Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Friday, July 26, 2019

Fall Book Club Selections

With a theme of time and place, the Reaney Library, in cooperation with the Mohawk Valley Library System, will begin their fall book discussion series on Saturday, September 14 with the novel the Crazy Ladies of Pearl Street by Trevanian.  

The place is Albany, New York. The year is 1936. Six-year-old Jean-Luc LaPointe, his little sister, and their spirited but vulnerable young mother have been abandoned—again—by his father, a charmer and a con artist. With no money and no family willing to take them in, the LaPointes manage to create a fragile nest at 238 North Pearl Street. For the next eight years, through the Great Depression and Second World War, they live in the heart of the Irish slum, with its ward heelers, unemployment, and grinding poverty. As Jean-Luc discovers, it’s a neighborhood of “crazyladies”: Miss Cox, the feared and ridiculed teacher who ignites his imagination; Mrs. Kane, who runs a beauty parlor/fortune-telling salon in the back of her husband’s grocery store; Mrs. Meehan, the desperate, harried matriarch of a thuggish family across the street; lonely Mrs. McGivney, who spends every day tending to her catatonic husband, a veteran of the Great War; and Jean-Luc’s own unconventional, vivacious mother.

Jean-Luc is a voracious reader who never stops dreaming of a way out of the slum. He gradually takes on responsibility for the family’s survival with a mix of bravery and resentment while his mom turns from spells of illness and depression to eager planning for the day when “our ship will come in.” It’s a heartfelt and unforgettable look back at one child’s life in the 1930s and ’40s, a story that will be remembered long after the last page is turned. 

The discussion will be facilitated by Ali MacDonald.  All are welcome as we gather and discuss.  Copies of the book are provided in either print or audio. 

The October selection is Boston Girl by Anita Diamant to be followed by North River authored by Pete Hamill. 

Anyone desiring further information is invited to contact Dawn Lamphere at 518-568-7822.  

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Tiny Pals, Tours, Baseball and Scrapbooks

It was a lovely and productive day in Libraryland yesterday.  Some tiny pals came to call and one young lady and I ALWAYS have to compare jewelry.  We are like crows, attracted to and excited about anything sparkly or shiny.  While she and her brother were here, another pal arrived with her Moana baby doll.  The doll was appropriately ooohed and aaahed over and eyes grew wide when I produced a Moana Look and Find book. 

Library trustee Mat Rapacz was pressed into service to give a late morning tour of the museum to a gentleman who had picked up our brochure at the marina.  He and his family had camped at the marina following a jaunt down the bike path to Scotia and were making their way back home.  It always brings a smile when people realize we are not “just a library”.   

On Tuesday a young man had stopped by to use the library WiFi and I heard him mention in passing, “baseball”.  He was back again yesterday with another gentleman and I couldn’t help myself and asked him, “Excuse me, but are you a Diamond Dog?”  The second young man assured me they both were.  What I know about baseball is pretty nil except for the fact my mom went to her grave knowing that the chances of her beloved Pete Rose getting inducted into the Hall of Fame were slim.  One of the Dogs agreed, commenting that he didn’t think Pete would make it either.   

The day rounded out when I had our maintenance man, Dan, relocate part of the library’s extensive community scrap book collection from the downstairs up. 
These scrap books were started years ago under the direction of Zylphia Tompson Lenz and were maintained first by Jayne Countryman, later Marta Zimmerman and now, over the summer, Marge Curtis.  Marta spent hours painstakingly indexing them and they are a valuable resource of community information.  Relocating them to the stack room makes them readily available for browsing.  This particular group begins with 1970 and the articles are reflective of a multitude of events and organizations
After a bit more sorting, the scrap books of former Mayor Wilfred Y. Kraft will be added as well as a couple of other “goodies”.   Stay tuned!  

Friday, July 19, 2019

Personal Coolers!

Thank you Jill and Mike @ Sportee Designs for bringing our vision of "personal coolers" to life! 
As a kid in 4-H my family and I spent a lot of time at the Fonda Fair.  For those old enough to remember,  Senator Hugh Farley always had a booth under the grandstand and EVERYBODY walked the fairgrounds waving their "I'm a Farley Fan" fan.  Senator Farley was a tremendous supporter of libraries and it was that memory which inspired these fans.
Stop by the library and pick one up or see us at the July 29 Marina Concert where they will be distributed.
The project was funded by a grant from the Mohawk Valley Library System

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Welcome Miss Mallory

A special welcome to Miss Mallory who joins us as a summer volunteer.  Miss Mallory and I share an interest in horses and her special project this week was to put together a new display for the front case. 
She brought in some horse models from her own collection along with ribbons that she has been steadily winning over the last couple of years.  Miss Mallory trains with Sablewood Stables in Fultonville.  If you look closely, you will see two very long ribbons; champion and reserve champion rosettes. 

The display also features a horse shoe with some family history.  It was once on a horse her grandmother owned.

Armed with specific Dewey Decimal numbers, I invited Miss Mallory to gather up books appropriate to her display pieces.  While we may not be the Smithsonian, we do like to have our exhibits appear balanced and well thought out.  Mallory did just that.  One of the books, Figaro, reminded her of a horse her friend had ridden named Figgy.  The Figaro book also had a splash of yellow on its front cover which made the yellow third place ribbon a perfect compliment. 
She had also brought appaloosa and palomino statues which went along beautifully with a couple of breed specific titles. 
On the center shelf is a white fourth place ribbon that brings a much-needed splash of brightness between a black Shire and a bay. 
In the lower left-hand corner is a photo of Miss Mallory riding her roan pony, Dotty. 

Mallory is our second youth volunteer joining Miss Faith who started with us last summer.  While the girls each volunteer one hour a week, it is usually a busy hour.  There are requests to be filled, the book drop emptied and assorted special projects. Built into the hour is also a staff break; I want them to experience every aspect of “working” including a few minutes to come together with colleagues😊  

My staff is rounded out by Miss Samantha who will soon be heading off to college, Miss Marge Curtis, a beloved, familiar face having taught many years at STJ/OESJ, Marta Zimmerman who is now in her fourth decade of service and Mr. Dan who keeps our grounds neat and tidy.