Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Monday, September 30, 2019

Nifty Needles

Nifty Needles will convene on Tuesdays beginning October 15.  The group, which is open to anyone who enjoys handicrafts, will meet at 10 AM.  Thereafter, Nifty Needles will continue to meet weekly through December 17.  
A Spring session will resume in February 2020.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Hello 2nd Graders!

This morning Miss Marge and myself welcomed the OESJ second grade; 54 strong, you could hear their walking feet and happy chatter coming from Main Street. 
Apparently, their morning was spent learning about “community”.  Prior to their library stop, they had visited the STJPD, NBT Bank, the post office and STJ Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  

We talked about some of their stops and why those stops were part of “community”.  Obviously, the police department can help us if we lose our cat or dog or someone steals our bicycles.  One little girl commented that the police “keep us safe”.  

I asked if the bank had given them any money.  There was a resounding “NO” to that question:) 

At the Nursing Home they made some crafts for the residents and I assured them their visit must have brought much joy.  

We talked a bit about the history of libraries and how other countries share books if their community doesn’t have an actual library building.  For example, in North Africa and the Middle East books are sometimes delivered via camel.  In the Scandinavian countries it is not unusual to have book boats.  Here in St. Johnsville, we are fortunate to have our “own” library.

Handing out STJ Chamber of Commerce directories, I instructed the children to open up to the  center where a community map can be found.  They each located the Mohawk River, followed straight up the page with their fingers to locate Kingsbury Avenue.  With highlighters in hand, they colored Kingsbury so that they would know where the library was located for future reference.  

I then talked to them about the river and the New York State canal system and how the canal offered another opportunity to create “community” by connecting everyone along its banks.  Each child received a NYS Canal System activity book, courtesy of the Canal Corporation, and a fall bookmark.  

Finally, to reinforce the thought “community” is about sharing and caring, we gathered in a large circle, joined hands and raised them up in support of each other.
With their feet crunching on some fallen leaves and chattering like magpies they walked off to their final destination, Soldiers and Sailors Park, for lunch and play.  

It is not more bigness that should be our goal. We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children's future.   

Robert F. Kennedy

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Ring Around the Rosey

Oh my goodness, what an incredibly happy time in Story Time this morning.  As reported, due to an unexpectedly large turnout last week, we gathered today in the Reaney Room.  There was plenty of space for all of our shenanigans. One of our pals briefly stayed in the front with Miss Marge.  Her job was to direct everyone to the back.  I happened to be out front when a child came in and Miss J. calmly announced "In the back". 
What I found the most “smile worthy” is how much more comfortable the children were with each other just from a week ago.  Tiny pals who last week stuck like glue to their adults were today cheerfully rambling about the rug.  We were even successful in joining hands to create a LARGE circle for Ring Around a Rosie. 
Attendance today?  The same as last week; 27 children and adults.
Story Time is Wednesday mornings @ 10 AM.  

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Holy Cow!

Miss Marge and I would like to thank the 27 children, parents and grandparents who attended this morning’s Story Time.  The children ranged in age from 4 years old to 6 months. 
Oh my goodness, we were awash with so many happy smiles, good listeners, and cheerful play partners.    What a fantastic start to our program.  
Our rug was a bit crowded due to the unexpected turn out, but we have already sorted things our for next week; we’ll be adjourning to the Reaney Room for circle time and coming back out to the Children’s Room for play.   After all, we need plenty of space to row our boats, tip over like teakettles and flap our wings as butterflies!  I would like to think our benefactor, Joseph Reaney, would appreciate giggles ringing out among the antiques, paintings and sculpture.