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NHPL Board of Trustees 2023 Meeting 

The NHPL Board of Trustees will be meeting on Wednesday, April 17th at 4:30 in the Sammon Room.


Book Locker Update

We are thrilled to announce that our outdoor book locker is back!  You can now pick your reserved items up at a time that is convenient for you, regardless of our hours.  When placing a hold online, please choose NHLOCKER as your pick up location.  Picking up your items is easy! All you will need to do is scan your library card or manually enter your library card number.

 Our outdoor book locker is made possible through the Mid York Library System and a grant through the Central New York Resources Library Council (CLRC).   


Community Outreach

We are hitting the road and would love to come to your organization!  Are you involved with a preschool, daycare, summer program or assisted living center?   We would love to come to your organization and share more about our upcoming programs, issue library cards and provide programming to your facility.  For more information, please contact our Library Director, Anne 315-733-1535.


Literacy CNY

Need some tech help?  We have a volunteer at the Library each Tuesday from 11:00-2:00. Literacy CNY provides trained individuals to assist patrons on a one on one basis.  They look forward to helping our community.  We greatly appreciate this service they are offering our patrons.


Interested In Using Our Window Display?

The display case a/t the Library's main entrance is available without charge for community groups or individuals to display works of art, collections or educational displays. Exhibits must be in keeping with the Library's mission to meet the educational, cultural and recreational needs of the community. Exhibits may not be for entrepreneurial or commercial purposes, for the solicitation of business for profit or for fundraising. Religious proselytizing and partisan political recruitment are similarly prohibited. Applications for the case are on a first come, first served basis and are limited to one month, with displays also limited to one per year per individual, group or organization. Exhibits will be reviewed in advance before being displayed. Applications for use of the case are available at the Library's front desk. If you have any questions or are interested in using the display, please call the Library and ask to speak to our Display Case Coordinator, John. 315-733-1535 


April Display: Clinton Death Cafe

April's display case at the main entrance to the New Hartford Public Library will highlight the Clinton Death Cafe. Death Cafe is a global movement to get people talking about death and end-of-life issues in a comfortable, relaxed environment with the view of making the most of their finite lives. This group-directed discussion aims to shift the conversation from avoidance to one of familiarity and comfort, with no obligation to talk; many people come to listen ....and eat cake. The organization will sponsor two events in April: From 1 to 2:30 p.m., April 18, at St Margaret's Retreat Center in New Hartford, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 27, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica.


Solar Eclipse Information & Safety

On Monday, April 8th, the last solar eclipse in North America until 2045 will be passing through New Hartford, NY! The eclipse will begin at 2:10 PM that day.  Over the following hour, the Moon will progressively cover the Sun reaching a maximum coverage of 99% at 3:25PM.  At that time, the sky will take on a dim and eerie appearance.  Then the Moon will gradually leave the front of the Sun, slowly uncovering it for the next hour until the eclipse concludes at 4:35 PM. Since the Sun in New Hartford will not be fully covered at any point during the eclipse, it is important to wear solar eclipse glasses to view the Sun safely. Directly observing the Sun, even when it is 99% covered, poses a significant risk to eye health, and ordinary sunglasses are inadequate for protection. To obtain solar eclipse glasses, or to learn about alternative viewing methods, please stop by the New Hartford Public Library for their solar eclipse event on April 8th at the New Hartford Recreation Center.

-Dr. Adam Lark. Associate Professor of Instruction at Hamilton College.


Solar Eclipse Safe-Viewing Party

New Hartford Public Library will be hosting a safe-viewing party during the solar eclipse. Festivities will take place April 8th, from 2-3pm at the New Hartford Recreation Center. 

Activities, crafts, and science filled fun for the whole family!

Solar Eclipse Glasses will be provided at the site (while supplies last).  


Grab & Go Projects Adults

Adult Grab & Go Projects continue on the first Monday of each month.

April 1st– Build Your Own Eclipse Viewer

Call to reserve beginning at 10:00 on the day of that months’ project, or come into the library to pick up. (While supplies last)


Grab & Go Project Bags for Kids 

Kids Grab & Go Projects continue on the first Thursday of each month.

April 4th– Design a Safety Shield for your Eclipse glasses

Call to reserve beginning at 10:00 on the day of that months’ project, or come into the library to pick up one. (While supplies last)


In Person Story Time

Mondays (group A), Tuesdays (group B) and Thursdays (group C) 10:30-11:00 for preschool aged children.  Join us for stories and crafts.  Aimed towards preschoolers – but all are welcome.  An adult must accompany the child.  All story times are held in the Children’s Area/Corasanti room. 

There will be no Storytime Monday, April 8th. See our Solar Eclipse Event blurb for more information.


April 1, 2, 4: Pre-Solar Eclipse

April 9,11: Library Week

April 15, 16, 18: Frogs

April 22, 23, 25: Earth Day

April 29, 30 & May 2: Rain


Lego Club : From Book to Block

Back by popular demand…Lego Club!

Each month a passage from a book is read aloud from a pre-selected book. Using their imagination, children are asked to build what they see when visualizing that scene. This club meets on the 1st Saturday of the month at 11:00am.

The next meeting is April 6th in the Sammon Room.

(Geared for 7-12yrs)


Park Passes Are Back!

Once again, the Friends of the New Hartford Public Library are supporting our Park Pass Program.  Through their generosity, we will be allowing our patrons to check out the following park passes which will allow our patrons a discounted entry rate:


The Wild Center

Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo

Adirondack Experience


Utica Zoo



Passes must be placed on adult library cards and must be returned to the New Hartford Public Library Circulation Desk. Please call 315-733-1535 for more information


Community Rooms

Community Rooms will be available for groups and organizations to use.  You can find more information on our website (, by calling 315-733-1535, or by visiting our Circulation Desk at the Library.  


Book Clubs

Are you interested in joining a book club, currently in a book club, or looking to start one? If your club needs to order books or if you are interested in starting a book club, please call the Library and ask to speak to our Book Club Coordinator, Danielle.  315-733-1535

>Ruth Anne Mystery Book Club reads mystery novels.  They meet on the second Saturday of the month at 11am.  For more information please contact the library.

>Wanderlust Book Club reads fictional novels, ranging from current to historical. They meet on the first Thursday of the month.  For more information please contact the library.

>Women (and Men) of Mystery will meet on April 27 at 11:00 via Zoom.  This class, led by Janet Hoover, is for those who love mysteries or just want to know more about them and those who write them.  In 2024 we will look at the history of mystery over the last 2 centuries--a good way to add to your "to be read" stacks.  During this session we will focus on authors and mysteries written during the 1950's:  Ross MacDonald, Charlotte Armstrong, Brett Halliday, Patricia Wentworth, Frances Crane.   Call the New Hartford Public Library (315-733-1535) to get the Zoom link. New members are always welcome.


Guitar Class

Do you have a child interested in guitar? Join us on Saturday, April 13th from 10-11:30! The Childbloom Guitar Program is revolutionary in the way it introduces young people (ages 5-12) to the high-skill development of learning a musical instrument. In short, it combines the pedagogical philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki and Jean Piaget, while placing great emphasis on playing music with others. Interested people can find out more through our website: 


After Breast Cancer Group

The After Breast Cancer (ABC) Group will be meeting April 6th at 11:00 am.  Our guest speaker will be Cindy Christian, the new Executive Director of the Regional Cancer Center.  She will talk about the services that her dept. offers.  We will be meeting in the Large Study Room which is located upstairs.


Truth or Fiction?

Join us on Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 for Truth or Fiction?-  The Underground Railroad and Abolition Movement . This program will be presented by Mary Hayes Gordon and Jan DeAmicis, co-chairs of the Oneida County Freedom Trail Commission


Computer Classes are Returning to NHPL                                                          

Intro to Selling on Facebook & Ebay Thursday 4/18 10:30am-12pm

Description: Get started with selling on Facebook and eBay in our beginner's workshop! Learn the basics, from adding photos and writing descriptions to handling inquiries, and kickstart your online selling adventure hassle-free. 6 participants max.

 Registration is required: (315)643-0282.


Yoga for seniors

Join Bill Skinner every Monday at 3:00pm for a Yoga program geared towards seniors!  Please call the Library at 315-733-1535 to register for this in person class.


Chair Yoga Class

Join us each Monday and Friday mornings for a Chair Yoga class taught by Donna Reale.  Classes start at 11 and will last until noon.


From the Friends of the New Hartford Public Library


Friends of the NHPL Meeting

Friends' meetings are on Saturday mornings at 9:30-11 in the Corasanti Room.  All are welcome. Join us April 20th. Further information, changes or cancellations will be posted on the Friends' website.


Used Book Room

Thank you for thinking of us for your “gently” used books.    Please limit your donations to one box/bag at a time and drop off at the circulation desk and not in the hallway, at drop boxes or outside the door when the library is closed, Thank you.

Thank you for supporting this major fundraiser. 

We are currently ACCEPTING newer fiction and nonfiction hardbound and paperback books and magazines as well as records, DVDs, children's books, puzzles and games.  

WE DO NOT ACCEPT moldy/damaged books, textbooks, medical books, National Geographic Magazine, and multi-volume books sets.  We are also no longer accepting audio cassettes, VHS tapes and computer games/books or CDs. 


Thank you so much to our Used Book Room patrons!  Your donations and purchases raised $625.45 in January and $672.90 in February.  Wow!!  Let's make it higher.  This fundraiser for the Friends provides various activities, park passes, quality materials for all ages and much more........ even the Easter Bunny.  


Support the New Hartford Public Library with a membership in the Friends.

Become a Friend of the NHPL. Benefit the library with your assistance as needed.  There is always a need!!  Your membership also helps to financially assist the library in providing materials, programs and a variety of opportunities for our community.  




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