Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trunks Up!

A collection of elephants, Trunks Up For Good Luck, is now on exhibit in the main floor display case.  The elephants were collected by Mrs. Mildred Christiance.  Born in 1900, Mrs. Christiance was a lifelong resident of St. Johnsville.  She was active in a number of local groups including the St. Johnsville Chapter of the DAR, Mohawk Valley Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, St. Johnsville Business Girls, the Felt Shoe 30 year Club and the Senior Saints. 

The very colorful exhibit has herds of large and small elephants in various mediums including glass, wood, stone, ceramic and metals.  Of particular interest is a 1941 Disney Dumbo wind-up toy, which is still in working condition.

Mildred and her husband, Frank were well-known throughout the community during their lifetimes. The collection was donated to the library by Robert Failing, Jr. following Mrs. Christiance’s death. 


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Color Me Calm

Color Me Calm With Conversation, our adult coloring group, is set to resume

Monday, March 13, 6:30 PM at the library.  

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.  

Mark your calendars and come join us Monday evenings; March 13 and 27, April 10 & 24,

May 8 & 22 and June 12 & 26.



Family Storytime will resume for the spring on Friday, March 10 at 10 AM.  The program is open to children, infant to age 4.  

 Finger plays, nursery rhymes, songs and stories will be shared in addition to time set aside for play.  The program is intended to introduce children and their adult care givers to the library and reading. 

  Storytime will meet Fridays, March 10 through June 16 with the exception of April 21.
  The Reaney Library is located at 19 Kingsbury Avenue, St. Johnsville.   Questions may be directed to Dawn Lamphere at 518-568-7822. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Tax Time

For those who pick up their income tax materials at the library please be advised the only thing we have received are instruction books.  I will post when the forms actually arrive.  To date, nothing has been received from NYS. 

Online forms may be found at  and

Friday, December 16, 2016

Village of St. Johnsville Last Night

Village of St. Johnsville Last Night Activities,
Saturday, December 31, 2016
“Celebrating the Past, Welcoming the Future”
10 AM-2 PM               The Way We Were; a photographic tour with Sharon Fuller and Patrick Smith
at Margaret Reaney Library, 19 Kingbury Avenue
10 AM–2 PM             Digital Scavenger Hunt
                                     9:30 AM- 10 AM- registration at Margaret Reaney Library, 19 Kingsbury Avenue
2-4:30 PM                   Family and Friends Portraits at the Community House, 16 Washington Street
                                    With Keara Crocker Battisti in cooperation with Kinney Drugs ($1 per photo  printed)
2-4 PM                        Tours of the Bates/Engelhardt Mansion, aka the Community House, with Village Historian Mat Rapacz,
16 Washington Street
3-8 PM                        Parlor Games at the Community House, 16 Washington Street, with Juanita Handy
4-6 PM                        Flame the Band- OESJ High School Marge Curtis Auditorium, 44 Center Street
                                                Trolley available from Community House to HS 3:30 – 4 PM
                                                Trolley return available 6-6:30 PM
4-6 PM                        Escorted Trolley Rides of historic buildings and homes with Shelley Johnson Arduini and Mat Rapacz
5-6:30 PM                   Dinner Music for Residents & Staff at the St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center with acoustical guitarist Pat Clark
5-8:45 PM                   Tween & Teen Dance at the Youth Center with Pure Entertainment and DJ Jim Looman (age 10 and up unless accompanied by an adult), Main Street
                                                5-8 PM Drop in Craft- Tin Ornaments
                                                6-8 PM Meet and Greet Wonder Woman!
5:30-8:45 PM              Linda Lee and the Fox Creek Band at the Masonic Temple, 24 Bridge Street, refreshments
6-8:45 PM                   Charlie Brown’s Christmas movie with a snack at the Methodist Church, 7 E. Main Street
6-8 PM                        Folk Musician Roland Vinyard at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 32 W. Main Street, refreshments
6-8:30 PM                   Singer Karen Caruso and Company @ Bridge Street Bakery and Café, 10 Bridge Street
6:30-8:30 PM              Empty Pockets Band at the House of Bread/Seeker’s Fellowship, Park Place
8-9 PM                        Bonfire, Ball Drop, Time Capsule and an Ice Cream Cone Toast! American Legion Post # 168 @ the stop light
With the exception of the Friends & Family photos, the above events are FREE,
no buttons or tickets required,  Come and Enjoy!
Hungry?  Support our local restaurants.

Lombardo’s Pizza Plus

7845 St. Hwy. 5

Noon-7 PM



Cosmo’s Bar and Grill

17 W. Main Street

2 PM -?




Bridge Street Bakery & Café

10 Bridge Street

3-8:30 PM featuring a light dinner menu and lovely,

sweet treats



Ripepi’s Restaurant

7850 St. Hwy. 5

5-9 PM serving dinner and pizza

Reservations recommended

10:30- Pure Entertainment with DJ Jim Looman


Monday, December 5, 2016

FLAME to Perform

          Plans are being finalized for the Village of St. Johnsville’s Last Night Celebration; Celebrating the Past, Welcoming the Future, on Saturday, December 31.

          With events scheduled throughout the afternoon and early evening, the ball drop is planned for 8:50 PM, the Last Night committee is planning a family/community centric event that will allow adults the opportunity and time for more traditional New Year’s Eve activities while at the same time not keeping children up too late. 

          Headlining the musical performances will be the band Flame when they take the stage of the Marge Curtis Auditorium at the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School.  The two hour concert will begin at 4 PM. 

          Flame is a group of internationally recognized musicians with powerful vocals, smooth harmonies and a rich array of instruments, the 10-person cover band from Gloversville, NY happens to have disabilities.

          Named for the Special Olympics torch, Flame was born at a 2003 talent show put on by Lexington Center, an agency that supports people with developmental disabilities. Michelle King won the contest with her singing and expressed a desire to start a band. Lexington held open auditions and others joined King.

          Like many bands, Flame started small as a recreational band within the agency and gradually gained momentum outside of Lexington. Today, Flame is known and celebrated worldwide for their music and inspirational message. Flame’s mission is to change the world through music.

          Flame has performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio; New York’s Apollo Theater; Harvard Law School; the Parthenon in Athens, Greece and the 2009 Special Olympics. Lead Singer Michelle King sang at the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics.

          In addition to Flame, other scheduled musical performances include Linda Lee and the Fox Creek Band, folk musician Roland Vinyard, guitarist Pat Clark and Empty Pocket’s and Company.

          Last Night will also include children’s parlor games and crafts, a dance at the Youth Center, a visit from Wonder Woman,  trolley car rides, a family movie and guided tours of the Community House.  Family and Friends New Year’s Eve portraits will be taken at the Community House with photographer Keara Crocker Battisti.

          In prior years, special buttons would have to be purchased to gain entrance to the various performances and activities.  With the exception of a minimal charge for the Family and Friends portraits, all of the activities are free to the public. 

          A complete schedule will be released on December 12.  Anyone desiring further information is invited to contact Dawn Lamphere at 518-332-6956. 



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Just a Reminder

A reminder..Story Time follows the OESJ school calendar therefore we will not gather Friday, November 18 & 25. Thank you!