Thursday! Stuffed Animal Slumber Party plus SANTA!

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.

Winter Hours Start December 1st

As all of us know in Otego, winter brings changes, and library hours are one of the many things that get adjusted for the safety of all.

 

Starting December 1st our hours will be:

Mondays open 11am-5pm

Tuesdays open 10am-4pm

Wednesdays open 12pm-6pm

Thursdays open 10am-4pm

                                                     Fridays closed (except for special events)

                                                     Saturdays open 9am-12pm

                                                     Sundays closed (except for special events)

 

Please remember, if the weather is worrisome, you can always call 988-6661 and leave a message requesting your books be renewed. Your safety and well-being are important to us.

Santa Claus is LITERALLY Coming to Town

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!

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.

Local Author Panel this Saturday 1-3pm!

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

A Bit More about Dennis Fowler’s Most Recent Book

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.

Word Nerd Tournament this Sunday!

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!

A Bit More about Alice Lichtenstein’s Recent Work

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!

Author Dennis Fowler to Attend 11/16 Author Panel!

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:

Earth’s Song

A Bit More about Panelist Deb Blake’s Recent Works

Author Deborah Blake joins us for our Author’s Panel November 16 from 1pm-3pm.

Here’s a bit about one of Deb’s most recent books, Wickedly Unraveled:

Another resounding hit.

The characters, the story-line,

everything about this book

keeps me wanting more.

 

“…an absolutely awesome story.

Barbara Yager is used to traveling alone as she tends to her duties as a Baba Yaga. She sometimes brings Babs, the adopted daughter she is training, but her sheriff husband stays behind.

This trip, though, she has made an exception. After all, the task seems so simple, and shouldn’t take long to accomplish. When it is done, the three of them can indulge in a long-overdue family vacation. What could it hurt? Quite a lot, as it turns out. What Barbara thought was a minor problem ends in a violent magical confrontation she never expected. The resulting backlash sends them all into a warped timeline where Barbara and Liam never got together, and only Barbara and nine-year-old Babs remember the truth. Liam is still trapped in his grief and all the good they’ve done together in the past few years has come undone.

Even worse, her Baba Yaga sisters, Beka and Bella, don’t believe her, and the wicked Brenna is still out there, planning who knows what kind of mischief. The children stolen by the rusalka Maya are trapped in the Otherworld and she is loose in this one and up to no good. It is up to Barbara, Babs, and their faithful dragon-dog companion Chudo-Yudo to knit together the unraveled timeline and make things right again, before it is too late and Barbara loses her one true love forever.

In a completely different vein, Deb also writes nonfiction about witchcraft and magick, including The Little Book of Cat Magic and The Witch’s Broom.

A bit about The Little Book of Cat Magic:

Learn about cats throughout history as well as the myths, folklore, and deities associated with them. Explore spells for living with cats, improving their health, and saying goodbye when their nine lives have run their course. You’ll also enjoy crafts and divination techniques involving cats as well as paw-some advice from Deborah Blake’s extraordinary familiar, Magic the Cat.

A bit about The Witch’s Broom:

Take a magickal flight into the history, tradition, and modern uses of broomsticks. Whether sweeping the floors or helping with spells, rituals, and crafts, the broom is a more versatile tool than you ever imagined.

Join Deborah Blake on a journey through the ages, exploring why broomsticks and witches have always been an inseparable pair. Enjoy broom lore, insights from well-known witchy authors, and instructions for buying or making your own for special occasions. From besoms to broomcorn, The Witch’s Broom is the perfect guide for adding a new facet to your magickal practice. Have a nice flight!

 

Our panel runs from 1pm-3pm and includes time for questions, and for you to buy books from your favorite local authors and have them signed!