Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Story Time To Resume

Story Time will resume Wednesday, February 5, 10 AM at St. Johnsville’s Margaret Reaney Memorial Library.  This is a free, weekly program open to preschoolers; infant to age 5.   Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. 

Story Time includes finger plays, singing, a weekly book and time to play.  Emphasis is placed on developing and practicing good social skills; particularly sharing and caring. 

Registration is not required. 

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

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Read the Stacks: A-Z


Hello fellow Page Turners! 
The new year always brings a plethora of reading challenges.  I’ve decided to create my own and invite you to join me in 2020 as we Read the Stacks:A-Z.

It’s fairly simple.  Come to the library, browse the stacks and select a book, or two, for each letter of the alphabet.  I encourage you to step out of your normal reading patterns and pick an author or genre you have never read before.

Miss Marge and I will be putting our heads together and make a chart to keep by the circulation area.  When you return your books, you’ll record the author and title and rate the book on a scale of 1-5; 1 being “why is this even taking up shelf space?” and 5 representing a book everyone should try!

Start with any letter you want.  I am going the traditional route and beginning with A.  My two choices are the Blue Wall by Kenneth Abel and American Taliban by Pearl Abraham.

 Brooklyn River drownings aren't usually a pretty sight, but this corpse is obviously from the nicer side of town. The girl's father spared no expense or expertise - let alone time - in posting her missing and insisting that the NYPD find her. The tragic death of Eva Cruz is the first scene in a play that leaves Detective Dave Moser wondering just who his real friends are. It seems that everyone but himself, one Internal Affairs lieutenant and an FBI new girl, is on the take to the tune of thousands or millions of dollars. As Moser gets nearer and nearer to the center of the puzzle of why Eva Cruz died, the higher the NYPD blue wall of silence gets.

An avid, near-six-foot-tall surfer, John Jude Parish cuts a striking figure on the beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. When he isn’t on water, John lives on wheels, a self-described skate rat—grinding and kickflipping with his friends, and encouraged by his progressive parents. His hero is the great explorer Richard Burton, his personal prophet is Bob Dylan, and his world is wide open—to new ideas, philosophies, and religions.

Through online forums and chat rooms, John meets a young woman from Brooklyn who spurs his interest in Islam and Arab literature. Deferring Brown University for a year, he moves to the idyllic New York borough to study Arabic. Like Burton, John embraces the experience heart, body, and soul—submitting to Islam, practicing the salaat, fasting and meditating, dancing with dervishes, and encountering the extraordinary. Burton lived the life of a nineteenth-century adventurer, but he also penetrated the ancient wisdom of secret worlds. John will too—with unforeseen consequences.
Critically acclaimed novelist Pearl Abraham uses her gifts of psychological acuity and uncommon empathy to depict a typical upper-middle-class family snared by the forces of history, politics, and faith. In American Taliban, she imagines this young surfer/skater on a distinctly American spiritual journey that begins with Transcendentalism and counter-cultural impulses, enters into world mysticism, and finds its destination in Islam.