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The Hornell Public Library will be celebrating “Blind Date with a Book” all during the month of February by offering patrons the chance of checking out a surprise book. “Blind Date Book Displays will be located in the Young Adult area. Select a book based on the hints on each book. After you check it out bring it home and unwrap it. Will your date be awesome or a dud? There’s only way to find out. Go home with a “mystery date” today!

Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar Book to be featured at The Hornell Public Library

First published in 1969, over twenty-nine million copies of this beloved book have been sold and it has been translated into forty-five languages.  “Brilliantly innovative author, designer and artist Eric Carle has dramatized the story of the metamorphosis of the butterfly, in a picture book to delight and instruct the very youngest reader.” The Very Hungry Caterpillar has become a favorite the world over.

A very special appearance by The Very Hungry Caterpillar will take place at the Hornell Public Library on Friday March 15, 2019 at 10:30am. The event is co-sponsored with WIC. Heather Forenz, a WIC employee, will read Eric Carle books to children during the event. Also appearing will be Carle’s butterfly. Children in attendance will receive a free book and be treated to apple, cheese and mandarin slices. Thanks to The Elks Lodge 364 for sponsoring this event.

Doors open at 10am. This free event is open to all children and parents. Come early to get a good seat.


Hornell Public Library Recognitions

On Thursday January 24 the Friends of the Hornell Public Library recognized 3 of their own. Jeanette Reed (Middle) was recognized for her 10 years of service as treasurer and one of the original board member of the Friends of the HPL. Diane Lisi (Left) was crowned Queen of Ticket Sales. She sold more tickets in 2017-2018 to fundraising events than the combine group sold during that time. Her dedication was a big reason that we had the success we had with our fundraisers. April Case (Right) is Queen of 50-50. Her unselfish efforts at Friends sponsored events led to critical income for the group. Be assured that all Fundraising dollars go back to the HPL to fund events not covered by the 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.