Come, all ye families, to OPL’s Holiday Celebration

The staff of Oneida Public Library invites families with young children to a holiday party on Wednesday, December 18, at 6:00 p.m. featuring music, storytelling by special guests, refreshments and the making of holiday centerpieces for home. F or more information, please contact OPL’s Youth  Services coordinator Megan Gillander at 315.363.3050.

Board next meets December 18
The OPL Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in the library’s Local History Room, 220 Broad St., Oneida. The public is invited to attend. The History Room permits barrier-free access to the physically handicapped.

The new OPL rises from the earth

459 Main Street, November 26, 2019. The concrete slab has been poured, smoothed and tested throughout the new library’s interior, and the next major step is to raise and install the cold metal trusses, shown here framed by the arched entryway facing Main Street, over the future lobby and Community Room. (Photo by T. A. Murray)

459 Main Street, November 19, 2019. Workers from Hanson Aggregate, Oneida, are directing the flow of ready-mixed concrete onto the base floor of the new library and smoothing it out. (Photo by G. R. Kinsella)


More 19th-century newspapers added to OPL’s Digital Archives Thanks to a grant from the Central New York Library Resources Council and a donation from the Friends of the Oneida Public Library, the OPL’s Digital Archives of the Oneida Public Library now has the digital versions of 10 microfilm reels of Oneida 19th-century newspapers: The Democratic Union (Feb. 1872-Sept. 1875 and Jan. 1885-Dec. 1901) and the Oneida Free Press (April 1880-March 1886).


The OPL has Oneida High School yearbooks online Oneida High School yearbooks from 1936 through 2018 have been successfully digitized, electronically indexed and, as of today, posted online at the web site of New York Heritage, thanks to a Regional Bibliographic Databases Program grant to the Oneida Public Library from the New York State Library, as administered by the Central New York Library Resources Council in Syracuse. Those interested in exploring the yearbooks online can go directly to the New York Heritage site at: https://nyheritage.org/collections/oneida-yearbook-collection 

Red Cross Blood Drive
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

At a time of severe blood plasma shortages in the U.S., members of the American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the OPL. Donors should schedule an appointment by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

Family Night: Sign Language for All
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

All family members can learn the basics, helpful words and phrases of American Sign Language. Megan Gillander, a sign-language adept, will lead the class.

Ready To Read
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

OPL’s Youth Services Coordinator Megan Gillander invites older preschoolers and their parents or guardians to a program of stories, songs and activities designed to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten.


Tech Connect: Free Computer Help
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

To get free personal help on any problem you’re having with your computer, tablet, cell phone or device or to learn how to download, upload or research online, stop by the OPL Tuesdays to consult with Tech Connect’s Amanda McCallops.

Ready To Read
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

OPL’s Youth Services Coordinator Megan Gillander will help preschoolers learn and practice social skills in a friendly and educational setting through stories, songs, crafts and play.


Yoga for Seniors
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Bill Skinner, a certified Hatha yoga instructor, is back for a new season of weekly classes for seniors in safe and practical yoga postures and exercises for better all-round health. The class is free and open to all seniors. New students are welcome.

Pushing the Limits Book Club: ‘The Ghost Map’
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

For a captivating read and a fascinating discussion, Prof. Jen Herzog presents The Ghost Map, a multidisciplinary history of the cholera epidemic of the summer of 1854 that devastated London and spurred a scientific hunt for its cause and prevention.

Tech Help
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The OPL’s talented tech volunteers are available to help anyone get the most out of devices or laptops. It’s free, and no appointment is required.

OPL Staff Development
Dec 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Oneida Public Library will be closed for three hours, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., on Dec. 18 for the bi-annual library staff meeting.

OPL’s Family Holiday Celebration
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Library invites families with young children to a holiday party with music, storytelling by special guests, refreshments and the making of holiday centerpieces for home.