The New Library Also Rises

459 Main Street, July 9, 2020. Construction workers continue at a steady pace on both the exterior and interior of the new library facility. Most recently, R. E. Alexander people and subcontractors have been working on the “crown” of the new library” the main entranceway, lobby and cupola above, as shown here. (Photo by T. Murray).

Inspecting the lobby ceiling and cupola (l. to r.) on July 9 are the building’s architect Julia Hafftka-Marshall of Holmes King Kallquist & Associates; Gerry Austin, R.E. Alexander’s site foreman; and Laurie Hunt, Marshall’s assistant. (Photo by T. Murray)

The OPL is open to browsers as of July 27

Starting Monday, July 27, Oneida Public Library opens its doors to patrons who wish to browse the shelves for books, DVDs and audio books, this in addition to patrons who have arranged appointments to use indoor WiFi, public computers, tutoring spaces and the Local History Room.

To maintain sufficient social distancing in the 220 Broad Street library facility as a basic COVID-19 preventative measure, the number of visitors will be limited at any one time to 15 people, according to OPL Director Michele F. Ryan. Patrons who wish to browse will be required to wear face masks and enter through the front door and exit at the back.

“We are happy to say that we can now open our doors safely to the public,” Ryan said, “though we must still limit the number of people visiting at any one time in order to protect our patrons, our staff and the community. In preparation for this partial reopening, we have been restocking our shelves with new fiction, DVDs and books on popular issues of the day.”

Meanwhile, the OPL’s Drive-up Window facing the rear parking lot will continue to be open during operating hours for returns and pick-up of requested materials. The OPL’s revised operating hours are: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Library patrons who wish to use the library’s WiFi, computers, tutoring spaces or History Room can make appointments by phone at (315) 363-3050 or by email at oneida@midyork.org for fixed two-hour segments, whether or not they require that much time.

Also starting Monday, July 27, the MidYork Library System will be resuming regular interlibrary loans deliveries to member libraries. Until further notice, MidYork will be delivering only those books and materials that were on hold when the state closed down libraries for the Public Health emergency last March.

For more information, call the Oneida Library during its new operating hours at (315) 363-3050.

Register your child online for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Parents can now sign up online their young children, from birth to five years of age, for the wonderful gift of monthly deliveries of age-appropriate picture books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. It’s all FREE!

And simple to do. Click on the following following link or, using Google Chrome, copy and paste the link on your phone, tablet or computer :
Imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability. Then,
(1) Make sure it says United States and click on NEXT;
(2)  Enter your zip code and state ;
(3) Click on CHECK and then click on CONTINUE; and
Follow steps 1 through 4 to enroll your child!

Once you register, Oneida Public Library or your local Madison County library will validate your registration. Note that it can take up to  two months before the first book arrives in the mail, Then month after month, until your child’s fifth birthday, your child will receive an age-appropriate book.  (If you have problems registering your child, call Madison County’s Imagination Library Coordinator Tara Truett  at 315-345-1468 Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) For more information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, check out  https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/

19th-century Oneida newspapers in 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 

Tech Time for Kids
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Elementary– and middle-school students can do their own sound and light show with OPL’s Snap Circuits or test their coding skills with the OPL’s Cubelets kits

A Study in Blue: Introduction to Fluid Art
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Crafts
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The whole family can help create the table centerpiece that will astonish the guests.


Elves Night Out
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For the sake of some secret holiday shopping, parents or guardians can drop off their children, aged 4 to 12 years, at Oneida Library for a supervised evening of games, pizza and other refreshments. Preregistration is required, whether by calling the OPL at (315) 363-3050 or signing up at the OPL desk.

Robotics Scrimmage
Dec 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Local teams in the First Lego League, which is sponsored nationwide by the U.S. Air Force Laboratory, will converge on Oneida Library for a competition to test out their Lego robots and their programmed tasks in preparation for the regional tournament early next year.

The OPL Friends’ Accessories Sale
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friends of the Oneida Public Library are selling at shockingly low prices gently used accessories, including a wide diversity of costume jewelry, to benefit the library.

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.

Family STEAM Night
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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.

Father’s Day Craft
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Young children can create unique hand-made gifts for the very special men in their lives.