Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Calling all Needlers~

        Nifty Needles is set to resume for the 2014/2015 season.  The group will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 10 AM beginning September, 23.  All are welcome to the table. Please plan to join us and feel free to invite a friend.


                                                        Dawn Lamphere



September 23, October 14 & 28, November 25 and December 9 & 23

January 13 & 27, February 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, April 14 & 28, May 12 & 26 and June 9 & 23.


Please note:  as we go forward in to winter (boo hiss) should the Oppenheim Ephratah St Johnsville Central School district be delayed or closed on any of the above date Needles will not meet.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Just for Kicks

In doing some shelf reorganizing I came across this nifty book I forgot we had: What are the Seven Wonders of the World and 100 other Great Cultural Lists-Fully Explicated.

Just for fun I thought I would throw a question up every now and again.  Unlike Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune there will be no prizes:) Enjoy!


What are the seven deadly sins?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bricks and Mortar VS Kindles and Tablets

          While there is never any question of just how important and necessary reading is to our quality of life educationally, socially and professionally, a question that does pop up from time to time on social media, news and professional sites, and blogs is just how relevant are bricks and mortar libraries in this age of kindles, tablets and IPhones?  In my opinion, they remain extremely relevant.

In the last couple of weeks we’ve had the great pleasure of hosting school class visits and one of the things I emphasis to the kids is getting their own library card and making the library a routine destination.  However, facilitating those initial visits requires the support and enthusiasm of parents. 

            My first public library experience was at the Fort Plain Free Library when every Friday night our family would “go to town”.    My parents would drop me off on the corner of Willet and River Streets as they headed off to do the grocery shopping at the Red and White.  The library director, Miss Charlotte Wetterau, ran a tight ship.  The library was always quiet and we spoke in low, reverent tones as befitting her expected solemnity of the place. 

What a treat it was to explore among the stacks, pulling off a book here and there, reading the dust jacket and wondering if it were a “keeper” for the week.  It was at the Fort Plain Library where I rode across the purple sage with Zane Grey, raced neck and neck with Walter Farley’s Black Stallion and day-dreamed slightly dangerous, mysterious, romantic dreams with Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. 

Perhaps you are a foodie and enjoy wandering a seasonal farmer’s market, or maybe fishing is your thing and a Bass Pro Shop is like dying happy and going to heaven.  Now that summer has arrived baseball is front and center and who among baseball fanatics does not look forward to a visit to the Hall of Fame, cheering on the Mohawl Valley Diamond Dawgs or the Amsterdam Mohawks?  As a reader, visiting the library for me brought those very same feelings of excitement, anticipation, and immense satisfaction.  Simply put, I could not wait for Friday nights.

Once my selections were finalized I would take them to the front desk for check out which was no cut dried affair.  As Miss Wetterau carefully wrote my name on each card and stamped the date due we would enjoy some conversation.  We’d talk about the weather, the books I had brought back, the books I was taking out, and what was going on in town.  

Each and every visit required me to take ownership of my responsibility in borrowing materials, articulate my thoughts, speak up with confidence, and look Miss Wetterau in the eye when talking with her while all the time being polite, patient, and respectful.   My point is, those kinds of social interactions help a child develop their communication and related interpersonal skills; skills which have very little bearing when downloading an e-book. 

Am I anti-technology; of course not.  Our library provides public Internet access and as a member of the Mohawk Valley Library System our services include web-based information resources and electronic books.  Personally, I email, post to Facebook and Google is my go-to springboard when diving into the World Wide Web.  However, there is a time and a place for everything and with so many excellent libraries throughout the Mohawk Valley I hope parents will take the time and make a place for their child at a library of their choosing. 
Dawn Lamphere

Monday, June 2, 2014

Climbing the Family Tree

A genealogy question popped up on FB the other day which sent me looking for a baptism.  In doing so, I thought this might be worth sharing.  If you have any early New York State connections you need to be sure and check out the work of Arthur C M Kelly. 

Mr. Kelly has spent decades transcribing, among other things, baptismal and marriage records throughout New York State.  Not only are they faithfully transcribed but indexed as well!  We have close to 100 of his books here at the Reaney Library for your reference and use including baptismal records for the Herkimer, German Flats, Caughnawaga, Mapletown and Stone Arabia Reformed Churches. 

I don’t have a lot of experience in the genealogy field, I leave that to Marta, so I very much appreciate the fact that someone has taken the time to study the old language and handwriting styles and provided a transcription.  Even I can read an indexJ 

To read more about Mr. Kelly and his phenomenal work visit his site at www.kinshipny.com 

Monday, May 5, 2014

We thank you!

There are so many people who make Flapjacks and Fairytales a success.  First and foremost we have to thank former trustee Lois Thomas for bringing the idea forward nine years ago.  Since its inception, like mushrooms in the rain, FJ&FT just keeps growing and growing!


With only seven library trustees and three staff members we rely on lots of help.  To that end, we must thank Bob Fisher and his wonderful and seemingly tireless kitchen crew for their always outstanding job.  Without Bob and his friends in the kitchen there would be no Flapjacks and Fairytales.  Bob works closely with Big and Little M owner Carmen Licari in ordering all the food while coordinating everything in the kitchen. 


We are grateful to Jim and Dorothy Thomas who have donated the butter every year and dear Mary Finch, who single handedly was responsible for making over 500 baking powder biscuits.  Oh my!

We sincerely appreciate the many volunteers who came forward to move baskets, assist in the dining room and help advertise the event. 

In the last nine years we have used the Community House, Masonic Temple and now the Benefit Club.  Each of these venues has been gracious and generous in helping to make Flapjacks and Fairytales a success.   


This year we raffled 78 baskets.  The baskets were donated by individuals, organizations and businesses.  When you see them all together you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the generosity and creativity wrapped up in cellophane and bedazzled with a bow.

The always popular Money Tree was donated by library FRIENDS and won by Betty Sanders.  New this year was a Money Wreath donated by the staff of OESJ School.  The wreath was won by Tiffany Leiphart. 

The JJ Sporting Goods basket will be making its way to Alabama; the lucky winner was in upstate New York visiting family. 

A complete list of donors and winners may be found at our blog margaretreaneylibrary.blogspot.com


One of my favorite baskets was the bird house replica of Indian Castle Church built and donated by Kenny and Andra Senft.  Former library trustee Charles Welden, who passed away two years ago, was also the long tenured supervisor for the Town of Danube where the church is located.  Charley absolutely loved the Indian Castle Church and all of its attendant history.  I know he would have enjoyed the finely crafted birdhouse.  No matter what the basket was; those who won seemed absolutely thrilled and that is always fun.


Finally, we need to offer a huge thank you to all the hungry pancake eaters who came out.  Every year it is nice to see and say hello to not only familiar faces but also to meet new people.  Without fail, anyone new to the event was amazed by how grand and glorious it was!

Speaking on behalf of the trustees and staff, we are truly humbled each year by this wonderful show of support for Margaret Reaney Memorial Library.  Flapjacks and Fairytales serve as a model for all that is good about small town life in the Mohawk Valley and we are proud to be a part of it of that life and to call this place home