Our Library Is An Open Book
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
Mini-Masterpiece Art Show
Come exercise your artistic genius at the library. Pick up a mini canvas starting Monday, July 11th. Drop off your completed mini-masterpiece by August 1st. We'll create a display of everyone's artwork at the library for the month of August. There's an Ocean of Possibilities for your creativity, any theme, any medium, all ages welcome.

Featured Programs
Set Sail for Creativity
Adults join us for a fun and simple art project on Thursday, July 14th @ 6pm. Choose a design and scrape paint across it for a beautiful picture.All supplies provided by the library. We'll have a small art show of the participants creations. Registration preferred but not required. Email office@phillipsfreelibrary.org to register or for more information.
Life Size Games
Join us for life size games on the library patio, Thursdays in July. Open to all, come play Jenga, Connect Four, Bananagrams and more. Games will be from 2 – 3:15 pm. Registration not required. 
New Books
Adult Fiction
Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting
by Clare Pooley
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 Every day Iona, a larger-than-life magazine advice columnist, travels the ten stops from Hampton Court to Waterloo Station by train, accompanied by her dog, Lulu. Every day she sees the same people, whom she knows only by nickname: Impossibly-Pretty-Bookworm and Terribly-Lonely-Teenager. Of course, they never speak. Seasoned commuters never do.
     Then one morning, the man she calls Smart-But-Sexist-Manspreader chokes on a grape right in front of her. He’d have died were it not for the timely intervention of Sanjay, a nurse, who gives him the Heimlich maneuver.
     This single event starts a chain reaction, and an eclectic group of people with almost nothing in common except their commute discover that a chance encounter can blossom into much more. It turns out that talking to strangers can teach you about the world around you--and even more about yourself.
Middle Grade Fiction
The Pear Affair
by Judith Eagle
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Penelope Magnificent spends as little time as possible with her awful parents—a grocery-mogul father and a fashion-obsessed mother who loves expensive purses more than she does her daughter. But when they mention an important trip to Paris, Nell begs to come along. Paris holds something very dear to her: her old au pair Perrine—Pear—who lives there. Pear used to write to Nell every week, promising to come to her rescue, but recently the letters stopped. With the help of a savvy bellboy named Xavier, Nell sets out from her parents’ ultra-fancy Parisian hotel to find her beloved Pear. But Pear’s old neighbors and coworkers are strangely tight-lipped. And as Nell’s search for the truth takes her and Xavier to some of the darkest, most mysterious parts of the city, a sinister plot comes to light involving the destruction of a cherished—and delicious—part of Parisian life. 
Coming Soon
Summer Reading Celebration
Let's celebrate our summer reading success on Friday, August 5th. We will start in front of the library at 6 pm with a story and make our way down Main St for a couple more stories with guest readers. We will end on The Homer Green with games, ice cream and prizes! This is open to everyone who has participated in our 2022 Summer Reading Program.
Juneteenth with Vanessa Johnson
Monday, June 20th we had a wonderful time with storyteller Vanessa Johnson. We heard stories of enslaved children and how they sought freedom. She offered a workshop on how to tell your story. In the evening the Congregational Church was the site of a reenactment of an enslaved man from Syracuse and the people who helped to free him. We learned so much!
Did You Know...

Did you know we have backpacks full of activities for Toddlers and Preschool Children to borrow? There are 4 different bags with stories, games and activities in them. Stop at the library to check out a bag about: ABCs, Pets, Colors or Numbers.

We also have 2 bags with activities for caregivers to use with individuals with dementia. These bags have simple games, puzzles and activities for the individual as well as a couple of books for the caregiver.
What is your favorite ocean animal?
Polar Bear
Sea Turtle
Calendar of Events - July
July 1 - Lunch Time Tails @ noon on The Homer Green - Ocean Adventures
July 6 - Artsy Toddler Story Time @ 11 am - Sea Creatures
July 7 - Life Size Games 2-3:15 pm on the patio
July 7 - Fresh Perspectives: TED Talk Discussion @ 6 pm at the library (registration required)
July 8 Lunch Time Tails @ noon on The Homer Green - Ahoy, Pirates!
July 9 Sonic Pi Workshop (age 10 and up) 10:30-Noon (registration required)
July 13 - Artsy Toddler Story Time @ 11 am - Boats
July 13 - Games on the Green @ 6pm prior to the Homer Rec Concert
July 14 - Life Size Games 2-3:15 pm on the patio
July 14 - Set Sail for Creativity - Scrape Art for Adults @ 6 pm (registration preferred)
July 15 - Lunch Time Tails @ noon on The Homer Green - On The Shore
July 20 - Artsy Toddler Story Time @ 11 am - Beach
July 21 Life Size Games 2-3:15 pm on the patio
July 22 - Lunch Time Tails @ noon on The Homer Green - TBA
July 27 - Artsy Toddler Story Time @ 11 am - Moon & Stars
July 27 Points of View Book Discussion @ 6:30 pm on zoom The Woman Next Door
email ashley@phillipsfreelibrary.org to register
July 28 Life Size Games 2-3:15 pm on the patio
July 29 - Lunch Time Tails @ noon on The Homer Green - Under the Sea

Unless otherwise indicated, register by emailing office@phillipsfreelibrary.org
37 South Main Street
Homer, NY 13077