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New Audios to Read while Driving, Gardening, Running...

or download an MP3 aubiobook right now!  Also, try two teen titles for free every week at Sync, now through August 13.

Great Stories for Every Day

Click on any of the links from Awesome Stories - Stories of the Month Calendar for a video and more about an event on that date.  A great resource for any day!

May 23 - Death of Bonnie and Clyde

May 24 - Samuel Morse Sends First Telegraph Message

May 25 - Jessie Owens Shatters World Records

May 26 - WWII Dunkirk Evacuation

We're Not Just About Books...

NEW DATABASE & SERVICES: is available in the library and e-magazines are on


During 2014 volunteers have donated their time and talents, many of them devoting hours each week throughout the year. Tasks they have performed range from cleaning and dusting book shelves to organizing actual programs. Volunteers in particular have helped enhance the children’s programs by presenting story units and actually teaching yoga, presenting classes such as Chinese Characters and constructing Origami Characters all for our little tykes. During normal operating hours they have helped make sure books and materials are placed on the shelves correctly and provided invaluable assistance weekly in processing and repairing books and audio-visual materials. At times volunteers have helped decorate the Library. They have assisted in genealogical research working in the local history room. Several volunteers are clipping local news articles, pictures and stories from the local press concerning the Library. Volunteers helped with fundraising items throughout the year. During the 2014 year volunteers have contributed close to 1,700 hours of service.

So we must always remember volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!     If you would like to be a volunteer, please contact Mike Redding, Volunteer Coordinator at 341-5867

Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer. – Allen Klien

Keep on Learning @ the Library

Thanks to community interest and support, the Library Learning Center (LLC) continues to be an active site for technical learning under the direction of full time Instructor Crystal Wilcox. The LLC, located on the lowest level of the Library (L2), offers a wide variety of classes throughout the week ranging from computer basics to downloading e-books & e-magazines, publishing, use of iPads and Kindles, Internet basics and much more. We are the site for weekly classes for TASC & ESL. New this year is our writer’s group where writers can exchange ideas.

You may view the center’s monthly calendar of  activities on our web site or pick up a calendar at the main circulation desk. You can also view what is happening at the Center on our web site    Facebook:     If you have special skills and would like to volunteer in our Center or would like more information of what is available, please contact Crystal at 341-5867.


The Oswego Public Library and Penfield Library (SUNY Oswego) with the permission of the Palladium Times have received a grant from NNYLN (Northern New York Library Network) to digitize the reels of the Palladium Times from 1848-2008. This project known as NYS Historic Newspapers will preserve and make readily available to researchers historical information found in the papers during this period. Using an optical character recognition program, the text of the paper will be scanned and indexed. Once completed the information will join newspapers from across the state at The site currently has over 3,900,00 pages of NY State newspapers available for research. We anticipate completing this project by the end of this year.

Remote Access Public Library Stations

At the beginning of 2015 the library received a $2,000 grant from NNYLN to begin implementation of four remote access stations within the Oswego area. Each station will include a laptop with touch screen access explaining the offerings of the Oswego Public Library and the North Country Library System. The first 2 sites are located at Minetto & Scriba Town Halls.

Children's Programs @ the Library

The library offers a wide range of programming for the children of Oswego.  The Children’s Room is located on the upper floor of the library (UL if you use our elevator).

  • Story Hour for children ages 3-5 on Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Lego Club
  • Read with Lucy
  • Origami & Chinese Character classes
  • Summer reading programs July-August

"One of the greatest gifts adults can give -- to their offspring and to their society -- is to read to children."

Other special theme programs will be listed on our monthly calendar

Library cards are free!!! They may be used at any library in Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson or St. Lawrence County. Your child must be able to print their first and last name and have a parent’s signature.

Every Hero has a Story...

Summer Reading Sign up is June 29th through July 3rd

Summer Reading Club is July 6 through August 14th

Read to earn prizes.  Registration is free.

Activities scheduled every day!!!

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”

                      Margaret Fuller

Friends of the Library is an organization of patrons committed to expanding and enriching the programs of the Oswego Public Library. 

The FOL 2015  budget of $6,509 will be used to fund: Battle of the Books, crafts and refreshments for the Children’s Room, funds for special programs in the Children’s Room, books for the reading club, funds to hire a creative writing group facilitator for 100 hours, 90 hours of staff assistance in the Library Learning Lab and an iPad. In addition, FOL sponsored Miniature Golf on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day where families could putt through all four floors of the library.

For more  information on how you can be a Friend of the Library, contact 726-3651  Check out their web page at or

On the Importance of Reading

Leonard came to America at the age of 9 from Avigliano, Italy. He quit high school after his Junior year, but loading and unloading wagons was not his passion. "He borrowed books from the library to read at night. He slept near the window so he could catch the first morning light and read without disturbing his two brothers, who slept in the same bed." A year later he returned to school and even earned a Pulitzer scholarship for college!

Search Like a Genealogist

This PDF file is 7 pages to excellent searching, particulary for genealogy information.  Thank you to for making it available.


Donations Sought

Books published since 2012 are in high demand.  Donations of books on CD, large print books, like new paperbacks, DVDs, Blu-rays, and local history items are always welcomed.  Items we cannot use for the permanent Oswego Public Library collection will go into our ongoing used book sale.

Yearbooks needed to complete the Local History Room collection are 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2011 and later Paradox's and 1957 or earlier, 1959, 1960, 1970, 1990, 1991, and 1992 Exemplar's.

Waterfront Photography on Exhibit

Ships at Sunset

Enjoy the photographs of Laura Brazak until the end of May.  An artist's reception will be at 6:30
PM on Thursday, May 14 in our Community Room.


Port City Writer's Group - Creative Writing

Did you know that the Oswego Public Library has it's own creative writing group?
The Port City Writer's Group meets approximately once a week in the Community Room at the library. Meetings consist of word sprints, write-ins, discussions, and organized lessons.
The group is open to everyone regardless of your experience, goal, or ability level with writing. Everyone is welcome to come!
Meeting days and times vary. For more information please email:

Stewart's Shops Supports Summer Reading

Stewart's Shops donate to Summer Reading

A big thank you to Stewart's for their donation for our Summer Reading Program.

Events start July 6th.  You can sign up starting June 29th for Every Hero Has a Story.

Updated City Code Book

The 58th version of the Code of the City of Oswego is now online at Oswego sign: discovered 1656, settled 1727, chartered 1848

Library Board Minutes from January 2011 to January 2015

Recent Board of Trustee Minutes have been added to our web site.  Browse through them at  Board Clipart


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