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Author Talk & Book Signing

david-j-figura-600x450 Award-winning journalist, author and Endwell native David J. Figura will discuss his book “So What are the Guys Doing” in a talk at GFJ on Tuesday, November 11 at 7 P.M. Figura shares his transformational journey and captures the narrative of 50 middle-aged men regarding real life subjects such as career, friendship, marriage, religion, sex and midlife challenges.  Burned-out, lonely, feeling lost as you navigate middle age?  If you’re a man, care about  or want to understand one this book could change your life.  Please join us for this important and enlightening discussion.  Books will be available for purchase, and can also be borrowed from our library.

Guest Editorial Argues Against Library Funding

After reading the Oct. 14 guest editorial in the Press & Sun Bulletin arguing that libraries are over-funded, would anyone like to send a comment on how you feel about GFJ to the Press?



Library Funding

The library funding proposition will be Proposition Number 4 on this year’s Town of Union ballot. Please remember to vote on November 4. If you’re not registered to vote you can still do so. Forms must be postmarked no later than October 10 and are available at:

Digital Archives Expanded

GFJ’s Digital Archives has been extended to include The Endicott Daily Bulletin newspaper through June 1940.  This extends our newspaper coverage from as early as 1855, in searchable format.  Access them via the link on our home page.

Public Internet Service Unavailable Oct. 14

Public Internet service at the GFJ Library will be down on Tuesday October 14 due to a scheduled upgrade.  The library’s Wi-Fi network will not be affected.

Never Forget

Courtesy of The Library Hotel


History of Endicott’s Libraries 2-Part Program (with cake!)

Join former Village of Endicott Historian Tim Main for a two-part presentation on the “History of Endicott’s Public Libraries.” Part 1: Tuesday, October. 14, 7-8:30 and Part 2: Tuesday October 28, 7-8:30 in the Scott Meeting Room. Endicott’s first public library opened March 15, 1915 with the support of its namesake George F. Johnson. With its 100th birthday fast approaching, it’s time for a walk down memory lane. Did you know that Endicott had one of the first bookmobiles in the northeast? Or that there was once a branch library on the north side? Celebrate the library’s centennial with this these two special programs, with refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the George F. Johnson Memorial Library. The Tim Main program is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the library Information Desk while supplies last.

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Rod Serling-Related Program at GFJ October 7

Special October Program: Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 PM in the library’s Scott Meeting Room: Noted author, underwater archaeologist and Endicott native Joseph Zarzynski will present a program titled “Assault on the Maritime Zone: Rod Serling’s Movie Screenplay of a Jack Finney Novel.” A 1969 graduate of Union-Endicott High School, Mr. Zarzynski is a maritime historian and underwater archaeologist, and was a student of Binghamton native Rod Serling. In 1966 Paramount Pictures released the movie “Assault on a Queen.” Rod Serling wrote the screenplay for the movie. The Hollywood film has been described as an “Ocean’s Eleven-style caper,” but with a maritime theme. The lecture will examine the high-seas drama from a serial publication, to novel, and then to a star-studded Hollywood movie. The lecture will put the screenplay and movie into a broader perspective, discuss Rod Serling’s occasional voyages into “The Maritime Zone,” and cover his writings and narration of oceanic-related productions. Free to all, capacity 90.

U-E grad Joseph Zarzynski

U-E grad Joseph Zarzynski

Petition Drive Successful

Thanks to all library supporters and especially to those who took time to sign or to carry GFJ’s funding petition. Thanks to you we surpassed our goal and the petitions have been submitted to the Town of Union for certification. This clears the way for the community to vote on the first increase in funding since 2008 for the Endicott & Johnson City public libraries. About 90% of our funding comes from the town-wide library assessment – neither library receives funding from either village, the town (other than the library assessment) or Broome County. A newsletter explaining the vote will be mailed to residences in late October, and two informational sessions will be held at each library. Please plan to vote on November 4th. In 2008 many voters ignored the library funding proposition. Please remember it this year and encourage others to do so as well.

If you are not yet registered to vote you can download this form and return it by October 10:

Going to be out of town on Election Day? The absentee ballot form can be downloaded at:

September Board Meeting Rescheduled

The September 2014 meeting of GFJ’s Board of Trustees has been rescheduled.  It will now be held Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 7 PM at the library.