Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Friday, January 5, 2018

A new year + a new beginning = a new YOU!

Jessica Murphy-Armstrong, Adult Education Teacher, Herkimer BOCES, tutors students at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville in preparation for the GED. Jessica is on site Monday evenings 6:30-8:30 PM.  For additional information call 31-868-3373, or stop by the library.

Adult education classes are free and open to the public. Stop making excuses and get started today! 


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Memories

A shout out to Carmen Licari for this wonderful discovery!  From the Little Falls Evening Times, November 26, 1954 comes this lovely photo of Peter and Sharon Babuska sharing a book in the Reaney Room with Paul Stone, a member of the St. Johnsville High School Library Club.

Apparently, they were all attending a holiday book fair at the Reaney Library.  Look at that tinsel-drapped tree!  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Making Connections

One of the absolute “truths” I cling to is that everyone crosses your radar for a reason and sometimes that “reason” is because you can lend a hand in some way.  Another “truth” is that one of the most important roles a public library can fill is in making connections.  Case in point.

Sometime ago a patron was sharing an employment dilemma.  At that time I happened to know of a vacancy in an area business.  Telling my patron to hang on, I made a call and low and behold, after an appropriate interview, a part-time job was secured.  Recently I learned that the part-time job was becoming full-time with benefits.  I think I was nearly as thrilled as my patron.   My day was complete!

You have heard me say it many times; while emergency services are in the business of saving lives, libraries are the position to change lives. 


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Man, the Myth, the Legend

Boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen; children of all ages and those who are young at heart; can you imagine my SHOCK when I received a text Sunday morning from THE MAN himself????
Yes indeedy, a great and beloved pal to us all who resides in the cold north is coming to share in Sunday’s community tree lighting!
My windows rattled and the cats ran to hide when I shouted out my delight.
See you Sunday, December 3!

Tis the Season!

Calling all chili eaters! Morris J Edwards American Legion Post # 168, St. Johnsville, is sponsoring a chili supper on Sunday, December 3. Serving will begin at 3PM and is $3/person. That’s a whole lot of “3”s making things super easy to remember.
At 5 o’clock the community Christmas tree will be lit in the adjacent lot and feature a carol sing and refreshments. There will be gifts for the children.
In addition, 2 fresh and beautifully decorated wreaths from Quackenbush Trees and Wreaths will be raffled.
Come join your family, friends and neighbors as we prepare to welcome Christmas. All are welcome.
The event is a cooperative effort of the St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post #168 and the Village of St. Johnsville.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Gobble Gobble

Family story time will be held Friday, November 10 at the library per usual.  Any pals age 5 and under who would normally be in school are welcome to attend.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  We are going to make yellow, orange and brown countdown chains to Thanksgiving.  Yes, there will be glitter involved! 
The fun begins at 10AM.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Story Time

Tiny pals came to call this morning and we welcomed a couple of newcomers.  A rousing rendition of the “Washing” song was followed by “Two Little Black Birds”, “I’m a Little Tea Kettle”, “Row Your Boat”, “5 Little Monkeys”, and “Ring Around a Rosie”.

We then read a book by Jim Arnosky about fall and hibernating bears. When talking about bears, of course we growled and showed our claws!  It was all very exciting.

Because my craft skills are limited I keep things simple for this very young group.  Today, with glue sticks in hand, they attached colorful, fall “leaves” to a pre-drawn tree.  I must say, for little kids, they did a great job with the glue sticks; placing smudges of glue ever so carefully and selecting and pressing down “leaves”.