The countdown is on, with just 10 days to go until Christmas.
If you're looking for craft books to make a last-minute gift, or even cookbooks for special holiday treat, visit the library and look through our large collection.
We also have hundreds of Christmas books for children, some of which are listed below.
The staff at Huntington Memorial Library wish all of you and yours a peaceful holiday season.
Toot & Puddle are well known to children. Puddle is getting ready for Christmas and is going to make paper chains, bake fruitcakes and decorate. Toot though, is stranded far away from home. Will he be able to make it back on time? Find out in "Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas," by Holly Hobbie.
Last year, Santa and his reindeer weren't able to do their Christmas deliveries because they all came down with a mysterious rash. You never knew this because Mrs. Santa Claus invented her own flying machine and made the deliveries herself. You'll be able to follow Mrs. Claus' journey in Penny Ives' "Mrs. Santa Claus."
Christmas Tree receives some cookies from his friends Angel and Elf. They smell so good someone else wants to eat them. Not only that, but this other someone accidentally takes Christmas Tree's star. Angel and Elf need to help find the star so Tree will have it in time for Christmas in "Angel's Christmas Cookies," by Sam Williams.
Have you ever wondered what Santa Claus was like as a baby, then a boy? "Young Santa," by Dan Greenburg, will let you learn about Santa from the time he was a baby until he was a teenager. You'll find out why red is his favorite color, how he got his sleigh, and even how the reindeer got their names. You'll also learn how he got started delivering presents to kids. Get the inside scoop on Santa.
In "Blue's 12 Days of Christmas," by Catherine Lukas, you'll find out all the gifts Blue receives from his friends for Christmas. It starts with a star for the top of the tree, continues with two purple doves, and continues until the 12th day. There are lots of interesting gifts and this different take on the traditional song will have you singing the new lyrics.
"The Little Drummer Mouse," by Mercer Mayer, features a shy little drummer mouse and tells how he finds his way to the manger. He has a gift for the baby Jesus and he is as welcome as everyone else. This beautifully illustrated book will have you looking at the pictures over and over to see all the sumptuous details.
Ivan Gantschev tells a true story from his childhood in "The Christmas Train." When his aunt was a little girl, she was at home decorating the tree when she heard a loud crash outdoors. She ran outside, only to find that a huge rock had fallen on the tracks. The station master was not available and she had to think quickly before the express train came through and had a crash. Read what happened in this exciting story.
The library owns many copies of Clement C. Moore's traditional "The Night Before Christmas." Each of the books is illustrated by a different person. It's fun to see how each artist interprets the tale for children. Many of us know this rhyme by heart, and it wouldn't be Christmas without reading this aloud to our families. Choose from one of the many versions we have available.
The library will be closed Dec. 24 to 26.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.
The countdown is on, with just 10 days to go until Christmas.
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Tea party, books about tea can be found at the library
Join us for an American Girl Tea Party at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Thanks to the generosity of the Chenango Valley Doll Club, mothers, daughters and their dolls can gather in their tea party best to play games, listen to an American Girl story and enjoy light refreshment.
Improve skills by reading to a dog
This summer, the library has a lot of special events that are already full but there's a new program that allows for drop-in participation. Tales for Tails is a unique program that will encourage reluctant readers and animal lovers to read. Every Saturday through Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to noon at the library, your child can read to Ernie the Newfoundland/Australian cattle dog mix, Buckeye the golden retriever or Rory the Siberian husky.
Get bit by the 'Outlander' bug
I have a confession to make.
Library expands social media presence
This summer the Huntington Memorial Library will be expanding our reach into the community by initiating a Twitter and Facebook account.
Keep kids reading this summer with ebooks
Sign up now for library's summer reading programs
Registration begins today for the library's Summer Reading Program. All programs for children and adults will run from July 7 to Aug. 16 with the exception of the Adult Camp NaNoWriMo program.
Time to get started on your summer reading
Don't forget to take advantage of the Big Read offered on our Download Zone.
It's summertime and the reading is easy
It's that time of year again: time for the Summer Reading Program! Each summer, the library bursts at the seams with extra activity and this year we're adding summer reading fun for adults, too. Plus we're expanding to include more family-oriented programs.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream ... and books
Join us from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday as we gather with other youth organizations to celebrate summer and share our resources at the Oneonta World of Learning Ice Cream Social at the Boys and Girls Club in Oneonta.
Pulitzer Prize winners offer great reading
The Pulitzer Prize was first awarded to writers in 1917, and this year marks its 98th year. Joseph Pulitzer envisioned an advisory board principally made up of newspaper publishers, and hence it has a strong focus on journalism. Today the board is composed of 19 individuals who are leading editors or news executives. It also includes four academics including the president of Columbia University, scholars and other people of distinction who are not editors or journalists.
Author returns to 19th century West
Larry McMurtry is famously known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Lonesome Dove" that was made into a television miniseries. His first published book was made into the movie "Hud" and this pattern of books to movies followed much of his career. Other books made into movies include "The Last Picture Show" and "Terms of Endearment." He won the Oscar in 2006 for his screenplay of "Brokeback Mountain." And he's still writing.
We appreciate the thanks
It was good to work at the Huntington Library during National Library Week.
Catskills' fly-tying 'Dean' to display flies at library
The Huntington Memorial Library is fortunate to have Dave Brandt, master fly-tyer, display his work during the month of May. Stop by to see his famous, traditional Catskill dry flies. In the Spring 2009 issue of Fly Tyer magazine, an article featuring Dave called him the "Dean of Modern Catskill Fly Tyers." In 2007, Dave was the second of 100 world's best fly tyers listed in a five-book series call Flytyers of the World.
Pew study shows libraries important to most
Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project received a $1.4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study the role of libraries in users' lives and in their communities.
Saying 'thank you' to our library staff
National Library Week is the week of April 13-19 and Tuesday April 15 is National Library Workers Day. The Friends of the Huntington Memorial Library will recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians this week and encourage library patrons to do the same.
Huntington's 2013 by the numbers
Every year, libraries chartered with New York must submit a lengthy list of statistical measures to the Department of Education. In addition, libraries submit a report to the community. The Huntington Memorial Library's Report to the Community can be found on our website, www.hmloneonta.org, or in print at the library. All statistics are reported for the 2013 year.
Poetry, dance to be focus at Huntington
Don't miss the next Friends of the Library program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7.
Poetry reading, writing planned at library
Join us for an engaging program sponsored by the Friends of the Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the third floor community room!
Get lost or get away in a good book
Spring may be coming this week but I predict we're in for more days of tucking in with a good book in our most comfortable chair while covered in warm blankets. Read while you can before the good weather calls you outside.
Spring classes set at Huntington
It's time for our free spring classes in genealogy in the NY Room and for learning how to download our ebooks and audiobooks to your electronic devices. Genealogy classes are computer-based, and the library will provide laptops for your use. Don't forget that the library subscribes to Ancestry.com Library Edition. This database can be accessed on any of our public Internet computers. You can call the library to reserve computer time up to two days in advance. Don't miss out on using this great free research tool that we offer. Registration for the classes is required, so please call 432-1980 or stop by the library to sign up.
- Tea party, books about tea can be found at the library