Watercolor workshop, family fun in March at Oneida Public Library

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ONEIDA — From tax preparation help to art activities, Oneida Public Library, 220 Broad, St., has a full calendar of events planned for March.

Creating an “educational setting through stories, songs, crafts and play” the library hopes to pass along reading skills to the young ones, life skills to the teenagers, and tax and tech help to adults. Call 315-363-3050 or go online to www.oneidapubliclibrary.org for more information.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. — Ready to Read, a reading program for preschoolers and their parents that runs throughout the school year.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon — Seniors can get tax help and electronic filing from IRS trained and certified volunteers with Cornell Co-op on a first-come, first-served basis. Tax filers should bring their last year’s returns and relevant tax documents.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.  — Tech Help, with help offered by OPL’s tech volunteers. This program aims to help anyone get the most out of their laptop or device, and is free. No appointment necessary.

March 5

Oneida Public Library Election, noon to 9 p.m.

Registered voters in Oneida Public Library’s Special Legislature District, which is co-extensive with the Oneida City School District, are eligible to vote for a candidate for the one open seat on the OPL Board of Trustees and to approve or not the board’s proposed library operating budget for fiscal year July 2019 through June 2020.

March 6

Memories in Words and Watercolors, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays through April 3. With sketchbook, pencil and watercolors to hand, amateur adult artists will create a book of visual and verbal memories under the tutelage of artist and teacher Carol Cotten over five weekly sessions. The art workshop is free but limited in size. Pre-registration at the OPL’s circulation desk is required.

Book Face for Kids, 6 p.m.

Children of all ages will scour the stacks for book covers that express their real faces and take photos of them with cell phones for a show and tell.

March 9

Family Super Saturday: Usborne Books and More Fair, 11 a.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oneida Public Library, the Usborne Books and More Fair offers a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction books for children and teens. Book sales will help the Oneida Library by providing discounts when the library purchases Usborne titles.

March 13

Kids’ Book Club, 6 p.m.

This month elementary-school children will read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, discuss it and do activities based on its themes. They should have read chapters 1-10 for the March 13 meeting; the rest of the book by March 27. Registration is required.

March 14

Zlatko on Guitar, 7 p.m.

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Zlatko Grozl of Oneida will perform a free concert of his original songs, favorite covers and tunes from his native Bosnia.

March 18

Monday Movie Matinee: “The Favorite,” 1 p.m.

In “The Favourite,” an award-winning 2018 costume drama set in early 18th century England, a frail and ailing Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) lets Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) rule her court until a sly servant (Emma Stone) becomes her favorite.

March 20

Family Game Night, 6 p.m.

Family members, both children and adults, can bond over exciting board games, including Settlers of Catan, Candyland, Uno or a favorite one brought from home to share.

Mike Allen on the Marvel of Mules on the Erie Canal, 7 p.m.

The mule, that marvelous hybrid that’s stronger and smarter than either parent, came late to America but soon played a vital role in the success of the Erie Canal. Join Mike Allen from the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum for a fascinating presentation on the mule in N.Y. history.

March 26

Pushing the Limits Book Club: “Fantastic Voyage,” 6 p.m.

For discussion, Prof. Jen Herzog takes on the classic sci-fi novel, Isaac Asimov’s Fantastic Voyage, which sets a thriller in the human brain and reveals how the brain works. OPL desk clerks can order copies of the book for registered participants

March 27

Kids’ Book Club, 6 p.m.

Elementary-school children will discuss James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and celebrate the finishing of the book with a Giant Peach party. Registration is required.

March 29

Half Day, Craft Day noon to 2 p.m.

Elementary-school students enjoying a half day of school can come to the OPL for an early afternoon of crafts. All supplies are provided free of charge.

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