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Cuba Library 150th Anniversary

As you may know, the Cuba Circulating Library is celebrating our 150th anniversary this year, and we have a bunch of fun activities planned throughout 2022.

Each month, we will be asking questions of our patrons, so here is this month's:

What makes you feel lucky to have a library? 

Please feel free to reach out on Facebook, Instagram, or email with your answers!

DON'T FORGET: We are currently seeking historical items, photos, postcards, etc., that have to do with the library's history. Please contact us if you have library-related historical items that we may display. You may contact the library director, Tina Dalton, at or 585-968-1668.

150th Anniversary, 150 New Library Cards

To commemorate this momentous occasion, we have set a goal for ourselves to sign up 150 new library users. Signing up for a library card is free and easy. Simply stop by the library with your photo ID and proof of address (you must be 5 years of age or older to get a library card). Your library card will allow you to check out books, DVDs, video games, board games, Wi-Fi hotspots, and much more! Library cards also allow users to access over 25,000 items in our digital collection. Your library card can be used at the Cuba library, or any library in the Southern Tier Library System. This includes all public libraries in Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, and Chemung counties. 

Help us reach our goal of 150 new library users. Encourage your grandkids, neighbor, postal worker, grocery store clerk, or anyone you can think of to stop by the Cuba Library and sign up for a card today!

Do You Have Extra Yearbooks?

The Cuba Library keeps a collection of Cuba & Cuba-Rushford yearbooks. These are available for the public to view in the library. We are missing years 1940-1945; 2015-present. If you have a copy of one of these years, please consider donating one to the library!

Winter Reads 2022 : Teen & Adult Winter Reading Program

Cuba Library’s winter reading program for teens and adults wrapped up at the end of February. We had our second and final prize drawing on March 1.

This year, 20 adults and teens participated in the winter reading program. Participants read over 130 books and wrote 12 reviews. 

Congratulations to all of the prize winners from both drawings, who received gift certificates to local businesses!

1st Ever Tiny Art Show

We are so pleased with the results of our first Tiny Art Show. We had 38 entries returned for the show from the Take & Make kits given out during the first half of February. The creativity on display was inspiring to see. Thank you to everyone who brought their art back for the show! 

Congratulations to Payton Nelson, the winner of the random drawing from the participants in the show.

This program is sponsored in part by Friends of the Cuba Library, Inc.

Dogs of Chernobyl

Join us for an online program with Stephen Quandt on Wednesday, March 2 from 7 - 8 pm on Zoom. This program is a personal look at the dogs who descended from the pets left behind after the nuclear accident of 1986 with rare videos and photos taken by Stephen during the spay/neuter and research campaign that he worked on. Stephen will share his story of meeting the inhabitants of the mostly abandoned town of Chernobyl City, the totally abandoned city of Pripyat and the dogs (and some cats!) that they encountered. Stephen will also discuss will discuss (and show) radiation being detected including on some dogs and the impact of the environment on their lives. It is a story of resilience, hope, life and even heroism. This is a Zoom program that requires registration. The link to join the program will be sent out to those who register. To register for the program, please use this link: 

Please contact the Cuba Library at or call us at (585)968-1668 with any questions.

Stephen is a shelter-trained and Fear Free Certified feline behaviorist with the Animal Care Centers of New York City, a not-for-profit contracted by the City of New York to provide animal related services to the residents of New York City. Prior to working for ACC he worked for many years with the ASPCA in New York City in behavior and adoptions and around the country on disaster and cruelty cases. Stephen is also in private practice as a feline behaviorist who specializes in a compassionate, educational and affordable approach to cat behavior. He and his husband share their home with their two cats, Jenny, a “happy-go-lucky”, blind-from-birth girl and her bestie, Cricket! You can follow their adventures on Jenny’s public Facebook and Instagram accounts @JennyTheBlindCat.

This program is sponsored in part by Friends of the Cuba Library, Inc.


SNAP-Ed: Eat Smart, Live Strong

Enjoy fun and lively activities with other older adults! Talk about easy ways to make smart food choices and exercise more. Learn how you can Eat Smart
and Live Strong. This program will be four sessions, running Tuesdays, March 22 - April 12 at 11 am at the Cuba Library. Registration is requested but not required. 

This program is offered in cooperation with the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Teen Board Games & Pizza

Teens 13 - 18 are invited to join us on Monday, March 7 from 5 - 6 pm for a fun, casual night of pizza and playing some of the board games from the library’s collection. You are also welcome to bring a game of your own to share with the group. Registration is required so that we know how much pizza to order. Please contact the library by messenger, email or call (585)968-1668 to sign up.

Sponsored by Friends of the Cuba Library, Inc.

Teen Craft: Animal Silhouettes

Teens 13 - 18 are invited to join us on Monday, March 21 at 3:30 pm for an afternoon craft. Make animal silhouettes on a canvas using old magazines. All supplies will be provided but you are welcome to bring some of your own old magazines if you have some you'd like to use. Registration is required so that we know how many canvases we need. Please contact the library by messenger, email or call (585)968-1668 to sign up.

Sponsored by Friends of the Cuba Library, Inc.

Spaces Available in Storytime at the Cuba Library

There is still space to register for storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers at the Cuba Library! Our Toddler University story time is for children who are 2 before October 1. It is held Thursdays from 10 - 10:45 AM. Caregiver(s) must attend with the child. Besides reading 2-3 books each week, there will be songs, movement, games, crafts, and playtime, introducing your child to the joys of books, reading, and learning.

Preschool University story time is for children who are already 3 or 4 years old at the beginning of the school year. It is held Tuesdays from 10 - 11 AM. Caregiver(s) must attend with the child. Besides reading 3 -4 books each week, there will be songs, movement, games, crafts, and playtime. This time helps acclimate your child to a classroom-like setting in a fun, flexible way. Both groups will have some STEAM activities incorporated throughout the year.

We will require masks for anyone over the age of two at these storytimes and social distancing will be encouraged.

To register, please contact the library at 585.968.1668.

News From Friends of the Cuba Library, Inc.

As a reminder, the book room repairs are complete, but the room still needs to be cleaned due to the dust produced by the construction. For this reason, the book room is still closed for just a bit longer, and we are asking that you hold your donations for a few more weeks. Keep an eye out because there will be an announcement soon about accepting book donations once again.  

Annual Membership Drive
The Friends are currently holding their annual membership drive. Each year the Friends raise additional funds that enable the library to expand services beyond what the tax monies received from the town and village allow. For example, in 2021 the Friends sponsored seven programs for patrons of all ages, provided funding for a Nintendo Switch for in-library use, for literacy kits for newborns and one-year olds, and for professional development for staff. To join the Friends or learn more about making a donation, please stop by the library for a membership envelope, or visit the Friends' website at 

Annual Meeting
Friends of the Cuba Library, Inc. will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, April 5. During this meeting they will conduct their election of officers.

Thank you!

Library Branded Merchandise

We've got all the merch you need to rep the library and look cool! Check out our latest additions, like tanks, bucket hats, and water bottles. Stock up at 

Book Clubs

Books & Brews will meet the fourth Thursday of every month at different establishments around town. That’s right, your library at a bar or coffee shop! Titles will include bestselling fiction and nonfiction by popular authors. Engage in great discussion while being able to enjoy appetizers, dinner, and drinks (although purchase is not necessary to participate in book club). The next meeting will meet on March 24 at 6:00 at the Cuba Library to discuss The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. Please contact the library if you would like to join the group. Cheers!
The Page Turners Book Discussion Group meets at the library for about an hour at 1:30 p.m. on the second or third Wednesday of each month, September through June. The group reads literary fiction, classics and popular nonfiction. The discussions are led by a trained leader and are lively and fun! Let the Library staff know if you would like to participate and they will order the selected book for you. The January meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 9 to discuss The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.
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