Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Day

Library trustees Rebecca Sokol and Sharon Fuller, along with groundskeeper Patrick Smith, have taken some time to clean up around the Reaney family stone, do some planting and fill an urn in anticipation of Memorial Day. 
Trustee Sokol suggested it would be nice to recognize and honor Mr. and Mrs. Reaney in light of their many contributions to the community.  

Saturday, May 21, 2016


I had a wonderful time as a Community Reader for the OESJ Elementary School PARP program this past Thursday. I got to see many familiar faces, a couple of neighbors, and make some new pals.
 The children were well behaved and enthusiastic. They were a credit to their teachers; Mrs. Mang, Mrs. Heroth, Mrs. Case and Mrs. VanValkenburgh, and their parents.
In keeping with the program's medieval theme, the vestibule, halls and classrooms were colorfully decorated with castles, knights, dragons and princesses.
It would also be remiss if I did not comment on how attractive the front entrance is landscaped. I have pink, plastic flamingos on my lawn, so when I see something so nicely done I tend to notice!
PS....if anyone came home singing "zoli, zoli, zoli......." Blame it on me.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Flapjacks and Fairytales 2016

Margaret Reaney Memorial Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce their annual fundraiser, Flapjacks and Fairytales, has been scheduled for Sunday, September 18, at the HC Smith Benefit Club. 

The event will include a basket raffle and plentiful pancake breakfast. 

A planning meeting for those interested in helping in the kitchen and dining room has been scheduled for Monday, May 23, 6:30 PM at the library.  If anyone would like to help but is unable to make the meeting, please call the library at 518 568 7822. 

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.