The Friends of the Old Forge Library, founded in 1977, is a volunteer organization whose goals are to promote library programming and to help raise revenue to support the library. The group sponsors Authors’ Day, Art Exhibits, and events of local interest such as Adirondack Programming. In addition, the Friends publish four newsletters a year. Revenue is raised through book, bake, & bazaar sales, and their annual BASH Benefit.
The Friends meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Noon and welcome new members.
A gourd rattle workshop at 4 pm will be led by artist, Andreé Dennis Newton. All supplies will be provided for participants to make and decorate their own gourd rattle using natural materials such as gourds, corn, beans and rice. The rattles will come in handy at 7 pm when Joe and Jim Bruchac, renowned storytellers return to an Old Forge audience to lead our community in a Summer Solstice ceremony and celebration starting at 7 pm and culminating in a ceremonial fire and drum circle. Jim will light the special solstice fire using a traditional bow drill. The public is invited to bring percussion items with them, rattles, bongos, handheld drums, tambourines, maracas, castanets…whatever sounds fun.
On the Longest Day of the year the library and its community partners at Weaving Home and Living ADK, & our other regional friends invite us to make a joyful noise. Renowned Abenaki artists, writers and storytellers will make the occasion memorable. All supplies provided to make a gourd rattle. Make
your own before the Bruchacs’ program which starts at 7 pm and will culminate in a ceremonial fire and drum circle. Generously sponsored by the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties; the Aaron F. & Faith B. Norton Fund.
All employers, employees & non-profit board members across the state must attend annual sexual harassment prevention training. This service is free of charge. At completion, a certificate is signed for those who complete the training. Approximately one hour. Participants must attend the online training with their video on to satisfy the participation requirements.
Check with the library to find out what book we are discussing each month, then join other book-lovers. An informal discussion group, always welcoming new members both in person and via Zoom.