In the library's 2014 membership letter, board president Diane Peterson wrote, "In the last few years, when I became a member of the library board, I began to appreciate the wealth of services the library provides on an everyday basis."
The letter emphasizes many of these including interlibrary loan service, tutoring space, CDs and DVDs, WiFi and computers, fax, online catalogue, e-book downloads and historic Northern New York Newspapers.
Amenities available to all are housed in the Children's Room, Charles Dickert Wildlife Collection Museum, the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room and the William Chapman White Memorial Adirondack Research Room.
TABOB YOUTH READING PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS?AND?COACHES — Youth Programs Coordinator Peggy Orman (top row left), Tristan Whitney, Natalie Orman, Willa Evans-Kummer, Jackson Small, Cedar Young, and Micah McCulley, and (front row from left) Skylar Curtis, Schuyler Cranker, Rosemary Crowley and Reuben Bernstein (along with Simon Thill who is not in the picture) are preparing for the competition on June 28 at the Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh.
(Photo — Pat Wiley)
The letter concludes, "None of these services is possible without the financial support of patrons like you. Please consider becoming a member this year, and know that you are supporting these services which are so important to so many in our community."
Who is a member?
If you have a library card, you are a patron which entitles you to all library services. You become a member when you fill out a membership envelope and make a contribution to the annual Membership Campaign. Even though the SLFL is a "free" library, we depend on our members' tax-deductible contributions to provide a significant portion of library funding.
A membership perk is admission to Members Night of "Come to the Fair" on Monday, August 4, for those who contribute at the $40 level or higher. Library members will also receive a bookmark featuring participants in a prominent community organization enjoying some library treasures! To request a membership envelope, call the library at 891-4190 or ask at the circulation desk.
The SLFL is having a Volunteer Spring Cleaning Morning on Tuesday, May 20, from 9 a.m. until noon to get the library in shipshape for spring. Focus will be on interior cleaning.
Volunteers are asked to come to the library that morning bringing buckets, rags and rubber gloves, if possible. The library will supply cleaning supplies. Volunteers can come for part of the time or the full three hours.
Please indicate that you will participate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 891-4190 or by stopping at the circulation desk.
Library Lunch Programs
Thank you to Caper Tissot for coordinating the outstanding series of 13 noon programs running from November through April 24 with around 50 attending each program. The Hospitality Committee - Joy Harvey, chair, Anne Boutilier, Shirley Morgan and Siobhan Crary, along with other bakers -?supplied beverages and delicious and varied cookies for each program. Margaret Worden took care of correspondence.
"We're very indebted to our loyal audience," said Caper, "and to our speakers who generously shared their time and expertise."
TABOB Youth Reading Program
Eight young book lovers and several coaches are meeting on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. to discuss six books preparing for the Battle of the Books on June 28 against teams from other libraries. "The six books were selected for their quality and high-level interest for both boys and girls," explains children's programs coordinator Peggy Orman. "So far we've had a lot of fun and the young people have enjoyed the books as well as the refreshments!"
Thursday Morning Story Time
Children enjoyed a recent program presented by Hilde Hammond that included creating cut-paper butterflies. Join other preschoolers each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Elinor B. Preis Children's Room.
Therapy Dogs Return!
Children, you're invited to read to several very friendly dogs that are attentive listeners on Saturday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Room. Stop by and join the fun!
Fiction & Science Reading Groups
The Fiction Book Group will discuss "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell on Tuesday, May 13, at 2 p.m. The Science Book Group, meeting next at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, will talk about "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson. All are welcome to join the discussions.
Have you seen?
Enjoy the artistic talents of Petrova Elementary School Students in the Cantwell Community Room through May 22. Elementary art teacher Cheryl Kurtz is coordinating the show and hanging it.
Adirondack Research Room news
Curator Michele Tucker reports that four large metal shelving units on wheels were recently purchased, along with polypropylene storage boxes to provide better storage and protection against water emergencies. All old cardboard boxes are being replaced with new boxes which will be labeled with content descriptions for improved collection organization and retrieval of materials.
The library will be closed Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.
Christy Fontana, audiovisual materials staff person, is pleased to announce that the SLFL now offers hundreds of music CDs, ranging from classical and instrumental to jazz and Broadway musicals. These CDs circulate for two weeks and are renewable.
Fiction: "Destroyer Angel" (Barr), "Cavendon Hall" (Bradford), "In Paradise" (Matthiessen), "The Secret Life of William Shakespeare" (Morgan)
Nonfiction: "Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap" (Taibbi), "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong" (Macur), "John Muir and the Ice Age That Started a Fire" (Heacox)
Large print: "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Clark), "Ghost of the Mary Celeste" (Martin), "Carnal Curiosity" (Woods)
DVDs: "Planet Dinosaur," "Shackleton" and "12 Years a Slave."