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LIBRARY NEWS: Library gears up for a busy December

December 1, 2017
By LISA FORREST - Lake Placid Public Library , Lake Placid News

Alas, that odd, but warm and beautiful fall weather is over, and it's time to embrace the chill by coming to the library and cozying up to a great read or two from the many titles new to our shelves.

There are even lots of empty parking spaces on weekdays. And weeknights. Just a reminder that we are open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Art offerings

While you're at the library, take a few minutes to see the beautiful exhibit of works by award winner Jeri Wright of Wilmington. Her "Around and About" photos will remain in the library's Guy Brewster Hughes Gallery until mid-December.

Then, around the 20th we will host the annual holiday offerings of young elementary children. Their exuberant, enthusiastic art works are always a mood booster.

We are looking forward in the beginning of the new year to photos taken by Fred Zimny of Lake Placid of the regions that have hosted past winter Olympic sites. He is head coach for the U.S. junior National Luge Team and an avid photographer. Being that Pyeongchang, South Korea, will host the winter games this coming February, it seemed like a perfect time to show some of his work. He has often aimed his lenses at sights beyond Olympic venues and has come up with an assortment that reflects everyday life.


Scary kid stuff

Halloween was big for us this year. Children's librarian Karen Armstrong rounded up lots of materials in early October and corralled a talented seamstress - her mother - to help create costumes for a second year. She set up two sewing machines amid work stations for making masks, hats and capes. The kids worked on everything from wands to broomsticks to augment their costumes.

The program was one of several the library has instituted to help occupy children on days when they have half days at school.


Free math tutoring

The free Saturday morning tutoring program, begun a couple years ago, is back and offering help with math to middle and high school students in Lake Placid. Several took advantage of it to improve their grades in the past and a few are already showing up for the fall sessions.

In case the current Saturday morning hours are not meeting the needs of all students, tutoring is also being offered on a trial basis on a couple select Wednesday evenings. The new Wednesday evening sessions will continue if there is enough attendance. Students will then have the option of attending one or both each week.


Arts Book Club

If anyone is looking for a reading group with a focus on human creativity, we recommend the Lake Placid Institute for the Humanities Book Club. These arts aficionados specialize in books about arts and letters and occasionally take road trips to galleries and events.

The group has chosen for its December read, "Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray" by Adam Federman, who hails from Saranac Lake. The author was generously praised for this work in the New York Times Book Review.

The book group usually meets at 7 p.m. at the library on the last Monday of the month from September through June. They are always happy to host drop-in participants. For more information, email Barbara Erickson at


Make cards at the Stroll

The do-it-yourself holiday cards offered last year as part of the village fete, was more popular than we ever anticipated. The program will be offered again on Saturday, Dec. 9, and this time we will be setting up more stations throughout the library for people to express their creative talents.


Excel computer class

A free evening class on Microsoft Excel, will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 by the Lake Placid Public Library.

Excel is a powerful application that is considered the industry standard with data analysis tools and spreadsheet templates that can help both individuals and businesses track and visualize data for better insight and management.

This class will be introductory and a good review for people wanting to take the second, more advanced class that will be offered on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Classes are open to all and are free of charge. It is not necessary to own a computer. Anyone interested should contact the library at 518-523-3200 to enroll.



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