Massena Public Library celebrates National Library Week

Posted 4/20/24

This article originally appeared as a "Spotlight" page in North Country This Week, sponsored by the Massena Public Library.

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Massena Public Library celebrates National Library Week


This article originally appeared as a "Spotlight" page in North Country This Week, sponsored by the Massena Public Library.

National Library Week will be celebrated by the Massena Public Library and the Friends of MPL from April 22-27.  

It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.  

The theme for National Library Week 2024, “Ready, Set, Library!,” promotes the idea that in our always-online world, libraries give us a green light to something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and focus on what matters most.

No matter where you find yourself on the roadmap through life’s journey—preparing for a new career, launching a business, or raising a family—your library provides an inclusive and supportive community where everyone belongs.

Get ready to explore, become inspired, and connect with the Massena Public Library at 41 Glenn St. this National Library Week.  

Libraries are there for you, all the way to the finish line.

Ongoing children’s programs:

  • Babies, Movement & Music (age 0-2) and Family Storytime (2+) to support early literacy and socialization
  • Lego Club (6-12) for creativity and experimentation
  • Dungeons & Dragons (tweens and teens) for teamwork and problem solving
  • Tween book club to encourage reading and critical thinking.

Adult programs

Adult programs at the Massena Public Library help to improve patrons’ minds and bodies.  These include:

  • Geri-Fit strength training, chair yoga and Walk with Ease
  • Friday afternoon at the movies
  • Regular sewing and crafting classes, and a book club.

Tech services

Library services to meet the changing technological needs of the public include:

  • Online eBooks and audiobooks
  • Computers and Wi-Fi internet access
  • Digitization service for obsolete media
  • Streaming movies and shows from Kanopy
  • Online classes and test prep in a variety of subjects
  • Reference material like Ancestry for genealogy.

Library of things

In addition to books and magazines, patrons may check out items from our library of things, including:

  • Tables, chairs and canopies
  • Discounted museum passes
  • Outdoor games like corn hole and ladder toss
  • CDs, DVDs, VHS and audiotapes.

Meeting spaces

When community groups need a meeting space, or a few friends need a casual place to meet, talk or play cards, the library has several options.  

Relax in the Warren Room by the fireplace and read a magazine or newspaper, work and collaborate in the Business Center with a large screen television and whiteboard for presentations, or for larger groups, use the Mattis Room.

The Massena Public Library strives to provide the highest quality service to its community.  

To do that, it cooperates with other libraries in the system through interlibrary loan, receiving materials from other libraries and lending to others in turn materials that each library cannot purchase for its own collection.  

In recent years, state grant money has been used to upgrade building lights to LED, install a new elevator, enhance the library garden and upgrade the heating/cooling control system

In addition to National Library Week, other upcoming events include arts programs in collaboration with TAUNY and the SLC Arts Council, a talk by DeKalb historian Bryan Thompson on his latest book, and the Summer Reading Programs for adults and children.

Library Week events

  • Monday, Apr. 22 -- Patron Appreciation Day
  • Tuesday, Apr. 23 -- Library Giving Day
  • Wednesday, Apr. 24 -- Staff Recognition Day; Seaway Visitor Center Meet & Greet, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Apr. 25 -- Family and Kids Day
  • Friday, Apr. 26 -- Movie Day
  • Saturday, Apr. 27 -- Book Sale and Bake Sale, 9:30 a.m.; Storytime, 10 a.m.; Swing Band, 1 p.m.

Helping people of all ages since 1897

Since its charter in 1897, the Massena Public Library has been helping people of all ages in our community succeed in their educational, professional and personal lives.

Our services meet community needs by encouraging literacy, supplementing education, providing cultural opportunities and tools for lifelong learning.  

The Massena Public Library has grown from 100 books to 86,000 in 2024, and from a single room in the Massena Town Hall to a beautiful library building made possible by the generosity of the Warren family.

Stop into the Massena Public Library, 41 Glenn St., see what’s new, and say hello.  There are materials and activities that are sure to interest everyone.  

To learn more about the library, call 315-769-9914, go to the library website MassenaPublicLibrary.org, email maslib@ncls.org and like the library Facebook Page!

Join the Friends of MPL

Fundraise, Advocate and Volunteer!

The Friends of the Massena Public Library have been revitalized in the last year, increasing membership, incorporating, and expanding activities.  The Friends fundraise for the library to provide extra programming and equipment outside of the scope of the library’s normal operating budget.  

Book sales, bake sales, raffles, sale of library merchandise, dues and donations enhance the library offerings to the community.   

The Friends have sponsored authors Tessa Wegert, Catherine Schmuck, and Ellen Marie Wiseman, purchased equipment for senior strength training classes, accessories for the children’s light table and toy box, sponsored children’s art classes and musical performances, and volunteered at library community outreach events, holiday celebration, and open house receptions.

Library Giving Day is this Tuesday, April 23. All donations collected in support of our Library Day of Giving will be used to purchase books for our children, teens and adult collections. Contributions can be mailed or dropped off at the library and donations can be made online via PayPal (Friends of MPL INC). All checks for membership and Giving Day are payable to “Friends of MPL INC”.

The Friends and library trustees thank community members and organizations who have donated during past Library Giving Days and all fundraisers in support of the library. To learn more about the Friends of the Massena Public Library and to join, go to www.FriendsofMassenaPublicLibrary.org  Dues are only $5 per year.  

Email FriendsofMassenaLibrary@gmail.com with questions and like the Friends Facebook Page!