Exploring Digital Art Through Minecraft

Three libraries, the Savona Free Library, the Dormann Library, and the Howard Public Library worked together on a project to get young people to explore digital art through the use of the popular game: Minecraft. The event was held on August 24, 2016 through August 26, 2016 at all three libraries. Each library had a two hour time slot each day of the program. Young people were able to sign up for the program and come for one day or all three days, to learn about art and creating art in the digital world.

Minecraft was picked as the platform to create the art in, because many young people are already familiar with this 3D virtual world. The lead artist, Wynn Yarrow, www.wynnyarrow.com, had the students explore different artists and art work from books available in the Southern Tier Library System. All three libraries are part of the 48 libraries in the Southern Tier Library System. The students had hands on activities to make real world models of the art they would produce in the virtual 3D world.  Once the students agreed on a model to create, they worked together, in the Minecraft virtual world to create the final art work.

This project was made possible, in part with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered regionally by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

A total of thirty five students, from all three libraries, participated during the three day workshop. Below are the results of the workshop at the Savona Free Library.




To see more pictures of the final project stop in at Savona Free Library, Dormann Library and Howard Public Library. Thank you for your support of your local libraries.

Goodbye Summer Reading, Hello New School Year

It is time to look back on the Summer Reading Program “On Your Mark, Get Set READ” and “Get in the game, READ.” “On Your Mark, Get Set READ” was aimed at children birth through 12, and “Get in the game, READ” was for our young adults 13 years old and up, and Adults of any age. This year’s theme was reading and having fun with games. We celebrated the program with a reading challenge for young and old of 20 total hours of reading during the six weeks of the program. Many children, young adults and adults rose to the challenge and complete the task. All won prizes for having read. For those who fully finished the challenge, earned two free books to keep. The participants who made it at least half way, ten hours, earned a free book. Many had the great reward of reading for pleasure.

The Summer Reading Program had many events for all ages. There were games for the younger crowd featuring hula hoops, pool noodles, and Frisbees. The young adults had video and board gaming nights. The adults had a murder mystery dinner put on by the Young Adult Advisory Committee. There were special family fun events with Minute to Win It games, and outdoor games including a few water games in the hot summer weather. The events and reading challenge gave challenges to all ages and great fun for all.


The Summer Reading Program could not be possible without the help and support of the community and area businesses. Many businesses made great donations to the program. Some of the business the Savona Free Library would like to thank are:

The Flying H Grocery & Deli,

King’s Market, 25 E Lamoka Ave, Savona, NY 14879,

Fossil Rock Acres, LLC, 7 Main St, Savona, NY 14879,

Pizza Hut of Bath, 357 W Morris St, Bath, NY 14810,

Tops Friendly Food Markets of Bath, 309 W Morris St, Bath, NY 14810,

Burger King of Bath, 361 W Morris St, Bath, NY 14810,

The Fun Park at Corning, 11233 E Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830-3654

Empire Attractions (Sterling Renaissance Festival, Sterling, NY)

Sea Breeze, Rochester, NY

Paleontological Research Center: Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center, 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

And private donors

And a special thank you to Tyrtle Beach Youth Fund for granting us funds to make the program possible.

The biggest thank you goes to the individuals who came and volunteered their time to make such a great program as the Summer Reading Program possible. Without our volunteers we could not encourage so many to continue reading for pleasure. Remember children, young adults, and adults who read have an easier time when going back to school and work. Thank you everyone for a great summer.

Welcome to the Savona Free Library!


Welcome to the Savona Free Library website. If you are coming to our website you are looking for information on the library. You can find our hours, events, what is new to our collection, access your account, order items to pick up at the library and many other things about the library. But when you think about a library what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you are like many other Americans it would be physical books. While we do have a collection of books there is so much more to libraries these days than just physical books. We have computers and public WI-FI hot spots available for public use. We also lend out audio books on CD, music CDs, movies and television shows on DVD. Coming soon, there will be Kindle Fire tablets to borrow. All of these items are available at the library, but right now you are in cyber space. Guess what, you can still borrow from the library. Just put your pointer on “E-Library” and click to find out. Remember the library is much more than just a place to find books. We offer many other items for borrowing and many different services to the public, through your Savona Free Library card or any library card in the Southern Tier Library System. Also you can access the library not only during the days the library is open, but even when the library is physically closed. Need a book to help you to fall asleep at 2:00 am? Down load a digital book and start reading. Need to get authoritative information for a research project due real soon, check out our databases for articles from many different sources. Look around, try something new, the Savona Free Library is available for your entertainment and informational needs.


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