Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Digital Magazines are Available!


Complete digital copies of your favorite magazines are now available to download for free! The service is provided by Zinio through our membership with the Mohawk Valley Library System.

Using your MRML library card, or a card from any MVLS library, and your smartphone, tablet or personal computer, you can gain access to more than 70 publications, including ESPN, HGTV Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and many more.

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and, unlike print format magazines, digital magazines don’t need to be returned to the library and are never overdue!!

Click the ZINIO link on the right.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Get your pens and pencils ready!

Color Me Calm, our adult coloring group, will return to Bridge Street Bakery and Café in February.  The group will meet Tuesday, February 23 and again March 22, April 26 and May 24.
All are welcome to gather from 6 – 8 PM.  There is no fee to participate.  However, we encourage everyone who comes to bring some money for a goodie and support this local business which has been so gracious in making their space available to us.  It is this very kind of generosity which makes small town life something to be treasured. 


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Save the Date

Mary Ann (Miosek) Murphy wanted me to give the STJ Class of 1971 a heads up. The annual alumni banquet is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2016 in Little Falls  at the Travelodge and the class of 1971 will be celebrating 45 years! 

Additionally, in recent years MRML has hosted a pre-banquet gathering for the 50th year class the Friday evening before.  If the class of 1966 is interested in pursuing this for 2016,  please contact me. 

 Planning class reunions is a great way to get through the winterJ

Monday, December 28, 2015


GED will not meet tonight due to the school break.  Classes will resume on Monday, January 4 at 6:30 PM. 
Start the New Year on a positive note and stop on Monday evenings to meet with our GED tutor, Jessica, to see how you can be a part of the program.  Classes are free!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Remembering Gilbert Hough

A perfect photo as Christmas approaches.  Many of you will remember Gilbert Hough.  His aunt, Katie Hough, was the long tenured librarian here at MRML and at one time Gilbert served as her assistant.  In later years, Gilbert returned to the library under the Green Thumb program. 

He was a lovely gentleman with a sly, quiet humor.  Gilbert was a Mason and I was not above trying to get the rumored Masonic “secrets” out of him.  I never learned a thing!

One Christmas he painstakingly cut out Christmas stockings from wax paper, securely taped them, and filled them with nuts and oranges for Marta, Caroline Eckler, and myself.  They had to have weighed a couple of pounds! 

Either Marta or I would drive him home at night.  ALWAYS, when we got to the intersection of Kingsbury Avenue and Main Street, he would announce “All clear” and we would drive on.  Even to this day, I sometimes find myself, when a passenger, proclaiming “all clear”. 

Following is Gilbert’s obituary excerpted from the February 20, 1991 Courier-Standard-Enterprise.  I hope many of you have kind memories of this gentle soul.

Mr. Hough was born December 18, 1908, in St. Johnsville, the son of John E. and Evelyn L. Perkins Hough.  He attended grammar school in St. Johnsville, and in 1919, the family moved to New York City, where he graduated De-Witt-Clinton High School in 1927.  He studied commercial art in New York and was employed at the Paramount Theater in Times Square.

In 1932, he returned to St. Johnsville and began his own poultry business.  He also served as assistant librarian to his aunt, the late Katie Hough.

Mr. Hough was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army in the European Theater.  He was discharged in 1945 and returned to St. Johnsville to resume his poultry business.

During the winter of 1938 to 1941 and 1945 to 1946, he built and conducted an ice skating rink in St. Johnsville. 

For years, Gilbert also served as the treasurer of the Grace Congregational United Church of Christ. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

A 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

On behalf of the 1000 Books Foundation, the Mohawk Valley Library System and MRML, we invite you to participate in this free program which encourages parents to read 1000 books with their child before they start kindergarten. 

The concept is simple and the rewards?  PRICELESS!  Read a book (any book) with your infant, toddler, or preschooler.  Log each book you read with the goal to reach 1000 books before your child enters kindergarten.

 To help you reach this goal, MRML, as well as the other public libraries in the Mohawk Valley Library System, have 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Bags ready for you to check out, take home, read and enjoy with your child.

Each bag contains ten preselected books on a wide range of topics and interests appropriate for most 3 to 5 year olds.  If your child does not like one book, put it back and choose another!  Each library, including Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, currently has five bags, which will rotate every two months.  Coming soon?  The Baby Bag, which will have board books appropriate for babies and toddlers birth through 2. 

The bags are just a useful tool.  Feel free to count ALL the books you read with your child-library, home, doctor’s office ect-and if you read a book more than once, record it each time.  Little kids love to read and re-read certain stories. 

Keep track of the books you’ve read in a notebook, on a log sheet or by using the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App.  You may download the app or print log sheets at

For each 100 books you and your child share, show us your app or log sheet and receive a sticker.

By reading just three stories a day, you and your child will have read over 1000 books in one year!   Think of the special moments and memories you’ll make along the way.  Enjoy the experience……read!  

Friday, October 30, 2015

Color Me Calm

Color Me Calm With Conversation, our adult coloring group, has been wonderfully received.  In fact, a colleague at a library in the North Country called me and wanted to know if it would be OK if they were to try it.  Of course, the idea is by no means original to MRML!

Lesha Dolan, owner/baker at the Bridge Street Bakery and Café, has been so welcoming to the group and I know several who attend enjoy coffee or tea and a delicious yummy along with the coloring and conversation. 

Originally, we were scheduled to meet three times as a kind of “testing of the waters”.  Well, the waters have been tested and I am pleased to report that we will come together one more time on Tuesday, November 10.  After that, with the busyness of Thanksgiving and Christmas looming, we’ll take a break until January. 

Why coloring you ask?  My reply is, why not?  Obviously, none of our work is ever going to find its way to the Louvre; we are, after all, simply staying in the lines.

However, during the hour and a half we are together there are parents who get a tiny break from their children, while others with pressing personal burdens can gather their thoughts and simply breathe, and those who may live alone enjoy the companionship of a group.  When you add in the fact that coloring is so darn colorful and can bring lightness and brightness to your life, not to mention it is just plain fun, what is not to like?

At the end of the day, beyond the pencils and pens, markers and crayons what we are creating is community and that, in my opinion, is as priceless as any Monet or Picasso. 

Check your calendars.  Maybe you can join us on Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 PM, at Bridge Street Bakery and Café.
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