National Library Week

4/4/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Desipience – Foolishness or silliness

                                    

TAX HELP  There are still some open slots for free tax help and electronic filing tomorrow April 5th from 10 AM to 4 PM.  These individual sessions, lasting about an hour, will be conducted by volunteers from the New York State Tax Department.  Please see our website for details and requirements.

 

EGG DYEING  Join us this Thursday at 5 PM.  We’ll start off with a nature walk around the park (weather permitting.)  Indoors we’ll learn how to dye hard-boiled eggs with natural materials and use the leaves we’ve collected to create silhouettes on the shells.

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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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Horwood Stained Glass Museum proposed in Ogdensburg

Come to the Ogdensburg Public Library on April 11th at 6 pm to learn more about Mr. Horwood and the planned museum.  Mr. Martin is putting on a presentation as part of National Library Week.

Horwood Stained Glass Museum proposed in Ogdensburg

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Another example of Horwood stained glass, this one can be seen at the entrance to the Frederic Remington Art Museum on Washington Street in Ogdensburg.

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4/5/16

WEEKLY QUOTE  “Proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim, hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” – William Shakespeare

 

LIBRARY WEEK  You may have noticed our decorations going up around the library last week.  (If you haven’t, hurry in – they’re transforming!) The celebrations start next Monday with an afternoon craft and an evening lecture, then continue on Tuesday with a visit from the Thompson Park Zoo.  Join us all week for raffles, prizes, coffee, and more programming.  Check out our website or stop in for the full schedule – we have something for everyone.

 

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  Celebrate April with William Shakespeare, Harper Lee, Tom Clancy, Washington Irving, Maya Angelou, Barbara Kingsolver, and more.  We’ll have their books and movies on display by Sophie’s tank all month.  As always, we invite you to revisit an old favorite or discover a new one.

 

SOPHIE  Our newly-famous library turtle says ‘hello’ to all of the new friends she’s made in the last week.  We hope you stop by again soon!

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National Library Week April 10-16

On March 28th at the Ogdensburg City Council Meeting, Mayor Ashley read a proclamation for National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016.  Mayor Ashley is shown presenting the proclamation to the Director of the Library Penny Kerfien.  Also shown from left to right are Sarah Purdy - city manager, Michael Morley, Brian Mitchell, Jennifer Stevenson, Tim Davis and David Price councillors.

 

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3/29/2016

WEEKLY QUOTE  “Such mirth had the madness and might in thee made, March, master of winds, bright minstrel and marshal of storms that enkindle the season they smite." – Algernon C. Swinburne

 

LIBRARY WEEK  We’ll be celebrating National Library Week from Monday April 11th through Saturday the 16th.  This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform,” and we hope you’ll come join the festivities!  We kick off on Monday with two events: a craft for adults that upcycles an old book into a new picture frame at 2 PM, and a presentation on the local Horwood family, the stained-glass art they created, and plans for a museum to house their work at 6 PM.  Tuesday we’ll be hosting the Thompson Park Zoo (and their animals) at 4 PM.  On Wednesday, join master gardener Julie Hackett Cliff for a class on container gardening at 2 PM.  Thursday brings our family-friendly craft – transforming paper into colorful beads – at 5 PM.  Finally, we wrap things up on Friday at 2:30 PM, when instructor Heather Barkley will lead a free yoga class.

 

We also have five events running all week long.  Take part in a scavenger hunt that will teach you about the library’s history, or play library bingo for a chance to win a daily prize.  St. Lawrence Valley Roasters is helping us put on a coffee tasting, with one new brew every day.  While you’re sipping your coffee, try out a different kind of blind taste test by grabbing a new book.  The twist?  We’ve covered up their covers, so you won’t know what you have until after you’ve checked it out.  Finally, if you’ve ever wondered about the paintings hanging in the library, this is your chance to learn more.  There will be a digital presentation by city historian Julie Madlin running all week near the front desk.  You can stop in at any time to watch it.  And on top of all that, we’re also transforming the library with decorations.  Please come celebrate community, creativity, and change with us!

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3/22/16

WEEKLY QUOTE  "I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, if wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, if frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun and crocus fires are kindling one by one; sing robin, sing; I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring." – Christina Rossetti, poet

 

MOVIE NIGHT  Join us for a PG-rated and animated flick featuring a large dinosaur and his small pet this Thursday, the 24th, at 5:30 PM.  We’ll provide the popcorn!

 

NINJAS  The ninjas have returned, and they’ve hidden eggs all over the library.  Bravely face down their challenges, earn your training certificate, and find out all their secrets (and the locations of their candy) this Saturday, the 26th, at 11 AM.

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