Our library may be a bit noisier than most this spring when construction is expected to be underway in the area alongside and behind the children's room, one flight below the main floor.
Presently, at the bottom of the stairs leading to the "classics" section, there is a small public restroom and another tiny one for staff that is made even smaller by the presence of a ladder, vacuum cleaner, tools and other paraphernalia. The two rooms will be combined into a single, larger one that will accommodate wheel chairs and will have diaper changing station.
Besides the restroom renovations, part of the hallway behind the children's room, which is now used for interlibrary loan activities and storage, will be opened up and added to the kids' area. The increased space and the addition of rolling bookcases will make it possible to accommodate larger groups and more programming.
Kids who are winning stars for the '1,000 Books Before Kindergarten' at the Lake Placid Public Library are excited about the project. Sometimes they slow down enough to read and listen to the books.
(Provided photo — Bambi Pedu)
Tax helpers busy
The AARP tax filing volunteers have been extremely busy, and, by mid-February, found themselves booking appointments well into March. People from throughout the region as far as Indian Lake have been coming for the free tax services.
The group of five preparers headed by Lake Placid resident Betsy Senkowski takes the time to go to Albany each year to be educated and re-certified on changes to the tax laws and filing procedures. This year saw the introduction of new software, which slowed the process down. The old program was able to retain basic filing information, saving time each year for people who were repeat users of the service. This year, everyone had to start over from the beginning, which created more work.
Users frequently express their gratitude, either verbally or, occasionally, with fruit or bake goods, for the free services donated by the AARP members, saying it saves them a lot of time, money and headaches.
The tax filers will be giving their time until the end of March this year. After that, the closest AARP service in Plattsburgh.
It is available to everyone, regardless of age or income, who needs to files personal tax forms. For more information or to sign up, call the library at 518-523-3200. Someone will take your name and number for one of the volunteers to get back to you.
There's a lot of enthusiasm for the "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program. So far, nine children have received stars and prizes for reaching the 100 book mark.
The children's area was transformed (with a little imagination) into a tropical island paradise Feb. 21. The program was provided to give kids some balmy fun under palm trees on a day when there was no school.
"March to the Force" a Star Wars program of fun, games, reading and crafts is planned for March 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. It is open to children pre-K through grade 5 and families. Non residents are welcome.
For anyone with questions about Medicaid or Medicare, a representative will be at the library at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 3, May 15 and again June 12 to provide information and discuss the programs.
A presentation on the "Gateway to the Adirondacks" proposal introduced by Gov. Cuomo will be given by Troy resident Diana Denner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. Denner is the author of a recently released book of fiction, "Adirondacks Artemis."
LPI Book Club
The Lake Placid Institute Book Club, which reads selections related to the arts on the last Monday of fall, winter and spring months, met to discuss "The Last Painting of Sara DeVos" this past Monday evening.
The next book, "The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs," by Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee, will be the subject of the 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, March 27. All are welcome to attend.