Wednesday, November 28 (no program November 21st)Join us for a new year of Rockin' Readers! New activities, new stories, new crafts and a whole bunch of fun! Rockin' Readers is for K-2nd grade students and meets from 3:25 - 4:15 pm. If Homer schools are closed Rockin' Readers will not meet. The theme for this week is Monkeys!
Toddler Story Time
Wednesday, November 28 (no program November 21st)Join Miss Ashley for a fun filled morning of stories, songs and more. Story Time is geared toward toddlers but babies and preschool children are also welcome. The theme this week is Drums! Registration is not required. Story Time meets when Homer schools are in session and is canceled if Homer Schools are canceled.
Teen Tech Help
NEW TIMEAre you having trouble downloading ebooks? Want to know how to use your new iPad? We've got a team of teens who can help! Our teen techs will be available on Fridays 3:30-5:00 pm and Saturdays 1:00-2:00 pm. Bring your device or just your questions; our teen techs are here to help!
Visit our Teen Writers Showcase
Flash FictionCheck out the Teen Writers Showcase here. They're writing micro essays and memoirs this month. Find out why some of us are hoping to be kidnapped by aliens!
What's a Library for?
Check out our patrons' library memories and stories. You'll find more, like this one:
One of the first things I remember after moving to Homer is my mother taking us to the library to get library cards...
Verizon HotspotDid you know the library has a Hot Spot for patrons to borrow? A Hot Spot is for people who don't have internet access but do have Verizon cell phone coverage. The Hot Spot will allow internet access free of charge to you for a 1 week borrowing period. Stop at the library for more information.
Online CatalogWhen using our online catalog remember that the catalog first searches for an item here at the Homer Library. If you don't find what you are looking for and want to expand your search to the whole library system, use the drop down box that says Limit By; and select All Libraries.
Regarding Cortland Standard Article
Friday, November 9, 2018
The article today in the Cortland Standard about the library may be easily misunderstood when it states that “the town and village of Homer were paying more to the library than they needed to.” We’d like to take this opportunity to clarify the situation.
The library is a community service provided to residents of the Homer School District that has been supported for years by the town and village governments. In 2010 our service area was increased by the state to include the whole Homer School District. The governments of the town and village continued to support the library. The choice to support the library and how much they choose to give the library has always been the decision of and at the discretion of the town and village boards. We have been very thankful that the Town and Village of Homer have chosen to support Phillips Free Library for many years.
We work hard to be fiscally responsible, creating a budget that includes all the necessary costs of keeping our historic building safe, accessible, and welcoming. That budget meets NYSED auditing requirements and is overseen by the library board, which takes its fiduciary responsibility very seriously.
In recent years our service area has increased and we have expanded programs and services to grow to meet the diverse needs of our patrons. We have repurposed our space and expanded programming to reach out to all segments of our service area. Meeting the evolving needs of our community as we deal with an ever changing world requires sustainable and secure funding. The Division of Library Development, the State Library, and the New York Library Association have encouraged libraries to switch funding to ballot measures to make library funding more secure and sustainable. In our continuing effort to serve all residents of the school district, including those in communities that are furthest from the library, Phillips Free Library made the decision to switch all our funding to the school ballot. We have discussed this with both the town board and the village mayor.
While we are cautiously optimistic about a positive ballot outcome in May, we know the public will have questions and we will be providing answers - transparent and understandable - to the community. Once the busy holiday season winds down, we'll be scheduling public meetings and sharing information to help all of our towns in the Homer Central School district understand how this transition will affect them.