Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Friday, July 17, 2020

Re-Opening July 24

Margaret Reaney Memorial Library will reopen Friday, July 24 @ 
930A for in library service.

In keeping with established recommendations and mandates for patron and staff safety and health please note the following:

Face coverings for patrons age two and older are required; no mask, no entry
To accommodate those who cannot wear a mask, curbside service will continue to be provided along with home delivery.
Curbside service is also an option for those patrons who are not comfortable in public spaces due to the pandemic.

Hand sanitizing stations will be set up and patrons are required to sanitize before browsing the collections or using the computer.

           Social distancing will be practiced. The floors have been marked as a reminder.

           Capacity and browsing time will be metered.

           Restrooms will not be available.

           Food or drink are not allowed.

Due to space considerations, one public computer will be available and limited to 30 minutes.  Patrons are encouraged to reserve time and need to supply their own earbuds or headphones.  
Patron supplied laptops cannot be accommodated inside at this time.

          All library materials must continue to be returned to the 
          outside book drop.

The in-house museum is available by appointment only. 

Genealogy and local history research collections remain closed.

Tables and chairs will not be provided with the exception of a single computer chair.

Inside service will be available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 930A-430P through Labor Day.  Provided the region continues to meet established health metrics, Saturday and evening hours will be added back beginning in September.

These parameters may be revised at any time

Anyone with questions should call Library Director Dawn Lamphere, at 518-568-7822. 


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Ice Cream Time

I just pulled some books for tomorrow's curbside pickup. 
These pals like horses, insects and trucks so it was a fun, easy pick. 

Because they come from a "cooking" house, I also included a couple of children's cookbooks. One of the cookbooks has a make your own ice cream recipe. What could be better then a good book and some delicious homemade ice cream on a hot summer's day?

Got books? Yes, we do; along with DVDs, audio books and magazines. Give us a buzz at 518-568-7822 to arrange for your curbside pickup.

Below is the recipe from the ice cream book.


How Is It Made?  Ice Cream
by RJ Bailey

Ice cream in a bag recipe:

½ C whole milk or half and half
½ t vanilla
1T sugar
4 C crushed ice
4 T salt

2 quart-size sealable plastic bags
1 gallon-size sealable freezer bag

1.     Mix the milk, vanilla and sugar in one of the quart-size bags.  Squeeze out any extra air and close tightly.
2.     Place bag #1 inside the second quart-size bag.   Again, squeeze out the air and close tightly.
3.     Put these doubled bags in the gallon bag.  Fill with the crushed ice and sprinkle the salt on the ice.  Remove air and close tightly.
4.     Shake for 5-10 minutes making sure the ice continues to surround the cream mix.

This ice cream will be soft.  Top with your favorite yums and enjoy!  

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Reading Vegetables

I know many page turners have been busy in their gardens so I wanted to share a very special book with you; Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini by Elizabeth Schneider.

Amazon describes the book this way; “Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini: The Essential Reference is at once an encyclopedia, a produce market manual, and a treasure trove of recipes. With produce specialist Elizabeth Schneider as your guide, take a seed-to-table voyage with more than 350 vegetables, both exotic and common. Discover lively newcomers to the North American cornucopia and rediscover classic favorites in surprising new guises.

In this timely reference, Elizabeth Schneider divulges the secrets of the vegetable kingdom, sharing a lifetime of scholarly sleuthing and culinary experience. In her capable hands, unfamiliar vegetables such as amaranth become as familiar as zucchini -- while zucchini turns out to be more intriguing than you ever imagined.

Each encyclopedic entry includes a full-color identification photo, common and botanical names, and an engaging vegetable "biography" that distills the knowledge of hundreds of authorities in dozens of fields -- scientists, growers, produce distributors, and chefs among them.

Practical sections describe availability, selection, storage, preparation, and basic general use. Finally, the author's fresh contemporary recipes reveal the essence of each vegetable and a culinary sensibility that food magazine and cookbook readers have trusted for thirty years. Each entry concludes with a special "Pros Propose" section -- spectacularly innovative recipes suggested by professional chefs.

Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini: The Essential Reference is an indispensable resource for home cooks, food professionals, gardeners, information seekers, and anyone who simply enjoys good reading.”

Even I, who cannot grow a carrot, am fascinated by this book. It is beautifully done and full of incredible information.

I would also add, that here in Libraryland we have an extensive cookbook collection.  It is time to fire up your grills and turn on your stoves as we begin to bring a tasty harvest home.  

Give us a buzz tomorrow, 10A-4P @ 518-568-7822, and reserve Vegetables From A to Z for curbside pickup.  If you would like us to add in cookbooks, or the most recent copy of the Food Network magazine, you have but to ask. 

PS:  The always popular Nora Roberts has arrived at 19 Kingsbury with her newest Hideaway.  Joining her on the shelf are James Patterson’s Hush and Blindspot as well as David Baldacci’s Walk the Wire.  
Miss Marge and I keep calling the Baldacci book Walk the Line then we remember and laugh that’s the Johnny Cash song!