WEEKLY QUOTE "No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home." – L. Frank Baum, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
RAFFLE The Friends of the Library are raffling off a beautiful hand-painted chair featuring a view of the St. Lawrence River and the slogan “There’s no place like home.” Pictures are available on our website and Facebook page, and the chair is on display at the library. Tickets are 1 for $1, 3 for $2 and 15 for $5. The raffle ends this Friday, so hurry in for your chance to win.
LIBRARY CLOSED The library will be closed this Saturday, July 30th. Enjoy the parade and all of this year’s Seaway Festival events.
SNAKES AND MORE Reptiles Forever will be visiting the library tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th, at 1 PM with some scaly friends. Weather permitting, this program will be outdoors.
WEEKLY QUOTE “Summertime, and the reading is easy . . . Well, maybe not easy, exactly, but July and August are hardly the months to start working your way through the works of Germanic philosophers. Save Hegel, Heidegger, and Husserl for the bleaker days of February.” – Michael Dirda, American writer
INTERNET SAFETY The class was postponed to this Friday the 22nd at 2 PM. Join the Ogdensburg Police Department as they give a presentation for ages 7 and up. Bring your children or come yourself to learn simple tips for keeping out of trouble online.
SNAKES AND MORE Reptiles Forever will be visiting the library next Wednesday the 27th at 1 PM with some scaly friends. Weather permitting, this program will be outdoors.
WEEKLY QUOTE “One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” – Jeannette Walls, American writer
INTERNET SAFETY This Saturday, July 16th, the Ogdensburg Police Department will be conducting an Internet Safety Class at the library for ages 7 and up. Bring your children or come yourself to learn simple tips for keeping out of trouble online.
PBS KIDS VISIT We’re holding a special story hour next Monday the 18th at 10 AM, with guest star Alpha Pig from the show Super Why! Bring your children for photos, gifts, and fun.
THANK YOU Thank you to everyone – Friends and browsers – who helped make the Fall book sale a success. Look for information about dates for a Spring or Summer sale shortly. In related news, we hope the elevator will be repaired this week, and work on the outdoor lift should be completed within a month. We thank you again for your patience while repairs were made.
PJs 4 XMAS The library is playing host to a PJs 4 Xmas donation box this year. Please feel free to drop off new children’s pajamas and support this great local cause.
CHRISTMAS CARDS A number of Christmas cards are laid out on the table to the left of the reading area. These will be sent to residents of nursing homes in Ogdensburg. Please take a moment to add your well-wishes and thoughts of holiday cheer to these cards – you can write in one or in all of them.
BOOK SALE The Friends of the Library book sale will continue all this week during library hours. Stop in to pick up that perfect winter read at the perfect price.
AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS November is packed with falling leaves, recipes for turkey, and authors’ birthdays. Among those born this month: Bram Stoker, author of Dracula; Mark Twain; Narnia author and Christian writer C. S. Lewis; poet and artist William Blake; Neil Gaiman; Carl Sagan; Madeleine L’Engle; Kurt Vonnegut; and Rita Mae Brown. Come take a book or two from the display and read them with a piece of cake in the author’s honor.
LIBRARY BUDGET Thank you for all of your supportive letters and e-mails. As a reminder, the City Council meets next Monday, the 16th, at 7 PM to vote on the library’s budget. Please consider attending that meeting to speak out for the library and against funding cuts. We appreciate your help.
BOOK SALE The Friends of the Library book sale is almost here. From Thursday at 6 PM through Saturday, they will be selling books, CDs, DVDs and more upstairs in the auditorium. There are plenty of great deals, so make time to stop in.
THANKSGIVING CRAFTS Our Gratitude Garland will be hanging around the library again this month. All through November, drop in with your child and fill out a leaf to add to the display. If you would like a take-home variation, our adult craft this month is a Thankfulness Tree. Making it takes just a few minutes, and you can ask friends and family to add their thankful thoughts. Stop in next Monday, November 9th, between 2 and 3:30.
LIBRARY BUDGET The City Council meets on Monday, November 16th, at 7 PM to vote on departmental budgets for 2016. The library is facing a potential cut in our funding which would result in reduced services. If you enjoy using any of our programs, materials, computers, or other resources, please consider attending the meeting or writing a brief note to support us. These can be submitted at the library or electronically through email or our social media sites. We appreciate your help.
HALLOWEEN FUN Our annual children’s Halloween party is this Thursday, the 29th, starting at 5 PM. We have fun games, prizes, and pumpkin decorating. Come quest for treats throughout the library, and don’t forget to wear your costume!
BOOK SALE The Friends of the Library are holding their book sale next week from Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon. We have an especially large number of novels available this year, so you’re sure to find something interesting. In addition, all current, former, and potential members of the Friends are invited to a pre-sale celebration marking the group’s 30th anniversary on Wednesday the 4th. Please contact the library if you intend to attend.
ZONING The library now has a current city zoning map available for in-library use. Ask for it at the desk. Personal copies can be purchased at City Hall.
POKEMON HUNT Come catch ‘em all – or at least pick up a few new cards for your deck. Search the library for Pokémon cards, battle gym leaders, and throw Pokéballs starting at 1:30 this Saturday the 26th. Defeat every challenge to earn your own trainer’s certificate.
ADULT CRAFT This month we’ll be making fall-themed bookends out of burlap, thread, and paint. If you missed yesterday’s session, we’re having another one next Monday evening (the 28th) from 6 PM – 7:30 PM. Materials will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, but you can always bring your own “notions” from home for a truly personalized project.
SEED LIBRARY If you borrowed seeds from our collection (or even if you didn’t,) now is the time to think about helping us restock. We’re looking for viable seeds, preferably from heirloom varieties of edibles, herbs, and flowers. Just collect the seeds from a healthy plant, label the envelope, and return. If you’re new to the process, we have books that can show you the steps for different kinds of seeds. All donations are appreciated and will help us keep this service going next year.
LIBRARY CLOSED The library will be closed this Saturday, July 25, so the parade can proceed. We hope you’re enjoying the Seaway Festival!
BOOK SALE The book sale will continue until Friday at 5 PM. There will be no bag sale this year. Make sure you stop by this week to stock up on books, DVDs, and more. Weather permitting, there will also be a tent on the front lawn stocked with a sampling of the available materials.
COMPUTER HELP Need help writing electronic documents, navigating the internet, or using your new eReader? We can help. Our next drop-in instructional session will be next Tuesday the 28th from 6 PM – 7 PM. Call ahead for an appointment or just bring in your questions.
AUTHOR VISIT Local author Maggie Mitchell will be at the library next Thursday, July 30th, at 6 PM to read from and discuss her recently-released debut adult thriller Pretty Is. Copies will be available for sale and signing at the event.