Stories are the foundations of our world, and many of them go untold to the masses. Small bits of wondrous knowledge, unique ideas of inspiration, and experiences that are lost to time. This project is an attempt to preserve those individual experiences and creative imaginations.
I am going to be creating a book for our library’s local history section to preserve and share the stories of the people who come to the library. Be creative and submit anything you envision wanting to share.
- Family legends/stories
- Personal accounts of events
- Memories of historical events
- Creative fiction/fantasy writings
- Bits of knowledge and skills you have learned
- Philosophy and life advice
- Humor and satire
- And everything in between!
You can submit your works with your name or anonymously. I will do the editing, compiling, printing, and binding of the work for our collection. You can email your writings to me at:
Or, you can submit a hard copy at the library directly to me at: 2 Willets Avenue, Belmont Free Library, Belmont, NY 14813. This event is open to all ages and all peoples.
Help us preserve our unique life experiences and views of our beautiful world. No work is too small, no idea is invalid, let your creativity shine bright! Let us create a story of us, the people of the library, The Book of Patrons.
Curtis Decker, Director of the Belmont Free Library
Out on display for a limited time, there is a historic quilt from Belmont’s past upstairs in the Belmont Free Library. Made in 1931 and was made for the library by the American Legion as part of the New York Quilt Project. With a length of 86 inches and a width of 73 inches, it is a large piece of history. The quilt type is classified as “friendship,’ with the materials being cotton, a solid design of red and white, with no sashing. The quilt can be displayed for three months at a time safely before being returned to storage. Come see this piece of our town’s history!
Ever tried to find out who your second cousin is? Or your third great aunt once removed? It can be confusing to find your family connections without a diagram. That is what this is. If you are looking to work on a family genealogy project, this could help some of those questions.
Library Board Meeting February 15th at 3:30 PM
Office of the NYS Comptroller, Alex Hipolito, will be visiting the library on Tuesday February 6th from 2 pm to 4 pm to talk about the unclaimed fund of New York State in the Allegany County area. All interested parties are welcome to come and talk to him at the Belmont Literary and Historical Society Free Library during his visit.
Looking to get involved in expanding your mind in science? Try out Brilliant.org! This site is a scientific learning site that dives into a wide variety of scientific studies in a fun and easy to understand way. Give it a shot.
Note: To set up an account you will need an email.
A Letter of Thanks and Recognition:
Those of you in our community who frequent our library may have noticed a bit of a busy activity around our building this summer. Allow me to tell you what has been happening here at the Belmont Literary and Historical Society Free Library.
We had the honor of having Brandon Cline (Cline Masonry), Jake Grisewood (Happy Hill Enterprise LLC.), and Alva Robbins all work on the care and repair of our historic library. We now, thanks to their skills and labor, have repaired brickwork, a new accessibility ramp, and painted the windows and other accents of the library building.
For over a hundred years, our library has stood as a center of community and learning. With the help of Mr. Cline, Mr. Grisewood, Mr. Robbins, and their crews of laborers, hopefully our library will stand for a hundred more.
We at the library would also like to take this time to thank another of our community who is vital in the upkeep of our historic building: Nate Jefferds. Mr. Jefferds is responsible for the cleaning, maintaining, and functioning of our clock tower. Our clock is a relic of older times, fully powered by gears and gravity; it is a marvel of engineering. In fact, there is a clock like ours in the Smithsonian Museum; however, their clock is broken. Our clock tower bell tolls on the hour thanks to Mr. Jefferds care.
I would also like to mention one more person on this list of thanks. Carrie Jefferds, and up until last year, had been director of our library for eighteen years. She retired and has set off in pursuit of another career. Without her guidance, I would not have been able to take over so smoothly as the new director.
We would also like to recognize the hard work of our volunteers, Annie Tucker, Nancy Howbridge, and Wendy and Don Skinner (pictures and framing).
To all these many talented and wise people, on behalf of the library, thank you.
Curtis Decker, Director
Belmont Literary and Historical Society Free Library
Stories come to us in all manner of ways. One of the growing formats for literature is online graphic novels. “Scurry” is a story following a colony of mice that live in a house; however, something odd has happened. The humans are gone. Food low and tensions high, some mice set out into the wilds to see if there is anything to be found in the city on the other side.
Reminiscent of “Watership Down” and “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH,” this is a beautifully drawn graphic novel that is full of thrills and surprises.
I would rate this as a teen and up story for mild dark elements, animal predation, and atmospheric tension.
The first page of the story is linked below.