Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

One of our veterans, Mr. Harold Wadin, has for years teased me about my Memorial Day speeches. He'll say something along the lines of "Keep it short, Dawn, it's 98" degrees in the shade" or "Don't forget, we're growing older as we stand here."
On this rainy day, my speech was reduced to 3 paragraphs due to the downpouring rain. I didn't see Harold in the park but ran into him on the way home. I pulled over and called out to him "Harold, how did you like that speech? Less than a minute!" He grabbed my hand and gave me a big smile and told me he would buy me a hamburger at the Legion. It made my day.
God bless the men and women who have ,across the generations, battled all sorts of weather, as well as the enemy, in the name of freedom. Who are we to complain when a few drops of rain fall on our parade?

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.