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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 

Aug
7
Wed
The Nature Journal: En plein air at the Great Swamp Conservancy
Aug 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

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.

Aug
23
Fri
Usborne Books and More Fair
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Friends of the Oneida Public Library are sponsoring a book fair featuring the  wide-range of children’s and young adult books published by Usborne. The fair will help supplement the Oneida Public Library’s book budget.

Sep
16
Mon
OPL Board Special Meeting
Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Board of Trustees of Oneida Public Library will hold a special meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in the library’s Local History Room, 220 Broad St., Oneida. The public is invited to attend.

The OPL Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 23, 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.

Sep
27
Fri
The OPL & Friends’ Fall Book Sale
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Look no further for outrageous bargains. Here is the best of gently used donated books, DVDs 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.

Sep
28
Sat
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.

Oct
1
Tue
Friends of the Oneida Library Meeting
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Friends of the Oneida Public Library will be holding its next meeting at the library on Tuesday October 1, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss upcoming projects. New members are always welcome.

Oct
9
Wed
Family Night: Crafts for All
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


The whole family is invited for some indoor fun: making crafts together. The OPL supplies all materials.

Oct
30
Wed
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.

Dec
11
Wed
Red Cross Blood Drive
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


At a time of severe blood plasma shortages in the U.S., members of the American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the OPL. Donors should schedule an appointment by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

Jan
6
Mon
AARP Driver’s Safety Class January 6 and 7
Jan 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm


AARP-trained instructors offer a two-day classroom defensive driver course Monday and Tuesday, January 6 and 7, 2020, for potential discounts in car insurance. To register, call Bob Fish at 315-363-0455.