Family Book Club

5/1/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  This week’s author is Larry Niven, writer of “hard” (science-based) science fiction whose career has spanned decades, from the 1960s through the 2010s.

 

FREE CONCERT  This Friday May 4th we’re hosting a nostalgic look back at the 1950s and 1960s – complete with sing-along.  Join New York Blues Hall of Famer Marc Black for an afternoon of memories and songs starting at 3 PM.

 

MAY EVENTS  Beyond the concert, we have plenty of other fun programming at the library.  Our adult craft will be on Thursday the 10th at 2 PM – we’re making simple wire thread-wrapped sculptures.  Movie night, featuring a famous British-Peruvian bear, is on the following Thursday at 5:30 PM.  On Friday the 18th we’ll be having a May-flowery craft for toddlers at 11 AM.  This month’s family book club selection is the graphic novel Bluffton, featuring silent film star Buster Keaton.  The discussion (and film-clip watching) will be on Thursday the 24th at 5 PM.  We’ll be wrapping up the month with a craft program for teen on Friday the 31st at 4 PM.  Other monthly programs include computer help tonight and Tuesday the 22nd from 6 – 7 PM as well as Saturdays the 5th and 19th from 11 AM – 12 PM, and Social Hour on Wednesday the 9th at 2 PM.

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4/24/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Edith Ngaio Marsh was a New Zealand-born writer of mysteries, a contemporary of and counterpart to Agatha Christie.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  This month we’re reading the award-winning graphic novel Bone, by Jeff Smith.  Join us for a discussion this Thursday the 26th at 5 PM, and learn how to make your own fantasy map.

 

STORY TIME  Our early literacy program for ages 3 – 6 will be taking a break after this Wednesday’s session.  Look for it to return as “Stories and Songs” on May 19th

 

REGULAR PROGRAMS  Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM.  Story Time for ages 3 – 6, with picture books and crafts, is this Wednesday at 10:30 AM.  You can bring your computer questions to our drop-in sessions this Tuesday the 24th and next Tuesday May 1st from 6 – 7 PM.  Call the library or check out our website for all of the details on all of our upcoming events. 

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3/20/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Our next featured author is Lois Lowry.  Her books Number the Stars and The Giver each won the Newbery Medal for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  Read The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett, then join us this Thursday the 22nd at 5 PM to put together some pranks for April Fools’ Day.

 

NINJAS  Ninjas return to the library next Saturday the 31st – beat them at their own game by finding the eggs they hide.

 

BOOK SALE  The next Friends of the Library book sale is fast approaching – from 5 PM on Thursday April 5 through 3 PM on Saturday April 14th.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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2/27/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Born on Leap Day in 1920, Howard Nemerov was twice Poet Laureate of the United States, in the 1960s and the 1980s, and in 1977 both a National Book Award winner and a Pulitzer Prize winner.  You can read some of his collected poems at the library, and also check out his son Alexander’s introduction to Frederic Remington: The Color of Night.

 

MARCH EVENTS  Our adult craft this month will feature art on small canvases.  Join us on Thursday the 8th at 2 PM.  The following Thursday at the same time will be our relaxing coloring circle.  Movie Night will be that same day, the 15th, at 5:30 PM.  We’ll be watching a movie about a boy struggling to adjust to middle school.  March will feature two of our most popular children’s events.  Join us on Saturday the 17th at 11 AM for a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt, and come back on the 31st for our Ninja Easter Egg Hunt.  In between, you can prepare for April Fool’s Day by reading Mac Barnett’s The Terrible Two for the Family Book Club.  It will meet on Thursday the 22nd at 5 PM, when we’ll dream up some good pranks to use on friends and family.  Finally, Social Hour will be on the 14th at 2 PM and computer help sessions will take place on the 3rd, 6th, 17th, and 27th.

 

REGULAR PROGRAMS  Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM.  Story Time for ages 3 – 6, with picture books and crafts, is on Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 AM.  Individualized drop-in computer help will be tonight February 27th and next Tuesday March 6th from 6 – 7 PM and this Saturday the 3rd from 11 AM – 12 PM.  Call the library or check out our website for all the details on all of our upcoming events. 

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2/20/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Although Edward Gorey is best known as an illustrator – he created the opening titles for the PBS series Mystery! and even won a Tony for designing a Broadway production of Dracula – he also often wrote stories to accompany his distinctive art.  You can read some of this writing in Amphigorey Also at the library.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  We’ll be reading and discussing Call of the Wild by Jack London this Thursday the 22nd at 4:30 PM.

 

DOGS  Ever want to meet a sled dog?  You’ll get the chance this Thursday the 22nd at 5 PM.  Local musher and Iditarod veteran Spencer Thew will be at the library to give a talk about this snowy sport and answer all your questions.  This event is for children ages 7 and up.  Don’t miss it!

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1/30/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Barbara Tuchman, born January 30th, was a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and author of popular histories.  She was also the creator of “Tuchman’s Law,” which states that “The fact of being reported multiplies the apparent extent of any deplorable development by five to tenfold,” or: because bad things are reported on most frequently, they generally appear to be more common than they actually are.

FEBRUARY PROGRAMS  Our adult craft falls early next month, on Thursday the 8th at 2 PM.  We’ll be making paper roses.  Social Hour follows the next Wednesday, the 14th, also at 2 PM.  The next day, Thursday the 15th, we’ll be holding a relaxing adult coloring circle at 2 PM, with all materials provided.  Our drop-in computer help sessions will be on Tuesdays the 6th and 27th from 6 – 7 PM and Saturdays the 3rd and 17th from 11 AM – 12 PM.  Children’s programs begin on Tuesday the 13th, when we’ll have materials available for crafting handmade Valentines from 3:30 – 4:30 PM.  Movie Night is on the 15th at 5:30 PM: come watch a film featuring small colorful horses.  Finally, we have a very special family book club for February.  Our featured book is Call of the Wild.  The regular meeting is at 4:30 PM on Thursday the 22nd.  Following that, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real-life Iditarod veteran and his dogs at 5 PM.  You are very welcome to come meet the musher and the dogs even if you haven’t read the book – the event is open to all.

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1/23/18

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.)

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12/19/17

WORD OF THE WEEK Yuleshard: An old Scottish word for someone who, on Christmas Eve, still hasn’t finished preparing for Christmas; can also mean a person who has no new clothes for Christmas or hasn’t received clothing as a Christmas gift

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB This month we’re reading and discussing Amulet: The Stonekeeper. We’ll be meeting this Thursday the 21st at 5 PM and making our very own magical amulets (magical properties not guaranteed by the library.) New families are always welcome.

 

LIBRARY CLOSED The library will be closed for the holidays on Monday, December 25th, Tuesday, December 26th, and Monday, January 1st. This will be our last column until 2018; may your celebrations be joyous, delicious, light-filled, and safe.

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11/28/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Iceblink: A reflection in the clouds caused by light hitting a field of ice.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  Read and discuss books with your children in our Family Book Club. This month we’ll be talking about Grace Lin’s Year of the Dog and learning to use chopsticks while trying some traditional Taiwanese foods.  Join us this Thursday the 30th at 5 PM.

 

DECEMBER PROGRAMS  Help the library make a gingerbread house next Thursday the 7th at 5 PM – we’ll provide the materials.  The following Tuesday, on December 12th, come learn how to play Dreidel and earn some gelt (otherwise known as chocolate coins) at 3:30 PM.  Our monthly movie night is that same week, on Thursday the 14th at 5:30 PM.  That Saturday the 16th join us for a Who-bilation – with snacks, stories, and a visit from the Grinch himself, all starting at 2 PM.  Finally, join our family book club on the 21st at 5 PM.  We’ll be reading Amulet: The Stonekeeper.  For adults, we have computer help on the 2nd, 5th, and 16th, as well as social hour on the 13th and a craft on the afternoon of the 14th.  The library will be closed on the 25th and 26th and January 1st.

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10/24/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Bibliotaph: A person who hoards or hides books (and especially refuses to lend them for fear they won’t be returned)

 

HALLOWEEN PARTY  Our annual children’s Halloween party is back this Saturday the 28th from 3 – 4:45 PM.  We’ll have games, contests, and of course candy.  Be sure to come in costume!

 

BOOK SALE  It’s time for the Fall Book Sale.  Doors open at 5 PM on Thursday the 26th, when Friends members receive half-off regular prices.  Non-members will pay $3 for a hardcover book and $0.75 for a paperback.  (You can, however, join the Friends that night.)  The sale will be open from 9 – 5 on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th.  Prices will decrease to $2 and $0.50 respectively on those days, and further to $1/$0.25 the following week, when the sale will be available during regular library hours Monday – Friday.  We’ll wrap things up on Saturday November 4th with a bag sale – purchase a bag for $5 and fill it with whatever it can hold.  The book sale also features non-book items, including CDs, DVDs, puzzles, magazines, and more.  All profits go the Friends of the Ogdensburg Public Library, which funds programming and other purchases for the library throughout the year.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  You have your choice of books this month: either some of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps books or, if you prefer something less spooky, Raina Telgemeier’s Smile.  We’ll be discussing the books and making Halloween decorations in a jar this Thursday the 26th at 5 PM.  New families are always welcome!

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