Events

Each month we hold several technology classes, craft workshops, and clubs. Registration is required for events marked with *.To Register: call 753-1042, email cortlandlib-ref@twcny.rr.com or visit the Library!

Adult Book Club
Wednesday, November 1 from 5 to 6 p.m.
The group meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m.
New members are always welcome! Please contact the library for more information or to request a book. On November 1 we will discuss Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper  by Phaedra Patrick. 

Beginner’s Knitting Group
Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The group is open to all levels of knitters (ages 12 and up) – including those who would like to learn how to knit. Bring your own yarn & needles or borrow ours for the session. The group meets every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. . 

Cortland First Friday Art Event
Friday, October 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. 
The Regional Photography show will be on display in the library’s art gallery throughout the month of October.  Harpist Lisa Craig Fenwick will be performing at 6 p.m.  Join us from 5:00 to 8 p.m. on the First Friday of each month when the library joins the Cultural Council of Cortland County to celebrate the arts in our community with extended hours and an artist meet and greet.    

*CFL Craft Club
Tuesday, October 24 at 2 or 4 p.m. 
 Each month we meet to make a craft chosen from Pinterest.  Follow our board on Pinterest at pinterest.com/cortlandlibrary/pinterest-craft-club and bring a friend!   We will be making yarn pumpkin garland.  Please bring one skein of orange yarn.  Registration is required.    

Chess Club
Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.   
An all ages chess club for beginners and experts.  Meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.  Beginners will get a lesson on the basics of chess and experts will meet and play. 

Adult Coloring
Any time the library is open
Coloring books and colored pencils will be available at the adult circulation desk for any adult that would like to join us for some coloring.  Sit down, relax your mind and color!   

Read It, Watch It!
Monday, October 9 at 5 p.m
Read the book, then watch the movie at home.  Meet and discuss them both with the group.  To make it even easier, if you are not able to make it to the discussion you can join our Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/Cortland-Free-Library-Read-It-Watch-It-1670501636522882/ and give your opinion of both on there.  On October 9 we will be discussing Still Alice by Lisa Genova and the corresponding movie Still Alice starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.  Copies of each are available to pick up at the circulation desk.  This group will meet on the 2nd Monday of each month.  The next meeting will be November 13 and Silver Linings Play Book by Matthew Quick will be discussed.  

Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, October 18 at 7 p.m.  
Open to the public.  Please contact the Library Director at least 1 week in advance to request privilege of the floor.  

Friends of Library Meeting
Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Love your Library?  Join the Friends of Cortland Free Library! Find more information about the Friends group at http://cortlandfreelibrary.org/support-the-cortland-free-library/friends-of-the-cortland-free-library/

Creative Writing
Tuesdays in October at  6:30 p.m.
Jane Frink will facilitate this group which is open to all levels of writers (ages 12 and up) – including those who are new to writing and would like to learn more.  Registration is required.  

Common Read Discussion
Thursday, October 19 at  6:30 p.m.
Dr. Jena Nicols Curtis, SUNY Cortland Associate Professor & Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee (CICC) Co-Chair for the Cortland Community Common Read will be here to lead a discussion that pertains to matters of race & ethnicity, gender identity, social class, ability, sexual orientation and much more.  The discussion will be based off the common read book, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Copies of the book are available at the adult circulation desk.  

Community Forum on Crime & Safety in Cortland 
Wednesday, October 4 at 6 p.m.
Join the staff of the Cortland Standard to tell them what you think of crime and safety in Cortland County. The journalists will use your input to prepare a report for a future publication. 

Poetry Reading and Discussion
Tuesday, October 3 at  6 p.m.
Noralyn Masselink, English professor at SUNY Cortland and fitness and yoga instructor at the local YWCA,  will be here for a poetry reading and discussion to encourage the development of understanding and empathy towards victims of domestic violence .  Describing both the incredible power of the "ties that bind" as well as her final journey to freedom, her poetry has been described as "a must read for any relative, pastor, priest, mental health or medical provider, neigbor or friend of a woman caught up in an abusive relationship…bring(ing) its readers on a journey to understanding and developing empathy for victims of domestic violence." 

*Tech Time
On select Tuesdays and Wednesdays,  technology assistance is available by appointment only.  Contact the library to register.  We can help you with eReaders & eBooks, basic iPad/iPhone, Microsoft Word/Excel, basic computer skills, basic Internet, digital photos, and soical networking.  *Registration required