Come one come all to the Menands Library Ice Cream Social. Rain or shine, we will be having a magic performance by Mr. Magicman at 1 pm sharp, followed by some balloon animals, plus ice cream provided by Stewart’s, and an opportunity to sign up for the Summer Reading Program! Play bean bag toss or badminton! Enjoy your local community and support the library by buying a gently used book!
Boy is it warm out today, but there are still two months of school left! If your elementary school homework has you too stumped to go out and play, stop in Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 4-5 pm to get help from one of our tutors! Call us for more info or to make an appointment for another time.
You know what I hear from people a lot? “I didn’t know there was a library back there!” Well, there is! There’s also a nice park (Ganser-Smith Memorial) and a very friendly neighborhood. It’s the heart of historic Menands, literally a stone’s throw from where Louis Menand sold his flowers.
Here’s how you get there…
Don’t forget, on Wednesday March 9th at 6:00 pm we are going to meet up to plant seeds which we hope will sprout!
This will be an event for families with children. We are going to read a story about Jack and the Beanstalk, talk a little bit about how seeds really are magic, and make self-watering sprouting containers from old water bottles!
The Village Gardener regrets that she won’t make it, but we will have other local green thumbs on hand to help out.
Sankofa: A word from the Akan language of West Africa meaning, to go back and get it, to reclaim. From the proverb: “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” meaning, “It’s not wrong to go back for what you’ve forgotten.” (from the Spirituals Project at the University of Denver)
In 2005, construction workers discovered thirteen sets of human remains near the Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park in Menands. Along with another skeleton discovered in 1998, a total of fourteen individuals were discovered in the burial ground. Among them were several enslaved people of African descent who were probably owned by the Schuyler family. The Schuyler name is well known, but the individuals who built their empire by hand, who filled in the physical facts to match the name on the map, who built, maintained, and cleaned the mansion, cared for their children, maintained their fields and gardens, washed their clothes, and emptied their chamber pots, are mostly forgotten. If this region owes the Schuylers anything, we owe their slaves even more. When we honor them, we allow a tiny sliver of that which has been forgotten to be reclaimed.
This June 18th, the Schuyler Flatts remains will be re-interred in donated plots in the St. Agnes Cemetery. An organization called the Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground Project is organizing the burial, and they welcome your support.