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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

Do you need a Valentine’s Day gift idea? The library is selling raffle tickets for a Valentine’s gift basket. The cost is $1 each or 6 for $5.

Another easy way to support your local library is through AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you will find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. There is a link on the library’s website that will take you directly to AmazonSmile where you will be able to choose the organization you would like to support.

From February 1st to February 28th, the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library will be conducting an online survey to find out how our patrons use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. This information will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

The library’s book discussion group is reading Beautiful Boy by David Sheff. The group will meet for discussion on Wednesday, February 19th, at 1:30 p.m. We have plenty of copies available for anyone interested in joining in on the discussion.

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 2nd session will meet on March 12th at 6:00 p.m. The book being discussed that night is When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle.

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. Go to our website and click on “Download Books”.

A memorial for Anne Hallock Wetzel was received from the O.V. Class of 1961. A donation was received from Lucille Maxson.

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 February 24th at 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

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