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The new OPL rises from the earth

459 Main Street, January 14, 2020. During a spell of good weather in January, work on the new library facility went at a fast pace. Here, the interior wall metal framework, complete with window frames reveals the dimensions of the Children’s Activity Room, where storytelling, crafts and special projects will be done. (Photo by T. Murray)

459 Main Street, January 14, 2020. With a view towards the main entrance of the new facility, the Local History Room can be seen in outline with the metal wall framing in place. (Photo by T. Murray)

Absentee Ballot Applications available for March 3, 2020, Library Vote

The Oneida Public Library Board of Trustees has appointed March 3, 2020,  for the Library Budget Vote and Election. All registered voters who reside within the OPL Special Library District, which is co-terminus with the Oneida City School District, are eligible to vote March 3 when the polls are open, 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m., in the library’s Meeting Room. However, if eligible voters intend to be out of town March 3, are chronically ill or are housebound for any reason, they may request an absentee ballot by filling out the Absentee Ballot Application available here and forwarding it to the OPL Director at 220 Broad St., Oneida, NY 13421.

Library Board next meets February 25, 2020

The OPL Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. in the library’s Meeting Room, prior to the 7:00 p.m. public Budget Hearing and introduction of candidates for the open seat on the Board of Trustees that is up for a vote on March 3, 2020. The Meeting Room, 220 Broad St., Oneida, permits barrier-free access to the physically handicapped. The public is invited to attend the regular board meeting as well as the Budget Hearing.

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).

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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 

Apr
3
Wed
Senior Tax Help
Apr 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


IRS certified volunteers under the auspices of Cornell Co-operative Extension will provide free tax help and electronic filing to seniors on a first-come, first-served basis. Seniors should bring all their pertinent tax documents and last year’s return with them. Tax Help at the OPL continues Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., through April 15.

Apr
8
Mon
Senior Tax Help
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


IRS certified volunteers under the auspices of Cornell Co-operative Extension will provide free tax help and electronic filing to seniors on a first-come, first-served basis. Seniors should bring all their pertinent tax documents and last year’s return with them. Tax Help at the OPL continues Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., through April 15.

Apr
10
Wed
Senior Tax Help
Apr 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


IRS certified volunteers under the auspices of Cornell Co-operative Extension will provide free tax help and electronic filing to seniors on a first-come, first-served basis. Seniors should bring all their pertinent tax documents and last year’s return with them. Tax Help at the OPL continues Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., through April 15.

Apr
15
Mon
Senior Tax Help
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


IRS certified volunteers under the auspices of Cornell Co-operative Extension will provide free tax help and electronic filing to seniors on a first-come, first-served basis. Seniors should bring all their pertinent tax documents and last year’s return with them. Tax Help at the OPL continues Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., through April 15.

The Hogwarts Academy
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Students on spring break, 8 to 13 years old, can relive J. K. Rowlings’ novels about Harry Potter this week in four daily classes on magical topics. Monday’s class will divide students among Hogwarts’ houses, using a “Sorting Hat.” Then students will devise house regalia and compete in a Transfiguration Class game of charades. Registration at the OPL is required.

Apr
16
Tue
The Hogwarts Academy
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Students on spring break, 8 to 13 years old, can relive J. K. Rowlings’ novels about Harry Potter this week in four daily classes on magical topics. In Tuesday’s class, students will discover their personal “Patronus” through modeling clay, construct dragon eggs and practice spellwork. Registration at the OPL is required.

Apr
17
Wed
The Hogwarts Academy
Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Students on spring break, 8 to 13 years old, can relive J. K. Rowlings’ novels about Harry Potter this week in four daily classes on magical topics. In Wednesday’s class, students will brew slime in Potions Class, care for mystical plants in Herbology and compete in the Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean Challenge. Registration at the OPL is required.

Apr
18
Thu
The Hogwarts Academy
Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Students on spring break, 8 to 13 years old, can relive J. K. Rowlings’ novels about Harry Potter this week in four daily classes on magical topics. In Thursday’s class, students will embark on a scavenger hunt for the Deathly Hallows, act out favorite scenes from the books and conclude the course with the House Cup Ceremony and celebration. Registration at the OPL is required.

May
1
Wed
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.

Jun
12
Wed
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.