The countdown is on, with just 10 days to go until Christmas.
If you're looking for craft books to make a last-minute gift, or even cookbooks for special holiday treat, visit the library and look through our large collection.
We also have hundreds of Christmas books for children, some of which are listed below.
The staff at Huntington Memorial Library wish all of you and yours a peaceful holiday season.
Toot & Puddle are well known to children. Puddle is getting ready for Christmas and is going to make paper chains, bake fruitcakes and decorate. Toot though, is stranded far away from home. Will he be able to make it back on time? Find out in "Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas," by Holly Hobbie.
Last year, Santa and his reindeer weren't able to do their Christmas deliveries because they all came down with a mysterious rash. You never knew this because Mrs. Santa Claus invented her own flying machine and made the deliveries herself. You'll be able to follow Mrs. Claus' journey in Penny Ives' "Mrs. Santa Claus."
Christmas Tree receives some cookies from his friends Angel and Elf. They smell so good someone else wants to eat them. Not only that, but this other someone accidentally takes Christmas Tree's star. Angel and Elf need to help find the star so Tree will have it in time for Christmas in "Angel's Christmas Cookies," by Sam Williams.
Have you ever wondered what Santa Claus was like as a baby, then a boy? "Young Santa," by Dan Greenburg, will let you learn about Santa from the time he was a baby until he was a teenager. You'll find out why red is his favorite color, how he got his sleigh, and even how the reindeer got their names. You'll also learn how he got started delivering presents to kids. Get the inside scoop on Santa.
In "Blue's 12 Days of Christmas," by Catherine Lukas, you'll find out all the gifts Blue receives from his friends for Christmas. It starts with a star for the top of the tree, continues with two purple doves, and continues until the 12th day. There are lots of interesting gifts and this different take on the traditional song will have you singing the new lyrics.
"The Little Drummer Mouse," by Mercer Mayer, features a shy little drummer mouse and tells how he finds his way to the manger. He has a gift for the baby Jesus and he is as welcome as everyone else. This beautifully illustrated book will have you looking at the pictures over and over to see all the sumptuous details.
Ivan Gantschev tells a true story from his childhood in "The Christmas Train." When his aunt was a little girl, she was at home decorating the tree when she heard a loud crash outdoors. She ran outside, only to find that a huge rock had fallen on the tracks. The station master was not available and she had to think quickly before the express train came through and had a crash. Read what happened in this exciting story.
The library owns many copies of Clement C. Moore's traditional "The Night Before Christmas." Each of the books is illustrated by a different person. It's fun to see how each artist interprets the tale for children. Many of us know this rhyme by heart, and it wouldn't be Christmas without reading this aloud to our families. Choose from one of the many versions we have available.
The library will be closed Dec. 24 to 26.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.
The countdown is on, with just 10 days to go until Christmas.
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Children's summer programs to begin
It's summer time and the Children's Summer Programs will begin the week of June 24.
Genealogy, ebooks and audio classes on tap at library
This month, Huntington Memorial Library will offer genealogy, ebook and audio device classes as detailed below.
App update should improve ebook experience
OverDrive, the provider of electronic books for the Four County Library System, will make some changes to the OverDrive Media Console App this week.
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In 1906, author Owen Wister wrote a book titled "Lady Baltimore."
Foundation gift builds children's collection
Every year Huntington Memorial Library is fortunate in receiving funds from The Ricky J. Parisian Memorial Foundation to purchase books for the children's collection. We have just received these books as part of our 2013 grant:
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Railroad history can be found at library
Oneonta has a long history when it comes to the railroad.
Library offers home delivery
The Friends of Huntington Memorial Library offer home delivery to residents in the Oneonta area who are homebound. If you, or someone you know, would like to borrow books, large print books, books on compact disc, or more, please call me at 432-1980. You'll be able to give me specific titles or areas of interest and then we'll arrange for one of our volunteers to deliver and pick up materials. It's free, easy, and provides you with hours and hours of reading or listening materials.
Genealogy and eBook classes to be offered
Librarian Sarah Livingston will conduct classes during May for genealogy and ebooks. The sessions are listed below and you can sign up for as many programs as you like. Registration is required for all programs and may be done in person or by calling 432-1980. Workshops are free unless noted. Computers will be available, courtesy of the Four County Library System traveling classroom.
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There is a wealth of information in historical records found at libraries and historical societies.
Lions donate funds for large-print books
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The comeback of the American chestnut tree
Al Nichols will present a program on the American chestnut tree at 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the meeting room at Huntington Memorial Library.
Genealogy, ebook classes to be offered at Huntington
Librarian Sarah Livingston will offer a series of genealogy programs during March. The sessions are listed below and you can sign up for as many programs as you like. Registration is required for all programs and may be done in person or by calling 432-1980. All workshops are free. Computers will be available, courtesy of the Four County Library System traveling classroom.
Examining women's Roles in Regency England
The Friends of Huntington Memorial Library will be holding a program on Monday, March 4, with guest speaker Rachel Stevenson. The title of her talk is "Women's Roles in Regency England: Why Lizzie Bennet Couldn't Act Like You" and will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the third-floor meeting room at the library.
2012 at Huntington, by the numbers
It's that time of year when libraries compile their annual statistics. We thought you would enjoy seeing some numbers of what happened at the library in 2012.
Historical information available through area publications
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