Mamatoga Daily: Monday, Jan. 15th

The Saratoga Springs Public Library is a great local place to head to tomorrow to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day with the kids. Check out below for the details on all of the programs they are offering, as well as the details for all the activities going on around town! Thank you to everyone who entered the Freebie Friday Giveaway, and congratulations to Amanda Mody, you are the winner! Send me an email at and I will give you details on how to claim your prize!

At the end of this post are a few pictures from this past Saturday's Annual Hattie's Mardi Gras party that benefited Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar. I finally found a dress that covered my big baby bump and headed out for cake pops and silent auction bidding with friends. It was a fantastic party as always and I can't wait to see the pictures from Heather Bohm-Tallman's fun photo booth! Today we decided not to brave the bitter cold weather and instead headed indoors to Saratoga Strike Zone for some family bowling. Even though I got TWO STRIKES I still didn't win... I hope you all have a great week ahead, I've got some fun stuff to share with you all, and keep warm Mamatogians!

The Saratoga Springs Public Library will be open from 9am-5pm today for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The library is offering some great programs in honor of the holiday:

  • Volunteer MLK Day of Service: 9:30am – 10am in the H. Dutcher Community Room. Volunteers will gather to participate in the MLK Day of Service. Local agencies will be offering volunteers the opportunity to spend a few hours putting their hands to work painting, repairing, transporting, and other tasks. Volunteers are then invited to return to the H. Dutcher Community Room at 1pm for a complimentary lunch provided by local businesses and the League of Women Voters. To sign-up for a Day of Service volunteer project, e-mail Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein, or call Temple Sinai, 518-584-8730.
  • This year’s MLK Jr. Day program will include music, films, discussions, and readings from Dr. King’s speeches and writings. The special guest presenter will be civil rights activist Jim Kates, who volunteered for the Mississippi Summer Project in 1964 and later became a public school teacher, a nonviolence trainer for interpersonal and political movements, a poet, and a literary translator. Since 1997, he has co-directed the non-profit literary publishing house Zephyr Press, publishers of Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers & Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer. Participants in the program will also include musician Garland Nelson of Soul Session; Rev. Linda Hoddy of the Saratoga Unitarian-Universalist Society; Pat Nugent, President of the Saratoga County Chapter of the League of Women Voters; Native American storytellers and musicians Joe and Jesse Bruchac; and Saratoga Springs Supervisor Joanne Yepsen and Mayor Scott Johnson. From 2-4pm in the H. Dutcher Community Room.
  • The Children’s Program will take place from 2pm – 3pm in the Crawshaw Story Room. Picture books Dream Something Big by Dianna Hutts Aston and The Big Orange Splat by Daniel Pinkwater will be read. Both books celebrate imagination, creativity, and individuality. Children will each create their own sculpture using a variety of materials. This program is appropriate for children ages three and older and their families. No registration is required.
  • Teens and young adults are invited for a discussion of Dr. King’s commitment to and understanding of human dignity from 2pm – 3pm in the Susman Room. How do we hold on to our own dignity through the challenges of daily life? What do we do when another person’s dignity is being stripped? Beverages and light snacks will be offered at Saratoga Springs Public Library during the morning and afternoon sessions hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee. The Committee this year is composed of members of the Saratoga County NAACP, the Saratoga Peace Alliance, the Saratoga Religious Society of Friends, Temple Sinai, Veterans for Peace, and the League of Women Voters. For further information, please contact Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein at 518-584-8730 or e-mail
  • At the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park they are having a MLK Day: Winter Scavenger Hunt from 1-2pm at Camp Saratoga. Bring your child for an afternoon of outdoor exploration. Children will learn to use their senses to explore the outdoors during winter by working to complete a nature scavenger hunt. This program is designed for children 5 and older. Snowshoes will be available for rental 30 minutes before the program: $5 for nonmembers. If there is no snow, the program will take place without snowshoes.

  • The Children’s Museum will be open today, so make sure to take the kids to the museum on their day off from school! The same day they will be having their program Lasting Impressions, where kids will learn all about fossils. It starts at 10:30 and is great for school age children ages 6 and up. Cost is $2 plus admission, call the Museum at (518) 584-5540 to register.
  • Candy Science is at CMOST at 1pm today! Join CMOST in an investigation of “sweet science!”  Children will learn about the science of candy as they experiment with life savers, make marshmallows explode and much, much more!  Ages 6+.  Free for CMOST Members, $2.00 Non-members, plus admission to The Museum.  Pre-registration is required.