Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Monday, July 25, 2016

Flapjacks and Fairytales

Once upon a time, in a village along the Erie Canal, a fundraising idea was presented combining a book and a basket; from that simple suggestion Flapjacks and Fairytales was born.

Plans are well underway for Margaret Reaney Memorial Library’s 11th annual Flapjacks and Fairytales Pancake Breakfast and Theme Basket Raffle. 

Scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2016, a bountiful pancake breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, with the basket raffle to follow.  This well-loved and looked forward to event will once again be held at the HC Smith Benefit Club. 

In case you are new to the event, this is how it works.  Individuals, families, groups, organizations and businesses are invited to donate “theme baskets”.  In the past, the baskets have been reflective of a variety of themes from cooking to fishing, camping to crafting and gardening to game night; just to name a few.  You are welcome to use any type of container as your basket as long as it is large enough to hold all of your items. Since this is a fundraiser for the library, we also ask that you include a book or magazine relative to your theme. 

There is no need to arrange or wrap your basket.  Our committee is more than pleased to do that for you AND top it off with a colorful bow.  The donor’s name will be prominently displayed with each basket so the public is aware of your thoughtfulness and generous support.

Money aside, Flapjacks and Fairytales has proven to be a lot of fun!   Anytime you can combine good food and good times for a great cause is something to cheer about.  Yahoo!  

For over a decade, Flapjacks and Fairytales has provided much needed financial support for the Reaney Library.  The board of trustees and staff have been beyond amazed and profoundly grateful for the support Flapjacks and Fairytales receives and we hope we can count on your support once again. Our target date to receive the baskets is August 22, 2016.. Put your thinking caps on, let your imaginations loose and get ready for Flapjacks and Fairytales 2016!

For further information you may call the library at 518-568-7822 or contact Rebecca Sokol at 518-568-2849. 



Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Director Remembered

           A copy of The Gates of Europe has been donated to St. Johnsville’s Reaney Library by Olya (Garbowski) Velseko in memory of former director, Doris Rockefeller.   The book is a history of Ukraine.
            In 1949, Mrs. Velesko and her family immigrated to the United States having lived in a refugee camp in Austria.  Under the sponsorship of Mr. Michael Rapacz, who ran a grocery store on South Division Street at the time, she and her family made their way to St. Johnsville. 
            Mrs. Velesko attended the St. Johnsville grade school and Mrs. Rockefeller assisted her in learning the English language with library books.  When visiting the Reaney Library recently, Mrs. Velesko was able to meet Mathew Rapacz, the grandson of Michael Rapacz.  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Flapjacks and Fairytales 2016

“I Scream, You Scream”….the perfect basket on this hot, summer day!  The basket features a Cuisinart frozen yogurt-sorbet-ice cream maker, a frozen treats recipe book, sundae glasses, spoons, a scoop and assorted toppings.   “I Scream, You Scream” was donated by Terry and Sylvia Underwood McClellan.  Flapjacks and Fairytales 2016…Sunday, September 18 @ the HC Smith Benefit Club. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Alzheimer's Program

Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in cooperation with the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present the program, Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters, on Friday, July 29 at 10 AM. 
            The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as inevitable parts of normal aging.  If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. 
            Early detection is the key to improving quality of life for anyone affected by memory impairment.  This interactive workshop will discuss the 10 warning signs; separating myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s and dementia. 
            Recently, University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt, passed away following a five year battle with dementia.  Ms. Summitt was 64 at the time of her death. 
            For planning purposes, kindly call the Reaney Library at 518-568-7822 if you hope to attend. 
            If enough interest is expressed, it is possible a caregivers support group will be formed for ongoing discussion. 

Meet Jessica

          Meet Jessica Murphy-Armstrong, Adult Education Teacher, Herkimer BOCES. 
          Ms. Murphy-Armstrong tutors students at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville in preparation for earning their high school equivalency. 
          Adult education classes are free and open to the public. For additional information call 315-868-3373.