A Casual Conversation: Seniors in our Community – Wednesday, October 27 at 2:00 pm

Please join us for the first in a series of Casual Conversations. A Casual Conversation: Seniors in our Community will focus on services of interest to adults in the 55+ age group. We will be talking about what is working well for seniors in our community and what residents would like to see more of. We then hope to narrow it down and see where the library might fit in. We are focusing on this age group because when we updated our Long Range Plan a year ago one of the areas targeted for improvement was the library’s services for senior citizens.

The conversation will last for approximately one hour and will be followed by a tour of the new children’s area for those who haven’t yet seen it. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to geneseolibrarydirector@owwl.org or call the library at

585-243-0440 to let us know if you’ll be able to attend.

Here are the questions we’ll be discussing:

What works well in our community for residents ages 55 and over? What makes you stay here?

What do you wish there was more of in our community?

If you had to relocate to another city, town or village, what criteria would you use to select a new community?

If you’re a regular library user, what is it that keeps you coming back? Why do you come to the library?

If you’re NOT a library user, what would be a compelling reason to make you come to the library?

How do you learn about events taking place in our community?

The Great Give Back – October 2021

Do you have a CD player to donate? The library is collecting portable CD players for people to use with audiobooks. Gently used CD players can be dropped off at the main service desk. We are ONLY collecting CD players. No other electronics will be accepted. Please contact the library at (585) 243-0440 if you are interested in receiving a CD player. We will enter your name in a drawing that will be held at the end of October.

The Great Give Back provides opportunities for patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

New Hours

The library’s hours have changed! Starting tomorrow we will be open Monday through Thursday until 8 pm. Our hours for Friday and Saturday remain the same and have not changed. If you have any questions please call the library at (585) 243-0440. Thank you!

September is Library Card Sign up Month!

Do you have a library card? September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth so get one today! Check out the library’s website to learn how you can access movies, eBook’s, video games and much more.

Do you have friends who don’t have library cards? Invite them to visit the library and sign-up for one!

The library card sign-up campaign started in 1987 as a response to then Secretary of Education William Bennett, who stated, “Let’s have a campaign … Every child should obtain a library card and use it.” Read a detailed account in this 2015 blog post at the American Library Association Archives,

 A Library Card for Every Child: Library Card Sign-Up Month, by Cara Bertram.

Little Free Pantry

Check out the newly installed Little Free Pantry! It’s located outside of the library’s Second Street entrance. Anyone can donate and/or take what they need. Pass the word! The pantry is privately operated, any questions may be directed to: geneseoLFP@gmail.com.

Hidden for A Century: Hundreds of Photographs Found in an Attic

Join David Whitcomb for a talk on his incredible find of photos and the equipment appearing to belong to James Ellery Hale, a successful portrait photographer who in the 1880s moved to Seneca Falls, N.Y., where the first women’s rights convention was held in 1848. Mr. Whitcomb, a local lawyer who had bought the Geneva, NY building to expand his practice, pushed an access panel out of the way and poked his head inside. He saw an attic with a vaulted ceiling and crawled in, thinking he might find a few items to sell at a flea market. What he discovered transported him back more than a century to an era when suffragists were campaigning for women’s rights and photography portrait studios had started to crop up in American cities.



The information you need to participate will be sent to you 1-3 days prior to the event date (March 24, 2021)REGISTER: http://bit.ly/3brPRYP