Writer of the week

8/28/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, daughter of feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft and wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, is best known for writing Frankenstein, considered by many to be the first science fiction story.

 

CHILDREN’S CRAFT  Have a child going back to school soon?  Bring them in to make a door hanger for their room to let you know when they need quiet while doing their homework.  The craft, targeted at ages 5 – 10, is this Wednesday the 29th at 2 PM.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  This month we’re reading Jinx by Sage Blackwood and making our own living terrariums.  New families are always welcome, so join us this Thursday the 30th at 5 PM.

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8/21/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Ogden Nash was a writer of humorous poems, observations, and one Broadway musical.

 

DECORATE PENCILS  Your children may not be ready to go back to school, but they can come and personalize their own pencils in preparation this Wednesday the 22nd at 2 PM.  This craft is for ages 7 – 12.

 

LOCKER MAGNETS  Teens can drop in to make magnets for their lockers (or anywhere else that’s magnetic) this Thursday the 23rd at 2 PM.

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8/14/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Gail Parent has written for some of television’s best comedy shows, from The Carol Burnett Show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show through The Golden Girls.

 

MAKE MUSIC  Children ages 7 – 12 can learn about the science of sound and make a variety of musical instruments to take home this Wednesday the 15th at 11 AM.

 

ADULT COLORING  Join us for relaxation, color, and camaraderie this Thursday the 16th at 2 PM.  All materials will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

 

MOVIE NIGHT  Come watch a recent Steven Spielberg film filled with 1980s pop culture references and sci-fi action this Thursday the 16th at 5:30 PM.  Popcorn and drinks are provided.

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7/24/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Alexandre Dumas père was the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, among many many other novels, plays, and nonfiction works.

 

BOOK SALE  The Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale continues Monday – Friday this week.  Prices will be $1 for a hardcover, 25 cents for a paperback, 50 cents per CD, and $1 for DVDs.  We also have puzzles, games, and magazines.  The last day (Friday the 27th) is the bag sale: $4 for as many books as you can fit into the bag we provide (and you can buy multiple bags.)  Proceeds from the sale fund programming and other purchases throughout the year, so come out to support the library and pick up some great deals. 

 

LIBRARY CLOSED  The library will be closed this Saturday the 28th.  Enjoy the parade and other Seaway Festival activities!

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7/17/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Erle Stanley Gardner – who in fact studied and practiced law – created not only the well-known Perry Mason series but also a number of other characters, spanning private detectives, thieves, and district attorneys, under various pseudonyms while writing for the pulp magazines of the 1920s through the 1950s.

 

BOOK SALE  Doors open on the Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale this Thursday the 19th at 5 PM.  Friends of the Library (including those who join on the spot) receive a 50% discount for the first night, but the sale continues through Thursday the 26th – including Sunday the 22nd during the fun festival.  Prices start at $3 for hardcover books and $0.75 for paperbacks and decrease the following days, with a bag sale on Friday the 27th.  Proceeds from the sale fund programming and other purchases throughout the year, so come out to support the library and pick up some great deals.  We have books, CDs, DVDs, and more.

 

VISIT AUSTRALIA  Join us for Didgeridoo Down Under today the 17th at 4 PM to learn about Australian music and culture.

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7/10/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Oliver Sacks was a neurologist whose narrative-based books exploring various aspects of medicine, particularly the workings of the brain, won popular and academic acclaim.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Join us for cookies, coffee, and conversation this Wednesday the 11th at 2 PM.

 

ADULT CRAFT  This month we’ll be making decorative stamped cocktail napkins.  All materials are provided courtesy of the Friends, so just bring yourself and a friend this Thursday the 12th at 2 PM.

 

BOOK SALE  Mark your calendar – the next Friends of the Library book sale starts next Thursday the 19th at 5 PM and will go through Seaway Festival until Friday the 27th.

 

KIDS’ FESTIVAL  Next Sunday the 22nd the Friends will be partnering with the Remington Museum to bring you three hours of family fun.

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7/3/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Louise Erdrich is an award-winning author and poet whose works often highlight life on a fictional Chippewa reservation in North Dakota.

 

HOLIDAY  The library will be closed tomorrow the 4th for Independence Day.  Have fun, celebrate, and stay safe!

 

SUMMER READING  Beginning this week we’ll have summer reading challenges and raffles for all ages.  Stop into the library to find out how to participate

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6/26/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Although best known now from stories of her childhood teacher Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller was as an adult a renowned writer and lecturer on politics and social issues as well as on her own biography.

 

JULY EVENTS  We have an exciting summer of programs lined up for all ages.  On Tuesday the 17th come learn about Australian music and culture – complete with digeridoos – at 4 PM.  Come back the next day to see animals from the Utica Zoo at 1 PM.  Teens can come make magnetic slime on Friday the 20th at 2 PM.  Monday the 23rd will see a visit from Daniel Tiger and PBS kids at 11 AM.  We’ll wrap up the month with tie-dye in the park on Friday the 27th at 2 PM – bring your own shirt to dye.  Our usual monthly programs will also be continuing as usual.  Social Hour will be on Wednesday the 11th at 2 PM, while adult crafting will be on the 12th at 2 PM.  The Coloring Circle happens on Thursday the 19th at 2 PM, followed by Movie Night at 5:30 PM.  Family Book Club – featuring Frazzled by Booki Vivat – is July 26th at 5 PM.  Finally, drop-in computer help will be on Tuesdays the 3rd and 24th from 6 – 7 PM and Saturdays the 7th and 21st from 11 AM – 12 PM.

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6/19/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Octavia E. Butler was a visionary writer of science fiction.  She drew inspiration from her local library and from the conviction that she could write better stories than the ones showcased by the then-popular B-movies.

 

SUMMER READING  Now that school is winding to a close, don’t forget to keep your children reading over the summer break.  We have prizes and raffles – featuring a variety of musical instruments – for children and teens who fill up their reading worksheets.  Stop in for the details.

 

COLORING CIRCLE  Join us for our monthly coloring circle for adults.  Bring your supplies or use ours and enjoy a relaxing hour making art in good company this Thursday the 21st at 2 PM.

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6/12/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak was born June 10, 1928.  His most popular works include Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Join us for special coffee, treats, and conversation this Wednesday the 13th at 2 PM.

 

ADULT CRAFT  This month we’re making roses out of old book pages to tide you over until the real flowers bloom.  All materials are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library, so stop in this Thursday the 14th at 2 PM.

 

TEEN CRAFT  Teens can create and string colorful paper beads at the library this Thursday at 4 PM.

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