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Maxwell Memorial Library
September-October 2021 News and Events

Online calendar and class registration click here:
We're open for curbside pickup and study room use by appointment
and for
browsing and computer use with no appointment!

We're back to our regular hours:

10 AM-8 PM
10 AM-5 PM
10 AM-3 PM

closed Sundays

Email us at
We'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Contact us:
14 Genesee Street
Camillus, NY 13031

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Visiting the Library

Maxwell is open for appointment-free browsing.

Curbside pickup will remain an option for those who either do not want to browse or who like the convenience of getting their library items quickly.

Visitors to the library must continue to adhere to accepted COVID-19 safety protocols, including hand sanitizing, social distancing, and proper wearing of facial coverings by all people ages 2 and above regardless of vaccination status. Please note that protocols are subject to change. We will post any changes on our website and in our building.

We are transitioning to in-person programs when possible. Please check our event calendar for details on virtual vs. in-person meetings for each program.

The library’s study rooms may be reserved for one to four people, depending on the room.

People who wish to reserve a private study/meeting room must read and sign Maxwell's Room Reservation Policy. This only needs to be completed once per year. The forms are available at the circulation desk. If you want to read the policy ahead of time, you will find it and all our policies on our website.

The public computers in the adult room are available for walk-in use but also at a limited number to allow for social distancing.

Please remember that use of the study rooms and public computers must end 15 minutes prior to closing. See above section for full weekly schedule.
The library will be closed Saturday through Monday,
September 4 through 6, for the Labor Day Weekend.
The Village of Camillus will hold its Mile-Long Sale on Saturday, September 11, from 9 AM to 3 PM. The rain date is September 18.
Almost 200 books read by over 30 patrons--our Summer Reading program for adults was a great success! Biweekly prize winners took home Regional Market tokens and gift cards to Kiki's Greek Restaurant, The Brasserie, Indian Grill, Exhale Cafe and Bake Shop, Colorful Inspirations, and Synple Gift Shop. Our grand prize winner won a charcuterie and dip board, a festive cocktail shaker, and a bookshelf edition of the game Clue. Participants who didn't win a bigger prize received Dunkin' gift cards. Thank you to everyone who shared their summer reading titles and book reviews with us. The reviews will remain posted in our outdoor display case a while longer, and the titles and other facts are posted on our website.
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave was our most popular book, submitted by five people. Eternal by Lisa Scottoline, Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and The Guest List by Lucy Foley had a three-way tie for second place with three submissions each. Karen White, Kristin Hannah, Laura Dave, and Terry Pratchett tied as most read authors with five titles each submitted.
The Friends' Bulb Sale is Coming Back!
Watch our website for date, time, and location in early September.

Maxwell's Friends group will have beautiful springtime bulbs for sale, just in time for your fall planting. There are no pre-orders, and quantities are limited. Come early for the best selection. Thank you for supporting the Friends of Maxwell Library! This year's bulbs are:
  • Goblet Daffodil - yellow trumpet / white petals  1 doz. - $20.00
  • Blue Scilla - 6” tall, deep blue flowers   ½ doz - $10.00
  • Crocus - lavender collection or golden yellow  20 bulbs - $15.00
  • Darwin hybrid tulips - Red Parade or Gold Parade  1 doz. - 15.00
  • Oriental hyacinth - Blue Jacket or Yellowstone ½ doz. - $15.00
  • Snowdrops - first sign of spring!  ½ doz. - $12.00  
Programming for Adults
September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World
This educational exhibition, created by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, recounts the events of September 11, 2001, through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. Maxwell will display the poster exhibit in our Community Room September 1 through 28. 
Lower Manhattan around 8:30 a.m. on September 11, 2001.
Photo by David Monderer. Courtesy 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Starting in September, Alyson Esposito's card and craft classes will return to in-person meetings in Maxwell's Community Room! Here's what you need to know:
  • Class will usually be the second Thursday of the month.
  • There will be two sessions--sign up for only one. Session 1 starts at 5 PM; Session 2 starts at 6 PM.
  • Registration is required, as space is limited.
  • If you cannot make class, please be considerate and cancel so we can open your spot to another crafter.
  • Card classes and craft classes will alternate each month.
  • These classes are for adults 18 and over.
  • Participants must follow Maxwell Library's COVID protocols concerning facial masks and social distancing. We recommend you bring a mask in case one is required that day.
Greeting Card Class with Alyson Esposito
(registration opens September 1)

register for Thursday, September 9 at 5 PM
register for Thursday, September 9 at 6 PM
Make two beautiful greeting cards with Alyson Esposito. Complete the designs using rubber stamps and colored pencils and your choice of several sentiments. All supplies provided. This month's theme TBA.
Free. For adults. Registration required as space is limited to 8.
Craft Class with Alyson Esposito
(registration opens October 1)

register for Thursday, October 14 at 5 PM
register for Thursday, October 14 at 6 PM
Alyson Esposito will guide you through making a lovely craft for you to take home at the end of class. All supplies provided. Craft theme TBA.
Free. For adults. Registration required as space is limited to 6.
Between the Lines Book Club is back!
Maxwell's original book discussion group for adults returns to in-person meetings in Maxwell's Community Room this fall.
Between the Lines Book Club meets on the fourth Monday of the month, unless posted otherwise. The club reads a variety of genres, from literary fiction to suspenseful bestsellers. Copies of the book and reading guides are available at Maxwell's circulation desk one month before the meeting. Some titles may also be available through OverDrive or Hoopla, or as audiobooks.

New members are always welcome. Registration is optional. Participants must follow Maxwell Library's COVID protocols concerning facial masks and social distancing. We recommend you bring a mask in case one is required that day.
September's book is This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.
Monday, September 27
2-3:30 PM

Read more about the selection here.
October's book is Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie.
Monday, October 25
2-3:30 PM

Read more about the selection here.
Wonderful Wildlife
acrylics by Katie Deakin
October 1 through 28, 2021
Sponsored by the Friends of Maxwell Memorial Library

Katie Deakin's art exhibit Wonderful Wildlife showcases a series of portraits, ranging from endangered and exotic to backyard wildlife. Using acrylic paints, she celebrates the beautiful creatures we share this planet with and hopefully gives pause for thought on how we can all do our part, big or small, to ensure their (and our) survival on a cleaner Earth.
Katie moved to the USA from Stoke-on-Trent in England in 2007 and has called Camillus home ever since. She is married, a mother of two middle schoolers, and has a Shih Tzu named Bubba.  As a nature enthusiast, Katie loves to grow a garden that is not only pretty to look at but also attracts and helps birds, bees, and butterflies. During the summer months she raises Monarch butterflies to help increase their population numbers, which have been dropping off over the years.
She recently took her hobby of painting and turned it into a small business- KTs Custom Art. As well as canvases, Katie makes hand-painted cards, bookmarks, prints and wall plaques, to name but a few, and takes part in local art pop-ups and festivals. For details on upcoming events, follow Katie on Instagram at, or on Facebook at KTs Custom Art.

shown: Moonlit Barn Owl, acrylic by Katie Deakin
Tech Help fromTech Librarian Pete
All of us are more dependent than ever on our computers and other digital devices. And we know that things don't always work the way they should. If you have questions, problems, or just need a refresher on something techy, Pete is still around to help. Call us at 315-672-3661 and ask for Pete. If he's not available at the time, he'll get back to you and schedule a meeting with you.
Also, read Pete's biweekly blogs, Pixels with Pete, on various tech topics, including how to use Zoom! They are archived on our website, so you can catch up with any you've missed.
Wondering what to read next? Here are two simple tools to help you decide:

--The Friends of Maxwell provide BookPage in print format for our patrons. You can also read BookPage through this link on our website and get great suggestions for your next book.

--As Maxwell adds new material, we update several lists on our website through the On the Shelf  tab. Here are the individual links:

Maxwell's Desk List (20 or more titles that are most requested by our patrons, or that we think you would like. If you're waiting for a book, check to see if we have it as a Rapid Read and you might get it sooner.)

New Books at Maxwell (adult, both fiction and nonfiction)

New Large Print at Maxwell (adult, both fiction and nonfiction)

New Audiobooks at Maxwell (CDs; some MP3s)

New Movies at Maxwell (DVD and Blu-Ray; if you're waiting for a movie, check to see if we have it in a different format or as a Fast Flick and you might get it sooner. Some movies come in Combo Packs, and contain both the Blu-Ray and the DVD.)

New Children's Books at Maxwell (easy and junior, both fiction and nonfiction)

New Young Adult Books at Maxwell (for tweens and teens, both fiction and nonfiction)
Kids, Teens, and Family Programming
Library gerbils Beezus and Ramona

To mark the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City has created an educational webinar designed for students and families, ages 8 and above. Participants will learn about 9/11 through personal stories from 9/11 family members Cait Leavey, Brielle Saracini, and John Spade, first responders from the FDNY and PAPD, and a student on 9/11, and ask questions through a live chat with Museum staff. The webinar will be interpreted in American Sign Language and captioned. An audio description and Spanish subtitles will also be available.

Maxwell Library will hold two showings of the webinar in our Community Room on Saturday, September 11, at 11 AM and at 1 PM. The webinar runs approximately 35 minutes, with live chat available after the showing. 

The program is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Masks must be properly worn by everyone in attendance. If you and your family would like to see the webinar but are unable to join us at the Library, please email us at We will email you a link for viewing and participating in the webinar from your home. Please send us your request by Friday, September 10, 12 PM.

Lower Manhattan around 8:30 a.m. on September 11, 2001.
Photo by David Monderer. Courtesy 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Watch for our video story times on Facebook every Monday!
Storytots Story Time
Begins Monday, September 13
Mondays, 10:30-11:15 AM, weather permitting

Children ages birth to 3 years and their favorite adult are invited to come for this fun-filled story time. We will read stories, sing songs, learn nursery rhymes, and children will be able to socialize with their peers.
Free. Registration is required.

This story time will be at Munro Park, right down the road from the library.
Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on!

We will keep you posted on a location for story times in October.

Preschool Pals
Begins Thursday, September 16
Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 AM, weather permitting
Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult are invited to this fun story time geared towards preschoolers. Each week we will read stories and make a simple craft!
Free. Registration is required.

This story time will be at Munro Park, right down the road from the library. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on. While these story times are outside, the weekly crafts will be grab and-go to do at home.

We will keep you posted on a location for story times in October.
Tuesday Crafternoons!
Our weekly Grab-and-Go craft kits will be available starting Tuesdays, while supplies last, in our children's area. You may still call us or go online to request one if you prefer curbside pickup. All kits include all of the supplies you will need to do the craft except glue, scissors, and coloring supplies. Crafts are for kids ages 3 and up. For curbside pickup, we'll call you when your kit is ready. Post a photo of your finished crafts on our Facebook page if you like--we'd love to see them!
See what crafts Ms. Melissa has planned by going to our calendar and looking for Grab and Go Kids Craft every Tuesday.
Grab-and Go-Crafts for Tweens and Teens
Grades 6-12

September: Chalkboard Art

Register so we can have a kit made up for you. We'll contact you on or after September 1 to arrange your pickup time.
With this month's teen craft, you will be able to create your very own 
chalkboard art! This kit will include a chalkboard and chalk ink pens.
There are no rules, so you can make your chalkboard art look any way you want!

As always, send a photo to or message us on Facebook if you'd like to share your creation.
Grab-and Go-Crafts for Tweens and Teens
Grades 6-12

October: Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle

Register so we can have a kit made up for you. Registration begins September 15. We'll contact you on or after October 4 to arrange your pickup time.
Are you ready to decorate your room for the fall season? Get this teen craft and add this awesome autumn leaf Mason jar candle to your space! Included in this kit are: a Mason jar, faux leaves, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, and a flameless tea light.
As always, send a photo to or message us on Facebook if you'd like to share your creation.
Early Literacy Kits!
We've added four new backpack kits for young children. These Early Literacy Kits help parents teach their kids the alphabet, colors, numbers, and shapes. Each kit contains books that go along with the particular theme, learning activities that help the child learn the skill, and a white board to practice writing out each skill. Kits may be checked out by adults only, and are limited to one kit at a time. They may be borrowed for 3 weeks with no renewals or reserves. You can find the kits on the wall next to the large window in our children's area.
Ask about our newest cake pans! You can bake a giant donut in your choice of cake flavors and frostings...
...or a special three-layer cake in these non-stick pans!
Don't forget about all our other kits, including silicone molds for making hot chocolate bombs!
Tutoring help is available through Zoom for middle and high school students, homeschool or other, from a retired teacher. Free. This is a great way to obtain some extra help, especially with the continued need for remote learning, in reading, language arts, basic science, study skills, DBQs, and/or test prep.
Email Pam at for information and to set up your Zoom session.
To promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers as well as to encourage parent and child bonding through reading, the 1000 Books Foundation has issued a challenge to parents to read 1000 books to their children before kindergarten. Stop in at Maxwell Library to get your first reading log and informational materials, and start reading! Kids can track their progress by looking for their personalized owl stickers on the wall near the picture books.
Keep reading! Digital books count, so help your children become star readers.
Out of reading logs? You can find them here and print them at home.
Youth Services Librarian Melissa Lewandowski has made up some preschool information packets. They contain a list of preschools in and around Camillus, and some specific information provided by a few of the schools. Call the library or email Melissa at if you'd like one.
  • Maxwell patrons have access to The Syracuse Post-Standard, including its blog and site. The content is provided by our system-wide database, Newsbank. Use this link with your library card number and PIN to gain access to online services!
  • OCPL has added a database of resources for test preparation, college and career planning, and related needs. It is the Gale Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC), and it replaces Learning Express. You can get to it through the Tech tab on Maxwell’s website or by going through OCPL’s Database page (scroll down to “T” for testing).
  • Library patrons may borrow one of three OCPL Tech Packs from Maxwell. Each kit (shown below) contains an HP Chromebook and charger, a Verizon hotspot and charger, and a quick start guide for using the equipment. For more information on lending procedures and equipment specifications, see our website or ask at the circulation desk. is now LinkedIn Learning

OCPL's database has expanded, and is now called LinkedIn Learning. If you've been using, your course histories and profile will be migrated to the new database. Whether you're a new or existing user, you'll access the database here. You will be taken to a page that says, "Your Library Invites You to LinkedIn Learning. Let's Get Started". Enter your library card number and PIN, choose some subject areas you are interested in, and then your Lynda profile and courses are migrated.  You may get an email asking you to finish the set up. NOTE: You are not required to have or to sign up for a LinkedIn account. 
Click here
for some FAQs, provided by OCPL and LinkedIn Learning.
Digital Yearbook Collection
This is a perfect time to browse the rest of the New York Heritage Digital Collection! Follow the links and have fun. Click here for a list of random collections within the site.
Patrons familiar with Maxwell’s Local History collection know that the library has amassed a good number of West Genesee school yearbooks for in-house reference. Thanks to a CLRC Access and Digitization Grant, and with the permission of the West Genesee Central School District, those yearbooks have been digitized and uploaded to New York Heritage Digital Collections, a project of the Empire State Library Network.

This collection includes yearbooks from West Genesee High School in Camillus from 1958 to 2017, with some missing volumes. Also included are Camillus High School yearbooks from 1958 and 1959, West Genesee Junior High yearbooks from 1971 to 1987, and a West Genesee Central High School Graduation Program from 1958. We will continue to add yearbooks from 2018 on as current students graduate.

Search all the fascinating archives at the New York Heritage site or go directly to Maxwell’s page and to the yearbook collection page.

We purchase each new high school yearbook (The Genesean) as it is published, but haven't been able to obtain a few earlier volumes: 1956, 1957, and 1961. A generous patron has loaned us her copy of 1959, so we have sent that for digitization, but can always use a permanent copy for our local history collection in the library. If you have a copy from one of the missing years and no longer need it, we would greatly appreciate your donation so the collection can be complete. Thank you, and happy reminiscing! NOTE:  Recently donated volumes will be added to the digital collection as soon as possible. Thank you for your generosity.
Friends of Maxwell Memorial Library
established 1993

Being a Friend of Maxwell is a great way to support the library. The group sponsors library programs and fundraising events. Upcoming events: Bulb flower sale in September; National Friends of Libraries Week, October 17-23; Friends' sponsorship of Katie Deakin's October art exhibit at the library.

Click the Friends tab on our website for news and updates of meetings and special events.
Next meetings:
Tuesday, September 7
1-2 PM
Tuesday, October 5
1-2 PM

NOTE: The Friends plan to meet in Maxwell's Community Room, as they did pre-COVID. Please check with the Friends or the Library to verify the location of each month's meeting.
  • Email the Friends at
  • Like the Friends on Facebook
  • Follow the Friends’ blog at
On the move? Stuck in a doctor's office or the mechanic's? Working out at the gym?
No problem! You can always have your books on hand by using OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla digital.

The apps are free, and the ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, and videos are easy to access on your cell phone or tablet. Get more with your library card. We're happy to help you get started!

Learn more and download the OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla apps to see what they can do.

Are you planning on visiting a New York State or an Onondaga County park? Borrow a NYS Empire Pass or an Onondaga County Park Pass from Maxwell Library before your trip. Both passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis to patrons over the age of 18 with OCPL library accounts in good standing. They may be checked out for three days, and must be returned in person at Maxwell. Call or stop in for more details. Please note that the county and state may temporarily remove some locations from the passes. You must go to their websites or call them to see current location availability. NOTE: The county passes are now available for 2021.
A reminder about unscheduled library closings:
If the West Genesee Central School District delays opening,
Maxwell will open on time.
If West Genesee closes, we will also close.
For all delays, closings, and early closings, we will update our website and social media as soon as possible, and will put the information on local TV stations 3, 5, 9, and 10. You can also call us if you are uncertain about our status.
Maxwell Library Board of Trustees

Our next meetings are:
Monday, September 20
6 PM
Monday, October 25
6 PM

NOTE: These meetings are held at Maxwell. This may change, so please check with the library to see if a meeting will be virtual or in-person. Visitors should email no later than Friday, September 17, 2021 by 5 PM with their request to attend the September meeting, and by Friday, October 22 by 5 PM for the October meeting. If the meeting is virtual, a Zoom meeting invitation will be emailed to them.

The Board of Trustees meets on the third Monday of each month unless stated otherwise. The public is welcome to attend. If you would like to request a topic to be put on the agenda, please contact director Alyssa Ali at least one week before the meeting. The agenda is posted online one week before.

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Maxwell Memorial Library staff may take photos, videos, and/or record audio of people in the library taking advantage of the many services and activities available to our patrons.
These recordings and images may be used for publicity purposes in print and electronic media or published on the internet.
If you do not wish for you or your children to be recorded or photographed, please notify a staff member.
Thank you!
Maxwell Memorial Library
TBL Peer-Based Suicide Support Group
One of the saddest outcomes of having to close our building has been the temporary suspension of TBL's weekly support sessions at Maxwell. PLEASE, if you or someone you know needs help contact TBL at the number/website shown below, call Contact Community Services at 315-251-0600, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.
Two Brothers' Light (TBL) is a non-profit organization that promotes mental wellness, suicide prevention and awareness. It holds peer-based support groups for individuals affected by suicide and other mental health issues. These meetings are free and open to anyone seeking information on mental health concerns, suicide prevention and awareness, alternatives to suicide, or grief support for those affected by suicide.
For more information,
call 315-632-1996 or go to

Read the May 13, 2019 interview with TBL founders Natalie Davis and Casey Harrigan here.
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