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LAKE PLACID LIBRARY NEWS: Library loves volunteers

April 13, 2017
By LISA FORREST , Lake Placid News

The figure isn't in yet for the number of hours or people helped by the AARP tax brigade this year, but it's sure to be high.

The preparers and reception staff were inundated by demand as soon as they started at the end of January and were soon booking into March. They usually wrap their services up around the ides of March, but this year they stayed until the end of the month, giving filers an extra two weeks.

We appreciated being mentioned in a recent article about Mercy Care Volunteers and the services they provide. The friendship volunteers help others each week with errands such as shopping. Another suggested activity was taking recipients "to the Lake Placid Public Library." Thanks in part to the Lake Placid Lions Club, we have Kindles and a wide selection of large print books as well as audiobooks. We are always happy to help people find titles they would like.

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Terry McSweeny, who first suggested a “Star Wars” day and grandfather of one of the participants, helped young trekkies with crafts that he brought from Connecticut.
(Photo provided)


A little rearranging

Due to construction of a new restroom and more space for children's activities on the second floor, some of our book collections have been moved. Attic mysteries can now be found upstairs near the checkout desk along with new groupings of western and Adirondack fiction.

Rotating collection and newer large print volumes have been relocated over by the fireplace and rotating fiction CDs can now be found in with the regular fiction CDs.

The second floor room housing Juvenile and Young Adult fiction has been most effected as many volumes have are temporarily located in boxes that are labeled by alphabet and collection.

Confused? Just ask.


Help for math exams

For the past year and a half the library has been making Saturday morning tutoring in math available to high school students. The help provided by the successful program has enabled many to keep up their grades and be prepared for upcoming exams. Anyone wishing more information may contact library director Bambi Pedu at 523.3200.


Spreading book enthusiasm

Team X2 Smart was the name that Lake Placid students Alex Wright and Chris Byrne called themselves last year when they were the first from this library to enter the Take a Bite Out of Books competition in Plattsburgh. Despite all the other teams numbering at least four, the pair carried off the silver.

This year, with the help of children's librarian Karen Armstrong, they have put together a program called Books 4 U. The new club for children in grades five through seven will meet on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. beginning April 26. The activities will center around dreaming up ways to connect other kids and their families with books.

Club members will help create animated PowerPoint presentations, organize book talks and write and discuss reviews about books that they consider to be great reads. Permission slips will be necessary for the after-school program. Anyone interested may contact Karen Armstrong by email at or by calling her or Bambi Pedu at 518-523-3200.


They came from outer space

"Star Wars" rules! At least 40 kids in grades pre K through 5th marched to the force on their day off from school Friday, March 24. There were plenty of outer orbit activities including games and crafts to keep any space kid entertained.

It was such a hit that children's librarian Karen Armstrong says there is a strong chance she will repeat it next year. The idea originated a few months ago with young Erik Rothamel and his grandfather, Terry McSweeny who was visiting from Connecticut. He came back especially for the event, bringing lots of crafts projects, finger puppets and paper paraphernalia.


1,000 books

We have more than a dozen ambitious preschoolers who have officially joined "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten." Although the program has been going for less than two months, a couple youngsters have surpassed the 400-book mark. The program began in February, but it is far from too late for anyone to join. For more information, call 518-523-3200.


Summer's coming

Never mind that spring officially just arrived and that Mirror Lake is still covered with snow and ice. Mrs. Armstrong is getting ready for this year's summer program. The theme for 2017 will be Build a Better World, and there will be lots of creative activities for children. The kickoff will be Tuesday, July 11.

A highlight will be the Aug. 1 theatrical presentation of "Pinocchio" by the Hampstead Stage Company of Barnstead, N.H. This is the same group that put on the very-well-received "Scrooge" and "The Wizard of Oz" here.


Annual budget vote

The LPPL board of trustees is currently putting together a proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to be presented to library district voters on Tuesday, May 9.

A copy of the document will be available at the library front desk beginning in early May. Voting hours will be from noon to 6 p.m. Everyone who has been resident of the Lake Placid Central School District for at least 30 days is eligible to cast a ballot.

There are no seats on the board up for a vote this year.


Medicaid, Medicare answers

A representative will be at the library at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 15 and again June 12 to provide information and discuss programs.


LPI Book Club

The Lake Placid Institute Book Club, will discuss "Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life," by Richard Meryman at its next meeting on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. here at the library.

This biography, written 13 years before Wyeth's death, is considered to be the most all-encompassing chronicle available of the famous and celebrated artist, with insights about his upbringing as the son of N.C. Wyeth, one of the world's great illustrators.

The LPI Book Club specializes in works about arts, music and letters, and usually meets at the LP library at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of the month from September through June. All are invited to attend.


The gallery

Photo works by Lake Placid Central School students will be on display in the Guy Brewster Hughes Gallery beginning in late April. Stay tuned for an opening and reception date to come meet these kids and see their works.

Entries from the Lake Placid Institute 24-Hours Photography Competition, encompassing student efforts from throughout the Adirondack Park, will be in the shown during the month of June.



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