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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

Creative Writing Workshop

If you are in 3rd through 5th grade and love to write, join us for a two-part workshop on creative writing on March 21st and 28th from 4-5 pm. We’ll discuss story arc, character development, plot, dialogue and setting. If you love stories, this is your chance to join a long tradition of youth writers involved in writing at Phillips Free Library. For the last fifteen years the library has facilitated youth writing groups, writing workshops, published anthologies and a Zine. So, come with an idea of what you want to write about, or we’ll provide prompts to get your ideas flowing. The sessions build on each other, so please plan on attending both. Register by emailing

Featured Events

Pi Day

We will have fun games led by friendly math teachers, Osmo games, math books and of course samples of pie.

We are celebrating a series of 3 food holidays this year. Pi Day is the 2nd in the series, we already celebrated cookies and donut day is in June.

Science Fair

Let's get together to celebrate our Science Fair Prep Group participants on Friday, March 31 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. The kids have worked all year to prepare a research or engineering project to be entered into the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, April 1, at LeMoyne. Come give them a chance to share what they have and practice their presentations with a friendly audience.  

New Books

Adult Fiction

Your Driver is Waiting

by Priya Guns

available after February 28

Damani is tired. Her father just died on the job at a fast-food joint, and now she lives paycheck to paycheck in a basement, caring for her mom and driving for an app that is constantly cutting her take. The city is roiling in protests--everybody's in solidarity with somebody--but while she keeps hearing that they’re fighting for change on behalf of people like her, she literally can’t afford to pay attention.    

Then she gives a ride to Jolene (five stars, obviously). Jolene seems like she could be the perfect girlfriend--attentive, attractive, an ally--and their chemistry is off the charts. Jolene’s done the reading, she goes to every protest, and she says all the right things. So maybe Damani can look past the one thing that's holding her back: she’s never dated anyone with money before, not to mention a white girl with money. But just as their romance intensifies and Damani finally lets her guard down, Jolene does something unforgivable, setting off an explosive chain of events.

Picture Book

In Every Life

by Marla Frazee

place hold here

In every life, there is love and loss, hope and joy, wonder and mystery. With glowing art and spare, powerful text, Caldecott Honor–winning creator Marla Frazee celebrates the moments, feelings, and experiences, both big and small, that make up a life.

**Editor note** as you may have heard the library staff say... pictures books are not just for children. This is a book that may resonate more with adults who have experienced the life events that are portrayed in this book. We love to see adults check out children's books, if you haven't before, maybe this could be your first one!

Coming Soon

Fiction Writing Workshop with New York Times’ Bestselling Author Julie Berry

Phillips Free Library is delighted to host a fiction writing workshop with author Julie Berry on April 17th at 5 pm. Julie Berry was one of the first authors to visit the library after it was remodeled in 2007 and she’s been a favorite ever since. The author of Lovely War and The Passion of Dolssa. Julie is an award-wining author who received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In this workshop, Julie will share her wealth of experience and knowledge in how to craft fiction. Open to teens and adults, no matter what age you are interested in writing for, this promises to be an exciting writing workshop for all writers. 

A Glimpse at Last Month

Art for Adults

Several adults joined us for an evening of art last month. We invited Lauren Nels, a local artist and teacher, to lead the group through print making with gelli plates. Everyone had fun making their own art!

Martin Sweeney

We enjoyed having Martin Sweeney join us on Presidents Day. He read a few excerpts from his book, The Heart of Central New York. We learned about the many Homer connections with Francis B Carpenter, the popcorn man and a great outhouse story! If you would like to read his book, check it out here

Tech Explorers: Electricity

Nine students spent time at the library during their winter break making copper tape circuits. The circuit was on the inside of the card, we poked an LED through a hole on the front that was incorporated into their design. In this card the headlight on the UPS truck is the LED light. They were very creative!

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Results from our poll last month

Calendar of Events

March 2023

Wednesday, March 1 - Knee High Story Time 9 am - Rabbits & Bunnies

Wednesday, March 1 - K-2 Library Zoo - LEGO Club 3:20 pm

Thursday, March 2 - Yoga #4 of 5

Tuesday, March 7 - 3rd & 4th grade book club 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 8 - Knee High Story Time 9 am - Colors

Wednesday, March 8 - K-2 Library Zoo - Book Club 3:20 pm

Thursday, March 9 - Yoga #5 of 5

Friday, March 10 - 5th grade book club 4 pm

Monday, March 13 - Family Book Club 6 pm

Tuesday, March 14 - Pi Day Celebration 6 pm

Wednesday, March 15 - Knee High Story Time 9 am - Boats

Wednesday, March 15 - K-2 Library Zoo - Games 3:20 pm

Monday, March 20 - Board of Trustees Meeting 7 pm

Tuesday, March 21 - Creative Writing Workshop 3rd-5th gr 4 pm #1 of 2 please register

Wednesday, March 22 - Knee High Story Time 9 am - Frogs & Toads

Wednesday, March 22 - K-2 Library Zoo - Storytime (Yetis) 3:20 pm

Tuesday, March 28 - Creative Writing Workshop 3rd-5th gr 4 pm #2 of 2

Tuesday, March 28 - Points of View Discussion Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson 6 pm on Zoom email to register

Wednesday, March 29 - Knee High Story Time 9 am - Monsters

Wednesday, March 29 - K-2 Library Zoo - Science 3:20 pm

Thursday, March 30 - Yoga #1 of 5

Friday, March 31 - Science Fair 5:30 -7:30 pm

unless otherwise noted, please register by emailing

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