The 56th annual Come to the Fair, our popular summer event, will offer thousands of hardcover and paperback books for sale, along with white elephant items, jewelry, toys and baked goods in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room.
The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday, Aug. 2, to Thursday, Aug. 5. A hot dog lunch can be purchased on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Attendees should enter at the back of the library. Baked goods will be sold on Tuesday in the Community Room until all items are sold. Special books, including art, cookbooks, gardening, music, old collectibles and new novels, will be in the Dickert Room, with a large selection of Adirondack books.
Herold, the wooden horse, has served as mascot welcoming visitors to Come to the Fair since the 1970s. He will be wearing his flower-covered hat for “Salute to Daffest,” this year’s fair theme.
(Photo — Pat Wiley)
On the third day, prices will be reduced.
Coordinator Gloria Druker will be assisted by area chairs and many volunteers. This summer the fair's theme is "Salute to Daffest," honoring the festival that made the town look so festive this spring.
A special opening for those who have contributed to the 2011 Membership Campaign at the supporting $35 level or higher will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, as a thank you for yearly financial support of the library.
Book Fair donations
Books in good, saleable condition may be dropped off at the library during regular hours, up until Monday, July 25, to give the committee time to sort the books. We cannot accept textbooks, encyclopedias, National Geographic hardcovers, Time/Life series, Reader's Digest condensed books, romance paperbacks, magazines, records and home-recorded videos.
Jewelry is accepted at any time.
White elephant items and toys can be brought in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, and baked goods starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, opening day.
Summer Reading Program
The 17th annual Mary MacIntyre Summer Reading Program, with its theme "One World, Many Stories @ Your Library," runs Wednesday, July 13, 20 and 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. Youth Programs Coordinator Peggy Orman promises "super summer fun at the library for children pre-K through fourth Grade, with reading, crafts, snacks, music and more!" The final day will include a parade through the library and an ice cream social courtesy of Stewart's Shop. Children may attend any or all of the programs. For more information or to sign up, call 891-4190.
Evening and Saturday Story Hour
A once-a-month Tuesday evening story hour will be presented on July 19 at 5:30 p.m. The Saturday morning program will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 6. The programs are given in the Elinor B. Preis Children's Room and are jointly sponsored by the library and the North Country Childcare Network with presenters Barbe Skiff and Terrie Perkins.
TABOB middle school reading program
Fifth through seventh graders are participating in Take a Bite Out of Books (TABOB), meeting each Tuesday afternoon. They will take part in the Jeopardy-style competition at the Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh on Saturday, July 16. The young people are reading six books and making team banners, preparing for the competition against teams from other North Country libraries.
Have you seen?
"Speakpeace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children's Paintings," jointly presented by St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers and Homeward Bound Adirondacks, runs through July 27 in the Community Room. The exhibit includes 35 paintings framed with poems written in response to the painting.
Adirondack Research Room news
A large number of vintage photographs from the Adirondack Research Room collection are on display in the Historic Saranac Lake's John Black Room, at the Saranac Laboratory, 89 Church St. "Little City in the Adirondacks: Historic Photographs of Saranac Lake" will be on exhibit for one year. The photographs are accompanied by captions explaining the content and the history behind each picture.
The Adirondack Room will be selling many duplicate Adirondack books at Come to the Fair in the Dickert Room during Members Night Monday, Aug. 1, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday; Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Fiction: "Once Upon a Time There Was You" (Berg), "State of Wonder" (Patchett), "Buried Secrets" (Finder)
Nonfiction: "In the Garden of Beasts" (Larson), "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls" (Hvistendahl), "Intern Nation" (Perlin)
Picture books: "Gracie the Lighthouse Cat" (Brown), "Rrralph" (Ehlert), "This Plus That: Life's Little Equations" (Rosenthal), "The Mangrove Tree" (Roth)
Large print: "Against the Law" (Martin), "Tough Without a Gun: The Life of Humphrey Bogart" (Kanfer), "If You Ask Me" (White)
Juvenile fiction: "Junonia" (Henkes), "The Rogue Crew" (Jacques), "Marty Mcguire" (Messner)
CDs: "Dreams of Joy" (See), "Elephants Can Remember" (Christie), "The Dirty Life" (Kimball)
DVDs: "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Snowy Day and More Ezra Jack Keats Stories" and "An Inconvenient Truth."