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
New Hours
Summer Reading Celebration
Our hours are changing! We have the same number of hours, just in a different configuration. New hours start after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 6th.

Featured Programs
Knee High Story Time
Beginning in September, we’ll have a revamped Story Time. Knee High Story Time will meet Wednesday mornings at 9 am in the Dell, our young children’s play room. The story time is a program of stories, songs, rhymes, and other activities geared for toddlers through pre-K. Contact office@phillipsfreelibrary.org for more information.
Upcoming Story Time themes are:
Sept. 7th – Open house, stop by to see the Dell, meet the staff, and have refreshments
Sept. 14th – Colors of the Rainbow
Sept. 21st – Trucks that Mooove
Sept. 28th – Birds Fly High
K-2 Library Zoo
We are excited to bring back weekly K-2nd grade after school programming! Each week we will have a different program, your child can come to one or all of them. Each month we will have LEGO club, story time and games and technology. We will also have book club in October, November and January through May. Book club is the only program that you need to register for. Each participant receives a copy of the book for that month and we have a limited number of books available. These programs start when students arrive after the Homer Elementary walker dismissal approximately 3:20 and go until 4:15 pm. For questions and a schedule of programs contact Sarah: office@phillipsfreelibrary.org
New Books
Adult Fiction
Fox Creek
by William Kent Krueger
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The ancient Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux has had a vision of his death. As he walks the Northwoods in solitude, he tries to prepare himself peacefully for the end of his long life. But peace is destined to elude him as hunters fill the woods seeking a woman named Dolores Morriseau, a stranger who had come to the healer for shelter and the gift of his wisdom.

Meloux guides this stranger and his great niece, Cork O’Connor’s wife, to safety deep into the Boundary Waters, his home for more than a century. On the last journey he may ever take into this beloved land, Meloux must do his best to outwit the deadly mercenaries who follow.

Meanwhile, in Aurora, Cork works feverishly to identify the hunters and the reason for their relentless pursuit, but he has little to go on. Desperate, Cork begins tracking the killers but his own skills as a hunter are severely tested by nightfall and a late season snowstorm. He knows only too well that with each passing hour time is running out. But his fiercest enemy in this deadly game of cat and mouse may well be his own deep self-doubt about his ability to save those he loves.
Young Adult Fiction
My Imaginary Mary
by Cynthia Hand
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Mary may have inherited the brilliant mind of her late mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, but she lives a drab life above her father’s bookstore, waiting for an extraordinary idea that’ll inspire a work worthy of her parentage—and impress her rakishly handsome (and super-secret) beau, Percy Shelley.
Ada Lovelace knows a thing or two about superstar parents, what with her dad being Lord Byron, the most famous poet on Earth. But her passions lie far beyond the arts—in mechanical engineering, to be exact. Alas, no matter how precise Ada’s calculations, there’s always a man willing to claim her ingenious ideas as his own.
Pan, a.k.a. Practical Automaton Number One, is Ada's greatest idea yet: a machine that will change the world, if only she can figure out how to make him truly autonomous . . . or how to make him work at all.
When fate connects our two masterminds, Mary and Ada learn that they are fae—magical people with the ability to make whatever they imagine become real. But when their dream team results in a living, breathing, thinking PAN, Mary and Ada find themselves hunted by a mad scientist who won't stop until he finds out how they made a real boy out of spare parts.
Coming Soon
Naloxone Training
Monday, September 26th from 6-8 pm a NYS opioid overdose training specialist will be at the library to offer a free training on responding to an opioid overdose. Topics include addressing stigma, NYS 911 Good Samaritan Laws, overdose risk factors, recognizing and responding to an overdose, administration of naloxone, and reporting naloxone use. Registration is required. Please email office@phillipsfreelibrary.org to register.  
Day of Wellness
Before it gets too cold, let's get together outside. Through art, mindfulness, play, healthy recipes, and games, we'll learn to practice wellness. This family event, sponsored by Phillips Free Library and Homer Recreation Department promises to be a fun afternoon. Stay tuned for more information as the date gets closer.
Strolling Story Time
We had a great time celebrating our summer reading success. As a community we read over 208,000 pages this summer which means Priscilla and Sarah got tattoos (semi-permanent ones). We traveled to a few spots on Main Street to listen to our guest readers and ended on The Green for prizes, ice cream and games.
Did You Know...

Book Club registration continues through Thursday, September 1st. If you haven't registered, there is still time! We have a family book club for children ages 4-8 with their family, K-2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grade and High School. All book club participants get a copy of the book in advance to read before book club and then it is theirs to keep thanks to a grant from the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund of the Tompkins County Community Foundation. Register here. Fifth through eighth grade students will register and meet at school.
What is your favorite library program?
Writing Workshops
Author Visits
Outdoor Winter Story Time
Drive In Story Time
Fresh Perspectives: TED Talk Discussion
Points of View: Book Discussion
Summer Reading Kickoff
Wellness Programs (mindfulness, Tai Chi, Yoga)
Art Programs (mini canvases, scrape art, etc)
Strolling Story Time (take a walk and hear stories along the way)
Results from our poll last month
Calendar of Events - September
September 1 - Last day to register for school year book clubs
September 3-5 - Library Closed for Labor Day
September 6 - New library hours start
September 7 - Knee High Story Time Open House 9 am
September 12 - Family Book Club 6 pm
September 14 - Knee High Story Time - Colors of the rainbow 9 am
September 21 - Knee High Story Time - Trucks that Moove 9 am
September 21 - K-2 Library Zoo - story time 3:20-4:15 pm
September 26 - Naloxone Training 6-8 pm
September 28 - Knee High Story Time - Birds Fly High 9 am
September 28 - K-2 Library Zoo - games and technology 3:20-4:15 pm
September 28 - Points of View: A Book Discussion 6:30 pm on Zoom Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid email ashley@phillipsfreelibrary.org for the zoom link

Unless otherwise indicated, for more information or to register, email office@phillipsfreelibrary.org
37 South Main Street
Homer, NY 13077