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Saranac Lake Free Library Notes

Children’s story hour begins Sept. 16

September 10, 2010
By PAT?WILEY, Saranac Lake Free Library

Thursday Morning Story Hour

Preschoolers are invited to enjoy stories and the fun of getting together with other children at the Thursday programs held at 10:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 16, in the Elinor B. Preis Children's Room.

Many talented readers donate their time and talent to presenting the series that also includes holiday parties.

Article Photos

Children from the Kids R Us School Age Program, ages 5 to 10, visited the library most Wednesdays this summer to read books in the Eleanor B. Preis Children’s Room, to participate in the Summer Reading Program, and to attend Come to the Fair.
(Photo — Pat Wiley)


Evening Story Hour

The Tuesday evening story hour, held the third Tuesday of the month, will be on Sept. 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Children's Room. The evening programs are jointly sponsored by the SLFL and the North Country Childcare Network with Barbe Skiff and Terri Perkins presenting stories, poems and songs.


Come to the Fair

The 55th annual Come to the Fair, held Aug. 2 to 5, was a huge success, with hundreds attending the popular community event that raised over $10,000 to benefit the library. "We can't have a successful fair," said Fair Coordinator Gloria Drucker, "without donated items, the cooperation of Mother Nature, and the community attending and supporting this fundraiser. Thank you for another successful year."


Fair chairpersons

Thank you to the hard-working, dedicated Fair Committee which included Bobbie Leamer, room set up and break down; Jan Kibben, treasurer; Diane Peterson, Joan Tyler and Ruth Fortune, day/evening chairs; Linda Beairsto, cashiers.

Also, Joan Donaldson and Jessica Deeb, baked goods; Linda Jackson, toys; Barbara Plumadore, white elephant items and jewelry; Merle Smith and Karen Smith, mass market paperbacks; Ruth Fortune, children's books; Dana Fast, audio/video; Joy Harvey, special books; Dorris Loomis, special books cashiers.

Other chairs were Adam Brayshaw, Members Night; Pat Wiley and Peggy Orman, publicity; Merle Smith, window poster; Dick Leamer and Dick Harvey, Picnic Cafe.


Have you seen?

Two painters, Jeanne Danforth and Kelly Matthews, and a glassmaker, Julia Holmes, will present the "Neighbors from the North II" exhibit from Sept. 13 to Oct. 28. Meet the Artists during the third Thursday Art Walk, 5 to 7:30 p.m., on Sept. 16. The artists will also participate in the annual Studio Tour Sept. 24 to 26.


Adirondack Research Room news

"In Stoddard's Footsteps: The Adirondacks Then and Now" (Bowie), "Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to 42 of the Best Hiking Adventures in New York's Adirondacks" (Densmore) and "Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the Adirondacks" (Goodwin) have recently been added to the collection.

Adirondack Room hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., with Tuesday evening hours by appointment.


Kindle reader

The SLFL recently made an Amazon Kindle available to the public. The electronic reader offers the daily subscription editions of both the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, a number of books have also been downloaded to the device. The reader is available for public use in the Main Reading Room of the library.



The library has increased its web presence by instituting a Facebook page. The page can be viewed at: If you have a Facebook account, you can become a fan of the SLFL and receive electronic updates as they occur. The SLFL Facebook portal also offers all of its patrons and friends an opportunity to keep up-to-date with the different programs and events happening at the library.


Library Hours

Winter hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 7 p.m.


In appreciation

Thank you to Gloria Drucker for planting and caring for flowers and to Ken Wiley for lawn care this summer.


Library visits

Library Director Betsy Whitefield reports that it was a very busy summer at the SLFL with 6,546 patron visits in June, 7,527 in July, and 7,883 in August. A people counter at the library's entrance tracks the number of people entering the library.


Acquisition highlights

Fiction: "Tough Customers" (S. Brown), "Burn" (Barr), "Star Island" (Hiaasen), "Queen of the Night" (Jance)

Nonfiction: "Social Security, Medicare and Government Pensions" (Matthews), "Small Business Web Sites" (Holzner), "The Honey Trail" (Pundyk)

Large print: "Stay a Little Longer" (Garlock), "Sham Rock" (McInerny), "Play Dead" (Sawyer)

Picture books: "Samuel's Baby" (Elkin), "First Grade Jitters" (Quackenbush), "Dog Loves Books" (Yates)

CDs: "Martian Chronicles" (Bradbury), "Dark Summer" (Johansen), "This Must Be the Place" (Racculia)

DVDs: "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Lost Boys of Sudan."



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