Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Monday, October 15, 2018

Nifty Needles

Nifty Needles will convene at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville, on Tuesdays beginning October 30.  The group, which is open to anyone who enjoys handicrafts, will meet at 10 AM.  Thereafter, Nifty Needles will continue to meet weekly through December 18. 
            Anyone wishing further information is invited to contact Dawn Lamphere at 518-568-7822.

Color Me Calm

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

Monday, November 5, 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; November 5 and 19 and December 3 and 17.



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Family Storytime

Family Storytime will return to the library for six weeks, November 7-December 12.  The program is open to parents or caregivers and pre-school age children.  The group will meet Wednesday mornings from 10-1045 AM.  

Family Story Time incorporates finger plays, singing, simple crafts, stories and playtime.  A spring session will follow the winter holidays.  The program is free. Anyone desiring further information is invited to contact Dawn Lamphere at 518-568-7822.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

We Are Family

Cora Lee Palma was the recent guest of honor at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville, to launch her book, Web of Italian Intrigue; a Legacy of St. Johnsville Immigrants.   The event saw dozens of local residents as well as people from throughout the Capital District.   The book is written as an imaginary web, knotting families together wherever possible, sometimes into third and fourth generations. 
Palma was joined at the event by her great grand-daughter Shyanne Sobkowich.  Web of Italian Intrigue can be found on Amazon.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Gather In

A new group is forming at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville.  An outgrowth of a recent writing workshop, Gather In will provide a forum for people to come together and share their family and community histories and memories. 

Gather In will meet the second and fourth Monday of each month from 630-8PM, beginning Monday, October 22. 

At the initial gathering, library trustee Sharon Fuller will provide a tour of the library’s St. Johnsville Room which houses an extensive collection of local photographs and memorabilia.  Following over three years of research, Fuller will also discuss information she has discovered about the community’s businesses and industries. 

Library director Dawn Lamphere noted “Almost everyone wants to know where they come from, who their forbearers were.  They want to know how we did things and what we thought.  Our stories and our artifacts are our gifts to the future.” 

Former residents who no longer live locally are invited to share their St. Johnsville family and community memories by emailing them to  Lamphere noted that those submissions will be printed out and saved as part of the library's scrapbook collection.

Anyone desiring further information is invited to contact the library at 518-568-7822.  Margaret Reaney Memorial Library is located at 19 Kingsbury Avenue.