The library is accepting book donations again, but they must be printed within the past 5 years or newer, no mold, no dirt, etc. Thank you for your patience, and please join us at the next Friends Book Sale April 5 - 14!
WRITER OF THE WEEK Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott was born January 23rd on St. Lucia. His poems often reflected, but were not restricted to, life in the Caribbean. The library has several of his volumes, including Sea Grapes and The Prodigal.
FAMILY BOOK CLUB This month we’re discussing the Ranger in Time series by Kate Messner. You can choose to read any one or all of the books. Join us on Thursday the 25th at 5 PM, when we’ll be making miniature copies of Ranger’s first aid kit. (We’ll be talking about dogs next month, too, with a special guest. Look for an announcement next week, or take a peek at our website in the meantime.)
WORD OF THE WEEK Quidnunc: A person who always wants to know the latest news and gossip (particularly if it’s scandalous.)
FAMILY BOOK CLUB Join us this Thursday the 31st at 5 PM for the last family book club meeting of the summer. We’ll be discussing The Little Prince and making wooden airplanes. New families are always welcome.
SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS All next month we’ll be having a children’s coloring contest. Check our website or stop in for details. Drop-in computer help hours will be on the 2nd and 16th from 11 AM – 12 PM and the 5th and 26th from 6 PM – 7 PM. Social Hour will be on the 13th at 2 PM. On the 14th at 2 PM we’ll have a bracelet-making class for adults. Movie night (with an underwear-clad superhero) is the 21st at 5:30 PM, and Family Book Club meets on the 28th at 5 PM. There will be no Story Time on the 16th, 20th, or 23rd in September.
WORD OF THE WEEK Hythe: A small, man-made place on a river where a boat can land; a port or a harbor
RAFFLE The Friends of the Library are raffling off a beautiful hand-carved walking stick crafted by the library’s own Bob Bowman. Tickets are 1 for $1 and 3 for $2. Thy will be available all month, as the drawing will be right after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 30th. For pictures visit our website, or stop by the library to see it in person.
MUSEUM PASSES This year, the Friends of the Library are providing two passes to local Adirondack attractions. As in previous years, one is to the Adirondack Experience in Blue Mountain Lake (formerly the Adirondack Museum.) This pass provides 50% off admission to four adults, or two adults and their children. New this year is a pass to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. With it, admission is only $10 each for two adults and free for accompanying children. Both can be checked out at the library. Please contact us for full details. While the Wild Center opens for the season this Friday the 5th, the Adirondack Experience will not be open until Friday May 26th. They make for great day or weekend trips.
WORD OF THE WEEK Skippet: a small round box used to protect a seal attached to an official document. Seals were stamped wax tablets used to prove that a document wasn’t forged, and the image on the skippet was often the same as the one on the seal.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY Come to the library this Thursday the 16th at 5 PM to help us solve a mystery. Children can play games and find candy while they track down a mischievous leprechaun.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Next Tuesday the 21st at 6:00 PM survival expert Gene LaLonde will be at the library to offer advice on getting through unexpected emergencies, from ice storms to EMP pulses. He will also discuss his novel A Question of Survival, set in the woods of Vermont after a national crisis.
WEEKLY QUOTE "Spring scarce had greener fields to show than these of mid September; through the still warm noon the rivulets ripple forth a gladder tune than ever in the summer." - Edward Dowden, Irish writer
FAMILY BOOK CLUB Join us this Thursday, the 15th, at 5 PM for the first meeting of our new family book club. We’ll be reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. You do not have to purchase your own copy or read the book before the meeting. Middle- and high-schoolers are also invited to the comic book reading club starting later this month on the 29th.
WEEKLY QUOTE “I can tell you all I have learned in a lifetime of study in just three laws of history: First, whom the gods would destroy they first make mad. Second, the mills of the gods grind slowly, yet they grind exceedingly small. Third, the bee fertilizes the flower that it robs. Fourth, when it gets dark enough you can see the stars.” – Charles Beard, American historian
DANCE FOR FREE We’ll be offering a free trial dance class for children this Saturday the 27th at 1 PM. The instructor is a local professional who offers regular classes in Ogdensburg.
MOVIE NIGHT Movie night will be this Thursday the 25th at 5:30 PM. We’ll be watching a recent movie based on a popular video game. Popcorn and soda will be provided, so grab your friends and family and join us.
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.
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!
WEEKLY QUOTE “March is the month of expectation” – Emily Dickinson
THE LIFT IS HERE Our new handicapped-accessible outdoor lift has been installed and should be available for use as of today. The new design is enclosed from lift to entrance, easy to use, and easy to access via the recently repaved sidewalk. This replaces our old ramp, which had deteriorated to the point where it was not safe to use. We apologize for the many and varied circumstances that caused the delays in constructing the lift, and thank you for your patience. Please stop by and take a look or a ride (weather permitting, of course.)
ST PATRICK’S DAY Help us solve a mysterious break-in at the library on March 17th at 5 PM. Follow the trail of clues and pick up some (candy) gold at the end of the rainbow.
EGG HUNT The ninjas will return to the library on Saturday, March 26th at 11 AM. Pass their trials to earn your official ninja school certificate, and then hunt for treat-filled eggs around the building.
WEEKLY QUOTE “Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what's the matter, that you have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?” – William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
COMPUTER HELP Drop-in computer help for basic PC and eReader help will be tonight, the 23rd, from 6 PM – 7 PM as well as next Tuesday (March 1st) at the same time. Help will also be available next Saturday March 5th from 11 AM – 12 PM. Bring your questions and we’ll help you find answers.
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. This week’s theme is pets, and we’ll be making our own (paper) goldfish. Next month’s Social Hour will be on the 9th. Additional computer help days will be Saturday the 19th and Tuesday the 22nd. Look for information on our St. Patrick’s program and yearly ninja training / egg hunt in next week’s article. Call the library or check out our website for details on all of our programming.
ANNUAL REPORT In addition to the article published in this paper last Thursday, the library’s Annual Report to the Community, with plenty of statistics on how you and your neighbors use the library, is available on the front page of our website. Check it out!