Come Out and Vote on Tuesday, March 2
12:00 noon to 9 PM at 459 Main Street
Registered voters residing in the Oneida Public Library’s Special Legislature Library District can vote in the election for the one seat on the OPL Board of Trustees that will open up July 1 and vote on the board’s proposed operating budget for the library’s upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2021–June 30, 2022.
The only announced candidate for the open board seat is Michael J. Kaiser, currently chair of the City of Oneida Civil Service Commission and member of the city’s Traffic Safety Advisory Board. The operating budget being proposed for the OPL’s FY 2021-2022 is $450,407.
The proposed budget reflects an increase of 1.56 percent over the current fiscal year’s operating budget, while the proposed tax levy of $398,407 shows a 1.77 percent increase over that of the current year’s levy.
TAX HELP & FORMS information:
We are hosting Senior Tax Help by appointment only this year, starting February 17th. The program is run through Judy Parker of Cornell Cooperative Extension. To schedule an appointment, please call 315-750-2638. This will take place in our new community room and seniors aged 60+ are welcome.
We are expecting tax forms to arrive throughout the month of February. Patrons are welcome to call for updates on our inventory. Additionally, we can print out forms found online free of charge.
Artist Delynn Orton will conduct a three-hour class, “A Study in Blue,” on three to four techniques for pouring acrylic paint onto various surfaces. The class is limited to 10 adults and requires a fee of $45 at the time of registration at the Oneida Library circulation desk. The instructor provides all art materials. Students will take away their work after drying.
In this new monthly program, families with children can learn together through doing about the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) movement. May’s hands-on task is creating and testing out so-called Infinity Tiles.
For its seventh summer at the OPL, in partnership with the U.S. Air Force Laboratory in Rome, the Lego Robotics Workshop returns July 22-26 for an intensive week of designing and building robots to do tasks that could improve society and the quality of life. Registered students will build electronically controlled robots with Legos and power packs under the supervision of Ralph Kohler, Jr., and Tandy Paugh from the U.S. Air Force’s Rome lab.
Lego robotics is being promoted by the U.S. Air Force nationwide to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It has led to the creation of several First Lego League teams in the Oneida area, including the OPL-sponsored team, GeneWorkx Oughtamation.
Back for its seventh year, the robotics workshop led by U.S. Air Force Lab specialists Ralph Kohler and Tandi Paugh is for students who have completed fifth grade. They will program and manipulate tabletop robots made of Legos and programmable controls to tackle special tasks. Pre-registration at the Oneida Library desk is required (by phone, call 315-363-3050).
Oneida Public Library has engaged artist and teacher Carol Cotten to hold a free art workshop in pencil and watercolors called The Nature Journal” out of doors at the Great Swamp Conservancy in Canastota in four weekly sessions in August on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., August 7-28.
Chicory, pencil and watercolor by Carol Cotten (2019)
Like the French Impressionists “en plein air,” Cotten will be meeting students at the Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota, and guide them in observing, sketching and painting natural scenes in a journal with pen and watercolors. In case of rain, the class will meet indoors at the Conservancy’s Center.
Cotten, who retired from teaching art in the Camden Central School District in 2004, has been conducting art workshops for children and adults at the OPL since 2005. She has exhibited her own art, especially her watercolors, at many small regional galleries and libraries, including the OPL.
Interested adults must register at the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., for the class. Registered students will receive directions and a list of recommended art supplies and accessories for outdoor painting.
Artist and teacher Carol Cotton conducts a free art workshop for adult in five sessions on painting still lifes in watercolors. The workshop is free, but pre-registration at the OPL Circulation Desk is required. A list of required art supplies will be provided to registrants. The workshop will meet on Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., from March 18 to April 15.