Upcoming Events

Arachnophilia – October 24, 2019 – early January.  Massive photo exhibit showing a passion for spiders.  Mann Library Gallery, 2nd Floor, Cornell University campus.

Southworth Library presents THE SECRET WISDOM OF NATURE: FINDING OUR PLACE, a free adult and young adult reading and discussion series beginning Thursday, September 19 at 7 pm at the library, 24 West Main Street in Dryden, NY. Participants will come together over the course of four monthly sessions with local experts to discuss various aspects of the world in which we live and the various bugs, birds and mammals with whom we share it, ranging from wolves, birds, bugs and more.

The program is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is recommended.  Participants may attend one or all of the sessions, scheduled for the following Thursday evenings. All programs are at 7 pm.

  • September 19: Dr. Kelly Wessell, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Tompkins Cortland Community College will kick off the series  with a discussion based on The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things -― Stories from Science and Observation by noted naturalist Peter Wohlleben.
  • October 17:  the program looks to the world of mammals with special guest, Will Pryor from the Wolf Mountain Nature Center in Smyrna NY, for a discussion of wolves and man.  Pryor started the center 13 years ago with a mission to foster appreciation and understanding of the intrinsic value of wolves, coyotes and their cousins and their relationship with natural systems and man.  His goal is to unique and interesting environmental educational programs and deliver them to a diverse audience. Our guiding text is Wolves at Our Door: The Extraordinary Story of the Couple Who Lived with Wolves by Jim and Jamie Dutcher.
  • November 21 welcomes Dr. Linda Rayor, Senior Researcher and Lecturer at Cornell Dept of Entomology, coordinator of Insectapalooza, and  Education Outreach specialist.  Her primary efforts include the study of arachnid social behavior and biodiversity as well as training students, teachers and volunteers on STEM outreach.  Dr Rayor will provide a bridef presentation on arachnids and facilitate discussion of Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart.
  • On December 12, we complete the series with The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman facilitated by Peter Harrity, Senior Naturalist/Associate Director of the Lime Hollow Nature Center and master falconer with a look at bird intelligence and behavior.
  • All programs are at the Southworth Library, 24 West Main St., Dryden, NY at 7 pm.  Books will be available for each session. For more information, or to register for the series, please contact Diane Pamel, Library Director at director@southworthlibrary.org or call 607-844-4782.