Word of the Week

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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2/28/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  BERM: A strip of land separating two areas.  Originally it was a flat space, but in modern times it is generally a human-made construction of earth – or, on ski trails, snow.

 

MARCH EVENTS  Kick off the month next Thursday the 9th at 5 PM with a Lego Party to celebrate the library’s new Lego wall, funded by a grant from the North Country Library System.  We’ll be playing games, making Lego-themed items to take home, and having fun.  Children can also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early on Thursday the 16th at 5 PM.  For adults, survivalist and author Gene LaLonde will be offering tips on getting through emergency 

situations – both natural and man-made – on the 21st.  The monthly Social Hour will be on the 8th, and monthly movie night will be Thursday the 23rd.  Additional computer help sessions will be offered on Saturday the 18th from 11 AM – 12 PM and T

uesday the 28th from 6 PM – 7 PM.

 

REGULAR PROGRAMS  Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM.  Story Time for ages 3 – 6, with picture books and crafts, falls on Wednesday

 and Saturday at 10:30 AM.  Computer help hours will be held this Saturday March 4th from 11 AM – 12 PM and next Tuesday the 7th from 6 – 7 PM.  Call the library or check out our website for all the details on all of our upcoming events. 

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2/21/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Pavonine: resembling a peacock, either literally (as in colors) or metaphorically (as in a prideful person)

 

FUNDRAISER  The Dirty Gringo and the Ogdensburg Public Library have partnered up for a fundraiser.  Purchase a $20 gift card at the library, and the Dirty Gringo will donate a percentage of the proceeds back to us.  Support local businesses and stock up on future presents at the same time!

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  Go out of this world and join us to discuss Zita the Space Girl this Thursday the 23rd at 5 PM.  We’ll also be making our very own indoor-safe rockets.

 

OPEN MIC  Feeling creative?  Please join us this Thursday the 23rd from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, when the library will be hosting a poetry reading and open mic night.  We encourage you to bring your own short pieces to share.

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2/14/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Arctophile: Someone who collects or studies teddy bears.

 

TAX FORMS  Both Federal and State forms are now available at the library.  Their numbers are very limited, and we are not able to reorder, so you may wish to stop in soon.  These are mostly the basic return forms.  If you need a form we do not have, you can print it out from the internet at the library for a cost of fifteen cents per page.

 

MOVIE NIGHT  Our monthly movie night will be this Thursday the 16th at 5:30 PM.  We’ll be watching a film about a group of children with some very peculiar gifts.  Popcorn and soda will be provided.

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2/7/2017

WORD OF THE WEEK  Reglet: A wooden block used in traditional printing to separate paragraphs or add space to a line

 

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  Party this month with Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, Ayn Rand, Amy Tan, Edward Gorey, Charles Darwin, Toni Morrison, Sinclair Lewis, James Michener, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and more.  Check out the display between the new fiction books and Sophie’s tank.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Drop in to our monthly social hour tomorrow the 8th at 2 PM.  We’ll bring the coffee and treats; you provide the conversation.

 

VALENTINES CRAFTS  Children can make cute paper candy holders this Thursday the 9th at 5 PM.  Adults and older children can also make easy tissue-paper flowers the following Monday (the 13th) at 3 PM.

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