WORD OF THE WEEK Touchpaper: The niter-infused strip of paper used as a fuse for fireworks (can also be used metaphorically, as an action that ignites anger or a fight)
LIBRARY HOLIDAY The library is closed in celebration of Independence Day today, Tuesday July 4th.
LEGO CHALLENGE Can Lego blocks solve every problem? Probably not. But children ages 6 and up are invited to try building a solution to a puzzle we’ll pose. Join us this Thursday the 6th at 2 PM.
FREE CONCERT MOOD will present their second summer concert in the park this Thursday the 6th at 6 PM. We recommend bringing blankets or chairs to better enjoy the music in comfort. The Friends of the Library will be running a 50/50 raffle during the show.
WORD OF THE WEEK Burgeon: to grow rapidly, like a budding flower
RAFFLE The Friends of the Library are raffling off a twin-sized quilt featuring the characters of Angry Birds Star Wars. Tickets are $2 each or $3 for $5, and the drawing will be on July 23rd. The quilt is hanging up in the library foyer.
FAMILY BOOK CLUB Join us this Thursday the 29th at 5:30 PM to discuss Flora and Ulysses. We’ll be writing squirrelly poetry on classic typewriters.
LIBRARY HOLIDAY The library will be closed in celebration of Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4th.
WORD OF THE WEEK Ignescent: capable of or actually producing sparks, like a flint used for fire-starting; can also refer to a person in a “fiery” mood
MOVIE NIGHT Be our guest this Thursday the 22nd at 5:30 PM for popcorn, drinks, and a live-action Disney movie on the screen in our auditorium.
MUSIC The MOOD (Music on the Oswegatchie Delta) Concert series will have performances in Library Park this summer. The shows will be June 22, July 6, July 19, and August 24 at 6 PM at the gazebo. Please bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. The Friends of the Library will be holding a 50/50 raffle during each concert.
BOOK SALE The Friends of the Library will be holding their summer book sale from 5 PM on July 20th (a Thursday) to 5 PM July 28th (a Friday.) We are no longer accepting donations for the sale due to a lack of space. If you have items you wish to donate, please hang on to them until the Fall. Contact library director Penny Kerfien with any questions.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.