BOOK COLLECTION—6-7:30 p.m. Help the Friends of the Village Library prepare for the Cooperstown Winter Carnival book sale. Bring your used books in good condition. Everything from paperbacks to DVDs and hardcovers to audiobooks will be accepted. Please, no outdated travel guides, dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, VHS tapes or cassettes. Use the Fair Street entrance at the Village Library of Cooperstown, 22 Main Street, Cooperstown. (607) 547-8344 or visit facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
SUNDAY SPEAKER—3 p.m. The Friends of the Village Library present “Community Voices: Our Immigrant Stories,” in which a panel of local and regional neighbors tell their recent and not-so-recent stories of immigration experiences. Upstairs Ballroom, Village Library of Cooperstown. (607) 547-8344 or visit facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
COOPERSTOWN On Sunday, January 22 from 3-4 p.m., Friends of the Village Library will present “Community Voices: Our Immigrant Stories,” featuring a panel of local and regional neighbors who will share stories of their immigration experiences. The program is in the third floor Ballroom of the Village Hall, 22 Main Street.
On February 1, the Village Library will install a traveling exhibition from the New York State Library called “The Immigrant Experience,” which spans 100 years of stories and photographs about the state’s immigration history. Both the speaker program and the exhibition are free and open to the public. For more information, call (607) 547-8344.
COOPERSTOWN—Friends of the Village Library welcomes Sheena Mason, PhD, on Sunday, November 20 from 3-4 p.m. for a discussion on her new book, “Theory of Racelessness: A Case for Antirace(ism).”
Dr. Mason offers a solution for how people aspiring toward antiracism can avoid unintentionally upholding racism, illustrating that to undo racism, we must undo our belief in “race.” Through her teaching, research, and service, Dr. Mason inspires and informs individuals and organizations on antiracism and provides revolutionary antiracist initiatives and policy-changing efforts.
COOPERSTOWN – Friends of the Village Library is already preparing for its popular Winter Book Sale, to be held February 3-5 during the 2023 Winter Carnival Weekend.
From 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, November 19, FoVL will host a book collection in the Village Hall Board Room at 22 Main Street. Used books in good condition are welcome, along with CDs, DVDs and audio books. Textbooks and outdated travel books, however, will not be accepted.
“The Cooperstown community is incredibly generous in donating used books for the sales,” said Lynne Mebust, FoVL board member and co-chair of the Book Sale Committee along with Ivy Bischof. “While some book collections are more successful than others due to factors such as weather, timing, publicity, etc., I estimate that we collect somewhere between 3,000-5,000 books per collection day.”
SUNDAY SPEAKER – 3 p.m. Join the Friends of the Library and Otsego 2000 for a panel presentation on “New York State’s Energy Plan: How Does It Affect Our Community.” 3rd Floor Ballroom, Cooperstown Village Library. Visit facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
On Sunday, October 16 from 3-4:30 p.m., Cooperstown’s Friends of the Village Library and Otsego 2000 will co-host a 90-minute panel discussion on how New York State’s energy plan will affect the community.
Topics will include the process for siting of renewable energy projects, the possible use of farmland and forest and how multiple use might be encouraged, and the present and future energy demands in our region and state and how those demands might be met.
LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH – Kick-off at 3:30 featuring a mayoral proclamation, cookies, and contest announcements.
Month long celebration of the Village Library. Festivities will include a writing contest, literary themed snow sculpture challenge, literary specials from local businesses, and much more. Culminates with annual book sale open March 4, 5 & 6. Presented by The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-434-3418 or visit www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org
Our community is fortunate to have the Friends of the Village Library to organize important conversations and events like the “Looking in the Mirror” program. I have attended a few of the series including racism in education and in healthcare and had come to expect a decent program when tuning in.
On Feb. 10, I listened to The Cooperstown Reflects on Racism and Law Enforcement Series with my wife hoping for an invigorating and forward-thinking conversation.
The event had the express goals of:
1) Examine the impact of racism on our community and institutions;
2) Learn how to confront bias and inequities locally;
3) Identify actions that individuals, groups, and the community can take to address racism and create a more equitable Cooperstown.
The speakers during their presentations and the Q&A did not address, examine or achieve any of these goals. I have spent the last four months thinking about this event and pondering what can be done to jumpstart the difficult discussion that works to foster the growth and honest conversation needed if we are to address the goals of the series.
HYDE HALL HISTORY – 7 p.m. Learn the history of the buildings, grounds, and collection contained in Hyde Hall. RSVP required. Springfield Library, 129 Co. Hwy. 29A, Springfield. 315-858-5802 or visit libraries.4cls.org/springfield/adult-programs/
SUMMER BOOK SALE – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Browse through used books of many genres, including nonfiction, arts and crafts, children’s books, cookbooks and much more to support your local library. Cost, $1-$2 for most books. Thru July 4. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
TROLLEY TOUR – 1:30 – 3 p.m. Explore the architecture of Oneonta from it’s earliest days of European settlement to the exponential expansion of the Victorian era and the Railroad. Led by Dr. Cindy Falk, Cooperstown Graduate Program and professor of Material Culture at SUNY Oneonta. Registration required. Cost, $10/person. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required. Presented by Otsego 2000. Pick-up and Drop-off at Riverside Elementary School parking log, 39 House, St., Oneonta. 607-547-8881 or visit www.facebook.com/otsego2000/
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Kimberley Hawkey to perform mix of songs from Jazz, Broadway, and folk. She will be joined by pianist/vocalist Loren Daniels, bassist Evan Jagels, and drummer Graeme Francis. Music charge, $15. Origins Cafe, 558 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. 607-437-2862 or visit www.celebrateorigins.com
Cooperstown’s Friends of the Village Library will hold its annual book sale at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown, beginning Saturday, June 26.
The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, through Sunday, July 4. Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, July 4, all books are $5 per bag for people who bring their own bags.
OLA to hold annual holiday boat parade
The annual holiday boat parade, sponsored by the Otsego Lake Association, will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 3.
This year’s theme is “Here Comes the Sun,” based on a song by The Beatles.
As with the 2020 parade, because of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no judging or awards.
Contact Wayne Bunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-542-6630 for more information.
COMMUNITY CONCERT – 3 p.m. Oneonta Community Band presents live streamed performance of works looking back on the pandemic year. Includes spirituals, ‘Sea Songs’, Amazing Grace, and the performers favorite Souza Marches. Performance is free, open to public. Performed from the stage of The Foothills Performing Arts Center. 607-432-7085 or visit the facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/169533834979