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The National Book Awards ceremony held online this year had a host of great speakers. Famed librarian Nancy Pearl received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. She thanked her childhood librarian, Frances Whitehead, for giving her the world through books.

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Handmade holidays are the best and with your library card you can check out these new craft books and create some unique and thoughtful gifts.

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HML has joined about 500 sites across the country to celebrate the launch of NASA’s next great space science observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope. We will offer a range of public programs in November that will bring the excitement of STEAM education and space exploration to the community.

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The latest new service at HML allows patrons to track their reading histories. This has been a long time coming because it is probably the single most requested service by patrons. I can’t tell you how often a patron has asked us what they read last in a book series and how disappointed they…

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One of HML’s goals for the Local History collection is to provide access to information. Access is the key to differentiating today’s modern library from libraries a thousand years ago. Thankfully, libraries no longer think it is imperative to preserve material at the cost of public knowledg…

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It has been a long road, but finally, construction of the Huntington Park Project is on target to begin this week! Last week, the project team met to discuss the details of the plan and mark underground utilities and power to the existing lights. Stakes were put in place to indicate where th…

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As we continue to celebrate the autumn season at the library, I encourage you to take advantage of the last of the good weather and visit Huntington Park. You’ll find a charming obstacle course painted on the sidewalk in front of the gazebo. What began as an activity for children has turned …

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Banned Books Week will be celebrated from Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 this year and as always, the Friends of HML will sponsor a drawing for two banned books. Stop by the library to enter the raffle to win either “George” by Alex Gino or “Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.

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Romance novels have the best titles! They’re surprisingly specific yet bring an entire story alive in your imagination. I often tell patrons looking for romance novels to use search term Duke and they’ll get a long list of books. But the new releases this fall don’t have a single duke or duc…

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It’s September so it’s Library Card Sign-up Month and a time when HML joins the American Library Association and other libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learnin…

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I’m pleased to announce that the first phase of the Huntington Park Project will be handled by two local companies who care about our community. Due to high costs, the project will consist of park lights, the terrace overlook, hillside plantings, and sledding hill.

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Tails and Tales, the Summer Reading Program provided HML with a great opportunity to reconnect with library patrons after more than a year of COVID-related restrictions. Activities related to the program were held outside for safety reasons, but it was the first time we got to interact face-…

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Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs are all favorite genres of readers at HML. Covering a wide range of topics, there’s sure to be something of interest to everyone. The following are among the most recent titles in circulation. 

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Hot off the press and new to our shelves are some new nonfiction titles that can help you be your best you. “Let’s Talk About Hard Things” by Anna Sale will give you tools you need to have those conversations you’ve been putting off. Sale is the founder and host of WNYC’s award winning podca…

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Show your love of the Huntington Park by donating and planting 100 daffodils! The Rotary Club of Oneonta  has generously offered to donate 100 daffodils to beautify our park as part of its centennial celebration. I challenge every organization and individual in Oneonta to match their gift.

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It was 101 years ago that the library moved into Henry Huntington’s former home. To honor his gift, the Huntington Memorial Library Board of Trustees is planning a Centennial Celebration Ice Cream Social at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7, in Huntington Park. City Historian Mark Simonson will speak of the …

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Kate Atkinson is an internationally acclaimed author of a wide range of genres and is my latest obsession. Her debut work, a tragicomedy called “Behind the Scenes at the Museum” won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award (now called the Costa Book Award) in 1995 and she hasn’t slowed down sinc…

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Beginning this week, the library will be open for summer hours. On Monday and Tuesday, we’ll be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we’ll be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday we’ll be open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..

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More and more libraries have a collection they call the Library of Things. It includes unexpected items that can be borrowed just like books and magazines but that typically have a more hands-on focus. Our goal in developing this collection is to level the playing field so all people have ac…

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Rainbow Book Month is a nationwide celebration of authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender and asexual community. It was originally established by the Publishing Triangle as Nation…

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The Audio Publishers Association reported double-digit sales increases again last year. Despite the influence of the pandemic on commuter listeners, sales increased by 12% for a total of $1.3 billion. The APA’s survey of consumers found that 67% of listeners said one of the reasons they use …

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The latest Mystery Writers of American story collection, “When a Stranger Comes to Town” edited by Michael Koryta, features terrifying tales of encounters with strangers from some of the top bestsellers and award winners in crime fiction. Each author weaves a fresh tale surrounding the eerie…

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We welcome you back to the library for the 2021 Summer Reading Program. Many of our programs will be held in-person this summer in Huntington Park so it will be quite different from last year. We are all very happy to meet face-to-face again. All COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed.…

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It’s time for another month of bonus borrows from our streaming service, hoopla. Choose as many items as you would like from the list. There are tons of ebooks, audiobooks, comics, movies and more to choose from.

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During the winter months, I read some books by debut authors. Publishing is a tough world to break into when readers only read works by their favorite authors. I suggest giving the newbies a chance. Who knows? That debut author may be your new favorite.

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Since the spring of 2020 when we were visited by a novel coronavirus, library activities have been limited to online programs and Take & Make Craft kits. It’s been a long year and we plan to bring in-person programs back in the park this summer so we can maintain social distance yet gath…

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Romance Writers of America has announced its Vivian Award finalists. But wait, aren’t they called the RITA Awards? Not anymore. Amid controversy around the lack of diversity in the organization, the new president and the entire board of directors resigned and canceled the RITA Award ceremony…

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The Hugo Awards, first presented in 1953, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. It’s an interesting process since anyone who is a member of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is allowed to nominate up to five people or works from the previous year. In the 15 or so catego…

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I hope everyone enjoyed the festivities of National Library Week last week. We were honored to have community leaders send videos that were posted on Facebook about the importance of libraries. I kicked off the week with a proclamation, then we heard from Mark Drnek, Jill Basile, Luke Murphy…

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The Huntington Park Project continues with a much delayed timeline. In January, the Stimson Landscape Architects presented Phase 1 of the project to the Library Board Park Committee with costs that far exceeded the grant money. They were asked to rethink the design with the goal of creating …

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Thanks to the Friends of HML, we now have Niche Academy, a training tool in the form of an online learning platform that can help you learn to use library apps, software like Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms. There is also a General Internet Help folder as well as one for Ca…

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the day we closed the library because of the pandemic. It has been a year marked by uncertainty and stress. It has been a year when we have modified services, adjusted them, restored them, then altered them again. I am grateful that the staff at the li…

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It’s Women’s History Month and I applaud the women authors who write about nature. Credit goes to Dez for curating this wonderful list of books for the Women and Nature display at the library.

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The Horror Writers Association was created in 1987 and immediately established the Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in the genre of horror and dark fiction. Rather than select a single winner, they select titles based on superior achievement in 12 categories: novel, first novel, sh…

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Are you ready to get creative with video editing? The library has been offering digital literacy classes for many years and the reason we call our programs STEAM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) instead of STEM, is so we can include Arts; the creative arm of the make…

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Why not read a romance novel during Library Lovers Month? Romance readers love happy endings and right now I think we could all benefit from that. Booklist published a list of the Top 10 Romance Fiction titles published in the past year so be sure to check them out.

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It’s Library Lovers Month and there is much to love at HML. This month, as well as all year long, library staff provide services that reach the very young to the very old and everyone in-between. Our doors are open to all as long as you wear a mask!

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The Alex Awards, named after a young adult librarian who worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, is an unusual award. Ten books are chosen as winners that were written for adults but have a special appeal to young adults. The Alex Awards were first presented in 1998 an…

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As the temperatures drop, planning for improvements in Huntington Park has kept me warm.

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Since April, the library has been hosting a virtual book club using Zoom. We have read all types of books, covering several genres. Books are chosen at the end of each meeting from the Hoopla Book Club Hub. Hoopla, our year-old streaming service, has been wonderful to have so that ebooks, au…

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Library patrons read a lot of books in 2020 and there were some favorites that were read by many. A total of 95 adults checked out “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah. The second most checked out fiction book was “The Brutal Telling” by Louise Penny. The remaining top 10 were, in order, “Deliv…

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Library programs have come to an end for 2020 and the program staff and I always gather to discuss what worked and what didn’t and to plan for the coming year. I invite you to send us your feedback by using the suggestion form on our website: https://hmloneonta.org/suggestions/

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My pandemic survival plan to get through the winter includes reading — lots and lots of reading. I know there are others who are prolific readers in the community because I see them at the library on a regular basis. I also know that the more you read, the more information you need to help y…

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Earlier this year and throughout the months of library closure, I was busy consulting with ReThinking Libraries to review the building and space needs. As a result, we now have recommendations that will insure the future success of the library. Rob Cullin, principal at ReThinking Libraries, …

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In May, the U.S. government estimated the unemployment rate to be as high as 16% but Pew Research Center states that the rate is comparable to the Great Depression of the 1930s. It’s higher for women and immigrants and lower among workers with higher levels of education. The youngest workers…

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