All’s Quiet on the Outside

Ellington Farman Library’s first newsletter of the 2021 year:  In the library it may seem like January is quiet and peaceful with its softly falling snow outside and the coziness of an old building full of books on the inside. Don’t be fooled! This first month of the year is when a full year’s worth of programming starts to be realized.

All future craft and art programs start in January with a trip into the unheated upstairs craft storage room to take stock of what is leftover from last year. This year we seem to have an abundance of wooden items due to donations from a few woodworkers. There are still a lot of glass jar donations and the never ending pinecone collection. These are supplemented by ribbons, cloth material and lots of beads. Put these supplies all together, throw in a hefty dose of creativity supplied by Pinterest and we come up with the first craft ideas of the year. Next we try to tie in the crafts to either a holiday, book topic or author idea and then out comes the calendar to see where we can plug those events in.                                        Click on the link below to read the rest of the Ellington Library January 2021 newsletter

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Leaving Our Fingerprints

Help make history by sharing your story of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as we relied on information about the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1917-1918 to inform our response to COVID-19, future generations may benefit from understanding what we experienced. By collecting your stories, we become witnesses-to-history, providing insight into daily life during this global pandemic and adding to the historic record.”

There is an exciting opportunity for our community to tell about their experiences during the 2020 Pandemic.  Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System (CCLS)  is working with Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) to capture stories which will help tell our history. SALS started and is hosting “Leaving Our Fingerprints”  digital collection.   People are encourage to fill out a survey about their experience through a 20 question survey.  Everyone has a chance to upload 5 videos or photos as well and not all questions have to be answered. Please consider answering the survey and submitting some photos of your personal experience to record information for future generations.

Fun Autumn Moments at the Library

The library has had a lot of fun Autumn moments throughout the years. My favorite times have to be the pumpkin decorating programs we have offered free to the  community. I was always a little leery of the possible mess involved in carving,   painting or decorating pumpkins with young children. Their smiles and pride as they held up their finished pumpkins was enough to offset any mess that was made. Take a look on page four at some throwback pumpkin decorating pictures from 2016. This year Halloween came on a Saturday and the library was not open during the trick or treating hours. In past years we always took pictures of any young person (and some not so young!) that came in the library wearing their costume.  Another chance for creativity to partner with fun. Leftover candy that would  mysteriously show up on the circulation desk was always a welcome find!

As a librarian I particularly like placing the focus on children’s books that promote gratitude and thankfulness. We’ll be placing them on some more prominent shelves in the children’s room by the time you read this newsletter. Be looking for them as a way to help teach your children the meaning behind the holiday…. continued on the November newsletter page

Past Halloween Programs at the Library
One of our young families carving pumpkins together, picture from previous year



It’s Election Night Dinner Time!

On November 3rd starting at 4:30pm the library is hosting an Election Night Dinner, complete with turkey and all the fixings! This is our same great Election Night Dinner like we have had in years past but this time it will be takeout only. Along with the turkey dinner we have a selection of homemade mouthwatering pies and desserts for you to choose from. No need to call ahead, just stop down to the library and pick up your dinner. Make sure you come in plenty of time because there’s a chance we could sell out! $10 for adults, $5 for children 5- 12, free for those under five.

Time to Show Appreciation

The following is an article from the October 2020 Newsletter. Click on the newsletters Menu to continue reading the rest. 

Grateful: adjective: thankful, full of gratitude, appreciative

It is totally time to show some appreciation to a few organizations and community members for some great things happening around the library.                                                                                                              Firstly I’d like to tell you my heart smiles every time I approach the front walk of the library and I see a rock painted with color and an encouraging word that someone left for me to find. I want you to know I’ve seen them even when you move them around to the children’s room window! I see them when I hang the flag every day and I’ve noticed them right by the front entrance. Whoever has painted them and whoever is hiding them around town deserves a heartwarming thank you for your thoughtfulness.

     To those patrons who have waited while we continually had to unjam the paper and reprint their copies… you will wait no more! We have a new printer/copier/ fax machine thanks to the generosity of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation ( CRCF) who extended us the grant money for the purchase. CRCF has awarded us a significant amount of grant money throughout the years that has  funded everything from summer reading program awards, craft supplies, numerous programming costs and now a new printer.  We are grateful to this organization for coordinating grant money for all the non-profits in the county.

     The pandemic closings caused us to cancel some of our major fundraisers this year.  One fundraiser we were able to hold to take their place was our “Fill Our Porch” Returnable event. We accumulated over $800 from the community’s generosity in donating their returnable cans and bottles to the library.  I admit I never thought 5 and 10 cent cans would be able to help us much but, thankfully the public proved me wrong!

     We are pleased to be able to say that our Audiobooks collection has grown this year. Audiobooks cost more than a printed book and so we typically are not able to add to our collection as much as we and our patrons might like. This year we saw an increase in the collection thanks to two sources. Other libraries have given us some of their older audiobooks that they had multiple copies of and we also owe our appreciation to a generous patron who donated quite a few to us.

     The library has been blessed with some wonderful neighbors who take it upon themselves to keep the yard mowed in the summer and our walks shoveled in the winter. We can’t thank them enough for the good deeds they do for us.

     The mask wearing and social distancing within the library has been an extra burden for all of us. I can tell you that our patrons have responded remarkably well and have  presented no problems to the staff in these areas. I would like to also thank you for your understanding  as we have to quarantine returned items so they are not immediately available for checkout. We appreciate the patience our patrons have shown when their holds take much longer to arrive than normal.   

     Last, but not least, we would like to thank all our families of young children who kept them coming to the library, checking out books and participating in the abbreviated   Summer Reading Program. This summer at the library was not like any other but you did your best to keep your children reading. We applaud the two families who set their children on a lifetime path of visiting the library by registering them this summer for a  library card.



Groups Meeting at the Library

The following are groups that are being allowed to meet at the library with a limit on participants.  These are not open programs the library is running but groups that have previously met here and may be allowed to continue their meetings as long as they follow the library safety guidelines. There are a few openings available and you may call the library at 287-2945 to reserve a spot if you would like to join. Mask wearing and social distancing will be in practice. No food or beverages will be served.

YOGA: 1 OPEN SLOT. 2 sessions a week: meeting  Tues & Wed nights: 6-7 pm Bring your own mat. This group  uses DVD’s

CLASSIC MOVIE GROUP: 5 OPEN SPOTS; Meets weekly every Thurs at 1pm starting Oct. 1. This group chooses and brings their own movie.

QUILTING/CRAFTING GROUP: 3 OPEN SPOTS ; Meets first & third Mondays of the month,  11am

ADULT BOOK CLUB: GROUP IS FULL meets monthly, third Thursday at 11am. You may call and be placed on a waiting list

These groups are meeting at our library with limited participants




Rightfully Hers Exhibit

Ellington Farman Library will host a new exhibit, Rightfully Hers, a display from the National Archives, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.  Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of  women’s voting rights before and after the 19th amendment , and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.  This exhibit can be seen in our Community Room during regular library hours and runs through October 17. 

Rightfully Hers co-curator Jennifer N. Johnson states:

“The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate, and although it enshrined in the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women many remained unable to vote.”

Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. The exhibition is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.

The Exhibit “Rightfully Hers” on display in our Community Room until October 17

Ellington Activities Weekend of Aug 1 & 2

There’s a few fun activities in Ellington coming up this weekend! Town wide garage sales are Saturday & Sunday  Aug 1 & 2. Our library will be participating with sales in our side & front yard. We’ll have books, dvd’s and household items on sale  Saturday from 8am till about 2pm.
Sunday is the Annual Ellington Community Praise in the Park starting at 10am. All churches & visitors are welcome. Special music will be brought by Tim Stahlman. Bring your own chairs, masks if you mingle and plan to stay for a community picnic after. Food choices for picnicking  are: bring your own, order from Puk’s Place phone 214-7002 , or from the Ellington Volunteer Fire Dept. BBQ which is serving takeout from noon untill it’s gone. I’m sure the Fire Dept. and Puk’s Place Diner would appreciate it if you could support local business and organizations. You are more than welcome to also bring your own picnic.

Remember to keep social distancing and wear your masks while you’re shopping around Ellington and Conewango Valley garage sales! Worship safely with your neighbors on Sunday. Keep informed of all our library happenings by following us on Facebook:

Come to our Library Yard Sale on Saturday!

July Newsletter is Ready for You!

The July 2020 newsletter is available for you to read. Inside you’ll find information on our  “Pick a Bag- Pick A Book”  part of our Summer reading program. We also have book reviews of new books available in the library as well as  listing of all our new items available for checkout.

Although there are technically no physical programs going on at the library we continue to run virtual programming from our Facebook page:

On Mondays at 10am we have Storytime with Michelle Obama. We posted 8 sessions of Music with Alyssa which you can still view as an archive video until September. Wednesdays we have continued our Yoga with virtual sessions posted at 6pm of “Yoga with Adrienne and Benji”. Children, teens and adults can participate in the Summer Reading programs online thru our library and CCLS by registering with Read Squared. The childrens online program link is:  http://ellingtonlibraryny14.readsquared.com7 or children aged 5- 12 may  register at our library and participate in the Grab-n-Go Craft bags. We will also keep track of your reading thru Reading Logs if you do not wish to register online. CCLS is giving away a $50 gift card that adults and Teens may receive an entry for by registering and submitting book reviews online. That link is : .

We are open regular hours with guidelines posted on the door. Although we clean steadily throughout the day we are still open for curbside pickup if that option is more comfortable for you. Call the library or email us at with your item requests and we will call you to give you a day/time for pickup. We’re here for you in a variety of ways. Check out the July Newsletter to see some of them.

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