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Just a reminder that the library has Preschool Story Hour every Thursday from 9:30-10:30! This is a great way to get your ever-changing toddlers ready for reading.  According to Kids Health (2017), “Reading aloud to your preschooler is a great way to encourage learning development and to help prepare your child for independent reading down the line.”  To read more, go to  This is also a great social-emotional development time too, helping the little ones develop the social skills needed to help them build healthy relationships in Kindergarten.  And it gives the adults time to meet other parents and caregivers in the community and network with them while the little ones are playing and listening to a story. I hope to see you Thursday mornings!


Valentine’s Day Bake Sale!

On Tuesday, February 14th, the Prattsburg Library will be hosting their annual Valentine’s Day Bake Sale! Anyone willing to bake up some goodies for our sale should please contact us as soon as possible to set up a time for drop off. The sale will be during our open hours of 1:00-5:00, so the best time would be Tuesday around 1:00, but we will try to work around these hours if necessary.

So make sure to stop down on Valentine’s Day and pick up some sweets for your sweetheart!

New Movies Available February 10th!

A new movie order has recently arrived at the library and most of them will be available tomorrow, February 10th, for check out!  Please remember that you may only check one New Movie out at a time, they must be returned within 7 days, and they cannot be renewed.  I have included the list below:

  • Finding Dory
  • The BFG
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • The Secret LIfe of Pets
  • The Accountant
  • The Girl on the Train
  • Jason Bourne
  • The Bourne Identity
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • Bad Moms
  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Iron Man 2
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Deadpool
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Suicide Squad
  • Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes I, II, III
  • Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes IV, V, VI
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Conjuring
  • The RIng
  • The Grudge
  • The Silence of the Lambs



A Message From Our New Director

Hello! I thought that since I have taken over as the new Library Director as of January 1st, I should introduce myself. My name is Beth Staff and I received my MLIS from Drexel University in September of 2016 and my Masters in Education in School Library from Mansfield University in 2013. I’m very excited to take over the position from Karen Scott, who retired in December after four years of dedicated service. I understand the importance of the public library in a small community like Prattsburgh, as I grew up in a similar small community not too far away in Bloomfield, NY. Previously I worked as a school librarian at Romulus Central School in grades K-12, and look forward to bringing what I learned there to the children and young adults in Prattsburgh. I currently live in Penn Yan and enjoy volunteering at the Humane Society of Yates County, reading (not too shocking), and traveling.


I have met a few of the library’s patrons and look forward to meeting many more over the next few weeks. My main goals at this point are to meet the people of Prattsburgh and to learn about their personal and community needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions…I love patron feedback!


And Happy New Year!



First Santa, Now Ryan Ruff From WETM!

Ryan Ruff from WETM Channel 18 in Elmira came out to the library to get the scoop on Santa’s visit. You can see his story here: WETM Santa Visit


Santa Visited the Library!

Santa Claus visited the library some time late Christmas Eve! A webcam that was being tested inadvertently caught Santa delivering gifts under the library’s Christmas tree. We will be opening the presents when we return from our holiday break on Tuesday. Believe!


It’s Time to Start Knitting Again!


With summer behind us, the knitting group starts meeting again this Saturday, October 8th. If you have an interest in knitting, the library is the place to be. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the craft or if you’ve been doing it for years, everyone is welcome to join. If you want to learn how, someone will be there to get you started. If you have some experience, please bring your current project. The knitting group meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday at the library beginning at 10:30.


Did you know?

Groundhog Day, celebrated on February 2, came about because of a German superstition. They thought if a hibernating animal cast a shadow on February 2nd that winter would last for another six weeks. If there was no shadow, spring would come early.


Quote of the Month

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck

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