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Maxwell Memorial Library

National Chocolate Chip Day Taste Test: The Vote

Participants in Maxwell’s chocolate chip blind taste test can now pick up their chips and then use our online form to submit their preference rankings.

We’ll compile the results and announce Maxwell Library’s favorite chocolate chip!


Maxwell Open for Walk-In Visits

Maxwell is open again for appointment-free browsing! The decision was made based on the decrease in COVID-19 cases in the area and on the increase in number of vaccinated individuals, including library staff.

Visitors to the library must continue to adhere to accepted COVID-19 safety protocols, including proper wearing of facial coverings, social distancing, and hand sanitizing. Library staff will keep track of the number of people, including staff, in the building since our capacity will be limited for the foreseeable future. When capacity is reached, arriving patrons will be asked to wait until someone leaves before they come inside.

Curbside pickup will remain an option for those who either do not want to browse or who like the convenience of getting their library items quickly.

Library programming will remain virtual for a while longer until the Community Room can be reset for small groups and until the weather allows for some outdoor programs. The library’s study rooms may be reserved for one to three people, depending on the room.

The public computers in the adult room are available for walk-in use but also at a limited number to allow for social distancing.

For now, Maxwell’s hours remain Monday through Thursday, 10 AM to 7 PM; Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM; and Saturday, 10 AM to 3 PM.


What Maxwell Offers

Maxwell Memorial Library serves the Town of Camillus on the western side of Onondaga County. Founded in 1918, Maxwell is housed on the corner of Genesee and Leroy streets in the village of Camillus. Our building was built circa-1868 and was formerly a church . We offer a wide variety of contemporary materials, programs and services, including:

  • An in-depth collection of best-selling books in print, audio and digital formats
  • Popular DVDs and streaming movies
  • Children’s materials, computers, story times, and creative activities
  • Free public computer and wi-fi access
  • Print periodicals
  • Extensive research materials online and in print
  • Informative, educational and entertaining programs for adults, teens and children

The library offers opportunities to become involved with book clubs, preschool and toddler story times, volunteer service, and an active Friends group that supports the library through regular fundraising events. Maxwell also has an excellent summer reading program for babies through teens, with the ever-popular Wild Wednesday family nights. Nearly all activities, programs, and services are free (some programs have a fee to cover supplies).

Maxwell Library’s “digital branch” offers patrons downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music. On site, you can use computers and tablets, check out ereaders and Chromebooks to take home, and make appointments with tech-savvy staff to help you use your electronic devices.


Mischievous Memories

Mischievous Memories is the transcript of a series of 14 hour-long interviews Lee Goetcheus conducted with Tino Martin between September 2012 and May 2014. It’s both an oral history of the West Hill area of Camillus and a memoir by a talented storyteller.

The book can be borrowed from Maxwell’s Local History collection, but we also have a number of copies for sale at $10 each.

Image from: Sweet, Homer D.L. Sweet’s new atlas of Onondaga Co., New York. New York: Walker Bros. & Co., 1874.
License: Public Domain