Spend a Summer Saturday in Otego, New York

❤️ Spend a Summer Saturday in Otego, NY…❤️


Head to Otsdawa Berry right after dawn for some early morning blueberry picking. It’s beautiful and the fruits of your labors are sure to be sweet!


Pop into the village and over to Muddy River Dairy at the far end of Main Street for raw milk, fresh eggs, produce, and baked goods.


Need canned goods, paper goods, or other staples? Maybe sunscreen or an umbrella–you never know right now what the weather’s fixin’ to do, but, luckily, Dollar General is right down the road!


Next in line is Trollbok Farm Store & Eatery –if you haven’t stopped in to check out their delicious baked goods and organic produce, or taken a look at the local artists and crafters’ work, you should! They’re even carrying bread from Five Kids Bakehouse !


Now head to the Harris Memorial Library (yes, that’s us!) for Coffee Klatsch on the porch. Say a friendly “hey” to your neighbors–make a friend or two and have some coffee and snacks. Borrow a book or some magazines–you’ll want them later. 😉 And if you’re reading this before August 21st, get your free movie tickets for library patrons.


But wait, there’s more! Looking for beautiful jewelry or needing a repair to something precious, give a call to the The Silversmith & Goldsmith out on Secor Road and make an appointment.


Head back into town and enjoy browsing the beautiful selection of crystals, stones, books, tarot cards, and other amazing gifts at Sun, Moon and Earth. Say hi to Melissa and Peter–they’re lovely!


Now, park your car somewhere along Main Street and head to the stoplight (yes, there’s only one in town), admire the old Elementary School (now Otsego Christian Academy), step across the street, and stroll along, reading the library’s StoryWalk and using your smartphone to access the extras with our QR codes!


If you’ve now worked up an appetite for lunch–great!–get ready for barbecue–head on down to The O at 112, then grab your car again and head out of the village towards Oneonta to get ice cream at Sprinkles n’ Cream while dreaming about a fresh tree for Christmas from Lundin’s Tree Farm –it’s always good to plan in advance!


If it’s still before 2pm, stop by the Otego Historical Association and learn a little about local history!


Now we’ve filled you up with good food and great information, head to the Otego Pool to burn some of those calories off (or revel in adding them) while sunbathing–your choice! You can also shoot some hoops nearby or take a walk–enjoy! Sit under a tree and read that book you borrowed from the library. Just enjoy letting the world pass you by.


If it’s dinner time, head on over to Rubera’s Restaurant, have some yummy Italian food and meet the charming owners, Franco and Rosie.


If it’s Saturday August 21st or earlier, bring those free double-feature movie tickets you got at Coffee Klatsch around to the library’s backyard at 8pm. Spread out a blanket or open your lawn chairs, play lawn games, do artsy activities, and watch two themed feature films (and enjoy some light refreshments). All free for library patrons. And becoming a patron is free, too. ❤️ Check out the movie listing link here.


At day’s end head on home, knowing you got to enjoy some of what makes small town America lovely: a beautiful setting, and wonderful, creative, and kind citizens.

Online: Using Family Search to Research Your Roots

Join Director Shannon for an introduction to the free online genealogical database, Family Search. We’ll start by getting everyone their account (if they want one) and then Shannon will demonstrate, using her account, how to navigate and do a basic search for relatives, and add information to your online family tree. Get the information you need to join the online Zoom meeting at the Events listings on our Facebook page (@harrislibrary).

Tour Versailles–From Home

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours, live camera experiences at zoos, and online story times.

You can tour the Palace of Versailles virtually now, and in two different ways! Here is a link to the “first aerial view” of the palace–an intriguing painting that has notes along with it. If that’s not enough for you, Google again offers us a tantalizing glimpse inside the baroque palace. Enjoy the splendor and decadence that led, in part, to the rise of a much different France after a few people lost their heads over political disagreements…

Tour the Sistine Chapel–From Home

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours, live camera experiences at zoos, and online story times.

Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of visiting the Sistine Chapel, but the time off from work to get there, and the money you’d have to have to do the trip right can seem like impossible barriers. However, thanks to modern technology, you can take this tour and see the beauty of one of the world’s most famous churches virtually.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the

COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours.

 

The Smithsonian. One of the most amazing American museums–and one of the most extensive in the world–has a number of virtual tours to keep you wondering and learning. This tour includes current exhibits.

DNA: Through the Looking Glass with Genealogist Laura Lee

Saturday November 9th from 10-11:30am we’re happily welcoming back genealogist Laura Lee of Digging Roots as she teaches us about new discoveries in DNA and how they can impact your understanding of your family’s past! This educational opportunity is free and coffee and snacks will be available for a small donation to the library. Come and connect with science to better understand your own history!

NY Shadow Chasers Investigation of the Harris House and Library

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to investigate the paranormal? With books, television shows, movies and the like covering paranormal stories there’s obviously a lot of curiosity. Come get your questions answered as the New York Shadow Chasers team talks about how they do what they do and teach you the basics (and show you some of their cool technology)! You MUST get your tickets in advance for BOTH the lecture (starting at $6) AND the investigation IF you want to be part of the investigation. Lecture tickets are for a donation of $5, and investigation tickets are for a donation of $15. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The investigation will start shortly after the lecture ends.

NY Shadow Chasers Lecture on the Paranormal

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to investigate the paranormal? With books, television shows, movies and the like covering paranormal stories there’s obviously a lot of curiosity. Come get your questions answered as the New York Shadow Chasers team talks about how they do what they do and teach you the basics (and show you some of their cool technology)! You MUST get your tickets in advance for BOTH the lecture (starting at $6) AND the investigation IF you want to be part of the investigation. Lecture tickets are for a donation of $5, and investigation tickets are for a donation of $15. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

World War II Book and Movie Club: THE MONUMENTS MEN

Join us for a last discussion on The Monuments Men book and a light lunch. Then, on the 20th we’ll watch the movie (and have a light lunch) and get our next book, the historical fiction book The Book Thief! Please call the library to let Shannon know you’ll be coming!