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Modern Classics, New Perspectives

Modern Classics, New Perspectives

The Village Library of Cooperstown is excited to share that we have received a $2500 grant provided by the Library Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York. The funding is for ‘Modern Classics, New Perspectives;’ this year’s long series of book discussions and lectures will engage our community in revisiting the classics with fresh eyes. 

Titles include: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath; Excellent Women, Barbara Pym; To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee; In Cold Blood, Truman Capote; Passing, Nella Larsen; If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin; The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende; The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan; Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury; 1984, George Orwell; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith; and A Separate Peace, John Knowles. 

All book group kits (sets of 10-12) will be made available Four County System-wide after our discussion so that other libraries can host similar conversations. Our program will run from June 2022 through July 2023.

Sunday Speaker Series: April 24 @ 3:00pm

Sunday Speaker Series: April 24 @ 3:00pm

Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown is pleased to announce the next program in our Sunday Speakers Series.

On Sunday, April 24, Bob Rosenthal will speak on Allen Ginsberg on the Planet. The program is from 3–4 p.m. in the third-floor ballroom at 22 Main Street, Cooperstown. The event is free, in-person, and open to the public.

Mr. Rosenthal, a prolific author, poet, and playwright, was Allen Ginsberg’s personal secretary for the last twenty years of Ginsberg’s life. He will discuss Ginsberg as a Citizen Poet globally and locally in Cherry Valley, NY.

Bob Rosenthal (b. 1950) divides his time between his homes in New York City and Cherry Valley. His publications include nonfiction, including Straight Around Allen—On the Business of Being Allen Ginsberg (Beatdom Books, 2019), works of poetry, and plays co-written with Bob Holman.

Sunday Speaker Series, March 20: America Needs a New Foodshed–New York is the Answer

Sunday Speaker Series, March 20: America Needs a New Foodshed–New York is the Answer


On Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m., Friends of the Village Library and co-sponsor Cooperstown Food Pantry welcome Phoebe Schreiner, executive director of the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE), speaking on America Needs a New Foodshed– New York is the Answer. 


Much of the food consumed in the United States is produced in California, yet California is battling wildfires, experiencing a climate change-driven drought, and suffering from labor shortages and supply chain issues. These and other factors suggest that the nation must look elsewhere for long-term food production solutions for a growing population and changing
climate. 

Phoebe Schreiner will discuss CADE’s efforts to make New York State a primary foodshed for the country’s Northeast corridor by the year 2050. She believes that this can be accomplished by increasing the number of successful and diverse farm and food business enterprises across
New York State. Ms. Schreiner has more than twenty years of international and domestic global-to-local experience leading social and economic development programs—including work with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations, and the Open Society Foundations, among others.

FoVL’s March Sunday Speaker program will be held on the third floor of the Village Hall, 22 Main Street in Cooperstown. The programs are free and open to the public.

March 2022 calendar

March 2022 calendar

Thank you, everyone, for supporting the Library during Library Lovers’ Month! Below is our March 2022 Village Library calendar – we hope that you’ll join us throughout the month in celebration of reading.

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Holiday Pajama Storytime

Holiday Pajama Storytime

Please join us Tuesday, December 21 for an evening holiday pajama storytime. Wear your pajamas, listen to some holiday and winter themed stories (with special guest readers), and go home with a treat.