Ogden Library March events


It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. -Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

We’re going to have an exciting March at the library with programs planned for all ages, including two programs on the solar eclipse.

Knit & crochet group: Tuesdays, 3 p.m. on the main floor of the library. Yarn crafts and conversation. Bring the project you are working on and enjoy friendly conversation as you knit and crochet.

Mahjong on our main floor: Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. for everyone who loves to play or wants to learn how. All skill levels are welcome.

Storytime on the lower level: Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Join Martha for rhymes, songs, and stories to entertain your littles. Themes: opposites, colors, shapes; Women’s History Month, and Easter.

Chess/game club: First and third Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. Learn to play new games or enjoy games you already know. Come with friends, siblings, or alone. Plenty of games to choose from and all ages welcome.

Death Café: Thursday, March 7, 6-7:30 p.m. A Death Café: Community-connecting conversations about death and dying facilitated by death doula and celebrant Anne Ohman will be hosted at the library. Registration is required. Call the library at 607-865-5929 to reserve a spot. 

In the Shadows: The Wonder, Beauty, and Science of Eclipses: Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. What causes eclipses? Why are they so rare? Why are lunar eclipses more common than solar eclipses? Do other planets have eclipses? Zoë Learner Ponterio from the Spacecraft Planetary Image Facility will answer some of these common questions. This is an all-ages program, with demonstrations and activities.

How Money Works: Saturday, March 9, 3-4:30 p.m. A webinar for anyone who wants to learn more about personal finance, whether just starting or looking to improve your financial skills, this program will provide information needed to make sound financial decisions. Learn about saving, investing, paying off debt, and more. Self-register with your first name only at https://bit.ly/3ER8mnu

Teen Makers Club: Wednesday, March 13, 3:30-5 p.m. for makers, artists, and creatives; unleash your imagination and express yourself. Decorate round, lidded stashbox using decoupage; basically a collage on a box with a protective finish to make it last.

Healthy Eating with CCE: Thursday, March 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Looking for new recipes? Trying to eat healthier? Adults are invited to talk about nutrition and healthy eating with Maegan from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Participants will make a healthy dinner together. Registration is required - call 607-865-5929.

Lego Club: Friday, March 15, 3-4 p.m. Kids in grades K-5, gather (lower level) for monthly Lego Club. Legos are provided; no sign-up necessary. Creations will be displayed in the children’s room.

Teen Book Club: Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the lower level. Snacks and drinks. This month reading “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb ©2013. I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday. We’d finished for the day and I was on the open-back truck we use as a school bus. There were no windows, just thick plastic sheeting that flapped at the sides and a postage stamp of open sky at the back through which I caught a glimpse of a kite wheeling up and down. It was pink, my favourite colour. In 2009 Yousafzai began writing an anonymous blog for BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Yousafzai began to appear in Pakistani and international media, campaigning for education for all. On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot at point-blank range by a member of the Taliban on the way home from school. Remarkably, she survived. In April 2013, Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. “I Am Malala” tells the inspiring story of a schoolgirl who was determined not to be intimidated by extremists, and faced the Taliban with immense courage. She speaks of her continuing campaign for every girl’s right to an education, shining a light into the lives of children who cannot attend school. Reserve a copy - call the library at 607-865-5929, or visit www.4cls.org

Kopernik’s Solar Eclipse Planetarium Show: Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Moon will eclipse the Sun April 8, offering one of the best celestial shows on Earth. Preview the solar eclipse in Kopernik’s Portable Planetarium. Learn why solar eclipses happen and why some locations are better than others for viewing. Experience a simulation of the partial eclipse in your area and the eclipse in the path of totality. Finally, fly beyond Earth to view the eclipse event from space. The portable planetarium will be set up in the children’s area. There will be two 20-minute shows, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 11 a.m. Space is limited; preregistration is encouraged. Calling 607-865-5929. **Note that the children’s collection will be unavailable from 10 a.m. – noon while this program takes place.

Library board of trustees meeting: Tuesday, March 26, 7 - 8 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

Teen Makers Club: Wednesday, March 27, 3:30-5 p.m. Program for makers, artists, and creatives - unleash your imagination and express yourself. We will make Op Art - optical illusions that play tricks on our eyes. We will look at examples of Op Art then create unique patterns to color and add dimension.

Book Club Discussion: Wednesday, March 27, 7 on the lower level. This month we’re reading “The Good Earth” by Pearl Buck ©1931. The poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old, agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls. Reserve a copy by calling the library - 607-865-5929, or at www.4cls.org

Origami Toys and Puzzle: Friday, March 29, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Learn to make toys and puzzles using paper: origami planes, spinning tops, and modular puzzles every last Friday of the month in March, April, May and June. Ages 10+.


NYS Defensive Driver’s Course: Thursdays, April 18 and 25, 5 – 8 p.m. Certified instructor Linda Karpovich will present a six-hour defensive driving course over two days, three hours each session. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate to submit to their insurance company for a 10% savings off basic liability and collision insurance for three years. The total cost to participate is $35. Space is limited. Stop at the library with payment to secure a spot.