Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Saturday, August 13, 2016


For those who enjoy audio books, we just took delivery of nearly 30 new titles!  Our very limited materials budget allows us to spend $200 a year for books on CD.  That money is combined with similar contributions from other member libraries of the Mohawk Valley Library System with the purchased materials becoming part of a rotating collection. 

These 30 new donated titles will be part of MRML’s permanent collection.  While I don’t have permission to name the individual, I can tell you they have been extremely generous to us for a number of years with audio book donations.  I daresay, probably 80% of our permanent audio collection has been via this particular person’s kindness. 

I’ll let you know once the new titles are catalogued and ready to circulate.  Audio books are very popular for commuters and vacation travelers.  As we like to say here in Libraryland….check them out!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Flapjacks and Fairytales 2016

Some library pals are taking a spin in the FJ&FT’s “basket” donated by Lindy and Larry Sweet.  “Roll Out the Barrow” was handcrafted by the Sweets for Flapjacks and Fairytales Pancake Breakfast and Basket Raffle, Sunday, September 18 at the H C Smith Benefit Club.  Breakfast is served 8 AM – 1 PM with the raffle to follow.    Save the date!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fall Book Discussions

            Dawn Lamphere, director, Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville, has announced the fall titles for Peanut Butter and Jelly book discussions.
            Guest facilitator Susan Oringel, will lead the discussion on Saturday, September 10 of the novel Still Alice by Lisa Genova. 
A Harvard professor, with a husband and three grown children, Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighborhood she realizes that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer’s disease. She is only 50 years old. 
A New York Times bestseller, the film version starred Julianne Moore who garnered critical acclaim and won an Academy Award for her role as Alice Howland. 
The discussion will begin at 10 AM.   
            On October 8, the group will discuss the J R Moehringer novel Sutton followed by discussion on November 12 of Alison Pataki’s historical look at Peggy Shippen, wife of Benedict Arnold, in her novel, the Traitor’s Wife. 
            Anyone desiring further information or wishing to reserve a copy of the Genova book, is invited to call the Reaney Library at 518-568-7822. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Flapjacks and Fairytales

Once upon a time, in a village along the Erie Canal, a fundraising idea was presented combining a book and a basket; from that simple suggestion Flapjacks and Fairytales was born.

Plans are well underway for Margaret Reaney Memorial Library’s 11th annual Flapjacks and Fairytales Pancake Breakfast and Theme Basket Raffle. 

Scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2016, a bountiful pancake breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, with the basket raffle to follow.  This well-loved and looked forward to event will once again be held at the HC Smith Benefit Club. 

In case you are new to the event, this is how it works.  Individuals, families, groups, organizations and businesses are invited to donate “theme baskets”.  In the past, the baskets have been reflective of a variety of themes from cooking to fishing, camping to crafting and gardening to game night; just to name a few.  You are welcome to use any type of container as your basket as long as it is large enough to hold all of your items. Since this is a fundraiser for the library, we also ask that you include a book or magazine relative to your theme. 

There is no need to arrange or wrap your basket.  Our committee is more than pleased to do that for you AND top it off with a colorful bow.  The donor’s name will be prominently displayed with each basket so the public is aware of your thoughtfulness and generous support.

Money aside, Flapjacks and Fairytales has proven to be a lot of fun!   Anytime you can combine good food and good times for a great cause is something to cheer about.  Yahoo!  

For over a decade, Flapjacks and Fairytales has provided much needed financial support for the Reaney Library.  The board of trustees and staff have been beyond amazed and profoundly grateful for the support Flapjacks and Fairytales receives and we hope we can count on your support once again. Our target date to receive the baskets is August 22, 2016.. Put your thinking caps on, let your imaginations loose and get ready for Flapjacks and Fairytales 2016!

For further information you may call the library at 518-568-7822 or contact Rebecca Sokol at 518-568-2849. 



Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Director Remembered

           A copy of The Gates of Europe has been donated to St. Johnsville’s Reaney Library by Olya (Garbowski) Velseko in memory of former director, Doris Rockefeller.   The book is a history of Ukraine.
            In 1949, Mrs. Velesko and her family immigrated to the United States having lived in a refugee camp in Austria.  Under the sponsorship of Mr. Michael Rapacz, who ran a grocery store on South Division Street at the time, she and her family made their way to St. Johnsville. 
            Mrs. Velesko attended the St. Johnsville grade school and Mrs. Rockefeller assisted her in learning the English language with library books.  When visiting the Reaney Library recently, Mrs. Velesko was able to meet Mathew Rapacz, the grandson of Michael Rapacz.