Everyone’s invited to this wonderful Otego tradition!
Saturday evening, December 7th at 6pm, bring a canned good for the food pantry and join other members of our community at the Firehouse for hot cocoa and cookies (cookies are again thanks to Rubera’s) and then walk down to the library via our historic Main Street for the tree lighting ceremony and caroling in the neighborhood. This is just one more of the many things that makes communities like ours so special–don’t miss out! Special thanks to Chad Angellotti and all of the Otego Community Engagement Committee members for all the hard work they do to help keep Otego awesome!
Do you want to help Otego build a continuing sense of kindness and community? Find Chad or the group on Facebook and see how YOU can give back and help make memories in our little bit of classic small town America!
The Stuffed Animal Slumber Party is this Thursday, December the 5th, and Santa is coming to visit! This is a unique memory-making event for our region and we hope you can join us!
Children bring a stuffed animal (the slumber party part of the night that starts at 7pm is for stuffed animals only), meet Santa, have cookies, and hear a story–it’s so much fun! Then, after the Santa-inspired fun is over, children say goodnight to their stuffed animal friends and the children head home.
Then, almost as if by magic (as libraries all have their own particular type of magic thanks to the books they contain) the stuffed animals come to life and have adventures that Shannon and Anne document in photos! Some play games, some read books–you never can tell just what kind of magic happens at a library after hours! On Saturday (during regular hours) children can come and get their stuffed animal pals and will take home photos of some of the fun their fuzzy friends had!
*Please Note: Parents and guardians, not only does the event reinforce the magical feeling we all hope our children experience during the holiday season, but it can be used as a way to reinforce healthy bedtime rituals (using the stuffed animal in place of the child, and child in place of adult) and it also can be used to ease separation anxiety by showing the child that someone (the stuffed animal) may go away for a little while but that doesn’t mean they never return. If children aren’t ready to be parted with their stuffed animals, stuffies are still invited to meet Santa with their children and be included in the Santa-related pictures, AND children (whether they leave a stuffed animal for the sleepover or not) are encouraged to get a picture to take home on Saturday of the silly fun had after hours so they better understand and might participate more fully next year.
That’s right, Santa Claus is coming to town! Thursday, December 5th at 6pm YOU can meet him! He’s let his beard grow out a bit and has rested up since this picture–he looks much younger, but he’s going to be coming for story and cookies, and PICTURES! Children can bring a favorite stuffed animal to join in the celebration and then leave their stuffed animal for a stuffed animals-only sleepover party in the library! Shannon and Anne will get photos of their silly adventures to share when children come back to the library Saturday to pick up their stuffed animals. You must RSVP by either reaching out on Facebook or leaving a message at 988-6661.
Happy Thanksgiving–we hope you all enjoy many reasons to be thankful and know how thankful we are for each and every one of YOU!
Stop by the library Saturday to get your December calendar of events, have some coffee, and check out our Silver Tea Baskets–there’s something for everyone! Santa visits Thursday December 5th at 6pm, the Silver Tea will be held on Sunday December 8th at 2pm, and we have a Paint & Sip scheduled for December 14th–and lots, lots more! We hope to see YOU @ YOUR little but lively library! Soon, and often!
December will bring lots of changes, including our hours! Our hours will change to: Mondays 11am-5pm, Tuesdays 10am-4pm, Wednesdays 12pm-6pm, Thursdays 10am-4pm, and Saturdays 9am-12pm.
In 1972 Dennis Fowler was out of work, and, with a pregnant wife and a fierce need for money, began to write. With wife Peggy at his side, he launched a writing career that has lasted more than forty years, utilizing several pseudonyms and jumping through the genres. His earliest works paid him between $500 and $750, and though it might not sound like much today, it kept the family fed. He wrote a Gothic for Berkeley and romances for Jove. Suffering from writer’s block he jumped genres and wrote articles for Computer Shopper and other magazines–some paying a dollar a word, and it, as Dennis puts it, “feathered our nest nicely.”
The shifting markets focused more on technology and webpages and, now retired, says, “I still write. If I’m not writing I’m not breathing. But I have no illusions of making a living at it. I’m living off our IRAs. My most recent effort is Earth’s Song, self-published through Lulu, 90,000 words, available at The Green Toad in downtown Oneonta, as well as online from the printer, Lulu, as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. A sequel is planned.”
Dennis also suggests, having seen the changes in the writing marketplace, “If you want to be a writer today, don’t quit your day job.”
Dennis Fowler will be one of three local authors on our Author Panel on November 16th. Earth’s Song is his debut young adult novel. The panel will include time to ask authors questions, and opportunities to buy their books and have them signed.
Yes, that’s right, Sunday afternoon you’re invited to bring your very best words, and a competitive and friendly verve (v-e-r-v-e, that’s 4+1+1+4+1…), to YOUR little but lively library for a Word Nerd Tournament.
Think vocabulary. Think spelling. Think small wooden tiles on a board… Think cash prize for the final winner. Are you with me?
I hope so!
We’ll get started at 1pm–please call (988-6661) ahead so we can organize teams, and please bring $2 dollars to donate for snacks and $3 to pitch into the winner’s pot. Yes, this is a prize-winning opportunity based on your ability to use the tiles you draw to craft the very best vocabulary words and puzzle them onto your board!
We expect this first event to be a modest one, but if we see people are interested, we’ll hold more in 2020!
Author and Hartwick professor Alice Lichtenstein will join us on Saturday, November 16th for our Local Author’s Panel (running from 1pm-3pm). For those wondering about ripped-from-the-headlines writing, Alice’s current work is influenced by an event that hit the region’s news several years ago. Perhaps you’ll remember it…
Here are some glowing endorsements for Alice’s most recent novel:
During the brilliant and explosive opening pages of Alice Lichtenstein’s The Crime of Being, bullets fly. Thanks to one teenager’s violent and racist act, the minds and hearts of people in a small Upstate New York community are forever fractured and divided. Alice Lichtenstein delves deep into the viewpoints of an astonishing range of characters, presenting the disparate voices of victim and perpetrator, and those who surround them. It’s a feat of extraordinary writing, all mounting toward a terrifically tense final confrontation. A tour de force of unsparing insight and empathy.
–Adrienne McDonnell, author of The Doctor and the Diva
“The Crime of Being” is a fast-paced,
urgent story of how we live now.
Alice Lichtenstein tells some hard truths with
poise, wisdom, and compassion.
–Hilma Wolitzer, The Doctor’s Daughter
Join us for this wonderful event and consider taking home one of the stunning books that will be available for sale!
Also joining our panel of authors on Saturday, November 16 will be Dennis Fowler!
A freelance writer for over 40 years, Dennis Fowler has written novels for adults and numerous articles for computer publications and short fiction on the Internet under various pen names. Earth’s Song is his debut young adult novel.
From the book:
I’ve seen the shapes of endless space,
The boundless curves of midnight lace
That cradle stars in soft embrace,
That guide the spheres and set their pace.
I’ve danced the Milky Way’s bright path,
In time with Terpsichore’s math,
I’ve braved the comets’ baleful wrath,
Climbed the joyous spectral lath.
To save civilizations a girl with an angelic voice learns to fly faster than light.
The panel will run from 1pm-3pm on Saturday the 16th and there will be time for you to buy books that interest you and have them signed by the authors–a great opportunity to support local talent! If you’d like to check out Earth’s Song fore the event, pop over to this link: