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Online Dictionaries in English & Spanish

Oxford Dictionaries provides audio pronunciations and definitions for hundreds of thousands of words.  Check out their main site or their Spanish version, both connecting to English dictionaries.  La versión en Español ofrece traducciones de la palabra inglesa apropiada.  They also have a wonderful English to Spanish resource.

Children's Board Donates to Early Literacy Computer

Laurie Doty & Karen Reynolds present a check to Edward Elsner

The Children's Board of Oswego Co-Presidents Laurie Doty and Karen Reynolds presented a $500 check to the Oswego Public Library in the Children's Room.  Their generous donation was the final piece in paying for an AWE Early Literacy Station added to the library.  This touchscreen, all-in-one computer provides computer skills, school readiness, and early learning fun for young children.

The Oswego Public Library is now seeking funds for the second AWE Early Literacy Station to be purchased in 2015. 

Early Explorers

Explore some early explorers through the links below.

Oswego Public Library now in Amazon Smiles Program!

Did you know you can choose to support your Library when shopping online at  Simply start from or start at every time if you've already selected us!

TV Ad for the First HarborFest in 1988

70th Anniversary of Safe Haven

We enjoyed visits over the weekend from family members and residents of the WWII refugee camp at Fort Ontario.  The Library and Safe Haven Museum have an exhibit of writings and photos in our art gallery.  All the cartoons in the recently digitized Ontario Chronicle were done by Max Sipser whose story is told online at  He a

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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 Jessica Galvin.  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, maintaining the health of your computer, using Quicken, Internet basics and much more.Editing Images in the LLC
Helping staff the Library Learning Center on Saturdays for special programming is Crystal Wilcox who is paid through the generosity of Friends of the Library.  In addition to our paid staff, we have many volunteers who offer their expertise.  You may view the center’s monthly calendar of activities on our web site or pick up a calendar at the main circulation desk.  If you have special computer skills and would like to help volunteer in the center, please contact us at 341-5867.

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Conservation  Class Photograph at Safe Haven

This year the library undertook several conservation projects to safeguard and make public information that has been in storage at the library.  Under special grant funds made available through Northern New York Library Network (NNYL) the library was able to digitize Safe Haven’s newsletters and photographs, black and white glass plates by photographer Ella Merrill Crippen Wheeler that have been in storage for over 70 years, the Oswego Historical Society Journal and City Directories from 1852-1929.  The materials are now available to the public at New York Heritage Digital Collections and the Oswego County Historical Society web links.  

The Library obtained a $3,000 grant from Tru Vue Optium under the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.  Funds were used to have West Lake Conservators repair and conserve the 1850 Oswego City map which now hangs in the main floor addition of the library.

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1851 Map of Oswego Unveiled in its New Home

Charlie Young and Edward Elsner Unveil the Map

Stop by the Main Reading Room and peak into the addition.  Near the elevator you will find a true treasure, an 1851 Map of Oswego showing the footprint of every building existing at that moment in time.  See if your place is still the same or if an addition or replacement has happened in the last 160 years.

Mayor Gillen and More Read for National Poetry Month

Enjoy poems by W. B. Yeats, Nikki Giovanni, Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Oliver, Judith Viorst, and Luis Alberto Ambroggio.

Solomon Northup and Oswego

The saga of Solomon Northup as given in the Academy Award winning film, Twelve Years A Slave, based on the book of the same name attracted much national and international attention. The scope of their work was outside the limits of a story that could have included references to Northup’s connections with Oswego and Central New York.

Oswego Public Library’s Edward Elsner was given a reference to the Oswego Times and Journal for April 10, 1854 where he found a notice of Solomon's visit and talk. He continued his research and found in the Presbyterian Church History that Franklin Hall was called the Tabernacle when they met there. It was owned by Gerrit Smith, the benefactor of the Oswego Public Library and an ardent Abolitionist. Located on the South side of West Bridge Street, corner of West Second Street, it was replaced by the Vulcan Iron Works which later burned down on January 1, 1895.

Solomon Northup, then, was in Oswego 160 years ago this month.Solomon Reuniting with his Wife and Children


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