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Calling all teens…Come celebrate Batman Saturday September 15 at 11am at the Hornell Public Library. The library will show the movie The Dark Knight Rises (PG13). Pizza will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Batman comics will be available.


The Friends of the Hornell Public Library will be holding a barbeque pork dinner on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 4-6pm at the Main Place, Hornell. Proceeds to go to programming at the Library not covered by the library budget. Take out only! The dinner includes Pulled Pork Sandwich, Salt Potatoes, BBQ Beans, and a Chocolate Cookie. The cost is $10.00. Tickets are PRESALE ONLY!!! Purchase tickets at the Hornell Public Library 64 Genesee Street or from members of the Friends of the Hornell Public Library. Tickets must be purchased by 8 pm on Monday, October 15th

“A don’t miss event with many new vendors”

            The Friends of the Hornell Public Library 8th Annual Holiday Fall Bazaar will take place on Saturday October 27 10am-3pm at the Hornell Art Center (Old Ponderosa) on Broadway in Hornell. Vendors will show an assortment of arts and crafts, Tupperware and party planning items. Door prizes will be given away. A 50-50 raffle and a Chinese Auction will be ongoing throughout the event. Lunch will be offered from 11am-2pm. Menu and pricing will be displayed. Interested vendors should call Mary McDaniels @ 607-382-4987. Proceeds to go toward children and adult programming not covered by the Hornell Public Library Budget.


Since the beginning of the summer patrons at the Hornell Public Library have been putting entries toward the raffle of an Amazon Echo. This was all part of the Adult Summer Reading at the Hornell Public Library. The Echo was considered an incentive to get more patrons to read more books during the summer. Whenever a book was issued the patron had the opportunity to be placed in the raffle for the Echo. There were over 377 entries and over 997 total books checked out just in entries for the Echo. On Tuesday August 21, 2018 the drawing took place at the Library. Kay Cuddeback’s, a longtime patron at the Library, name was draw and she received her prize on the same day. Congrats to Kay and all who participated in summer fun at the Hornell Public Library.

Blood On The Leaves

Attention all hunters, this is a must see event! The Hornell Public Library and the Friends of the Hornell Public Library are proud to present Captain Michael L. Van Durme author and retired military. Set your calendars for Saturday September 29th at 11am when Captain Van Durme will present a Gun and Hunter Safety event. As part of the event, Captain Van Durme will talk about his book Blood on the Leaves. These captivating stories explore the on the ground reality of hunting accidents, lifting the reader to a new level of awareness. Blood on the leaves teaches how minor departures from the safety code of the hunt have unleashed devastating consequences on both victim and the shooter. You will hear about real accident investigations and lessons in hunter safety. So circle the date on your calendar and don’t miss this huge gun and hunter safety event. The event is FREE and open to the public. See you at the Hornell Public Library on Saturday September 29th!

“Now we stand by each other always”

Set your calendars for Wednesday October 10, 2018 at 7pm. The Hornell Public Library will proudly present Grant and Sherman: Now we stand by each other always. This two man play features Civil War generals U.S. Grant (DEREK MAXFIELD) and William Tecumseh Sherman (TRACY FORD) having a conversation in March 1865 at City Point, VA, about how to close out the war. The show is based on historic resources and references. Together, they recount the important meeting and conversation when the two Union generals discuss the campaigns in Georgia and the Carolinas and consider how to close out the Civil War. Maxfield and Ford are Genesee Community College Professors. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. This is one of those must see events!


“Marker celebrates Etz’s contribution to Women’s Suffrage Movement”

On Saturday, August 11 the City of Hornell, New York gathered to unveil the Anna Cadogan Etz marker in front of the Hornell Public Library. The historic marker recognizes influential women’s rights leader Anna Cadogan Etz, a lifelong Hornell resident. Much of her life’s work – speeches, newspaper columns, rallying people together – was important for women gaining the right to vote in New York. Her impact holds a significant place in state history.                                                                         

This historic marker was made available through the William G. Pomeroy Foundation New York State Women’s Suffrage Historic Marker program, which is a special commemorative signage grant program. Last year, New York State celebrated the 100th anniversary of New York signing women's suffrage into law. New York was three years ahead of the United States, which passed the 19th Amendment in 1920. The Pomeroy Foundation wanted to help commemorate this important heritage in New York with roadside markers paying tribute to historical connections to women’s rights. It was part of broader statewide effort led by Humanities New York.                                                               

Since 2005, when William G. Pomeroy established the Foundation, the Pomeroy Foundation has funded more than 700 markers across all historic signage programs, including sites designated as National Register of Historic Places; which the Hornell Public Library is.  The Foundation believes that markers help educate the public, encourage pride of place, and promote historic tourism, which economically benefits the communities in which they are placed.

The children’s room at the Hornell Public Library was established by Anna and Charles Etz and was latter named after their son. The David Cadogan Etz Childrens’ room was established in 1911, the same year the Hornell Public Library was built at 64 Genesee Street. Upon David’s passing, the Etz family donated $900 from David’s savings for the purchase of books for the children’s room.

The Hornell Public Library invites the community to view the extensive Woman’s Suffrage display in the front lobby of the Hornell Public library.

Libraries Rock: Summer Reading program theme

The Bubbleman, Lego Contest, The Reptile Guys, Balloon Animals and The Science Fair are just a few of the super events planned for the Childrens Summer Reading Program at the Hornell Public Library. The fun begins July 2nd and runs thru August 21st. Register by filling out a registration form at the Library or by calling 607-324-1210 during Library hours. Registrants will need to pick up their program packet upon registration. Call in registrants will need to drop by the Library to pick up their packets before the start of the program. Return hours record by August 16th by dropping them off at the Library or email them to An end of the Summer Reading Party will take place at 2pm on Tuesday August 21st. Many thanks to the donors that make this all possible. Special thanks goes out to Dr. Stephan Greenberg, The Friends of The Hornell Public Library, Steuben Trust, Pizza Hut, Minnehans and to those who donated in memory of Robert (Bob) Stewart.

The Summer Lunch Program will also be offer again the year at the Hornell Public Library. A healthy lunch will be served from 11:30am-12:30pm Monday thru Friday. Any child 18 and under can stop by and get a free lunch. The program starts July 9th and ends August 17th. . The USDA, the NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT and the LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS sponsor the Summer Lunch Program.

Libraries Rock theme is alive and well in the Hornell Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program. When adult readers check out books they get their name added to the drawing for an Alexa (AMAZON). The more patrons read the more chances to win. Just sign your name and add your phone number to the bottom of your check out receipt and you’re in! It all starts July 2nd. Oh by the way Alexa is on display at the circulation desk. So stop by and ask Alexa a question you might be surprised at the answer!

Click here to download a complete calendar of Summer Reading Program Events



  • Decide how many hours you want to read each week during the summer, multiply by 6 weeks; get the total number of hours you promise to read this summer. For example, 1 hour per week times 6 weeks = 6 total hours. Six hours is the minimum we ask you to read or be read to.
  • Register at the Library to join the Summer Reading Program. You may register any time after school lets out.
  • August 17th, return your hours by simply dropping by the library, calling 324-1210, or emailing us at August 21th at 2pm, come join us for our end of summer party and collect your prizes.
  • Our local Pizza Hut is giving children who complete their summer reading hours a certificate for a personal pan pizza.
  • Minnehan’s in Lakeville is also giving incentives for reading. Minnehan’s is a small amusement park just off exit 8 on 390 north. Each child can earn up to four certificates for activities like go-kart racing at Minnehan’s.
  • July 9th- August 17th We offer Free Lunch to any child under 18 who comes to the library at 11:30 am- 12:30 pm
  • Prizes for some contests include prizes from Darien Lake, Sea Breeze, Finger Lakes Boating Museum (Hammondsport), Corning Museum of Glass (Adult Passes), Glenn Curtiss Aviation Museum, Buffalo’s Explore & More Children’s Museum, YMCA, Spotlight of Hornell Cinema, Maple City Bowl, and passes to Genesee Country Museum.

Hornell Public Library Movie Big Success

A joint project between the Hornell Intermediate School, the Spotlight Theater and the Friends of the Hornell Public Library produced a successful movie that depicts events that shaped the Hornell Public Library from 1868 to the present day. The movie premiered at the Spotlight Theater Saturday June 9th.                                                        

The Hornell Public Library is celebrating the 1868 inception of the Library Association (Board of Trustees) and 150 years of service to the Hornell Community this year.

The movie, which stars students from Linda Walter’s 6th grade computer technology class, covered the early history of Hornell right up to the opening of the Hornell Carnegie Library on Genesee Street in 1868. Local businesses, church organizations and community groups all contributed to the movie. There were excerpts dedicated to the Men Who Started the Library, the Lyceum Movement, 20th Century Libraries, Andrew Carnegie’s role and Early Libraries in Hornell.

Businesses that have been in Hornell for 100 years or more were especially highlighted. Special guests, many of which were interviewed by the 6th graders, were: Collette Cornish (Hornell City Historian), Eugene Baker (Erie Railroad Museum), Mayor John Buckley, Laura Pico and Jim Dagon (Dagon Funeral Home), Jeremy Palotti (Superintendent of Hornell City Schools), Kim Wood (Park Methodist Church), Cindy Baker (United Presbyterian Church), Michael Colomai (St Ann Church), Jason Jordan (Hornell Tribune), Rob Gilebrist (YMCA), Laura Vetter (St. James Mercy Hospital), Gary Miles (Salvation Army) Andrew Smilinich (Hornell Armory) Eric Shults (Shults and Shults Law Firm) Dan Smith (Hornell Fire Chief), Jeremy Holbrook (Maple City Savings), Coleen McDaniels (American Legion) and Jim Griffin(Hornell IDA). Also appearing in the movie were Alice Taychert (Director, Hornell Public Library) Norm Ellis (Hornell Library Board President) Sue Knapp (Secretary Hornell Library Board and Friends of the Hornell Library Board) Jeanette Reed (Treasurer Friends of the Library) Mary McDaniels (President Friends of the Library and Board of Trustees member).

A copy of the movie is available at the Hornell Library. Patrons of the Hornell Library can borrow the movie by presenting their patron card at the front desk. Access to the movie is also available at the Hornell City Schools web site: by clicking on Intermediate School, student links, Mrs. Walter, and Library 150th Anniversary.