Wintertime Fun at West Elmira

Home-Schoolers Session

GardeningThe Home-schoolers group meets every Wednesday morning from 11 to 11:30 AM.  We have a group of around 15 lovely kids from 3 – 12 years of age who enjoy the sessions every week. The subjects for these sessions range from entertaining to educational – including literature, Science/Math and social topics like organic farming.  Our Valentine’s day special was a great hit with stories, games and stickers (Thanks to one of our parents who sweetened the session with their homemade Valentine’s day cupcakes!).  The following week our group had a unique experience meeting and interacting with Elmira’s own Mark Twain! – Mr. Jim Ketcham who does an excellent Mark Twain impersonation made this possible and enabled the kids to learn about the great American author’s life and stories.

Joe Pascarelli at WestOn March 7th we introduced our Homeschooler group to organic farming, teaching them about healthy eating and having them learn about different vegetables and fruits that can be included in their everyday diet. The children also had a lot of fun doing some “hands-on” gardening by planting a seed. Getting their hands dirty and planting their own personal seed which they could take home and care for was a great teaching moment. Weather-man special at West Elmira – Mr. Joe Pasquarelli from WETM news 18 conducted a 30 min session for the home-schoolers. It was a lively and an interactive session with kids actively participating and asking question to learn all about weather – rain, hail, snow and everything in between.

For more information on the upcoming session please call Ms. Ahnece at West Elmira library at 607-733-0541 or visit us at

Storytime – Toddlers, Pre-schoolers and the Whole Family

Lady BugToddler Storytime (Tuesdays 10:30 – 11AM) and Pre-schoolers Storytime (Thursday 10:30 – 11 AM) at West Elmira library is fun time for kids! Recently we had a puppet show – “Mrs. McPuppet” which was a roaring success. Lady bug visited the Storytime kids as well as students at Hendy Creek Elementary school to teach them about self-empowerment. We have a lot more planned for Spring. Stop in for lots of fun, games, scarves and stickers. And we have a special Monday night story time for the whole family. At the end of each story time session we conduct a “Silly dance contest” and winners get prizes. So make sure to stop by next Monday to win some goodies!!

Giving Back to the Community – Blankets and Bunting by West Craft Group

The members of West Craft group made beautiful bereavement buntings and blankets for Arnot’s neonatal/perinatal care. Their work was so well appreciated that they now have a fresh request for smaller and shorter blankets! Anyone interested in participating in the making of these blankets can contact Mrs. Mary Louise Fisher at West Elmira library for more details.

Upcoming events @ West Elmira Library

  • Spring basket making workshop for adults – March 24, 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Furry friends program – April 2nd, 6:15-6:45 PM, for all ages. Local SPCA will be at the West Elmira library with a furry friend or two and gives us tips on how to care for and love these special creatures.
  • Children’s book week – May 7th – 12th. Button bookmark and bracelet craft for kids on Monday, May 7. Kids have a choice of gifting either the bracelet or the bookmark they made during the craft session for their mom at Tea party to be held on May 12.

Only at West Elmira

Classic literature on CD’s – Only at West Elmira Library. Stop by to pick some for your next road trip!

Rajee Mani
Volunteer for West Elmira Library