5/17/16

WEEKLY QUOTE “I see everything I paint in this world, but everybody does not see alike. To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes. The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.”  – William Blake


LIBRARY CLOSED  We will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday the 18th, for maintenance.  We will re-open at 9 AM on Thursday, May 19th.  The interior elevator will remain closed for repairs.  Story Time is cancelled this week and will return on the 25th at 10:30 AM.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

DISPLAY  We have new antiques on display in our long and our tall cabinets.  Jim Rupert has loaned us a portion of his collection of found objects.  Come take a peek at the old bottles, clay pipes, coins, and more.

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5/10/16

WEEKLY QUOTE "It was an ideal spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white clouds drifting across from west to east.  The sun was shining very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, which set an edge to a man's energy." – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  Celebrate the month of May with mystery writers Arthur Conan Doyle and Tony Hillerman, spymasters Robert Ludlum and Ian Fleming, fantasists J. M. Barre and T. H. White, poets Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson, or Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca.  Their books, related movies, and more are on display near Sophie’s tank.

 

ELEVATOR  The interior elevator is receiving additional upgrades.  It may be offline for as long as the next two weeks.  The exterior lift will remain functional.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Stop in tomorrow the 11th from 2 – 3 PM for treats and the return of our specialty coffee – and chat with some of your neighbors while you’re here.

 

DOCUMENTARY  Come view Under Our Skin and learn more about treatments for Lyme disease.  The screening will start at 5:30 PM next Tuesday, the 17th.

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5/3/16

WEEKLY QUOTE “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to gather wood, divide their work, and give them orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

TIE-DYE  Bring your own shirt to Library Park on Saturday the 28th at 1 PM (weather permitting) and go home with a colorful fashion statement.

 

REGULAR PROGRAMS  Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM.  Story Time for ages 3 – 6, with picture books and crafts, is Wednesday at 10:30 AM.  Drop-in computer help will be today the 3rd and Tuesday the 24th from 6 – 7 PM as well as Saturdays the 7th and 21st from 11 AM – 12 PM.  Social hour is next Wednesday the 11th from 2 – 3 PM (with specialty coffee featured.)  Movie night will be Thursday the 19th at 5:30 PM (and May the Fourth be with you then and tomorrow as well.)  Call the library or check out our website for details on all of our events.

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Sad loss of a wonderful woman

 

 

On Sunday, April 24, 2016, Nancy Upperman, the previous Vice President of the Friends of the Ogdensburg Public Library Board passed away. Nancy was a talented artist, kind woman and great supporter of the Library. She was loved by her friends, family and animals. She will be remembered for her love of life, gentleness to others, and her infectious smile. People are encouraged to donate to the Friends of the Library or the American Cancer Society.

 

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4/26/16

WEEKLY QUOTE "No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it.” - Hal Borland

 

MAY PROGRAMS Computer help will be on Tuesdays May 3rd and 24th and Saturdays May 7th and 21st. Social Hour will be on the 11th, featuring specialty coffee left over from this month’s Library Week celebrations. Our regular movie night will be Thursday the 19th; lightsabers are prohibited, except on the screen. We will also be re-showing the Lyme disease documentary Under Our Skin on Tuesday the 17th, so if you missed it in August and would like more information about alternative treatments, join us. We’ll wrap up the month with an outdoor tie-dyeing session on Saturday the 28th – bring your own t-shirt or other fabric item to color.

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4/19/16

WEEKLY QUOTE  "The sun was warm but the wind was chill.  You know how it is with an April day.  When the sun is out and the wind is still, you're one month on in the middle of May.

But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud comes over the sunlit arch, a wind comes off a frozen peak, and you're two months back in the middle of March." – Robert Frost

 

THANK YOU  Thank you for making Library Week a success.  We hope you all enjoyed (and maybe even learned from) the festivities.  As a bonus, if you liked the specialty coffees they will be making a reappearance at our monthly Social Hours for some time to come.

 

MOVIE NIGHT  Movie night is this week at 5:30 PM on Thursday the 21st.  We will be watching a PG-rated animated film about faeries, magic, and love.  Popcorn will be provided.

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Books and coffee: Library Week in Ogdensburg


Ogdensburg Public Library. Photo: Melissa Callaert
 

You may have noticed some change at the Ogdensburg Public Library last week. The building was slowly transforming. Two large butterflies and a banner invited guests to the celebration of National Library Week.

For this week the library has organized activities related the theme "Transformation." Celebrations started with a crafty afternoon on Monday and will end with a free yoga session on Friday. Visitors can ignore the food-and-drinks-are-not-allowed sign because St. Lawrence Valley Roasters will do daily coffee tastings.

Penny Kerfien, Photo: Melissa Callaert
Penny Kerfien, Photo: Melissa Callaert

Penny Kerfien, director of the library said there are many things going on. "We have a treasure hunt which you can do all day long, a coffee tasting and some planned activities like gardening, crafting and yoga. All of them are part of the "transformation" theme because you transform something."

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4/12/16

WEEKLY QUOTE  “Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.  Libraries change lives for the better.”  –  Sidney Sheldon

 

NEW PROGRAMS  We have two late additions to our Library Week festivities.  On Friday at 1 PM, the experts from Lowe’s Home Improvement will host a DIY Indoor Herb Garden class – come put what you learned on Wednesday’s Container Gardening class to use.  Saturday, local storyteller Rachel White will bring her puppets to the library and weave a few children’s tales at 11 AM.  Please join us if you’re able.

 

IT’S HERE  Follow the butterflies to National Library Week.  While Monday’s events have passed, there are still five days left.  The Zoo will be here with live animals today at 4 PM, tomorrow is a gardening class at 2; Thursday brings paper-bead making at 5 PM; and Friday features free yoga at 2:30 PM in addition to the DIY class.  If you can’t make any of the scheduled events, we also have activities open all week, from a scavenger hunt to literary bingo to a digital presentation on the library’s collection of artwork.  If none of that interests you, just grab a daily cup of coffee courtesy of St. Lawrence Valley Roasters – and maybe take a blind date with a book while you sip.

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