Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In the Merry Month of May

We had such lovely turn outs for last night’s Color Me Calm gathering and today’s In Search of Faith book discussion.  Please, check your calendars and plan to join us for these upcoming May events!

Nifty Needles will meet Friday, May 6 & 20.  Needle workers of any kind are welcome to gather around the table from 10 AM – noon.

Peanut Butter and Jelly book club will meet Saturday, May 14 at 10 AM to discuss the Anita Shreve novel, Light on Snow.

On Saturday, May 21 at 10 AM the Reaney Writers will meet at the American Legion Rooms, 38 W. Main Street.  The group is facilitated by local writer Ali MacDonald.

Color Me Calm with Conversation, an adult coloring group, will meet at Bridge Street Bakery and Café on Tuesday, May 24 at 6 PM.

On Wednesday, May 25 the In Search of Faith book club will meet at 10 AM to discuss Phil Robertson’s autobiography Happy, Happy, Happy; My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander.

Anyone desiring further information is invited to contact Dawn Lamphere at 518-568-7822.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April is National Poetry Month

April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month.  It has been my experience that poetry sometimes gets a bad reputation.  What does it mean? How do you read it?  Even after I’ve read it, I don’t always understand the deep, profound meaning. 

My response to all of that is that perhaps you need to start simple and work up to those poems with “deep and profound meaning”.  

To that end, let me introduce you to the absolutely hysterical, laugh out loud funny, children’s poet Jack Prelutsky. Prelutsky was named the first Children’s Poetry Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2006.  Inventive and fun, his writing is wildly popular. 

I share with you his delightful poem, The Turkey Shot out of the Oven.

Read, enjoy and set your poetry fears aside. 


The Turkey Shot Out Of The Oven   

The turkey shot out of the oven

and rocketed into the air,

it knocked every plate off the table

and partly demolished a chair.  

It ricocheted into a corner

and burst with a deafening boom,

then splattered all over the kitchen,

completely obscuring the room.   

It stuck to the walls and the windows,

it totally coated the floor,

there was turkey attached to the ceiling,

where there'd never been turkey before. 

It blanketed every appliance,

it smeared every saucer and bowl,

there wasn't a way I could stop it,

that turkey was out of control. 

I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure,

and thought with chagrin as I mopped,

that I'd never again stuff a turkey

with popcorn that hadn't been popped. 


Jack Prelutsky

Friday, February 19, 2016

New York State of Health

 A NYS of Health navigator is available to meet with people in need of health insurance.

Coverage includes Child Health Plus, Medicaid, Qualified Health Plans or the new Essential Plan.

For further information, and to schedule an appointment, contact Cindy at 518-775-4092.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Flapjacks and Fairytales

          Margaret Reaney Memorial Library Board of Trustees, St. Johnsville,  would like to let everyone know that their annual Spring fundraiser, Flapjacks and Fairytales, has been postponed.  Unfortunately, after ten years, we find ourselves in a transition period and are exploring options for a fall event.

            We are thankful to former Trustee Lois Thomas for bringing FJ&FT to the table and seeing it through its early years.

            We remain grateful to Bob Fisher and the members of his kitchen crew who were instrumental in making the breakfast so delicious for a decade.

            We are also thankful to the many people who donated baskets and the hundreds who attended each year. 

            The last ten years have been incredible successes and we are overwhelmed and profoundly grateful for this show of support.

            We invite you to look for further announcements in newspapers, on social media and on the library blog as our fall plans become solidified.


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