We love autumn at the library! School is back in, sizzling days have given way to “sweata weatha,” and pumpkin spice is everywhere.

We’ve lived with COVID-19 now for nineteen months, but it feels more like nineteen years. As we begin to regain some normalcy at our library, we are always re-evaluating what is appropriate with regards to CDC and state recommendations, which seem to change frequently. That’s ok; we’re in uncharted waters and we feel better about erring on the side of being overly cautious. 

Masks are still a part of our lives at the library. Nobody likes’em, but they are helpful in ensuring that whether vaccinated or not, we do not pass this virus on to someone else. We ask that our patrons continue to wear them while inside our library, and we appreciate your cooperation more than we can say. Feeling sick? Please consider postponing your visit to the library until you are better. Thank you.

We have a full schedule this fall at HLM. Our Story Time with Mrs. Paige continues each Friday at 11:00 am. Children are invited to join us at the library, or follow on our Facebook page. Crafts can be picked up at the library after the story. We ask that children wear masks for their safety.

Preservation 101 is a course offered through HLM and by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). We meet every 2nd Friday at the library, or by Zoom, at 12:00 pm to discuss topics relevant to document conservation. All are welcome, and may join at any time during the course. Our meeting dates are September 10, 24, October 8, 22, November 5 and 19 (December dates to be confirmed).

After a COVID hiatus, our HLM Book Club is meeting once again on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. To participate, please contact the library at 315-322-5673, or send us an email at madlib@ncls.org.

Trunk or Treat will happen this year! Saturday, October 30, from 4:00-6:00pm in our library parking lot. Interested in hosting a trunk? Contact us and we will reserve your spot. All hosts are responsible for their own decor/treats. All treats must be individually wrapped, and please note if they contain nuts.

Across the Fence continues on October 21, 6pm, with a special book review “For the Grass of a Cow,” with author Charles M. Carletta. After more than two decades of instruction at the University of Hawaii, Professor Carletta (“Chuck”) has devoted his time to family history research, and more specifically, to the genealogy of Marion Tiernan’s Irish ancestors who settle in St. Lawrence County in 1820. This promises to be a very interesting discussion for all who can trace their ancestry within SLC and Ireland.

Local writer Lua Garman will be reading one of her works to celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:00 pm. Limited seating is available in the library, or listen on our Facebook livestream.

Our Summer Reading Program was such a success, we thought we’d have another one… Feather Your Bird begins on Monday, November 1, and will continue until Wednesday, November 24. All are welcome to participate, and prizes will be awarded in each category for the turkey with the most feathers (books read) added in the 3 week period.

Last by certainly not least, you are reading this courtesy of our brand new website. We think you will enjoy the new navigation and our fresh new look. Have some comments or suggestions? We’d love to hear them. Send your comments to madlib@ncls.org by Friday, October 15, and be entered to win a prize.

Welcome, fall!