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National Library Card Sign-up Month runs through September

The doors to public libraries are open to all, but it is a thin plastic card that opens up the treasures inside. September is National Library Card Sign-up Month and it is the perfect time to obtain this key to the library treasure chest. “Last year, the public libraries in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties loaned nearly 1.6 million items. Each item was borrowed by somebody using a library card,” said Eric Trahan, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Library System. A library card provides its user with access to a universe of books – a nearly endless array of stories and information. Yet, the card is even more useful, allowing the user to borrow items from a diverse range of materials. As a result, libraries build a meaningful connection to the communities they serve – whether they are located in urban, suburban or rural areas. “We provide a welcoming, nurturing and safe environment where our patrons can access a wide range of services,” said Dawn Lamphere, Director of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville. For example, children borrow themed kits of books, games and activities in a self-contained backpack. The kits are themed to cover a wide range of topics such as learning to read, learning to count, music, insects, art, dental health, weather and more. “I love to see them proudly wear the backpacks...

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An Evening of Acoustic Music with Joe Davoli and Nick Piccininni at the Old Forge Library

Joe on the left and Nick on the right The Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., is pleased to present An Evening of Acoustic Music with Joe Davoli and Nick Piccininni on Tuesday August 8 at 7:30 p.m. These two musicians will mix it up with fast-paced fiddle and banjo, mandolins, guitar, and beautiful waltzes, swinging tunes, and soulful vocals. Davoli is a graduate of DePaul University and attended the Berkley School of Music. He is the recipient of two Syracuse Area Music Awards. He is also a studio musician, teacher and performs full time with the Celtic band Ceili Rain. Nick Piccininni got his start performing bluegrass music on the five-string banjo, playing in and around New York State. He honed his multi-instrumental skills performing with the Delaney Brothers, The Atkinson Family and CMT artists the Abrams Brothers from Kingston, Ontario. He continues to perform with the Delaneys and most recently has been touring with the progressive string band Floodwood. This event is free and open to the public. It is funded by New York State Council on the Arts: the Presenting Program with support from Governor andrew Cuomo and the NYS...

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An Evening of Acoustic Music with Joe Davoli and Nick Piccininni at the Old Forge Library

Joe on the left and Nick on the right The Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., is pleased to present An Evening of Acoustic Music with Joe Davoli and Nick Piccininni on Tuesday August 8 at 7:30 p.m. These two musicians will mix it up with fast-paced fiddle and banjo, mandolins, guitar, and beautiful waltzes, swinging tunes, and soulful vocals. Davoli is a graduate of DePaul University and attended the Berkley School of Music. He is the recipient of two Syracuse Area Music Awards. He is also a studio musician, teacher and performs full time with the Celtic band Ceili Rain. Nick Piccininni got his start performing bluegrass music on the five-string banjo, playing in and around New York State. He honed his multi-instrumental skills performing with the Delaney Brothers, The Atkinson Family and CMT artists the Abrams Brothers from Kingston, Ontario. He continues to perform with the Delaneys and most recently has been touring with the progressive string band Floodwood. This event is free and open to the public. It is funded by New York State Council on the Arts: the Presenting Program with support from Governor andrew Cuomo and the NYS...

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Classic Adirondack Climbs: Presentation & Book Signing at Keene Valley Library

R.L. & Karen Stolz will present a program entitled “Classic Adirondack Climbs: The Photographic Journey,” and sign copies of their recently released book, Classic Adirondack Climbs: Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East’s Largest Wilderness on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:30pm. This program, at the Keene Valley Library in Keene Valley, NY is open to the public and admission is free. A selection of custom-crafted, giclée prints from the book will also be on display. Copies of the book and prints will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Keene Valley Library. This program will be of interest to photographers, especially those interested in adventure photography, as well as climbers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. R.L. & Karen, founders of Alpine Adventures in Keene, NY have guided rock and ice climbing and mountaineering in the Adirondacks, and around the world, since 1985. Their extensive knowledge, and intimate recollections, of Adirondack climbing make them uniquely suited to the task of photographing these climbs. Vertical Perspectives Photography, their foray into climbing and mountain landscape photography, has allowed them to focus on creating new and different photographs to portray Adirondack rock, ice and slide...

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Classic Adirondack Climbs: Presentation & Book Signing at Keene Valley Library

R.L. & Karen Stolz will present a program entitled “Classic Adirondack Climbs: The Photographic Journey,” and sign copies of their recently released book, Classic Adirondack Climbs: Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East’s Largest Wilderness on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:30pm. This program, at the Keene Valley Library in Keene Valley, NY is open to the public and admission is free. A selection of custom-crafted, giclée prints from the book will also be on display. Copies of the book and prints will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Keene Valley Library. This program will be of interest to photographers, especially those interested in adventure photography, as well as climbers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. R.L. & Karen, founders of Alpine Adventures in Keene, NY have guided rock and ice climbing and mountaineering in the Adirondacks, and around the world, since 1985. Their extensive knowledge, and intimate recollections, of Adirondack climbing make them uniquely suited to the task of photographing these climbs. Vertical Perspectives Photography, their foray into climbing and mountain landscape photography, has allowed them to focus on creating new and different photographs to portray Adirondack rock, ice and slide...

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Winning of Suffrage book donated to Johnstown Library

JOHNSTOWN — In keeping with the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium mission to promote the history of women’s suffrage and Stanton’s role in that struggle, the consortium recently donated “Harriot Stanton Blatch and the Winning of Woman Suffrage” by Ellen Carol Dub to the Johnstown Public Library. The book is a biography of Stanton’s daughter, Harriot Stanton Blatch. Blatch (1856-1940) was not only the daughter of the famous suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but also played an essential role in the winning of woman suffrage in the United States. This is a biography of Blatch and a new appraisal of the winning and aftermath of the American woman suffrage movement. Inspired in part by her mother, Blatch helped bring the movement into the 20th century. She worked for two decades for enfranchisement, much of it in New York state. The author, Ellen Carol Dubois is a scholar of the suffrage struggle. This year marks the 100th celebration of women’s voting rights in New York state, which occurred in 1917, three years before the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920 which give all women in the United States the right to vote. Stanton was born and raised in Johnstown, and worked with Susan B. Anthony to gain the right to vote for women. The consortium is composed of local women’s organizations who have joined together for the purpose of supporting...

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Gloversville educators honored at 25th Annual School Library System Awards

Photo submitted State representatives attended at the HFM BOCES School Library System’s annual awards luncheon May 12 to honor the recipients. From left: State Assemblyman, Marc Butler; Holly Cook, Fran LeFever, Liz McGregor, Megan Hallenbeck, Michele Zavadil, Mike Atkinson, Christian Rohrs and State Sen. James Tedisco’s representative Jennifer Conkling-Donovan. JOHNSTOWN – A team of Gloversville Middle School English teachers were honored for their work during the HFM BOCES School Library System’s Annual Awards Luncheon May 12. The Collaborative Teacher of the Year Award was awarded to six Gloversville Middle School teachers. The award was shared by sixth grade reading...

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“Meet Me at the Library Gazebo at 5” – Live Music with Nick Piccininni at the Old Forge Library

Nick Piccininni You are invited to enjoy live music at the Old Forge Library Gazebo from 5 – 6:15 pm on the 4th Friday of the month. Stop by before heading out for dinner at your favorite restaurant! On Friday July 28 Nick Piccininni will perform. Nick, a master of the 5-string banjo, will sing many of his own original songs while accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar, and it’s very possible he might also do some pickin’ on the banjo during his performance. Nick is a largely self-taught violinist, who learned his bluegrass chops the old fashioned way – in festival picking circles & bluegrass festivals. He’s been a professional banjo player & fiddler in high demand on the bluegrass circuit since the age of 13, & has toured w/ The Abrams Brothers, The Atkinsons, The Delaneys, Floodwood & more. Please bring your own blanket or folding chair. The program is free and open to the public. It is funded in part by New York State Council on the Arts: the Presenting Program with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS...

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Old Forge Library presents “Mountain Voices”

Singer/songwriter Dan Berggren Sharing an enchantment with the Adirondacks, singer/songwriter Dan Berggren and storyteller Jeannine Laverty join together for an evening of entertainment from these mountains and beyond at the Old Forge Library on Tuesday July 25 at 7:30pm. A tradition-based songsmith, Dan Berggren writes with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. His songs explore the many dimensions of home, hard-working folks, taking care of our planet and each other. Jeannine Laverty has been telling international folk tales since 1979 when her work teaching English as a second language to immigrants in New York City showed her firsthand how the U.S. is made up of cultures from all the countries of the world. Laverty has taught weekend workshops in storytelling for adults at Sagamore and other Adirondack sites since 1980. This work has led to her love of telling stories from Adirondack writers. “Mountain Voices” is free and open to the public. It is funded by The Friends of the Library Series and NYSCA: the Presenting Program with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS...

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