“Ragtime Jack” Radcliffe performed at this year’s Pleasant Street Festival. The audience enjoyed his rendering of traditional country blues and ragtime while accompanying himself on the stride piano. The younger members of the audience were amazed by Jack’s abilities to entertain!
Registrations are being taken for Fall Story Hour. Story hour will take place Friday mornings at 10:30 during the month of October. Call the library at 814-697-6691 or stop in to register.
Don’t forget that this Saturday, September 9th, is the Pleasant Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come join us for a day of food, vendors, raffles, music, and baked goods!
There will be a special ragtime presentation at 2:00 p.m. by “Ragtime Jack Radcliffe.” Jack has been performing for more than 45 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime; stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well. He also accompanies himself on the guitar and harmonicas and has lately added the fiddle to his arsenal of musical weapons. Jack also delivers an engaging and humorous running commentary on the cultural context of the music.
The Oswayo Valley Memorial Library has partnered with the PA Lumber Museum to offer our patrons the Library Pass Program. Patrons will be able to come to the library and check out the pass which will provide a FREE entry to the museum and its events, programs, and activities for the borrower and all members of their household (those living at the same physical address). There are some event days that are not covered with the pass, so please check with the library before planning your visit.
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month! Why not celebrate by stopping in and getting a library card? There are so many doors opened to you when you have a library card in your wallet. You can check out eBooks and download audiobooks from our website, you have access to Mango Languages and can choose from over 70 languages to learn, and you will have access to POWERLibrary databases. All of these things can be done from the comfort of your own home! Your card will also enable you to borrow books, DVDs and books on CD at the library. If we don’t have the book that you are looking for, we can request it from another library. All you need is a photo I.D. to get started!
Families are invited to join the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Oswayo Valley Memorial Library. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.
Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.
The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration is open. For more information, call the library at 814-697-6691, or visit our website, www.ovmlibrary.org This program is free of charge.
*1000 Books Before Kindergarten name and logo are used with permission from the 1000 Books Foundation.
Do you do any type of crafting: knitting, crocheting, embroidery, cross stitch, spinning, etc.? If so, we’d like to invite you to join our group which meets weekly at the library! Meeting time is Thursday afternoons from 1-3. Bring your project and enjoy some relaxing time chatting with others and learning about their crafts.
The book discussion group will be discussing Hush by Kate White in September. The group meets at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20th. There are plenty of copies available at the library. Just stop in and ask for a copy of the book club book!
Amazon review of the book.
Say hello to Oswayo Valley Memorial Library’s newest language-learning resource: Mango Premiere™. The newest addition to the popular Mango Languages database, Mango Premiere™ is the first and only language-learning resource to teach through film.
Turning the entertainment experience into a learning experience, Mango Premiere™ exposes students to four key areas of language learning – vocabulary, phrases, culture and grammar – all while enjoying the fun and excitement of a movie.
Users are able to customize their learning experience by choosing how they want to watch a film. In “Movie Mode”, you can watch the entire movie with your choice of subtitles (English subtitles, subtitles in the language you’re learning, or both). Or you can select “Engage Mode” to learn each scene’s dialogue, part-by-part.
Along the way, you’ll see all the same features that Mango users have come to know and love: semantic color mapping, phonetic pop-ups, quizzes, Grammar Notes, Culture Notes, and more.
Ask a librarian how to get started or visit www.ovmlibrary.org to get started.
Lauralee Bliss, a.k.a .”Blissful” ,visited the library this morning for a children’s program on hiking the Appalachian Trail. Lauralee has hiked the entire trail twice, so she has lots of tips for children (and adults) that are interested in hiking. She shared slides of one of her hikes that took her from Georgia to Maine.
Lauralee had an activity for the children to do, after which they earned a carabiner. She also had them help pack up her “campsite” and pack her backpack so that they were aware of what is needed on a hike and how much they would be able to carry.
Thank you, Blissful, for visiting the Oswayo Valley today!