Off the Shelf: June events at Maxwell Library
Submitted by Rena Brower
Art exhibit and Community Art Project with Nada Odeh
We Are All Immigrants
Exhibit—running through 27
Community Art Project—Saturdays, June 15, and 22, 11 to 2 p.m. Free. Registration preferred to facilitate workflow.
Nada Odeh is a Syrian artist, activist, humanitarian, and poet. Born and raised in Damascus, she lived in several Middle Eastern countries before immigrating to the US in 2013 to escape the conflict and revolution in her native land. She moved to Syracuse in 2016 to pursue her master of arts in museum studies at Syracuse University. Odeh’s art is exhibited in Michigan, Ohio, Washington, DC, Syracuse, Troy, and Auburn. Her 2018 Syracuse Poster Project poster, Refugees Dancing in a Paper Boat, provides, from her own description, an image of people coming together despite differences in nationality, beliefs, and culture. The key theme of her work is focused on Syrian refugees in camps and Syrian women and children in exile. Extending her focus to include immigrants to Camillus from other countries, Odeh invites artists and community members ages 8 through adult to create small pieces that symbolize their cultural heritage. The artwork will be created on stretched canvases with collage art and paint at Maxwell Memorial Library over three Saturday work sessions in June. All supplies are provided, and all work will be done under Ms. Odeh’s direct supervision. “Camillus has been the home for many cultures.” Writes Odeh. “I would like to see how those cultures affected their lifestyle and what symbols immigrants brought with them that reflect their culture.”
TBL Peer-Based Suicide Support Group
Tuesdays, June 18, and 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. No registration.
Two Brothers’ Light is a non-profit organization that promotes suicide prevention and awareness. It holds peer-based support groups for individuals affected by suicide and other mental health issues. These meetings are free and open to anyone seeking information on suicide prevention and awareness, alternatives to suicide, or grief support for those affected by suicide. For more information, call 315-632-1996, or go to twobrotherslight.org.
Art Class for Kids—Clay Dish Decorating
Saturday, June 8, 11 to noon. Please bring $5 supply fee to class. Registration required. For ages 7 to 12. Presented by Kaley McHale.
Decorate pre-made clay dishes. There will be a variety of designs to choose from.
Open House and Work Session–Green Bag Lady Project
Saturday, June 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. No registration.
Green Bag Lady is an eco-friendly art project started by artist Teresa Van Hatten-Granath in 2008. Teresa and her international teams of volunteer “Bagettes” make bags out of donated fabric and give them away for free, in exchange for the promise to refuse paper and plastic when shopping. To date they have given away over 56,000 bags all over the world. Syracuse-area chapter founding member Margaret Little of Maxwell Memorial Library is looking for new members. Anyone interested in learning more about the Green Bag Lady Project, in taking part by cutting, sewing, ironing bags, or in donating washable cotton fabric is invited to stop in at Maxwell Library for all or part of the time. All cutting, ironing, and sewing tools will be available, including two sewing machines.
Tuesday, June 11, 2 p.m. Call for title. 2018; PG-13; 126 minutes. Free. Registration preferred. For adults.
Bryan Cranston plays a paralyzed billionaire who forms an unlikely friendship with his ex-convict caregiver (Kevin Hart). Licensing laws prevent the publication of certain details, but you may call the library or go to the library website for the title. Seating is limited, so please reserve your place online or by calling 315-672-3661.
PAWS of CNY Reading Dog Visit
Wednesday, June 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Registration preferred but not required. Best for ages up to 12.
Come meet and read stories to Lily, a friendly dog volunteer from PAWS of CNY. This program allows children to practice reading aloud without the fear of being criticized or corrected. Books are provided, or you can bring a special favorite one from home.
Wednesday, June 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 19, 1 to 3 p.m. Newspaper Research with Dave Clutton. Free. Registration preferred.
Join genealogist Amanda Perrine for Maxwell’s monthly Genealogy Roundtable. Library patrons interested in researching their own family histories get together to discuss problems in their research and share tips on sources and methodology. Both beginners and longtime researchers are welcome. This month, learn how to use online newspapers to facilitate your research.
Unraveling Yarns Book Club
Thursday, June 13, 10:30 to noon. No registration.
All book selections have a mystery or suspense theme. Bring your needlework and unravel a different plot each month. Stop in at Maxwell for a copy of this month’s book, Donna Leon’s The Temptation of Forgiveness, and a reading guide. Non-knitters are also welcome.
Craft Class—Greeting Cards
Thursday, June 13, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Registration required. For adults. Due to the popularity of this program, there are two sessions–sign up for either 5:30 or 6:30 p.m.
Make two beautiful layered cards with Alyson Esposito. There will be one floral and one bird stamped image. Complete the designs using rubber stamps and colored pencils and your choice of several sentiments. All supplies provided. Registration is required to ensure enough supplies are prepared. Each class size is limited to ten participants.
Maxwell Library Board Meeting
Monday, June 17, 6 p.m.
The Board of Trustees meets on the third Monday of each month unless stated otherwise. The public is welcome to attend. If you would like to address the board or request a topic to be put on the agenda, please contact director Amanda Perrine at [email protected] at least two weeks before the meeting. The agenda is posted online one week before.
Between the Lines Book Club
Monday, June 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m.. Free. No registration.
The group reads a variety of genres, from literary fiction to suspenseful bestsellers. Copies of this month’s selection, Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop, and reading guides are available at the desk. Everyone is welcome.
Safe Place to Game
Wednesday, June 26, 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Registration preferred. For ages 7 to 18.
Safe Place to Game is a community program where students and families can learn and play trading card games like Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, and Yu-Gi-Oh.
Tech Class—OverDrive and Hoopla
Thursday, June 27, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Registration preferred. You may bring your personal laptop, tablet, or phone.
Maxwell patrons have access to the electronic collections of OverDrive and Hoopla. These collections include books, audio books, graphic novels (and graphic nonfiction), magazines, music, and videos and can be accessed through your computer or mobile device. At June’s tech program at Maxwell, Tech Librarian Pete Schult will help you get the apps onto your devices and show you how to use the apps to find and read/watch/listen to electronic content.
Ongoing programs for kids and teens (all free; no registration unless otherwise noted):
Stories with Sally, for the under-3 crowd and a participating adult.
Mondays and Wednesdays, June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Sally’s Story Time, for preschoolers ages 3 to 5.
Tuesdays, June 11, 18, and 25, 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Preschool Story Time with Ms. Melissa
Thursdays, June 13, 20, and 27, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Registration preferred. For children ages 3 to 5 with a parent or guardian.
This fun story time helps preschoolers develop early literacy skills and fosters curiosity. Come and enjoy stories followed by a simple craft. Younger (and older) siblings are welcome. June 13—listen to Knuffle Bunny and do a Father’s Day craft; June 20—Look Out, Ladybug and a ladybug craft; June 27—Little Pea and a fun craft.
Monday Fundays with Ms. Melissa
Mondays, June 10, 17, and 24, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.. Simple crafts for children ages 5 to 10.
Between Friends Book Club and Kids Only Book Club will take a break in June so Ms. Melissa can visit area schools to talk about the 2019 Summer Reading program, A Universe of Stories. Watch for news and sign up information. Maxwell’s Homeschool Programs will return in September.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
To promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers as well as to encourage parent and child bonding through reading, the 1000 Books Foundation has issued a challenge to parents to read 1000 books to their children before kindergarten. Stop in at Maxwell Library to get your first reading log and informational materials, and start reading!
Maxwell Memorial Library is located at 14 Genesee St., Camillus. The library is open Monday through Thursday, 10 to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 to 3 p.m.; closed Sundays. Please call 315-672-3661 for additional information about any of our programs, visit our website at maxwellmemoriallibrary.org, like us on Facebook, or find us on Instagram and Twitter @maxmemlib.