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.

New Website On the Way!

Be on the lookout for a new website in the coming weeks.

Absentee Ballot Application

The library’s budget vote is coming up on Tuesday, March 2. If you would like to receive an absentee ballot please fill out the application below and return it to the library.

Absentee Ballot Application

Ready To Read: Hallowe’en Costume Party
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

OPL’s Youth Services Coordinator Megan Gillander hosts a costume party for pre-schoolers and their parents in time for Hallowe’en, complete with refreshments, games and simple crafts.

Library Election and Budget Vote
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, registered voters residing in the Oneida Public Library’s Special Legislature Library District can vote for candidates running for the one open 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, 2019 –June 30, 2020.

The sole announced candidate for the open board seat is the incumbent G. Richard Kinsella, Jr., who currently serves as the OPL Board president. The budget for FY 2019-2020 being proposed for the operation of the 220 Broad St. library facility is $433,560. The proposed budget’s total revenue includes a Library District tax levy of $381,560, a 2.16 percent increase over the previous year’s levy; public funding of $15,000; private funding of $21,000; and library revenue of $16,000 generated by fines and ancillary service fees.

“We have worked hard to keep the operating budget for the upcoming year within the state tax cap while maintaining the high level of services the library provides to the community,” said OPL Director Michele Ryan. “It is always a challenge to provide the same level of exceptional service year to year while stretching funds to meet our basic needs. We pride ourselves on giving great value for your tax dollar.”

This year’s library vote is officially scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. in the library’s Meeting Room, 220 Broad St. Eligible voters must reside in the OPL Special District, which is co-extensive with the Oneida City School District. The district comprises: the City of Oneida, the Village of Wampsville and portions of the towns of Lenox and Lincoln in Madison County; and, in Oneida County, the Village of Oneida Castle, the hamlet of Durhamville and portions of Sylvan Beach and of the towns of Vernon, Verona and Vienna.

Trustee candidate G. Richard (“Rick”) Kinsella, Jr., a life-long resident of Oneida, currently lives on Main Street with his wife Dawn Krupiarz. Now retired, he worked for over 40 years in a variety of governmental and not-for profit agencies serving people and families experiencing alcohol and other drug related problems. He has brought his managerial and fiscal skills to several managing boards of not-for-profit organizations,  including as a founding member the Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (Bridges) and Oneida’s American Youth Soccer Organization. As a volunteer, he designed the health data management system for the Mary Rose Clinic and continues to provide computer and device help in the weekly Tech Help program at the OPL.

“I am seeking re-election to the Oneida Public Library Board of Trustees,” Kinsella said, “because I believe I can continue to make a contribution to the board and thus also enhance the breadth and quality of the library’s operations. Ultimately, serving on the board is both a privilege and a responsibility. It will provide me with opportunities to ensure that the quality staff and programs of the library will continue to thrive and that our community will continue to treasure a valuable and vibrant asset.”

The OPL Board currently consists of Rick Kinsella, president; Lillian White, vice-president; Bradford Adams, treasurer; Patricia Albaugh, secretary; Heather de la Riva; Gary N. Taylor; and Katherine Wojciechowski. Board members serve five-year terms without any compensation.

Absentee ballot applications will be available from the OPL for registered voters residing in the OPL Special Library District who will be away from the district on the day of the library vote or are temporarily or permanently ill or disabled. Application forms and instructions for casting an absentee ballot are available at the OPL Circulation Desk, 220 Broad St. in Oneida, or online at the OPL web site ( Absentee Ballot Application ). Applicants who are duly registered to vote in the library district will be mailed absentee ballots at the designated address on the application.

The OPL & Friends’ Fall Book Sale
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Look no further for outrageous bargains. Here is the best of gently used donated books, DVDs, accessories and more. Whether for yourself or as gifts, the treats can’t be beat.  In the OPL’s Meeting Room, 220 Broad St., Oneida. All proceeds benefit the OPL.

Opus Black Strings performs Hallowe’en concert
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Opus Black, the Central New York string ensemble with brio, returns to the OPL, featuring of Allyson Sklar on viola (pictured above), Julia Heller on cello and Liz Simchik on violin. They will reprise some of their best jazz and pop/rock arrangements and introduce some Hallowe’en selections to set the mood. The concert is free and open to all.

Story Hour with Mrs. Claus
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

For a special holiday treat, the OPL’s Thursday story hour welcomes Mrs. Claus to share in stories and holiday crafts.

Polar Express Party
Dec 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Children can enjoy the 2004 animated film with Tom Hanks while dabbling among the OPL’s art supplies to create “polar” delights.

Children’s Noon Year’s Eve Party
Dec 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

With games, crafts and a countdown all their own, children can greet the coming of the new year.

OPL Board Candidates’ Night and Budget Hearing
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Oneida Public Library Board of Trustees invites the public for a hearing on the proposed library operating budget for the library’s fiscal year July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 as well as for meeting the candidates for the one board seat opening up July 1. The hearing will be in the library’s Meeting Room, 220 Broad St, Oneida, which permits barrier-free access to the physically handicapped. The library vote on the proposed budget and the trustee election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the library.

Women Suffrage in Madison County
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At Oneida Public Library on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m., Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz will present a program on women’s political activism in the county during the years leading up to passage of women’s right to vote in New York State in 1917 and, in 1920, a right guaranteed nationally by the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Matthew Urtz, Madison County Historian

In particular, Urtz will highlight the female pro-suffragist forces in Oneida and among the descendants of the Oneida Community and contrast them with the ladies of Cazenovia who adamantly opposed women’s suffrage. Of course, either side had to persuade the men of the county, since only eligible males could vote for state and federal legislators and for or against the state referenda on women’s suffrage. In 1917, the male voters of Madison County by a slight majority joined the majority of voters in the state who passed the referendum to give women 21 years of age and older the right to vote in local and state elections.

Still, as Urtz will describe, the county’s anti-suffrage forces did not give up and lobbied their federal and state representatives to vote no on a women’s suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They lost. Congress passed the 19th Amendment in June 1919; in August 2020, after ratification by three-fourths of the state legislatures, the right of women to vote became the law of the land.

Urtz, who was appointed county historian by the County Board of Supervisors in April 2010, has published articles on local history in many local and regional publications and regularly gives historical presentations around Madison County.  He serves on the Cabinet of Freedom for the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro and on the Board of Directors of the Preservation Association of Central New York. Currently, he is first vice-president and Region 9 coordinator for the Association of Public Historians in New York State.

As county historian, Urtz has worked to make county government archives and local primary documents available to educators and the public through partnerships with the schools, archival exhibits and ambitious digitization projects, including a current project to digitize the Highway Department’s photographs from the 1940s on. For the renovation of the County Courthouse in Wampsville, he organized the restoration of the courthouse’s numerous portraits and led public tours at its re-opening. Around the county he has organized historical re-enactments at local cemeteries in a program dubbed “If Tombstones Could Talk” and, since 2018, he has led tours of the county’s historically significant restaurants, complete with “historic” dinners. In 2020, Urtz will expand his tours to sites and buildings in the county of historic significance.

Urtz’s lecture is another in a series of special programs in the OPL’s 2020 Centennial Celebration of the Women’s Suffrage Amendment. It is free and open to all. For more information, stop by the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call 315-363-3050.