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EDITOR’S NOTE:The following column from the Ogdensburg Public Library will be appearing every Tuesday in The Journal. We hope that by being better informed about its events and services, you will be inspired to visit the library and take advantage of the numerous services it offers.

Welcome to the Ogdensburg Public Library’s brand new column! In days to come we’ll be bringing you highlights, news, and other tidbits about the happenings at your library. Thank you to The Journal for giving us the space to get the word out to our community about all the great things happening at your library!

FOR ALL AREA PRESCHOOLERS: Coming up this week are our regular children’s programs: Music and Movement every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and our weekly Story Time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. This week’s theme is tigers! We’ll be reading Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and making a tiger-y craft.

TEEN STUFF: Our teen art contest is ongoing. Design a poster for your favorite book in any media (paint, charcoal, digital) you like. Check out our website – – or call 393-4325 for details. Bring your completed posters in by April 30 to win a $50 Amazon gift card and the admiration of your peers. We’ll be displaying all entries in the library during the month of May.

ADULT EVENTS: We’ll be hosting local author Matthew J. Glavin, who will be discussing and signing copies of Adirondack Treasure — Isle Royale, a thrilling adventure set on the St. Lawrence in and around Ogdensburg. He and cowriter Michael Dolan were recently at the Dobisky Visitors Center, so if you missed them, Friday from noon to 2 p.m. is your chance!

NEW SERVICES: We’re excited about two new upcoming services. The first is a Seed Library. We have several varieties of veggies, flowers, and herbs available for “loan” — take a few seeds now, plant them this Spring, and bring us back some seeds in the fall if you can. Any experienced gardeners who want to share their planting and harvesting wisdom are invited to contact the library to help us out!

Our second project is a Cake Pan Library. You know that fancy cartoon character pan you bought years ago that’s now gathering dust at the back of your cabinet? Why not donate it to the library where your friends and neighbors can check it out for use on special occasions? Stay tuned for more details very soon.

Your library continues to offer the services that have been in place for many years. We continue ordering fiction in regular and large print as well as nonfiction materials. Our DVDs and books on CD are all available for check out at no cost to our patrons. Interested in being the first to get the newest book by your favorite author?

Consider “adopting” it! Call the library for details. Our magazine collection (also including many “adopted” issues) is out of this world — we carry more than 220 titles!

If downloadable e-books are more your style, we invite you to take advantage of our collection provided by Overdrive. You can borrow many popular titles to read on your eReaders, tablets, and mobile devices. Both e-book and electronic audiobook books are available for two-week loan for free. All you need is a current library card, the eReader of your choice and internet access.

Ever want to take classes but think you don’t have the time or money?

The library provides access to free online instruction from experienced teachers through the Universal Class database. If you’re preparing for a civil service test, GRE, or other nerve-wracking exam, check out the Gale Testing & Education Resource Center. Both require nothing more than your library card.

Finally, we still have wonderful cookbooks for sale, with dessert recipes provided by library patrons and family members. Need a gift from someone who’s moved away, or just want one for yourself? They’re available at the library for $15 each. We appreciate your support!

As always, we invite you to contact us with questions, concerns, or programming ideas. Use Facebook/Tumblr/Twitter, phone (393-4325), e-mail (, or even snail-mail (312 Washington St.).

We look forward to hearing from you!

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