Sidney Memorial Public Library

8 River Street Sidney, NY 13838 / (607) 563-1200


Thanksgiving Hours

Reminder: The Sidney Library will close at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, November 27th and will remain closed until Friday, November 29th at 9 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Learn the craft of bow making

A unique workshop by Pat Cristelli of Sidney Flowers and Gifts will be presented in our Smart Community Room at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 5th. You will learn to craft bows of different sizes and types. Pat will teach the techniques you need for creating your own bows to enhance your gifts or use for any kind of decorating. The materials fee for this class is $10 and you will take home ten bows of many varieties. Register in person at the library, by phone, or online by using the workshop button in the sidebar.



Shop on Amazon and benefit your library

The Four County Library System will receive 4% back on everything you buy on Amazon when you buy through THIS LINK or if you use the “Buy It Now” button on the Four County Catalog. Any funds generated from this will be used to defray the automation costs of area libraries, including Sidney Memorial Public Library. Capture2


Harry Potter themed wreath for Tri-Town Boys & Girls Club Silent Auction

This captivating wreath decorated to depict the Harry Potter series was created by Sidney Library’s Alyssa Hardy and is part of a silent auction taking place now through December 7th at Sidney Federal Credit Union. Stop in to see the wreaths, choose your favorite, and place a silent bid in the box. The highest bidders will be notified the weekend of December 7th and proceeds will benefit the Tri-Town Boys & Girls Club.


The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

The Friends of the Libraries will show this special pre-holiday film starring Patricia Neal, Richard Thomas, and Edgar Bergen on Sunday, November 24th at 1:30 pm. This is a heart warming story of events that happened on Christmas Eve 1933 to one rural American family. Don’t miss it!


Presentation on NY State of Health Marketplace tomorrow

The Sidney Library will host a presentation on the NY State of Health Marketplace and Navigator program on

Wednesday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. 

This is a chance for uninsured individuals under the age of 65 to learn more about the new health insurance options available through the Marketplace. It is free and open to the public.

Topics covered include: Role of the Navigator, Qualified Health Plans (10 Essential Benefits), and Tax Credits and Subsidies.



Closed for Veteran’s Day

Don’t forget that we will be closed Monday, November 11th in honor of Veteran’s Day.

But don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to stop in before Monday. We are open Friday, November 8th from 9 am – 6 pm, Saturday, November 9th from 9:30 am – 4 pm, and Sunday, November 10th from 1 – 4 pm.


Book Friends to discuss The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

indexJoin the Friends of the Libraries Book Group on November 12th @ 11:30 a.m. for a discussion of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis.

New Friends are always welcome!

Abstract: In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.



Sneak Preview of Digitized Tri-Town News

The Sidney Memorial Public Library invites the public for the unveiling of the first completed part of a project to  digitize our local newspapers dating back to 1882. On Monday, November 4th from 5:30 – 7 p.m. part 1 of the project, which includes the Sidney Record and the Sidney Enterprise from 1882 – 1936, will be demonstrated in the library’s Public Computing Center.

This collaboration between the Sidney Library and the Sidney Historical Association to digitize all of the local newspapers currently stored on microfilm at the Historical Association museum will allow the public to view these archives online.

The Friends of the Sidney Libraries and the Sidney Central Schools Alumni Association have provided the matching funds to an O’Connor Foundation grant that the library received last spring for the project. The project, which includes the Sidney Record, The Sidney Enterprise, and the Tri-Town News, will be completed in full in the next year.

Join us at the library for light refreshments, a demonstration, and a chance to try out this long awaited digital archive.