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 This Saturday, December 2nd we will be having our Holiday Wreath Workshop from 1:00-2:30. The $10.00 registration fee covers the cost of all tools and materials. You are more than welcome to bring your own items to customize your wreath. Please contact the library with any questions!



Just a reminder that PreK Story Hour will now be taking place Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 starting tomorrow, November 1st. Our new hours will also be starting tomorrow!


Friends of the Prattsburg Free Library

There will be a Friends of the Prattsburg Free Library meeting on Thursday, November 9th at 5:00 pm. This is an informational meeting for old and new Friends. If you’ve ever wanted to find out what the Friends group does for the library, this is your chance! The meeting will last approximately 30 minutes. Hope to see you there!




We have a lot of new changes coming in November. Here is the most exciting…we are extending our Hours of Operation! These new hours will start November 1st, 2017.
Our new hours will be:

Sundays and Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays: 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fridays: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Keep checking back for more updates!


New PreK Story Hour!

We will be starting our new Pre-K Story Hour on Saturday, October 7th at 10:00 am. This will continue every first and third Saturday in October and through November. Please come join us on the 7th for some fun Fall themed stories and crafts!


New books are on the shelves!

New movies are here!

-Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
-Zookeeper’s Wife
-My Cousin Rachel
-Fate of the Furious
-Nightmare Before Christmas
-Halloweentown 1 & 2
-Boss Baby
-Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie
-Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
-House of Cards Season 1
-Game of Thrones Season 2 & 3


Due to the Prattsburg Free Library Budget being approved, we are looking to increase our hours of operation. We have created an online survey for patrons to complete to help us determine what hours would best serve our community. Please take a few minutes out of your busy day to click on the link below and help us determine our new hours. There is also a paper version at the Circulation Desk for anyone who prefers to fill it out that way. Thank you!


Prattsburg Free Library Hours Survey


Prattsburg Free Library Budget Vote Results: Yes: 121, No: 75



Our latest order of books are in and ready to be checked out!  We have new adult books, YA books (including the popular Legend series and Cinder series), as well as the Ranger’s Apprentice series, and the Island, Everest, and Titanic series by Gordon Korman, which have been a favorite of elementary and middle school aged boys and girls for many years.


Budget Update:

The Prattsburg Free Library Budget Informational Meeting will be held Tuesday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the library. The vote will take place on Tuesday, August 8th from noon to 8:00 p.m.

Budget Information
There will be a library budget forum open to all at the library on August 1st, details will be posted soon. The budget vote is set for August 8th. We have posted a lot of information regarding the revised budget here: Prattsburg Free Library Budget Information



2017 Summer Reading Program

Knowing how busy it can be during the summer and that it may be difficult for some parents to bring their kids in for the regular summer reading hours, I thought I would also give the option of a virtual Summer Reading Program. What this means is that a child could take part in the program but not have to physically attend the afternoon sessions. They would still read at home and log their reading, but they could come in when it’s convenient to get their log books checked and possibly take part in some of the smaller activities. If anyone is interested, please let me know! I want to reach as many kids as possible and keep them reading over the summer break!


2017 Summer Reading Program

Magician Cris Johnson will be performing his “Build a Better World” magic show as a kick-off for our “Building a Better World” Summer Reading Program. All community members are invted to attend. Registration for the program for students who were in Grades K-6 this past school year will take place before and after the show. Hope to see you all there!



Knitting/Book Club


Last week’s Knitting/Book Club was wonderful! A Man Called Ove was an amazing book and the whole group thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 8th at 10:30 a.m. Our new book is Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, the same author who wrote the New York Times bestseller A Gentleman in Moscow (another book I highly recommend). If anyone is interested in joining, please let me know and I’ll get you a copy of the book ASAP!

Prattsburg Free Library Budget Vote

May 24, 2017

from 12:00-8:00PM

at the Prattsburg Free Library

You are eligible to vote if:

  • you are 18 years of age or older,
  • you are a citizen of the United States,
  • and a resident of the Prattsburgh Central School District.

*Voters should bring identification*

If you will be away on 5/24 you may obtain an absentee ballot by calling Roxanne Elward at 607-522-6211 and ask for a Library Budget absentee ballot


Go to the school’s main office and request one in person


Benefits of a Successful Library Budget Vote

-Longer hours of operation
-New Books, Movies, Magazines, & Music
(Additions in both Print and Digital Formats)
– Maintained Computers & Improved Technology Services
– Quality Programs for Children, Teens, Parents & Seniors

Library Patrons are Welcome to Participate

Please contact the library if you have any questions regarding the Budget Vote.


 New books are in and on the shelves!  These are just a few of the titles we have on the shelves, ready to be checked out.  Stop in and check them out!



The Book Club will have it’s first meeting on Saturday, May 13th at 10:30 am.  We are reading All the Light They Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  If you would like to join us, please let me know so that I may find a copy of the book for you as soon as possible.  When we meet on the 13th, we will be discussing the book and choosing our next club book.  All adults are welcome!


Our lending rules policy was updated last year but I wanted to make sure that everyone knew what this new policy entailed.  The following is a list of how long items may be checked out.

New Books                                                 14 days

Fiction                                                         21 days

Non-Fiction                                                 21 days

Audio Books                                               21 days

Inter-library Loan                                        variable

Rotating Collection Books                         21 days

DVD’s                                                             7 days

Music CD’s                                                  14 days

I want to stress that DVD’s must be returned within 7 days, and each day they are overdue you will be charged $1.00.  If you cannot return it within this time frame, you can renew in person, by phone, or on the StarCat online system and avoid any overdue fines.  And please remember that you can always leave us a message during our closed hours to renew items and we will backdate it to the day before. Thanks!


Due to the library closures on Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be extending our hours on Friday, March 17th, and Saturday, March 18th. Friday we will be open from noon until 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday we will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


It’s hard to believe that it’s already March, or that Spring is around the corner, but winter is finally coming to an end and I’m thinking that April would be a great time to start a Book Club!  If you are interested, please contact me either through the contact form on this site, email or phone me, or just stop in and sign up at the Circulation Desk.  And please help me think of the perfect book for our inaugural read!



The Prattsburg Free Library is currently seeking candidates for the position of Part-time Per Diem Library Clerk.


This position is a per diem, varied schedule position.

  • May require days, evenings, and weekends. Refer to our hours of operation.
  • Guaranteed 4 hours per week, up to a maximum of 12 hours.

This is routine clerical work in a library involving basic support services and services to patrons.

Work involves responsibility for routine circulation, shelf maintenance and clerical functions using automated circulation system. Duties include charging books in and out, shelving library materials, data inputting, and telephone answering. This position is also invested with making beginning level library clerical decisions. The work requires that the employee have some knowledge, skill and ability in library clerical functions.

Applications are available at the Circulation Desk during library hours.  Please send your completed application with a resume and a list of three references to Beth Staff, Library Director, P.O. Box 426, Prattsburgh, NY 14873 no later than March 25, 2017.  Please use the Contact Form to submit any questions regarding this job opening to our Director.  Thank you!

Please refer to our Career Opportunities page for further information.

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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