Writer of the week

12/4/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Ira Gershwin wrote the lyrics to some of America’s most famous songs, first with his younger brother George and then with other composers like Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen.

 

LATKES  Bring your children (ages 7 and up) in to make delicious potato pancakes and learn to play dreidel this Thursday the 6th from 4 – 5:30 PM.

 

COFFEE AND HISTORY  Join city historian Julie Madlin and local photographer Betty Steele this Saturday the 8th at 10 AM to share and see objects and stories related to Ogdensburg history.

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11/27/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  William Cowper was an English poet in the 18th century.  He struggled with mental illness throughout his life, writing both Christian hymns that are still performed today and poems praising the English countryside.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  Join us this Thursday the 29th at 5 PM.  We’ll be discussing Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl and testing your sense of smell.  New families are always welcome.

 

REGULAR PROGRAMS  Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM.  Stories and Songs, for ages 2 – 4, is on Saturdays at 10:30 AM.  Drop-in computer help will be available tonight the 27th from 6 – 7 PM.  Call the library or check online for all of the details on all of our upcoming events. 

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11/20/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Johnny Mercer was a lyricist and composer.  His songs formed the soundtracks of many Hollywood movies in the 1930s through the 1950s, and he ultimately won four Academy Awards for his work.

 

HOLIDAY  The library will be closed on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd this week, but open on Saturday as usual.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

 

REGULAR PROGRAMS  Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM.  There will be no Stories and Songs this Saturday.  Drop-in computer help will be available next Tuesday the 27th from 6 – 7 PM.  Call the library or check online for all of the details on all of our upcoming events. 

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11/13/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian of Igbo descent, is often known as the father of African literature.  His most widely-read work is his first novel, Things Fall Apart.

 

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

 

COLORING CIRCLE  Enjoy coloring and good company?  Stop in this Thursday the 15th from 2 – 3 PM.  You can bring your own coloring project or start in on one of ours.

 

MOVIE NIGHT  Ready for an incredible evening?  Join us this Thursday the 15th at 5:30 PM for a film about a superpowered family.  Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

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11/6/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Ida Tarbell was one of the first investigative journalists, with a particular focus on monopolies and labor abuses at the turn of the 20th century.  She also wrote biographies and lectured on a variety of social issues.

 

WASHER NECKLACE  Children ages 11 and up can make fancy pendants out of basic materials this Thursday the 8th at 4 PM.

 

ADULT CRAFT  There is no adult crafting session this week.  Please join us next Thursday for our coloring circle.

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10/30/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK John Keats is considered one of England’s greatest poets, even though he only published his works for four years before his death at age 35.

NOVEMBER EVENTS Next Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 PM children ages 11 and up can make necklaces out of ordinary washers and various decorative items. There is no adult craft this month. Social Hour will be at two on Wednesday the 14th, with the Adult Coloring Circle and Movie Night (featuring an animated superhero family) on the following day, at 2 PM and 5:30 PM respectively. Family Book Club with Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl will be Thursday the 29th at 5 PM. Drop-In Computer Help will be the 2nd (this Saturday) and Saturday the 17th from 11 AM – 12 PM and Tuesdays the 6th and 27th from 6 PM – 7 PM. The library will be closed on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd so staff can celebrate Thanksgiving.

BOOK SALE Thank you to everyone who worked or browsed to help make the Friends Book Sale a success. Look for our next sale in the Spring.

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10/23/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Ursula K. Le Guin wrote books, short stories, poetry, and essays for all ages, mainly in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.  Many of her works were influenced by her parents’ expertise in anthropology and psychology and their friendships with other scientists.

 

HALLOWEEN PARTY  Ready to get spooky?  Our Halloween Party is this Saturday the 27th from 1 – 2:30 PM.  We’ll have plenty of games and activities for children to earn their candy and prizes, so get their costumes on and come join the fun.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  This month we’re discussing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  Come learn some simple magic tricks this Thursday the 25th at 5 PM.  New families are always welcome, even if you haven’t read the entire book yet.

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10/9/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Although he began his career writing humor, R. L. Stine is best known for his horror stories for children and teens, including the various and very successful Fear Street and Goosebumps series.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Join us for coffee, cookies, and conversation this Wednesday the 10th at 2 PM.

 

ADULT CRAFT  We’ll be making candleholders out of wineglasses this Thursday the 11th at 2 PM.  You can make it spooky or seasonal; the Friends of the Library provide the materials, and the choice of result is yours.

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10/02/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Edward Stratemeyer created the Stratemeyer Literary Syndicate, which produced thousands of novels for young readers by creating a system where several authors wrote for a single series and published under the same pseudonym.  Among his creations were Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins, and Tom Swift.

 

HOLIDAY  The library will be closed next Monday the 8th for Columbus Day.  Saturday and Tuesday hours will be as normal.

 

BOOK SALE  Please make plans to join us for the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale from Thursday the 18th through Saturday the 27th.

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9/25/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  This week’s writer is Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Stearns Eliot, most widely known for his poetry (“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Waste Land,” “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,” among others,) but also an accomplished playwright and essayist.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  Help us make cat toys for the animal shelter (or your own pets) and discuss The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt this Thursday the 27th at 5 PM.  New members are always welcome.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS  Ready to get spooky?  Children ages 7 – 12 can join us on Thursday the 11th at 4 PM to make creepy slime out of household ingredients.  This month’s family book club meets on the 25th – we’ll be discussing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and learning a few magic tricks of our own.  The library’s annual Halloween party will be Saturday the 27th from 1 – 2:30 PM.  There will be candy, games, and prizes, so make sure you prepare your costumes a few days early.  Adults will be making pumpkin-themed candleholders on Thursday the 11th at 2 PM.  Movie night on the 18th will feature the latest Star Wars movie, rated PG-13.  Our regular programs will be as follows: Drop-in Computer Help on the 2nd, 6th, 20th, and 23rd; Social Hour on the 10th; and Adult Coloring Circle on the 18th.  The Friends of the Library will be holding their Fall Book Sale from Thursday October 18th through Saturday the 27th.  Look for more details in the coming weeks.  Finally, the library will be closed on Monday the 8th.

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