Sidney Memorial Public Library

8 River Street Sidney, NY 13838

By Class 7/31

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Do you know someone who would like guidance using Are you interested in learning about Amazon’s newer services, such as Prime, Prime Video, and Prime Music? Join us for a computer class on Monday July 31st at 1pm and find out what has to offer.

This class is free but registration is required. Click here to register online or call us at 563-1200.


Audiobook Class 6/21

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If you spend a lot of time in a car, or just like being read to, audiobooks are a great option to accomplish all the books on your summer reading list. Join us on Wednesday, June 21st at 4pm for a tech class on audiobooks. We will look at both free and paid options to get audiobooks on your phone or tablet.

This class is free but registration is required. You can register online (by clicking here), in person at the library, or call us at 563-1200.


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.



Linda Kamrowski Exhibits in our Smart Community Room

Be sure to stop in our Smart Community Room to view the artwork of local artist Linda Kamrowski. Working in oils, this self-taught artist from the Rockdale-Mt Upton area, will display her creations this November.

Don’t miss it!


Make a Beaded Bracelet

On Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. the Sidney Library will welcome Tina Souiliard who will conduct a fun and fanciful beaded bracelt workshop. Ms. Souiliard has recently opened the Beads of a Feather shop on Division Street.

For a materials fee of $8 you can create a lovely bracelet for yourself or to give as a gift to someone special in the coming holiday season. This workshop is open to adults and we welcome any adult/child (age 9 or over) combination to participate. Make it a fun and relaxing mother/daughter or grandmother/granddaughter evening!

Samples of the bracelets are on display in our circulation desk display case.

Register today at the library, by phone at 563-1200, or by using the registration link on the side of this page to assure your spot in this unique pre-holiday workshop.



Friends’ Movie this Sunday

The Friends of the Libraries will show the movie Argo at 1:30 on Sunday, October 27th. Don’t miss this action packed film about a CIA agent who, under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran. The film stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman. Join us for popcorn and a movie.


Watch “The Croods” at the library

While the kids are off from school on Friday, October 25th they can see the movie The Croods at 10:30 a.m. in our Smart Community Room. Rated PG, this animated comedy features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, and Emma Stone. After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. The kids will love it!


New titles added to the Kindle. Borrow one today!

Library users can now borrow a Kindle pre-loaded with many titles. Ask at the Circulation Desk for more information.

Books added 10/17/13

  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Frank
  • The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (2013 National Book Award finalist)
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Canton (2013 Man Booker Prize Winner)
  • Brewster by Mark Slouka
  • Starry Night: A Christmas Story by Debbie Macomber
  • Let Him Go by Larry Watson
  • The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reze Aslan
  • Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
  • Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III
  • The Final Piece by Maggi Myers
  • The Sea Came in at Night by Steve Erickson

Books added 7/1/13

  • The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • TransAtlantic by Colum McCann (2013 Man Booker Prize finalist)
  • Laws of Gravity by Liz Rosenberg
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Hit by David Baldacci
  • 12th of Never by James Patterson
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII by Denise Kiernan
  • Guns by Stephen King
  • Pros & Cons by Janet Evanovich
  • Hydrofracked by Abrahm Lustgarten
  • Bittman’s Kitchen: What I Grill & Why by Mark Bittman
  • A Textbook Case by Jeffrey Deaver


NY State of Health Marketplace

Enrollment for NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace opens October 1st, 2013 for coverage that begins January 1st, 2014. 


Visit to get started with the Official Health Plan Marketplace. If you need access to computers or the Internet to complete the process, the library is happy to help!