Where kids can learn cursive writing

On Saturdays, November 2, 9 and 16, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., at Oneida Public Library, students in grades three to six can learn for free the gentle art of cursive writing as taught by retired OCSD teacher Diane Roy in three weekly sessions. Workbooks are provided by the OPL. Parents can sign up their children for the program, “From Cursive to the Art of Penmanship,” at the library desk.

OPL hosts local authors’ talk Nov. 6 on ‘The Ghosts of Saratoga’

Local authors David Dampf and David R. Ossont present their recently published historical novel for young adults, “The Ghosts of Saratoga,” at Oneida Public Library on Wednesday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m.

The authors will talk about the novel’s historical background, the American Revolutionary War and the Battle of Saratoga of 1777, as well as about the writing and publishing of the book. Copies of the novel will be available for sale and the authors’ signing.

Dampf is currently a social studies teacher at the Otto Shortell Middle School in Oneida. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from S.U.N.Y. at Potsdam, followed by a master’s from S.U.N.Y. at Cortland. He has been middle-school social studies teacher for 28 years.

Ossont, who lives with his family not far from the Saratoga battlefield, recently retired from teaching social studies to seventh- and eighth-grade students for almost 30 years. He has also worked as a musician and as a fish-and-wildlife technician for the state.

The new OPL rises from the earth

459 Main Street, November 5, 2019. Workers from Nathan Steel Corp., Utica, lift and install the roof joists., as seen through the Main Street entranceway.

459 Main Street, November 5, 2019.  Masons from Remlap Construction Corp. lay the precast concrete layer on the exterior wall of the Community Room, facing Main Street.

OPL Board next meets November 26
The OPL Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 26, 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.

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 

Family Night: Learning ASL
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Yes, you too can communicate with deaf persons by learning their graceful and poetic language. 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
Nov 21 @ 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.


Half-day, Craft-day
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

When Oneida City School District’s elementary schools have a half-day, students can come to the OPL to make their own creations using the library’s arts and crafts materials.

OPL Board Meeting
Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The Board of Trustees of Oneida Public Library will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, November 26, 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.

Tech Connect: Free Computer Help
Nov 26 @ 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
Nov 26 @ 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
Nov 26 @ 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.

Tech Help
Nov 27 @ 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.

Family Movie Night: ‘Free Birds’
Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The whole family can chill out before the Thanksgiving fuss with the 2013 animated comedy, “Free Birds,” a tale about two turkeys on the lam trying to eliminate the Thanksgiving tradition.

Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 28 – Nov 29 all-day

Oneida Public Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29. The library will be open as usual on Saturday, November 30,  from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.