Oneida Public Library announces January events

Oneida Public Library

OPL’s Family Saturday goes all out with face painting

Families with children 2-years old up to 9 are invited to this month’s edition of Family Super Saturday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. to share face painting design instruction and hands-on practice with Francesca Nishimoto.

In addition, OPL’s Youth Services Coordinator Megan Gillander will have a story, craft and activities to share with the children and their parents or guardians.

For more information, stop by Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call the library at 315-363-3050 and ask for Megan Gillander.

Learn the latest science through OPL’s reading and discussion group

Pushing the Limits, a grant-funded monthly reading and discussion program for adults, returns for a

second year in the first of four sessions on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. with Prof. Jen Herzog leading a discussion on Anna Smaill’s dystopian novel “The Chimes.”

For the second year in a row, Herzog, assistant professor of biology at Herkimer County Community College, will lead the discussions in the four-book series, January through April 2018, and introduce cutting-edge science and environmental topics related to the books’ themes.

“The Chimes,” winner of the 2015 Man Booker prize for fiction, concerns a young orphan named Simon going to a war-wasted London dominated by a walled-in elitist cadre. It controls the destitute masses through melodic chimes played morning and night to mute memory and pacify resistance. Simon, however, still has the gift of memory, which stirs the plot and leads to insurrection. Herzog will introduce after discussion the latest research on the genetic and environmental sources of memory

Future discussions will focus on “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren (Feb. 15); “The Eleventh Plague” by John S. Marr (March 22); and “The Genesis Code” by John Case (April 19).

The program is free and open to all adults, but pre-registration for the programs is strongly recommended. A limited number of copies of an upcoming program’s book will be given at no charge to those who sign up for the discussion program at the library’s circulation desk.

Pushing the Limits, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation, is part of the Rural Gateways Grants program as administered by the Califa Library Group.

For more information, stop by the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call (315) 363-3050.

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