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Maxwell Memorial Library

Strategic Plan

The Board of Trustees would like to get input from as many patrons as possible in order to develop its strategic plan. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the questionnaire.


Library Gerbils

Maxwell has added 2 new members to our Maxwell family! The library has 2 pet gerbils — both are girls, one is black, and one is white! We want all of you to help us name them! Submit name suggestions on our Facebook page or by email (maxmemlib@yahoo.com), and then next week we will have a vote!

Next time you’re at the library, make sure to stop and visit them!


Tech Programs

Since Maxwell can’t have in person programs till at least January, Pete — our tech librarian — has started posting some tech programs as blog posts. They are available on the Tech programs page of Maxwell’s website.

He’ll post a new program every other Thursday. The first 2 posts were on using ebooks through Overdrive/Libby and hoopla. Upcoming posts will continue this theme of accessing Maxwell’s programs and services electronically (now that in person access is less extensive than it had been).

Look for the next post (about using Zoom) on Thursday, September 24.

Illustration credit:
CellPhoneBlue001 by Simon Kirby
License: CC BY-SA 2.0


Grab-‘n’-Go Printing

During the Covid pandemic, some Maxwell patrons who don’t own a printer may be reluctant to use our public computers when they need to print documents. In order to keep our printer accessible to the largest number of our patrons, we are offering a printing pick-up service.

Details are available in a post on our blog.

Image from The Illustrated History of England by Henry Dulcken, 1888.
License: Public Domain


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