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OCTOBER 16, 2006

There is probably no better time of the year in Wellsville than the first and second week of October.  As residents, we have no idea what the weather is going to be like. On Monday it may be a warm 72 degrees with a heavy breeze. On Tuesday it may become freezing cold with a light dusting of snow flakes. Regardless of the weather, it is still the most beautiful time of year. As I look outside the library’s terrace windows, I see an array of vibrant colors. There are shades of yellow, orange, red, green, brown and even violet that provide a wonderful backdrop for the historic buildings and homes in the village of Wellsville.

As many of you recover from the aches and pains of Ridgewalk, please remember that the library is a great place to come to alleviate your ailments. This Thursday, October 19 at 7 pm, family members young and old will have the opportunity to enjoy and laugh at one of the library’s annual visitors. Mr. Beau the Clown will visit the library to entertain everyone with jokes, magic, juggling and music. Each year that he comes to the library, he brings new tricks and provides even more laughs.

In addition to providing laughter, the library is a place for us to learn. This month’s featured program will be offered by R.I.T. professor Dr. Bruce Austin on Thursday, October 26 at 7 pm. Dr. Austin will visit the library to discuss the American Arts and Crafts Movement in New York State.

The American Arts and Crafts Movement, or "mission," gained popularity as a decorative style beginning in 1900, and by 1920 had gone out of style. Arts and Crafts, however, was more than simply a decorative style; it was also a philosophy, an ethos, a way of living, and significantly, an enormous business. Artists and manufacturers of objects in the Arts and Crafts style - furniture, ceramics, metal, lighting, textiles, jewelry - found like-minded creators in a few U.S. locations. Among the most significant centers of creativity for Arts and Crafts was New York State.

This "Spotlight on the Library" article was written by Brian Hildreth, the David A. Howe Public Library director. Articles are written and published biweekly in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

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This program will be completely interactive. Patrons attending the program are asked to bring in pieces from home that were created during the movement. Dr. Austin will examine the pieces and talk about their history. The idea behind the program is very similar to the hit PBS program, Antiques Road Show. Patrons interested in attending must register prior to the program by calling the library or visiting the library’s main desk. This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities: Speakers in the Humanities program.

The final program during the month of October will be a computer class that deals with genealogy research. This class will be offered for patrons that have basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Patrons should be able to write letters, search the Internet and send e-mail before taking this class. There are currently six openings left for this class, so please hurry to sign up. The class will take place Monday, October 30 at 7pm.


Need something good to read? Check out some of these bestsellers that can be read for free at the David A. Howe Public Library. The top five new nonfiction books include: (1) Culture Warrior, by Bill O’Reilly, (2) State of Denial, by Bob Woodward, (3) The Greatest Story Ever Sold, by Frank Rich, (4) Saving Graces, by Elizabeth Edwards and (5) I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron.

Fiction books include: (1) For One More Day, by Mitch Albom, (2) The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield, (3) Under Orders, by Dick Francis, (4) The Road, by Cormac McCarthy and (5) The Book of Fate, by Brad Meltzer.           


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The David A. Howe Public Library is open: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 9 pm, Fridays from 10 am until 6 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am until 5 pm. The library is closed on Sundays and Wednesdays. You may contact us at (585) 593-3410.

This page was last updated August 19, 2011.

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