The Foundation is excited to announce that this year we were able to fund all libraries that requested funds! With your help we provided $11,204 for initiatives that enhance day-to-day library services, and enable libraries to provide outreach needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bolivar Free Library $900 Create 4 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activity kits for families to borrow. The kits will include books, activities and items like microscopes and slides
Branchport, Modeste Bedient Memorial Library $1,500 Establish a seed library which provides flower and vegetable seeds, information on how to plant, care for, and harvest seeds, and purchase books on beginning gardening and seed saving
Hammondsport, Fred and Harriet Taylor Memorial Library $1500 Over the next six months, create and distribute take-home Little Bookworm packets for Pre-K students as well as packets tailored for seniors which include puzzles, crafts, and activities
Little Genesee, Genesee Library $935 Purchase 3 plastic folding picnic tables to use for programs outside, and for outdoor seating for patrons and community members
Montour Falls Memorial Library $805 Create 4 Discovery Kits for loan to children and familes: Birdwatchers, Backyard Map Makers, Storm Chasers (in consultation with WETM News), and Fossil Finders (with advice from Ithaca’s Museum of the Earth)
Odessa, Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library $1,445 Purchase an “event tent” with four open sides so that story hours, craft programs and other events can be safely hosted outside. The tent is to be erected by the local Boy Scout Troop and remain up all summer
Prattsburg Library $970 Start a “Library of borrowable Things” for education and entertainment, such as binoculars, human torso model, SNES game console, portable Bluetooth speaker, and telescope
Pulteney Free Library $800 Purchase a battery-powered snow-blower to keep four emergency exit doors clear after a snowstorm. including clear paths to the parking lot
Richburg, Colonial Library $750 Sponsor outdoor programs for a variety of ages: “Bwana Jim” providing information on wildlife such as owls, snakes and other reptiles, turtles; “Pfeiffer Nature Center;” and “Music on the Lawn,” featuring music of the 50s and 60s
Watkins Glen Public Library $775 Enable children to participate in a 5-hour Claymation project led by Ithaca Media Arts. Participants will design and make a clay figure and create a short stop-motion animation by editing scenes together
Whitesville Public Library $885 Expand services to adults by compiling and distributing 30 craft kits for adults to create on their own. In addition hire an instructor to hold a Paint N Sip session, either inside or outside the library as health conditions require
The Foundation for Southern Tier Libraries is extremely proud of all the great work our libraries accomplish each day throughout Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties. We encourage more libraries to apply in 2022, and look forward to seeing the results of great efforts.