“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.
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!
We would like to thank David Castano for visiting with us last night and sharing the history of Potter County’s involvement in World War I.
It was a very informative night, especially the story of the alleged zeppelin sighting near Emporium! Attendees also learned about the Sinnemahoning powder plant explosion and the rumors that it was due to sabotage which led to some arrests, but the men were not brought to trial.
He also talked about how men were conscripted from the area to serve in the war. There were quite a few Italians who had moved to the area, but had not become citizens. The Italian government sent men to the area to draft these men into the Italian army.
It was a very interesting night and we look forward to having Mr. Castano back for more programs on other Potter County topics!