Happy Birthday Dansville Public Library!

July 18, 2024 is a special day for the Dansville Public Library. It marks 100 years since Shepard Memorial was dedicated as the Library for Dansville, on July 18, 1924. It is also 150 years since the first Library room was opened on the second floor of the Maxwell Block on Main Street, on July 18, 1874. This year also marks 200 years after the completion of the Shepard homestead, in 1824.

It’s our Bi-Sesqui-Centennial! 

On July 18, 2024, the Library will host the following events in celebration of our big day:

10:30am – “A Treasure Trove of Magic” Show: Central New York magician Ron Cain will take children on an imaginary treasure hunt at the Dansville Public Library. No registration necessary.

12:00pm-6:00pm – Building Tours: A guided tours of the Library building will run every half hour.

6:00pm-7:30pm – Ice Cream Social and Lawn Fête: Join us for a delicious frozen treat and to share delightful memories of our beloved institution. Listen to music, play lawn games, and enter a basket drawing. *In the event of rain, the Ice Cream Social will be moved inside the Library.

100 Ways to Celebrate the Library in 100 Days!

Something this momentous is too special to celebrate with just one day! June 18, 2024 is just the beginning of our 100 Ways to Celebrate the Library in 100 Days. Stay tuned and check out the Library Calendar for more information on how you can help us celebrate the Dansville Public Library.

June News & Events

Check out our Online Calendar for details & to register for events:

Special Events for June

  • Second Saturday – Fairy Fest – Saturday, June 8, 11:00am-1:00pm – Stop at the Library to create your own magical fairy wand!
  • Exam Cram – June 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, & 19; 3:00pm-8:00pm – The Library is offering a quiet study space for Regents students to get in last minute prep for exams. We’ll have snacks, study materials, and de-stress opportunities.
  • Summer Plant Share – Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00pm – This spring’s Plant Exchange returns as our Summer Plant Share! Once again, all cuttings, seeds, or starters are welcome. All community members are encouraged to participate; you do not need to bring anything to take something. Come to share, learn, and network with other local gardeners. Any leftovers will be added to our seed & clippings library.

Regular Programming

The following activities occur monthly, are open to all community members.

  • Sit & Stitch – Every Wednesday at 6:00pm – All skill levels welcome!
  • Magic: The Meetup – Every Thursday @ 5:30pm, ANY tabletop gamers welcome!
  • Homeschool Lego Meetup – Second Tuesdays @1:00pm (6/11), registration is required
  • Storytime – Alternating Tuesdays at 10:30am (6/11, 6/25) & Thursdays at 6:00pm (6/20; no Storytime on 6/6)
  • Ravenous Readers: Adult Book Club – Second Thursdays @ 6:30pm (6/13): The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (Zevin)
  • Homeschool Meetup – Third Thursdays at 1:00pm (6/20), registration is required
  • Tech Time – Final Mondays by individual appointment (6/24) Contact the library to schedule.


Dansville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program sign-up starts during Fairy Fest on June 8, but the real action will kick-off at our Summer Reading Launch Party on June 29, complete with design-your-own bags, lawn games, treats, and more!

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program: Adventure Begins at Your Library! From the young to the young at heart, everyone can have an adventure at the library this summer!


Get your adventure started now – and we don’t mean just in a book! Dansville Public Library offers:

  • Fishing pole lending (sponsored by the NYSDEC & Dansville Fish & Game Club),
  • Empire Pass borrowing: Entrance to NY State Parks without the vehicle use fee, and
  • Corning Museum of Glass passes: Complimentary admission to the museum for 2 adults

The Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day.

Friends of the Library – Annual Used Book Sale

May 13 – 18

The Friends of the Dansville Public Library are excited to announce the Annual Used Book Sale will be held Dogwood Week: Monday, May 13 through Saturday, May 18, during the Library’s regular hours of operation.

Huge variety of Books, Puzzles, and DVDs available!

Funds raised support the Library.

Don’t forget to bring your reusable shopping bags!

2024-2025 Library Trustee Election

A Public Vote for one Trustee Position will be held May 7, 2024 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm at Dansville Public Library, 200 Main Street, for qualified voters of the Dansville School District.

Dansville Public Library is not seeking an increase to the tax levy for the 2024-2025 fiscal year, and a financial proposition will not be included on this year’s ballot.

One seat is open on the Dansville Public Library Board of Trustees. The candidate elected to the Board during the May 7, 2024 Board Election will serve a five-year term. On the election ballot, there will be one candidate named and the option to write-in an alternate candidate.

Meet the candidate, Suzanne Boor:

Since August of 2023, I have been serving as a Trustee on the Dansville Public Library Board to complete the unfinished term of a prior Trustee. During this time I have gained some experience and learned much from my fellow trustees, the Trustee Handbooks and online resources through Trustee Education Opportunities put together by OWWL. At this time, I ask to be elected to serve a full five year term. 

I am a lifelong village resident and patron of the Dansville Library, as well as a longstanding “Friend of the Library.” Now as a retiree, I have the time to devote in my interests in being of service to my community, and the Library in particular. 

I retired from SUNY Geneseo as Director of Donor Relations, where I was able to hone my organizational, communication and interpersonal skills which I would bring to the Trustee role. 

I am extremely proud of our beautiful Library, and have engaged my children and grandchildren in programs through this fine institution. I would be excited to contribute my strengths and background to the Library so that community members continue to enjoy the wonderful opportunities and experiences for which I will be eternally grateful. 

Thank you for your time and consideration of my candidacy.

Additional information can be found in the 2024-2025 Budget & Trustee Election Presentation and the Board approved 2024-2025 Dansville Public Library Budget.

The Dansville Public Library Board of Trustees invites you to join us as we dedicate the Nonfiction Study Area in honor of Retired Library Director Teresa Dearing.

Join us at the Library on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm for the dedication and light refreshments.

Library Board of Trustees Nominating Petitions Available

Do you love your library? Are you looking for a way to serve your community? You could be our next Trustee!

On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, voters of the Dansville Central School District will elect one individual to fill one trustee seat on the Dansville Public Library’s Board of Trustees. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall serve on the Dansville Public Library Board of Trustees for a five-year term, commencing on July 1, 2024.

Prospective candidates may request nominating petitions at the Dansville Public Library main desk, 200 Main St. Dansville, NY 14437.

Nominating petitions must be signed by at least 25 qualified district voters and must be received by the Library Director not later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2023. 

Prospective Library Trustee Information Packet


Employment Opportunities

The full-time Library Clerk position is a competitive Civil Service position and will be filled in accordance with Civil Service requirements. Candidates must take the Livingston County Civil Service Library Clerk – OC #23-825 examination and be reachable when the eligible list is established.

Livingston County’s Last Filing Date for the Library Clerk – OC #23-825 exam is December 6, 2023; the Exam Date is December 20, 2023. Details are available on the Livingston County Personnel Department’s Job Opportunities website.

Part-time Library Page is a 12-15 hour per week position. Applicants should be personable, enjoy working with people of all ages, have an interest in books and reading, and have excellent written, verbal, & computer skills. Applicants also need to be able to stand for long periods, to reach and bend, and must have a flexible schedule, with readiness to work evenings and weekends. For more information, please see the Page Job Description.

Employment Application Form – also available at the Dansville Public Library main desk.

To Apply for the Library Page position only, send completed applications to Margo Prak, Library Director no later than December 13, 2023:    dansvillelibrarydirector@owwl.org or deliver to: 200 Main St. Dansville, NY 14437

Video Streaming Now Available to OWWL Cardholders!

Looking for a little holiday entertainment? Need a break from your holiday prepping?

OWWL cardholders can now access Kanopy, an on-demand video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films, and and more with Kanopy.

Kanopy is for kids too! Stream enriching, educational, and entertaining content for children ages preschool and up.

Getting Started with Kanopy

To access their diverse collection of films, you’ll need  your library card information to create a Kanopy account. Go to kanopy.com or download the Kanopy app. After selecting Get Started, tap/click Find Library, type OWWL Library System, and then enter your library card number and pin to create your account.

Check out the Getting started with Kanopy for public library users page for more details on getting started.

Need assistance with your library card information? Call the library at 585-335-6720 or stop in during our hours of operation.

Don’t have a card yet? No Problem! Just stop in the library, during our hours of operation, with a valid photo ID.  Or get the process started online by submitting a Request a Library Card form.

Happy viewing!

Santa at the Library!

Letters to Santa

Drop off your wish list in the special mailbox for Santa, located at the Library, now through December 2, 2023. Letter templates and envelopes are available for use or create your own. Print child’s full name & mailing address for a reply from Santa! No postage necessary.

This program is a partnership between the Dansville Chamber Events Committee, Dansville Public Library & Howard Hanna-Dansville.

Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus

Share the holiday spirit with friends and neighbors during Dansville’s Winter in the Village on Saturday, December 2, 2023! Families are invited to the Library to meet with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 10:00am through 12:45pm! Enjoy Holiday activities, crafts, games, & more! Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Regular library services will be available during the event, so don’t forget to stock up on books and movies for the holidays!

We’re Hiring: Youth Services Coordinator

As of 11/13/23, this position has been filled.

Dansville Public Library seeks an enthusiastic and collaborative individual to join the library team as a full-time Library Assistant to serve as the library’s Youth Services Coordinator.

The Youth Services Coordinator manages all aspects of Children’s Services, including programming, outreach, reference, and collection development. The successful candidate will be a dynamic, flexible, community-oriented person who is able to embrace change, has a strong customer service orientation, and a collaborative approach to library service.

For more information, please see the Library Assistant – Youth Services Coordinator position description.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to: dansvillelibrarydirector@owwl.org. Please include “Youth Services Position” in the subject line.

Preference will be given to applications  received by October 20, 2023.