This week, I’ll be attending the New York Library Association’s annual meeting in Niagara Falls. Conferences are a great way to learn about new ideas and issues in the library world but I have to confess that my favorite part is meeting authors. I feel like a teenage girl at a rock concert. This year I’m excited that Alice Hoffman, one of my favorite author,s is giving the keynote address at NYLA. She’s published 21 novels, three books of short fiction and eight books for children and young adults. I haven’t read all of them but my favorites are “The Red Garden,” “Practical Magic,” “The Dovekeepers” and “The Story Sisters.” Most of her characters have traits that range from pure magic to a simple knowing. If you want just a little enchantment in your day, try reading an Alice Hoffman book.
The library’s fall children’s programs are a popular service. Our children’s coordinator, Debra Hansen, fills her day with Story Times for babies up to age 13 months, toddlers ages 2 and 3 years, tiny tots age 14 to 24 months, after-school programs for 4 to 7 year olds and Afternoon Adventures for 8 to 12 year olds. Each of the programs is specifically geared for these age ranges using early literacy educational techniques. Based on the developmental skills of each age range, Debra offers age-appropriate stories and reading activities. Due to the popularity of the programs, registration is required, so please call 432-1980 or stop by the library to sign up.
The programs will be offered as follows: Lapsit (0-13 months), 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays; Tiny Tots (14 to 24 months), 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Toddler/Parent Story Time (2 and 3 year olds), 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays; After School Programs (4 to 7 year olds), 3:45 p.m. Tuesdays; and Afternoon Adventures (8 to 12 year olds), 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
The search for our ancestors has become a hot hobby. In the past three years, membership on Ancestory.com has risen by more than 54 percent. PBS has a new series called “Genealogy Roadshow.” They hope to show that all Americans have a place in history regardless of station or background. According to Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal, nearly all researchers are surprised by what they find and about one in five finds something shocking or negative. Come to the Library to explore your past with our free tools such as Ancestory.com, Family Search and Fulton History. We are a Family History Center, which means we’re able to retrieve information from the extensive resources at the Mormon’s genealogical archive.
This fall, our New York State Room librarian Sarah Livingston will lead a series of classes on several genealogy databases. These are computer-based classes and the library will provide laptops for your use. Registration is required so please call 432-1980 or stop by the library to sign up.
Family Search classes will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 (Class is full), and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 2.
Ancestry.com Library Edition classes will be offered 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 1, and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 (one seat remaining).
Fultonhistory.com classes will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1, and 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 2.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Tina Winstead 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.