One party down, one to go

As summer comes to a close at the library, it’s good to reflect on the array of enriching activities that took place. Numerous story times engaged children, programs enriched their minds, hundreds of books were read and many prize books were taken home. The program finale was an awards party on Friday night, Aug. 9, where ice cream was eaten, games were played, certificates were given out and fun was had by all. 

All are welcome to attend the 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, program in Huntington Park featuring the second Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist Program. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the talented musical entertainment of some of the country’s finest young vocalists and musicians. The concert will take place at the gazebo near the main entrance to the library and is co-sponsored by the Huntington Memorial Library and the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. The rain location is at the United Methodist Church Fellowship hall right next door.

This is the last week for the Adult Summer Reading Program. If you haven’t turned in your Bingo cards for a chance to win fabulous prizes, please do so before Friday the 16th. 

We’ll wrap up the summer with a Ch Tasting Party and raffle drawing from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

If you like things that begin with Ch, then come to the library even if you haven’t turned in a Bingo card. You’ll get a chance to sample chocolates, cheeses and maybe even chips and the favorites will be posted on Facebook. The winners of the Bingo raffle will be drawn and prizes awarded. You may be the winner of the Fine Arts Prize — two subscriptions to the Oneonta Concert Association’s 2019-20 season and an original painting by local artist Robert W. Blanton or the Night Out Prize – two gift certificates to the Cooperstown Blues Express and two summer reading shirts, or the Night In Prize — the board game Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, a puzzle and some yummy snacks. I hope to see you there.

HML will partner with SUNY Oneonta and its Common Read program to offer two book discussions for “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar. “Disgraced” is a story of a successful Pakistani-American lawyer whose dinner party spins out of control amid a heated discussion of identity and religion. It won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Jeff Equity Award for Best New Play in 2012.

As part of the program, HML will offer free books to those who attend the two book discussions led by Professor Thor Gibbons. Mark your calendar for 7 p.m., Sept. 12 and 17, to join us at the library. And you won’t want to miss the author presentation at Dewar Arena at 7 p.m., Sept. 23. Register for the library book discussions on Eventbrite and we’ll order a copy of “Disgraced” by Akhtar for you.

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 Monday. Her columns may also be found online at