Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Golfing for Libraries

The foundation arm of  the Mohawk Valley Library System annually sponsors two fundraising golf tournaments.  The first was held earlier this summer at the Mohawk Country Club in Schenectady and the seconded is scheduled for Monday, July 31 at the Canajoharie Country Club.  A raffle is included in the event.  Our contribution to the raffle table is this golf wreath which I commissioned from a patron.  She did a nice job! 
The Foundation for Mohawk Valley Libraries provides funding to assist every public library in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and Schoharie counties; fourteen institutions offering library service at twenty two locations in the greater Mohawk Valley. 
Last year the Foundation granted us funds to replace the computer chairs at our three, public computers as well as a new computer table. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Martian

The Martian,  Andy  Weir’s bestselling novel of 2011, is the selection for discussion on Saturday, August 12 at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville.    The discussion will begin at 10 AM.
 In Weir’s novel, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.  After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Watney won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.   

Not ready to give up, Watney  draws on his ingenuity,  engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit as he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next working to overcome the impossible odds against him and survive.

The book was optioned for film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, and released in the fall of 2015.  Both the novel and film were critically acclaimed. 

Judith Prest will facilitate the discussion.   Ms. Prest is a poet, photographer, mixed media artist and creativity coach. Her work has been published in several journals including Mad Poet’s Review, Chronogram, and the Akros Review.  The program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and is sponsored by the Reaney Library in cooperation with the Mohawk Valley Library System.

Anyone desiring further information or wishing to reserve a copy of the book is invited to contact Library Director Dawn Lamphere at 518-568-7822. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Only the Good

I ran into a gentleman earlier this week while at NBT. Out of the blue he asked if we could use some copy paper. Of course we can, always:) We have 3 public computers, 3 staff computers, a public fax machine and photocopier. Paper is a MUST. Anyway, he showed up yesterday with 3 reams of paper. Just like that; a gift. We very much appreciate his kindness and generosity; attributes he exhibits daily.

We have many such good people within our orbit. Today I am writing a "thank you" to a former resident and her husband for a recent donation. I remember her as a child and am so glad the library has remained fondly in her heart. 

Then, there is the case of he-who-shall-remain-nameless who continues to gift us regularly with new audio books. The audios are popular among our patrons. Heading off on a vacation or spending a day at the beach? An audio book might be just what you are looking for.

One last surprise? I had recommended the novel Tiger's Woman by Celeste De Blasis to a patron. It is probably one of THE best romantic/historic pieces of fiction I have ever read. Published in 1981, the book has been around MRML almost as long as I have and over the course of its life has been glued and taped and circulated to many. My patron came by last week and handed me a package. Inside? Another copy of Tiger's Woman! She had found a used copy on Amazon and gave it to us so we could retire our original copy. It was like Christmas morning and getting the best gift ever.

When we watch the news and see all the "bad" in the world it is easy to despair. I assure you, there are many, many good people out there; some right in our own back yards.

Now, to make you laugh. One of the most popular books we have sent out on Interlibrary loan over the years? A novel titled "By Reason of Insanity". Where did it go so frequently? A correctional facility. I kid you not.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Book Club Notes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Book Club titles have been selected for August-December.  New readers are always welcome.  Titles are available in regular and large print or as an audio book. 

If you would like to participate please contact the library at 518-568-7822.  Readers gather on the Saturdays noted at 10 AM.


August 12       -         the Martian by Andy Weir*

September 9  -        the Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

October 14    -         the Round House by Louise Erdrich*

November 4 -       Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant *

December 9   -         Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance


*These discussions are funded by NYSCA and will feature guest facilitators.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Book Club; because books and talking about them go together like that old sandwich favorite!