joyous...

Yesterday, summer
Today it is early spring
What a crazy year.

Black road runs silver
'twixt greening fields, once golden;
early April rain.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cupcakes, Poetry and More!!!

Cupcakes ruled the day on February 23rd. Cupcake Craziness was a multi-age activity for anyone who signed up. The only requirement was to bring your imagination!

Our 4th Annual Poetry Contest begins today. Poems are collected during March and highlighted during National Poetry Month - April. A reception will be held in April to announce the winners of each age group and share our poetry. Winning poems may be published in the Arcade Herald!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thanks to everyone who supported our Annual Winterfest Book Sale and Bake Sale!

Arriving quickly.....

Tomorrow, 2/17: Free Friday Family Fiilm @ 7 p.m. "The Sound of Music" Everyone is welcome. Free popcorn and drinks.

Saturday, 2/18: Writers' Group @ 12:30 p.m. Everyone interested is invited to come and learn about the group.

Monday, 2/20: CLOSED for Presidents' Day

Thursday, 2/23: Cupcake Craziness from 1 - 3 p.m. for ALL ages! We supply cupcakes and frosting; you supply creativity and imagination!

Thursday, February 09, 2012



Friday, 2/10, 9 - 5


Saturday, 2/11, 10 - 4


Saturday, 2/11, 10 - ?


*Bake Sale sponsored by TAG (Teen Advisory Group). Proceeds to help fund teen activities.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Glad News and Sad News


A Book on Every Bed!

Idea Inspired by Pulitzer Prize-Winner David McCullough

A wonderful tradition to begin (or continue):

"Take a book.

Wrap it....

Place it on a child's bed so it's the first thing the child sees on Christmas morning (or whatever holiday you celebrate).

That's it."

"Introducing books and reading very early in life will write indelibly on a child's future. ... This is not a fundraising appeal. This is not about selling or buying books (the book you give can be passed down).

"A Book on Every Bed" is an appeal to spread the love of reading from parents to children. We also want to encourage families to share books by reading aloud."

Click on David McCullough's picture to read more about it!

Lisa writes: "So, there I was in the Bank Street College Bookstore, looking for my holiday gifts when I found myself helping other shoppers find the perfect book for their nieces, nephews, grandchildren and young cousins. I must have lost track of time and was startled when I heard my husband shout over from the stairs, “She doesn’t work here! Lisa, get back to your own shopping!” My gift to readers for this holiday season is the 4th annual Books to Give Kids You Don’t Know Very Well."

She has organized the selections by age levels and interest. Click on Lisa's picture to take a look!


Thursday, December 01, 2011

Good Books Make GRRREAT Gifts!

'Tis the season for great gift giving and we have ideas for you!!!

Below is a link to ALSC's (Association for Library Service to Children) lists of books for a child's home library. They are lovely, colorful brochures for you to print and distribute to querying grandparents, aunts, uncles and so on for gift-giving ideas. Delightfully, some of our personal favorites are included!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Suporting Public Libraries in the Yorkshire-Pioneer District

Friday, November 18, 2011, 6 - 8 p.m.

3701 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo, NY

Tag-team storytelling by staff from

the Arcade Free Library, King Memorial Library of Machias and

Delevan-Yorkshire Public Library.

Can't attend our Bookfair at Barnes and Noble?

Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 11/18/11 to 11/22/11 by entering Bookfair ID 10568988 at checkout.

A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchase will benefit our three libraries.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Coming Attractions!!!!

LEGOs at the Library - - this Friday - - 11/11 @ 11!!!

This month's Family Film is An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 18th @ 7:00 p.m.
From a short story by Louisa May Alcott, the acclaimed author of Little Women, comes a holiday story of family and forgiveness. Young aspiring writer Tilly takes it upon herself to contact her grandmother and beg for help. Grandmother Isabella's presence causes an upheaval in many lives, but may also lead to healing hurt relationships.