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Seymour Library

Seymour Library

New York winters seem to go on forever, with a combination of cold, snow and freezing rain that has many dreaming of warmer climates. Seymour Library is the perfect stay-cation destination to beat the winter blues with programs on travel, virtual reality, history and more!

Travel the world without ever leaving your chair! Travel to Morocco with Auburn Enlarged City School District librarians Anne Mlod and Victoria Calarco as they spotlight the highlights of their trip at 6 p.m. Monday, March 11. After the presentation, explore Morocco with the library’s Google Expedition kit. View tourist attractions like the heart of old Marrakesh: La place Jemaa el-Fna, La Koutoubia (the largest mosque in Marrakesh), Le palais de la Bahia (an ornate 19th-century palace) and more in virtual reality!

Time travel is another option to get away from the cold and the snow! Although we don’t have a time machine (yet), we do have a live portrayal of lighthouse keeper Kate Gortler Walker and an intro to HeritageQuest Online, the perfect tool to explore your family history. For over 30 years, Kate Walker (1848-1931), the only female keeper of a water-bound lighthouse on the eastern seaboard, tended the light on Robbins Reef, a rocky outcropping on the west side of Upper New York Bay. During her service as head keeper, she rescued over 50 sailors and passengers! Watch history come to life with a live portrayal of Kate Walker at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.

HeritageQuest Online offers materials for researching family histories and American culture with indexes of genealogy resources and original page images. It includes over 20,000 books, the entire U.S. Census from 1790 to 1940, PERSI (PERiodical Source Index), Freedman’s Bank Records, Revolutionary War Pension Records, and more. Join Jenny Shonk, the continuing education and outreach librarian at the Finger Lakes Library System, and learn how to use this relatively easy and free research tool, available through your local library, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Space is limited, so please register at the library’s main desk or by calling (315) 252-2571.

Winter boredom setting in? Explore a new hobby or craft with Seymour Library’s Discover! Kits. Discover! Kits include the tools and information that you need to try out a number of activities, including quilting, watercolor, cake decorating and more! Or try out our cake pan collection, now with over 40 different pans available to check out with your library card!

For the days that we are stuck inside, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org/elibrary. Take a class on wide variety of topics with Universal Class and ArtistsWorks.

Exercise can be the perfect way to shake off the the winter chill! Join instructors Deborah Daly and Wendy Vitale for chair yoga classes from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, March 14 and 21. No mats are required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. Or explore how technology can help you meet your fitness goals during "Technology, Health, and Fitness" from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, March 11 and 25. Get hands-on experience using apps like My Fitness Pal. Bring your own device or use a tablet or phone provided by the Cayuga Community Health Network. Registration is required, so please call the library at (315) 252-2571.

Looking to get the kids out of the house? The library’s Children’s Room has storytimes and STEAM-based programs perfect to engage all ages.

Discover germs, fingerprints and more using the library’s microscopes during Junior Scientists, a monthly program for homeschooling families, at 1 p.m. Monday, March 18. It's open to all ages. All materials are provided.

Get cozy at the library with Pajama Storytime at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Kids and families are invited to wear their pajamas to the library for this fun storytime featuring stories, songs and movement activities! This month’s theme: "Things That Go." The event is open to all ages.

Explore stories, songs and movement about shapes during "SENS"ory Saturday: Shapes at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23. This program was designed for children who experience sensory integration challenges, are on the autism spectrum or have a difficult time in a large group setting. It's open to all ages and abilities.

For more information about upcoming programs or to explore the tools and resources offered by Seymour Library, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org.

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Jackie Kolb is community services coordinator at Seymour Library in Auburn. For more information, visit seymourlibrary.org or call (315) 252-2571.

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