Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturdays' Quote and a Book Reccomendation

"I enjoy Saturday night racing."
- Dale Earnhardt
Here is a book recommendation to go along with our quote of the day. I absolutely LOVED this book. Parts of it are simply laugh out loud funny. Enjoy!
Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death!
A Hot Lap Around America with NASCAR
Jeff MacGregor
Smart, funny and profane, SUNDAY MONEY is the kaleidoscopic account of an entire season on the NASCAR circuit.
NASCAR racing, once considered no more than a regional circuit of moonshiners pounding battered sedans around low-country dirt tracks in a choking cloud of red dust and cliche, has somehow become the fastest growing spectator sport in America -- and the buxom, bumpkin darling of Madison Avenue. A 200-mile-an-hour traveling tent and revival show; a platinum-plated, multibillion dollar V-8 hero machine, it is second only to football in national television ratings. With 75 million fans and its popularity soaring in every corner of the country, NASCAR is a sports entertainment empire built at the very crossroads of pop culture, commerce and American mythology. Author Jeff MacGregor's SUNDAY MONEY: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with NASCAR (HarperCollins; May 2005; $25.95) is an unprecedented behind-the-scenes chronicle of America's loudest pastime, profiling the lives of the superstar drivers, their crews and their fans across the grinding reach of a 40-week season.
In the tradition of On the Road, Travels with Charley and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, SUNDAY MONEY is also a snapshot of American culture -- of race, religion, class, sex, money, politics and fame -- taken from the window of a moving car.
Driving 48,000 miles in ten months in a tiny motorhome, MacGregor and his wife, award-winning photographer Olya Evanitsky, covered 36 races at 23 tracks in 18 states, from Daytona to Darlington, New Hampshire to California, and from the Wal-Mart to the Waldorf. But SUNDAY MONEY is much more than the book NASCAR doesn't want you to read about a season spent inside the stock-car circuit. It is history and comedy and tragedy, the story of a hundred stories; of red states and blue, of holy war and holy fools, of splendid Rebel lizards and golden Yankee hotshoes, of mystic true believers and their endless roll of honored ghosts. It is the story of our national search for meaning -- and a brilliantly observed, keenly rendered and darkly comic portrait of America.
To read an excerpt visit

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.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Story Hour & Toddler TIme

Registration is now being accepted for pre-school story hour at the Reaney Library. Children must be at least 3 years old by October 1. The program will meet weekly, Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 PM, beginning October 16.
The library also offers Toddler Time for children 2 and under. Toddler Time will meet Monday mornings at 10 AM beginning October 15. Both programs are free.
Anyone desiring further information or to register is invited to call the library at 518-568-7822.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bob Cudmore to Speak

Author, newspaper columnist and radio personality Bob Cudmore will speak at the library Saturday, September 29. The program will begin at 10 AM.
Cudmore’s latest book is “Stories from the Mohawk Valley: the Painted Rocks, the Good Benedict Arnold and More.” Included are tales about actor Kirk Douglas’s early life in Amsterdam, local railroads, the carpet and glove industries and mill town ethnic groups.
Historic Amsterdam League recently named Cudmore the first recipient of its annual award for individual historical activities for work he has done writing books and columns and speaking at community events.
For over a decade, Cudmore has written about the region’s past in his Saturday Focus on History column in the Daily Gazette.
Cudmore hosts the morning radio show on Lite 104.7 FM/1570 AM WVTL in Amsterdam and previously was the long tenured host of the “Contact” talk show on WGY radio in Albany.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Schooner Visit

The schooner Lois McClure may be toured at the St. Johnsville Marina, Monday, September 17 from noon to 3 PM. The stop is part of the schooner’s tour through Canada, New York and Vermont marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Measuring 88 feet long the Lois McClure is homeported in Vergennes, Vermont at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tech Bites

While at the end of the day, nothing takes the place of the scent of a well loved, deliciously musty scented, flesh and blood, well... paper and glue book, here at Margaret Reaney we think it's important to keep up with the technology of the day, and be that much more accessible to our community.
To that end, we have added a few links here on the home page. Under the "pages" you can check out the Mohawk Valley & Southern Adirondack Library System's catalogue, as a card holding patron, you can peruse the catalogue from home and if the book you want is located at another branch, you can have it sent here for pickup.
You can also check out the books we have available in audio format and as ebooks.
EBooks are now available for loan. Patrons may download eBooks to their eReader, Nook, Kindle, mobile device, tablet or computer for free using a Reaney Library card. Ebook technical assistance is available at the library Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 10 AM -12:30 PM with staff member Patrick Smith. 
Patrons who don’t have their own eReader but would like to try one may borrow a Nook Simple Touch from the library. The Simple Touch comes preloaded with over 30 titles and is loaned to patrons 18 years or older for a two week period. The Nook Simple Touch eReader was provided by the Mohawk Valley Library System to enable library staff and patrons to learn about and use this increasingly popular technology.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tree of Knowledge

Late in the summer we started "growing" a Tree of Knowledge on the bulletin board in the entrance. For every book or magazine read patrons are invited to put their name on a leaf. One of our library motto's is Building a Community of Readers; One Book at a Time. The Tree of Knowledge represents a very colorful interpretation of that sentiment! Come read and come "grow" with us!


Nifty Needles Update

Nifty Needles will resume Wednesday, September 19 @ 10 AM. The group is open to anyone who enjoys working on handcrafts including sewers, knitters and quilters. All are welcome to gather around the table the first and third Wednesday of each month.
A funny story from a couple of years ago. I was getting ready to leave the building; it was winter and I had my coat on. I stopped to say goodbye to the Needlers and commented that I had a loose button. I had ten offers to sew my button back on!