Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Discussion Titles Announced

You are invited to see the tab, Book Club Notes, where the titles have been announced for November 2014-June 2015.  Hope you can join us!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Welcome Sal

We welcome Sal Davi as a member to our museum committee.  Sal will initially be helping Trustee Mat Rapacz with the military photographs, similar to the work he has been doing for American Legion Post #168.
The library has approximately 2000 unique pictures and upwards a total of 3000 photographs, including the military photos.  Two years ago, Mat and Richard Bellinger spent countless hours sorting and identifying the photos.  The photos are collectively and individually framed as well as stored in a collection of albums and inventoried.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Remembering September 11th

Over the years as library director I have been invited to speak at a number of public occasions.  One of the most profound occurred in 2011 on the 10th anniversary marking September 11.  My remarks proceeded a baseball game at Soldiers and Sailors Park.  My dad always said that as a nation one of the worst things we could do would be to forget the great sacrifices made in the name of freedom.  As you go about the business of living tomorrow remember those people who gave so much on that September day.  Whatever your belief system, there but for the grace of God, goes anyone of us.   

Soldiers and Sailors Park
St. Johnsville, NY
September 11, 2011

As you look out under the canopy of this glorious September day, a day much like ten years ago, you see our future as a nation resting squarely on the slim shoulders of these young boys; some of whom are far too young to have felt the impact of that particular fall day. 

It is these boys, as well as all the children across this great nation, with their enthusiasm and excitement that have given us reason, even during the darkest of days, to keep pressing forward. 

Whenever we are faced with cataclysmic events that define and shape us as individuals and collectively as a society we have no trouble at all recalling where we were and what we were doing when those events unfolded. 

On this grim day a decade ago we see in our minds eyes, through the haze of an entire nation’s mourning, the images which have forever become engraved in our hearts.  We often wonder how much we can possibly bear, how great a burden can we carry?  The sacrifice and suffering of September 11th demonstrated to us that while we as a nation may bend, we remain unbroken. 

As clear as if it were yesterday we recall the determined faces of emergency personnel and first responders and the haunted look of broken families and a devastated citizenry.  Within the stillness of our minds and hearts we hear the focused words of our leaders and the comforting prayers of our pastors. 

We need to remember, never forgetting that day, and all that has occurred at home and abroad because of September 11.  The twin flames of hope and remembrance light our path towards the future as we continue to struggle to find a new kind of normal. 

On what is probably one of the saddest anniversaries our country marks we need to keep hope alive because it is when our despair extinguishes that flame of hope our enemies claim victory. 

On this day remember and pledge yourselves to never forgetting.  On this same day play ball and laugh and hold your loved ones close because if there is one thing September 11, 2001 taught us it is this; how quickly things can change, almost in the twinkling of an eye.    


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