We’re holding a special 2020 Reading Challenge for our library patrons (of all ages!) for the year! Come into the library and pick up your challenge sheet, read books that connect to the “prompts” (like read “A book about a world leader” or “A graphic novel” or “An anthology”). You do NOT have to read one of each type–you pick and choose (because libraries are about freedom, friends), but for every TEN books you read that fit the challenge sheet prompts you get one chance/ticket you’ll be able to use to enter an end of the year raffle-type prize. There are special prompts that relate to historical anniversaries happening this year (or decade). Do YOU know some of the big moments that happened a century ago? Come and check it out–use 2020 to activate your historical hindsight!
Challenge sheets will be due the week before the Silver Tea so you can make your entries and we can draw a winner at the Annual Silver Tea in early December.
Winter can make it hard to keep everyone entertained and happy, so here are a few active ideas to engage in during the cold weather. We especially love Understood’s mention of both the Scavenger Hunt and Word-building Charades in their Cabin Fever posting, and, if you have Legos and marbles are appropriate for your children’s ages, why not make a Marble Maze? Or, if you have Nerf (or other) foam-shooting guns, maybe do a spinning target or maybe roll up some socks and play these “snowball” games! Keep the kids moving and having fun (and keep your sanity) during cabin fever season!
As we approach the New Year, reading challenges are popping up all over, so we’ve devised one for library patrons! Pick up your challenge sheet at the library any time during 2020 and, for every 10 reading prompts you respond to, you’ll get to enter another chance in a drawing for the end of the year. Read 10 books, you’ll have 1 chance, for 20 books you’ll get 2 chances, 30 books equals 3 chances and so on.
Maybe one challenge isn’t enough for you! If so, hop over to A Book Worm’s Musing for a 20 in 2020 Challenge. Or pop over to Ginger Mom for an A to Z Challenge. Ginger Mom also has a Picture Book Challenge, and if those still don’t satisfy, here’s a list featuring a larger selection of reading challenges–something for everyone!
Winter time is beautiful but it can make you feel you’re limited in the activities you can do.
Luckily there are some fun traditional (and creative!) pastimes you can do that have a neat, modern take on them. If you remember cutting snowflakes out of paper and want to do that again, but differently, you can now join the Baby Yoda and Mandalorian madness and make snowflakes inspired by those characters.
Go to Anthony Herrera’s site and check out what he’s done for Star Wars fans! You can download the snowflake templates, and cut and fold according to his instructions. Got kids or grandkids? This may be a great activity to do with them. It develops and strengthens hand-eye coordination AND engages them in a creative activity that’s cheap and wall-hanging-worthy.
Don’t have a printer at home? Come down to the library and we’ll help you print what you like: 20 cents a page for black and white, and 25 cents a page for color.
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.
This Saturday–November 16th–from 1pm-3pm we are hosting a great panel of local authors!
We’ll have Alice Lichtenstein (The Genius of the World, Lost, and The Crime of Being), Deborah Blake (The Baba Yaga series, The Broken Rider series, and 11 books on modern witchcraft), and Dennis Fowler (Earth’s Song).
Audience members will be able to ask authors questions about the writing and publishing process and purchase books directly from the authors–and have them signed! A great event for readers, would-be writers and other creatives, and right on time for the holiday shopping season!
Deborah Blake Alice Lichtenstein Dennis Fowler
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.
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: