Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Summer Faces

There are a couple of new “summer” faces here in Libraryland; my wonderful page, Miss Samantha, and my junior assistant, Miss Faith. 

Samantha, who is a combination high school/PTech/college student has proven to be a quick study competently handling the four times a week Interlibrary Loan delivery.   The delivery is the way we request from and fill requests for materials throughout our system as well as facilitate several rotating collections; audio, film, large type, graphic novels, and teen readers. 
Using the parameters I outlined to her, Samantha has also completed weeding the picture books, toddler books and easy readers.  Just as you weed a garden so your fruits and vegetables flourish, you also have to periodically weed a library collection to make room for new titles.  As a result of that project, Book Bench was launched. Once the weather clears, you can look forward to seeing bags of free titles to take home for your personal libraries.  A delightful young woman, Samantha currently works 15 hours a week.

Miss Faith approached me in late winter wanting to volunteer.  At the time she was 8.  I told her to come see me when she turned 9.  Once she had her May birthday, finished dance, baseball and school for the summer, Faith came aboard.  She works 1 hour a week from 10-11AM.  She enjoys emptying the book drop and checking in the materials found there.  She also helps me shelve books and has a fairly good idea where things go.  We work from 10-1030, take an employee break, and resume work until her mom picks her up at 11. 

Recently, I asked her to come up with some ideas for our main floor display case.  She had a list of 15 potential subjects.  This last Tuesday, she settled on children which was then interpreted to mean babies and parenting.  Together we looked for appropriate titles and Faith arranged the display and wiped down the glass after I sprayed it with cleaner.  Faith has a younger brother waiting in the wings until he turns 9! 

What do a teenager and 9 year old have in common?  They both are avid readers and have brought much joy and assistance to 19 Kingsbury Avenue.


Friday, July 13, 2018

the British Are Coming

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

With a love like that

You know you should be glad!


Ladies and Gentlemen and music lovers across the Mohawk Valley Hey Jude….the Tribute, will be rocking the St. Johnsville Marina with all your favorite Beatle tunes on Monday, July 16.

The concert is set to begin at 630 PM.

Reaney Library trustees will be on hand serving hotdogs, cold soda and water, and ice cream.  Plans also call for a 50/50 raffle. 


Grab your lawn chair or blanket and be part of this homegrown British Invasion!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Family Stories Writing Workshop

We still have room in our Becoming Ancestors: a four week workshop on collecting, preserving and sharing family stories.

The Thursday afternoon sessions will meet July 19 & 26 and August 2 & 9 from 1-330PM at the Community House.

Evening sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays at 630-8PM August 15, 22, 29 and September 3.

If you would like to register please call the library at 518-568-7822.  Your future family is waiting to hear your voice.

For those unable to participate due to time or distance,  please enjoy the Introduction below.  I will post follow-up materials as they become available.


Becoming an Ancestors

First Handout: Introduction

 The idea for this workshop came to me recently when my brother passed away and his son said, “Aunt Ali is the last grownup in our family and the only one now who knows the stories.”  After the shock passed of being “the grownup,” and feeling sad so many are gone, I started thinking about the passing on of family artifacts.  I had cared for my mama as she passed and brought home with me some of the family memorabilia.  I have the photos, the birth and death certificates, the yearbooks and military portraits. 

It is an honor and a horror to be the family archivist.   I want to do a decent job of it. 

 In this workshop we will explore ways to gather and tell family stories.  Ways to speak them and write them down.  We are going to look at some of our own artifacts and, by remembering their stories, gain some understanding of why they are important and why it is important to pass them along.

My nephew, William, now has no living father.  I have decided to give him what I can of a living memory.   And the other, younger, members of my family as well.  I’m going to share with them some of the funny, sad, embarrassing, and wisdom filled stories that will tell them where they come from, who they are.

 I am going to work with you here.  We’ll bring in some of our family stuff, stories, and dreams and figure out ways to pass on the wonder and wisdom of the lives we and our families have experienced.  We are living in extraordinary times, but I tell you a secret, it is always extraordinary times.  Every life is a real historical epoch, every family story is a bygone era.

The idea here will be to gather and find ways to preserve the stories we tell around the holiday table after the turkey is eaten, after the presents are opened, on birthdays, and when the funeral is over as we gather to remember each other.  The time Uncle So-and-so drove his car into the river…the time Aunt Ah-hem lost her drawers walking across Main Street.  Both of these stories have been told me over the years.  I know many more are out there waiting to come to life as gifts to the future.

This will not be a class on English grammar or spelling or proper manuscript forms.  The emphasis will be on personal style and how to tell or write down some of your family tales.  We’ll talk about how to combine our photos and writing, but though I will have a dictionary on hand I am not going to be the English major here.  I’m going to be a person looking for ways to honor her family.   This will not be about how to research your roots, though methods of genealogy will probably be discussed.

Bring a pen or pencil, a notebook, and try to do the weekly suggestion assignments.  The first session please bring some photos of yourself.  The youngest available, or one that shows the you your family knows best.  Or one that you feel expresses who you feel yourself to be.  Bring your yearbook photo, communion or wedding.  Birthday or holiday pix are good.

Alternately bring any other photos you feel are important to your family story.  Bring in a photo of family pets or the house you grew up in.   Try to spend a little time before we meet with these, think about them, explain them to yourself.   You will be asked to share your picture, but you are never under obligation.  It will be enough that you attend and if you feel silent that is ok, too.  We are gathering to inspire and explore, if you feel like speaking out that will be great.  No pressure ever.





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Starlab Returns!



            We are so very excited to announce the Dudley Observatory’s Starlab, a portable planetarium, will be returning to the Library on Saturday, September 22 for two morning programs.  Details will be announced as the date draws nearer. 


Monday, July 2, 2018

July 4th

The library will be closed July 4-8. Regular hours will resume Monday, July 9 @930AM.