Sidney Memorial Public Library

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


Local History Presentation 10/6

Guilford Town Historian Tom Gray will present on local history on Tuesday October 6th, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Smart Community Room. Mr. Gray will talk about the Unadilla River Hamlets and how they changed and grew over time. Such topics as local industries, railroads, and various businesses will be discussed. We hope you will join us for this free and informative presentation!


Alzheimer’s Caregiving Presentation 9/30

Local author Rundy Purdy will share his experiences as a caregiver on Wednesday September 30th, 2015 at 6:30pm in our Smart Community Room. Mr. Purdy took care of his grandfather, who had Alzheimer’s, and recorded his experiences on a blog. He will discuss what he learned about Alzheimer’s, love, and caregiving. We hope you will join us for this informative presentation.


Sunday Movie Matinee Returns 9/27

Now that autumn is here, the Friends of the Libraries will resume their monthly movie screenings, which are free and open to the public.

This month’s movie is St. Vincent, a heartfelt comedy featuring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. Please join us on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 1:30pm. You can watch the trailer below.


Featured Artist – Meg Anderson Argo

Meg Anderson Argo is our featured artist for the months of September and October. Her beautiful pastels are on display in our Smart Community Room. Stop by and view the exhibit any time the library is open.


Genealogy Club to Begin 9/23

Do you enjoy doing genealogy research? Join our Ancestry/Genealogy Club which will meet every 4th Wednesday of the month. The first meeting will be Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Smart Community Room. You must bring your own laptop.

If you have taken our Researching Family History workshop, or have used, feel free to join us!


Try Our New Piano

The public is welcome to try out our recently donated Chickering and Sons baby grand piano. It is located in the Smart Community Room and is open to anyone who reads and signs our Piano Use Policy (located at the circulation desk). Just check in with a staff member to make sure the piano is available.

Thanks to Hugh Thornton for this generous donation.


Open Hours for September

Need help with your phone, tablet, or laptop? We are able to help during Open Hours, which are held in our Public Computing Center. You are also welcome to use our laptops to work on genealogy research with Ancestry during this time. Open Hours for the rest of September are hosted from 4 – 6pm on

  • September 16th, 2015
  • September 23rd, 2015


Book Discussion Group to Meet 9/15

The Friends of the Libraries are hosting their book discussion group on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 11:30am. This month’s book is Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and all are welcome to join.

To see what books will be discussed in future months, please visit the Friends of the Libraries page on our website. Multiple copies of the book club book are available at our circulation desk.


Sunday Hours Resume 9/13

Beginning this Sunday, September 13th 2015, the Sidney Library will resume its normal Sunday hours. We will be open on Sundays from 1-4pm.


Learn About Podcasts 9/14

Do you enjoy listening to stories? Consider joining us for our Podcasts computer class on Monday September 14, 2015 at 4pm in our Public Computing Center.

Podcasts are radio shows that you can download and listen to at your leisure. There are podcasts on a variety of subjects – entertainment, economics, politics, spirituality, and comedy are just a few. For example, if you like the popular radio show This American Life, you can subscribe to its podcast and listen to it when you have time. Many enjoy them while doing chores or driving to work. We will teach you how to download podcasts onto your phone or device and how to find podcasts you will like.

There are still a few spaces left in this class, but signup is required. Please call the Sidney Library (563-1200), register in person, or complete the registation online.