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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.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Food-for-Fines and more!

We are accepting Food-for-Fines until November 19th. We are also accepting food simply because you want to donate to our local Food Pantry at Thanksgiving - - no fines necessary!!!

Please bring in non-perishable food items from now until 11/19 - we will take them to the Food Pantry in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution!

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10th Already!

The rest of October looks like this:

Pre-School Story Hour: Wednesdays @ 10 a.m. - stories, crafts, music, games

Library Board Meeting: Tuesday, October 11 @ 7 p.m. - public welcome

National Friends of the Library Week: October 17 - 22 Become a Friend of the Library!

Free Friday Family Film Fest: October 21 @ 7 p.m. - doors open @ 6:45. This month come and watch "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" with us! Popcorn and drink will be provided.

Food-for-Fines Begins: October 24 and will end November 19.

...and looking ahead to November... Local author Cassidy O'Connor will be here to talk about her new book Diaries of the Dark Side.

Cassidy was here in 2009 when her book Haunted Buffalo was first published.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

To All Harry Potter Fans

Today is the birthday of scrivener and alchemist Nicholas Flamel...
for more, go to . This article is the first item appearing below the William Carlos Williams poem "Reverie and Invocation".

Monday, September 26, 2011

FYI - $24,000 ÷ 9

On Tuesday evening the Wyoming County Board approved their 2012 budget. The nine public libraries were not funded. For the past two years, Wyoming County libraries received $24,018.30 to divide amongst themselves. This year's $118,000,000+ budget has no appropriation for libraries.

What does this mean for Arcade? As you can see above, a loss of $2,668 translates into

+++ 133 books


+++ 121 DVDs


+++ 3 computers


+++ 150 magazine subscriptions


+++ 370 hours of clerical help.

Thought you should know.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Ditto August 2!

Last week's post is still highly relevant...

Many thanks to all the parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends who transported readers to and from our Summer Reading Programs for the past four Mondays and Thursdays...hard to believe that they are over already!

Stories, crafts and foods from around the world enriched our undersanding of "One World, Many Stories". Come and celebrate with Nan Hoffman on Wednesday - see below for more information.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Mark Your August Calendars!!

"Songs for Peace and Other Good Ideas"

Free Family Concert by Nan Hoffman.

Learn more about Nan @

Wednesday, August 10th @ 11:00 a.m.

Writers' Group - open to any aspiring writers.

A self-led group, we share our work, constructively critique and lend support to keep each other writing, help get our work published, etc.

Saturday, August 20th @ 12:30 p.m.

Books-to-Movies Series: Free Movie

This month we will feature one of the "required" readings for Pioneer High School seniors that was made into a classic film in 1940. Directed by John Ford, this "drama film" was based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Copyright protection keeps me from posting the title here but feel free to call me @ (585) 492-1297 if these clues did not give it away!

Saturday, August 20th @ 7:00 p.m.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Programs Begin!!!

Keep reading!! Our special programs here at the library began with the K - 3rd graders today at 1 p.m. Next will be Thursday at 1 p.m. with the 4 - 6 graders.

Whether you can attend a program or not, KEEP READING!!!! Come when you can and show us your reading record to get a small prize. Sign up on line to keep track of your books there! Earn a free book (or two or three) by the end of the summer.

Thursday, June 30, 2011


...and just how do I do that, you wonder?

Scroll down the right side of this page until you find "2011 Summer Reading". Click on Registration and Reading Logs. The first time you visit, select the tab that describes the program in which you are interested.

Stories and More is for readers in Grades K - 3 in Fall 2011.
One World, Many Stories is for readers in Grades 4 - 6 (or 7) in Fall 2011.
Independent Readers is for those of you who are unable to attend one of the above programs here at the Library but would still like to log your Summer Reading and qualify for small prizes.

New users click on the "Sign Me Up" button and there you go!

Call Miss Dona or send her an email if you have trouble!


Monday, June 27, 2011

School is Out, Library is IN!!!


Come in and pick up your reading log!

Independent readers are welcome to participate!

Special Programs This Summer

K - 3rd Graders every Monday @ 1 p.m. July 11 - August 1

Pre-schoolers every Wednesday @ 10 a.m.

4th - 6th graders every Thursday @ 1 p.m. July 14 - August 4

Read for fun and prizes all summer long!

Monday, June 13, 2011


We are accepting donations for the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale which will be held on Saturday, July 9th. Please - - NO encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines or Readers Digest Condensed Books. VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs are welcome along with all of your gently used books. Thanks!!

This Week at Arcade Free Library

Hello everyone! Come on in while the weather is nice and get a book or two to read in the sun!!!

Stop by for one of our programs:

Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m., Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers come with their Moms for stories and developmentally appropriate activities. They ALWAYS have fun!

Saturday @ 12:30 p.m. a few aspiring Writers will gather to share their current work and give each other a boost and encouragement. New people are welcome to come and check out our Writers' Group!

Saturday @ 7:00 p.m. a FREE movie will be shown for teens and 'tweens. Call the Library to find out the title. Doors open at 6:45. Refreshments are served. Our Books-to-Movies series is made possible in part by a grant from the Wyoming Foundation.

Monday, June 06, 2011

What's happening in June @ Arcade Free Library

Every Wednesday @ 10 a.m. - - Pre-school/Toddler Story Hour

Third Saturday @ 7 p.m. - - FREE Movie for teens and tweens

Sign up for Summer Reading - - Monday, June 27th. Start reading! Programs here @ the Library will begin the week of July 11

K - 3rd graders (in Fall 2011): Mondays at 1:00 p.m. with Miss Sue

4th - 6th graders (in Fall 2011): Thursdays at 1:00 with Miss Dona