Welcome to the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System!

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We serve library patrons and 30 public libraries and 3 reading centers in Northeastern New York. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for this website or other aspects of library service in the North Country! You can always email us at info2@cefls.org and we'll do our best to help.

Try our New Digital Magazines!

Prevention MagazineThe magazines you know and love, available digitally through your library! Click on the arrow above to enter your library barcode number and browse the magazines on your computer, tablet or Kindle Fire! For more information, see our Flipster page.

Respect for People With Disabilities

wheelchair symbolDid you Know? When writing about or interacting with a person with a disability, it's always best to use "person first language" since individuals should not be defined by their disability. For example, "we have a wheelchair patron" should be ""We have a patron who uses a wheelchair". And, people are not "wheelchair bound", rather the "use a wheelchair."

Since 1984 the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) has distributed more than 1 million copies of its groundbreaking style sheet, Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities. You can find a printable poster summarizing the information here.

Recent Updates


Summer Reading 2015

Whether they’re swinging around the city of Manhattan, saving kittens from burning buildings, or simply making sure the recyclables go in the right bin, heroes are everywhere! That’s why we’re pleased to announce this year’s Summer Reading Program’s theme:

Click here for the Summer Reading Program page.

So feel free to swing, fly, or just click to follow the links to see more information for kids and parents, for teens, and for library staff!

Local Resident Featured Winner in Poetry Unites Film Contest

Rouses Point resident Marita Boulos was chosen as one of four winners of the New York State Poetry Unites Contest recently!

After submitting an essay about her favorite poem, Marita was profiled in a 7 minute film which was screened in New York City at the Poets Forum in October.  You can watch this beautiful tribute to the poem “Sweetest Love, I Do Not Go”, by John Donne, here:

Marita's Winning Video Essay

Database of the Month - Gardening, Landscaping and Horticulture

Gardening Database LogoIf you've been waiting for the chance to get outside, but it's raining or (heaven forbid) snowing, do some reading and dreaming with the full-text gardening articles in this resource. Search for that plant or technique you've been wanting to try!

Trending now are such topics as beekeeping, herbs and flowers, mulch, roses and landscaping. To access the database, click on the icon above.

New Titles 

Check out our list of new titles at area libraries.  Also check out which of the latest best sellers we have:

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers

New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers

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Click on the logo above to sign up to receive email newsletters about new titles of interest!

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Events in Local Public Libraries

Check out our Events Calendar to find out all the free public events happening near you!

Get moving with our newest Libguide

We found some good resources to help you get moving for better health  and we invite you to take a look at our latest LibGuide:  http://cefls.libguides.com/move

There you'll find some ebooks, books, and links to information about things to do locally.

Here's to an active year!

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