Oneida Library is closed until further notice

In the best interests of its patrons and the greater Oneida community, Oneida Public Library has closed its doors until further notice in compliance with the orders of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Madison County Health Department while the COVID-19 epidemic sweeps across New York State.

Library programs, Senior Tax Help by Cornell co-op volunteers and adult literacy tutoring sessions held at the library, 220 Broad St., will be rescheduled once the state of emergency is lifted in whole or in part. (The Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for 2019 income tax filing until July 15, 2020.)

While patrons are unable to borrow library materials or place books on hold for the duration, all 43 libraries in the MidYork Library System, including the OPL, have extended the due date for materials now in the hands of patrons to July 1, 2020, and will continue the suspension of holds on MidYork books, DVDs and other materials until July 1.

Meanwhile, OPL staff is busy working at home on developing online programming. Check out the OPL’s Facebook page for the latest: https://www.facebook.com/OneidaPublicLibrary/

The OPL’s online services are up and running and available to all holders of a MidYork library card: Libby/Overdrive for e-books and audio books; Hoopla for downloading movies, TV shoes and e-books; and RB Digital for magazines and audio books. Patrons can directly access these online sources at the MidYork Library System web site (www.midyork.org and http://www.midyork.overdrive.com). Those without MidYork library cards and eligible to have one can still access the online services by applying for an E-Patron library card that is good for six months.\

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/

You can still get tech help at Tech Connect

Though the Oneida Public Library Building is closed during the COVID-19 state of emergency, we’re still providing free tech help online with Amanda McCallops. If you’re having trouble with your cell phone, I-Pad, tablet or home personal computer, you can connect with Tech Connect, explain your problem and make an appointment by clicking here:  https://madisontechconnect.wixsite.com/tech/appointment.

When the new OPL went ‘on pause’

459 Main Street, March 27, 2020. By order of the State of New York, construction on the new Oneida Public Library was halted at the end of the day, March 27, as were all non-essential  construction projects throughout the state. Here is how it looked just before shutdown. (Photo by R. Kinsella)

OPL Board next meets June 22

The Board of Trustees of Oneida Public Library will hold its next regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 22, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. If by that date the Oneida Library at 220 Broad St. has not yet been reopened to the public, the meeting will be held by means of a video conference that will be recorded and made available to interested parties upon request to the Board President G. Richard Kinsella, Jr., care of Oneida Library.

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