The library will be closed Friday, February 7 due to winter weather. Stay warm and safe!
Tuesday, February 11 at 6PM in the Melvin Room
In many communities, a trip to the post office is not necessarily a highlight of the day—but for 27 years, the Ithaca Post Office was one of the most cheerful destinations in town, thanks in large part to Rob Sullivan. Behind the counter at the Tioga Street office, Rob was so beloved by the public for his gentle humor, wry observations, and helpful demeanor that people in line would let others go ahead of them in order to be next up at Rob’s window.
Since his retirement in 2013, Rob has been capturing those years at the post office in a wide-ranging collection of poems. In the just-published collection, Post Scripts: Behind the Counter at the Ithaca Post Office, Rob chronicles his journey from entrance exam to last day.
The carefully crafted poems in this collection range from deeply personal to philosophical. With whimsical word play and spot-on insights, the pieces explore what it means to play a small part in the life of a community. Throughout the memoir, there’s a call to live life in an authentic, awakened way.
The winter holidays will soon be upon us! Please see below for a list of closings and adjustments to our normal hours:
Closed Tuesday 12/24/19-Thursday 12/26/19
Closing early at 5pm on Tuesday 12/31/19
Closed Wednesday 1/1/2020
Wishing you warm and happy holidays from UPL!
Local Authors Night
Thursday, December 12 at 6:30PM
in the Melvin Room
The dynamic duo of Cly Boehs and Gordon Bonnet returns to UPL for Local Authors Night! Hear about their newest releases and get a chance to ask all the burning questions you might have about their writing process.
Cly Boehs’ The Most Intangible Thing: In these nine compelling stories, Cly Boehs captures people caught in the crosshairs of a dilemma–a twist of fate, an opportunity missed, a chance meeting with a stranger, a lover’s betrayal–a turn of events that leaves no choice for emotional retreat. They must decide for or against a change in their lives. Their world of past perceptions, of predictability, security and permanence can no longer save them. They are imperfect, ordinary, and completely human, but they must rise to the challenge or be lost forever to themselves and others.
Gordon Bonnet’s The Shambles: Tucker Ferguson thought his life was moving along in a predictable fashion–working as an athletic trainer by day, clubbing and partying at night. Then he receives a mysterious plea for help on his cell phone, and he soon finds himself trapped in an alternate dimension he can’t escape.
Other odd things are happening elswhere in Colville, New York, though. Wry, plain-spoken Police Officer Dean Williamson and his earnest, dedicated partner Khalil Mansour have been chasing a petty thief who has the ability to appear out of nowhere and disappear again at will. When they make the connection between Tucker’s disappearance and the thief’s antics, the situation takes a turn in a markedly sinister direction.
The three men are drawn into the connections between our world and the Shambles–that mysterious, shadowy place where all the lost things go. Lost socks, lost car keys–and lost people. And when a young megalomaniac decides that she wants the Shambles to be her kingdom, regardless of whose life it costs, Tucker is jerked out of his complacency into a world where there are no rules–and Mansour and Williamson may be the only ones who can save his life.
The library will be closed Monday, December 2 due to wintery conditions.