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NHPL Board of Trustees 2023 Meeting 

The New Hartford Public Board of Trustees meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm in the Sammon Room at the New Hartford Public Library.  


October 18, 2023

November 15, 2023

December 20, 2023.


Used Book Donations

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.

·        We are currently accepting newer fiction & non-fiction 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, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, National Geographic magazines, and multi-volume book sets. We are also no longer accepting Audio cassettes, VHS tapes, and Computer games/books.

This is a major fundraiser for the Friends to assist the library in buying quality materials and in providing programs especially for our youth.  Your support is very important.


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 Monday and 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


Erie Canal history featured in October

Explore the history of the Erie Canal throughout the month of October with exhibits, displays and a special program at the New Hartford Public Library.

October plays a key role in the history of the canal. The first segment of the canal – between Rome and Utica – opened in October of 1819. The full length of the canal – from Albany to Buffalo – opened in October of 1825. The canal helped open the interior of the United States and sparked growth and development in Mohawk Valley communities in the process.

Programs include:

  • History exhibit: A special exhibit on the canal’s history, on loan from the Central New York Library Resources Council, will be on display near the fireplace in the center of the library. Four panels will outline the construction challenges posed by the canal, the movers and dreamers who made it possible, the unique culture of the canal and the how the canal not only became an important waterway for trade, but an “information superhighway” for ideas.
  • Library talk: Join us at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16, at the library for a presentation on the role beer played in canal history. (See related article for details.)
  • Artifact display: The showcase at the library’s main entrance will feature a variety of canal-related artifacts and images, on loan from three area museums. Items include canal-related tools, drawings and postcards featuring canal scenes and vessels, and canal commemoratives. The library expresses its thanks to the museums loaning material for this project. They are the Oneida County History Center in Utica, the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, and the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum.
  • Books for check out: A limited number of books about the canal’s history and fictional accounts of life on the canal will be available for check out.
  • Maps: Maps and brochures about the present-day canal and information about the museums will be available for patrons to take home.


Beer and the Erie Canal – making the connection

Join us Monday, Oct. 16, at the New Hartford Public Library for a program exploring the connection between beer and the Erie Canal.

Derrick Pratt will present The Beer-ie Canal Was A-Risin’: Brewing on the Erie Canal. The program begins at 6 p.m. in the library’s Sammon Room. According to Pratt, the Canal was a transformative waterway for various industries along its route, including brewing, which flourished from Albany to Utica to Buffalo. This discussion examines the Canal’s beer boom in the 19th century and its new one in the 21st.

Pratt is the Director of Education and Public Programming at the Erie Canal Museum in

Syracuse. A native of Chittenango, he received a B.A in Social Studies Education from SUNY

Cortland and a M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. Prior to his job at the Erie

Canal Museum, he served as Director of Programs at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat

Museum for three years.

Pratt will welcome questions at the end of the program. 

The program is free and open to the public.



Grab & Go Projects Adults

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

October 2nd  – Easy Pumpkin Pretzels

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


Grab & Go Project Bags for Kids 

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

October 6th – Spider Lollipops

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


In Person Story Time

Regular Story Time will resume Tuesday September 5th.

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. 


October 2, 3, 5                        - Firefighters/Fire Trucks 

October 9, 10, 12                    - Space

October 16, 17, 19                  - Spiders

October 23, 24, 26                  - Monsters

October 30, 31, Nov 2            - Pumpkins




Annular Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at NHPL

Join us October 14th from 12:30-2:30 as we host a safe & fun way to view the solar eclipse! We will provide special viewing glasses. DO NOT look at the sun without special viewing glasses. Glasses are limited. The peak viewing time in New Hartford will be around 1:17pm but we will be offering exciting activities during the eclipse. For more information please call the library at 315-733-1535.


All Fun no Tricks at the NHPL; Saturday October 28

Family Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza

We are excited to announce that The Family Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza is coming back to the library. Join us Saturday, October 28 from 10:30am-12:00pm as we carve pumpkins together. In order to ensure that we have enough pumpkins and that all children are kept safe we are asking that participants sign up for one pumpkin per family. Parental/adult supervision and participation is required. Pumpkin registration begins Friday, September 29th.

Trick-or-treating at the Library

We would love to see your costume! There will be special treat stations throughout the library October 28th after our pumpkin Carving Extravaganza. The stations will be up and running from 12-1pm. We hope to see you there!



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: If you love reading mysteries or just want to know more about them, join Women (and Men) of mystery. While we are a book group,  there is no required reading but rather an exploration of those whose words entertain, puzzle, and sometimes even scare us.  You might learn more about some favorite authors or add some authors and books to your to-be-read list. Join us (via Zoom) on Saturday, October 28 at 11:00 as Janet Hoover leads us discussing books that are a Blast to the Past: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Deanna Rayburn, and Barbara Cleverly. Call the New Hartford Public Library (315-733-1535) for the Zoom link.


The After Breast Cancer (ABC) Group

The After Breast Cancer Group will be meeting on Saturday, October 7th at 11:00 am.


You’re Going To Flatten: What to Expect at Your Imaging Appointment

Tips from Sheila Hosler 

And Mammography Technologist

The Imaging Center, Mohawk Valley Health System

            This presentation promises to give you a better of why the mammography technologists, do what they do.  Sheila will also discuss the difference between screening and diagnostic mammograms, the need or compression view, and why additional views may need to be taken.  She’ll also review the use of ultrasound and MRI in breast screening and breast care and how they are used in diagnosis.

Sheila has been doing mammography for 27 years and joined Faxton St. Lukes Healthcare in 1990.  She currently works at the Imaging Center doing mammography, biopsy scheduling, and assisting with stereotactic biopsies.  She notifies doctors’ offices of the need for biopsies, she also assists with needle localization procedures for women who are undergoing breast surgeries.

New Hartford Public Library to Offer Social Security Information Program

The New Hartford Public Library is offering a complimentary Social Security Information program on Tuesday, October 10th from 6:00-7:00 PM for pre-retirees ages 55-70. This one-hour financial education program is designed to help attendees learn the basics of Social Security and how to best apply the information before collecting benefits.

Answers to frequently asked questions will be provided:

  • When is the best time to collect my Social Security benefits?
  • Can I collect benefits if I’m still working?
  • Is it better to collect benefits sooner rather than later?
  • How are my Social Security benefits calculated?
  • Should my spouse collect benefits on his/her own earnings history?

This event has been a longstanding library program and is being presented as a community service by John Kalil, a Financial Advisor and the Founder & President of Retirement Solutions, LLC. The program is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Due to seating limitations, advance registration is required. To RSVP, please contact the library directly at (315) 733-1535 or email

"New Hartford's Old Burial Ground, History, Mystery, and Modern Forensics"

Presented by Ray Philo of the New Hartford Historical Society. 10/22/23 at 2:00pm


Areas to be covered in the presentation:

  • History of the burial ground to include notable early settles buried there including Revolutionary War Veterans.
  • The condemnation (and controversy) of the burial ground in the late 1940s to provide room to build the "new" High School on Oxford Road.
  • The process of removing the many human remains from the cemetery.
  • The discovery of human remains on the High School property in 1990, 2003, and 2009.
  • Partnering with a Forensic Anthropologist from Utica University to evaluate and possibly identify the remains. A full forensic report was provided to the New Hartford Police Department.
  • The final disposition of the human remains discovered in 1900-2009 consistent with appropriate laws.


AARP Smart Driving Course

We are offering another AARP Smart Driving Course on Tuesday, October 24th from 9:00 am -3:30 pm. Please contact Ron Merritt (315-724-0096) to register.


GOOGLE APPS Workshop Series

Registration Required

Session IIII: Intro to Google Drive, Thurs 10/5 10:30am-11:30am

This 1-hour course will explore one of the most powerful free tools included in your Google (Gmail) account, Google Drive. This file management tool allows you to organize photos and store documents. Allowing you to easily share files with friends and family. (Max: 6 people)

Please call Lydia Torres, LCNY Digital Literacy Coordinator to register.

315.643.0282 |


Death Café

Clinton Death Cafe is coming to the New Hartford Public Library!

Thursday, October 12, 2023



Come join us for coffee, tea, cake and compelling conversation!   Death Cafe is a global movement to get people talking about death and end of life issues in a comfortable, relaxed (dare we say fun!) environment with the view of making the most of their finite lives.


A Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion with no agenda or objectives. The aim is to shift the conversation about end of life from avoidance to one of familiarity and comfort.  There's no obligation to talk; many people just come to listen....and eat cake!


For more information on Death Cafes go to or our Facebook page (Clinton Death Care)

Questions? Contact us at

Please note: this is not a support group.


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 morning for a Chair Yoga class taught by Donna Reale.  Classes start at 11 and will last until noon.


Friends of the NHPL Meeting

The New Hartford Public Library Friends meet select Saturdays in the Corasanti Room at 9:30am at the New Hartford Public Library. All are welcome. We would love to meet you and welcome any thoughts or ideas. 


October 14. 2023

December - Decorate the library


A Note from Friends of NHPL

Bloomin' 4 Good Success

Thank you to Hannaford, Kellogg Road location, for their support of the Friends through their Bloomin' 4 Good Program in May.   For every bouquet purchased a dollar was donated to the Friends to assist the Library in purchasing quality materials and programs for our community.  $94 was raised! Thank you to Hannaford for their giving back to our community and to all who participated. Mitten Tree

Mitten Tree

It's time again to think about our mitten tree.   Last year 68 pairs of mittens were donated to the Thea Bowman House to warm the little hands of those that attend their programs.  Let's beat that record this year!  Dust off your needles and roll your skeins......start a coffee hour..... and let's fill every branch.


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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_______Annual Membership $15      _________Life Membership $100


Membership is tax deductible. Please make checks payable to: Friends of the New Hartford Public Library, 2 Library Lane, New Hartford, NY   13413