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.

One Book, OWWL Kids program going on now!

Each year, the OWWL library system provides a system-wide program to engage our young readers and their families: One Book, OWWL Kids. Whether it’s a unique, singular event, or an on-going take-and-make activity, each participating family gets their own copy of that year’s book as well as the themed activity that goes with it.

This year’s OBOK book is Finding Kindness by Deborah Underwood. It is accompanied by specially selected rocks that can be painted specifically to help spread kindness; we recommend putting your rocks around your home as a reminder, or leaving them at the library so we may add them to our garden out front. For those who didn’t attend our special spring break storytime featuring the book, you can still participate by signing up and coming in for your program package to complete at the library or at home.

Sign up today and come in to get your materials!

This program is first come, first served, and is limited to 24 families. It runs through the end of April.

One Book, OWWL Kids logo with cartoon owl reading the book Finding Kindness

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


Claim free glasses for the April eclipse

Who can get glasses?

    Any community member is welcome to sign up to claim up to 3 pairs of special eclipse glasses for their household. You do not need to have a library card. (Although, you know we’d love it if everyone, ever, had a library card.)

What do you get?

    In addition to up to 3 pairs of eclipse glasses, each packet will include a flyer explaining the science of the eclipse and when it will occur. There will also be a flyer outlining the special eclipse activities available at our library leading up to the eclipse.

How do you get all that?

    Sign up for your household’s packet using the form below. Once you’ve completed the form, come in to the library to pick up your packet at the circulation desk. That’s it.

>> Click here to access the form.
This form is available starting at 12:01am on Friday, March 1, 2024.

Be sure to check out our eclipse programming leading up to the event!