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Never Forget

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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.

Thanks to all participants in the Adult Summer Reading Club!

This was the first year of our Adult Summer Reading Club. We had 40 participants and you read over 500 books!!! Congratulations to our contest winners: Tracy &  Sarah! Hope you enjoyed the club, next year we will try and add some programming!!! See you next summer!

Our Library Needs Your Help!

HELP! GFJ needs your help. We’ve been busy since June collecting signatures needed to place a library funding proposition on the ballot in the Town of Union this November to increase funding for the Endicott & Johnson City libraries. We need about 1,000 more signatures by the end of August. About 90% of the funding for these two libraries comes from a special assessment in the Town of Union. They receive no direct funding from either Village, the Town of Union, or Broome County and have not had a funding increase since the last vote in 2008.

Let’s celebrate GFJ’s 100th anniversary with a successful funding drive and avoid reduced hours or cuts in our book, programming, and computer budgets. If you are a registered voter in the Town of Union you can sign the petition. (If you’re not registered we have copies of the voter registration form!) You can even get a copy of the petition at the library and ask your family and friends to sign or ask them to drop by the library to do so. The survey is also available to print by clicking here. (Adobe Reader is required.) Please make sure you have a registered Town of Union voter witness your signature.

The clock is ticking on quality library service in this community. If you value it please do your part.

Library Job Opening

Library Job Opening:  Library Page.  Primary responsibilities are re-shelving books, DVD’s etc., opening and closing the library, running errands, other duties as assigned.  15-19 hours per week, $8.00 per hour increasing to $9.00 on December 31, 2014.  Flexible schedule with some evening and Saturday hours.  Temporary through May 2015 with possibility for conversion to permanent. Apply by August 8 5 P.M. by submitting application/resume to Library Director Ed Dunscombe, GF Johnson Library, 1001 Park St., Endicott NY 13760. Fax 607-757-2491, e-mail  Applications available for download at:


Summer PopUp Library!


StarWalk Kids Media has announced that it will make all 500 eBooks in its collection available free of charge for anyone with Internet access—children, families and educators—during the entire month of July. NO Passwords • NO logins. Kids can just start reading by visiting between July 1 and July 31.

Quilt Raffle is On!

This year’s raffle quilt is on display: “French Romance” by quilt artists Carol Bunnell and Sandy Minehan. Tickets are a dollar apiece or six for five dollars and proceeds go to support children’s programs here at GFJ. The drawing will be held September 11. Other quilts, some for sale, will be on display soon.