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.
WORD OF THE WEEK Thaumatology: the study of miracles
DREIDEL Learn how to play Dreidel and earn chocolate coins today the 12th at 3:30 PM. This traditional game is fun and easy to learn (and you can take home a dreidel to keep.)
MEET THE GRINCH It’s here! Join us this Saturday the 16th for a Who-bilation from 2 – 3:30 PM. We’ll be reading Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday book, munching on snacks, doing crafts, and even meeting the Grinch in person. Stop in for big fun!
SOCIAL HOUR We’ll be serving seasonal cookies and coffee this Wednesday the 13th at 2 PM. Stop in to chat with your neighbors (or just get in out of the cold.)
WORD OF THE WEEK Aggregate: to add together smaller parts to make a larger whole; frequently used in both statistics and in creating paving or building materials
LIBRARY BUDGET From Executive Director, Penny Kerfien: Due to the budget cuts of 2017, of $39,000 plus, and for 2018, of $54,609, the library will cut hours on Saturdays. There will also be a page position cut (normally a high school student, working part time.) These changes went into effect on December 1, 2017. More changes are a possibility.
GINGERBREAD Come help decorate the library’s gingerbread house this Thursday the 7th at 5 PM. We’ll be providing all the supplies.
DREIDEL Learn how to play Dreidel and earn chocolate coins next Tuesday the 12th at 3:30 PM. This traditional game is fun and easy to learn (and you can take home a dreidel to keep.)
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.
WORD OF THE WEEK Tabefaction: The act of losing mass; wasting away. (The person or object undergoing this process is tabescent; it or they can be said to be tabefying.)
LIBRARY CLOSED The library will be closed this Thursday and Friday the 23rd and 24th in observance of Thanksgiving. We will be open Saturday the 25th.
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 at 10:30 AM. (There is no Saturday Story Time this week.) Personalized computer help will be available next Tuesday the 28th from 6 – 7 PM. Family Book Club will meet next Thursday the 30th at 5 PM to discuss The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. Call the library or check out our website for all the details on all of our upcoming events.
WORD OF THE WEEK Mulct: Either to lawfully impose a fine given as punishment for a crime, OR to defraud someone
GENE LALONDE Survivalist and author Gene LaLonde will be returning to the library to discuss strategies for making it through natural and man-made disasters. Bring your questions tonight the 14th at 6 PM for this encore presentation.
WORD OF THE WEEK Eldritch: refers to something very eerie – most literally, other-worldly
BOOK SALE The bargains continue this week during regular library hours – from books to magazines to puzzles to CDs and DVDs. Don’t miss the bag sale this Saturday the 4th – for $5 you’ll be given a bag to stuff as full as you can. (Of course, you can purchase more than one bag.) All profits go the Friends of the Ogdensburg Public Library, which funds programming and other purchases for the library throughout the year.
CANDLE HOLDER Children ages 5 and up can come make a fall-themed candle holder this Thursday November 2nd at 5 PM.
NOVEMBER EVENTS For adults, our monthly crafting session involves making a twine-wrapped centerpiece. Join us at 2 PM on Thursday the 9th. Social Hour falls at 2 PM on Wednesday the 8th this month, while Movie Night is Thursday the 16th at 5:30 PM. Survivalist and author Gene LaLonde returns to answer your survival-skills questions on Tuesday the 15th at 6 PM. Drop-in computer help sessions will be Saturdays the 4th and 18th from 11 AM – 12 PM and Tuesdays the 7th and 28th from 6 PM – 7 PM. Our last November event is Family Book Club, meeting on Thursday the 30th at 5 PM. We’ll be reading The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin and trying traditional Taiwanese foods.
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!