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Libraries change and evolve to meet the needs of their community and adapt to new technologies. At Phillips Free Library though, one thing is constant - we exist to create an equitable world. Our mission is to empower and inspire all people to grow and connect with one another to create a better world for all. Here are some ways to connect with your community at the library this month.

New This Month

Sweet 60 and Up! #2

On Friday, November 17th you are invited to the second edition of Sweet Sixty and Up!. We have listened to the feedback and have noticed the enthusiasm for the music part of the program. So, the set-up for the program will be different this time. It will run from 1 pm – 3 pm. During the first hour we will have baking, book talks, card making, and chess (all levels). Please register for the 1-2 pm portion of the program. After that, at 2 pm, the Elderly Brothers will start their show. All ages are welcome to attend the concert starting at 2 pm. The dial-a-ride (wheelchair-accessible) service to and from the program is available for free. Transportation requests must be received by November 9th. Registration is required, please email or call 607 749 4616. 

Featured Events

LEGO Lock-In

Third through fifth grade students are invited to join us for a LEGO Lock-In on Friday, November 10th. The 6 -7:15 pm session still has plenty of space but the 10 am session is full. We will have a quick story and a snack and then have a specific challenge the participants will need to accomplish with their LEGOs. Registration is required please email

Teddy Bear Sleepover!

Knee High Story Time and K-2 Library Zoo programs will be talking about Teddy Bears on November 15th. They will be invited to bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal to spend the night at the library and pick up the next day along with a picture. We invite people of all ages to participate and drop off their labeled stuffed animal at the front desk for a night at the library!

New Books

Adult Fiction


by Alice McDermott

available after October 31

American women—American wives—have been mostly minor characters in the literature of the Vietnam War, but in Absolution they take center stage. Tricia is a shy newlywed, married to a rising attorney on loan to navy intelligence. Charlene is a practiced corporate spouse and mother of three, a beauty and a bully. In Saigon in 1963, the two women form a wary alliance as they balance the era’s mandate to be “helpmeets” to their ambitious husbands with their own inchoate impulse to “do good” for the people of Vietnam.

Sixty years later, Charlene’s daughter, spurred by an encounter with an aging Vietnam vet, reaches out to Tricia. Together, they look back at their time in Saigon, taking wry account of that pivotal year and of Charlene’s altruistic machinations, and discovering how their own lives as women on the periphery—of politics, of history, of war, of their husbands’ convictions—have been shaped and burdened by the same sort of unintended consequences that followed America’s tragic interference in Southeast Asia.

Middle Grade Non-Fiction

Invincible: Fathers and Mothers of Black America

by Wade Hudson

place hold here

We’re familiar with the founding fathers of white America, but who are the founding fathers (and mothers!) of Black America?

In a poetic narrative of the origins of Black America, acclaimed Black author and publisher Wade Hudson teaches us about the little-known men and women who had a profound effect on the history of the nation. Black America was built by brave pioneers—men and women taken from Africa, who suffered and struggled to build a country, a culture, and institutions. Emphasizing that freedom didn’t ring for all when the United States gained its independence from Great Britain, Hudson shows the slow process by which Black Americans fought for justice over the course of many generations.

New Next Month

Gingerbread Houses!

Friday, December 1st we invite you to join us for some Gingerbread House decorating! This program, open to all ages and abilities, will start at 6 pm. We will be using graham crackers and hot glue to make the houses so they won't be edible but no worries, we will be sure to have a yummy snack. Please RSVP so we have enough supplies

A Glimpse from October

On October 11th the Knee High Story Time children and their families went on a field trip to the Homer Fire Station. A huge thank you to the Homer Firefighters for showing the children around and for these fantastic fire hats!

Did You Know...

Did you know ...

Phillips Free Library invited our patrons to donate food for our food pantry during for the 2023 Great Give Back. During this 3 week period 579 items were collected. Part of the program was for every 5 items you brought you received a ticket for a chance to win a $25 gift card to a local business. We received 56 tickets back. Congratulations to Annaleah she chose a gift card to Shakin' the Tree!

Monthly Poll

Where is your favorite place to celebrate Thanksgiving?
Grandma's (or Grandpa's)
With Family
On the Beach
With Friends
Loaves & Fishes (or other soup kitchen)
By Myself
At Work
Macy's Parade

Results from our poll last month

Calendar of Events

November 2023

Wednesday, November 1

Knee High Story Time 9am Toys

K-2 Library Zoo 3:20-4:15pm Book Club

Tuesday, November 7 Yoga #1 of 4 10:30 am Registration required

Wednesday, November 8

Knee High Story Time 9am Books to Sing

K-2 Library Zoo 3:20-4:15 pm LEGO Club

Friday, November 10

LEGO Lock-In 10 -11:15 am Program Full

LEGO Lock-In 6-7:15 pm Registration Required

Saturday, November 11 Library Closed

Monday, November 13 Family Book Club 6pm

Tuesday, November 14 Yoga #2 of 4

Wednesday, November 15

Knee High Story Time 9am Teddy Bear Sleepover

K-2 Library Zoo 3:20-4:15 pm Story Time - Teddy Bear Sleepover

Thursday, November 16 3rd & 4th gr Book Club 6p

Friday, November 17 Sweet 60 and Up! 1-3 pm

1-2pm games, food, craft and book talk - Registration Required

2-3pm The Elderly Brothers - live music *all ages welcome, no registration

Monday, November 20 Board of Trustees Meeting 7pm

Tuesday, November 21 Yoga #3 of 4

Thursday, November 23 Library Closed

Tuesday, November 28

Yoga #4 of 4

Points of View Book Club 6:30pm The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

email to register

Wednesday, November 29

Knee High Story Time 9am Winter

K-2 Library Zoo 3:20-4:15 pm Science Club

unless otherwise noted, please register by emailing

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37 South Main St

Homer NY 13077

607 749 4616