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Don Armstrong Photo Exhibit - March & April
The Falconer Public Library will host the Don Armstrong Photography Exhibit during the months of March and April.
Don, a life-long resident of Western New York, spent his early years in Randolph. He has won several awards for his photography, and also has the honor of having a photo in one of the Roger Tory Peterson Field Guides. Don and his wife, Betty, have raised their children in Falconer and have resided here for 50 years.
In the 1940’s, there were few photographs of his family. He vowed he was going to take photos of his own family as they were growing up. As he retired from working, photography became his passion. He prefers landscapes and nature subjects over city and urban style.
He belongs to two local photo clubs: Jamestown Audubon and the Chautauqua County Camera Club.
The Winter 2018 Newsletter can be downloaded here.
January Falconer Fire Update
Shown below is the progression of ownership and development on these sites
Shown below are recent photos photographed by Alan Gustafson.
This is a Sad Time for Falconer and the Falconer Vac Shop and Roots.
Our Sign Looks Like New!
Stop by and see our newly refurbished sign! The original sign was donated in 1995 in memory of Mary E. "Beth " Dallas, wife of Fred Dallas. Donations were made to the Dallas and Black families and the Falconer Public Library to help pay for the original sign.
This sign update was done by the Chautauqua Sign Company Inc. and paid by the George and Deana Black family and the Falconer Public Library.
The Library Is A 9 Time Star!
The Library Journal (November 1st, 2016 issue) announced America's Star Libraries: The Falconer Public Library is a Five-Star Award Winner! This Award is sponsored by Baker and Taylor's Bibliostat records and based on the Data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MLS). The LJ Index is a national rating system designed to recognize and promote America's public libraries, to help improve the pool of nationally collected library statistics, and to encourage library self-evaluation.
The Falconer Public Library has earned the distinguished honor of being in the top 100 libraries in the United States since 2000 - nine past years with 5 star ratings. (In 2016, 35 libraries in NY were honored) Library Manager, Sue Seamans, won the NY Times Award for Librarian of the Year in 2004 - one of 27 librarians in the US. Since then, library staff and local patrons share that honor!
Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a title. Libby has a ground-breaking ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player. Watch the video below to learn more and click here for a handout on how to sign up!
Helpful System Handout
The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System has a helpful handout that shows how to reserve and search for materials, checkout eBooks and audiobooks and a whole lot more. Click here for the handout.
Click here for the Fall 2017 Selborne student handout.
School Supplies Donated
Sue Seamans, FPL Director and Jackie Traniello, Member of America’s Promise Alliance Team at CCBank overlook donations from CCB to FPL for students in need of school supplies. September 2017
Falconer Fire Update
On Wednesday, March 22nd a devastating fire changed the face of downtown Falconer, NY forever. 8 households and 19 individuals were displaced in arguably the largest residential fire in recent Falconer history.
Why is this important:
A half block of Falconer, NY history is destroyed forever and the individuals residing there lost everything. I don't live in town anymore but the Village of Falconer is incredibly dear to me and I know others feel that way too. (Photo credit: STARFLIGHT)
If you're from the Falconer, NY area, have ever drove through or spent time there, you know this tract of property is vital to the identity of the village and shelter to those living upstairs.
Consider donating a few dollars to help these people rebuild their lives. They simply need our help.
How is the money dispersed?
Evenly. Each displaced resident will receive an equal share of these funds. The GoFund Me page is here.
A.S.A.P. - These folks need help now. The funds will be coordinated through the Village office and Falconer Central School. If you feel uncomfortable donating online please mail or drop off a check to:
2 East Avenue
Falconer, NY 14733
Former Falconer Resident
Class of 1999
New Children's Area
The Falconer Public Library Board members and staff encourage people to stop in and see the newly renovated children’s corner. The library has laminated the tops on the bookshelves, added window soffits, new bookshelves and a bookcase shaped like a boat with donations from patrons in memory of Lucian L. Lodestro, local attorney.
The family also donated monies that added a new table for the children and a large 3-D wall tree along with woodland birds, animals and fishing items. As time goes on, more will be added to this nature theme. The Post-Journal article can be seen here.
Richard & Lois Johnson donated this beautiful patriotic floral arrangement.
Card Catalog Retired!
The Falconer Public Library experienced a “Library History Moment” on Monday, August 17th 2015.
Our wooden library card catalog was officially no longer part of the library. The library was fully automated with a digital SIRSI Circulation System, in July of 2014, but the library kept the card catalog in the library for a full year after ”Going Live”. A card catalog has been part of the library since 1921 when the library was housed in the Village of Falconer Community Building with wooden tables and a metal card catalog from the Falconer Central School. Two wooden card catalogs followed the metal one, the last one being supplied by the Randolph Central School Library . People of ALL ages have relied upon that catalog to find/locate our collection based on a Dewey Decimal System. It was a Dictionary Catalog, following an author, subject, title filing. It was the central and only way to determine what books/nonbooks were in the library.
The catalog will now be housed in the Community Building lobby, right near the library.
Some people say, “All good things come to an End”, but not for this. People of ALL ages can see the catalog and realize the importance to our library.
The Post-Journal ran an article about the retirement of the card catalog on August 29. You can read the article here.
These games were donated to the FPL for participating in a Trustee Training Session
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