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Friday, January 3, 2014

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

It’s a new year and there is lots going on at the library!

Come and Play story time for 0-2 year-olds will be held in January on Fridays from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. starting on January 10th. Bring your little one each week for fun-filled learning and play. Each week will highlight a different aspect of playful learning developed specifically for this amazing age group. Please call or stop by the library to register for this class.

Also, on Fridays in January (starting on the 10th), we will be holding a Basic Literacy story time for 2-4 year-olds from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Join us for an hour of stories, crafts and snacks. Sign up by calling or stopping by the library. 814-697-6691.

The library’s book discussion group is reading The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. The group will meet for discussion on Wednesday, January 15th, at 1:30 p.m. We have plenty of copies available for anyone interested in joining in on the discussion.

Join us on Monday, January 20th, at 1:00 p.m. for a movie day at the library. We will be showing a fun, funny family movie. What a great way to spend a day off from school!

The Oswayo Valley Memorial Library was chosen to receive a grant for a four-part reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called “Pushing the Limits”. The series brings together books and video featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring our world. The first program will take place on Februrary 5th at 6:00 p.m. To register and receive a copy of the book we will be discussing, Clive Cussler’s Arctic Drift, please stop by the library or call us at 697-6691.

The library also received a grant through the PA Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities to host a presentation of “The Underground Railroad in Quilts” on February 26th at 6:00 p.m. The Underground Railroad, the secret paths traveled by African Americans who escaped slavery in the South, is well documented by historians. Far more elusive is evidence that slaves used quilts as signals to guide their way to freedom. This hands-on talk and demonstration engages in the ongoing debate between historians and the public- did quilts guide escapes? Authentic 19th century quilts and modern reproductions are used to explore some of the ways in which women may have stitched their politics, history and mythology into quilt designs. A folklorist who specializes in material culture, Cassandra Gunkel has studied African American quilts and textiles to document the lives of women who captured our histories and stories in their creative work.

Are you interested in tracing your family history but don’t know where to start? Would you like to get together regularly with a group of others and share tips and information? We have a family history group that meets at the library regularly to do just that! The group meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Call the library at 814-697-6691 to register or if you have any questions.

Story Time with Pen takes place every Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. during the school year. Come and enjoy stories and songs with a new theme each week. No pre-registration necessary.

The Stitch Together Knit and Crochet group meets every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. They are always happy to add new members! Just bring along your current project and join in. Having problems with a pattern? Bring it in and they’ll help you through it. If you don’t knit or crochet, there’s always someone available and willing to teach.

Do you like to read, but can’t always make it to the library? We also have eBooks and audio books that are available through our website that you can download onto your eReader and MP3 player.

Memorials for the month of December: Jacqui Garland from Ruth Richmond, David Gibbons from Mickey & Lisa Howard, Pat Gustin Fuller from Descendants of William J. Loucks, Thomas Bush from Dick & Gladys Martin. A donation was received from Julie Perkins.

You can see what events are happening at the library and search the card catalog by visiting our website at You can also log into your account and renew books you have out or put a book on reserve. You can see what new books are available by clicking on the “New on the Shelves” tab.

“Like” our Facebook page ( to keep informed of events happening at the library.

The Oswayo Valley Memorial Library’s board of directors’ monthly meeting will be held on January 27th at 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

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