Sidney Memorial Public Library

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


Gentle Stretching Classes during July

Every Wednesday in July at 11:00 am, the Sidney Library will be offering a Peaceful Practice course with Yvonne Ackley. Ms. Ackley is a local massage therapist and yoga instructor who will teach you gentle stretching and yoga exercises along with simple breathing techniques for relaxation.

This is a set of four classes that is partially funded by the library, which allows you to participate for only $16 total. Registration is required at our main desk.

The program is in conjunction with our 2016 summer reading program for adults: Exercise Your Body & Mind!


Library Closed 7/4

In honor of Independence Day, the Sidney Library and branches will be closed on Monday, July 4th. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday.


Music for Munchkins

For those who don’t know, the Sidney Library hosts a program for preschoolers called Music for Munchkins. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10:30am, kids are invited to come to our Smart Community Room. They will get a chance to move to music, learn about simple musical instruments, and sometimes even play with a parachute.


Changes to Fines

Beginning July 1st 2016, DVD and video overdue fees will be $1.00 per day at the Sidney Library and branches. Other fines remain the same (10 cents for most items).

Our other policies regarding overdues and fine remains the same: Library privileges will be revoked for any patrons having overdue materials. Patrons will be restricted from borrowing library materials and logging onto the public computers. Privileges are restored when materials are returned and fines are paid.


Meeting Room Policy Changes

Effective July 1st 2016, the policy for using our Smart Community Room will change. You can click here to download and read the new policy. It is also available on our website under Services > Smart Community Room.


Summer Fun at the Library

Here are some exciting new activities we will host this summer:

  • Tuesdays @ 6:00pmTeen Tuesdays, an hour long program for teens going into grades 7-12
  • Wednesdays @ 6:30pm – free family entertainment programs, including special guests
  • Thursdays @ 1:00pm – family movies in our air conditioned Smart Community Room
  • Thursday @ 3:00pmKids Make & Take, an hour long hands-on program for kids ages 5-12
    • Check out the online calendar for each week’s activity!
    • (This time is different than what is listed in the newsletter)

Click here to download the summer flier.

All events are free. Register soon – Kids Make & Take and Teen Tuesdays are limited to 25 spaces each.


Genealogy Class 6/27

Use technology to research your family history! Our technology class on Monday, June 27th at 1:00pm will introduce you to’s research, and how to use their special Library Edition to access free clues about your heritage.

This class is free but registration is required. Register online, in person at the Sidney Library main desk, or by calling us at 563-1200.


Book Club to Meet 6/21

The Friends of the Libraries are hosting their monthly book discussion group on Tuesday, June 21st at 11:30am in our Smart Community Room. June’s book selection is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

All are welcome to participate in the book discussion. We hope you will join us!


Meet the Author 6/12

Susan Moger, author of historical fiction novel Of Better Blood, will be at the Sidney Library on Sunday, June 12th 2016 from 1:30 – 3:00pm. This young adult novel is set in the 1920’s and addresses the racial purity movement of the time period when people with disabilities were ostracized.

We hope you will join us to hear from Ms. Moger! This event is free and open to the public.


Microsoft Word Class 6/16

Have you used Microsoft Word before, but would like to learn tricks to make it easier? Perhaps you would like to learn better ways to edit and format your documents. If so, join us for a class in our Public Computing Center (PCC) on Thursday, June 16th at 4pm. Our class on Microsoft Word Tips & Tricks will help you feel more comfortable using Word.

This class is free but registration is required, and participants should have a little experience using Microsoft Word. This is not an introductory class.

Register online, in person at the Sidney Library main desk, or by calling us at 563-1200.