Chenango County Library News: The Oxford Memorial Library
Published: September 16th, 2021

OXFORD – Summer is a fleeting memory, fall is in the air and the kids and teachers are back in school. We would like to encourage everyone to “Fall Into Reading” with a good book.

We have a great selection of new books for adults, young adults and children. Come on it and check us out.

We wrapped up our Summer Reading Program with a special performance by Mike The Juggler. Mark your calendars, we have some great programs lined up for September.

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Every Tuesday at 3:30 we have story time with Jess, fun stories, activities and crafts. On Thursday, September 23 at 5:30 we are featuring Family Game Night.

We have board games available at the library or bring your own. Nice big tables to play on. Drawing Lessons with Bernie will be Saturday, September 25 from 11:00am-12:00 noon at the Oxford Memorial Library and again from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the McDonough Branch Library.

Anyone who’s ever thought them might like to learn to draw cartoons (or learn some timely tips on how to draw better) this program is for you. In recent years, several local papers have featured  Bernie's People, including the Mid-York Weekly out of Hamilton where Hurlbut's work appears regularly. He also does cartooning seminars for all ages as far away as the Old Forge Library. It is no small accomplishment for a 91-year-old retiree who is challenged — but never stopped — by macular degeneration. "I really just like meeting people," Hurlbut said of his driving force behind his cartoons and art seminars.

This is going to be a fun program that you won’t want to miss. Reminder, while we don’t require masks to come into the library if you are fully vaccinated we do require masks at programs held inside.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month so we would like to urge anyone who does not have a library card to stop by your local library and sign up…it’s free. Libraries are so much more than just books. We also have magazines, DVDs, Books on CD, public computers, meeting rooms, special programs, and of course all of the electronic databases available through the Four County Library System. If we don’t have an item you want but another library does you can place a hold online or we can place a hold for you. The Four County Van stops here four times a week and we will notify you when your hold is available for pick up.

We would like to remind everyone that Yes! We are Open! Regular hours, full staff. We were one of the first libraries to open the end of June of 2020.

The Oxford Memorial Library is your home town community center for information and entertainment, a great place to meet friends and neighbors. For more information call us at 843-6146 or check us out at or on Face Book.

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–From Nancy Wilcox,

Director Oxford Memorial Library