Word of the Week

6/13/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Bletcherous: ugly, either simply visually or because the object in question was poorly designed for its intended task

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Stop in for coffee, treats, and conversation this Wednesday the 14th at 2 PM.

 

SCULPT  This Thursday the 15th we will be running a family craft featuring salt dough.  Let your imagination run free and join us at 5 PM to create a masterpiece (or at least a lump of dough you can take home.)

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Article 5/30/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Orrery: a clockwork-powered model of the Solar System, or a clockwork model of the Sun, Moon, and Earth

 

JUNE PROGRAMS  Next Thursday the 8th at 2 PM we’ll be holding a simple and quick “bubble painting” class for adults.  Social Hour will be the following Wednesday (the 14th,) also at 2 PM.  Computer help hours will be held on Saturdays the 3rd and 17th from 11 AM – 12 PM and Tuesdays the 6th and 27th from 6 – 7 PM.  This month’s Family Book Club selection is Kate DiCamillo’s Flora and Ulysses.  Join us for a discussion and squirrelly activity based on the book on June 29th at 5:30 PM

 

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.  Drop-in computer help hours will be held this Saturday the 3rd from 11 AM – 12 PM and next Tuesday the 6th from 6 – 7 PM.  Call the library or check out our website for all the details on all of our upcoming events. 

 

EBOOKS  Don’t forget that we have electronic books and audiobooks available for free download with your library card.  New titles arrive every Tuesday, so keep checking for the latest releases from your favorite authors.  As with our physical collections, you can put yourself on a notification list if the book you want is checked out.  Library staff will be happy to answer your questions about using your online account.

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5/23/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Cudbear: A powdered purple dye created from certain species of lichens.

 

BUDGET  The library would like to thank everyone who voted "yes" on the referendum.  You have made it possible for the library to continue buying new materials, presenting programs and serving our community.  We greatly appreciate your support.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  This month we’ll be reading book one in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Bad Beginning.  Come in this Thursday the 25th at 5 PM to learn about simple machines and create your own problem-solving inventions.

 

TIE DYE  Bring an item of clothing to the park this Saturday the 27th at 2 PM and make a tie-dye masterpiece.  (Wearing old clothes is also recommended; the dye will stain any fabric, whether you intended it to do so or not.)  This program will be canceled if the weather does not cooperate, so if in doubt call the library.

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5/9/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Ombrometer: a device used to measure the quantity of a rainfall (in other words, a rain gauge)

 

SOCIAL HOUR  We’ll be hosting coffee, treats, and conversation at this monthly event tomorrow (Wednesday) the 10th from 2 – 3 PM.

 

BUDGET  Curious about our upcoming referendum and about what makes our library so special to the community?  Stop in to one or both of our Open Houses this week to have your questions answered.  The first will be Wednesday, May 10th from 2 to 4 PM, which coincides with our regular monthly Social Hour.  The second Open House will be on Thursday, May 11th from 6:30 to 8 PM.  Please join us for hot coffee and enlightening conversation. 

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4/25/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Aisling: Irish Gaelic for “dream,” the word also refers to a genre of poetry featuring visions that was popular in the 18th century.  It has recently seen use as a girl’s name.

 

MAY PROGRAMS  Thursday, May 18th will be a busy day.  At 2 PM we’ll be teaching a crafting class for adults, and then at 5:30 we’ll be watching a movie about the women who made NASA’s space flights possible.  Next month’s selection for the Family Book Club is A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning.  At 5 PM on Thursday the 25th we’ll be discussing the book and creating our own simple inventions with simple machines.  Finally, we’ll be bidding a colorful farewell to May as we tie-dye shirts in the park on Saturday the 27th at 2 PM.  Computer help sessions will be on the 2nd and the 23rd from 6 – 7 PM and the 6th and the 20th from 11 AM – 12 PM.  Social hour will be back on Wednesday the 10th at 2 PM.

 

LYME DISEASE  The library will be hosting a Lyme Disease Support Group at 6:30 PM on the third Monday of the month from May through October.  For more information, please contact Bonnie at 315-393-2950.

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4/18/17

WORD OF THE WEEK Ranidaphobia: A fear of frogs. (Also occasionally used is the term batrachophobia, a fear of amphibians (frogs, toads, newts, etc.) in general.)

 

MOVIE NIGHT Come watch an animated movie featuring the adventures of some popular wild-haired toys this Thursday the 20th at 5:30 PM. Popcorn will be provided, so bring your friends and family.

 

SEED LIBRARY Our seed library has been restocked. We have selections ranging from beans to zucchini, including a number of varieties you’ve probably never tried before as well as flowers to brighten up your lawn. The seed library is completely free. Just come in, browse the seed packets, then transfer a few seeds into one of the smaller envelopes to take home with you. (There is no hard limit on what you can take; we just ask that you leave some for your neighbors.) Enjoy your plants all season and then, if you can, collect some of the seeds in the Fall and help us replenish the library for next year. Happy gardening!

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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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3/21/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Zastruga: A ridge formed by the wind on a snow-covered surface.  These are usually found in series, rather than alone; the plural is zastrugi.

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS  Tonight 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.

 

MOVIE NIGHT  We’ll be watching Disney’s latest animated feature (a trip to a far more tropical climate) this Thursday the 23rd at 5:30 PM.  Join us for popcorn, drinks, and an escape from all this snow.

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3/14/17

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.

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3/7/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Tessera: One of the small tiles (of wood, stone, glass, or other material) used to create a mosaic.  Less commonly, it can be used to describe a password or ticket (like a backstage pass.)

                                    

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  As always, we’re celebrating this month with a display of popular March-born authors.  Pick up an old favorite or a new-to-you book by Jack Kerouac, Douglas Adams, John Updike, Philip Roth, Ralph Ellison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Louis L’Amour, Mickey Spillane, or even Dr. Seuss.  You might also try one of the plays of Tennessee Williams, or pick up a volume of poetry by A. E. Houseman, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, or Robert Frost,

 

LEGO PARTY  Celebrate our new grant-funded Lego Wall with fun and games this Thursday the 9th at 5 PM.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Our monthly Social Hour is tomorrow, Wednesday the 8th, at 2 PM.  Beat the still-winter chill with coffee, treats, and conversation.

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