WRITER OF THE WEEK Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott was born January 23rd on St. Lucia. His poems often reflected, but were not restricted to, life in the Caribbean. The library has several of his volumes, including Sea Grapes and The Prodigal.
FAMILY BOOK CLUB This month we’re discussing the Ranger in Time series by Kate Messner. You can choose to read any one or all of the books. Join us on Thursday the 25th at 5 PM, when we’ll be making miniature copies of Ranger’s first aid kit. (We’ll be talking about dogs next month, too, with a special guest. Look for an announcement next week, or take a peek at our website in the meantime.)
WEEKLY QUOTE “We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost.” – Henry Rollins
OCTOBER PROGRAMS Computer help sessions will be on the 1st, 4th, 15th, and 25th. Social Hour falls on the 12th, and Movie Night on the 20th. Our new reading groups will meet on the 13th (Family Book Club discussing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and the 27th (Comic Books and Graphic Novels.) We’ll be holding two crafting classes: Pumpkin Candle Holders for ages 5 and up on Saturday the 15th and decorative Burlap Pumpkins for adults on the 17th. Finally, we’ll wrap up the month with a spooky-fun Halloween party on Saturday the 29th. Join us for treats, costumes, games, and more.
REGULAR PROGRAMS Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM. Story Time for ages 3 – 6, with picture books and crafts, is Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Drop-on computer help is tonight the 27th and next Tuesday the 4th from 6 – 7 PM and this Saturday October 1st from 11 AM – 12 PM. Call the library or check out our website for the specifics on all of our upcoming events.
WEEKLY QUOTE "September's Baccalaureate / A combination is / Of Crickets -- Crows -- and Retrospects / And a dissembling Breeze // That hints without assuming -- / An Innuendo sear / That makes the Heart put up its Fun / And turn Philosopher." – Emily Dickinson, American poet
LIBRARY HOURS The library will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 5th. Our regular 9 – 5 Saturday hours will return next week (on the 10th.)
SEPTEMBER PROGRAMMING Computer help will be offered on the 3rd, 6th, 17th, and 27th. These are personalized, drop-in sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis, designed to help you get started with basic computer use. Social hour has been moved to the 21st, to make way for a “Welcome (Back) to the Library” Open House on Monday the 12th. Our indoor and outdoor handicapped access lifts are both repaired, and we want you to come help us celebrate. Movie night will be the 22nd. In crafts, children ages 9 and up can create back back-to-school Tetris-themed magnets for their lockers on the 10th. Finally, we have two new book clubs – one designed for families to read together on the 15th, and one for comic book lovers on the 29th.
WEEKLY QUOTE "No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it.” - Hal Borland
MAY PROGRAMS Computer help will be on Tuesdays May 3rd and 24th and Saturdays May 7th and 21st. Social Hour will be on the 11th, featuring specialty coffee left over from this month’s Library Week celebrations. Our regular movie night will be Thursday the 19th; lightsabers are prohibited, except on the screen. We will also be re-showing the Lyme disease documentary Under Our Skin on Tuesday the 17th, so if you missed it in August and would like more information about alternative treatments, join us. We’ll wrap up the month with an outdoor tie-dyeing session on Saturday the 28th – bring your own t-shirt or other fabric item to color.
WEEKLY QUOTE “March is the month of expectation” – Emily Dickinson
THE LIFT IS HERE Our new handicapped-accessible outdoor lift has been installed and should be available for use as of today. The new design is enclosed from lift to entrance, easy to use, and easy to access via the recently repaved sidewalk. This replaces our old ramp, which had deteriorated to the point where it was not safe to use. We apologize for the many and varied circumstances that caused the delays in constructing the lift, and thank you for your patience. Please stop by and take a look or a ride (weather permitting, of course.)
ST PATRICK’S DAY Help us solve a mysterious break-in at the library on March 17th at 5 PM. Follow the trail of clues and pick up some (candy) gold at the end of the rainbow.
EGG HUNT The ninjas will return to the library on Saturday, March 26th at 11 AM. Pass their trials to earn your official ninja school certificate, and then hunt for treat-filled eggs around the building.
WEEKLY QUOTE “Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what's the matter, that you have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?” – William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
COMPUTER HELP Drop-in computer help for basic PC and eReader help will be tonight, the 23rd, from 6 PM – 7 PM as well as next Tuesday (March 1st) at the same time. Help will also be available next Saturday March 5th from 11 AM – 12 PM. Bring your questions and we’ll help you find answers.
REGULAR PROGRAMS Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM. Story Time for ages 3 – 6, with picture books and crafts, is Wednesday at 10:30 AM. This week’s theme is pets, and we’ll be making our own (paper) goldfish. Next month’s Social Hour will be on the 9th. Additional computer help days will be Saturday the 19th and Tuesday the 22nd. Look for information on our St. Patrick’s program and yearly ninja training / egg hunt in next week’s article. Call the library or check out our website for details on all of our programming.
ANNUAL REPORT In addition to the article published in this paper last Thursday, the library’s Annual Report to the Community, with plenty of statistics on how you and your neighbors use the library, is available on the front page of our website. Check it out!
MOVIE NIGHT Movie Night returns for the Fall with a new family-friendly classic. The lights go down at 5:30 PM this Thursday the 17th, so come early to get your popcorn!
TEEN CRAFT Teens can create magnets this Saturday, September 19th, at 1:30 PM. Make glittery globes, creepy eyes, and more. Personalize your locker this fall and feel just a little better about going back to school.
ADULT CRAFT This month we’ll be making fall-themed bookends out of burlap, thread, and paint. By request, we’re having two sessions: one in the morning from 11 AM – 12:30 PM next Monday, September 21st, and one in the evening from 6 PM – 7:30 PM on Monday, September 28th. Materials will be provided, but you can always bring your own “notions” from home for a truly personalized project.
Welcome to September at the library. With the weather cooling, we have programming for all ages and, as always, the latest books and DVDs available on our shelves. Stop in to try something new or revisit an old favorite.
COMPUTER HELP Need help creating electronic documents, navigating the internet, or using your new eReader? We can help. Drop in tonight (September 1st) from 6 – 7. Call ahead for an appointment or just bring in your questions.
SOCIAL HOUR Our next social hour is Wednesday the 9th at 2 PM. Stop by to talk to your neighbors, drink coffee, and munch on treats.
EVIL LEAGUE TRYOUTS Calling all villains! Come to the library this Saturday, August 22nd, prove yourself worthy, and join your fellow evil-doers in a plot to take over Ogdensburg. The super-secret meeting starts at 11 AM.
ADULT READING CONTEST This is the last week to enter our “Escape the Ordinary” drawing. To enter, just write the name of a book you’ve read this summer on a balloon and give it to a staff member. You could win a New York Mets backpack-cooler, a folding camp chair, or a $20 gift certificate to The Sandwich Warehouse on Canton Street. Don’t delay – balloons must be submitted by Saturday the 22nd at 3 PM!
CHILDREN’S READING RAFFLE Have your children been keeping track of their reading online or on paper? Remind them that Summer Reading ends on the last day of August. If they want a chance to win one of our five big prizes (or if they just want something small from the prize barrel) they need to come in by Monday the 31st.
BOOK SALE The book sale is here! Stop in any time the library is open from 5 PM this Thursday the 16th until 5 PM on Friday the 24th. Weather permitting, there will also be a tent for sales on the lawn. We have books, DVDs, CDs, jigsaw puzzles, sheet music, and more. Great deals await, so don’t miss it.
TRAINING DAY Calling all Super Heroes! As part of our children’s summer reading program, we’re inviting you to the library this Saturday, the 18th, at 11 AM for a day of training. Pick out a superpower and decide whether you’re going to use it for good or for evil, practice your heroics, and then engage in a water battle against the villains.