Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Club to Meet

Peanut Butter and Jelly Book Club will meet Saturday, September 9th at 10 AM to discuss Jodi Picoult’s novel, the Storyteller. 

Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t, and they become companions.

Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret—one that nobody else in town would ever suspect—and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?

All are welcome to join the discussion.  Copies of the book are available in regular, large type and audio formats.     Anyone needing a copy is invited to contact Library Director Dawn Lamphere at (518) 568- 7822.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Golfing for Libraries

The foundation arm of  the Mohawk Valley Library System annually sponsors two fundraising golf tournaments.  The first was held earlier this summer at the Mohawk Country Club in Schenectady and the seconded is scheduled for Monday, July 31 at the Canajoharie Country Club.  A raffle is included in the event.  Our contribution to the raffle table is this golf wreath which I commissioned from a patron.  She did a nice job! 
The Foundation for Mohawk Valley Libraries provides funding to assist every public library in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and Schoharie counties; fourteen institutions offering library service at twenty two locations in the greater Mohawk Valley. 
Last year the Foundation granted us funds to replace the computer chairs at our three, public computers as well as a new computer table. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Martian

The Martian,  Andy  Weir’s bestselling novel of 2011, is the selection for discussion on Saturday, August 12 at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville.    The discussion will begin at 10 AM.
 In Weir’s novel, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.  After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Watney won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.   

Not ready to give up, Watney  draws on his ingenuity,  engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit as he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next working to overcome the impossible odds against him and survive.

The book was optioned for film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, and released in the fall of 2015.  Both the novel and film were critically acclaimed. 

Judith Prest will facilitate the discussion.   Ms. Prest is a poet, photographer, mixed media artist and creativity coach. Her work has been published in several journals including Mad Poet’s Review, Chronogram, and the Akros Review.  The program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and is sponsored by the Reaney Library in cooperation with the Mohawk Valley Library System.

Anyone desiring further information or wishing to reserve a copy of the book is invited to contact Library Director Dawn Lamphere at 518-568-7822. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Only the Good

I ran into a gentleman earlier this week while at NBT. Out of the blue he asked if we could use some copy paper. Of course we can, always:) We have 3 public computers, 3 staff computers, a public fax machine and photocopier. Paper is a MUST. Anyway, he showed up yesterday with 3 reams of paper. Just like that; a gift. We very much appreciate his kindness and generosity; attributes he exhibits daily.

We have many such good people within our orbit. Today I am writing a "thank you" to a former resident and her husband for a recent donation. I remember her as a child and am so glad the library has remained fondly in her heart. 

Then, there is the case of he-who-shall-remain-nameless who continues to gift us regularly with new audio books. The audios are popular among our patrons. Heading off on a vacation or spending a day at the beach? An audio book might be just what you are looking for.

One last surprise? I had recommended the novel Tiger's Woman by Celeste De Blasis to a patron. It is probably one of THE best romantic/historic pieces of fiction I have ever read. Published in 1981, the book has been around MRML almost as long as I have and over the course of its life has been glued and taped and circulated to many. My patron came by last week and handed me a package. Inside? Another copy of Tiger's Woman! She had found a used copy on Amazon and gave it to us so we could retire our original copy. It was like Christmas morning and getting the best gift ever.

When we watch the news and see all the "bad" in the world it is easy to despair. I assure you, there are many, many good people out there; some right in our own back yards.

Now, to make you laugh. One of the most popular books we have sent out on Interlibrary loan over the years? A novel titled "By Reason of Insanity". Where did it go so frequently? A correctional facility. I kid you not.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Book Club Notes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Book Club titles have been selected for August-December.  New readers are always welcome.  Titles are available in regular and large print or as an audio book. 

If you would like to participate please contact the library at 518-568-7822.  Readers gather on the Saturdays noted at 10 AM.


August 12       -         the Martian by Andy Weir*

September 9  -        the Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

October 14    -         the Round House by Louise Erdrich*

November 4 -       Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant *

December 9   -         Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance


*These discussions are funded by NYSCA and will feature guest facilitators.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Book Club; because books and talking about them go together like that old sandwich favorite!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

5th grade Class Visit

Our last class visitors for the year were the 5th grade students of Mrs. Etherton, Mrs. Brundage and Mrs. Oppenheimer.
About 60 strong, they created rather a stir for Trustees Sharon Fuller and Mat Rapacz. I took the AC off “energy saver” to accommodate the rising temperature of their excitement!
I got to say hello to many pals, some of who I have known since they were tiny tots.

It was also nice to see Mrs. Oppenheimer who I’ve not had a chance to say hello to since she brought her children to the library when they were young. Wow, time does fly!

My trustees reported that the kids asked lots of great questions and seemed very knowledgeable about some of the museum artifacts. A couple of young men impressed Mrs. Fuller when looking at the World War I & II displays. Mat Rapacz commented how many in his group were interested in the paintings and sculpture.

Towards the end of the visit, I chatted with some kids in the Reaney Memorial Room. One young man asked me if a large doll, under a glass dome, was haunted! Apparently he thought it was moving! I assured him, with all the children walking by it, the case was moving and NOT the doll.

The absolute best line of the day? I pointed out that one of the French baby dolls had a wax head. One young lady, who was apparently reading the doll’s description, asked me what “kidskin" was. I explained that it was goat leather. She looked so relieved I just had to ask, “Did you think they had skinned an actual KID?” It would seem so! Oh my goodness, the handful of kids I had been visiting with, including the young lady, and I all had a good laugh.

Click on the link for a taste of our museum collections. One of the photos is of the doll mentioned above. Enjoy!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Oh, Were They Ever Happy!

What a grand and glorious day it was this morning at the library!  Today was our last gathering of family story time and we finished the season with some painting. 

We began with several finger plays and then shared the Peter Spier story Oh, Were They Ever Happy! 

The story tells the very colorful tale of the fun that ensues when the three Noonan children are left alone one Saturday morning (the babysitter failed to show) while their parents ran errands.  Deciding to “help” and surprise their parents, the kids broke out ladders, brushes and GALLONS of assorted colored paints and painted the house from chimney to basement.

The results, as you might imagine, were a real surprise for their parents. 

After the story, we adjourned to a table where each child created their own colorful a masterpiece.  Once completed, it was time for “hands up” as they marched one by one to the bathroom to scrub off several layers of paint. 

Just like the Noonan kids, you could say the same thing about the library children this morning; oh, were they ever happy! 
Mario (2) and his Grandma Emily
Mario wasn't sure about sponge painting, but he
had a fantastic time watching everyone.

Sophia (4) and her brother Lucas (3) had fun
creating with their Grandma Mary Ann 

Sophia checks out the flower picture Elizabeth (7)
was concentrating on.

Ava (2)  had a blast painting her canvas and herself!
By the time we were done, she had paint on her face, arm and hands. 

Sawyer (3) and her Grandma Johanna.
Sawyer is good pals with her buddy, Mario.
Ava  is busy under her mom Melissa's watchful eye.

Hands up!  It was time to get washed up.

Elizabeth's finished painting.

Every week, we end our time together by winding up
Dumbo and seeing how many somersaults he can do.
Dumbo did great today completing an all time high of 6!
The children love this simple windup toy.