Organizers cancel Thursday dinner

GILBERTSVILLE — The chili and sweet corn dinner scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5, at Gilbertsville Baptist Church has been canceled. 

Celebration planned for literacy, history

NORWICH — “The Art of Reading,” a free open house celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Chenango County Historical Society at 45 Rexford St. in Norwich.

According to a media release, the event has been designed to encourage literacy and local history. Referred to as the PBX, a Paperback Book Exchange will allow visitors to exchange fictional paperback books for store credit toward future book purchases.

The early part of the afternoon will feature a giveaway of discarded titles by the Library of Congress through the “Brindisi Bookworms” initiative. U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, will also assist with the distribution of books at the PBX.

Face painting, guided tours and light snacks will also be available.

“The Place,” also known as the Christian Neighborhood Center, will coordinate a “School Supplies Swap” for children.

Author Richard Palmer will sign copies of his recently published “Packet Boats Along the Chenango Canal” in the CCHS Lillie Boat Exhibit Building.

Fidelis Care, Guernsey Memorial Library in Norwich and Sherburne Public Library will also host community and literacy-based activity centers.

At 6 p.m., the Chenango Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association will host an interactive and family-friendly “Dinosaurs and Fossil Identification” program. Retired professor of geological science Bruce Oldfield will talk about dinosaurs and display dinosaur fossils. Visitors are encouraged to bring fossils and rocks for identification.

Call 607-334-9227 or visit for more information.

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