Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Friday, July 13, 2018

the British Are Coming

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

With a love like that

You know you should be glad!


Ladies and Gentlemen and music lovers across the Mohawk Valley Hey Jude….the Tribute, will be rocking the St. Johnsville Marina with all your favorite Beatle tunes on Monday, July 16.

The concert is set to begin at 630 PM.

Reaney Library trustees will be on hand serving hotdogs, cold soda and water, and ice cream.  Plans also call for a 50/50 raffle. 


Grab your lawn chair or blanket and be part of this homegrown British Invasion!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Family Stories Writing Workshop

We still have room in our Becoming Ancestors: a four week workshop on collecting, preserving and sharing family stories.

The Thursday afternoon sessions will meet July 19 & 26 and August 2 & 9 from 1-330PM at the Community House.

Evening sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays at 630-8PM August 15, 22, 29 and September 3.

If you would like to register please call the library at 518-568-7822.  Your future family is waiting to hear your voice.

For those unable to participate due to time or distance,  please enjoy the Introduction below.  I will post follow-up materials as they become available.


Becoming an Ancestors

First Handout: Introduction

 The idea for this workshop came to me recently when my brother passed away and his son said, “Aunt Ali is the last grownup in our family and the only one now who knows the stories.”  After the shock passed of being “the grownup,” and feeling sad so many are gone, I started thinking about the passing on of family artifacts.  I had cared for my mama as she passed and brought home with me some of the family memorabilia.  I have the photos, the birth and death certificates, the yearbooks and military portraits. 

It is an honor and a horror to be the family archivist.   I want to do a decent job of it. 

 In this workshop we will explore ways to gather and tell family stories.  Ways to speak them and write them down.  We are going to look at some of our own artifacts and, by remembering their stories, gain some understanding of why they are important and why it is important to pass them along.

My nephew, William, now has no living father.  I have decided to give him what I can of a living memory.   And the other, younger, members of my family as well.  I’m going to share with them some of the funny, sad, embarrassing, and wisdom filled stories that will tell them where they come from, who they are.

 I am going to work with you here.  We’ll bring in some of our family stuff, stories, and dreams and figure out ways to pass on the wonder and wisdom of the lives we and our families have experienced.  We are living in extraordinary times, but I tell you a secret, it is always extraordinary times.  Every life is a real historical epoch, every family story is a bygone era.

The idea here will be to gather and find ways to preserve the stories we tell around the holiday table after the turkey is eaten, after the presents are opened, on birthdays, and when the funeral is over as we gather to remember each other.  The time Uncle So-and-so drove his car into the river…the time Aunt Ah-hem lost her drawers walking across Main Street.  Both of these stories have been told me over the years.  I know many more are out there waiting to come to life as gifts to the future.

This will not be a class on English grammar or spelling or proper manuscript forms.  The emphasis will be on personal style and how to tell or write down some of your family tales.  We’ll talk about how to combine our photos and writing, but though I will have a dictionary on hand I am not going to be the English major here.  I’m going to be a person looking for ways to honor her family.   This will not be about how to research your roots, though methods of genealogy will probably be discussed.

Bring a pen or pencil, a notebook, and try to do the weekly suggestion assignments.  The first session please bring some photos of yourself.  The youngest available, or one that shows the you your family knows best.  Or one that you feel expresses who you feel yourself to be.  Bring your yearbook photo, communion or wedding.  Birthday or holiday pix are good.

Alternately bring any other photos you feel are important to your family story.  Bring in a photo of family pets or the house you grew up in.   Try to spend a little time before we meet with these, think about them, explain them to yourself.   You will be asked to share your picture, but you are never under obligation.  It will be enough that you attend and if you feel silent that is ok, too.  We are gathering to inspire and explore, if you feel like speaking out that will be great.  No pressure ever.





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Starlab Returns!



            We are so very excited to announce the Dudley Observatory’s Starlab, a portable planetarium, will be returning to the Library on Saturday, September 22 for two morning programs.  Details will be announced as the date draws nearer. 


Monday, July 2, 2018

July 4th

The library will be closed July 4-8. Regular hours will resume Monday, July 9 @930AM.

Friday, June 29, 2018

the Book Bench

Coming soon; the Book Bench.  Over the next several weeks as we weed our collection, some will find their way to a bench on the front lawn.  The books are not for sale, you simply need to give them a good home and enjoy!  

The Book Bench is weather dependent but I’m thinking some books will make their debut on Monday.  Weeding has started with our picture book collection.   Just like a garden, weeding is necessary to allow the collection to flourish with new selections. 

Also, as the heat of the summer rolls on I would remind you that you are welcome to come by and take advantage of the library’s AC and a refrigerator stocked with water. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Resident Artists

Story time came to a close this morning. Donning plastic aprons and exhibiting some mad skills with paint and brush the children had a fantastic time creating artistic masterpieces.
Use your imaginations.    I can tell you somewhere among these canvases of cheerfulness are rainbows, a cactus and a boat on the water.
Overall, these young artists tended toward the abstract. Enjoy their bright colors!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Kids and Libraries

Story Time is always a delightful affair and this morning was no different.  Next week will be our last gathering and we will be doing sponge painting.  I can’t wait. No doubt half of the paint will land on the canvas while the other half will smear up and down little arms with a dot or two left over for cheeks and noses!  Rumor has it one of our tiny pals may bring a cousin along; a young man I have not seen since he was a child. 

What can one say about 48 visiting kindergartners?  They swarm like locust and chatter like magpies.  It was wonderful having them here.   The noise level rose a few decibels and that is ok; their enthusiasm is invigorating. 

We talked about getting a library card and taking care of the books that they borrow.  Drawing from my decades of experience, I always issue a warning about the most dangerous enemy of books; no, it is not cats or dogs, but rather BABIES!  They gnaw, they tear and yes, sometimes the diaper FAILS!  That story never fails to bring on lots of laughter. 

After we shared a couple of books and the call and response story of Let’s Go On a Bear Hunt, the kids broke up into circles and enjoyed some Look and Find books as each group then took a turn picking out a gift book to take home and make a part of their personal libraries.  The gift books were donated to us by the Mohawk Valley Library System. 

After leaving the library they were off for fun and lunch at the park playground and would end their day enjoying a yummy ice cream cone at Parkside.   Taking a poll, a twist seemed to outnumber singular chocolate or vanilla.   I told them to give my regards to Miss SamanthaJ

The air rang with good byes and thank yous as they made their way out the front door and down the sidewalk. 

Please moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, and related adult caregivers make the library a regular part on your summer routine.  Not only does reading over the summer keep skills sharp for when children return to school in September, but visiting the library is also a way for children to practice their manners and gain confidence interacting with other people outside of their immediate circle.  
The strength and longevity of our society depends on our ability to communicate directly and civilly with each other.  That is a lesson no child is ever too young to learn and is so easily demonstrated by providing directions to subject areas when asked and chatting over the circulation desk as we send a child on their way with an armload of page-turners that have the capacity to both entertain and teach.