Adam Mancuso and his wife moved to the Ogden/Spencerport area from Holley two years ago and they couldn't be happier! They love the central location for their jobs and family, the close proximity to downtown Rochester, the quiet quaintness of country living, and the wide open spaces - they want to own 20 acres of land some day to beekeep, garden, etc.
Naturally, someone who is so fond of their community would want to become more active within it! Meet Adam - recent graduate of SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and most recent addition to the OFL Board of Trustees.
Adam loves to use OverDrive to download Audiobooks from the MCLS online library. He enjoys listening while he cleans the house, works an overnight shift at Wegmans, and rides his bicycle. When he searches for his next great read he generally looks for sci-fi or fantasy. His favorite author is Brandon Sanderson (author of the Mistborn series) and he recently finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
When not dreaming of a big, fruitful garden, Adam and his wife like to spend time with their rescue Chinchilla, Chili. Chili is fond of dried cranberries and loves to take her snack directly from her owners mouth. Fun fact: Chinchilla's have 100 hairs per follicle.
Stacey has been a resident of Ogden for the past 5 years and has a long history of loving libraries. She majored in Early Childhood Education for her BS and moved on to Library and Information Studies for her Masters in Library Science at UB. Stacey has been an employee and loyal patron of libraries for many years and now she is excited to be on the other side of the spectrum serving as a Board of Trustees Member. She is a regular patron - we see her often to pick up her holds - and she is always sharing the events and services we offer with anyone who will listen. Now, as a Board Member, she is looking forward to supporting the library and it's mission as well as watching the library continue to grow and adapt to meet the needs of its patrons and the Ogden community.
When not visiting the library to pick up her holds, Stacey spends her time doing yoga, cooking, volunteering and fostering dogs with GRASP, and of course, reading! She likes to read adult non-fiction, specifically cookbooks, self-improvement, biographies, and books about dogs. Two of her favorite authors are Maggie Stiefvater and Sharon Creech. She also loves downloading audiobooks from OverDrive, the app that gives access to our online library.
Welcome, Stacey! We look forward to having you on our Board :)
I love winter. Don't get me wrong - summer is amazing... but summer is BUSY! You have to jam pack as much stuff in as you can while the weather is nice. In the summer, every weekend is booked with a camping trip or a cookout. Winter is the season for warm cozies and the sweet joys of doing nothing. If you are anything like me, you also love holiday decorations. White lights, colored lights, blinking lights, snow flakes, red velvet ribbons, poinsettias, the works! All the things that give you the warm fuzzies and make you want to cuddle up with a big mug of cocoa loaded with marshmallows, put on your fluffiest slippers, watch a good movie with someone you love, and work on the knitting you neglected all summer in the thrall of nice weather.
That is why I was especially excited when Bob and JoAnne Epping came into the library mid-November and asked if I had any displays lined up for December. The words to describe this moment: pure glee! I had no display lined up and truth be told, I was beginning to sweat a bit about what was going to fill the big entry way case for a the month that is quite literally ALL about the decorations.
The Epping's told me that they have been collecting tiny villages for years and they want to share their joy for holiday arrangements. I was thrilled to hear this because I happen to be a big fan of tiny holiday villages. I was not disappointed and I am positive that you will not be either. If you haven't yet, pay us a visit and take a look at the display case in our entry way. While you're here, you can pick up a free 2017 Erie Canal Calendar, admire our book tree, browse through a selection of holiday CDs, and pick out a movie or book to bundle up with.
Oh, and did I mention the best part? We have an elaborate I-Spy set up by Rachel (an OFL employee) sure to challenge and please any I-Spy lover. If you find all the items you could win one of our fancy new bumper-stickers!
If you are looking for some holiday spirit, look no further! OFL is the place for you :)
The moment Mary Birchenough walked into the Ogden Farmers’ Library an ethereal scent fell over the meeting room; the smell was homey, delicate, and called to mind a quaint European bakery. She brought big, beautiful pottery for her mixing bowls, a basket handwoven by her husband, and set up the meeting room in what I can only imagine was a mock of her country farmhouse; warm and inviting.
Through demonstration, Mary taught us how simple and quick it is to make sourdough baked goods, how to preserve and feed your sourdough, and subtle yet flavorful variations on her recipes. More importantly, however, Mary showed us her story of bread. Deeply in touch with her Sicilian heritage, she discussed how family stays alive with recipes handed down over time. Mary showed us pictures of her family and explained how for her, bread is a direct tie to loved ones she has lost and memories she holds dear. She emphasized how food traditions keep families close – after all, who doesn’t want to gather over freshly baked bread? This is one food program where I think everyone who attended can attest that the food wasn’t the best part – though we won’t pretend that it wasn’t delicious.
Speaking of food, the biscuits were hands down the best I have ever had the pleasure of sampling. Paired with delicious jams and a flavorful garlic butter, it seemed everyone felt just one could never be enough.
We were honored to feature Mary at the Ogden Farmers’ Library and hope to see her for more heartwarming breads and stories in the near future. For more of Mary’s recipes, visit www.kneadinglife.com. To stay up-to-date on all of our upcoming programs, click here and sign up for our newsletter.
Written by Dacy Shute, Library Assistant.