Fall has always been my favorite time of year. Sweater weather, apple picking, hiking, eating cider and doughnuts (especially the cider and doughnuts) and curling up on the couch with tea and a good book. Luckily for me, I work in a library, where it is hard to go a day without bringing a new book home, so I’m always well-stocked for those cold, dreary afternoons. Not only does Seymour Library offer the newest releases, the old classics and everything in between, but we also have programs that let you explore local history, promote physical fitness, learn about finance, encourage you to find your inner crafter and so much more!
Auburn is "History’s Hometown,” and Seymour Library is celebrating that unique history with programs on local figures and architecture.
• Kate Clifford Larson will be at Auburn Public Theater at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, as part of Cayuga Reads. Larson will talk about her book "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero." Admission is free.
• Explore local architecture and the role it played in the city’s development with “History of Auburn in 10 Properties” with Andrew Roblee at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8.
• Representatives from the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park will be at the library at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, to talk about the park's development.
• Learn about the life of Seymour Library’s first librarian, Mattie Bullard, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, with Seymour Library’s own Local History Discovery Center Coordinator Dori Gottschalk-Fielding. Visit Seymour Library’s History Discovery Center before the program and check out the exhibits on “Mattie Bullard,” “The Flood of 1972” and “The Original Collection.”
• Calling all trivia buffs! Join the Friends of Seymour Library for a fun-filled night of book-inspired trivia from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Moondog’s Lounge (24 State St., Auburn). Join or bring a team, compete for an array of prizes, show off your literary knowledge, and raise a glass in support of Seymour Library. Registration starts at 6:45 p.m. and costs $10 a person. All proceeds will benefit Seymour Library.
• There are two more chances this fall to try out chair yoga at the library with instructor Deborah Daly: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9. No mats are required, and comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.
• Having trouble paying your students loans? The New York Department of Financial Services will be running a one-hour workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. The workshop will include a presentation, Q&A session and helpful brochures and takeaways on repayment plans, loan forgiveness, deferment/forbearance and more.
• It is the perfect time of year to craft. With the cooler weather, stay cozy and join Seymour Library’s Crochet and Chat or Knitting Circle. Crochet and Chat meets biweekly — 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 31, Nov. 14 and 28 — and Knitting Circle meets at 2 p.m. every Tuesday. Bring your projects, chat with friends and get useful tips.
• Looking for something to watch on a cold fall day? Seymour Library now offers two movie streaming services: Hoopla and Kanopy. With an easy three-step signup, members of the library can access movies, TV shows, music and more with Hoopla. Kanopy, the library’s newest service, offers a unique collection of over 26,000 movies, documentaries and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers, including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. Residents or property owners in the Seymour Public Library District can watch up to five films a month with their library card.
For more information about upcoming library programs, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org.