Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Friday, June 28, 2019


Tonight, two dear, young women who have both worked for me, will graduate from OESJ.  Samantha Reese and Meadow Arduini, I salute you for your work ethic and generous and kind hearts.  You are both a credit to your parents, family, school district and community. 
I hope the future brings each of you much success academically and personally.  

Tell us in the comments who you are "celebrating" this graduation season.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Catalpa Time!

Every year we get asked, “Just what is that beautiful tree in front with the white flowers?” It’s a catalpa. In June Miss Catalpa is eye-catching with thousands of fragrant blossoms. Unfortunately for our hardworking groundskeeper, Dan, the blooms do not stay on the tree. The flowers drift down and pile up on the sidewalk like snow; beautiful but messy. No sooner does he get them cleaned up when the sidewalk is covered again. 
With wonderful, broad leaves the tree does provide excellent shade which helps deter some of the summer heat soaking into the library. You will also notice its’ distinctive bean pods, sometimes used as poking sticks by the kids. The pods are long and, when they dry up, tough, making them somewhat difficult to rake or pick up with the lawn mower. Come late fall and a hard frost, all the leaves seem to drop at once making for an ankle deep carpet; perfect for leaf kicking. 
Walking or driving by 19 Kingsbury?  Look up, it is catalpa time!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Lassie, Come Home.......................


Start checking under your couches and beds and in your she sheds, man caves, the trunks of your cars and, if necessary, even in your freezers.

Now is the time to get those stragglers back!!!!

Don’t be afraid.
No need to be embarrassed.
No questions asked.
Bring them to the main desk or leave them in the outside book drop.

Failure to return overdue items does impact future borrowing and use of the public computers.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Penny Wool

We are delighted to feature the penny wool “rugs” of St. Johnsville’s Rebecca Trombetta throughout the month of June.

Beginning in the 1800s using scraps of wool, or felt from old clothing, women created “rugs” which were used as decoration, or for warmth on a bed. The rugs were made with three concentric circles of different sizes, lying on top of one another along a backing of material (often burlap or canvas) and sewn with a blanket stitch. The circles were measured using coins, hence the name, penny rug. The name is also thought to have originated because a penny would sometimes be sewn into the rug to help it lie flat.

Penny rugs are not actual rugs for the floor, but decorative coverings for tables, dressers and mantles. Sometimes they are used as wall hangings or pillows. Most designs include circles and some include images from everyday life such as cats, flowers, birds and shapes such as stars and hearts.

The pieces are in the front entrance show case and can be seen during regular hours; Monday 930A-8P, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 930A-5P and Saturday 10A-Noon.

Thank you, Becky, for sharing your lovely work with us!