Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Friday, September 28, 2012


   A dictionary definition of "happenstance" is a chance occurrence and there are plenty of those here at MRML. In fact, happenstanc-ing (yes, I just made that up) is almost a weekly event. Let me share with you what I mean.
    A couple of Fridays ago, a resident came in and wondered why the schooner "Lois McClure" was stopping in several communities to the west of us, visiting Fort Plain, Canajoharie and other points east and seemingly buzzing by STJ; after all, don't we have an absolute gem of a marina?
     Long story short I went online and found the contact information for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and got a hold of Mayor Barnes who immediately came to the library and called the folks in Vermont. Within a matter of hours, a stop had been arranged for the following Monday. I emailed newspaper notices for the weekend and Monday morning papers and posted the date and time on Facebook. The end result was a nice compliment form the crew of the Lois McClure, thrilled with the enthusiasm and turnout they had received in St. Johnsville, especially given the short time in which it was all arranged.
        Last week a family member of mine stopped by to say hello and in the course of the conversation we discussed her young son and school. An elementary school student (no, not in this district) he is struggling a bit and his mom and dad are concerned. As it happened, our library board president, Rebecca Sokol was in the building and I immediately said to my family member, "Hold on, I've got an expert you can talk with". Becky is a retired educator having worked both at the elementary level as well as with family literacy through Herkimer BOCES. I have tremendous respect and admiration for her understanding, convictions and deeply held appreciation of children and education. After an hour long conversation, our mom went away with some wonderful ideas that hopefully will better help her help her son.
    Happenstance; it happens a lot here and sometimes the results are facilitating a stopover by a schooner or giving a mom support, reassurance and a new way of approaching a problem.
     Happenstance; it happens at your library.


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