The Children’s Museum of Oswego (CMOO) was incorporated in 2013 as a “museum without walls.” While there is currently no permanent location for the museum, they have traveled to a number of community events including the Oswego Farmer’s Market and Harborfest and have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the community of Oswego. Jill Shaver, executive director of the CMOO states “Young families, grandparents, and teachers have expressed that they share our eagerness to open a museum that provides unique educational and recreational opportunities.”
Archive for July 2013
FitzGibbons Real Estate now offers staging! Our real estate sales agent, Christine Tombolillo has excellent staging skills to offer clients as they look to prepare their homes for listing. We spoke with her about staging to find out how it could help with the sale of homes.
The Oswego Bookmobile is a free program that is targeted towards children ages 5-18 who may not have access to reading materials and activities during the Summer months. The brainchild of Joan Dain, Terie Daino, Bill Christ, Rameen Mohammadi and Laura Rider, the bookmobile is funded entirely by local businesses and private donors. It is a non-lending library, meaning that the Oswego Bookmobile does not lend out its books to children. Instead, all materials, books, and snacks provided by the bookmobile are free and children can take one book of their choice home to keep.
Last week (July 5- 12) marked the beginning of the 2013 schedule for the Oswego Bookmobile, now in its 2nd year. 670 local children attended the bookmobile’s programs during its first week alone this summer and more children are expected to attend the Bookmobile’s programs in the coming weeks.
“The children are really excited about books and reading,” said Terie Daino, “ Many of our children do not have access to reading material over the summer. It is incredibly gratifying to fill this void and bring something so meaningful to the children of our community.”
Programs such as the Oswego Bookmobile reinforce the importance of reading over the summer, a time when many children don’t practice a lot of the reading skills that they learn during the school year. According to the bookmobile’s website, their mission is “to bring resources that will reduce reading regression while developing an appreciation for literacy.”
The bookmobile visits multiple communities Monday-Friday and has weekly themes for children to explore. Children can stop by the bookmobile during the East Park Movie Nights, scheduled on select Wednesday evenings and at Farmer’s Market, every Thursday evening during the Summer. See if the Oswego Bookmobile visits a location near you by viewing the schedule, here.
For the 26th year in a row, Harborfest remains “New York State’s Premier Admission-Free Festival.” While some Harborfest Oswego traditions remain the same, like The Entergy Grucci Fireworks Spectacular and fun and free concerts in the parks, there are some great new attractions in store for festival goers this year.
Many people believe that simply having their life jacket on the boat or water vessel they are using is enough. However, accidents happen quickly and usually they happen without warning. The Wear It Oswego! and Wear It New York! initiatives are busy this Summer educating boaters about the importance of wearing a life jacket whenever they are on the water. They are spreading the word that you can keep yourself safe this summer while you are out having fun on the water.
On July 20th, 2 Songbirds Presents and the Ancient Order of Hibernians will come together with nationally acclaimed artists, Hillbilly Casino, local musician Dave Hawthorn, and the community to help raise money for one very special little boy. Trevor Mercier, 8, was diagnosed with Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma when he was only four years old. After almost four years of being cancer-free, Trevor’s brain tumor returned in 2012. He is currently undergoing treatment every two weeks.
With their busiest season upon them, The H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center is busy planning fun and interesting events for this summer. They have extended their hours for summer to 10am to 5pm Monday through Sunday, so that visitors can explore what’s inside. The museum has exhibits centered on Oswego’s maritime history, Native American connections to our region, the lighthouses that Oswego has had over the years, and the LT-5, a WWII tugboat and National Historic Landmark.