Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Delivery Saves the Day

Yet another valuable service when you are part of a library system is delivery.  Not only does our three times a week delivery service move materials around between our members but also, at least today, much needed computer components.

Our entire system went down earlier in the week and in consultation with both our great IT people and Charter communications, it was determined we needed a new router and switch.

With Christmas plopping down in the middle of the week, delivery was thrown off a bit and we have been patiently waiting.

Well, today I am happy to say the waiting has come to an end.  We had posted a sign on the front door letting everyone know that our computers were down and this morning our delivery man announced that he had the solution to our problem.  Quickly opening one of the two totes, he pulled out a box, dropped to one knee, and presented me with both the switch and router.  It was a very Cinderella moment and he seemed rather pleased to be able to rescue this damsel in distress.

Once Miss Marge arrives Monday afternoon, I’ll get on the phone with IT, switch out the old, cable up the new and, with every finger, toe and eyes crossed, we will be up and running again.  

I will post when the coast is clear!  Yet another great day here in Libraryland.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Winter Program Notes

MRML Winter Program Notes

Story Time will resume on Wednesday, February 5 @ 10AM.  

We traditionally take the month of January off as it is not always easy to keep little ones coming and going throughout that long winter month. Stormy weather and sickness take their toll.   

Rest, stay healthy, play in the snow and of course, you are welcome to drop by to say “Hi” anytime! 

Nifty Needles is also on hiatus until February.  The weekly gathering of handcrafters will resume on Tuesday, February 4 at 10AM.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Book Club will meet on Saturday, March 14th to discuss the Mitch Albom novel, the Time Keeper.  This book was particularly selected for a mid-Winter discussion as we find ourselves winding down from what is frequently a busy holiday season which often leaves many stressed and overwhelmed.  

In the Time Keeper, Dor is obsessed with time. Dor's obsession takes up so much of his time that he misses out on some of the most important things in life. As Dor's wife lies dying, he turns to God to ask for more time. Instead, Dor is locked in a cave and forced to listen to man's obsession with time, an obsession begun by him. To return to his own life and time, Dor is then given the task of forcing an elderly man and a young girl to appreciate the time they have been given. 

Albom’s novel will allow us to reflect on what is truly important in our lives; the people we surround ourselves with and the time we spend with them.  Books will arrive mid-to late January and readers will be notified when they are available for pick-up.  If you are not currently a member of our reading group, please, consider joining us.   

Monday, December 16, 2019

Tis the Season to Tech

A busy day here in Libraryland with the installation of two, new public computers, an upgrade to a third public PC and a staff laptop, and the installation of a new staff computer.
All of our equipment comes through the power of consortium buying as a member of the Mohawk Valley Library System (MVLS) in cooperation with our sister system, the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS). As if the prices are not reason enough, we have access to one of the best IT teams available on site headquartered at SALS.
No matter what our issue, they are always willing to help get it resolved. I cannot tell you the times I have called in, with what I think are dire straights, only to hear a calm voice on the other end working me towards a resolution. Privately, I refer to our tech support people as the "Mother Ship"; taking control and talking me back of the ledge.
Today was no different.
Once the new towers and monitors arrived, an installation appointment was scheduled. Miss Mary arrived from Saratoga and, as fast as our own Miss Marge quickly pulled out the old equipment, Mary was just as fast cabling up and installing the new models.
Miss Mary also upgraded our staff laptop to get it ready for a project in the Marta Nellis Zimmerman Genealogy and Local History Room. Years ago Marta cataloged the bulk of that particular collection and Miss Marge will be adding a simple numbering system over the winter to make them easier to locate.
Finally, a staff computer was installed in my office. I've not had one in there in a number of years and have been frequently left to do my work on a public computer when available.
This whirlwind of activity was all completed in about 3 hours. No fuss, no muss, just getting a much needed job done. From here, Miss Mary was zooming off to the Frothingham Library in Fonda to work some more magic.
Libraries are all about cooperation with the public and among themselves. That spirit was on full display today and MRML was the beneficiary. #TechSupportSuperHeroes

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Art lovers take note!

Christmas tree Q-tip paintings were a big hit this morning!  Such eye for detail, unbelievable concentration, and very little mess led to absolute masterpieces; we hope you enjoy the results.  Story Time will meet next Wednesday, December 18th and then we will be on a winter break until February 2020.  

 It all begins with a plate of paint and Q-tips
 Like Christmas trees everywhere, each was beautifully unique
 A happy tree full of Christmas cheer
 Notice the garlands reaching for the ceiling
 A traditional star topper

         Each dot of color so carefully placed
        This tree has presents
       A smudge of red, a Q-tip of blue
      Could that be the tail of a shooting star on the left
       A wonderful mixture of color

      I do believe those purple lines and three dots eventually became a stocking.

       When "dotting" isn't enough use your Q-tip as a brush
       I want my yellow just there
       An explosion of wondrous color against a blue sky

 Our tiniest pal started the year at 6 weeks old, what a lovely tree she and mom made:)