Library news: New Woodstock library honors volunteers, invites local author

An exhibit of Cazenovia School District student art opens Dec. 4 as the New Woodstock Free Library honors the more than 25 volunteers who regularly work at the library each week throughout the year.

A reception for the student artists and the volunteers will be held from 10 to noon Dec. 4, with refreshments, children's crafts, a brief ceremony to recount the year's achievements and a first look at the children's art exhibit which will run through Jan. 31. The public is invited to attend, meet the artists, and thank the volunteers for their efforts.

Adding to the day's attractions will be a book signing by local author Jennifer Fura, with copies of her touching and important book "Scotty's Way" available for purchase. The book is about her son, who at two years old lost his arm in an accident. The indomitable Scotty and his mom will talk with visitors about the challenges the family has faced and how Scotty proves that "anything is possible."

The event will also feature Syracuse Symphony Orchestra violinist Heather Fais, who will grace the event with her music and charm. Fais is the daughter of William and Marilyn Fais of New Woodstock.

Librarian Norm Parry says volunteers have sustained and supported the library for more than seven decades.

"We have an extraordinary group of people who give their time and skills to make the library what it is," Parry said. "We could never thank them enough, but we designate one day a year to recognize the essential role they play in the library's success. We invite everyone who visits the library to stop by Dec. 4 and express their thanks."

The New Woodstock Free Library is open 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The library is also open whenever the blue flag is flying out front. Children's hour is at 11 a.m. every Tuesday. The library phone number is 662-3134. For more information, visit midyork.org/newwoodstock.

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