Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Saturday, May 6, 2017

At Your Service

Welcome to Margaret Reaney Memorial Library

Current and future patrons are stakeholders in a great investment reaping tremendous wealth in the form of materials, specialized assistance, and programs. Check the Upcoming Events link and, if your calendar permits, come join us.

 Just as you may use coupons when shopping, utilizing libraries on a regular basis also makes sense dollar wise.  Be sure and check out the Value in a Library link.  You might be surprised.

Becoming a patron and obtaining a library card is simple.  Patrons 16 and older need a photo ID and proof of their current physical address (e.g., utility bill, pay stub, mail from a government agency, rent receipt, car insurance).  Children and teens under age 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will provide those pieces of identification for themselves.

The library provides materials in various forms to assist people in meeting their professional, personal and educational needs. 

·        books, magazines, audios and DVDs

·        additional materials are available via inter-library loan, we receive delivery 4 times/week, from a network of approximately 60 libraries as a result of belonging to the Mohawk Valley Library System/Southern Adirondack Library System Joint Automation project.

·        3 public access computers

·        a shared printer ($.10 per/page) and

·        WiFi which is available 24/7

 As a member of the Mohawk Valley Library System we can further expand and supplement our own collections with more:

·        large print books

·        young adult novels

·        graphic novels

·        dvds

·        audio books

·        digital access to magazines (via Zinio)

·        eBooks (via Overdrive). 

·        databases of online newspapers and research journals

 Local History and Genealogy

MRML is home to an internationally recognized collection of genealogy and local history materials specializing in Palatine Germans:

·        county histories

·        church records

·        cemetery records

·        scrapbooks

·        individual family histories

·        St. Johnsville Enterprise and News newspaper dating from 1901 with an ongoing obituary, marriage, and birth index

·        the Fort Plain Mohawk Valley Register newspaper 1861-1893

·        onsite use or staff will research for a minimal fee

·        STJ Yearbooks

The Museum

In addition to providing traditional library services, MRML houses a remarkable museum whose exhibits include many items:

·        sculptures

·        paintings by European and American artists

·        a Tabriz Palace carpet

·        Erie Canal

·        Civil War

·        Palatine Germans

·        minerals

·        antique farm and carpentry tools

·        hundreds of local photographs and

·        the Robert M. Hartley Collection of powder horns and sketches, military buttons, and archeological artifacts. 

 There are also these additional services:

·        faxing ($1/page sending or receiving)

·        photocopying with the capability to reduce and enlarge  $.25/page

·        IRS Tax forms

·        free, onsite GED tutoring

·        school district curriculum support

·        tutoring space

·        Family Story Time

·        Peanut Butter & Jelly Book Club

·        Writers Group

·        Nifty Needles

·        Color Me Calm; adult coloring group

·        community presentations to area groups and organizations

·        one on one computer assistance and tutoring

·        reference

·        twice per week, onsite NYS Health Navigator for assistance with health insurance questions and options

·        door to door delivery service for homebound patrons

·        special programs added throughout the year both on and offsite


While EMS personnel and departments save lives;

libraries are in a position to change lives. 

MRML has done just that; time and time again for over a century.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trunks Up!

A collection of elephants, Trunks Up For Good Luck, is now on exhibit in the main floor display case.  The elephants were collected by Mrs. Mildred Christiance.  Born in 1900, Mrs. Christiance was a lifelong resident of St. Johnsville.  She was active in a number of local groups including the St. Johnsville Chapter of the DAR, Mohawk Valley Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, St. Johnsville Business Girls, the Felt Shoe 30 year Club and the Senior Saints. 

The very colorful exhibit has herds of large and small elephants in various mediums including glass, wood, stone, ceramic and metals.  Of particular interest is a 1941 Disney Dumbo wind-up toy, which is still in working condition.

Mildred and her husband, Frank were well-known throughout the community during their lifetimes. The collection was donated to the library by Robert Failing, Jr. following Mrs. Christiance’s death. 


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Color Me Calm

Color Me Calm With Conversation, our adult coloring group, is set to resume

Monday, March 13, 6:30 PM at the library.  

Why coloring you ask? My reply is, why not? Obviously, none of our work is ever going to

find its way to the Louvre; we are, after all, simply staying in the lines.  

However, during the hour and a half we are together there are parents who get a tiny break

from their children, while others with pressing personal burdens can gather their thoughts and

 simply breathe, and those who may live alone enjoy the companionship of a group. When you

add in the fact that coloring is so darn colorful and can bring lightness and brightness to your life,

not to mention it is just plain fun, what is not to like? 

At the end of the day, beyond the pencils and pens, markers and crayons what we are creating

is community and that, in my opinion, is as priceless as any Monet or Picasso.  

Mark your calendars and come join us Monday evenings; March 13 and 27, April 10 & 24,

May 8 & 22 and June 12 & 26.



Family Storytime will resume for the spring on Friday, March 10 at 10 AM.  The program is open to children, infant to age 4.  

 Finger plays, nursery rhymes, songs and stories will be shared in addition to time set aside for play.  The program is intended to introduce children and their adult care givers to the library and reading. 

  Storytime will meet Fridays, March 10 through June 16 with the exception of April 21.
  The Reaney Library is located at 19 Kingsbury Avenue, St. Johnsville.   Questions may be directed to Dawn Lamphere at 518-568-7822. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Tax Time

For those who pick up their income tax materials at the library please be advised the only thing we have received are instruction books.  I will post when the forms actually arrive.  To date, nothing has been received from NYS. 

Online forms may be found at  and