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Lisa Libraries Donation for Tweens, August 2022

Posted by GreigMemLib on September 18, 2022 at 10:30 AM

The Lisa Libraries from Kingston, NY, recently donated new books targeted to our tween readers. We have a selection of graphic novels, non-fiction, and fiction books. A list of titles will appear on our Newly Acquired Books page for awhile, so take a peek. The new books have been processed and are ready to be checked out. For more information on the Lisa Libraries, check out www.LisaLibraries.org. 

Pilcrow Children's Book Grant Received!

Posted by GreigMemLib on July 25, 2022 at 11:40 PM

Friends of GML would like to announce that Greig Memorial Library has been awarded the Pilcrow Foundation's Children's Book Project Grant! We have received 116 new hardcover books spanning ages from pre-K to young adult. These books include 18 Health & Wellness books and 23 Math & Science books, in addition to the 75 books we ordered through the grant. Friends of GML worked with our librarian, ROWVA teachers and staff, and community members to choose our books. The grant requires a financial commitment of 1/3 of the cost of the 70+ books we ordered in order to build community investment in children's literacy and the library's future. We worked hard to weed our children's collection to make room for the new books and get them processed and into the system so they are ready to be checked out. There will be a celebration Open House event on Saturday, August 6th, during library hours, to premiere the new books. From 11 am - 1 pm on that day, Friends of GML will also be serving free root beer floats to mark the occasion. Please come out, peruse the new books, and enjoy a root beer float on us! UPDATE: Thank you to all who came out for our celebration. Peruse the complete list of new books, appearing on our Newly Acquired Books page for another month or so, and visit the library to check out your new favorites! For more information on the Pilcrow Foundation, visit thepilcrowfoundation.org. And, we are posting videos of some of our new picture books, so stay tuned in and follow our YouTube channel (address listed on our Home page.) Keep Reading!

Fill the Backpack School Supply Pickup Event Held

Posted by GreigMemLib on July 25, 2022 at 11:25 PM

On Saturday, July 23rd, parents of K-6 Oneida ROWVA students could drive up to the library, list the name and grade of the child, and pick up a bag of free school supplies for their student. Friends of GML organized the event and want to thank the generous sponsors who made it possible for us to purchase all the school supplies: Ameren, Casey's General Store, ROWVA Public School Foundation, and Walmart. We couldn't have done it without them. In case you are an Oneida resident and parent of a K-6 ROWVA student and you missed the pickup day, please stop in the library during open hours in the next week and pick up your bag of supplies. An incomplete ROWVA registration does not prevent you from receiving a bag of supplies. Thank you again to our sponsors who made it possible for us to provide this event to our community!

Summer Reading 2022: A Success!!

Posted by GreigMemLib on July 25, 2022 at 11:05 PM

Read Beyond the Beaten Path participants went to Minions: Rise of Gru on Sunday, July 24th, to celebrate their success in our summer reading program. On Tuesdays from June 21st to July 19th, participants came to the library at 6 pm to hear a outdoor-themed story and complete a fun nature-themed craft to go with the story. The weather allowed us to have two of our five sessions outside on the library lawn. Each week, participants who met their reading goals could put a special outdoor camping badge on their reading log and choose a prize from the treasure chest. At the end of the program, in addition to the opportunity to attend the movie with free admission thanks to the generosity of our Friends of GML, participants received a goody bag and frosty treat. Everyone who attended at least one Tuesday night session had their name put into a drawing for a gift basket. Even though the summer reading program has concluded, the weekly craft supplies from any sessions a participant missed will be at the library for another week. The story videos are posted under a Summer Reading 2022 Playlist on our YouTube Channel, so check them out! Keep Reading!

Love the Library Thank You!

Posted by GreigMemLib on June 24, 2022 at 12:25 AM

THANK YOU to all our vendors, volunteers, donors, and shoppers who made our inaugural Love the Library event happen! Our vendors were: Adams Craft Creations, Asplund's Arrangements, Christy's Creations, The Gift Shop, and Sewed Up by Carlee. Our event could not have been organized, promoted, and staffed without the help of our volunteers. We thank everyone who donated baked goods for the Bake Sale, books for the Book Sale, and items for the White Elephant Sale. We also thank everyone who came out and shopped despite the hot weather. All your efforts resulted in more than $600 that will help fund Friends of the Library outreach programs, like summer reading, Fill the Backpack, and holiday themed events at the library. We also had lots of first-time visitors to the library, some resulting in brand new library card holders! Friends of GML would like to extend a big thanks to EVERYONE involved in making Love the Library a success. We are so thankful to be part of our community!

Browse Unique Finds at Love the Library!

Posted by GreigMemLib on June 12, 2022 at 12:40 AM

Love the Library Vendors welcome you to our event on June 17 & 18, 2022! Join us from 8 am to 2 pm on these days and check out more than just books! Here are some of our vendors...


Adams Craft Creations: Handcrafted Yard Games-Giant Jenga, Yard Yahtzee, Yard L C R, along with earrings & other craft items.

Asplund's Arrangements: Fresh flowers, wreaths, dried flower ornaments.

Christy's Creations

The Gift Shop: Table runners, aprons, other unique fabric items, along with decorative items and collectibles.

Sewed Up by Carlee: Scraptastic Functional Fabric items, plus doll clothes, baby items, and pet paraphernalia.


Plus, our Friends group will have a Book Sale, Bake Sale, White Elephant Sale, and a drawing for Vendor items!

Come and see us! You won't regret it!


Love the Library arrives June 17 & 18, 2022!

Posted by GreigMemLib on June 12, 2022 at 12:25 AM

Love the Library comes to GML on Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th, 2022, from 8 am to 2 pm! Friends of Greig Memorial Library are hosting a sale with multiple vendors, a White Elephant Sale, a bake sale, prize basket drawings, and extended library hours. Our list of vendors includes ROWVA Music Boosters, Christy's Creations, The Gift Shop, Sewed Up by Carlee, Adams Craft Creations, and Asplund's Arrangements. Make sure to drop by during More on 34 weekend and check us out!


Read Beyond the Beaten Path! Summer 2022

Posted by GreigMemLib on May 25, 2022 at 12:10 AM

Our 2022 summer reading program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path, sets off June 21st! Explore the great outdoors at our "summer camp" with Storytime and Make & Take Crafts on Tuesdays at 6 pm on the library lawn. Registration forms for your pre-K to 6th grade Oneida students are available at the library or in your ROWVA Elementary take home folder. Call the library or check out our Facebook page for more info.

Love Your Library Fundraiser Coming Soon!

Posted by GreigMemLib on March 13, 2022 at 11:05 AM

Christmas Open House 2021

Posted by GreigMemLib on December 18, 2021 at 9:25 PM

Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 18th, 2021. Packages of Grinch Hershey kisses were awarded to the winners of our Coloring Contest. Our Adult Gift Basket was won by the Higgins family. Many books were checked out and refreshments were enjoyed. Make sure to get in to the library by noon next Wednesday to check out books before the library is closed for the holidays. And, a very Merry Grinchmas to all! 

CLOSING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Posted by GreigMemLib on December 15, 2021 at 8:35 PM

We will be closed during the Christmas and New Year's Holidays:

From Noon on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 until Noon on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022.

Please come in before then and check out some wonderful Christmas novels and some other good reads!

Books will not be due back until we are reopened.  Don't get caught without something good to read while we are closed!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebration 2021

Posted by GreigMemLib on December 3, 2021 at 10:45 PM

The 4th Annual Children's Christmas at the Library event was held Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 from 6-7:30 pm. Four craft stations gave our youngest patrons the opportunity to make their own Grinch-themed ornaments, door hangers, and bookmarks. Mr. and Mrs. Claus were present to read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! while lots of cookies and cocoa were being enjoyed. Our library is decorated for the season like the inside of one of the Who-Houses in Whoville from the story. And, that night, we were visited by the Grinch himself, who snuck around from room to room looking for ornaments and Christmas decorations to steal.

Everyone had a great time and we thank all the volunteers who made the event so special. We also invite everyone to view pictures of the event on our Facebook page, come to the library to enjoy our Christmas decorations, pick up an activity packet, participate in our coloring contest, and even have refreshments at our Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 18th, from 10 - Noon. And, check out How the Grinch Stole Christmas! story video on our YouTube channel!

Merry Grinchmas!


StoryTime Saturdays for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Posted by GreigMemLib on September 6, 2021 at 10:50 PM

 StoryTime Saturdays, Fall 2021 is coming!

Our StoryTime Saturdays take place the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, September - December 2021 and January - April 2022. We will be posting videos of our stories on our YouTube Channel, and as long as the weather cooperates, we will have an in person story at 10 am on those Saturdays on the library lawn. Please join us in person or virtually. Don't forget to check out all the other stories in our video library, too!

Summer Reading 2021

Posted by GreigMemLib on May 27, 2021 at 11:40 PM

Join us for Reading Colors Your World!

Register your pre-K to 6th grade Oneida student by calling 483-3482. We will be meeting in person on the library lawn on Tuesday evenings from June 8th to July 13th. Weather permitting, we will have StoryTime on the library lawn, followed by a Make & Take craft each week. Social distancing protocols will be followed. (Our presenters have been fully vaccinated.)

Check our Facebook page or YouTube Channel at 6 pm each Tuesday night during the program for our weekly story and craft videos, too! That way, even if the weather doesn't cooperate, you can stop at the library from noon - 6pm on Tuesdays to pick up your craft supplies and still have StoryTime and a craft virtually. 

We can't wait to have you join us! Don't forget to bring a blanket or chairs to our in-person StoryTimes! 

The Snowy Day - Christmas 2020

Posted by GreigMemLib on December 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM

The Snowy Day has arrived at the library! Check out our Facebook page for a list of activities and more pictures. We have activity packets for kids and adults, plus the opportunity to put your name in for a gift basket drawing each time you check out a book. Drawings held on December 19, 2020. Check us out! Happy Holidays!

StoryTime Saturdays

Posted by GreigMemLib on November 14, 2020 at 11:30 AM

We want to keep our littlest patrons engaged with the library, no matter what's going on in our world. Thanks to our friend, Adam Chasteen, we have created a YouTube channel for the library. On this channel, you can access all the story and craft videos from our upcoming 2021 Summer Reading program, and the Virtual Summer Reading program for 2020. You can also access all our StoryTime Saturdays videos, with new videos posted every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 10 am from January - April and September - December. 

Please check it out at www.youtube.com/channel/UCt98TW0ZmXw7fCb6B0Ek3hA/videos. 

Maybe some of our adult patrons and parents will even be entertained! However you visit the library, in person or online, just Keep Reading!!

Covid-19 Reopening Rules

Posted by GreigMemLib on May 26, 2020 at 8:40 PM

Due to covid-19, when Greig Memorial Library re-opens, we will need to observe all federal and state guidelines. As of this posting, the library is set to open June 2nd, but the date is subject to change, per state and local guidelines. We want to ensure the health and safety of all our patrons, their families and our staff and volunteers and their families. Therefore, the following rules will apply to everyone utilizing the library during this pandemic.

1. Patrons must call ahead (309-483-3482) for a 15 minute appointment time. 

2. There will be no computers available for public use.

3. There will be no bathrooms available for public use.

4. Everyone will wear a face mask while visiting the library.

5. Hand sanitizer will be given upon entry and must be used.

6. Books will be returned inside the entry door, so that they can be sanitized and quarantined before re-shelving.

7. There will be a 5 book limit per patron per visit.

8. These rules are for everyone, including summer reading participants and families.

We hope you will enjoy visiting the library again, and we look forward to a return to normal operating procedures in the future. Stay safe, stay well, and keep reading!

Summer Reading 2020

Posted by GreigMemLib on May 26, 2020 at 8:35 PM

Join us for our Dr. Seuss-themed summer reading program for 2020!

Due to covid-19, we will be holding our summer reading program virtually in 2020. Please see the Summer Reading tab of the website for all the details. The program will begin June 2nd and run through July 21st. Just like every year, we will have Story Time and Crafts each week, so make sure to call the library to sign up. The program is open to pre-K thru 6th grade Oneida residents. We hope you join us, virtually!

A Nutcracker Christmas at the Library 2019

Posted by GreigMemLib on December 10, 2019 at 11:40 AM

A Nutcracker Christmas party held on December 4th, 2019, was a huge success. We had 64 visitors to the library that night, with our pre-K to 6th grade ROWVA students making nutcracker-themed crafts in stations throughout the library. Mrs. Claus, our special visitor, read the Nutcracker story to our young visitors, while they enjoyed Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. At the end of the night, Santa even came to visit, hear Christmas wishes, and have his picture taken with our visitors! We invite everyone to come to A Nutcracker Christmas Open House at the library on Saturday, December 21st, from 10 am to Noon. The library will be closed for the holidays after that day. Come see our beautiful Nutcracker Christmas decorations throughout the library, meet and talk to Bev our new librarian, and see what we've been up to in 2019: the new Pilcrow books, the new Book Club, Puzzlers club, kids' activities and more. Maybe you will find something you would like to participate in for 2020. And, please, do check out all the new books from 2019. We guarantee there is something you will like!

Halloween 2019

Posted by GreigMemLib on November 3, 2019 at 12:10 AM
Despite the cold weather and the unexpected thick blanket of SNOW, we welcomed 76 children and 30 parents into the library on October 31, 2019. Bev Bryan, Peggy Shipp, and Sharon Courtright were on hand to open the library on an unusual Thursday night, greet fabulously costumed youngsters, and hand out a variety of yummy treats and a free book to every trick or treater. We hope everyone had as much fun as we did!

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