Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Friday, November 13, 2020


We have had three wonderful mailings to our tiny pals with our Toddlers To Go program.  The program is at maximum capacity with thirty children representing 20 families.  The most recent mailing was all about tracks, 

 What are tracks?  Tracks are footprints or pawprints for animals and footprints and handprints for people. They are all different.  Some are big, some are small.  Some are round, some are pointy. Some are skinny and some are chubby.  

Do you have animals?  If so, ask an adult to help you look at their feet; both the top and bottom.  My little girl cat, Kiki, has very tiny paws (those are cat feet) while her brother Sugar Plum has large paws.  The bottoms of their paws are called pads. Paw pads are squishy. The pads help protect your cat when they jump about.  They also allow cats to walk silently, kind of like you if you take off your boots or shoes and just walk in your socks. Sometimes KiKi and Sugar Plum hop in the bathtub and when they get out I can see their wet tracks, paw prints, on the floor.

There are lots of tracks outside too.  You can see tracks in the dirt, mud and even the snow!  Miss Marge made a weather wheel for each pal to color. Every day, they are to look out a  window to see what the weather is and put the weather wheel pointer on the correct picture.  If it rains or snows, go check for tracks; they will be super easy to see.  Maybe a rabbit or bird will leave some tracks behind in your yard! When the snow comes I check my yard every day hoping to see DINOSAUR tracks!!!!!!

Another way to leave a track or print is with our fingers.  Did you know everyone has their own special fingerprint?  We do.  To demonstrate that point we included a recipe for Thumbprint cookies.  Press the dough with your thumb and take a look at how small your print is compared to your mom’s, dad’s, grandma’s or grandpa’s. 

The packet also had a track book of animals and their footprints to color.  Finally, each child received their special book to keep, National Geographic’s Farm Animals.  These “keeping books”, to help build each child’s home library, are generously funded by the Gehring Family.   If you know of someone who has cows or horses ask if you may get a look at their feet, called hooves.  You will be very surprised how BIG they are.  Remember, when you approach any animal, move slowly and carefully.   

One of our Tiny Pals lives with a giant dog.  Here is a super cute picture of him gently exploring his dog’s paw. 




Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Library Hours


We would like to remind patrons of  our hours.  The library is open Monday 930A-7P, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 930A-430P and Saturday 930A-Noon.

In addition to inside service, patrons may still arrange for curbside pickup.  Door to door delivery service remains an option for homebound patrons within the library’s service area who cannot get to the library due to permanent or temporary illness or handicap, regardless of age.

Due to capacity limits, the library currently has one public computer available.  It is expected a second computer will become available within the next couple of weeks.  Patrons are advised to call ahead to reserve a time slot. 

Anyone wishing to visit the in-house museum needs to schedule an appointment.

Patrons and visitors are reminded that masks are required and hand sanitizer is available prior to browsing and computer use. The public rest room remains closed. 

Patrons are asked to continue to return materials to the outside book drop.  Materials are taken out of the drop and put into quarantine before they can be checked in and returned to the shelves. 

Because there can be a lag between the time a book is left in the drop and it is removed from the patron’s record, and the financial hardship patrons may be enduring in the wake of the pandemic, the library became fine free after reopening in mid-June.   

Library Director, Dawn Lamphere, notes that “While the library has become fine free, we do hope patrons remain respectful of due dates and return what they borrow in a timely fashion.” 

Book donations are not be accepted at this time and should not be left in the book drop.  

Anyone with questions may contact Lamphere at 518-568-7822. 


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Team Lumberjills


On a trip outside Wednesday afternoon to wipe down the handrail Miss Marge reported that there was a limb out of a maple tree in front.

I took the phone off the hook and we went out to inspect the situation.

There sure was!  If I had to estimate it was a 15 foot limb, with a Y at the end which was resting BETWEEN the telephone and cable lines coming in the building.  Not wanting to leave it there in fear it would bring the wires down we ever so carefully grabbed on and backed it out from the lines and carried it off to the lawn.

As the recently deceased Helen Reddy proclaimed; We Are Women, Hear Us ROAR!

Think what we could do if we had actual tree tools!

In searching for an appropriate photo I came across this interesting read.   

Enjoy and learn!  That's what we are all about here at 19 Kingsbury Avenue.