Lighting studio equipment available soon at Fred W. Cleveland Computer Center

September 5, 2017

Thanks to individual donors, a grant from the Grasseroots Fund, and a partnership between SLC Arts and Potsdam Public Library, community members will soon be able to use lighting studio equipment at the Fred W. Cleveland Computer Center.

Potsdam library to hold book sale during festival

July 3, 2017

As part of the Annual Potsdam Summer Festival, the Friends of the Potsdam Public Library will hold a “Big Book Sale” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 16. The sale will be held in the basement of the Potsdam Public Library.

Potsdam Public Library has plans for major renovation

June 24, 2017

When you walk on the red carpet through the metal stacks of books at the Potsdam Public Library, you are walking on history. The carpet was installed in 1976 when the library was moved from what is now the Potsdam Public Museum and into what was once an auditorium. Now, 41 years later, Library Director Ann T. Chase and her board are ready to give the space an upgrade.

Potsdam Public Library begins new seed library table

May 2, 2017

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne checks out the new seed library table during a recent visit to the Potsdam Public Library. Pictured are (l-r): Assemblywoman Jenne; Potsdam Public Library Board of Trustees President Erin Cheney, Potsdam Public Library Board of Trustees member David Bradford and Potsdam Public Library Director Ann Chase.

An idea takes root: Potsdam Public Library implements program to loan seeds

April 21, 2017

The concept behind a new program at the Potsdam Public Library, 2 Park St., seems basic enough. Patrons can borrow material from the library for their benefit. Once they’re done, they bring it back. Nothing new here; this is how libraries have always worked. The items that will be on loan, however, make this program unique. Library users will be able to check out seeds for gardening. After the seeds have been planted, patrons can bring back the seeds from the fruits or vegetables they’ve grown. This way, other people can use them in their own gardens.

Potsdam Public Library hosting poetry jam

April 11, 2017

In honor of poetry month, the Potsdam Public Library is hosting a poetry jam from 6-7 p.m. April 21 at the library, 2 Park St.

Potsdam Public Library starting seed lending library

April 3, 2017

The Potsdam Public Library is starting a seed lending library, and is looking for donations of seeds to get it started. To promote the seed lending library, there will be a seed and plant swap from noon to 2 p.m. April 15.

Weekly class for practicing English speaking offered at Potsdam library

March 22, 2017

A new weekly class in the Potsdam Library’s Cleveland Computer Center will provide residents from other countries the opportunity to practice speaking and understanding spoken English.

Potsdam Public Library asking public to provide feedback via survey

March 17, 2017

The Potsdam Public Library, in preparation for its next long-range planning cycle, is seeking feedback from the public through a survey available at or in print at the library. The library hopes to hear from a broad range of voices in Potsdam and surrounding communities, including people who do not use the library. Feedback will help guide the direction of the library over the next five years.

Pakistani student who survived massacre to speak at Potsdam Public Library

February 11, 2017

A young student from Pakistan is scheduled to give a presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 about the 2014 massacre perpetrated by members of the Taliban at his high school in Peshawar. Potsdam Library is hosting the talk by Mateen Ahmed, now a foreign exchange student at Indian River Central High School, Philadelphia, in the community meeting room above the Potsdam police station.

North Country Matters kicks off 2017 season in Potsdam Public Library Computer Center

February 7, 2017

“North Country Matters,” the local public affairs video magazine, kicks off its 13th year with new shows, new civic partners and a new home studio.

With the retirement of Dan Dullea, the creative director of “North Country Matters,” the show is moving to a new home in the Fred W. Cleveland Computer Center, in the basement of the Potsdam Public Library.

Potsdam Public Library offering beginning computer science program

December 2, 2016

A beginning computer science program for kids ages 8 and up with a grown up will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Frederick W. Cleveland Computing Center at the Potsdam Public Library. Dr. Jeanna Matthews, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Clarkson University and her CS students will facilitate the event!

Potsdam Public Library to dedicate recently formed literacy program

November 14, 2016

The public is invited to attend the dedication of a recently formed literacy program, LIFE (Literacy Is For Everyone), at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Potsdam Public Library.

Author appearing for book signing Sunday at Potsdam Library

November 10, 2016

Feeling like unplugging, running off into the wilderness and never coming back? Before you go, stop by the Potsdam Library Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and pick up a copy of local author and survivalist Gene LaLonde’s new book, A Question of Survival. Mr. LaLonde will be here to sign books and answer questions.

Literacy is the topic on North Country Matters

October 20, 2016

The newest North Country Matters program takes a look at adult literacy in St. Lawrence County. NCM host Donna Seymour discusses how adult literacy services are provided with Sarah Sachs, the public services manager, and Maria D. Morrison, literacy program coordinator, from Potsdam Public Library.When Literacy of Northern New York closed its only St. Lawrence County program office hosted at the Potsdam Public Library last August, the library quickly moved to fill the void by creating...


New Potsdam Library chief to be introduced on Sunday

October 14, 2016

The Board of Trustees, staff and Friends of the Potsdam Public Library have scheduled a public open house there, at 2 Park St., from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday to introduce the newly appointed director of the library, Ann T. Chase. Ms. Chase, a north country native, returns with an extensive resume. She has served as a law librarian at the University of Michigan Law Library and law library manager for the Detroit law firm of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz & Cohn. More recently, she was a research...

LNNY office closes doors potsdam: Literacy organization hit by lack of funding

Literacy of Northern New York abruptly closed its office at the Potsdam Public Library on Monday, a move that shuttered the only literacy volunteer office operated by the organization in St. Lawrence County.The news came abruptly Monday morning when Literacy of Northern New York Director Cecilia M. Brock showed up at the Potsdam Public Library to announce that there was no longer enough funding for the agency to help St. Lawrence County residents struggling to read and write on an adult...

Donations in memory of Potsdam Public Library director who died in March to be used for DVD collection

August 22, 2016

Potsdam Public Library has received donations in memory of the late Library Director Patricia W. Musante, who passed away last March.

Library hires local native potsdam director: Chase coming back after Colorado stint

August 18, 2016

Ann T. Chase, a Potsdam native, who has been living in the Denver, Colo., area for the last six years, says she's excited to return to the north country to accept a job as the new director of the Potsdam Public Library.According to Interim Library Director Paul Schaffer, Ms. Chase will be formally appointed at the next board meeting and she will begin work in mid-September.Ms. Chase currently works as a research attorney for Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm, but says...

Stage lesson for kids camp POTSDAM PUBLIC LIBRARY: Receives Mary Poppins tour

July 14, 2016

Eleven participants in the Potsdam Public Library kids camp knew all about Mary Poppins, but on Wednesday they learned what it takes to make the book come to life on the stage.They received a backstage tour from Amy Flack, executive director for the Community Performance Series, and Tori Oakes, production manager for Command Performance Series. Potsdam Music Theatre, a program of the Community Performance Series, is staging Mary Poppins as its first summer musical at SUNY Potsdam....

Camps planned at Potsdam library SUMMER ACTIVITIES: Pair of children's reading programs to look at heroes and Mary Poppins

July 6, 2016

The Potsdam Public Library will offer three sessions of "On Your Mark, Get Set, READ" summer reading camp, for children ages 5 to 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the library July 18 to 22, Aug. 8 to 12 and Aug. 22 to 26. The camp will explore the lives of heroes, from the extraordinary to the everyday. Two sessions of Preschool Mini-Camp will also run, today to Friday and Aug. 17 to 19.For the second year, PPL will collaborate with the Community Performance Series to present Camp Mary...

Voters OK tax increase for library in Potsdam

June 16, 2016

Voters on Wednesday approved an $8,000 increase in the tax levy that had been sought by Potsdam Public Library officials.The request was approved by 70 percent of the voters, 183-79.The library's appropriation, which had been $519,000, will increase to $527,000 with the approval by voters.Interim Director Paul Schaffer had noted that the increase would amount to less than $1.50 a year for the owner of a $100,000 property in the library district.Library officials had...

Potsdam library rejects funds sticking with referendum: Board declines $10,000 offered by state Sen. Griffo to replace older laptops

June 10, 2016

Public library officials will move forward with their plan to ask library district voters to authorize an $8,000 increase in the tax levy in order to replace older model laptops in the Public Computer Center.Board members recently declined $10,000 in funding offered to them by state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, according to Rocco LaDuca, communications coordinator for Sen. Griffo, R-Rome."Senator Griffo's office did recently contact Potsdam library officials to discuss providing...

Library to seek hike in tax levy potsdam: Voter authorization for $8,000 increase to replace older model laptops in Public Computer Center

June 2, 2016

Potsdam Public Library officials will ask library district voters to authorize an $8,000 increase in the tax levy in order to replace older model laptops in the Public Computer Center.There will be a referendum from noon to 8 p.m. June 15 in the Potsdam Village Civic Center to ask voters to approve the increase, as well as select four trustees for the library board.Interim Library Director Paul Schaffer said the library's current appropriation is $519,000, which was approved by...

Potsdam Library unveils its new DaVinci Reader

May 13, 2016

Because it has only seen a handful of users in the last eight months or so, the Potsdam Public Library wants to educate the public on the value of its DaVinci Reader and Magnifier. It's free to use and will be demonstrated during classes to be held next month.Thursday afternoon, library computer technician Tony L. Wells explained that the reader makes seeing and hearing books much easier for the blind and visually impaired, through the use of a high-definition camera and text-to-speech...

A valuable resource Session for student computer instructors at library ending soon

March 16, 2016

The benefits of receiving computer and electronic device training at the Potsdam Public Library from one of the student instructors from Clarkson University are enormous.The eight student instructors spend an average of eight hours per week at the library's Public Computer Center. They teach classes on programs like Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint; how to navigate iPhones; social media application such as Tumblr, LinkedIn and Twitter; browsing the Internet; and other computer software and...

Potsdam library director, 71, dies held position since 1991: Musante called 'visionary' who spearheaded computer center, other initiatives

March 5, 2016

The Potsdam Public Library is without a leader today after its longtime director, Patricia W. Musante, died suddenly after being rushed to the hospital. She was 71.Ms. Musante was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital Friday morning from her River Road home in Norwood due to an unknown illness, according to Glenn L. Seymour, owner and manager of the Seymour Funeral Home. She later died in the emergency room. Cause of death is unknown at this time.Ms. Musante was director of the...

Potsdam Library waiving overdue fines next month

January 29, 2016

Libraries across the country will be celebrating "February is Love Your Library Month." All overdue fines will be waived during February at the Potsdam Public Library if materials are returned.In addition, the library will again partner with the Potsdam Neighborhood Center in the annual "Love Your Library, Love Your Neighbor" Program. While it is not necessary to bring a donation for the food pantry to receive the fine-free benefits, they are encouraged and will be collected in a box....

Rural Readers Can Easily Find Books On 'Shelfies'

January 14, 2016

For a woman who buys books by the hockey bag full, literacy is life, and so is getting free books to the needy through an unusual new "SHELFIES!" program. Maria D. Morrison, program manager for Literacy of Northern New York in St. Lawrence County, said she has been balancing her work duties with creating small shelves out of old videocassettes and colorful tape since September, filling them with free books and talking to businesses and other organizations to get them put in shops and...

Potsdam Library Purchases Magnifier

January 9, 2016

Potsdam Public Library recently received a $3,000 grant to purchase the revolutionary all-in-one HD video magnifier with text-to-speech monitor with carrying case. Users can see near and far and read and/or listen to any printed text with the push of a button.Funding for this grant was provided by a Technology Service Improvement Grant from the Northern New York Library Network. Text can be magnified and listened to in male or female voice as well as several languages."I called...