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LIBRARY NEWS: Looking forward to a new learning year

September 22, 2017
By LISA FORREST , Lake Placid News

Computer class survey

The Lake Placid Public Library is looking for ideas and suggestions. We have offered computer classes on various topics on a regular basis over the past five years, but dwindling attendance has forced us to put them on hold. We are hoping that readers can give us some guidance by reading over the following questions and letting us know what interests them.

What computer programs would you like to learn?

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The library handed out hundreds of pairs of eclipse glasses but still ran out days before the event. Ron Huber, who is responsible for all things computer and internet, and wife Ginger went out on Main Street to share theirs. Lots of passersby were made happy at being able to have a look.
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- The real basics from the beginning using a current Microsoft operating system

- Microsoft Word

- Microsoft Excel-spreadsheets and visuals

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- Microsoft Publisher-using templates to create simple cards or brochures

- The "cloud" and how to use it

- PowerPoint presentation software

- Streaming, from computer to TV screen how-tos

- Basic coding

What time of day or evening is best for you?

How long should classes last, an hour and a half, two hours, longer?

We are open to suggestions for new computer classes as long as we have access to the necessary software.

We are hoping anyone interested will take a few minutes to either put answers in the mail to Lake Placid Public Library, 2471 Main St., Lake Placid, NY 12946; send them by email to or Bambi Pedu at; or you can call us at 518-523-3200 and leave your answers with Linda Blair or Kate Curry at the front desk.

Also, if you have any great ideas for other kinds of classes or activities, such as majong or crafts, please let us know.


Math tutoring

This free program for middle and high school students was begun by library director Bambi Pedu two-and-a-half years ago, and it has helped a number of them to improve their grades.

"We expect to continue offering help, but with all the sports programs going on, it's difficult to pin down a time," said Mrs. Pedu this week. There is a questionnaire on the LPPL Facebook page asking for preferences. If anyone would like to answer but is having problems getting the facebook app to work or would prefer to communicate directly, they are encouraged to call Mrs. Pedu at 518-523-3200.


Kids' after-school program

The Homework-Adventure Hour for kids in grades 3, 4 and 5 is being offered on Monday afternoons this year. It's a great opportunity to get help with homework, but other activities such as games, arts and crafts and reading are also part of the program.

It begins each Monday right after school at 3:15 p.m. Students can be dropped off at the library, or they can ride the CAT school bus. A permission letter is required on or before each student's first day, and for those riding the CAT bus, a note is required by the school each Monday.

For more information, contact children's librarian Karen Armstrong or library director Bambi Pedu at 518-523-3200.


Half-day fall fun

A special program will be offered for kids in pre-K through grade 5 this Friday, Sept. 22, when school will be in session only in the morning. Crafts, games, books and more will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Anyone with questions may contact the library at 518-523-3200.


The gallery

Our summer show in the Guy Brewster Hughes Gallery, by Saranac Lake fine arts photographer Eleanor Sweeney, is still up and available to view until Sept. 30.

Works by Wilmington photographer Jeri Wright, who is well known for her landscapes, will be on display from early October through November.

We are looking forward to seasonal artworks by school children in December, followed by an Olympics-related photo show by Fred Zimny, junior national luge team head coach.


Come on down!

With the exodus of summer visitors, more residents are venturing on Main Street and finding parking spaces. It's a great time of year to settle in with a fascinating read from your favorite author. We have lots of new books for both children and adults. Besides titles already on the shelves, we are open to suggestions for purchases, and we are always happy to search for books outside our Clinton-Essex-Franklin County system.



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